Subject: TAGA Newsletter: Summer 2017

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2018 Call for Papers
TAGA announces the call for Scientific Papers and Technical Innovation Papers for the TAGA 2018 Annual Technical Conference. The conference allows industry leaders, innovators, researchers, and scientists to highlight their latest research and developments within the graphic arts field.

Scientific Papers are based on emerging science, technology, and the application of all forms of graphic technology and printing processes, including offset lithography, flexo, gravure, digital, inkjet, pad, and screen printing.

Technical Innovation Papers will cover topics where a broad technology perspective needs to be provided. They will focus on issues that are current to the industry and critical to its development, but will additionally include ideas and solutions relevant to the wider range of the graphic arts industry, including technical reviews.

Paper submissions and speaker presentations center on graphic arts systems, software, and computer technology developments, as well as the more traditional areas of press, ink, and paper engineering applications. The scope of the conference encompasses such diverse topics as color management, materials, packaging, curing, process control, data management, workflow, security, nanotechnology, MEMS, printed electronics, 3D printing, and fundamental science.

Papers will be selected on the basis of submitted abstracts of 500–1,500 words and may include figures. Prospective authors should indicate Scientific Paper or Technical Innovation Paper.

Papers accepted and presented at the TAGA 2018 Annual Technical Conference in Baltimore, Maryland (March 18–21 at the Sheraton Inner Harbor hotel) will be published in the 2018 TAGA Proceedings. TAGA is recognized worldwide as the most prestigious and comprehensive literature resource for graphic arts sciences and technologies.
All submissions should be sent to The deadline is September 8, 2017.

Historic Baltimore Site of TAGA’s 70th Annual Conference
The 2018 Annual Technical Conference will be held in Baltimore, Maryland, the largest independent city in the United States. The history and prominence of Baltimore makes it an ideal location for holding the 70th conference in TAGA’s own storied history. The event will take place at the Sheraton Inner Harbor hotel.

The hotel is located in the Inner Harbor within a short walk of a number of attractions like the National Aquarium, the USS Constellation, Maryland Science Center, and Babe Ruth Museum, not to mention dozens of restaurants. The hotel is also near a light rail station, making it easy and inexpensive to travel to and from the Baltimore Washington International (BWI) Airport.

At one point, Baltimore served as the capital of the United States for two months (December 1776 to February 1777). The city is home to the world-renowned John Hopkins Hospital and University. It is also home to two professional sports teams, the Orioles of Major League Baseball (MLB) and Ravens of the National Football League (NFL). The Ravens were named in tribute to the poem by famous resident Edgar Allan Poe (“Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary…”). 

Decorated Olympic medalist Michael Phelps was born in Baltimore. Also, jazz fans know this as the hometown of Billie Holiday (vocalist) and Cab Calloway (vocalist and bandleader). For the folks with packaging on their minds, Baltimore is home to the idea of six packs of beer, as the brewing company that started this method, National Bohemian, thought four was not enough and eight too many. Your regular dental hygiene checkup is thanks to the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, which was the world’s first dental school. The city was also the first to have a post office system (1774).

Merger of Journals Discussed
In May, Managing Director Jim Workman attended the 49th annual conference of the International Circle of Educational Institutes for Graphic Arts Technology and Management (IC) in Beijing, China. The conference featured 129 technical paper presentations, many by faculty and students at Chinese universities that co-sponsored the event. The IC is an informal network of about one hundred member institutions from all over the world. It was founded in 1957 by a few mid-European universities for the purpose of exchanging knowledge and ideas. 

One discussion topic during the IC General Assembly meeting was the possible cooperation between IC, TAGA, and the International Association of Research Organizations for the Information, Media and Graphic Arts Industries (IARIGAI) for the joint publication of a journal with peer-reviewed articles. IC and IARIGAI currently have journals but struggle to obtain content to publish on a regular basis. TAGA discontinued its Journal of Graphic Technology several years ago. After discussion with the TAGA Board, Jim communicated TAGA’s support of a joint publication to IC Chairman Luk Bouters, dean of Artevelde Hogeschool in Ghent, Belgium. We await further discussions with IC and IARIGAI.
2017 Proceedings
The 2017 Proceedings and Extended Abstracts books will be published this August and sent out to all current TAGA members. All current TAGA members at any level will receive a copy of the Extended Abstracts with CD-ROM including all of the full papers and presentation files. If you are a professional member and have moved within the last year, please send your current address to The same goes for any student member who has graduated and has moved. We want to be sure the books are going to the proper addresses.

If you have any questions regarding your membership, please contact TAGA Administrator John Bodnar at 

New Student Chapter
The Digital Media program at the University of Houston is forming a TAGA student chapter that will begin activities in the coming year. The University of Houston is among the top research institutions in the United States, and students in the Digital Media program are required to undertake research projects to complete their degrees. The program is located at the university’s Sugar Land Campus and is housed in the Albert and Mamie George Building, a 57,000-square-foot facility with classrooms and a variety of premedia, photography/video, output, and print labs. The program gives students the opportunity to specialize in several areas—print media, eMedia, motion media, eCommerce, and packaging. Since its creation in 2009, the program has grown rapidly in student enrollment, now having 450 students majoring in Digital Media and 18 faculty and staff members. The TAGA student chapter will be advised by associate professor Monika Alters and led by student president Alexandra (Sasha) Richter.
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