Science and Technology
A technical text is not a literary text sprinkled with hard to understand, complicated, puzzling words (the so called technical terms) and funny sentences. Far from it. A technical text, or the manuals that form its natural habiat, is written for a very precise and specific purpose: to convey information to those who need it to perform their work, keep their jobs, or, simply, to enhance their lives. With these simple facts in mind, in this presentation we will look at a manual's anatomy, dissect it part by part (from the translator's point of view), and study some examples of what to do (and not to do…). Not convinced? Look at the spines (yes, just the spines…) of the books lying on your shelves and try to spot the differences.
This is a relatively narrow presentation on how pharmaceutical products are tested in laboratories in the United States. The emphasis is on physical and chemical tests and the terminology used, with passing mention of animal and clinical testing.
4:15-5:00pm) - ALL
Can dinosaurs really be cloned? Can Tyrannosaurus Rex be brought back to life? Do we have the technology? Do we have the nerve? Explore the answers to these questions and in the process, review basic genetic engineering terminology and concepts such as PCR, vector cloning, genome mapping, and nuclear transfer. Everything you wanted to know about cloning and then some.
This workshop will try to give translators and interpreters a general idea about major car parts/assemblies and industrial mechanics alike, working its way up from simple screws (or is it bolts?) to wishbones, gearboxes, and crankshafts, from monkey wrenches through boilers, and lathes to hoisting gear. Some of the equipment utilized in general processes (chemicals, machining, steam generation, hydraulics, etc.) will be dealt with in a very practical, visual way (PowerPoint).
(S, 4:15-5:00pm) - INTERMEDIATE