H. Frederick DyllaDirector's Matters

Working towards diversity

Increasing the diversity of the AIP's workforce and the scientific community that AIP and its Member Societies represent is absolutely essential for the wellbeing of our organizations and the community. Numerous demographic studies show the US populace becoming so diverse by mid-century that the term "majority" may lose meaning. More importantly, by working to ensure all are given access to high quality education, the resulting workforce benefits greatly from an enlarged and culturally diverse composition.

I discussed previously in AIP Matters the bills before the US Congress this year that will strengthen the funding for scientific research and science and math education. These bills stem from the President's American Competitiveness Initiative introduced last year at the urging of some leaders of the country's largest industries who tied the nation's economic health and competitiveness to a well-educated, diverse workforce.

On June 28, a meeting of the Diversity and Innovation Caucus was held on Capitol Hill (see below). The next day, AIP hosted its first meeting of the Liaison Committee on Under-Represented Minorities. The committee was chaired by AIP Governing Board member Quinton Williams and included representatives from eight of the Member Societies in addition to the National Society of Black Physicists (an AIP-Affiliated Society) and the National Society of Hispanic Physicists. This first committee meeting explored the current diversity and workforce development activities that the represented societies currently support. It also initiated discussions on a prioritized list of actions AIP and its stakeholders could address more effectively as a group. As the committee firms up the action list, I will share it using all AIP communication channels.

Sincerely yours,


More for the money
This week AIP announced its 2008 institutional journal subscription prices, as well as changes to subscription options that affect our library customers. January 2008 may seem quite far away, but most academic library budgets for 2008 are already set, and librarians need this information now if they are to make any changes to their AIP subscription profile. In addition, we informed our customers that the names of our package subscriptions have been revised, and that 15 years of backfiles will be added to Physics Today. AIP will also add linked references to journal articles dating from 1984 -- further adding value to our online journals.

Another author-friendly enhancement
Peer ExpressThe Peer X-Press (PXP) team, in a cooperative project with Publishing Technology and Production Operations staff, is enhancing AIP's PXP and production systems to provide a seamless digital pathway for the submission, review, and archiving of author-signed transfer of copyright agreements. At the end of June, the PXP team rolled out the first phase of this new facility for the AIP Journals, in which authors find a user-friendly method to upload scans of their copyright forms at the same time that they are submitting a new manuscript.

Diversity on the Hill
Last week, AIP attended the inaugural meeting of the Congressional Diversity and Innovation Caucus, a bipartisan interest group in the House of Representatives whose members plan to generate ideas to increase the participation of groups underrepresented in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. In early June, AIP signed a letter of support to form the Caucus through the STEM Education Coalition. AIP will continue to advance diversity in science through our friends and partners in this new Caucus and the STEM Education Coalition, and by collaborating with other groups such as the National Society of Black Physicists, National Society of Hispanic Physicists, the Triangle Coalition, the Society of Women Engineers and others.

AAPTAAPT job fair planned
AAPT has just agreed to host a job fair managed by Physics Today Career Network at the 2008 AAPT Winter Meeting in Baltimore. The event will bring together employers and job seekers for face-to-face networking and interviewing. The AAPT fair will exclusively focus on physics teaching and research opportunities for professionals at high schools, two-year colleges, and universities.

The ACP Picnic

ACP picnic
APS Team Gabe Popkin, Andrew Coughlin (SPS Intern), and Adam Negussie win the egg relay race.

The ACP Events Committee hosted the annual ACP Employee Picnic on Thursday, June 28, 2007. All ACP employees participated in an eventful day, which included the "Price Is Right" (with Barker's Beauties), the annual egg relay race (APS won the title for 2007), bingo, and a variety of other activities for both employees and their families. Congratulations to all of winners of the "Price Is Right" and the daily raffles. The SPS Interns and the Education Division held several physics-related exhibits, including the "Diet Coke and Mentos" experiment. Everyone enjoyed the "backyard barbecue" by "Beefalo Bob's" and music.

Incident Management
AIP business continuity plans are created and maintained to provide immediate response and recovery from unplanned business interruption, such as loss of a critical service or loss of building access. The Incident Management Team (IMT) is a core group of AIP Directors and support personnel who are responsible for overseeing the response and supporting the recovery of the affected departments. The IMT activates the appropriate personnel for an initial incident response to determine the severity of the situation. The team then develops recovery recommendations and decides which plans need to be activated. A list of IMT members can be found at bsoweb.aip.org.

ASAAcoustical Society of America (ASA)
Acoustics is the science of sound. It represents a variety of fields related to sound: physics, most engineering disciplines, oceanography, biomedical ultrasound, biology, physiology, psychology, architecture, speech, hearing, music, noise control, and animal bioacoustics. This diversity, along with opportunities provided for the exchange of knowledge and points of view, has become one of the Society's unique and strongest assets.

Acoustics has benefited humankind in many ways. The development of cochlear implants, lithotripters for breaking kidney stones, quieting vehicles and machinery, musical equipment, microphones, and design of concert halls, are just a few examples of how acoustics affects our everyday lives. See ASA's World Wide Pressroom for lay-language articles about acoustics.

The Acoustical Society of America is a founding member of the American Institute of Physics and its headquarters is located at the AIP Publishing Center in Melville. ASA also has a Standards Division and is the only AIP Member Society that publishes national and international standards. AIP provides many services to the ASA, and the two organizations have worked together successfully for over 75 years to advance the sciences of acoustics and physics.

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