On the day before the spring meeting of AIP's Governing Board, a satellite meeting is traditionally held for board members and officers of AIP's Member Societies and Affiliated Societies. For this Assembly of Society Officers, we organize a day filled with engaging speakers on topics of interest, important issues in science policy, and trends in scientific publishing. The 2008 Assembly, held last Thursday at the American Center for Physics in College Park, was well attended by representatives of all 10 Member Societies and several of the Affiliated Societies. The program featured sessions devoted to four topics: trends in scientific publishing, trends in federal funding, workforce and career development in the physical sciences, and opportunities for scientists and scientific societies related to energy and climate research. We were fortunate to attract a pair of highly credentialed speakers for each of the four topics. AIP's new director of business development, Terry Hulbert, gave the audience a whirlwind tour of where Web 2.0 technologies might be taking the journal business. Terry was followed by Michael Hall, a government relations consultant to AIP on publishing and copyright matters, who summarized the National Institutes of Health public access initiatives. For our update on science funding issues, we were fortunate to have Dahlia Sokolov, a staff member on the House Science and Technology Committee, and Michael Lubell, director of the American Physical Society's (APS) Public Affairs Office, to present a postmortem on FY 2008 funding and the prospects for FY 2009.
Kicking off the afternoon sessions was Ron Hira, professor of science policy at the Rochester Institute of Technology, and our own Roman Czujko, director of the Statistical Research Center, who presented the status and trends in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers, from undergraduate, postgraduate, and mid-career perspectives. The day ended with two important examples of how our associated societies are contributing the necessary studies and discourse on energy and climate research: Francis Slakey, associate director of the APS Public Affairs Office, discussed how APS is tapping its members' expertise and working with Congress and the administration on energy and climate issues; and Paul Higgins, a senior policy fellow at the American Meteorological Society, educated the audience on the complexities of climate research. We will post the presentations on the Assembly web page shortly.
Expanding our scope
Scitation has recently released a new web service that provides AIP journal subscribers with cited-by article counts and links to the more than 33 million records in the Scopus database. Scopus—a product of Elsevier—is the largest abstract and citation database of research literature, drawing on 15,000 peer-reviewed journals from more than 4,000 publishers worldwide. The new cited-by feature will allow AIP journal subscribers to immediately see how many times a particular article has been cited in journals covered by Scopus. Clicking on the cited-by link takes users to a page on the Scopus platform that lists the article's bibliographic details. Full-text links allow users to check their library's holdings and view the full-text articles to which they are entitled. AIP is the first publisher outside of Elsevier's ScienceDirect service to implement this valuable feature, and it will soon be offered to Scitation publishing partners.
In early March, Publishing Technology staff received a visit from Kent R. Anderson of The New England Journal of Medicine, who spoke about NEJM's online publishing efforts. The main point raised during the encounter was that Web 2.0 is all about building connections: Content isn't king—connections are! And speaking of connections, the phone has transcended its role as strictly a voice device and has become a total connection device, allowing access to email, the web, blogs, RSS, and maps. Future technologies will likely stem from, and be targeted to, mobile computing devices such as the cellphone and laptop. For more information, check out The Technology Blog.
Gemant Award winner extends the prize's SCOPE
In 2006 AIP awarded Marcia Bartusiak (left) of MIT the AIP Andrew W. Gemant Award for literary work that has "won high praise from critics, scientists, and general audiences alike. Her books have been widely read, translated into four languages and have been especially successful in transmitting physics and astronomy to the public." Bartusiak used the monetary portion of the award to help establish SCOPE, a web-based student publication of the graduate program in science writing at MIT. The publication has many physics- and astronomy-oriented stories. We applaud Bartusiak's contribution and are pleased to support excellence in science writing.
PTCN runs APS Job Fair in New Orleans
The American Physical Society (APS) held its annual March Meeting in New Orleans, March 10-14. The Physics Today Career Network (PTCN) operated the APS Job Fair, which ran the first two days of the meeting. This year's fair attracted 573 job seekers and 36 scientific employers advertising 140 job openings. APS and PTCN jointly promoted the event. Among the participating employers were the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the Institute for Defense Analyses, Cryomagnetics, and Wolfram Research.
Here's to your health
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