April 2010

From the President

Excitement is in the air as we count down the final weeks to the 2010 CSE Annual Meeting. You’ll find this year’s meeting has all your favorite programs, plus we’ll be offering new types of learning events and networking opportunities. And while you’re at the meeting, be sure to touch base with the Local Arrangements Committee; they will help you find a great restaurant or museum or help you find your way to any other of the myriad attractions in the city.

In the meantime, though, be sure to register for the upcoming CSE webinar, Copyright 101. Two experts on copyright issues will give the presentations and then answer your questions about this important topic.

I look forward to seeing each of you in Atlanta. Feel free to stop me at the meeting and share your ideas for CSE. Safe travels!

Diane Lang, CSE President

CSE Webinar: Copyright 101

There is still time to register for CSE’s webinar entitled Copyright 101. This 90-minute session will begin at 1:00 pm ET on Wednesday, 28 April, and feature discussions by two experts in the field:

Christopher Kenneally from Copyright Clearance Center will discuss the basics of copyright, including what is protected by copyright and fair use. He will cover copyright holders’ privileges and obligations under U.S. copyright law, potential exceptions to copyright protection, and copyright infringement.

Eric S. Slater, Esq, from the American Chemical Society will discuss the permissions process, as well as challenges and controversies surrounding copyright in scientific, technical, and medical publications.

A question and answer session will follow these presentations. Registrants are welcome to submit questions in advance by e-mailing Carla Pacheco at cpacheco@councilscienceeditors.org. The fee for the Copyright 101 webinar is $99 for CSE members and $119 for non-members.

We hope you will join us for this important educational opportunity!

Jennifer Fleet, Chair, Education Committee

Social Networking at the Annual Meeting

CSE Twitter feedIf you are looking to connect with colleagues, share your thoughts on the day’s impressive lineup of speakers and sessions, or stay updated on conference news and activities, there are a number of ways to enhance your experience of the 2010 CSE annual meeting.

New for this year’s event is a social networking component. Using Twitter, attendees can now contribute to the discourse of the meeting and add to the dialogue in real time. Speakers, moderators, session reporters, organizers, and other designated participants will also comment and communicate as the meeting progresses.

The Twitter hashtag for the meeting is #CSE2010. To use the hashtag, log on to Twitter, enter your tweet in the “What’s happening?” field and include the hashtag. It will then be fed to a convenient page for viewing. The 2010 CSE meeting tweets can be viewed using the following links:

CSE tweet for 2010 annual meeting

Also new this year is an area set aside for attendees to congregate, catch up, and talk shop before and after sessions. Call it an idea lounge or the village square, this is the place to stop by and exchange thoughts with fellow science editors or simply rest your feet in a comfortable spot. A computer monitor will stream the meeting Twitter feed mentioned above, and a wireless internet connection will be available in the general vicinity.

Tim Cross, Chair, Membership Committee

Experience Atlanta!

As you plan your trip to Atlanta, Georgia, for the CSE Annual Meeting, be sure to pack light clothes for the warm spring weather, as well as a pair of walking shoes. Downtown Atlanta offers a variety of acclaimed restaurants, shopping, entertainment, and attractions, all of which are within easy walking distance of the conference hotel. Members of the CSE Local Arrangements Subcommittee will be on hand during the meeting to distribute information on some of the best dining and shopping options available around town.

Plan to arrive early on Saturday in order to attend the tours of the world’s largest aquarium-Georgia Aquarium-and The World of Coca-Cola. Extend your stay on Tuesday for a tour of the CNN news studio. Maybe you’ll want to take a quick ride over to Turner Field to catch an evening baseball game or head over to the High Museum to see The Allure of the Automobile exhibit, featuring 18 of the world’s rarest and most state-of-the-art automotive creations. Nature lovers can visit Atlanta Botanical Gardens for the May blooming of the bromeliads. Or simply head over to the nearby park for a walk and some fresh air. The Atlanta downtown area has really blossomed over the past several years. You’ll want to be sure to explore and check out all that this vibrant area has to offer visitors.

Carissa Gilman, Chair, Local Arrangements Subcommittee

CSE Web Site Committee

With increased technical support from CSE’s new management staff, volunteers will now be able to focus on updating current content and adding new content to the site. An ad hoc group of CSE members, representing the Education Committee, Membership Committee, Publications Committee, and Board of Directors, is evaluating the current charge to and description of the Web Committee. This group will draft recommendations for changes to the committee directive and will bring these recommendations to the May Board meeting for approval.

If you are interested in being part of the new Web Site Committee, watch for information in the next edition of CSE Member Update.

Diane Lang, CSE President

In Memoriam

Dana Plette In Memoriam With sadness I report the death of a longtime, active member of CSE, Dana St. John Plette. Dana joined CSE in 1991 and volunteered her time with the Publications Committee, of which she served as chair, and as a faculty member of the Short Courses. She also lent her expertise and her labor to many other behind-the-scenes CSE efforts.

In 2006, Dana learned that she had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. The diagnosis, though, didn’t stop enthusiasm for and her joy of life. She continued to serve on the Board of Directors of Cherish Our Children International, she helped raise a litter of puppies, and she loved to laugh. As her husband, Doug, noted in Dana’s eulogy, “we are all living much richer lives for having known Dana.”

Look for the full tribute to Dana Plette in the July-August issue of Science Editor.

Diane Lang, CSE President