December 2009

From the President

The fall meeting of the CSE Board of Directors and committee chairs, which took place on 21 November 2009, was immensely productive. As a result of your comments, responses to surveys, and ideas, the committee chairs and Board members are right now planning new initiatives and programs.

For example, networking opportunities at the Annual Meeting, in May 2010, will be enhanced, and exhibitor and research poster areas will be more accessible. CSE will be establishing a presence on the social networking sites; these group sites will foster conversation among editors, as well as between editors and CSE leadership. The Education Committee, which oversees the Short Courses before the Annual Meeting, is preparing to offer educational courses through additional media in the near future.

In addition, the Board agreed that registration fees for the 2010 Annual Meeting will remain at the 2009 rates, and exhibitor fees will also remain at the 2009 rates. At this time when budgets continue to be tightened and staff are working harder than ever, it’s important that CSE resources and support remain accessible.

These new programs and initiatives will thrive only with your involvement: join the CSE Group on LinkedIn and Facebook, send ideas for educational offerings to the Education Committee, and continue to send your thoughts, ideas, and questions to me at I look forward to hearing from you!

Diane Lang, President, CSE

CSE to Launch Networking Pages

CSE members have expressed a strong interest in social media as a powerful tool for collaboration, networking, and community building, and we have heard you! I’m happy to announce that we will be launching a CSE Facebook page and a LinkedIn Group in early 2010. Likewise, a Twitter hashtag will be made available for communication and discussion during the spring annual meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. If you have suggestions or comments, would like to contribute content and share articles, or are inspired to be involved in the emerging CSE online community in any way, please e-mail the Membership Committee at In the parlance of Facebook, we would “like this!”

Tim Cross, Chair, Membership Committee

Call for Exhibits

You may have noticed that we are very excited about the 2010 CSE Annual Meeting, to be held 14-18 May 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia. The support of exhibitors and sponsors will help contribute to the success of this meeting.

We have heard the suggestions from our exhibitors and sponsors, and we have implemented those changes into the exhibitor space at and sponsor opportunities for the 2010 meeting venue. While we have a fairly extensive list of potential exhibitors, we understand that you have contacts who may be interested in exhibiting or advertising but may not be on our list. Therefore, please pass along the Call for Exhibits to your vendors and colleagues with a copy to Jeannine Broker at Jeannine will follow up to ensure that they have all the information necessary to participate in the 2010 CSE Annual Meeting. We appreciate your help in reaching this important audience.

Barbara Campaigne, Chair, Sponsorship Committee

Plenary Speakers Not to Be Missed!

The Program Committee is excited to announce that 3 outstanding speakers will be featured during the plenary sessions at our Annual Meeting in May 2010. The keynote speaker is J. Marshall Shepherd, PhD, a meteorologist and nationally recognized researcher, lecturer, and climate change expert at the University of Georgia. George Luber, PhD, is an epidemiologist at the National Center for Environmental Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. His recent research has focused on the epidemiology and prevention of heat-related illness and death and the application of remote sensing techniques to modeling vulnerability to heat stress in urban environments. The third plenary speaker, Michael Lemonick, is a science writer for Time magazine; a senior writer at Climate Central, a nonpartisan organization whose mission is to communicate climate science to the public; and a lecturer on science journalism at Princeton University. You will not want to miss this trio of accomplished professionals who can eloquently communicate varied perspectives on the issue of climate change. Click here for preliminary information about the 2010 CSE Annual Meeting.

Ken Heideman and Denis Baskin, Co-chairs, Program Committee

Tours and Attractions in Atlanta

For the 2010 Annual Meeting, the CSE Local Arrangements Subcommittee has organized 3 optional extracurricular activities, all within easy walking distance of the conference hotel. Georgia Aquarium, the largest aquarium in the world, boasts the only whale sharks on display in North America, as well as beluga whales, penguins, manta rays, and much more. Right next door, the World of Coca-Cola offers a chance to explore the world’s best-known brand, sample any or all of 60 beverages from around the world, and watch a fully functioning bottling line. The Inside CNN Tour will take you behind the scenes of the global headquarters for Turner Broadcasting System and the studios and newsrooms for CNN’s international networks. Registration for these events will be handled through a new system this year. Learn more about these events in the CSE preliminary meeting program, which will be mailing to you shortly.

Carissa Gilman, Chair, Local Arrangements Subcommittee

CSE Web Site Resources

Are you looking for a job? Have you written a published book? Are you looking for conversion factors for unique units of measure? Then the CSE Web site is the place to go!

Job Bank. Are you looking for a job, or do you know someone who is looking for a job? Sign up to automatically receive an e-mail when each new job is posted on the Job Bank on the CSE Web site. Registration is free, and each time a new job is posted more than 1000 people receive the notification by e-mail. Available jobs can be viewed for free by anyone, anywhere in the world.

Member Books. Are you a published book author or a bylined editor? List your books on the CSE Web site for all to see. Entries are arranged by author/editor names and by keywords.

Reference Sources. Looking for a specialized dictionary? Want to know what time it is in Cambodia? Need to convert from Imperial measurements to metric? Want to print your own graph paper? Check out the hundreds of Reference Links on the CSE Web site, organized according to 40 categories.

Seth Beckerman, Web Editor

Grantham Prize for Environmental Reporting

The Grantham Prize honors the work of a journalist or team of journalists for exemplary reporting on environmental or natural resource issues with an award of $75,000. Up to 3 additional entries will receive $5,000 Awards of Special Merit.

The Grantham Prize is open to works of nonfiction originally published, broadcast, or posted as online content in the USA or Canada between 1 January and 31 December 2009.

The 2009 Grantham Prize was awarded to a team of journalists from USA Today for the series The Smokestack Effect. Read more about the winning story and its authors at Three $5,000 Awards of Special Merit were given to Tad Fettig, Karena Albers, and Veronique Bernard of kontentreal for “e2:Transport”, to Andrew Nikiforuk for his book, Tar Sands, and to Susanne Rust and Meg Kissinger of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for “Chemical Fallout.”

Book entries must be postmarked by 11 January 2010. All other entries must be postmarked by 1 February 2010. Eligibility and entry details can be found at