January 2020

Dear CSE Colleagues,

Dana Compton, CSE President

I hope your new year is off to a roaring start! If you’re like me, the holiday season already feels like a distant memory while spring and summer vacations are still an awfully long time off. If you need a pick-me-up, today is National Plan for Vacation Day, which combines two of my favorite things—vacation and planning!
This, apparently, is an inherited trait. Shortly after Christmas, my daughter started a list of things she might like for her 9th birthday. I was at first horrified (how could there be anything left that this child could possibly want?), and then amused (her birthday isn’t until April!). She shared her wish list with me the other day, and I was surprised (and proud) that the first item on it is “fancy planner calendar.”
One of my favorite things about January is organizing for the upcoming year: goals, projects, travel, books to read, you name it. Although I’ve mostly transitioned to digital, I do still keep a “fancy planner calendar” of my own. And the first meeting that goes into it each year is the CSE Annual Meeting (I know, please contain your shock).
If you haven’t yet put this meeting on your 2020 calendar, do it now! We’ll be in Portland, Oregon, May 2-5. We’ll be opening registration on January 31st, just a few days from now, and this year CSE has a bonus for all of you “planners.” Between January 31st and February 14th, we will offer a discounted Extra Early Bird rate. What’s not to love about checking a task off your list, confirming a meeting on your calendar, AND saving more money? In the spirit of National Plan for Vacation Day, maybe you’ll want to tack on an extra day or two to explore Portland.
Our dedicated CSE volunteers have all hit the ground running in 2020, and it will be full steam ahead through the spring. Of note:
  • The Membership committee has selected three 2020 scholarship recipients out of a record-breaking 46 submissions. Please join me in congratulating Amy King, Rosanna Vail, and Annie Yueh. I look forward to meeting all of you in Portland!
  • The CSE Book Club has chosen its next title, with a reading period that begins this Saturday, February 1st. We’ll be reading Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari. The committee is planning a special Book Club event in Portland, so you won’t want to miss this one.
  • The Nominations committee has pulled together a fabulous slate of candidates for our upcoming Board elections. We’ll be filling three positions: Vice President, Treasurer-Elect, and one Director. You should be seeing a ballot in your inbox in the next couple of weeks. Please make sure to vote!
There’s much more to look forward to in 2020 from CSE, too. Keep your eye out for more webinars, two Short Courses on the Road, and more. And don’t forget as you flesh out YOUR 2020 plan that the new year is a great time to get involved with a committee. Please get in touch with me, a Board member, or any of our committee chairs if you would like to help shape CSE’s programs this year.
All of the latest CSE comings and goings are available via social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn) and our listserv (csel@lists.councilscienceeditors.org).

As always, I value input from CSE members. If you have a question, suggestion, or a comment, please feel free to contact me.

Call for Poster Abstracts

Have you noticed some interesting or disturbing trends in your publications? Do you have insightful survey data? Or, do you have a research question about science publishing that you can put to the test? If so, don’t miss the opportunity to prepare a poster for the 2020 meeting.
Authors are encouraged to submit abstracts describing their editorial research for presentation in the CSE 2020 Poster Session. Content must be original, and individuals submitting abstracts must ensure that they will be able to attend the CSE meeting should their poster be accepted. Abstracts for posters will be reviewed by the CSE Research Committee, blinded to the identity of the submitter. Submitters will be notified by March 4 whether their poster has been accepted.
Anyone who presents at the meeting will be entered into the Best Poster Contest, voted on by attendees. The winner receives complimentary registration to the 2021 Annual Meeting and a hard copy SSF8.
The submission deadline is February 19. Submit your abstract.

Welcome to the Newest Members of CSE!

Amaal Alghammas
Caitlyn Allen
Byron Breedlove
Jocelyn Chalquist
Marianne Fish
Lauren Foster
Stephen Hale
Erica Howard
Nick Lindsay
Brian MacKenzie
Michael Martin
Jeno Mavzer
Parva Namiranian
Rebecca Palmer
Kim Penelton-Campbell
Linda Sandell
Courtney Shay
Jason Sheehan
Geoffrey Shideler
Kayla Zehr
Brian Zikmund-Fisher

CSE Members Celebrating Anniversaries!

Each month, CSE will recognize its members celebrating a milestone anniversary. We are grateful for your continued involvement in our Council!

5 Years of Membership
Pam Landman
15 Years of Membership
Elizabeth Blake
20 Years of Membership
Barry Bromberg
Rebecca Benner
Debra Malina
25 Years of Membership
Thela McMillen
Linda Loy
Leslie Neistadt
30 Years of Membership
Iain Taylor
35 Years of Membership
Michael Levitzky
40 Years of Membership
G. S. Nettleton