November 2012

Dear CSE Members, Colleagues, and Friends,

Renewed energy and freedom herald the advent of spring.  Enter the sun, a gentle breeze, long-lost friends, trendy epicureans, some of the most beautiful women in the world and what do you get? A city where bliss reigns!

With the first rays of spring it seems like every house and building in Montréal empties of its occupants. The streets are reclaimed, lighting up with thousands of smiling faces, and winter gear gleefully abandoned.  As patches of snow melt under the sun, the race is on. Who will be first to strap on rollerblades, hop on a bicycle, shed long sleeves or set up parasols on crowded outdoor terraces?

Eyes sparkle and glances meet: strangers no longer, people strike up easy conversation. The air buzzes with excitement, rebirth, even euphoria. Exhilaration infuses the streets as hundreds of thousands of individuals fall head over heels in love with their city all over again, reveling in the long-awaited advent of spring.

The first warm days of the season are ideal for trips to public markets such as Atwater or Jean Talon. Each affords such a delicious change of scenery that it’s hard to believe you’re still in North America. Across the city, people of all ages and origins flock to markets to pick up flowers, fruits and vegetables, fish, charcuterie, local specialties, and to immerse themselves in the myriad colours, flavours and aromas.

In late March, the fashion-conscious and the plain curious flock to admire the latest collections from the city’s reputed designers during Montréal Fashion Week. Then in May, the metropolis is handed over to culture seekers, with the ever-popular Montréal Museum Day.

Strolling about, it’s impossible to resist the wealth and diversity of the architectural and historical heritage of this City of Festivals, whose inhabitants are known for their gentle, open and welcoming ways.” 

The above photo and text are taken directly from the “Discover-Montreal”  Web site.   Their inclusion in my column is designed to whet our appetites not only for spring, but specifically for spring in Montreal, Canada, where the 2013 CSE Annual Meeting will be held from May 3rd through the 6th.  Montreal is a vibrant cosmopolitan city that shines on the world stage 12 months a year, but we will all be there in a season that is particularly magnificent in the Province of Quebec.  Of course, it is not only the many charms of the city that will draw us north.  The Annual Meeting program is shaping up to be one of our best ever, with sessions that will have appeal across the CSE membership under the theme of “Communicating Science Effectively: The World Depends on it!”. Beyond that, have you heard about the stellar plenary speakers that we have lined up for you?  Dr. Jeffrey Drazen, Chief Editor of the world-renowned New England Journal of Medicine will be kicking off the general conference on Sunday May 5th. Andrew Revkin, award-winning blogger for the Op-Ed section of The New York Times and longtime journalist specializing in global warming and other critically important environmental issues will captivate us on Monday morning, May 6th.   See more about these acclaimed speakers below.  I know what you are thinking……that’s way off in the future.  I used to think that about Thanksgiving and here it is!   On that note, I wish you and yours the happiest ad healthiest of holidays, and here’s to thoughts of Montreal and the Annual meeting coming up much faster than you think!

Here’s what’s happening:

CSE 2013 Annual Conference

CSE Annual Meeting
Communicate Science Effectively:  The World Depends On It!

May 3 – 6, 2013

Plenary Speakers Announced for the CSE Annual Meeting:

Jeffrey M. Drazen, M.D. , joined the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) as editor-in-chief in July of 2000.  At NEJM, Dr. Drazen’s responsibilities includeoversight of all editorial content and policies.  His editorial background includes service as an associate editor or editorial board member for the Journal of Clinical Investigation, the American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology, and the American Journal of Medicine.

A specialist in pulmonology, Dr. Drazen maintains an active research program.  Dr. Drazen has published more than 300 articles on topics such as lung physiology and the mechanisms involved in asthma.  In 1999, he delivered the Amberson Lecture, the major research address at the annual meeting of the American Thoracic Society.  In 2000, he received the Chadwick Medal from the Massachusetts Thoracic Society for his contributions to the study of lung disease.

Dr. Drazen is the Distinguished Parker B. Francis Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, professor of physiology at the Harvard School of Public Health, and a senior physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.  In 2003, he was elected as a member of the Institute of Medicine.  Dr. Drazen has served on numerous committees for the National Institutes of Health, including the Respiratory and Applied Physiology Study Section; the Lung Biology and Pathology Study Section; the Pulmonary Disease Advisory Council; the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Advisory Council; the Public Access Working Group; and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s Division of Lung Disease Executive Planning Committee.  He has also served on the Veterans’ Administration National Research Advisory Committee.  He currently serves on the Global Initiative for Asthma Science Committee, the World Health Organization’s Scientific Advisory Group on Clinical Trials Registration, and co-chairs the Institute of Medicine’s Forum on Drug Discovery, Development, and Translation.

Dr. Drazen earned his bachelor’s degree and graduated summa cum laude from Tufts University.  He received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and completed his internship and residency at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston.  Dr. Drazen has received honorary degrees from the University of Ferrara, Italy, and the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece.
A native of Missouri, Dr. Drazen lives with his wife in Winchester, Massachusetts. They are the parents of two grown sons.

Andrew Revkin is the senior fellow for environmental understanding at Pace University’s Academy for Applied Environmental Studies and writes the award-winning Dot Earth blog for the Op-Ed section of The New York Times. He has spent nearly three decades covering subjects ranging from the assault on the Amazon rain forest to the changing conditions around the Arctic, from the troubled relationship of climate science and politics to the environmental impacts of rising human populations and resource appetites.

From 1995 through 2009, he covered the environment for The Times as a staff reporter. His quarter century of coverage of global warming has earned most of the major awards for science journalism along with the John Chancellor Award for sustained journalistic excellence from Columbia University. Revkin has been a pioneer in multimedia communication, blogging and shooting still and video imagery in far-flung places. Dot Earth was created under a John Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. Revkin has also carried his journalism to a new generation in The North Pole Was Here: Puzzles and Perils at the Top of the World, the first book on Arctic climate change written for the whole family. His other books are The Burning Season, which was the basis for a much-lauded HBO film, and Global Warming: Understanding the Forecast, which accompanied the first museum exhibition on climate change, at the American Museum of Natural History, in 1992.

At Pace, he teaches courses on blogging, environmental-science communication and documentary video with a focus on sustainable development. He has written three book chapters on communication and the environment and speaks to varied audiences around the world about the power of the Web to foster progress on a finite planet.

Revkin lives in the Hudson River Valley with his wife and two sons. In spare moments, he is a performing songwriter who occasionally backs up Pete Seeger and plays in a twangy roots jam band, Breakneck Ridge.

Make Your Reservations Now at the Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel:

Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel welcomes you to the heart of romantic and cosmopolitan Montréal where French and English meet.  The hotel offers guests outstanding comfort and attentive service.  When arranging hotel accommodations, please indicate that you are attending the CSE Annual Meeting to receive the negotiated rate of $189 Canadian plus tax per night for single/double occupancy.

Book your room online now at the CSE
group rate of $189 Canadian!

CSE Annual Meeting Poster Session

Have you noticed some interesting or disturbing trends in your publications, do you have insightful survey data, 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 2013 CSE Annual Meeting or for future CSE meetings. And don’t forget that a research project is a requirement for the new CSE Certificate in Publication Management.

CSE members and meeting attendees are encouraged to submit abstracts describing their editorial research for presentation in the CSE 2013 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 presenter. Submitters will be notified whether their poster has been selected by March 1, 2013.

Please submit your abstracts by February 1, 2013 for review. For further information, please contact Mary Warner, Research Committee chair, at [email protected].

Know someone who deserves an award?

Each year CSE recognizes important contributors to scientific journalism and to CSE.  Three award categories are described below. The Awards Committee welcomes your suggestions for candidates for these awards. Learn more about the awards and submit your suggestions by clicking here.

CSE Award for Meritorious Achievement: This is CSE’s highest award. The award honors those who have made significant contributions to CSE’s mission to improve scientific communication through the pursuit of high standards in all activities connected with scientific editing. The recipient should be a person or institution that the CSE membership will readily recognize as closely embracing the purposes of CSE and a symbol of what CSE stands for, but need not be a member of CSE.

CSE Distinguished Service Award: This award recognizes excellence in the performance of specific tasks by CSE members. Recipients must be CSE members in good standing who have made outstanding contributions to CSE. Recipients must be present at the annual meeting to receive their certificates.

Certificate of Appreciation: The CSE Certificate of Appreciation is given to one or more CSE members who have made a laudable contribution to CSE in recent years.

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KenHeideman2012Best to all,

Ken Heideman Signature
Ken Heideman, CSE President