H. Frederick DyllaDirector's Matters

How will we power tomorrow's world?
As we face broader economic development, global climate consequences, and limited fossil fuel supplies, scientists are increasingly called upon for solutions. AIP Corporate Associates have embraced the challenge. The fast-approaching AIP Industrial Physics Forum (IPF) will address The Energy Challenge, and examine both traditional and alternative energy solutions. The Energy Challenge The IPF will take place from October 14-16, in Seattle, WA, and for the second consecutive year, will be held in conjunction with the AVS International Symposium.

For most of the past 48 years, the IPF has been an annual event for AIP, bringing many different leaders from across the field into the mix of participants--industry executives, research managers, academics, and science policy decision makers. The forum helps attendees keep current on frontier research and policy developments affecting the physical sciences community. It is designed to inspire conversation, disseminate knowledge, and exchange ideas with other R&D leaders facing similar research and business challenges.

Until last year, one of the AIP Corporate Associates member companies would generally host the IPF. The host company chose a theme related to their business and R&D expertise. In effort to reach a greater audience, we pursued a new model in 2006 that would leverage the benefits of our Member Societies' annual meetings. Our goals were to increase our access to their diverse membership while adding a strong industrial component to their technical program. AVS welcomed the collaboration, and the meeting was a great success, with record session attendance, some exceeding 300. More than 3,000 people visited the meeting blog, still available on line.

AIP will look to alternate venues for future Industrial Physics Forums among our Member Societies' annual meetings, where there is a natural intersection of topical interest and the promise of mutual benefit. We are also committed to considering other novel approaches to serve industrial physicists while complementing the existing outreach efforts of our fellow Member Societies.

If you are not planning to attend the IPF this year, stay tuned for the blog. It will launch on October 14.

Sincerely yours,


AIP Conference Proceedings span the globe
Did you know that AIP Conference Proceedings cover presentations at scientific events held in over 40 countries? While all five continents are represented in the proceedings published, proceedings of events held in Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, and Spain are the most frequently published in the series. Recent years have seen proceedings added from events held in the United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, Tunisia, South Africa, Denmark, Malaysia, Hungary, Azerbaijan, Sweden, Greece, and other countries. Through the AIP Conference Proceedings Series, AIP's name is known in practically every country around the world, in which a physics or related sciences event is being held.

ASME journals gain interactive view
Publishing Services released an extranet "production portal" for ASME International at the end of July. An extranet is an application that uses internet technology to securely share part of a business's information or operations with suppliers, vendors, partners, or customers. It can be viewed as part of a company's intranet, extended to users outside the company. After a successful month-long trial period following the initial launch for the Journal of Mechanical Design, ASME was pleased with the functionality and efficiency and gave AIP permission to process all 22 of their journals via this portal beginning in September. The portal site provides ASME with an interactive view of the production process that will allow them to track manuscripts and access proofs and corrections from their authors.

Who cares about global warming

One of the most popular sections of AIP's Website is The Discovery of Global Warming . Every day about 500 people visit this set of historical essays. While other History Center exhibits are aimed at students, the "Global Warming" site addresses adults. Halfway through some essays, there is a request to fill out a survey form, and a fraction of readers take a minute to do so. Globe Many of these readers identify themselves as just "concerned citizen;" more specific identifications range from "energy-company publicist" to "environmental activist," plus (for example) "lawyer," "farmer" and "unemployed, mentally ill." But the most common is "scientist." Most respondents say they were drawn to the site by the controversy over climate policy. Many are trying to form an opinion; others accept the scientific consensus and seek ammunition for debating skeptics. Few came to learn history, but a majority say they find the historical approach useful. A typical respondent commented: "[The site] helps me understand the nuances of what is usually treated in mass media in an extremely broad and unintelligent fashion."

The Website is an expanded and updated version of a book of the same name, The Discovery of Global Warming, written by none other than the Director of the Center for History of Physics, Spencer Weart.

SPS President, Earl Blodget (center) poses with fellow SPS Council members. The future faces of physics
The SPS National Council, the governing body for the Society of Physics Students (SPS) and Sigma Pi Sigma, the physics honor society, convened at ACP last weekend for its annual meeting. The SPS Council consists of 18 students and 18 faculty from across the US, each elected to represent the students in their respective zones (i.e. regions). Together with the SPS Executive Committee, they discussed key topics including preparations for the upcoming 2008 Sigma Pi Sigma Congress and plans for implementing a yearlong dialogue on diversity. The Council committed to help integrate the chosen theme for the academic year, The Future Faces of Physics, into 12-18 zone meetings during the fall and spring semesters via special sessions, invited talks, and workshops on diversity. The meeting concluded with a trip to the Smithsonian Mall, with science toys in hand, to convey some of the fun of physics to unsuspecting passers-by.

Vacation is all I ever wanted
Now is the time to check your vacation balance in the E-time system to make sure your balance is within the carry over limits. Vacation balances in excess of the allotted carry over limits are credited to your sick leave accrual account each January 1. Carry over limits are based on years of service and increase with time. If you project an excess balance by year's end, you may want to schedule some vacation time in the coming months. Remember, vacation schedules must receive advance approval from the appropriate supervisor. For a full description of the Institute's vacation and sick leave accrual policy, download the Employee Handbook available on the Employease Network.

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