H. Frederick DyllaDirector's Matters

2008 Goals
Last week, the day after one of the most exciting Superbowl games in recent memory, the AIP Executive Committee and the AIP's Officers met in College Park, MD, to discuss AIP's "goal posts" for the year. The Executive Committee consists of seven voting and three nonvoting AIP Member Society representatives, and is a subset of the 42-member Governing Board. The Executive Committee works closely with AIP management to help us plan and implement the Institute's work.

We devote a significant portion of the first meeting of the year to discussing our priorities for the year. These Institute-wide priorities are based on the directives of the Governing Board that approves our charge to deliver essential products and services for the physical sciences community. In addition, the goals dictate AIP's staff assignments. As I embark on my first full calendar year as the new AIP Executive Director, I have the duty and privilege of instilling my voice in these goals.

Among AIP's priorities for 2008 are:

  • Value for Member Societies: Continue to deliver sustainable and unique high-quality programs delivering value to Member Societies and the physics community.
  • Policy Focus: Shape and influence public policy. Achieve broader impact by partnering with Member Societies, relevant professional organizations and learned societies. Deliver proactive analysis and comment on physics-related issues in the media/public realm.
  • Product and Business Development: Grow an effective new journal development platform. Optimize sustainable publishing services. Monitor past and current business- and product-development efforts to learn from the process. Explore sustainable business models for Physics Today and other AIP products.
  • Customer-facing Technologies and Processes: Keep pace with customer-facing technologies such as Web 2.0. Deploy the right mix of technologies and processes such as author content creation, peer review, production, print and Web delivery.

You can read the full version of AIP's 2008 Priorities approved by the Executive Committee. I welcome your comments.

Sincerely yours,


Initiative + planning = action
One of the strategic initiatives in the AIP Publishing Three-Year Long Range Plan is to increase flexibility in dealing with a growing customer base by establishing a research and development team, with the goal of improving AIP's abilities to innovate and lead. To align with this goal, Publishing Technology made an organizational change. The reorganization includes the creation of an R&D team responsible for research and implementation of new technology supporting planned strategic business initiatives. A publishing systems development and operations team will continue to support and enhance current systems and technology used for publishing services activities.

The newly formed R&D team—named the Emerging Technology Group—is led by James Wonder. The Publishing Systems Development & Operations Group is led by Bob Hollowell. Publishing Technology staff will continue to work as a closely integrated team. These organizational changes will enable the team to develop and integrate emerging technologies with publishing systems so that AIP can continue to provide both comprehensive and cost-effective publishing services.

DBIS celebrates new grant and new partnerships
AIP's Discoveries and Breakthroughs Inside Science (DBIS) program has just been awarded a $60,000 grant from the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation's Special Grant Program in the Chemical Sciences. This grant allows AIP to expand staff resources to structure a method for identifying and developing the top chemistry story leads best suited for TV news production, and ensure a regular flow of such stories to television stations countrywide. The DBIS program, administered by AIP Media and Government Relations, is a syndicated news service, delivering twelve 90-second broadcasts with two audio tracks each month to subscribing TV stations.

DBIS is produced with the help of more than 23 partnering science, technology, engineering, and mathematical societies that provide story ideas and experts to review research news. We most recently welcomed three new partner societies to the program. In late 2007, the American Physical Society joined DBIS. The American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) and the Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences (INFORMS) both joined in January, 2008.


APS is an AIP Member Society and represents the interests of 46,000 physicists across the globe. Its original mission, "to advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics," guides its activities today. AAPS serves the pharmaceutical sciences, promotes the economic vitality of the pharmaceutical sciences and scientists, and represents scientific interests within academia, industry, government, and other private and public institutions. INFORMS serves the scientific and professional needs of operations research educators, investigators, scientists, students, managers, and consultants. Check out the latest DBIS stories.

Green IT
According to the Gartner Group, PCs and monitors account for 40% of global IT device carbon emissions—nearly double that of data centers. Each year, enterprises waste billions of dollars by powering devices that are not in use. Turning off your PC and monitor when you leave work each night will significantly reduce energy consumption. Annual savings are estimated at 200 kWh or $20-$60 per PC. Shutting down may also prolong the life of the computer due to reduced heat stress and mechanical wear. Also, don't forget that important system updates are performed during startup, which will keep your PC running smoothly.

Web 2.0 at AIP
Just as AIP staff members have been utilizing wikis, blogs, social tagging, Facebook, discussion forums, and other Web 2.0 technologies in their everyday lives, the use of Web 2.0 technologies in our workplace is expanding. Examples include Institute-wide use of the in-house wiki.aip.org, as well as the externally hosted pbwiki.com platform, for collaborative efforts on a variety of projects. For an interesting read, Adventures in Agility—the blog for Scitation's Publishing Partners—covers new technologies and enhancements to Scitation-related services in a fairly non-technical way. The Technology Blog—available inside AIP's network—is specifically dedicated to technology discussions and information and is a valuable resource for those who enjoy keeping abreast of new technologies as they emerge. We invite you to visit, sign up, comment, and blog.

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