Chaos on the cape
Woods Hole, MA, a quaint and historic village near the southern end of Cape Cod, is well known to tourists because of its coastal beauty and to scientists because it hosts two world-renowned research centers—the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the Marine Biological Laboratory. For an important corner of the physics community, those who study so-called chaotic behavior in nature, or "chaos" for short, the village of Woods Hole holds special significance.
Twenty years ago, on July 24, 1989, a group of scientists from the US and the Soviet Union (pictured top right) with an interest in sharing their views on chaotic phenomena met in Woods Hole at the J. Erik Jonsson Center (bottom right) operated by the National Academy of Sciences. At the time of the first gathering, this scientific endeavor did not have appropriate venues for disseminating results, such as conferences or scholarly journals devoted to the field, partly because chaos is inherently interdisciplinary. Almost every phenomenon in nature, from the flow of liquids in pipes to convection in the atmosphere, from the growth of materials to the flight of insects, can be analyzed with experimental and theoretical tools developed by scientists and engineers interested in so-called nonlinear phenomena, where chaotic behavior can arise and where order can be found amid the chaos.
The inaugural Soviet–American Chaos Conference was organized by David Campbell, then a distinguished physicist at Los Alamos National Laboratory; Mitchell Feigenbaum, a physicist from Rockefeller University (and last year's recipient of the Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics); Ken Ford, who was AIP's executive director at the time; and a number of Soviet colleagues. For the next four years, this group held summer conferences alternating between the original Woods Hole site and venues in Russia and Ukraine. Over this same time period the world witnessed the breakup of the Soviet Union. These conferences were an important means by which the scientists maintained contact amid the turmoil of this political transformation.
The first chaos conference led to the founding of a dedicated journal with the same title. In July 1991, AIP began publishing Chaos: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Nonlinear Science. Chaos has developed a considerable reputation among both authors and readers largely due to the efforts of a distinguished editorial board led by editor-in-chief David Campbell. Professor Campbell now manages this task while serving as the provost of Boston University. Maintaining the professional and financial health of a journal in an interdisciplinary field is especially challenging, because the increasing specialization of science favors highly specialized journals.
On July 24, 2009—20 years to the day after the inaugural conference—close to 50 scientists gathered at the same Woods Hole conference center to commemorate the event, and to explore new frontiers in the study of chaos. Alumni of the original conference were invited to participate in Chaos/Xaoc 2009—not to speak, but to introduce the next generation of scientists who now work in this important field.
The future is now
AIP has recently negotiated a technology partnership with Collexis Holdings, Inc, a premier developer of semantic search and knowledge-discovery software. Enhancing AIP's dual role as a publisher of world-renowned scholarly publications and well-respected provider of cutting-edge publishing services, AIP publishing staff are opening doors to the many opportunities offered by semantic publishing. The collaboration with Collexis will allow AIP to develop and offer innovative products and services, placing AIP at the forefront of scientific networking. Visit Collexis online to learn more about BiomedExperts.com—a literature-based social networking community built using Collexis Fingerprint technology. If you're interested in becoming more familiar with the concepts of the Semantic Web, a good place to start is the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)—the standards organization for the Web. There, you will find some useful resources, including recent presentations and tutorials from the W3C Semantic Web Activity group. Follow this and other developments in AIP products and services on Twitter.
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Go paperless and save a tree
Collectively we can help save trees by reviewing our biweekly pay statements online, instead of on paper. AIP offers this convenient and environmentally friendly option through ADP iPay, a Web-based tool for accessing your current and past pay information and W-2 forms. Directions on how to use the program can be found on the Employease Network in the company guide under iPay-ADP. Contact Human Resources if you need further assistance.
Who we are—Production Operations and Support Services
AIP Production Operations and Support Services (POSS) staff, led by Chris McMahon, contribute to the production process every step of the way. Four teams make up the business unit: Production Operation Support Administration, Vendor/Cottage Services, XML/Xyvision Support, and Graphics/Training/CD and PDF Support. POSS staff (see the organizational chart, pages 38–40) manage the first half of the journal production process, and support the Production Operation teams, programs, and procedures for the second half. POSS also provides support to the Online Services department on XML/SGML markup issues, as well as the Special Publications and Proceedings department on production-related processes. The overall goal of POSS is to ensure that all content creation and markup meets the requirements for a host of deliverables. POSS provides advice and assistance to customers and vendors in the creation and ultimate distribution of valid content.
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