Now that we can run an issue featuring some of our non-theme queue articles, I thought this might be an appropriate time to update our readers with items drawn from our recent events queue.
First on my list is a sincere thank you to those past members of our editorial board who have decided to step down after years of service. Among them are names that I'm sure are familiar to many of you. In alphabetical order:
• Antony Beris, Dept. of Chemical Eng., Univ. of Delaware;
• David Eisenbud, Mathematical Sciences Research Inst., Univ. of Calif., Berkeley;
• Charles Peskin, Courant Inst. of Mathematical Sciences, New York Univ.;
• Constantine Polychronopoulos, Dept. of Electrical and Computer Eng., Univ. of Illinois;
• John Rice, Dept. of Computer Science, Purdue Univ.; and
• Ahmed Sameh, Dept. of Computer Science, Purdue Univ..
They all deserve credit for contributing, each in a distinct way, to the life of this publication. CiSE's mission is to facilitate cross-fertilization among the diverse parts of our community, and their participation on the board helped us immeasurably.
As for the present, I want to highlight the work of the guest editors of our International Polar Year theme track, Uma Bhatt and David Newman. The fourth installment of their series of articles appears in this issue; because it isn't sharing the stage with a conventional theme, we can at last use the series as inspiration for the cover artwork. Uma and David have spent more than a year producing articles for this series, constantly working with their authors so that later articles could benefit from earlier ones. I thank them for volunteering to undertake this experiment for CiSE—they're contributing to its evolution, just as surely as CiSE's board members.
And now, on to the future! Over the past year and continuing to the end of my term as editor in chief, I'm restocking our editorial board with members whose contributions will shape CiSE for years to come. I'm striving for a balance of expertise that more closely matches the constituencies that it's our mission to serve. Roughly speaking, we have two categories of such constituents—computational scientists and scientific computation specialists. The former consist of scientists and engineers who rely on computation as a principal tool in their professional work; the latter are those computer scientists, software engineers, and mathematicians who create the methods, algorithms, and tools that the former group requires to conduct their work. These two categories are very dependent on each other and hence are the principle areas for CiSE to cross-fertilize. To that end, board balance between the categories is important. Our most recently appointed regular board members are Hans-Joachim Bungartz (Inst. für Informatik, Technische Univ. München), Rachel Kuske (Dept. of Mathematics, Univ. of British Columbia), James Myers (Collaborative Systems, Nat'l Ctr. for Supercomputing Applications), and Greg Wilson (Dept. of Computer Science, Univ. of Toronto).
Finally, balance is also important in the realm of associate editors, because they bear the bulk of the burden in managing reviews of a wide range of manuscripts, and for department editors, because our department articles are the most consistently interesting and useful to our entire readership. For those of you keeping track, our most recently appointed associate editors are Steven Gottlieb (Dept. of Physics, Indiana Univ.) and David Winch (Dept. of Physics, emeritus Kalamazoo College). I've made it a priority, where possible, to appoint coeditors to each department, with one editor drawn from each of our two categorical constituencies. Our new department editors are Steven Barrett and Michael Dennin for Education (see the sidebar
), Michael Gray for Technology (see the sidebar
), Marion Belloni (Dept. of Physics, Davidson College) for Books, Rubin Landau (Dept. of Physics, Oregon State Univ.) for News, and Joel Tohline (Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, Louisiana State Univ.) and Claudio Silva (School of Computing, Univ. of Utah) for Visualization Corner.
I trust that you, our readership, will welcome these additions. These individuals, acting in consort with our current editorial board as well as those yet to be appointed, will largely determine what the future holds for CiSE. I still have until the end of 2008 to do my part in helping maintain an active and creative group of people who will continue the evolution necessary for the life of CiSE and the dynamic community we serve.