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I'm approaching the task of serving as editor in chief for cise with pleasurable anticipation, having been on the editorial board for more than seven years. I'll now take a deep breath and begin by explaining how i view cise and what i hope to accomplish as eic.
The magazine was created to serve the computational science community. From its founding, CiSE has focused on real-world applications of scientific computing, with articles written by and for active practitioners, and it will continue to serve this function.
Education in computational science is a core mission for CiSE. Our feature articles are designed to inform and instruct, and various columns appearing in every issue are explicitly tutorial. Because computation evolves so rapidly, a great deal of education in computational science occurs outside of academic institutions. This means that for practicing scientists and engineers, staying current is a never-ending process, yet providing education to others is also an unavoidable responsibility. The success of the magazine's columns—in particular, Computing Prescriptions and Your Homework Assignment—shows that CiSE does play an important part in the great adventure of education. I hope to see our educational mission continue and grow.
In addition to education, CiSE should lend a voice to some other specific topics:
A final remark about CiSE and its future: our magazine has always been a group effort. The editorial board should be and is a group of activists, and I'm planning on even more involvement from the editorial board as a whole. I look to this magazine to continue to be a high-quality scientific publication.
And finally, I can't end without thanking Norman -Chonacky for his four years of service at the helm of CiSE. Thanks, Norman, for your fine leadership over the past four years!
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