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AMS second-century countdown. Four who deserve our thanks.

The previous LOTRW post singled out Bill Gail (and his entire Centennial Committee and their extended network) for all their work in getting us to this 2020-moment. But AMS-member-gratitude shouldn’t stop there. We should also express our thanks to the four … Continue reading

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AMS second-century countdown. Five new starts

The American Meteorological Society’s 2020 Annual Meeting– our 100th– is underway. A record number of attendees – more than 5000 – are gathering in Boston for the occasion. But the Centennial itself is the tip of the iceberg. Years of planning … Continue reading

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Open access journals. Part 4.

Google the phrase “the war on science” and a host of links pop up immediately. Scientists might be forgiven for occasionally feeling beset. But the fact is, there isn’t really a war focused on science. Scientists, technologists, innovators, thus far, … Continue reading

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Open access journals. Part 3.

“Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.”– Exodus 20:16 KJV “In war the first casualty is the truth.”– attributed variously, in slightly different forms. “In wartime, truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard … Continue reading

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Open access journals. Part 2.

“ceiiinosssttuv” –Robert Hooke (1676) “I was country when country wasn’t cool.”– Barbara Mandrell (1990) When the peerless Isaac Newton and his contemporary Robert Hooke[1]walked the earth, natural philosophers were few and far between. The pace of discovery and change was relatively … Continue reading

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Open access journals. Part 1.

“Information wants to be free.“ Stewart Brand Finally! We’ve seen the back of 2019; the year 2020 beckons, with all its promise and potential for a fresh start. You and I enter the year as new creations. But if we’re … Continue reading

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Catch the Christmas/AMS Centennial Spirit

By now, you may have committed to coming to the AMS 2020 Annual Meeting, along with what looks to be a record number of others. Maybe you want to celebrate the closeout to our 100thanniversary year. Perhaps you want to … Continue reading

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What scientists want… and the lump of coal in this year’s Christmas stocking.

“Only sick nouns need adjectives.”– Eugene Peterson, The Contemplative Pastor(1989) In the old days, children were told that if they’d been good all year, Santa would bring them gifts to enjoy on Christmas Eve. But if they’d chronically misbehaved, then all … Continue reading

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What scientists want… and what may be in the Christmas stocking.

Recent LOTRW posts have focused on what scientists want – occasions and means to take their science to the next level – to use their research to build a better world. New opportunities may be in the offing. Here are a … Continue reading

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What scientists want, redux: APLU structural recommendations for academia.

As set forth in the previous LOTRW post, what scientists want most is to see their research and advances in understanding applied for human benefit (and for the benefit of life more broadly). This hunger is universal and runs deep. … Continue reading

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