Vol. 67, No. 2 (July 1998)
Rakesh Gupta, Editor
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Nominations for the 1999 Bingham Medal Nominations are invited for the 1999 Bingham award. These should be submitted before January 15, 1999 to the next chair of the Bingham award Committee:
Award guidelines may be found at http://www.umecheme.maine.edu/sor/awards/bingham/rules.htm
John M. Dealy
The Bingham medal of the Society for 1998 will be awarded at the
Monterey meeting to Professor John M. Dealy of McGill University. A write-up appears
below. Congratulations John!
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|Local Arrangement Chair|
|Gerald G. Fuller
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I am pleased to assume the Presidency of the Society at this time. Our Society is healthy, by all accounts. Membership is growing, to around 1800 at last count, about 70% higher than a decade ago. Our meetings continue to be well attended, typically drawing around 300, a number which has held steady for several years now at a time of decline for some societies. Thanks to energetic efforts of the meeting organizers (Bill VanArsdale in Galveston and Jack Zakin in Columbus), and program organizers, the meetings continue to provide an excellent value for our members. In the capable hands of our editor Mort Denn, the Journal of Rheology continues to flourish as the premier journal in the field. Here, too, the rate of publication is holding steady at around 50 articles per year, and the quality seems only to get better. The relatively new "best paper" award also adds a dash of class, with last years award going to the Belgian group of Vinckier, Moldenaers, and Mewis, for a seminal publication on blend rheology. This last item hints at another happy trend in our Society, that of growing international participation. Around 40% of the members are international, and similar percentages of the papers and talks involve international participants. It is thus entirely fitting that our members have, for the first time, voted an international scientist, Paula Moldenaers, to the Executive Committee as a Member at Large.
In addition to maintaining the quality of its "bread and butter" functions, namely the Journal and annual meetings, the SoR is adding additional member value through its biannual Rheology Bulletin, edited by Rakesh Gupta. The Bulletin is now publishing advertisements and short, practical, articles of wide interest to rheologists. The Society web pages (http://www.umecheme.maine.edu/sor/), managed adroitly by Albert Co, are garnering several thousand hits per month. The Societys education committee, now chaired by Susan Muller, membership committee, headed by Bill VanArsdale, and constitution committee, led by Faith Morrison, are helping our Society advance into the 21st century. We are also continually renewing our Society by bringing active young members, as well as experienced hands, onto our various committees.
I believe there are several issues that we must successfully confront over the next few years, if we are to continue to perform optimally. The first is the challenge of electronic publishing, which both threatens our revenue base and offers great opportunities for new services to benefit our members. Fortunately, thanks to careful stewardship of our finances by past treasurer Ed Collins, and present treasurer Monty Shaw, the SoR is financially well prepared to move aggressively in this area. This year, libraries are receiving with their subscription to JoR domain licenses for electronic access to the Journal at http://ojps.aip.org/. This will permit downloading of PDF files of articles, as well as access to AIP and IEEE data bases such as INSPEC and SPIN. Soon, you will be able to click on a reference in a JoR article and bring up the abstract of the referenced paper. If the library subscribes to that journal, free viewing of the article will be available to everyone logging in from the librarys domain. For everyone without an institutional subscription, a pay-per-view option will permit the article to be purchased. Thus, from your office or home, you will be able to "daisy chain" from one reference to the next. Full-text searchability of the JoR is on the (somewhat more distant) horizon as well. It may be the case that JoR readers will spend more time with electronic copy than with the printed text. In parallel with our expanding efforts in the electronic arena, the SoR will this year make available to its members a CD-ROM containing all back issues of the JoR, for an introductory price of only $130. The CD-ROM will not only free up shelf space, but is searchable as well, and thus offers additional advantages over the printed page. All members are urged to avail themselves both of the CD-ROM, and of electronic access to JoR. If your library is slow to subscribe to the free electronic access to which it is entitled, our resident bulldog Jeff Giacomin will act as your ombudsman.
The second challenge I see is to maintain a balance between academic and industrial participation in the SoR. Continuing changes in industry challenge our Society to remain relevant, even as it advances the science of rheology. Fortunately, our subject matter is inherently valuable to industry, and graduate students in the field of rheology are in demand. By listening more closely to our industrial members and monitoring and encouraging their participation in our meetings, I am optimistic that the SoR will remain a vital forum for industrially relevant research.
In addition to these priorities, we must find new ways to educate our members and the public to our Societys offerings, through web pages, videos, and courses. And we plan to update our constitution. Stay tuned; you will be hearing much more about these exciting developments in the very near future.
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