from headquarters AMS Begins Project to Use the World Wide Web to Document the Recent History of Earth Sciences The exponential growth of science has far out- site, pioneers who worked on these topics will be urged stripped traditional means for recording the history of to submit personal recollections, documents or point- this growth. This severely impedes scholarly evalua- ers to collections of documents, and comments on ma- tion and public understanding of science and technol- terials submitted by others. The material will be gath- ogy because there is often very little of the historical ered in searchable databases and the sites will include record beyond what is published in the technical jour- discussion forums where individuals can make their nals. The AMS has joined with the American Geo- own contributions to the collection. If this initiative succeeds, it will result in a mechanism for gathering physical Union and the American Institute of Physics much historical information about developments in the (Center for History of Physics) to experiment with atmospheric and related sciences that would otherwise using the World Wide Web to locate, create, and pre- serve historical documentation in science and technol- be lost. ogy. This project has recently received funding from A broader description of the project is currently the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and is now beginning availabl e on the AMS Web site (http://www. its early development phase at all three societies. ametsoc.org/AMS) "Using the World Wide Web to Document the Recent History of Earth Sciences," and The experimental project will focus on a few se- lected research topics of manageable size but of high more information will be posted there over the next importance, and through each organizations's Web few months as this project progresses. At AMS Headquarters Mr. Spengler attended the hearings of the Sen- Five AMS Members Appointed to ate Foreign Relations Committee's Subcommit- Search Committee tee on Oceans and International Environment in Washington on 27 July. At the The Executive Committee has selected five mem- hearings AMS President Rich- bers to serve on the official search committee for the ard J. Reed presented a state- AMS executive director. The candidate will replace ment for the AMS on Senate Richard E. Hallgren, who announced that as of Janu- Resolution 281, which would ary 1999 he will step down from his current role. urge the United States to seek an Hallgren will continue to serve the Society in a vari- international treaty prohibiting ety of capacities for an additional two years after he use of environmental or geo- leaves the executive director position. graphical modification as a weapon of war. Other The search committee consists of professionals who AMS members who appeared as witnesses were: represent the research, private, government, and aca- Gordon J. F. MacDonald, member, Council on demic segments. Environmental Quality; Robert M. White, Ad- The search committee is led by Susan Avery, who ministrator, National Oceanic and Atmospheric will serve as the chairperson of the committee. Avery Administration; Thomas F. Malone, Dean, is the director of the Cooperative Institute on Research Graduate School, University of Connecticut; and on Environmental Sciences at the University of Colo- Werner A. Baum, President, University of Rhode rado, is a past chair of the UCAR Board of Trustees, Island. and is currently a member of the AMS Executive Com- mittee. Committee members are Robert Brammer, Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 53, 904. Bradley Colman, Jerry Mahlman, and John Snow. 2008 Vol. 78, No. 9, September 7 997
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