UniServe Science News Volume 15 March 2000


From the Directors

Ian Johnston and Mary Peat
Directors, UniServe Science

Things are changing round here.

In the July 1999 newsletter (Volume 13) we foreshadowed our belief that the time had come for UniServe Science News to publish refereed articles. We asked for your comments and didn't get any opposing the idea. Mind you, we didn't get any supporting it either, but that's neither here nor there. We'll go ahead.

We have already started setting up an editorial group and drafting the guidelines for submission of manuscripts. This will take us a while to complete but we hope to have the first refereed article in the November 2000 issue. So, please watch our web site (http://science.uniserve.edu.au/newsletter/referee.html) for information about submission of manuscripts. Over the last two years or so we have been asking people if they would be willing to act as a referee for papers submitted. We will be contacting those of you who have said yes, to establish your availability and the range of topics/disciplines you would be comfortable managing. If there are others who would be interested in this activity, please let us know.

The move to refereed manuscripts also sees us moving towards subscriptions for the newsletter. Our funding base no longer permits us to publish extensively for the higher education sector. If we are to continue to produce our newsletter we will need to set up a subscription facility. We will continue to send one copy of the newsletter to each of our contacts, as we have always done; but the difference is that now, those of you who have been asking for your personal copy of the newsletter will be able to have it at an annual cost of $33.00, including postage. Our subscription information will also be on the Web (http://science.uniserve.edu.au/about/subscrip.html) - so, again, watch that space!

Actually, this charge will be like a subscription to UniServe Science itself. Ever since we were established by the Council for the Advancement of University Teaching, there has been pressure on us to become self-supporting, at least partially. As times get ever harder, that pressure increases. We hope this move will ease the pressure just a little.

And lastly: don't forget our annual workshop Evaluating the New Teaching Technologies, to be held on Friday, April 28 at The University of Sydney. Incidentally, in case any of you noticed, there was a bit of a mix-up about whether it is Technologies or Techniques we were going to be talking about. It is indeed Technologies, but, let's face it, in the kind of thing we will be talking about, the two are very closely entwined anyway.

At the same time, because there has been a lot of attention paid lately to the First Year experience, and since we know that many of you attending our workshop are interested in this area, we will be holding a discussion forum on Improving the First Year Experience at the same location on the preceding day: Thursday, April 27, 2.00-5.00 p.m.

We hope to see you at one or both of these.

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