SETAC Globe - Environmental Quality Through Science
22 January 2015
Volume 16 Issue 1

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New Globe Editors-in-Chief

Bill Goodfellow, Tim Canfield, SETAC Globe Editors-in-Chief

Starting with this issue of the Globe, we are assuming the responsibilities of editors-in-chief. This task is a bit intimidating because we are taking the reins from John Toll, who restructured the Globe as a successful, electronic-only publication. The Globe is currently distributed to more than 6,000 recipients, with 34% of each monthly email being opened, and 28% of these readers opening at least one article. Furthermore, under his leadership the Globe was recognized as an awarding wining publication by the Society for Technical Communication 2013–2014 Summit Competition of the Washington, DC - Baltimore Chapter. The Globe, along with SETAC News, provides our membership with news and information within the society. Using the email platform ensures this information finds you in a timely manner, and you get to decide if you want to look further. This is by design because the demands on all our time is only increasing, not decreasing. Pertinent information that you can access as your schedule permits is important to all of us. We would like to thank John for making the electronic Globe an excellent newsletter that we all have grown to expect and respect, hence, our feeling of intimidation and apprehension as John hands the torch to us, and we begin our tenure as co-editors-in-chief. As we start this new opportunity to serve the SETAC membership, we do so with the foundational ethic of “nil nocere” (do no harm), and we will strive to maintain and enhance the current level of quality in the Globe.

These initial feelings also come with the excitement of a new opportunity to serve SETAC and its membership. We are firm believers that the society’s volunteer leadership best serves the membership not by doing one job forever (or even retiring from that job and doing nothing else) but by doing a job well, training the next leader, and then finding another job within SETAC that needs to be filled. From our perspective, there are approximately 6,000 jobs within SETAC that are needed each year. Don’t wait to be asked by someone in SETAC, please volunteer. You can start small, get involved in your local chapter or branch, join an advisory group or committee, or help work one of the regional or geographic unit meetings. With each opportunity you will learn and grow from the experience. This is how most of us got started serving SETAC and the path we followed into society leadership. SETAC is a grass-roots organization, our greatest value is only realized when each of us gets involved!

This is the theme we want to incorporate into the articles for the Globe. We want the Globe to serve as the go-to publication for our members to get the most up-to-date information. We also want our members to better understand the inner workings of SETAC and, based on your interest, how to get more involved. Over the next year, we will be running a series of articles to help you better understand our society along with the traditional news and information.

We would like to thank you for the opportunity to serve SETAC as the new editors-in-chief of the Globe. The only way that the Globe remains of value to our membership is if you tell us what you would like to learn more about and what type of news and information you would like to see. Please provide us your comments and ideas for your Globe. We need your news and articles each month. Please send your comments or ideas to or our individual email addresses at and We really want to hear from you!

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