At CSE’s 2010 annual meeting in Atlanta, two members were recognized for their service to the organization. Seth Beckerman was awarded a CSE Distinguished Service Award, and Pamella Erickson was awarded a CSE Certificate of Appreciation.
Beckerman, of Business & Technical Communications, was honored for his work as the Web editor for CSE, a role he has held for more than 10 years. During his tenure, he made numerous additions to the Web site, including a list of books that were edited or written by CSE members, an extensive list of reference links, and a copy of “CSE’s White Paper on Promoting Integrity in Scientific Journal Publications” in HTML format. He also helped to ensure that the more than 1000 links to the articles published for the 2007 Global Theme Issue on Poverty and Human Development would be available online in time for the press conference announcing the project.
In addition, Beckerman created the job-notification list, which alerts its 1000 members by e-mail each time a new job is posted. The list helps to bring in more than $14,000 in annual revenue from job advertisements and, thanks to a prepayment system that Beckerman created, requires no time to be spent in invoicing and billing. Finally, the traffic to the CSE Web site rose dramatically during Beckerman’s time as its editor, from 36 461 hits in October 2000 to 858 695 in January 2010.
Erickson, a CSE member since 2002, has been involved in various committees since joining the council. She became active in the CSE Education Committee in 2002, serving as its vice-chair from 2006 to 2007 and then as its chair from 2007 to 2009. During her tenure, the Education Committee began to explore new ways of providing educational opportunities, such as re-evaluating ShortCourse offerings, adding a new course in journal metrics, and considering a certification program. Erickson also served on the Program Committee for the 2008 annual meeting and comoderated one of the sessions. Since 2009, she has been active on the Editorial Policy Committee. She has also recently been chosen to serve as secretary of CSE from 2010 to 2011.
After receiving a bachelor’s degree in biological science and a master’s degree in oceanography, Erickson worked in the environmental consulting industry for 15 years before becoming a selfemployed freelance writer and editor. Since 2000, she has worked in Global Medical Communications for Eli Lilly and Company in various capacities, including writer, editor, publication planner and coordinator, and consultant on publication-related topics, focusing on peer-reviewed manuscripts, abstracts, and posters.
Congratulations and continuing thanks to the 2010 award recipients!