Biological Abstracts / BIOSIS: The First Fifty Years. The by William Steere

By William Steere

A 50th birthday is an efficient one to celebrate-old adequate to be ex­ perienced and mature, yet no longer so previous as to be an vintage. And if the fifty years have spanned as a lot swap in clinical affairs as has happened through the life of organic Abstracts it truly is absolutely time for a stocktaking. The leaders of biology in 1926 easily couldn't have imagined the condi­ tions of 1976. And few biologists energetic in 1976 can think what 1926 used to be like. That used to be prior to the explosive progress of federal cash for study and improvement, prior to the massive swelling of graduate enrollments and levels, ahead of international warfare II, even earlier than the nice melancholy! a number of old-timers can consider 1926, and invoice Steere will forgive me for calling him an old-timer. in the end, he offers the proof himself; as a graduate scholar he met the 1st editor while organic Abstracts was once in basic terms 3 years previous, and he has recognized all its later editors and administra­ tive officials. What he doesn't say is that tn size of carrier to BIOSIS, in seniority, he stands between just a couple of prior and current contributors of the board of trustees; nor does he point out that at the very least as usually as the other biologist he has been referred to as upon to serve on governmental and associational councils and committees facing coverage and method about the abstracting, class, and dissemination of clinical wisdom. without doubt he was once the perfect option to write this history.

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Hitchens to decide. In the minutes of the 1920 annual meeting, held at the University of Chicago, we find Dr. Hitchens suggesting that Abstracts of Bacteriology be changed from a bimonthly publication schedule to a monthly one, without increase in size. The request was approved. In the minutes of the 1922 meeting, held in Detroit, the following resolution appears: Resolved: That the Society record in its minutes and in its journal, its appreciation of the services of the retiring Secretary, Major A.

Three·numbers have already been published and the fourth is in press. This was the first intimation that the subscription list was not as large as Dr. Hitchens had hoped for, in his usual optimistic manner, and this is also the first indication that the publisher, who undoubtedly had been "oversold," was not altogether satisfied with his bargain, especially in view of rising costs of publication. In his October 20 newsletter, perhaps at the prompting of the publisher, Dr. Hitchens became even more urgent and eloquent in his campaign for more subscribers.

Shear, and Forrest Shreve. The executive committee of the Temporary Board of Control next selected Burton E. Livingston for editor in chief and set up fifteen sections, with an associate editor in charge of each one: agronomy and soil technology, bacteriology (H. J. Conn), botanical education (c. Stuart Gager), cytology (c. J. Chamberlain), ecology and plant geography (Henry C. Cowles), forestry (Raphael Zon), genetics (G. H. Shull), history, biography, and bibliography (J. H. Barnhart), horticulture (W.

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