Publications Committee Report
By Ted Schutzbank, PhD
It is difficult to believe that an entire year has already past since I wrote my first Publications Committee Report for this Newsletter. It has been a very busy year for AMP publications, and for the members of the Publications Committee. It is fitting, therefore, that I use this update to recognize, and give my personal thanks to all the Committee members for their efforts and hard work in 2010.
First, I thank Quilu Pan and Bernadette Wildemore, the CHAMP Moderator and Associate Moderator respectively. Quilu and Bernadette do a great (and sometimes thankless) job of screening all of the CHAMP submissions for appropriateness. In doing so, they often save us from embarrassing ourselves by submitting inappropriate postings, and especially when we (the we includes myself) click on reply, forgetting to change the e-mail address from CHAMP to the specific individual to whom we really meant to reply.
Timothy O’Leary has also completed his first year as Editor-in- Chief of The Journal of Molecular Diagnostics (JMD), and therefore, as a member of the Publications Committee. I thank Tim for his participation as a Committee member, and for his always erudite input into the various Committee discussions over the past year.
At the end of the 2010 AMP Annual Meeting Kathleen Murphy informed me that she was regretfully stepping down as the Editor of the Web Library. Kathleen has held that position for several years and has truly performed yeoman’s service keeping the postings up to date. Kathleen, thank you very much for all of your help and for the excellent job in maintaining the Library. For those of you who use this resource, you will find that the 2010 AMP presentations at USCAP have all been posted, as well as several of the presentations made at the 2010 AMP Annual Meeting. I will take the opportunity here to ask those of you who made presentations at AMP, and have not yet submitted release forms allowing us to post your slide sets, to do so as soon as possible. Also make any necessary edits to your presentations, and submit the Power Point file to the AMP office for inclusion into the Web Library.
Mary Lowery Nordberg has continued in her role as AMP Website Editor. Improvements to the AMP website continue to be made under her very capable leadership. One of Mary’s main pushes for 2011 is to increase the technical content of the various Subdivision sections. Part of the overall process of improving the website includes updating the AMP Test Directory. Alexis Carter is continuing her efforts to update the data base, which is an enormous undertaking. Thank you, Mary and Alexis, for your continued efforts.
Last year I sent out an e-mail on CHAMP asking for volunteers to write articles for the “Molecular Edge” section of the publication Advance for Medical Laboratory Professionals. The number of replies exceeded my expectations. To date, articles have been published in Advance by Terry Dunn, Frederico Monzon, Larry Jennings, Carrie Cresenzi, Yuri Trembath, Suzanne K. Coberly, and Roberta Sitnik. An article by Bernadette Wildemore, entitled “Molecular Microbiology - Will Culture-Based Methods Become Obsolete?” will be printed in the March issue. Dan Farkas also authored an invited article, “State-of-the-ART MDx”, for a special edition of Advance for Administrators of the Laboratory. That issue was dedicated to the area of molecular diagnostics. My sincere thanks to all of you for taking the time out of your very busy schedules to contribute your articles.
Last, but definitely not least, I must thank the AMP Newsletter Co-Editors Teresita (Terry) Cuyegkeng Redondo and Marlene Sabbath-Solitare. Both Terry and Marlene have been regular and very active participants in the monthly Publications Committee conference calls. Theirs is indeed a thankless job, a substantial part of which entails hounding and nagging all of us Council members, Committee Chairs, and Subdivision Chairs etc., to submit our reports in time to meet the Newsletter publication date. I am very sad to announce that Terry and Marlene have decided that this will be their last year as Newsletter Co-Editors. We will be starting a search for their replacement(s?) later this year. Please join me in thanking Terry and Marlene for their excellent service to AMP as the Newsletter Co-Editors.
I am looking forward to 2011, and working with all of the very talented professionals who make up the AMP Publications Committee. We still have much to do, but as I stated last year at this time, I know it will be fun and rewarding.