From the editor's desk.

Author:Gabriele, Edward
Position:Introduction - Editorial

As very young children, we might have turned over these small objects in the palms of our hands. We looked at them, curious at their clear depth and fascinating cut edges. We held them up to the sunlight. Eyes grew large with sheer delight as the usual stream of white light broke into a cascade of brilliance: dancing on walls and ceilings; on our faces and hands. We had discovered the prism. Later we would learn the utility of it all, how crystal can bend and refract light into the spectrum of basic colors. Yet our initial encounter with a prism was not mechanical at all. The prism taught us how things do not always have to be the same; how difference itself can be brilliant. This was an experience of being caught up in something our parents would call "beauty." And in that beauty we would encounter another of childhood's most precious moments, the experience of delight.

We grow past childhood quickly. In learning the skills for adult life, we can forget or misplace truths such as our delight in the beauty of difference and color. Research leaders, as well as researchers themselves, can fall into a mindset-trap of minimalist standard operating procedures, developing tactical manuals of operations, demonstrating need or success through the quantification of products or results, and the never-ending demand that we comply with regulations or complete rudimentary checklists. Some of these are not necessarily a negative; yet they are not the overarching pulse of what we do to assist the processes of discovery, innovation, and the development of products that secure quality of life for our world and ourselves. In addition, each of us from our own cultures and nations can easily become mired...

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