From the editor's desk.

Author:Gabriele, Edward
Position:Introduction - Editorial

This has been a year of remarkable anniversaries. It is the International Year of Astronomy remembering Galileo's first use of the telescope. This year calls to mind the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his Origin of Species. This year celebrates the 40th anniversary of the first lunar landing and the 25th anniversary of the first American woman to walk in space. It is the year in which world scholars celebrate prestigious academic leadership in the United Kingdom--800 years at the University of Cambridge and 100 years at the University of Bristol. To those of a growing vintage on this side of the Atlantic, we look back 40 years and recall the cultural ferment and social protest of the 60's captured in names such as Woodstock, Berkeley, and Stonewall.

Much like Cambridge scholars who were called to the act of learning and wisdom by ancient bells such as that on the cover of this edition, we too are called always to the act of remembrance and significance while steadily progressing forward to things yet to be discovered. We are ever in the act of remembering--but not of events without meaning. Rather we look to hear again something of our past so that the present might be reinterpreted in the hope of an unforeseen but expectant future. Scholars remind us that this type of memory was central to ancient culture; and it is as much a part of our experience today as it was in centuries past. We are a people of living tradition.

Our profession is steeped in and called to a living tradition. We are not perfunctory shop-keeps ensuring no gathering of dust on volume and file. In contrast, research administration has become...

To continue reading