Thank you for the opportunity this past year to bring together the areas of Publications, Website, and Information Technology. Late in 2009 I met with President Steve Hedlund and Ms. Jane Ryley, the publisher for Dental World and Dental Abstracts, in St. Louis, Missouri, to discuss how Dental World might be approached differently in 2010. Three months later we assembled the first 2010 issue, which was published in March/April. It has been an eye-opening experience to have completed three issues, with the fourth and final 2010 issue now in your hands. It has been a pleasure to work with Dr. Hedlund and Ms. Ryley to improve each issue, and I extend a special thanks to Deanna Over of the Elsevier office in Philadelphia, who has helped guide each issue through the many hurdles of the proofing process. I also offer many thanks for the able advice of Drs. Joseph Harris and Michael Schafhauser, our Editorial Advisory Committee, who helped guide Dental World this past year.
Gradual changes are under way in the Dental World print format, which will be completed in 2011 in time for PFA's 75th Anniversary. This year's experience has added to my great respect for the hard work done in the past by Contributing Editor/Historian James Brophy III. The Dental World/Dental Abstracts issues remain a vital forum to communicate news and important research updates to all the PFA Fellows, and past issues (going back to 1998) can be accessed online now. The Dental Abstracts subscription is a wonderful benefit for those who have been selected for Fellowship in the Academy. At the Annual Meeting in Orlando, we had a chance to meet with Dental Abstracts Editor Dr. Douglas B. Berkey, who has been welcomed into the Academy as a new Fellow! Finally, I thank the ever-so-faithful Executive Director of the Academy, Judith Kozal, as she kept the Central Office humming along to serve your Section's needs and keep the Dental World office informed of all the PFA events around the world.
Please send any comments you might have about the Dental World publication, along with short articles about your Section activities and good photographs, to the Dental World office. I particularly encourage you to send reports about new Fellows, Scholarship recipients, and any Foundation Grants awarded to service programs in your region. You are welcome to send in your own editorial, which we will consider for publication. Your submissions help us get the word out, in print and online, about the extensive activities of the Academy and Foundation from your point of view.
Mark D. Stanley
Dental World Editor