1. The publication of its journal, Frontier Perspectives,
2. Hosting international conferences where scientists share their thoughts on many frontier issues,
3. An academic lecture series which is open to the public and audio taped,
4. Internationally networking and exchanging information with scientists and students.
II. Scientific Journal
In 1990 the Center established Frontier Perspectives, a newsletter, which has grown to become a journal. This semi-annual journal has received considerable acclaim from scholars worldwide. Scientists have the opportunity to publish their latest theories and research findings in Frontier Perspectives and receive important feedback on their work from the scientific community. The journal also contains reports on Center activities, information on new scholarly achievements and ventures at the frontier, upcoming meetings, and new contacts worldwide.
It consists of both feature articles and invited opinions on the frontier issues of science. Under the direction of its distinguished editorial board manuscripts are peer reviewed. In the review process high academic standards are maintained while allowing frontier ideas to be aired and critically reviewed. The journal's purpose is to raise questions and bring forth debate on frontier issues that hold promise for future breakthroughs. The journal is geared not only to a scientific audience, but to the professional reader as well.
III. International Roundtable Meetings and Proceedings
In recognition of the contribution that international conferences make to the progress of science, the Center has hosted nine international conferences. The Center implements its mission by globally networking and exchanging information through its conferences, and by bringing together scientists working on similar frontier issues. Through these assemblies existing theories are explored and new theories are developed. Many of the scientists that have met at past conferences have established research collaborations resulting in published scientific papers. The publishing of conference proceedings plays a vital role in the Center's mission and serves to disseminate new discoveries and ideas to the research community and the public.
IV. Public Lectures
The Center has sponsored over 50 lectures on Temple's Main Campus in its ongoing colloquium series. Drs. David Bohm, Gerald Edelman, Lynn Margulis, Bjorn Nordenstrom, and Roger Penrose are among the distinguished list of speakers. Besides the Temple community, the audience for the speaker series consist of faculty and students from surrounding colleges and universities, and members of the local community. These events are free and open to the public and audiotapes are also available.
Networking and informational exchange play an integral part in building a bridge from the frontier to the mainstream and encouraging interdisciplinary research. In its eleven-year history of meetings, lecture series, and publications, the Center has established an international database consisting of over 5,000 members, libraries, and files of information on new topics in science and medicine. Requests come in daily for information on scientists, centers, research, and organizations dedicated to specific frontier issues. This database is an important tool for the Center in carrying out its mission. Other networking tools include electronic mail and the establishment of the Center's website. The website provides the latest information on the Center's activities and meetings as well as links to other related websites. Working internationally with institutions to keep today's scientists, physicians, and students abreast of frontier issues in science, encouraging review of these issues, and separating the wheat from the chaff stands as a major role for the Center. A fundamental reason for establishing the Center was the belief that the frontier issues of today often become the mainstream science of tomorrow.
Scientists and scholars concerned about the future of science and about frontier issues in science, medicine, and technology are invited to become affiliates of the Center and participate in its activities and committees. Members receive Frontier Perspectives and notification of events hosted by the Center. Students are especially encouraged.
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