Newsletter History

Brief history of the EPR newsletter  
R. Linn Belford,
Founding Editor of the EPR Newsletter
Rebecca (Becky) J. Gallivan  
Linn Belford and Becky Gallivan were honored by the IES with gold special medals for distinguished service

presented at the 25th International EPR Symposium, Denver July 30, 2002

Professor R. Linn Belford is honoured by the Society with a Gold Special Medal for Distinguished Service for his outstanding contribution as Founding Editor of the EPR Newsletter from 1987 until the present time. The Newsletter preceded the foundation of the Society by about two years and was quickly recognised as being a most appropriate organ for the new Society. Professor Belford has not only served the Society well in this way but he has also ensured that both the Newsletter and the Society have had administrative support through the Illinois EPR Research Center. Those members of the Society who do not know him personally have, nevertheless, come to know him through his editorials in the Newsletter and learned something of the generous spirit that we associate with him. Professor Belford has contributed more than most to the development of a sense of international identity for all researchers in EPR Spectroscopy and he is truly one of our colleagues who has gone the “extra mile” in our service.

Rebecca (Becky) Gallivan is honoured by the Society with a Gold Special Medal for Distinguished Service for her outstanding support of the EPR community since 1990 through maintaining the IES Office at the University of Illinois. Becky, a Senior Administrator in the Illinois EPR Research Center, has, more than anyone else, kept the Society going. Her contribution, much of it “out of hours” and well beyond the call of duty, must not go unrecognised at this time as her involvement is being wound back. She is a fount of knowledge about the Society that will not easily be replaced . She has maintained our member database throughout, responded to email and other communications with admirable professionalism. Her involvement with the Society will be sadly missed but it will be a mark of her contribution that the Society has reached a stage of maturity when these tasks can, and must, now be undertaken by others. The Society says “thank you” in the form of this special gold medal and with a thank-you gift check.

Linn Belford, founding editor of the EPR newsletter, recalls the history of this publication:

“Sixteen years ago, when I started this effort, there was no vehicle like this newsletter to provide the international EPR community with a common medium for news and exchange of information. As we started the Illinois EPR Research Center (IERC) here, we saw a need for such a bulletin and decided to undertake it as a service. What we had in mind was very modest – just a few photocopied sheets that would come out once a year or so, and I undertook to start it as an ‘Electron Spin Resonance Centers Newsletter’. But the EPR community of several thousand scientists around the world also had no international organization, and Hal Swartz, then director o f the IERC, made a strong case to many of our colleagues from several countries to start one. So the International EPR (ESR) Society was born, with the fledgling Centers newsletter to serve as our Society publication. Soon, under its new name ‘EPR Newsletter’, this little pamphlet grew to a substantial and time-consuming professional publication with announcements and reports on both local and international conferences, news items, want ads, and equipment exchange section, information on experimental techniques, computer programs and methods, exchanges of opinion through letters to the editor, guest columns, sponsors’ ads, a lot of news about the International EPR Society, and an extensive annual directory of members and other EPR scientists. This has been a very major effort, not only on my part, but also that ot our former IERC secretary, Martha Moore, and especially of Becky Gallivan, whose organizational skills, dedication, and hard work as Assistant Editor made my editorship job possible. I thank them profusely. To our many colleagues around the world who provided material and helped in other ways, I am grateful. And I sincerely thank the IES for recognizing my starting and developing this Newsletter with a medal. I’m not sorry to lose all the effort, time, and attention that editing this Newsletter has required, but I will miss the many interactions with colleagues and the making of new acquaintances and friends that it has occasioned”

(Extract from Letter From the Editor, EPR newsletter, vol. 12, no.4, 2002)


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