Magazine article Phi Kappa Phi Forum

Editor's Note

Magazine article Phi Kappa Phi Forum

Editor's Note

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A theme that unites this spring 2009 issue of Phi Kappa Phi Forum is the notion of transformation - of birth and rebirth, of examination and reexamination, of conception and reconception. Starting with beginnings is intentional, not coincidental.

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Phi Kappa Phi Forum attracts an intelligent and diverse audience, one of whose common denominators might best be summed up as achievement. The readership likes to think, not to mention challenge and be challenged, and these qualities befit the bright, ambitious Society members who are at the top of their class or successful in their careers. In content and presentation, the magazine will continue to make efforts to meet the standards its readers expect - and deserve.

Rest assured, Phi Kappa Phi Forum remains committed to honoring its tradition of advocating for learned inquiry and informing Society members of key developments; the publication carries on the dual mission as a type of Renaissance reader and alumni magazine. The hope is to raise the bar of the process and product.

One way to do this is to be timely, to include material that has relevance to current events and member interests. Another way is to be accessible: ideas and visuals need to be appropriate for a bright lay readership (inclusive for all; not exclusive for specialists) whose age ranges from teens to seniors.

The magazine strives for pieces that are compelling in what they say and in how they're designed. A case in point: "Starting with Beginnings" as the theme of the spring 2009 edition.

* Charles Darwin was born 200 years ago this February.

* Campuses across the country are looking anew at his contributions and other aspects of origins as a result - including San Diego State University, a Phi Kappa Phi institution, which contributes an article about its undertaking.

* Readers wrote an unprecedented number of letters to the editor about Laura Lorentzen's summer 2008 Science and Technology column, "Why We Must Teach Evolution in the Science Classroom." The letters, some analytic, others heated, took numerous stands, arguing for and against evolutionism, creationism and intelligent design. Since the topic proved important to readers and members, it made sense not only to continue the conversation but to expand it.

* U.S. courts still hear cases on these subjects.

So consider the spring 2009 issue a platform on formations: starting with beginnings. …

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