Letter from the the President
The President of TRTF, Peter A. Rinck, summarizes the main topics of this year's Annual Council Meeting.
his year's Annual Council Meeting took place in August.
The restructuring of the Foundation that was initiated in 2007 has brought new flexibility and diversity. Gladly, today we see that the way chosen was good and very successful.
At the Council Meeting we could happily announce that the e-Learning website magnetic-resonance.org has become one of the most attractive online learning platforms to study the fundamentals of a scientific discipline.
Spanish and Chinese beta-versions were released together with an updated 9th English version early in 2016; a 10th completely revised and updated edition (10.1) will be released in English in January 2017.
Rinckside, the 26-year old column on “Imaging, Science, and Beyond” was integrated into the chapters of The Round Table Foundation. By receiving an ISSN, it turned into an officially citable scientific journal – small, but present. It is now listed by the German National Library as a serial publication, and registered with the ISSN International Center in Paris. If and how its scope might be widened will be discussed in 2017.
TRTF's e-Teaching of scientific English, part of the Virtual Campus Initiative will be discontinued after three years of existence. The main reason is the lack of basic knowledge of the participants, in English, in writing, and in scientific and research basics. Lessons were arranged on a VLE (virtual learning platform), a virtual classroom where participants can see and talk to the teacher and their fellow students. Students of different levels enrolled, but most of them were found not to be qualified for the required tasks; e-learning was also disturbed by the individual surroundings of the student. It was concluded that courses like these should be run by academic institutions or dedicated language schools on their premises several times a week for at least one year, if possible personalized for individual students.
The conclusions drawn from publishing the electronic textbook on magnetic resonance basics were summarized in a Rinckside column.
The experience gained from the Virtual Campus Initiative has led to an expansion of the objectives of the Ethics and Philosophy Chapter; the revitalization of scientific and research codes of standards, honesty, integrety, and the imperative knowledge of fundamental scientific and research principles will be included in future discussions and proposals.
The Pro Academia Prize. The Prize for 2015 was awarded to collaborating groups of scholars in Europe and North America, led by Regine C. Schulz of the Roemer and Pelizaeus Museum in Hildesheim, Germany. Details can be found on the Pro Academia website. We are proud of this Prize and congratulate the recipients. The short list of possible recipients of the Prize for 2017 is in preparation.
A new offspring of Pro Academia is A Small Café, a platform to present thoughts, reflections and views. Contributions for 2016 have arrived and are being edited to be published in early 2017.
As always: We are happy about and grateful for any support, be it financial or personal – please do not hesitate to join the team. We have found several new sponsors for our Humanitarian Aid Chapter and thus intensify the support for our project in Colombia.
Prof. Dr. Peter A. Rinck