After a year at the helm as acting editor of American Scientist magazine, David R. Schoonmaker has been named editor of Sigma Xi's flagship publication. His appointment follows a 15-year tenure as managing editor of the magazine.
In all, Schoonmaker has 35 years of experience in magazine production that includes serving as executive editor of Rodale’s Men’s Health Newsletter and technical editor for Mother Earth News. He has also written or edited seven books.
Schoonmaker succeeds Rosalind Reid, who served as editor of American Scientist from 1992-2008. She is now acting executive director of the Initiative in Innovative Computing at Harvard University, where she was a visiting scholar in 2007-2008.
American Scientist traces its origins back to 1913. The bimonthly, illustrated magazine of science and technology has a circulation of more than 75,000 and is published by Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society. In recent years, American Scientist has been honored with many awards for editorial, design and illustration quality.
Each issue is filled with feature articles written by prominent scientists and engineers, reviewing important work in fields that range from molecular biology to computer engineering. The articles are carefully edited and accompanied by illustrations that are developed to enhance the reader's understanding and enjoyment.