the new Prism year begins, the magazine is sporting a new
look. Our goal is to present an interesting and compelling
mix of stories relevant to your professional life. We're
introducing a number of new features in this issue, and have
asked our talented art staff—art director Lung-I Lo,
design consultant Stacie Reistetter, and graphic designer
I-Shan Chen—to help us present the material in an attractive,
clear format to draw you in.
Among the new features are two pages of "Databytes,"
beginning on page 20, using the numbers we collect about engineering
education, including enrollment and faculty and research expenditures.
You will also find a more dynamic mix of information in our
There are more stories on biotechnology, globalization, academic
issues, and stand-alone quotes reflecting what people are
talking about. In the "Teaching
Toolbox" section, there will be regular reviews
of books we believe you will want to know about and profiles
of outstanding teachers.
month's cover story, "The
Cheating Culture," takes a look at cheating, a problem
educators tell Prism is getting worse. Cell phones and laptop
computers make cheating easier, but education writer Jeff
Selingo has found that students still rely heavily on the
tried and true ways of simply copying from their neighbor's
test or borrowing a classmate's homework. Engineering
professors say that, for a number of reasons, it is increasingly
difficult to prosecute students caught cheating. Indeed, many
don't even try.
Other stories in this issue are "A
Revolutionary Approach," in which we examine Boeing's
and Northrup Grumman's innovative efforts to build the
unmanned X-45 fighter, and "Remade
in Japan," in which, Tokyo-based writer Lucille
Craft writes how Japan is trying to improve the quality of
its engineering education.
I hope you enjoy Prism's new redesign, and as always,
I welcome your comments and thoughts.
Frank L Huband
Executive Director and Publisher