To our readers: Managing editor Byron moves on
After 13-plus years with California Agriculture journal, managing editor Janet Byron left in September to pursue a new career opportunity.
Byron was first hired in June 1999 as a special editor to help develop the journal's “Future in Focus: 2000–2025” editions, which were published in 2000. She became managing editor in February 2001.
When Byron started, California Agriculture was mailing out paper reviews, scanning slides and posting abstracts on its website.
“We have undergone a lot of changes to bring the journal into the digital age, but our commitment to publishing high-quality, peer-reviewed research in a beautiful, easily accessible format has never wavered,” she said.
“Janet has been an unfailing source of creativity and inspiration in the challenging task of delivering sound science to a lay audience,” said Janet White, executive editor. “She responds to challenges with optimism and new ideas. She has been a key collaborator in the team effort to make the journal widely accessible on the Web — and will be greatly missed.”
During her tenure, the journal won numerous awards from the Association of Communication Excellence in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Life and Human Sciences (ACE) for editing, writing, and technical and electronic publications.
“I have enjoyed working with everyone in ANR, especially the hundreds of scientists who have shared their research results and patiently submitted to editing over the years,” Byron said.
Byron's new position is senior communications specialist for the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in Oakland, where she will help disseminate medical research results. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org .