New Editor-in-Chief appointed for Computational Science & Discovery

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Computational Science & Discovery (CSD), the multidisciplinary computational science journal from IOP Publishing, has appointed Dr Nathan A Baker as its new Editor-in-Chief. In his role Dr Baker will oversee peer review, lead the Editorial Board, and take responsibility for the scientific content and development of the journal.

Dr Baker has served on the Editorial Board of CSD since 2009 and has begun transitioning into his new role. He succeeds Dr Anthony Mezzacappa of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, who served as the journal’s first Editor-in-Chief since its launch in 2008.

“I am delighted Nathan will step into this role,” Dr Mezzacappa commented. “I, the Board, and members of the IOP staff have been committed to the vision and success of CSD since its inception. We are confident Nathan will carry on that vision and ensure CSD’s success.”

Dr Baker’s diverse research background and interests make him a natural fit to lead a multidisciplinary journal like CSD. He is currently Chief Scientist for Signature Science at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, a leading centre for computational science in the USA He studied chemistry at University of Iowa and chemical physics, applied mathematics, and computational biology at University of California-San Diego before joining the Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics faculty at Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis in 2002. He is well known for his Adaptive Poisson-Boltzmann Solver (APBS) software, which is freely available to the scientific community and now has more than 15,000 registered users.

“I am very excited about my new role” Dr Baker said. “The journal fills an important need by recognizing the unique opportunities present at the interface between mathematical, computational, and physical/chemical/biological scientific disciplines. My goal is to grow the journal through targeted issues and topics that illustrate the nature of computing and mathematics in scientific discovery, and to highlight the challenges in scientific computing that cut across many different disciplines.”

CSD is currently free to both authors and referees.