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HISTORY OF SCIENCE DEPARTMENT

Professor Donald deB. Beaver, a member of the International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics, gave an invited paper on Sept. 28, “Collaborative Research: A Positive Indicator of Quality Science? A Cautionary Tale” at the 4th International Conference on University Evaluation and Research Evaluation, Sept. 26-30, 2004, at Wuhan University, China, hosted by The Research Center for Chinese Science Evaluation and the Institute of Science and Technical Information of China.

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Prof. Beaver with poster from his spring Sigmi Xi lectures.
As a member of the editorial board of the COLLNET Journal, an annual issue of the Journal of Information Management and Scientometrics, Prof Beaver contributed prefatory remarks to its special issue on scientometrics, appearing in December 2004 (Vol. 1, No. 2).
On April 14 and 15, 2005, Prof. Beaver gave the spring semester Sigma Xi Lectures in Wege Auditorium, concerning his general research area of scientometrics, or quantitative measures of scientific activity: “Measuring Science: I. Patterns in Scientific Productivity: Good News and Bad News, II. The Demise of the Single Author: How and Why Collaboration Came to Dominate Research, and the Transformation of Science at Williams.”
Prof. Beaver has been invited to give a paper at the sixth COLLNET meeting, a special session of the 10th International Conference of the International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics, held at Stockholm, Sweden, July 25-30, 2005. His paper will discuss “Patterns of Co-authorship: Statistical, Philosophical, and Sociological Implications.”
During the year, Professor Beaver continued to referee articles for “Research Policy.”