When I returned to academia after a sojourn of seven years in Vienna, I applied for the Seismological Research Letters editor position as a way to reintegrate myself to the academic world and to perhaps serve as a liaison between the many “worlds” I have experienced during my professional career. In Vienna, I worked for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization to establish the Treaty's International Monitoring System. Now, as I write my self-introduction as the new SRL editor, I keep wondering: Why did I do it? Those of you who know me know that I am not usually short for...

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