With this newsletter I would like to announce my retirement as editor. I will edit one more newsletter (the February one) but from fall 2006 editorship will be taken over by David Garfinkle, as per decision of the GGR executive committee. It has been 11 years since I started editing the newsletter and it was time for a change. We all wish David great success with the editorship.

Some news from the executive committee: we will put on the ballot a modification of the GGR bylaws to create the post of membership coordinator, as our membership continues to grow (we are now at 782 members!). We will also propose an amendment of a sloppy wording about the constitution of the nominating committee. The current bylaws state it will have three members and then go on to describe how to choose four (!) members. This year the committee is chaired by Bei-Lok Hu, helped by Joe Giaime (APS representative), Don Marolf and Nergis Mavalvala.

The next newsletter is due February 1st. All issues are available in the WWW:
The newsletter is available for Palm Pilots, Palm PC's and web-enabled cell phones as an Avantgo channel. Check out http://www.avantgo.com under technology$\rightarrow$science. A hardcopy of the newsletter is distributed free of charge to the members of the APS Topical Group on Gravitation upon request (the default distribution form is via the web) to the secretary of the Topical Group. It is considered a lack of etiquette to ask me to mail you hard copies of the newsletter unless you have exhausted all your resources to get your copy otherwise.

If you think a topic should be covered by the newsletter you are strongly encouraged to contact the relevant correspondent. If you have comments/questions/complaints about the newsletter email me. Have fun.

Jorge Pullin

Jorge Pullin 2005-10-05