Ann M. Bartuska is deputy undersecretary for the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Research, Education, and Economics (REE) (@scienceatusda) mission. She came to REE in September 2010 from the USDA Forest Service, where she was deputy chief for research and development, a position she had held since January 2004. She served as acting USDA deputy undersecretary for natural resources and environment from January to October 2009 and was the executive director of the Invasive Species Initiative of the Nature Conservancy from 2001 to 2004. Earlier, she was the director of the forest and rangelands staff in the Forest Service in Washington, DC. Dr. Bartuska is an ecosystem ecologist and has a BS from Wilkes College, an MS from Ohio University, and a PhD from West Virginia University. She represents USDA on the Committee on Environment, Natural Resources, and Sustainability of the White House National Science and Technology Council. Dr. Bartuska is on the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel of the Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), which was chartered by the UN Environment Programme, and is active in the Ecological Society of America, of which she served as vice president for public affairs from 1996 to 1999 and president from 2002 to 2003. She has served as cochair of the Science and Technology for Sustainability Roundtable of the National Academies and on the Board of the Council of Science Society Presidents and is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science.
Cynthia Beall is Distinguished University Professor and S. Idell Pyle Professor of Anthropology (@CWRUartsci) at Case Western Reserve University, where she began teaching and research in 1976. She received an MA in 1972 and a PhD in 1976 from Pennsylvania State University, where she trained with Paul Baker. Dr. Beall is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She has served on a number of National Academies committees and is currently a member of the Division Committee of the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education and cochair of the Roundtable on Public Interfaces of the Life Sciences. She is a founding co-organizer of Science Café Cleveland. Dr. Beall is a physical anthropologist whose research focuses on human adaptation to high-altitude hypoxia, particularly the different patterns of adaptation exhibited by Andean, Tibetan, and East African highlanders. She is working to integrate genomics and human biology to discover how indigenous people living at high altitudes evolve and adapt to the stress of very low oxygen availability. Her efforts include fieldwork in mountainous regions of Bolivia, Ethiopia, Nepal, Mongolia, Peru, and the Tibet Autonomous Region of China, where millions of people live at altitudes of 10,000 ft or more. This avenue of research contributes to the larger question of how evolution and adaptation operate in modern human populations.
Julia Belluz (@juliaoftoronto) is a National Magazine Award-winning journalist who covers medicine and public health for Vox.com. She was a 2013–2014 Knight Science Journalism Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Ms. Belluz’s writing has appeared in Maclean’s, the British Medical Journal, the Globe and Mail, the National Post, Slate, The
Times (of London), The Economist, and other publications. Outside of reporting, she speaks regularly in health-care and journalism conferences all over the world. Ms. Belluz holds a BA from Ryerson University’s School of Journalism and an MSc from the London School of Economics. She is based in Washington, DC.
Rick Borchelt (@RickBorchelt) is director of communications and public affairs in the US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science. Before going to DOE, he served as the special assistant to the director of the National Institutes of Health National Cancer Institute (NCI) for public affairs and director of NCI’s news office, providing strategic guidance and coordination of the institute’s communication and public-affairs programs. Mr. Borchelt was communication director for the research, education, and economics mission of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and for the USDA Office of the Chief Scientist. Before taking his positions at USDA, he was director of communication for the Pew-funded Genetics and Public Policy Center of Johns Hopkins University, where his work included message development, media relations, and strategic communication. He is a lecturer in science policy and politics in the Hopkins Advanced Academic Programs division. He is a former media-relations director for the National Academy of Sciences; press secretary for the US House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology; special assistant for public affairs in the Executive Office of the President during the Clinton administration; director of communication for the DOE Office of Science; and director of communication and public affairs in the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also served on the committee that undertook the National Academy of Engineering’s study of public communication about engineering. He is an adviser to the National Science Foundation–funded Nanoscale Informal Science Education project. An undergraduate biology major, he has done graduate work in insect systematics and science communication; subjects of particular interest include developing community-based public engagement in science and adapting the Southern narrative tradition to science communication.
Timothy Caulfield (@caulfieldtim) is a Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy and a professor in the Faculty of Law and the School of Public Health of the University of Alberta. He has been the research director of the Health Law Institute of the University of Alberta since 1993. He has been involved in various interdisciplinary research endeavors that have led to over 300 articles and book chapters. He is a fellow of the Trudeau Foundation and the principal investigator for several interdisciplinary projects that explore the ethical, legal, and health-policy issues associated with such topics as stem-cell research, genetics, patient safety, the prevention of chronic disease, obesity policy, the commercialization of research, complementary and alternative medicine, and access to health care. Prof. Caulfield has been involved with a number of national and international policy and research-ethics committees, including the Canadian Biotechnology Advisory Committee, Genome Canada’s Science Advisory Committee, the Ethics and Public Policy Committee of the International Society for Stem Cell Research, and the Federal Panel on Research Ethics. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. He is the author of The Cure for Everything: Untangling the Twisted Messages about Health, Fitness and Happiness and Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?: When Celebrity Culture and Science Clash.
Kirk Englehardt (@kirkenglehardt) is director of research communication and marketing of the Georgia Institute of Technology. The first person to serve in that role, he is responsible for developing the first integrated strategic marketing and communication plan for Georgia Tech’s $730 million research enterprise. He provides strategic support for Georgia Tech’s research news activities, the university’s many research institutes and centers, research leaders, and external partners. That includes focusing on how messages about Georgia Tech’s research are reaching and resonating with key internal and external audiences. Before assuming his current role, Mr. Englehardt spent 7 years leading communication activities for the Georgia Tech Research Institute; he led an intensive rebranding effort that sparked great growth, which included doubling the organization’s research revenue, now more than $300 million a year. During his 10-year Georgia Tech career, his teams have won more than 65 industry and professional-society awards for communication strategy, measurement, and tactics. Among them are a Bronze Anvil from the Public Relations Society of America, two TAMY marketing awards from the Technology Association of Georgia, and awards from the Georgia Chapter and the Southeast Region of the International Association of Business Communicators for audience research conducted in support of Georgia Tech’s research communication strategy.
Declan Fahy (@fahydeclan) is an assistant professor in the School of Communication of American University, in Washington, DC, where his research examines science journalism and science in popular culture. He is the author of The New Celebrity Scientists: Out of the Lab and Into the Limelight. His scholarship has been published in Journalism, Journalism Studies, Nature Chemistry, Science Communication, BMC Medical Ethics, Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, and other journals.
Cary Funk (@surveyfunk) is associate director of research on science and society at the Pew Research Center. She is a coauthor of Public and Scientists’ Views on Science and Society and How Scientists Engage the Public. She is a survey researcher and has broad expertise in political and social attitudes, including politics and elections, race and ethnicity, and religion and US politics. She has been specializing in public understanding of science topics since 2001. Before joining Pew Research, she directed the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Life Sciences Surveys, national surveys on science and biotechnology. She has served as an outside consultant and adviser on numerous projects related to the science and engineering workforce and public opinion on science. She is now on the Editorial Board of the Bulletin of Science and Technology and Society. Dr. Funk began her career at CBS News in New York, where she worked on pre-election surveys and exit polls; in more recent years, she served as an election-night analyst for NBC News. She was on the political-science faculties of Rice University and VCU before joining Pew Research. While an associate professor at VCU, she directed statewide polls on politics and public-policy issues and on K–12 education in addition to the VCU Life Sciences Surveys. She earned a doctorate and a master’s in social psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Funk has published numerous academic articles and book chapters in political science, public opinion, and political behavior and is a coauthor of The Rise of Asian Americans, Asian Americans: A Mosaic of Faiths, “Nones” on the Rise, and The Shifting Religious Identity of Latinos in the United States.
David Goldston is director of government affairs at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC; @NRDC). He came to NRDC after working for more than 20 years on environmental policy and science policy on Capitol Hill. From 2001 through 2006, he was the chief of staff of the House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. He has written extensively on science policy, including a monthly column for Nature, and has participated in numerous report-writing panels for the National Academies. He has an undergraduate degree from Cornell University in history and completed the course work for a PhD in American history at the University of Pennsylvania.
Diane E. Griffin is University Distinguished Service Professor of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (@JohnsHopkinsSPH) and vice president of the US National Academy of Sciences. She earned her BA in biology at Augustana College in Rock Island, IL, and her MD and PhD at Stanford University School of Medicine. Her research interests are in pathogenesis of viral diseases with a focus on measles and alphavirus encephalitis. Her studies address issues related to virulence and the role of immune responses in protection against and clearance of infection. Her work has included evaluation of licensed and experimental vaccines for measles. She is a past president of the American Society for Virology and the American Society for Microbiology. She is the chair of the Viral Diseases Panel of the US–Japan Cooperative Medical Sciences Program. She has received the Rudolf Virchow Medal (2010), the Wallace Sterling Lifetime Alumni Achievement Award from Stanford University (2011), and the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Excellence in Science Award (2015).
James E. Grunig (@jgrunig1) is a professor emeritus in the Department of Communication of the University of Maryland College Park. He holds a PhD in mass communication from the University of Wisconsin. He is the coauthor of five books and editor of a sixth. Dr. Grunig has written more than 250 other publications, such as book chapters, journal articles, and reports. His major research has been in public relations and science communication, including the nature of organization–public relationships (of which trust is a major component). He has won six major awards in public relations and the lifetime award of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, the Paul J. Deutschmann Award for Excellence in Research. Dr. Grunig was the founding coeditor of the Journal of Public Relations Research and has been awarded honorary doctorates by universities in Peru, Romania, Turkey, and Canada.
Jo Handelsman is the associate director for science in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (@whitehouseOSTP). In that position, she helps to advise the president on the implications of science for the nation, on how science can inform US policy, and on federal efforts in support of scientific research. Before joining OSTP, Dr. Handelsman was the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor and Frederick Phineas Rose Professor in the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology of Yale University. She previously served on the University of Wisconsin–Madison faculty as a professor in plant pathology from 1985 to 2009 and as professor and chair of the Department of Bacteriology from 2007 to 2009. In 2013, she served as president of the American Society for Microbiology. From 2002 to 2010, Dr. Handelsman was the cofounder and codirector of the Wisconsin Program for Scientific Teaching, the Yale Center for Scientific Teaching, and the National Academies Summer Institute on Undergraduate Education in Biology, programs
focused on teaching principles and practices of evidence-based education to current and future faculty at colleges and universities nationwide. Dr. Handelsman is an expert in communication among bacteria that associate with soil, plants, and insects and was a pioneer in metagenomics, bridging agricultural and medical services. She engages in research on science education and women and minorities in science and in 2011 received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Mentoring. Dr. Handelsman also cochaired the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology working group that developed the 2012 report Engage to Excel, which contained recommendations to the president for strengthening science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education to meet US workforce needs of the next decade. Dr. Handelsman received a BS from Cornell University and a PhD in molecular biology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
Scott Hensley (@scotthensley) has been writing and editing posts for Shots, Health News from NPR since summer 2009. Before joining NPR, he was the founding editor of The Wall Street Journal's health blog. Mr. Hensley was previously an editor in the paper's New York Health and Science bureau. He initially joined the Journal in 2000 and covered health care and the pharmaceutical industry for 7 years. He also wrote "Follow the Money", an on-line column that looked at the health-care industry. His story about Pfizer Inc.'s failed attempt to develop an antiaging pill was part of a series on soaring drug prices that won a New York Press Club award for business coverage in 2003. Previously, he wrote for Modern Healthcare, where he was New York bureau chief, and American Banker. Mr. Hensley earned a bachelor's degree in natural sciences from Johns Hopkins University and a master's degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. He is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists.
Rush D. Holt became the 18th chief executive officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS; #AAAS) and executive publisher of the Science family of journals in February 2015. Over his long career, Dr. Holt has held positions as a teacher, scientist, administrator, and policy-maker. Before coming to AAAS, he served for 16 years as a member of the US House of Representatives, representing New Jersey’s 12th Congressional District. His legislative work earned him numerous accolades, including being named one of Scientific American magazine’s 50 National Visionaries Contributing to a Brighter Technological Future and a Champion of Science by the Science Coalition. He is also a past recipient of two of AAAS’s highest honors: the William D. Carey Lectureship Award (2005) and the Philip Hauge Abelson Award (2010). Dr. Holt is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Carleton College and holds an MA and a PhD in physics from New York University.
Molly Jahn is a professor in the Laboratory of Genetics and the Department of Agronomy of the University of Wisconsin–Madison (@UWMadAgronomy) and a special adviser to the chancellor and provost for sustainability sciences. She has had a research career in plant genetics, genomics, and plant breeding of vegetable crops focusing on molecular genetics of disease resistance and quality traits. Her research groups at the University of Wisconsin and Cornell University have produced crop varieties that are now grown commercially and for subsistence on six continents under some 60 commercial licenses. She has also worked in developing countries to link crop breeding with improved human nutrition and welfare. Her innovative approaches to intersector partnerships, engagement with emerging institutions, and integrated projects focused on impact and technology transfer have been highlighted in numerous studies and books. She has consulted widely in the private sector and has served as
an adviser for philanthropic interests, venture capital and finance, First Nations, and US and other government agencies in agriculture, food security, and life and environmental sciences. She received a BA with distinction in biology from Swarthmore College and holds graduate degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Cornell University.
Kathleen Hall Jamieson is the Elizabeth Ware Packard Professor at the Annenberg School for Communication of the University of Pennsylvania and director of its Annenberg Public Policy Center (@APPCPenn). She is also a fellow of the American Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Academy of Political and Social Science, and the International Communication Association and a Distinguished Scholar of the National Communication Association. Five of her 16 books have received political-science or communication awards. And The Obama Victory: How Media, Money and Message Shaped the 2008 Presidential Election (written with Kate Kenski and Bruce Hardy) received the 2010 American Publishers Association's PROSE award as best book in government and politics. Dr. Jamieson has earned teaching awards in each of the three universities in which she has taught. In 2013, she keynoted the National Academy of Sciences Sackler Colloquium on the Science of Science Communication.
Marcia A. Kean is chairman for strategic initiatives of Feinstein Kean Healthcare (@FKHealth), a strategy and communication firm dedicated to advancing innovation in the life sciences and health care. Ms. Kean has more than 35 years of biomedical and information technology industry experience, working alongside innovators in the private and public sectors. Her clients have included Big Pharma; startups in biotechnology, device, genomics, informatics, personal-health and clinical-decision support; policy organizations; academic and medical centers; patient-advocacy groups; and government institutes. She has identified and helped to drive adoption of new waves of technology that have transformative impacts on health care. She was a leader in the emergence of the biotechnology industry in the late 1980s and 1990s, paving the way through patient and public education. In 2003, Ms. Kean founded the first molecular-medicine communication practice in the United States, and she was among an early-adopter group seeking to introduce the technologies to the world. She serves as an adviser to an initiative that seeks to shape policy and public education in synthetic biology. She holds a BA from the University of California, Berkeley and an MBA from New York University.
Barnett S. Kramer is the director of the Division of Cancer Prevention of the National Cancer Institute (@theNCI). He was editor-in-chief of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute from 1994 to 2012. He serves as chairman of the Physician Data Query (PDQ) Editorial Board on Screening and Prevention and is a member of the PDQ Treatment Editorial Board. Dr. Kramer has served on the Cancer Prevention Committee of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and chaired the committee from 2006 to 2007. He received his medical degree from the University of Maryland Medical School and completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, MO. He completed a medical-oncology fellowship at NCI. He is board-certified in internal medicine and medical oncology and has received a master’s degree in public health from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Kramer has extensive experience in primary-cancer prevention studies and in clinical screening trials for lung, ovarian, breast, and prostatic cancers. He is an investigator and on the steering committee for two large cancer screening trials sponsored by NCI: the Prostate, Lung, Colorectal, Ovarian (PLCO) Trial and the
National Lung Screening Trial (NLST). He has a strong interest in weighing and reporting the strength of medical evidence and created an annual Medicine in the Media Workshop to help working journalists to develop methods of reporting medical evidence.
Tiffany Lohwater (@tiffanylohwater) is director of meetings and public engagement of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). She is responsible for the AAAS annual meeting and the AAAS Center for Public Engagement with Science and Technology. The AAAS annual meeting is the predominant international scientific conference for scientists, engineers, policy-makers, journalists, and others interested in the intersection of science, technology, and society. The AAAS Center for Public Engagement provides a vehicle for boosting public awareness and understanding of the nature of science and the work of scientists while increasing public input into scientific research and policy agendas. Ms. Lohwater’s work encourages scientists to take a more personal and active interest in public engagement. She previously worked in research communication and public events for the Johns Hopkins University and the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
George Matsumoto (@george_mage) is a senior educational and research specialist at Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI). At MBARI, Dr. Matsumoto oversees multiple education and outreach programs, including internship, mentor, distance-education, and seminar programs. He also develops and coordinates collaborations with outside organizations and the MBARI’s sister organization, the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Dr. Matsumoto’s research interests are in open-ocean and deep-sea communities, the ecology and biogeography of open-ocean and deep-sea organisms, functional morphology, and natural history and behavior. He served on the Digital Library for Earth System Education (DLESE) Steering Committee and the 2000 National Science Foundation Committee of Visitors for Geoscience and currently serves as a national advisory board member for the Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education, the Center for Coastal Margin Observation and Prediction, the Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence, and several regional nonprofit organizations. Dr. Matsumoto is a member of the National Research Council Ocean Studies Board and has served on several other National Academies committees, including Research and Discoveries: The Revolution of Science through Scuba—A Symposium, which he chaired, and the Committee on the Review of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Education Program. He received a PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Rose McDermott is the David and Mariana Fisher University Professor of International Relations at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Relations (@WatsonInstitute) and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She received her MA in experimental social psychology and her PhD in political science from Stanford University and has taught at Cornell, the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Harvard University. She has held numerous fellowships at Harvard, including those of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the Olin Institute for Strategic Studies, and the Women and Public Policy Program. She was also a fellow of the Stanford Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences. She is the author of three books, a coeditor of two others, and author of over 100 academic articles on such topics as experimentation, emotion and decision-making, and the biologic and genetic bases of political behavior.
Phyllis Pettit Nassi is manager for special populations in the Huntsman Cancer Institute (@hunstmancancer) of the University of Utah and a PhD student who works in educating Alaska Natives about the importance of risk reduction, early detection, participation in clinical trials,and cancer research, and understanding the future, for example, of targeted therapies, pharmacogenomics, and immunotherapy. Ms. Nassi enrolled in the Otoe-Missouri Tribe and is a member of the Cherokee Nation. Raised on the Navajo, Hopi, and Zuni reservations, she works with research teams and national associations that advocate for recognition of the importance of researchers and their staff to understand tribal cultures and how to work with tribal nations.
Ivan Oransky (@ivanoranksy) is cofounder of the MacArthur Foundation–funded Retraction Watch and vice president and global editorial director of MedPage Today. He teaches medical journalism at New York University's Science, Health, and Environmental Reporting Program and is vice president of the Association of Health Care Journalists. Dr. Oransky has been executive editor of Reuters Health, on-line managing editor of Scientific American, and deputy editor of The Scientist. He earned his bachelor's degree at Harvard University, where he was executive editor of The Harvard Crimson, and earned his MD at the New York University of School of Medicine, where he holds an appointment as clinical assistant professor of medicine.
David Rejeski directs the Science and Technology Innovation Program (STIP) of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (@TheWilsonCenter). The mission of STIP is to explore the scientific and technologic frontier, stimulating discovery and bringing new tools to bear on public-policy challenges that emerge as science advances. He is a visiting scholar at the Environmental Law Institute and was a visiting fellow at Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and an adjunct affiliated staff member at RAND. In 1994–2000, he worked at the White House Council on Environmental Quality and the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) on a variety of technology, R&D, and policy initiatives, including the development and implementation of the National Environmental Technology Strategy, the Greening of the White House, and the Education for Sustainability Initiative. Before moving to OSTP, he was head of the Future Studies Unit of the Environmental Protection Agency. He spent 4 years in Hamburg, Germany, working for the Environmental Agency, Department of Public Health, and Department of Urban Renewal and in the late 1970s founded and codirected a nonprofit involved in energy conservation and renewable-energy technologies. He sits on the advisory boards of a number of organizations, including the Board on Global Science and Technology of the National Academies; the expert panel advising the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Living Foundries Program; the National Science Foundation (NSF) Advisory Committee on Environmental Research and Education; the NSF-funded Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center; the external science advisory committee of the Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology; the Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; the Center for Environmental Policy at American University; the National Council of Advisors for the Center for the Study of the Presidency; the Journal of Industrial Ecology; and Games for Change. In 2004–2009, he was a member of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board, and he has served on the EPA Board of Scientific Counselors. He has graduate degrees in public administration and
environmental design from Harvard University and Yale University and a degree in industrial design from the Rhode Island School of Design.
Erika Shugart (@ErikaShugart) is the director of communication and marketing strategy of the American Society for Microbiology and principal of Erika Shugart Consulting, LLC. For the last 16 years, Dr. Shugart has worked in informal science education. In 2003–2013, she oversaw the development of new digital media exhibitions, on-line experiences, and programs as deputy director of the Marian Koshland Science Museum of the National Academy of Sciences. In that role, she managed the creation of several major exhibitions, including Life Lab, Earth Lab: Degrees of Change, Infectious Disease: Evolving Challenges to Human Health, Putting DNA to Work, and a virtual exhibition on safe drinking water. She also conceptualized and managed the museum’s on-line presence, including its award-winning Web site. Before joining the museum staff, Dr. Shugart directed the National Academy of Sciences Office on Public Understanding of Science, managing several projects, including the article series Beyond Discovery. She began her career at the National Research Council as an intern with the Board on Biology. She also worked at the Office of Policy Analysis of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. She received her PhD in biology from the University of Virginia. In 2010, Dr. Shugart was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for distinguished contributions and leadership in public understanding and engagement in science. She was a Noyce Leadership Fellow from 2012 to 2013. In 2007, the National Academy of Sciences awarded her an Individual Distinguished Service Award, and she shared Group Distinguished Service Awards in 2004 and 2011.
Liz Szabo (@LizSzabo) is a health and medicine journalist for USA Today. Her work has won awards from the Campaign for Public Health Foundation, the American Urological Association, and the American College of Emergency Physicians. Previously, she worked for the Virginian-Pilot for 7 years, covering medicine, religion, and local news.
Mary Woolley (@MaryWoolleyRA) is the president of Research!America, the nation’s largest not-for-profit, membership-supported grassroots public-education and advocacy alliance committed to giving high priority to research for health. Dr. Woolley is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine and serves on its Governing Council. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and serves on the National Academies Board on Life Sciences. She is a founding member of the Board of Associates of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, is a member of the visiting committee of the University of Chicago Medical Center and the National Council for Johns Hopkins Nursing, and serves on the External Advisory Board for Rice University’s Professional Science Master’s Degree program. Dr. Woolley has also served as president of the Association of Independent Research Institutes, as editor of the Journal of the Society of Research Administrators, as a reviewer for the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, and as a consultant to several research organizations. She has a 30-year publication history on science advocacy and research-related topics. She holds an honorary doctorate from the Northeast Ohio Medical University.
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