Our board represents the research and technology communities and provides COS with valuable advice for meeting its mission.

Maryrose Franko - Acting Chair

Executive Director, Health Research Alliance

Term: 2017 - 2020

Maryrose Franko is the Executive Director of the Health Research Alliance (HRA) a multi-national consortium of nonprofit organizations working to maximize the impact of investment in biomedical research to improve human health.

Dr. Franko’s background includes over 20 years of program management at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), including strategic planning as well as creating, implementing, and managing over a dozen programs and initiatives. These include scientific research fellowships, an innovative university science education program, a joint initiative with the National Institutes of Health, and a student program at HHMI’s state-of-the-art research facility, Janelia Research Campus.

Dr. Franko received her PhD in molecular genetics from University of Southern California and did a post-doctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Health before joining HHMI. Her collaboration to produce Making the Right Moves: A Practical Guide to Scientific Management for Postdocs and New Faculty, which was a joint effort of HHMI and Burroughs Wellcome Fund, contributed to the collaborative efforts that led to the creation of HRA. Franko was a founding board member of HRA, serving from 1995 to 2012.

Jon Hill - Treasurer

Managing Director, Investure

Term: 2018 - 2021

Jon Hill is Managing Director at Investure, a Charlottesville based investment firm that works primarily with nonprofits to invest their endowments. He has worked at Investure since 2004 and is responsible for researching and monitoring managers focused on real estate and real assets. Prior to his role as Director, Jon worked as an Associate focused on traditional and alternative equity managers. Before joining Investure, Jon worked at Merrill Lynch as a Senior Specialist after completing Merrill Lynch’s technology analyst program.

Jon earned his BS in systems engineering and his BA in economics from Virginia Tech, an Investment Banking Certificate from NYU, and completed coursework in the economics PhD program at the University of Virginia. Jon lives in Charlottesville with his wife Heather, who is Vice Mayor of Charlottesville, and their three children Aubrey, Warren, and Caroline.

Alan G. Kraut - Member-at-Large

Executive Director of the Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System

Term: 2016-2018

Alan Kraut is the Executive Director of the Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS). PCSAS began with one program in 2009 and now has accredited 30 of the best clinical programs in the United States and Canada. Kraut, who served as Executive Director of the Association for Psychological Science (APS) helped create PCSAS beginning in 1992 when APS organized Summit on the Future of Accreditation and first raised the possibility of a new accreditation system. Kraut and APS supported the Academy of Psychological Clinical Science (APCS) — an alliance that then directly created PCSAS.

Kraut has more than 30 years of experience as a science and research administrator, advocate, and opinion leader. He is recognized in Washington for his effectiveness in shaping national policy and he often is quoted both in the science press and more general media on science policy.

Marcia McNutt - Member-at-Large

President, National Academy of Sciences

Term: 2017-2020

Marcia McNutt is a geophysicist and president of the National Academy of Sciences. From 2013 to 2016, she served as the editor-in-chief of the Science family of journals. Prior to joining Science, she was director of the United States Geological Survey (USGS) from 2009 to 2013 as one of a group of accomplished scientists who populated top government posts as part of President Obama’s “dream team.” During her tenure, the USGS responded to a number of major disasters, including earthquakes in Haiti, Chile, and Japan, and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. McNutt led a team of government scientists and engineers at BP headquarters in Houston, and directed a flow rate technical group that estimated the rate of oil discharge during the spill’s active phase. For her work on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, she was awarded the U.S. Coast Guard’s Meritorious Service Medal the noncombat equivalent to the Bronze Star.

McNutt has also served as president and chief executive officer of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) in Moss Landing, California. During her time at MBARI, the institution became a leader in developing biological and chemical sensors for remote ocean deployment, installed the first deep-sea cabled observatory in US waters, and advanced the integration of artificial intelligence into autonomous underwater vehicles for complex undersea missions.

McNutt began her faculty career at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where she became the Griswold Professor of Geophysics and served as Director of the Joint Program in Oceanography & Applied Ocean Science & Engineering, offered by MIT and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Her own research area is the dynamics of the upper mantle and lithosphere on geologic time scales, work that has taken her to distant continents and oceans for field observations. She is a veteran of more than a dozen deep-sea expeditions, more than half of which she has served as chief scientist or co-chief scientist.

McNutt’s honors and awards include membership in the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She also holds honorary doctoral degrees from Colorado College, University of Minnesota, Monmouth University, and Colorado School of Mines. She was awarded the Macelwane Medal by the American Geophysical Union in 1988 for research accomplishments by a young scientist and the Maurice Ewing Medal in 2007 for her significant contributions to deep-sea exploration.

She earned a BA in Physics from Colorado College and a PhD in Earth Sciences from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego.

Alan I. Leshner - Member-at-Large

Term: 2017-2020

Alan I. Leshner, PhD, served as Chief Executive Officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science -AAAS (triple A-S) and Executive Publisher of the journal Science from December 2001 to February 2015. AAAS was founded in 1848 and is the world's largest, multi-disciplinary scientific and engineering society.

Before coming to AAAS, Dr. Leshner was Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) from 1994-2001. Before becoming Director of NIDA, Dr. Leshner had been the Deputy Director and Acting Director of the National Institute of Mental Health.   He went to NIMH from the National Science Foundation (NSF), where he held a variety of senior positions, focusing on basic research in the biological, behavioral and social sciences, science policy and science education.   

Dr. Leshner went to NSF after 10 years at Bucknell University, where he was Professor of Psychology. He has also held long-term appointments at the Postgraduate Medical School in Budapest, Hungary; at the Wisconsin Regional Primate Research Center; and as a Fulbright Scholar at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel.  Dr. Leshner is the author of a textbook on the relationship between hormones and behavior, and has published extensively for both the scientific and lay communities on the biology of behavior, science and technology policy, science education, and public engagement with science.

Dr. Leshner received an undergraduate degree in psychology from Franklin and Marshall College, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in physiological psychology from Rutgers University.  He also has been awarded seven honorary Doctor of Science degrees. Dr. Leshner is an elected fellow of AAAS, the National Academy of Public Administration, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and many other professional societies. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine of the National Academies of Science and served two terms on its governing Council. He was appointed to the National Science Board by President Bush in 2004 and reappointed by President Obama in 2011.

Beth Simone Noveck - Member-at-Large

The Jerry Hultin Global Network Professor at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering and the Florence Rogatz Visiting Clinical Professor of Law at Yale Law School

Term: 2017 - 2020

Beth Simone Noveck is Co-founder and Director of The Governance Lab and its MacArthur Research Network on Opening Governance. Beth  focuses her research, teaching and activism on the impact of technology on public institutions and solving public problems. The GovLab strives to improve people’s lives by changing how we govern. It designs and tests technology, policy and strategies for fostering more open and collaborative approaches to strengthen the ability of people and institutions to work together to solve problems, make decisions, resolve conflict and govern themselves more effectively and legitimately.

Noveck served in the White House as the first United States Deputy Chief Technology Officer and director of the White House Open Government Initiative (2009-2011). UK Prime Minister David Cameron appointed her senior advisor for Open Government, and she served on the Obama-Biden transition team. Among projects she’s designed or collaborated on are Network of Innovators, Unchat, The Do Tank, Peer To Patent, Data.gov, Challenge.gov and The GovLab Academy.

She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Open Contracting Partnership and the EPSRC Centre for Precision Healthcare at Imperial College. She chaired the 2017 Collective Intelligence Conference and was also a Program Committee member of the 2016 Conferences on International Open Data, Open Data Research, Data Science for Government, and the Data for Good Exchange. She was named one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy, one of the “100 Most Creative People in Business” by Fast Company and one of the “Top Women in Technology” by Huffington Post. She has also been honored by both the National Democratic Institute and Public Knowledge for her work in civic technology.

Noveck is the author of Wiki Government: How Technology Can Make Government Better, Democracy Stronger and Citizens More Powerful, which has also appeared in Arabic, Russian, Chinese and in an audio edition, and co-editor of The State of Play: Law, Games and Virtual Worlds. Her latest book Smart Citizens, Smarter State: The Technologies of Expertise and the Future of Governing appeared with Harvard University Press in 2015.

Previously, she was the Jacob K. Javits Visiting Professor at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and a visiting professor at the MIT Media Lab. She graduated from Harvard University with an AM magna cum laude, and University of Innsbruck with a PhD. She graduated from Yale Law School with a JD.

Alison Muddit - Member-at-Large

CEO, Public Library of Science (PLOS)

Term: 2018 - 2021

Alison is currently CEO of PLOS, a global leader in the transformation of scientific communication. Previously, she was Director of the University of California Press and has also held senior positions with SAGE Publications, Taylor & Francis and Blackwell Publishers. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Society for Scholarly Publishing and the American Chemical Society's Governing Board for Publishing and on the advisory boards for Knowledge Unlatched and the Authors' Alliance. 

In the past, she has served on the Scientific Publications Committee and the Open Science Committee of the American Heart Association; the Dean’s Leadership Council at California State University Channel Islands; and the Executive Council of the Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division of the American Association of Publishers. She holds an MBA in addition to a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Bath.

Rebecca Saxe - Member-at-Large

Professor of Cognitive Science, BCS at MIT

Term: 2018 - 2021

Rebecca Saxe is an associate investigator of the McGovern Institute and the John W. Jarve (1978) Professor in Brain and Cognitive Sciences. She obtained her Ph.D. from MIT and was a Harvard Junior Fellow before joining the MIT faculty in 2006. She was awarded tenure in 2011. Saxe was chosen In 2012 as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, and she received the 2014 Troland Award from the National Academy of Sciences.  Her 2009 TED talk has been viewed 2.8 million times. In 2008 she was named one of Popular Science Magazine’s “Brilliant 10” scientists under 40.

Brian Nosek (non-voting, ex officio)

Co-founder, Executive Director - Center for Open Science

Term: 2016-2018

Brian Nosek is Co-founder and Executive Director of the Center for Open Science, which operates the Open Science Framework. COS is enabling open and reproducible research practices worldwide. Brian is also a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Virginia. He received his Ph.D. from Yale University in 2002. He co-founded Project Implicit, an multi-university collaboration for research and education investigating implicit cognition--thoughts and feelings that occur outside of awareness or control. Brian investigates the gap between values and practices, such as when behavior is influenced by factors other than one's intentions and goals. Nosek applies this interest to improve the alignment between personal and organizational values and practices. In 2015, he was named one of Nature's 10 and to the Chronicle for Higher Education Influence list.

Former Chairs

Arthur Lupia - Chair

Hal R. Varian Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan

Term: 2016 - 2018

Arthur Lupia is the Hal R. Varian Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan and research professor at its Institute for Social Research. He examines how information and institutions affect policy and politics, with a focus on how people make decisions when they lack information. He draws from multiple scientific and philosophical disciplines and uses multiple research methods. His topics of expertise include information processing, persuasion, strategic communication, and civic competence. His books include The Democratic Dilemma: Can Citizens Learn What They Need to Know? (1998); Elements of Reason: Cognition, Choice, and the Bounds of Rationality (2000); and The Cambridge Handbook of Experimental Political Science (2011).

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