Leadership and Management

Rush D. Holt, Executive Publisher

Rush D. Holt, Ph.D., became the 18th chief executive officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and executive publisher of the Science family of journals in February 2015. In this role, Holt leads the world's largest multi-disciplinary scientific and engineering society.

Over his long career, Dr. Holt has held positions as a teacher, scientist, administrator, and policymaker. From 1987 until he launched his 1998 congressional campaign, Holt was assistant director of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), a Department of Energy national lab, which is the largest research facility of Princeton University and one of the largest alternative energy research facilities in the country. At PPPL, Holt helped establish the lab's nationally renowned science education program. From 1980 to 1988, Holt served on the faculty of Swarthmore College, where he taught courses in physics and public policy. In 1982, he took leave from Swarthmore to serve as a AAAS/American Physical Society Science and Technology Policy Fellow on Capitol Hill. The Fellowships program, dating to 1973, places outstanding scientists and engineers in executive, legislative, and Congressional branch assignments for one or two years; by early 2015, the program had served nearly 3,000 alumni working worldwide in the policy, academic, industry, and nonprofit realms. Holt has said that his AAAS S&T Policy Fellowship was "life changing," and served as a springboard to his role in Congress. He also served as an arms control expert at the U.S. State Department, where he monitored the nuclear programs of countries such as Iraq, Iran, North Korea, and the former Soviet Union. In 1981, Holt was issued a patent for an improved solar-pond technology for harnessing energy from sunlight.

Before coming to AAAS, Holt served for 16 years as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing New Jersey's 12th Congressional District. In Congress, Holt served as a senior member of the Committee on Natural Resources and the Committee on Education and the Workforce. On Capitol Hill, Holt established a long track record of advocacy for federal investment in research and development, science education, and innovation. He served on the National Commission on the Teaching of Mathematics and Science (known as the Glenn Commission), founded the Congressional Research and Development Caucus, and served as a co-chair of the Biomedical Research Caucus. Holt served eight years on the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and, from 2007 to 2010, chaired the Select Intelligence Oversight Panel, which worked to strengthen legislative oversight of the intelligence community. 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 has also received awards from the American Chemical Society, the American Association of University Professors, the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students, the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, the Council of Scientific Society Presidents, the American Geophysical Union, and the Biotechnology Industry Organization. Holt is also a past recipient of two of AAAS' highest honors: the William D. Carey Lectureship Award (2005) and the Philip Hauge Abelson Award (2010).

From December 2014 to February 2015, Holt was appointed a Director's Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey.

Dr. Holt is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, and he holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in physics from New York University. He is an elected fellow of AAAS, the American Physical Society, and Sigma Xi, and he holds honorary degrees from Monmouth University, Rider University, and Thomas Edison State College. He is married to Margaret Lancefield, a physician, and they have three children and seven grandchildren.

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Jeremy Berg, Editor-in-Chief

Jeremy M. Berg, Ph.D. became Editor-in-Chief of Science and the Science family of journals in July 2016. He came to Science from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine where he was Associate Senior Vice Chancellor for Science Strategy and Planning and Pittsburgh Foundation Professor and Director of the Institute for Personalized Medicine.

Jeremy received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Chemistry from Stanford and his Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from Harvard. He then became a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Biophysics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He started his independent career as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Johns Hopkins University in 1986. After four years, he was recruited back to the School of Medicine as Professor and Director of the Department of Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry.

He remained in this position until 2003 when he moved to become the Director of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) at the US National Institutes of Health (NIH). He oversaw a budget of approximately $2 billion per year focused primarily on basic biomedical research and research training. He led a wide range of trans-NIH activities including the NIH Director’s Pioneer and New Innovator Award programs. He also pushed NIH to become substantially more transparent and opened up new lines of communication between the NIH and the scientific community, including through social media, particularly the NIH’s first director’s blog, The NIGMS Feedback Loop.

He served at NIH until July 2011 when he moved with his wife Wendie Berg, M.D., Ph.D., a leading breast imaging researcher, to the University of Pittsburgh. He became Associate Senior Vice Chancellor for Science Strategy and Planning in the Health Sciences as well as Professor of Computational and Systems Biology. In 2013, he became the founding director of the University of Pittsburgh Institute for Personalized Medicine.

His research interests include the roles of zinc in proteins including zinc finger proteins, the mechanisms and systems biology of protein targeting to peroxisomes, and the development of detailed thermodynamic understanding of molecular recognition processes. He is the co-author of more than 130 scientific publications, four textbooks (including four editions of the Biochemistry textbook first written by Lubert Stryer), Principles of Bioinorganic Chemistry with Stephen J. Lippard, and a book on how to interact effectively with NIH, written with Michelle Kienholz. He also created a widely read blog Data Hound, focused on science policy.

He has been recognized for his accomplishments with awards including the American Chemical Society Award in Pure Chemistry, the Eli Lilly Award for Fundamental Research in Biological Chemistry, the Barry Wood Award for Preclinical Teaching, the Graduate Student Teaching Award at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, selection as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, election to the National Academy of Medicine, and public service awards from the Biophysical Society, the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, the American Chemical Society, and the American Society for Cell Biology. He served as President of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from 2011-2013.

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Rob Covey, Chief Digital Media Officer

Rob Covey has spent the past 13 years helping large media companies publish online and mobile content. He was most recently the Publisher of Daily Interactive Networks, a Seattle-based startup focused on building mobile apps.

Before joining Daily Interactive Networks, Covey was Senior Vice President, Content and Design, National Geographic Digital Media. He joined the staff of National Geographic magazine in February 2007 as Managing Editor and Creative Director for NGM.com. In 2008, he oversaw a redesign of the magazine's Web site. Covey's work for National Geographic has brought numerous top design awards, and the 2010 redesign of NG.com resulted in being named Advertising Week and Media Week's Web site of the Year. In 2010, NG.com also made Time Magazine's List of the 50 of Best Web sites, selected as one of only five News and Information Web sites. In May of 2011, National Geographic Magazine was named Magazine of the Year by American Society of Magazine Editors in the first ever award given based on both print and digital combined.

Covey came to National Geographic from Discovery Communications, where as SVP for Content and Design, he helped to lead the creative and editorial team that developed Discovery.com and its many Web properties, including the Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, the Travel Channel, Discovery Health, the Science Channel, and Discovery Kids.

Prior to Discovery, Covey spent 13 years as the Design Director for U.S. News & World Report. He has also been the Art Director for the Seattle Times, the Arizona Daily Star, and KAET-TV, a PBS affiliate in Phoenix. He is a founding member and past president of the Society of News Design.

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Monica M. Bradford, Executive Editor

Monica Bradford is the Executive Editor of the international journal Science, published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In this position she oversees the peer-review and selection of manuscripts; and the copyediting and proofreading process; and the design, production and manufacture for three journals: Science, Science Signaling, and Science Translational Medicine. Over the last fifteen years, Monica has been heavily involved in the development of Science's web and new media offerings.

Prior to joining the staff of Science in 1989, Monica worked for the Publications Division of the American Chemical Society for nine years. She holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry from St. Mary's College, Notre Dame, Indiana, and has done graduate work in management at the University of Maryland. Monica was a Director and President of the Council of Science Editors, served as Vice-Chair of the Scientific Publishing Board of the American Heart Association, and is a member of the Society for Scholarly Publishing. She resides in Silver Spring, Maryland, with her husband.

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Tim Appenzeller, News Editor

Tim Appenzeller leads Science's award-winning news section and supervises its global team of staff and freelance writers and editors. He has spent 30 years as an editor and writer specializing in science and the environment for magazines including Scientific American, U.S. News & World Report, and National Geographic. His National Geographic article "The Case of the Missing Carbon" won the Walter Sullivan award for excellence in science journalism in 2005, and his June 2007 National Geographic cover story on global warming, "The Big Thaw," shared an award for best explanatory reporting from the Society of Environmental Journalists. Appenzeller was Science's Features Editor during the 1990s, and most recently was Chief Magazine Editor at Nature, responsible for its journalism and opinion.

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Katrina L. Kelner, Managing Editor, Research Journals

As Managing Editor of Science's research journals, Katrina L. Kelner oversees the editorial practices and policies of Science Signaling and Science Translational Medicine, enforcing consistency and high standards. Dr. Kelner has been a scientific editor with AAAS and Science Magazine since 1985. Trained as a neuroscientist, with a Ph.D. in Cell Biology/Neuroscience and a PRAT postdoctoral fellowship from the NIH, she handled papers in the area of neuroscience at Science as an Associate and Senior Editor. Since then she has served as Biology Perspectives Editor, Deputy Managing Editor for Commentary and, most recently, Deputy Editor for Life Sciences. Her current interests revolve around application of basic science advances and tools to clinical problems. She has spoken on numerous panels and at meetings on current advances in biology, the peer review-process, data sharing, and conflict of interest in scholarly publishing.

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Andrew M. Sugden, International Managing Editor and Deputy Editor, Research

Andrew M. Sugden joined the Science team as Senior Editor at Science responsible for ecology and evolution. He is currently Deputy Editor with responsibility for supervising Science's research content in a range of organismal, environmental, earth system, behavioral and social sciences. He is also the International Managing Editor for AAAS Science International's European headquarters in Cambridge, U.K. Dr Sugden received a degree in Botany from Oxford University in 1975, and earned his doctoral degree in 1980, also from Oxford, in tropical rainforest ecology. He completed his postdoctoral assignment at Cambridge University in 1985. His research focused on the biogeography of tropical cloud forests, mainly in the mountains of Colombia and Venezuela. His subsequent publishing career has included positions as founding editor of the international monthly review journal, Trends in Ecology & Evolution from 1986 until 1999. He also served as co-editor of the history of science quarterly, Endeavour, from 1996 until 1999, founding editor of Trends in Plant Sciences and managing editor at Elsevier Trends Journals.

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Lisa Chong, Deputy Editor, Insights

As the Deputy Editor of Science's Insights, Lisa D. Chong oversees Editorials, Perspectives, Policy Forums, Letters, and Books sections. She joined Science in 1998 and handled research in the biological sciences as an Associate and Senior Editor. Lisa received a bachelor's degree from Cornell University in and doctoral degree from Yale University in cell biology in 1993. She did postdoctoral work in La Jolla, Ca. at The Scripps Research Institute and the Burnham Institute, and also at the National Institutes of Health, where her studies spanned signal transduction, cell migration, and neuronal development. In addition to research discoveries, Lisa is also interested in science communication and the interface between science and culture.

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Valda Vinson, Deputy Editor, Research

Valda Vinson started her career in publishing when she joined the Science staff in 1999. Since then, she has handled research papers in the areas of structural biology, biochemistry, and biophysics as an Associate and Senior Editor. She has also edited Perspectives and served as a team leader. In Dr. Vinson's role as Deputy Editor, she oversees research content in the area of cellular and molecular biology and biomedicine, working with biology editors to attract and select exciting research papers and reviews, while maintaining high editorial standards. She earned an M.Sc. in Chemistry from Durban University in 1987 and a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University in 1992. Her postdoctoral studies were also undertaken at Johns Hopkins University, where she focused on structural and biochemical studies of cytoskeletal proteins. Before joining Science, she spent two years as a Senior Lecturer at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa.

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Jake Yeston, Deputy Editor

Jake Yeston joined the staff at Science in 2004, with responsibilities to edit and coordinate review for original research submissions in chemistry and overlapping segments of biochemistry and applied physics. He has been associate editor, senior editor, and team leader, and also edited the physical sciences portion of Science's Editors' Choice section. In his current role as Deputy Editor, he oversees research content in the physical sciences. Prior to arriving at Science, Jake earned an AB in chemistry from Harvard University in 1996 and a PhD in chemistry from the University of California-Berkeley in 2001, with a focus at the interface of synthetic organometallic chemistry and spectroscopy. He conducted postdoctoral research in ultrafast spectroscopy at the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics in Garching, Germany on the Humboldt fellowship, and then worked as a National Research Council fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

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John Travis, News Managing Editor

John Travis is the Managing Editor of the News section and coordinates much of the section’s biology coverage. He began his career with Science as an intern and then became its New England correspondent based in Boston, covering beats such as molecular biology and astronomy. He next spent nearly a decade covering biology for the magazine Science News before returning to Science in 2005 as a Deputy News Editor. More recently, he spent 4 years in Science's Cambridge office as European News Editor; his story "Scientists Decry "Flawed" and "Horrifying" Nationality Tests" won the 2010 Association of British Science Writers award for best news story.

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