Making "Open" the Default Setting for Science

Washington DC - Foggy Bottom: National Academy of Sciences - Einstein Memorial | Photo by Wally Gobetz
Albert Einstein, memorialized in bronze on the grounds of the National Academy of Sciences, was elected a foreign associate of the Academy in 1922 and a member in 1942, two years after becoming a US citizen. (Photo by Wally Gobetz, 2009; CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) recently selected DBMI’s Alexa McCray, Professor of Medicine, to chair a committee on broadening access to the results of scientific research. McCray brings a wealth of credentials to this new post, including membership in the National Academy of Medicine since 2001 and previous direction of well-known NIH/NLM information resources such as and Genetics Home Reference.

The committee, who will conduct an 18-month study entitled “Toward an Open Science Enterprise,” met for the first time on July 20, 2017. Other members include the following:

  • Anna Baron, University of Colorado School of Public Health
  • Francine Berman, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Michael Carroll, American University Washington College of Law
  • Donna Ginther, University of Kansas
  • Robert Miller, Lyrasis
  • Peter Schiffer, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Alex Szalay, Johns Hopkins University
  • Lisa Tauxe, University of California, San Diego
  • Heng Xu, The Pennsylvania State University

The study is co-directed by George Strawn and Christine Liu of the Board on Research Data and Information (BRDI), which is also chaired by McCray.

Their next meeting is scheduled for September 18, 2017. As was the case in July, this meeting is open to the public. Registration is required by September 12.

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