This week, we are pleased to welcome Elizabeth Marincola as the new president of Science Service and publisher of Science News. She succeeds Donald R. Harless, who retired after 34 years at Science Service, including 7 years as president and publisher of Science News.

Elizabeth Marincola

Marincola comes to us from the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB), where she has been executive director since 1991. She has been editor of the ASCB newsletter and publisher of the society’s two journals, Molecular Biology of the Cell and Cell Biology Education. She has also served as executive director of the Joint Steering Committee for Public Policy, which promotes funding and sound policy for biological sciences.

During her 14 years at ASCB, Marincola was a persuasive advocate for science. She also developed programs to increase the representation of minorities in science and to provide greater opportunities for women. These programs have connected more than 12,000 students and faculty to Nobel laureates, national policy leaders, and other scientists. For these programs, President Bush last May awarded the ASCB with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring.

A graduate of Stanford University and the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, Marincola was director of development for Stanford University Hospital before she came to Washington in 1990 as deputy director of the Office of Policy Analysis and Coordination of the National Institute of Mental Health.

Dudley R. Herschbach, a Nobel laureate in chemistry and chair of the board of trustees of Science Service, says, “We are delighted to have Elizabeth Marincola lead our staff.” Science Service, a nonprofit organization, works to advance the understanding of science through Science News, the Web site Science News for Kids, and three national student competitions.

Marincola says, “Science News is a jewel in the crown of the organization. The magazine has advanced understanding across the sciences for generations. I look forward to the opportunity to build on its world-class reputation for the benefit of future generations.”

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