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eLife appoints three new Senior Editors to its leadership team
- 10 Dec 2018

eLife has appointed three new Senior Editors to its leadership team, supporting submissions in some of the open-access journal's growing research areas.

Eduardo Franco from McGill University, Neil Ferguson from Imperial College London, and Cynthia Wolberger from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine bring expertise in their respective fields of cancer epidemiology, infectious disease epidemiology and biophysics.

They will be responsible for handling manuscripts in a timely manner, operating in concert with the other working scientists who serve as eLife editors, as well as the organisation's early-career advisors, governing board and executive staff, to help realise eLife's mission to accelerate discovery.

In addition to his role as Chairman of the Department of Oncology at McGill University, Eduardo Franco is James McGill Professor in the same department and in the Department of Epidemiology&Biostatistics.

His research during the last 33 years has focused on a variety of topics, including: molecular epidemiology and the prevention of cervical cancer and human papillomavirus-associated diseases; prostate, endometrium and childhood tumours; studies of methods for evaluating the effectiveness of cancer-screening strategies; and studies of societal and clinical influences on patient survival.

Neil Ferguson, Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Director of the MRC Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analysis at Imperial College London, undertakes research on the epidemiological factors and population processes that shape the spread of infectious diseases.

A key practical focus of Ferguson's research is the analysis and optimisation of intervention strategies aimed at reducing disease transmission or burden. He also works in developing statistical and mathematical tools to mine epidemiological data more effectively, to improve prediction of disease trends and the assessment of the impact of control programmes.

Cynthia Wolberger serves as Professor of Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her research focuses on structural biology, ubiquitin signaling and regulation of transcription.

eLife's Senior Editors are responsible for maintaining the high quality and broad scope of the work published in the journal, as well as championing its unique approach to peer review.

They decide, in consultation with members of the Board of Reviewing Editors (BRE), whether a paper should be sent for peer review. All manuscripts selected for review are assigned to an appropriate BRE who recruits additional reviewers. The reviewers then consult with one another, once their reviews are in, to finalise the decision and form a consolidated set of comments for the author.

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Medscape appoints Ivan Oransky as Vice President, Editorial
- 06 Dec 2018

Medscape, a source of clinical news, health information, and point-of-care tools for healthcare professionals, has appointed Ivan Oransky as Vice President, Editorial.

In his new role, Oransky will provide physicians and healthcare professionals with rigorous content that is compelling and relevant to their practice.

Oransky recently held senior editorial positions at MedPage Today and Reuters Health. Additionally, he was in editorial roles at Scientific American, The Scientist and Praxis Post and co-founded Retraction Watch, which reports on scientific retractions, fraud and related issues. Oransky serves as President of the Association of Health Care Journalists and is a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute.

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John Adams re-elected chair of the American Chemical Society's board of directors
- 04 Dec 2018

Dr. John E. Adams has been re-elected chair of the board of directors of the American Chemical Society (ACS). Adams will begin another one-year term on January 1, 2019.

As chair of the board, Adams will preside over board and executive committee meetings, oversee the performance of the chief executive officer, appoint chairs and members of board committees and task forces, and ensure that strategic planning and evaluation of progress toward strategic goals occur, among other duties.

Adams is a Curators' Distinguished Teaching Professor (emeritus) of chemistry at the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1981. He has been an ACS member since 1974.

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RSNA names Valerie P. Jackson as President, Board of Directors
- 29 Nov 2018

Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) has named Valerie P. Jackson as president of its Board of Directors.

An expert in the field of breast imaging, Jackson is the executive director of the American Board of Radiology (ABR) since 2014. She previously served on ABR's board of trustees from 2001 to 2010. Jackson received her medical degree in 1978 from the Indiana University School of Medicine, and completed her residency at the Indiana University Medical Center in 1982. Jackson is the Eugene C. Klatte Professor Emeritus and has had numerous academic appointments at Indiana University School of Medicine over the years, including lecturer, professor and chair of the Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences.

As president, Jackson will develop programs and initiatives that support RSNA's mission to promote excellence in patient care and healthcare delivery through research, education and technologic innovation.

Jackson has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and 20 books and book chapters with an emphasis on breast imaging and radiologic education. She has served as principal investigator on numerous funded grants, including several focused on radiologic education. Jackson has been a course director and presenter at the RSNA Faculty Development Workshop and is a highly regarded lecturer and educator, having given more than 320 scientific and educational presentations at meetings worldwide.

Jackson has served as a manuscript reviewer for numerous journals including American Journal of Roentgenology, Journal of the American College of Radiology, Investigative Radiology, Medical Physics, Academic Medicine and Radiology, where she served as associate editor on the editorial board from 1989 to 1998, and as consultant to the editor in 1999.

An RSNA member since 1982, Jackson has served the Society in numerous roles, including chair of the Refresher Course Committee from 2009 to 2012 and chair of the Breast Imaging Subcommittee of the Scientific Program Committee from 2003 to 2006. She was a member of the Public Information Advisors Network from 1997 to 2017, and a member of the RSNA News Editorial Board from 2005 to 2008. She served RSNA as first vice president from 2008 to 2009 and was a member of the RSNA Centennial Committee. Jackson has been active on many committees of the RSNA Research&Education (R&E) Foundation and served on the R&E Foundation Board of Trustees from 2009 to 2015. She joined the RSNA Board of Directors in 2012 and served as president-elect in 2018.

Jackson has held committee or leadership positions in a number of radiologic organisations, including the Indiana Radiological Society (IRS), American Roentgen Ray Society, Association of University Radiologists, Radiology Research Alliance, Academy of Radiology Research, Society of Breast Imaging (SBI) and the American College of Radiology (ACR).

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Anke Beck appointed to German Council for Information Infrastructure as new member
- 26 Nov 2018

IntechOpen's CEO Anke Beck has been appointed to the German Council for Information Infrastructure (RFii) as a new Council member. By order of the Council of Science and Humanities (Gemeinsamer Wissenschaftsrats) the group of experts is tasked to advise Politics and Academia how to establish and develop the information infrastructures for academia and to formulate German positions in this area.

The Council for Information Infrastructure has operated since 2014 and is now in its second phase.

The Council aims to improve the information infrastructures and to support the development and communication of German positions in European and international debates in the next four years.

Beck has strong experience in academic publishing and is newly CEO of IntechOpen, a digital open access publisher. Beck attends the meeting as one of 24 members who were appointed by the Joint Science Conference of the Federal States for a term of four years. They constitute a broad spectrum of scientific disciplines, roles and institutions.

The meeting addresses the topics quality of data in academic research; digital competence, new fields of employment and the recent announcement of the German government to establish a national research data infrastructure in Germany (NFDI). The immediate achievement of the first phase of the council's work is an allocation of up to 90 Mio annually for this purpose. The council will further explore shared strategies on the international level.

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