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Jisc appoints Karen Foster to lead new data analytics directorate as executive director
- 18 Sep 2019

Jisc has announced a new appointment to its leadership team - Karen Foster. Karen will lead a new data analytics directorate as executive director, effective September 17.

Karen joins Jisc from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), with 22 members of her team. Jisc and HESA have a long-standing and successful relationship and the new directorate will build on existing services such as Heidi Plus and Community Dashboards to deliver business intelligence for HE providers, the public sector and charities.

The integration of HESA's data and analytics team into Jisc builds on the recommendations of the 2017 Bell Review for sector agency efficiency. HESA will continue to fulfil its role as the designated data body in England and in providing the collection, assurance and dissemination of data across the UK.

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Satoshi Kawata to serve as The Optical Society president in 2022; two directors-at-large elected to OSA Board of Directors
- 18 Sep 2019

The Optical Society (OSA) has announced that its members have elected Dr. Satoshi Kawata, professor emeritus of Osaka University and honorary scientist at RIKEN, both in Japan, as the society's 2020 Vice President.

Two directors-at-large were also chosen during this year's election: Dr. Polina Bayvel, University of London, U.K., and Dr. Gerd Leuchs, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, Germany. The announcement was made during OSA's Annual Business Meeting at the 2019 Frontiers in Optics + Laser Science (FiO + LS) conference held September 15-19 in Washington, D.C., U.S.A.

By accepting the vice presidency, Kawata makes a four-year commitment to OSA's Board of Directors. He will serve one year as vice president in 2020, followed by one year as president-elect in 2021, president in 2022 and past president in 2023.

Along with Kawata, the new directors-at-large, Bayvel and Leuchs, will begin their terms on January 1, 2020. They will hold their positions for three years.Dr. Satoshi Kawata joined the Department of Applied Physics of Osaka University in 1981 where he currently serves as a professor emeritus. Kawata founded the Photonics Advanced Research Center (PARC) at Osaka University in 2007, where he was executive director until 2016. Kawata also led a research group on nanophotonics as a chief scientist in RIKEN from 2002 to 2015 and now serves as an honorary scientist. He founded two companies, one of which is a laser-scanning Raman microscope company, Nanophoton, established in 2002, where he has been the chairman.

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Research Square appoints Rachel Burley as President
- 16 Sep 2019

Research Square, a mission-driven business focused on supporting researchers with publication, has announced the appointment of Rachel Burley as President, effective September 16, 2019.

Rachel Burley has spent more than eighteen years in senior roles in the publishing industry and joins Research Square from Springer Nature, where she was VP and Publishing Director for the BMC Group of journals before becoming VP Open Publishing Innovations in 2019. Prior to that, Rachel served as VP Open Access at Wiley.

In her new role, Burley will oversee both the newly launched Research Square preprint platform and American Journal Experts (AJE). She will report to Shashi Mudunuri, Founder and CEO of Research Square.

Springer Nature is partner to Research Square as part of its strategy to expand researcher services, most recently through In Review, a unique new author service powered by the Research Square platform. Since 2016, Springer Nature has made multiple investments in Research Square's initiatives as part of its focus on serving researchers as a core market.

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American Chemical Society announces changes to Publications Division leadership
- 16 Sep 2019

The American Chemical Society (ACS) has named Dr. James Milne, senior vice president of the Journals Publishing Group, as acting president of the ACS Publications Division. Milne will take the reins from Dr. Brian Crawford, who had announced his plans to retire earlier this year. Milne will serve in this acting role while the Society continues its active recruitment to fill the executive position.

Through its Publications Division, ACS publishes 60 peer-reviewed journals and eBooks, including digital archives of legacy scientific research published since the Society's founding, as well as the industry-leading weekly news periodical, Chemical&Engineering News. The ACS portfolio of journals are among the most cited, most trusted and most read within the scientific literature. In addition, the division offers high-quality service to authors and readers, including rapid time to publication, cutting-edge web and mobile delivery platforms and comprehensive open-access options.

The American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society, is a not-for-profit organisation chartered by the U.S. Congress. ACS is a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related information and research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences. ACS does not conduct research, but publishes and publicises peer-reviewed scientific studies. Its main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.

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Caitlin Carter of Johns Hopkins Selected as SPARC VPO for Negotiations
- 13 Sep 2019

SPARC has appointed Caitlin Carter to its team as a visiting program officer. Carter, Scholarly Communication and Open Access Policy Fellow at The Johns Hopkins University Welch Medical Library Baltimore, Maryland, will spend about a quarter of her time in the newly established role.

Carter will work with SPARC members and Director of Programs&Engagement Nick Shockey and Senior Consultant Greg Tannebaum to create materials to help libraries with Big Deal negotiation strategies and lay the groundwork to establish a negotiation community of practice.

In her VPO position, Carter will focus on supporting the SPARC membership as libraries re-evaluate their negotiating position in light of the growing momentum behind Open Access. She will lead the creation of a negotiation community of practice within SPARC to facilitate knowledge sharing among member libraries. There is a growing need as many rethink desired outcomes for negotiations, strategies for getting there, and how to reinvest in open, community-aligned infrastructure.

Complementing this work, Carter will also help to conduct a survey of libraries that have cancelled Big Deals to identify key point people involved, ramifications, alternative content fulfillment experience, net savings, and faculty reaction. Based on feedback from the community, Carter will look for opportunities to build on SPARC's current suite of resources in this area. This includes SPARC's Big Deal Tracker and newly released Big Deal Knowledge Database that make it easy for libraries to see who has cancelled bundles and how much libraries are paying for subscriptions.

Carter's appointment began in late August and will continue for one year. SPARC launched the VPO program this year to provide opportunities for staff in SPARC member libraries to contribute to special projects and programs, either in whole or in part, to advance the open agenda. The program provides highly visible professional development opportunities for outstanding staff members and serves the SPARC membership extending SPARC's capacity to undertake additional activities.

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