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CABI CIO, Andrea Powell, to leave CABI after 26 years
- 17 Nov 2017

After 26 years of working at CABI, Chief Information Officer, Andrea Powell, will leave the organisation at the end of 2017 to develop a portfolio of interests. These will include consulting, serving as a Non-Executive Director on the Board of the Pharmaceutical Press, and working alongside her husband, Mark, in their craft cider-making business, Red Dog.

Andrea joined CABI in 1991 and has since moved through roles in product development, publishing management and, most recently, as CABI's first CIO. During that time, Andrea has overseen the transformation of CABI's publishing programme into an almost entirely digital operation, and into a knowledge business that supports CABI's global mission of solving problems in agriculture and the environment.

Outside CABI, Andrea has become widely known and respected within the world of Scientific, Technical and Medical (STM) publishing. Information Age recognised her with the 'best in class Data 50' award in the public sector and non-profit category in 2016, and nominated her CIO of the year in 2017.

CABI now launches its search for a Managing Director for Publishing, a role that will focus on the continuing transformation of CABI's publishing business into an added-value agricultural research support programme. The role will also continue to align the publishing capabilities of the organisation more closely with international development.

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ARL Board of Directors appoint Anne R. Kenney as interim executive director
- 16 Nov 2017

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Board of Directors has appointed Anne R. Kenney as interim executive director of the Association, effective January 1, 2018.

Kenney served as Carl A. Kroch university librarian at Cornell University from April 2008 to April 2017, when she went on research leave until her retirement on October 31. She started at Cornell in 1987, serving as associate director for the department of preservation and conservation, and then as associate university librarian for instruction, research, and information services, before advancing to the position of university librarian.

Active in the profession, Kenney is an international leader in digitisation of library collections. She served as a fellow and president of the Society of American Archivists, co-authored three award-winning monographs and more than 50 articles and reports, and was awarded the American Library Association Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award in 2014.

The ARL community knows Kenney well. She served as a member of the ARL Board of Directors (2010—2013) and chair of the Transforming Special Collections in the Digital Age Working Group (2010—2012). More recently she was a member of the Strategic Thinking and Design (ST&D) Working Group and the ST&D Transition Team (2013—2016) and chair of the Member Engagement and Outreach Committee (2015—2016).

The ARL Board looks forward to working with Kenney to prepare the organisation for a new executive director, with an expected transition date in late spring 2018.

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Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers appoints Dr. Rodolphe Barrangou as Editor-in-Chief of The CRISPR Journal
- 14 Nov 2017

Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers has announced the appointment of Dr. Rodolphe Barrangou as Editor-in-Chief of The CRISPR Journal. Launching in early 2018, The CRISPR Journal will be the definitive journal for everything CRISPR and will serve as a central forum dedicated to bringing together the globally diverse CRISPR community.

Dr. Barrangou currently serves as the Todd R. Klaenhammer Distinguished Scholar in Probiotics Research and Associate Professor of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences at North Carolina State University (NCSU). Born and educated in Paris, France, Dr. Barrangou moved to the United States for his post-graduate work. He is one of the early pioneers of CRISPR, having made major contributions during his years working at DuPont, prior to joining the NCSU faculty in 2013. Dr. Barrangou has published over 80 CRISPR papers since 2005, including the seminal 2007 study with Philippe Horvath and colleagues which presented the first experimental evidence that the bacterial CRISPR-Cas system provides adaptive immunity against viral infection.

Dr. Barrangou is the author of more than 120 peer-reviewed papers, and an inventor on over 40 issued and pending patents. He is the recipient of numerous prestigious scientific awards, including the 2016 Canada Gairdner International Award, the 2016 Warren Alpert Foundation Prize, and the 2017 National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Award in Molecular Biology. Dr. Barrangou also serves as a scientific advisor to several CRISPR-related biotechnology companies including Caribou Biosciences; he is a co-founder of Intellia Therapeutics and Locus Biosciences.

The CRISPR Journal will be the voice of the global CRISPR community and seeks to bring together researchers and practitioners in a wide range of disciplines, including genetics and genomics, cell biology, immunology, infectious diseases, microbiology, molecular biology, neuroscience, plant biology, ethics, and law. In addition to a broad selection of peer-reviewed research, the journal will feature an array of provocative front matter content including editorials, analyses, and commentary.Dr. Barrangou will guide an established group of luminaries who have thrown their support behind the journal by joining the Editorial Board, including Jennifer Doudna (HHMI/UC Berkeley), Emmanuelle Charpentier (Max Planck Institute, Berlin), George Church (Harvard Medical School), Virginijus Siksnys (Vilnius Institute of Technology), and Eugene Koonin (NCBI).

The CRISPR Journal is actively considering research papers for its inaugural issue, which will be published in early 2018. Potential author inquiries can be sent to editorial@crisprjournal.com.

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American Chemical Society appoints Shana J. Sturla new editor-in-chief of Chemical Research in Toxicology
- 13 Nov 2017

The Publications Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS) has announced the appointment of Dr. Shana J. Sturla of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich (ETH Zürich) as the next editor-in-chief of Chemical Research in Toxicology, the only chemistry-focused journal dedicated to advancing the understanding of toxic agents. Sturla will take over leadership of the distinguished peer-reviewed journal, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, at the beginning of 2018.

Sturla joined the faculty of ETH Zürich in the Department of Health Sciences and Technology in 2009 and was promoted to full professor of toxicology in 2016. Upon her arrival in Switzerland, Sturla was the only woman in Zürich to be awarded a prestigious European Research Council Starting Grant that year. In 2014, Sturla received Chemical Research in Toxicology's Young Investigator in Toxicology Award, and in 2015 she became the vice president of the Swiss Society of Toxicology. Her research focuses on the chemical basis of mutagenesis and toxicity, of which she seeks to delineate the relationships between chemical structures, enzyme-catalyzed chemical transformations, and cellular responses to environmental and dietary toxicants and cancer drugs.

Chemical Research in Toxicology published its first issue in 1988 with a mission of advancing the understanding of the impact of chemical and biological agents on human health. The journal publishes articles, reviews, perspectives and letters covering all aspects of the chemical basis of toxic responses.

Sturla will succeed Dr. Stephen S. Hecht, who has served as the journal's editor since 2013. Hecht is the Wallin Land Grant Professor of Cancer Prevention at the University of Minnesota Cancer Center, where Sturla served under his guidance as a postdoctoral fellow.

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UKSG appoints Bev Acreman as Interim Executive Director
- 10 Nov 2017

UKSG, the key professional interest group for the scholarly communications community, has announced the appointment of Bev Acreman as Interim Executive Director.

Bev replaces Sarah Bull who is moving on to pursue other opportunities. She is well known by the UKSG community, having held senior roles at Taylor&Francis, BioMed Central, Springer Nature and F1000. She has also served on several UKSG committees.

Bev Acreman takes office with immediate effect and will be attending UKSG's One-Day Conference and Forum in London next week. She can be contacted at bev@uksg.org.

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