ATG People in the News 3/17/17

“Nonprofit publisher Annual Reviews is pleased to announce that Eva Emerson has been appointed editor to lead a soon-to-be launched digital magazine. Eva has an outstanding track record in the communication of science, having most recently served as Editor of Science News.

Richard Gallagher, President and Editor-In-Chief said:

“Eva’s journalistic talent, digital publishing expertise and significant leadership ability make her a natural fit for this position. We’re delighted she has joined this innovative project in Annual Reviews’ 85th year of service to the research community.”

The magazine is set to launch in 2017 with generous support from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Comprising feature articles, interviews, videos and podcasts, infographics, slideshows, and animations, the magazine will explore the real-world significance of the research covered in Annual Reviews journals in an appealing and accessible way. The content will be freely available to anyone to read and reuse, and will attract those who wish to stay abreast of progress in research in the natural and social sciences…

A native of Los Angeles, Eva brings over 20 years of experience in science communication to the Annual Reviews team. As Managing Editor and then Editor in Chief of Science News, she helped to oversee a shift to daily digital journalism, the creation of a robust website and huge growth in social media followers. She is delighted to join nonprofit Annual Reviews. “We want to elevate intelligent, informed discourse. This feels especially urgent right now, given the erosion of public trust in facts that the Internet enables and thrives on…”


According to ALA News “Richard E. Turley Jr., former Assistant Church Historian and Recorder of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was selected as the 2017 winner of the Genealogy/History Achievement Award sponsored by ProQuest and administered by the History Section of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA).

Turley was selected for his numerous contributions in the field of historical and genealogical reference. Over a career of three decades working in specialized libraries, he has helped guide teams in the creation of important genealogical and historical reference products and systems that have been recognized internationally for their value.

Turley was the head of the Genealogical Society of Utah, now known as FamilySearch International, for several years. While there, he provided leadership in converting the microfilm collection into digital records and making them available online. This project was the first of its kind to utilize this technology and helped set the standard for the industry and other organizations. The society began by creating the site FamilySearch.org which launched in 1999.

While at the helm of the society, Turley also oversaw the launching of FamilySearch Indexing which has grown into one of the world’s largest crowdsourcing projects. Over 3 billion records have been indexed by approximately 875,000 volunteers…”


Also according to ALA News “Ian Richardson, student at Wayne State University, has been selected as the 2017 BRASS SimplyMap Student Travel Award winner. Administered by the Business Reference and Services Section (BRASS) of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), the award is sponsored by SimplyMap, and includes $1,250 to fund travel expenses to the ALA Annual Conference.

Ian Richardson’s journey from entrepreneur to library school student at Wayne State University is inspiring. His enthusiasm and passion to become a business librarian makes him an ideal candidate to benefit from becoming active in BRASS,” said committee chair Bobray Bordelon. “He has sought out opportunities to increase his knowledge of the field and has worked hard to become the go-to person for business information at his library at the University of Louisiana. We welcome Ian to the field!..”

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