ATG People in the News 5/17/17

According to infoDOCKET “GPO Director Davita Vance-Cooks discussed the transformation of the agency from a print-centric to a content-centric publishing operation before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on House Administration [today].

Vance-Cooks laid out current and future digital publishing initiatives for Congress and Federal Agencies at the hearing called:  Transforming GPO for the 21st Century and Beyond.

Direct to Full Text of Davita Vance-Cooks Prepared Statement (16 pages; PDF)

See also this video of the hearing.


KnowledgeSpeak reports that “the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) has announced that its keynote speakers for the SSP 39th Annual Meeting to be held May 31-June 2 in Boston, MA, will be Paula Stephan and Jeffrey Mervis.

Stephan will speak on May 31. Stephan’s research interests focus on the careers of scientists and engineers and the process by which knowledge moves across institutional boundaries in the economy. She is a member of the Board on Higher Education and Workforce, National Academies of Sciences, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of the board of reviewing editors, Science. She currently serves on the European Research Council’s Expert Group on Key Performance Indicators. She served on the National Advisory General Medical Sciences Council, National Institutes of Health from 2005-2009 and served on the Advisory Committee of the Social, Behavioral, and Economics Programs, National Science Foundation, 2001-2008. In 2012 Science Careers named Stephan as their first ‘person of the year.’ Her research has been supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellow Foundation, and the National Science Foundation.

On June 1st, Jeffrey Mervis will take the stage. Mervis will examine Trump’s actions in three important areas of policymaking: The people he has chosen for key staff positions at the various science agencies, his spending requests to Congress for the fiscal years 2017 and 2018, and the actions the White House has taken that directly affect the U.S. scientific community…

Jeffrey Mervis is a senior correspondent at Science magazine. He writes about all aspects of science policy, with the goal of explaining how government works to a global scientific audience. He also has a long-standing interest in STEM education and workforce diversity. He joined Science in 1993 after previously serving as news editor at Nature and The Scientist…”


KnowledgeSpeak also notes that “the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has announced that Nick Winser CBE will become its next President, taking up the position on October 1, 2017.|

Other appointments taking effect from October 1 include Dr Peter Bonfield who becomes Deputy President. Meanwhile, Jayne Bryant and Dr Simon Harrison both become IET Vice Presidents…”
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