Vance-Cooks_300GPO Director Named One of “D.C.’s Top 50 Women In Technology

U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) Director Davita Vance-Cooks has been selected by the editors of FedScoop as one of “D.C.’s Top 50 Women in Technology.” As the chief executive officer of GPO, she has overseen the agency’s Federal Digital System (FDsys) achieve 1.4 billion retrievals. FDsys is a one-stop site to authentic, published Government information on the three branches of the Federal Government. GPO has also made several IT accomplishments, such as becoming the first legislative branch agency to implement cloud technology. Vance-Cooks embraced the agency name change to the Government Publishing Office to better reflect how the evolving information needs of Congress, Federal agencies, and the public have moved beyond only print. Publishing reflects the increasingly prominent role that GPO plays in providing access to Government information in digital formats through the agency’s Federal Digital System, apps, eBooks, and related technologies.

FedScoop said it chose 50 women whose vibrant energy, determination, and imagination are making a monumental difference in the Federal Government IT community and whose impact is being felt across America. FedScoop hopes these leaders will inspire a new generation of women about the possibilities of embracing technology.


kranichNancy Kranich named the recipient of the Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship

ALANews reports that Nancy Kranich, special projects librarian and lecturer at Rutgers University, has been selected to receive the 2015 American Library Association Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship.  This special honor is given annually to an individual for a “significant contribution to the public recognition and appreciation of librarianship through professional performance, teaching and/or writing.”

“It is my honor that the Award Jury recognizes Nancy Kranich for her distinguished achievements in the field of Library and Information Science”, said Teri R. Switzer, chair of the Ken Haycock Award Committee and dean of the Kraemer Family Library at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.  “Nancy’s commitment to advancing librarianship through her teaching, her professional performance and her writing supports her receiving this distinguished honor. For more than 40 years, she has worked tirelessly for the advancement of our profession.”

Kranich holds a Master of Arts degree in Library Science from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a Masters in Public Administration from New York University.  Since receiving her Master of Arts degree in 1973, she has worked in academic and public libraries and as a library educator.  During these more than 40 years, she has actively participated in the work of the American Library Association and served as President in 2000-2001.  Her curriculum vita, alone, supports awarding her this honor. Nancy Kranich has, beyond a doubt, made significant contributions to the public recognition and appreciation of librarianship in everything she has done…

Kranich not only engages her students and ALA members in the fight for a fair and equitable information society, but also articulates these values in testimony before Congress on our behalf.  As another supporter stated, “She is a leader, a teacher, a tireless advocate for libraries, a mentor to her students, and an inspiration.  She is one of the best library thinkers of the day…”

The Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship will be presented to Nancy Kranich at the ALA Award Ceremony and Reception on June 28, during the Annual Conference in San Francisco.”


Publisher Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers has announced the appointment of Dr. Terry R. Flotte, Executive Deputy Chancellor, Provost, and Dean of the School of Medicine at University of Massachusetts Medical School, as the new incoming Editor-in-Chief of Human Gene Therapy, Human Gene Therapy Methods, and Human Gene Therapy Clinical Development, effective July 1, 2015. Dr. Flotte is currently an Associate Editor of the Journal.

Dr. Flotte will succeed Dr. James M. Wilson, Director of the Gene Therapy Program, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, who has been Editor-in-Chief of the Journal since 2003.

Dr. Flotte is well known in the gene therapy community. He was the Principal Investigator for the first use of rAAV in humans, in cystic fibrosis trials beginning in 1995, leading to important early safety data and contributing important observations regarding molecular mechanisms of rAAV persistence and immune responses in humans. Dr. Flotte is the author of more than 230 scholarly papers, his published work has been cited close to 7,500 times, and his research has been continuously NIH funded for 22 years. The Flotte lab is currently investigating the delivery of therapeutic genes and microRNA with recombinant vectors for genetic diseases, such as alpha-1 antitrypsin (AAT) deficiency. Dr. Flotte serves on the Liaison Committee on Medical Education and the ASGCT Advisory Council, setting policy and goals for promoting gene therapy research through public education, scientific meetings, and scientific committees.

Alongside his leadership roles, Dr. Flotte has also continued his pediatric practice while pursuing clinical trials and basic laboratory research. Dr. Flotte has received numerous honors and awards, including the E. Mead Johnson award for outstanding scientific contributions from the Society of Pediatric Research in 2005, the Massachusetts Society for Medical Research Award for pioneering work in human gene therapy and his leadership in groundbreaking biomedical research in 2012. In 2013, he was inducted into the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars.

The editorial transition will begin on May 1, 2015 and Dr. Flotte will take full helm of the Journal on July 1, 2015.