Leadership and Management

Alan I. Leshner, Interim Executive Publisher

Alan I. Leshner is the interim Chief Executive Officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and Executive Publisher of the Science family of journals, after having served in these roles from 2001 – 2015. Before joining AAAS, Dr. Leshner was Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse at the National Institutes of Health. He also served as Deputy Director and Acting Director of the National Institute of Mental Health, and in several roles at the National Science Foundation. Before joining the government, Dr. Leshner was Professor of Psychology at Bucknell University. Dr. Leshner is an elected fellow of AAAS, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Public Administration, and many others. He is a member and served as the Vice Chair of the governing Counci of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. He served two terms on the National Science Board, appointed first by President Bush and then reappointed by President Obama. Dr. Leshner received Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in physiological psychology from Rutgers University and an A.B. in psychology from Franklin and Marshall College. He has received many awards, including the Walsh McDermott Medal of the National Academy of Medicine and seven honorary Doctor of Science degrees.

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Holden Thorp, Editor-in-Chief

Holden Thorp became Editor-in-Chief of the Sciencefamily of journals on 28 October 2019. He came to Sciencefrom Washington University, where he was provost from 2013 to 2019 and where he is Rita Levi-Montalcini Distinguished University Professor and holds appointments in both chemistry and medicine.

Thorp joined Washington University after spending three decades at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), where he served as the 10th chancellor from 2008 through 2013.

A North Carolina native, Thorp started at UNC as an undergraduate student and earned a bachelor of science degree in chemistry with highest honors in 1986. He earned a doctorate in chemistry in 1989 at the California Institute of Technology, working with Harry B. Gray on inorganic photochemistry. He completed postdoctoral work at Yale University with Gary W. Brudvig, working on model compounds and reactions for the manganese cluster in the photosynthetic reaction center. He holds an honorary doctor of laws degree from North Carolina Wesleyan College and is a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.

In his research career, Thorp studied electron-transfer reactions of nucleic acids, developed technology for electronic DNA chips, and cofounded Viamet Pharmaceuticals, which developed oteseconazole, now held by Mycovia Pharmaceuticals and in phase 3 clinical trials. Thorp is on the board of directors of the College Advising Corps and Artizan Biosciences.

Thorp is the coauthor, with Buck Goldstein, of two books on higher education: Engines of Innovation: The Entrepreneurial University in the Twenty-First Centuryand Our Higher Calling: Rebuilding the Partnership Between America and its Colleges and Universities, both from UNC Press.

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Bill Moran, Publisher

Bill Moran is currently the Publisher of the Science Family of Journals. In his role, Bill and the publishing team are responsible for content, rights and permissions, licensing, scientific meetings, publishing collaborations, advertising, outreach, Science Careers and all publishing operations.

During his 11 years with AAAS, Bill has been instrumental in broadening the association’s international publishing activities and collaborations. He spearheaded the launch of the Beijing office; in addition, he developed an international collaboration program for Science Publishing that encompasses Science Careers outreach. Bill has also worked with the Science editorial team to raise awareness of Science/AAAS within academic institutions in developed and developing countries. Notably, in 2014, Bill collaborated with the Chinese Academy of Sciences to arrange a meeting between former Editor-in-Chief of Science Dr. Marcia McNutt and the Premier of China Li Keqiang. He further established Science Custom Publishing activity a decade ago.

Before taking on the role of Publisher Bill's previous role was Director of Global Collaboration and Custom Publishing.  These responsibilities include operations related to the following products: ScienceScience SignalingScience Translational MedicineScience Immunology and Science Robotics, and outreach.  Science Careers was a large part of Bill's responsibility and the task of building awareness for Science Careers as a valuable tool for all researchers regarding career development.

The first ten years of Bill's career were with the Nature Publishing Group. Bill was a senior VP of Nature America based in New York City. While at NPG, Bill developed the strategy and launched the first online job board for NPG, including a founding member of Nature online.  Additionally, his responsibilities included working on several new journal launches, Nature jobs, and developing supplements and conferences for NPG.

Before moving to Science/AAAS, Bill was recruited by Informa based in the Boston area to help with their launch into the STM market. While at Informa, Bill was responsible for several new product launches and the acquisition of new journals, including the redesign of online products. He received his bachelor's degree from Baruch College.

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Monica M. Bradford, Executive Editor

Monica Bradford is the Executive Editor of the international journal Science, published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In this position she oversees the peer-review and selection of manuscripts and the copyediting and proofreading process for three journals: ScienceScience Signaling, and Science Translational Medicine. Monica has been heavily involved in the development of Science's web and new media offerings.

Prior to joining the staff of Science in 1989, Monica worked for the Publications Division of the American Chemical Society for nine years. She holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry from St. Mary's College, Notre Dame, Indiana, and has done graduate work in management at the University of Maryland. Monica was a Director and President of the Council of Science Editors, served as Vice-Chair of the Scientific Publishing Board of the American Heart Association, and is a member of the Society for Scholarly Publishing. She resides in Silver Spring, Maryland, with her husband.

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Tim Appenzeller, News Editor

Tim Appenzeller leads Science's award-winning news section and supervises its global team of staff and freelance writers and editors. He has spent 30 years as an editor and writer specializing in science and the environment for magazines including Scientific AmericanU.S. News & World Report, and National Geographic. His National Geographic article "The Case of the Missing Carbon" won the Walter Sullivan award for excellence in science journalism in 2005, and his June 2007 National Geographic cover story on global warming, "The Big Thaw," shared an award for best explanatory reporting from the Society of Environmental Journalists. Appenzeller was Science's Features Editor during the 1990s, and most recently was Chief Magazine Editor at Nature, responsible for its journalism and opinion.

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Lisa D. Chong, Editor, Insights

As the Editor of Science's Insights, Lisa Chong oversees Editorials, Perspectives, Policy Forums, Letters, and Books sections. She joined Science in 1998 and handled research in the biological sciences as an Associate and Senior Editor. Lisa received a bachelor's degree from Cornell University and doctoral degree from Yale University in cell biology in 1993. She did postdoctoral work in La Jolla, CA at The Scripps Research Institute and the Burnham Institute, and also at the National Institutes of Health, where her studies spanned signal transduction, cell migration, and neuronal development. In addition to research discoveries, Lisa is also interested in science communication and the interface between science and culture.

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Valda Vinson, Editor, Research

Valda Vinson started her career in publishing when she joined the Science staff in 1999. Since then, she has handled research papers in the areas of structural biology, biochemistry, and biophysics as an Associate, Senior Editor, and Deputy Editor. She has also edited Perspectives and served as a team leader. As Editor, Valda oversees research content in the areas of biological, life, and social sciences, working with these editors to attract and select exciting research papers and reviews, while maintaining high editorial standards. She earned an M.Sc. in Chemistry from Durban University in 1987 and a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University in 1992. Her postdoctoral studies were also undertaken at Johns Hopkins University, where she focused on structural and biochemical studies of cytoskeletal proteins. Before joining Science, she spent two years as a Senior Lecturer at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa.

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Jake S. Yeston, Editor, Research

Jake Yeston joined the staff at Science in 2004, with responsibilities to edit and coordinate review for original research submissions in chemistry and overlapping segments of biochemistry and applied physics. He has been Associate Editor, Senior Editor, Team Leader, and Deputy Editor, and also edited the physical sciences portion of Science's Editors' Choice section. In his current role as Editor, he oversees research content in the physical sciences. Prior to arriving at Science, Jake earned an AB in chemistry from Harvard University in 1996 and a PhD in chemistry from the University of California-Berkeley in 2001, with a focus at the interface of synthetic organometallic chemistry and spectroscopy. He conducted postdoctoral research in ultrafast spectroscopy at the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics in Garching, Germany on the Humboldt fellowship, and then worked as a National Research Council fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

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John Travis, News Managing Editor

John Travis is the Managing Editor of the News section and coordinates much of the section’s biology coverage. He began his career with Science as an intern and then became its New England correspondent based in Boston, covering beats such as molecular biology and astronomy. He next spent nearly a decade covering biology for the magazine Science News before returning to Science in 2005 as a Deputy News Editor. More recently, he spent 4 years in Science's Cambridge office as European News Editor; his story "Scientists Decry "Flawed" and "Horrifying" Nationality Tests" won the 2010 Association of British Science Writers award for best news story.

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