The Center for Open Science Adds Two New Board Members

Oct. 25, 2018

Charlottesville, VA

The Center for Open Science (COS) is pleased to announce that it has added two new board members to three-year terms, effective October 2018. Both are outstanding members of the scientific community and contribute to an increasingly diverse and complementary board of directors for COS.

Alison Mudditt is currently CEO of PLOS, a global leader in the transformation of scientific communication. Previously, she was Director of the University of California Press and has also held senior positions with SAGE Publications, Taylor & Francis and Blackwell Publishers. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Society for Scholarly Publishing and the American Chemical Society's Governing Board for Publishing and on the advisory boards for Knowledge Unlatched and the Authors' Alliance.

“I’m excited to have the opportunity to actively support the mission and work of the Center for Open Science,” said Mudditt. “Their role as a community-led, non-profit partner in developing and stewarding key infrastructure and policy in the transition to fully open science is essential.”

In the past, she has served on the Scientific Publications Committee and the Open Science Committee of the American Heart Association; the Dean’s Leadership Council at California State University Channel Islands; and the Executive Council of the Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division of the American Association of Publishers. She holds an MBA in addition to a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Bath.

Rebecca Saxe is an associate investigator of the McGovern Institute and the John W. Jarve (1978) Professor in Brain and Cognitive Sciences. She obtained her Ph.D. from MIT and was a Harvard Junior Fellow before joining the MIT faculty in 2006. She was awarded tenure in 2011. Saxe was chosen In 2012 as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, and she received the 2014 Troland Award from the National Academy of Sciences.  Her 2009 TED talk has been viewed 2.8 million times. In 2008 she was named one of Popular Science Magazine’s “Brilliant 10” scientists under 40.

“COS is playing a critical role in changing scientific culture, providing tools that facilitate transparency and reproducibility of scientific research,” said Saxe. “I’m excited to be involved in supporting COS’ mission."

“I am thrilled to welcome Alison and Rebecca to the COS board,” said Maryrose Franko, the board’s acting chair. “Like PLOS, for whom she serves as CEO, Alison is an innovator, and believes that OPEN is a mindset that represents the best scientific values. Rebecca is similarly committed to improving transparency and reproducibility of scientific research in her teaching and her own research. Both of these new board members will greatly enhance COS’s ability to advance the mission and increase openness, integrity, and reproducibility.”

About Center for Open Science

The Center for Open Science (COS) is a non-profit technology and culture change organization founded in 2013 with a mission to increase openness, integrity, and reproducibility of scientific research. COS pursues this mission by building communities around open science practices, supporting metascience research, and developing and maintaining free, open source software tools. The OSF is a web application that provides a solution for the challenges facing researchers who want to pursue open science practices, including: a streamlined ability to manage their work; collaborate with others; discover and be discovered; preregister their studies; and make their code, materials, and data openly accessible. Learn more at and


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