Center for Open Science Elects New Board of Directors and Officers

Feb. 28, 2017

Charlottesville, VA

The Center for Open Science announces the election of a new expanded Board of Directors, and the election of Arthur “Skip” Lupia as COS Board chair and Alan G. Kraut as Vice Chair. These appointments are the first in a plan to increase the size of the board to support the mission of the Center for Open Science.  

Dr. Arthur Lupia is the Hal R. Varian Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan and research professor at its Institute for Social Research. He examines how information and institutions affect policy and politics, with a focus on how people make decisions when they lack information. He draws from multiple scientific and philosophical disciplines and uses multiple research methods. His topics of expertise include information processing, persuasion, strategic communication, and civic competence.

Dr. Alan Kraut is the Executive Director of the Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS), which has accredited 30 of the best clinical programs in the United States and Canada. He has more than 30 years of experience as a science and research administrator, advocate, and opinion leader. He is recognized in Washington for his effectiveness in shaping national policy and he often is quoted both in the science press and more general media on science policy. Kraut directed various science and policy programs at the American Psychological Association and was APA’s founding Executive Director for Science.

Dr. Maryrose Franko is the Executive Director of the Health Research Alliance (HRA) a multi-national consortium of nonprofit organizations working to maximize the impact of investment in biomedical research to improve human health. Dr. Franko’s background includes over 20 years of program management at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), including strategic planning as well as creating, implementing, and managing over a dozen programs and initiatives.

Dr. Marcia McNutt is a geophysicist and president of the National Academy of Sciences. From 2013 to 2016, she served as the editor-in-chief of the Science family of journals. Prior to joining Science, she was director of the United States Geological Survey (USGS) from 2009 to 2013 as one of a group of accomplished scientists who populated top government posts as part of President Obama’s “dream team.” During her tenure, the USGS responded to a number of major disasters, including earthquakes in Haiti, Chile, and Japan, and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Dr. McNutt led a team of government scientists and engineers at BP headquarters in Houston, and directed a flow rate technical group that estimated the rate of oil discharge during the spill’s active phase. For her work on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, she was awarded the U.S. Coast Guard’s Meritorious Service Medal, the noncombat equivalent to the Bronze Star.

“We are privileged to have these extraordinary researchers lend their significant skills in support of COS and its mission, ” said Brian Nosek, COS’s Executive Director. “As we scale our open services their experience, advocacy on behalf of open science practices, and commitment to the COS mission do us and the goal of open science a great service.” Dr. Nosek and COS co-founder Dr. Jeffrey Spies will transition to ex officio members of the board.

In addition to its board expansion, COS has launched the COS Community Network. The Community Network includes individuals who serve as advocates, advisors, connectors, partners, and contributors to the COS mission.  This includes leaders and influencers from the funder, service provider, publisher, society, policy-making, and researcher communities.


About Center for Open Science

The Center for Open Science (COS) is a non-profit technology company 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 Open Science Framework (OSF), COS’s flagship product, is a web application that connects and supports the research workflow, enabling scientists to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of their research. Researchers use the OSF to collaborate, document, archive, share, and register research projects, materials, and data. Learn more at and

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