Our board represents the research and technology communities and provides COS with valuable advice for meeting its mission.

Arthur Lupia - Chair

Hal R. Varian Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan

Term: 2016-2019


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. His books include The Democratic Dilemma: Can Citizens Learn What They Need to Know? (1998); Elements of Reason: Cognition, Choice, and the Bounds of Rationality (2000); and The Cambridge Handbook of Experimental Political Science (2011).


Alan G. Kraut - Vice Chair

Executive Director of the Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System

Term: 2016-2018


Alan Kraut is the Executive Director of the Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS). PCSAS began with one program in 2009 and now has accredited 30 of the best clinical programs in the United States and Canada. Kraut, who served as Executive Director of the Association for Psychological Science (APS) helped create PCSAS beginning in 1992 when APS organized Summit on the Future of Accreditation and first raised the possibility of a new accreditation system. Kraut and APS supported the Academy of Psychological Clinical Science (APCS) — an alliance that then directly created PCSAS.

Kraut 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.


Maryrose Franko - COS Board Member

Executive Director, Health Research Alliance

Term: 2017 - 2020


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. These include scientific research fellowships, an innovative university science education program, a joint initiative with the National Institutes of Health, and a student program at HHMI’s state-of-the-art research facility, Janelia Research Campus.

Dr. Franko received her PhD in molecular genetics from University of Southern California and did a post-doctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Health before joining HHMI. Her collaboration to produce Making the Right Moves: A Practical Guide to Scientific Management for Postdocs and New Faculty, which was a joint effort of HHMI and Burroughs Wellcome Fund, contributed to the collaborative efforts that led to the creation of HRA. Franko was a founding board member of HRA, serving from 1995 to 2012.


Marcia McNutt - COS Board Member

President, National Academy of Sciences

Term: 2017-2020


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. 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.

McNutt has also served as president and chief executive officer of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) in Moss Landing, California. During her time at MBARI, the institution became a leader in developing biological and chemical sensors for remote ocean deployment, installed the first deep-sea cabled observatory in US waters, and advanced the integration of artificial intelligence into autonomous underwater vehicles for complex undersea missions.

McNutt began her faculty career at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where she became the Griswold Professor of Geophysics and served as Director of the Joint Program in Oceanography & Applied Ocean Science & Engineering, offered by MIT and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Her own research area is the dynamics of the upper mantle and lithosphere on geologic time scales, work that has taken her to distant continents and oceans for field observations. She is a veteran of more than a dozen deep-sea expeditions, more than half of which she has served as chief scientist or co-chief scientist.

McNutt’s honors and awards include membership in the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She also holds honorary doctoral degrees from Colorado College, University of Minnesota, Monmouth University, and Colorado School of Mines. She was awarded the Macelwane Medal by the American Geophysical Union in 1988 for research accomplishments by a young scientist and the Maurice Ewing Medal in 2007 for her significant contributions to deep-sea exploration.

She earned a BA in Physics from Colorado College and a PhD in Earth Sciences from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego.


Brian Nosek (ex officio)

Co-founder, Executive Director - Center for Open Science

Term: 2016-2018


Brian Nosek is Co-founder and Executive Director of the Center for Open Science, which operates the Open Science Framework. COS is enabling open and reproducible research practices worldwide. Brian is also a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Virginia. He received his Ph.D. from Yale University in 2002. He co-founded Project Implicit, an multi-university collaboration for research and education investigating implicit cognition--thoughts and feelings that occur outside of awareness or control. Brian investigates the gap between values and practices, such as when behavior is influenced by factors other than one's intentions and goals. Nosek applies this interest to improve the alignment between personal and organizational values and practices. In 2015, he was named one of Nature's 10 and to the Chronicle for Higher Education Influence list.


Jeff Spies (ex officio)

Co-founder, CTO - Center for Open Science

Term: 2016-2018


Jeffrey Spies is the Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of the Center for Open Science (COS), a non-profit technology company missioned to increase openness, integrity, and reproducibility of scholarly research. COS was launched in 2013 with a $5.25M grant from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation and has since raised over $21M in additional funding. As CTO, Jeff is responsible for technical strategy, product vision, software architecture, external partner/funder development, and management of COS Labs—COS's research and development team. He is also the co-director of SHARE, a partnership with the Association of Research Libraries to create a free, open data set of scholarly research activity across the research life cycle. Jeff holds a Visiting Assistant Professor position in the Department of Engineering and Society at the University of Virginia’s School of Engineering and Applied Science.

Jeff completed his undergraduate work at the University of Notre Dame, where he also earned his Masters while in a joint program in Psychology and Computer Science. He went on to receive his Ph.D. in Quantitative Psychology from the University of Virginia. His dissertation included the development of the Open Science Framework--a free, open source workflow management system and scholarly commons that is now the flagship product of COS.

Jeff was recently named an Association for Psychological Science Rising Star for early career scientists whose “work has already advanced the field and signals great potential for continued contributions.” He is regularly invited to speak on topics of openness, reproducibility, workflow, and the role of technology in scholarship. Jeff recently testified on these topics at a United States House congressional hearing.