The board of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) recently announced that Jeremy Berg, currently Director of the Institute for Personalized Medicine and Associate Vice Chancellor for Science Strategy and Planning at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Medicine, will become the next editor-in-chief of Science magazine. Berg will take over from Marcia McNutt, who will become the next President of the National Academy of Sciences.
Like McNutt, who served as Director of the U.S. Geological Survey before becoming editor-in-chief, Berg has experience in federal services. From 2003 to 2011 Berg led the National Institute for General Medical Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health. Berg’s training is in chemistry, and he is a past president of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
Berg was a named author in this recent Policy Forum encouraging the use of preprints in biology, and has expressed interest (confirmed by the folks at Retraction Watch) in tackling the challenges of reproducibility of scientific research.
Berg will commute from Pittsburgh, which is both understandable (not wanting to disrupt his family) and daunting (it’s roughly 240 miles each way). Congratulations to Dr. Berg.