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Ward Named Chair of PLoS Board
Release Date: 11-30-2010
The board of directors of the Public Library of Science (PLoS) has appointed Gary Ward, Ph.D., professor of microbiology and molecular genetics, as board chairman, effective January 1, 2011. Ward, a charter member of the PLoS Biology Editorial Board, has a longstanding association with PLoS and was recognized by the organization for his expertise in and support of Open Access -- a policy of providing free, public online access to scientific research literature.
Ward received his Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego Scripps Institution of Oceanography and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco. He served as a senior staff fellow at the National Institutes of Health's Laboratory of Parasitic Diseases for seven years before joining the UVM faculty in 1996. Ward currently serves as co-director of the Vermont Center for Immunology and Infectious Diseases at UVM.
In its appointment announcement, PLoS cited Ward's Open Access credentials, which include his present role as chair of the National Library of Medicine's (NLM) PubMed Central National Advisory Committee, past membership in the NLM Public Access Working Group, and membership in the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition Open Access working group.
"The board feels confident that Gary's insights into PLoS's vision, his engaging and collaborative style, and his commitment to Open Access will make him a highly effective leader at this critical juncture in PLoS' history, as we seek new and powerful ways to communicate and enhance the advancements of science," stated the announcement of Ward's appointment by Liz Allen on PLoS Blogs.