What is your current role? Tell us a bit about your work
I currently work as the Open Science Manager at the Focused Ultrasound Foundation (FUSF) as well as consulting on various other internal projects. As Open Science Manager I have spearheaded the development of a comprehensive Open Science Policy for FUSF-funded research that is now active, as well as communicated extensively with journals in our research ecosystem regarding their Open Science policies vis-à-vis our own. These communications are generally concerned with aligning our respective policies to ensure that researchers my organization funds are able to publish in a given journal while remaining in compliance with our availability and transparency requirements.
What are you excited about in science communication?
In the realm of scientific communication I am most excited about emphasizing to actors in the research space (both funders and researchers) the importance of conducting science with a priority on honoring scientific values and best practice. Many would agree that a chief aim of scientific discovery is to enrich the lives of as many as possible – be that through tangible increases in quality of life or simply increased public knowledge of the world – and for science to serve that purpose incentives and structures must be aligned with certain standards of transparency, availability, and reproducibility. Thus, my primary interest is emphasizing the importance of these aspects of the scientific process to those entities that have the most ability to influence the paradigm.
Why did you choose to participate in the ASAPbio Fellow program?
My interest in the ASAPbio Fellow program stems from my interest in preprints and my desire to increase my understanding of how preprints can work to increase availability and transparency of research findings. My organization already co-hosts a preprint server but I am very interested to learn how we could expand its reach and potentially connect it with a larger network to increase accessibility and visibility of research.