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Posted by on Jan 3, 2014 in News | 1 comment

Update from ScienceOnline Board

Thank you to everyone for your patience as I worked to contact all the members of the ScienceOnline Board so that I could get some more answers and information out to you.

SCIENCEONLINE LEADERSHIP
The ScienceOnline Board composition is a work in process. As a (still) relatively new non-profit, we have been carefully building a solid base. Since our October 16, 2013, Statement that committed to continue to build the Board, we’ve added two new members: Meg Lowman and Mark Benerofe. This brings the total current Board to five members (including Scott Rosenberg, Anton Zuiker, and Karyn Traphagen). The post announcing Mark’s joining the Board was scheduled for December, but was delayed due to the holidays, I’m really sorry about that. He has been with us since the beginning of December. Scott Rosenberg, Meg Lowman, and Mark Benerofe bring a wealth of experience to a non-profit board and I am grateful for their hard work. We plan to add two more members in the second half of 2014. All of the Board members will be at ScienceOnline Together 2014 and look forward to meeting attendees.

In addition to the Board, we are developing a Community Advisory Committee that will support the Board and Staff with input, ideas, and suggestions. I will be sharing more details for our plans for developing this committee in the coming weeks.

BORA AND SCIENCEONLINE
As stated in the Board’s October 21 statement:

Bora Zivkovic has already resigned from this board. Additionally, he will not attend any ScienceOnline events in 2014 and is not involved in any of the programming decisions. He is no longer involved in the organization’s leadership or activities, including management of the Open Lab anthology and ScienceSeeker website.

Bora will not be in attendance at any of the ScienceOnline events for at least all of 2014. This includes evening activities that are part of the ScienceOnline conference and any other events or gatherings that ScienceOnline organizes or convenes.

PUBLIC VOICE
We believe it is important that all board members and business professionals are able to have a personal voice separate from their official roles. However, given the close personal and professional history between Bora Zivkovic and Anton Zuiker – and their connection with ScienceOnline – we’ve asked Anton to refrain from any public communication about Bora and that all official communications from ScienceOnline come from the entire board or its Executive Director, Karyn Traphagen.

NEXT TIME

I’ll have an update on the upcoming ScienceOnline Together 2014 conference, more on the ScienceOnline mission, and thoughts about the ScienceOnline Community Advisory Committee at the beginning of next week. Stay tuned.

A special thanks to attendees of #scio14 on Twitter, Facebook and elsewhere who are being pro-active and offering help to newbies. There is so much to do so all your help is appreciated.

Thank you for your patience, as I have been away, unplugged, and trying to recharge. I am committed to getting this right.

–Karyn

1 Comment

  1. Many thanks for this update, Karyn. I greatly appreciate the promptness and clarity, and your hard work. I urge ScienceOnline to develop a Community Advisory Committee that represents the diversity of attendees as much as possible– including scientists, journalists, teachers, youth, academics, bloggers, new media specialists, etc. I also think an election-based system for the Community Advisory Committee would be best, but I’m not sure at this point how such a thing should best be structured. I do know that there was a lot of support for an elections-based system when I suggested it on Twitter.

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