NCSE Announces New Executive Director


Ann Reid is joining NCSE as Executive Director, starting January 2, 2014. She will replace Eugenie C. Scott, who has led NCSE in fighting the good fight for science education for 27 years.

As a molecular biologist at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, she co-led the team that sequenced the 1918 flu virus—an effort that was hailed as "a watershed event for influenza researchers worldwide." She then served as a Senior Program Officer at the National Research Council's Board on Life Sciences for five years and then, most recently, as director of the American Academy of Microbiology. In both roles she oversaw major efforts aimed at communicating science to the public. And as its director, Reid oversaw all of the operations of the American Academy of Microbiology, from coordinating scientific research and publishing technical reports to communicating with the public and organizing dozens of scientific meetings.

"Ann is the consummate cat herder," says Margaret McFall-Ngai, Professor of Medical Microbiology and Immunology at University of Wisconsin. "She's thoughtful, creative, and handles people with respect and finesse. But she's no pushover. She knows how to take charge, aided by her broad historic understanding of the issues and the science."

As a researcher and communicator, Reid has authored scores of peer-reviewed research papers, National Research Council reports, and FAQ documents, ranging from "Origin and Evolution of the 1918 'Spanish' Influenza Virus Hemagglutinin Gene" to the popular brochure If the Yeast Ain't Happy, Ain't Nobody Happy: The Microbiology of Beer.

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  1. ” Working there, I finally came to appreciate the power, the beauty, and the joy of science. “

    A fitting replacement for Scott.

  2. This whole anti science thing is becoming increasingly disturbing and must be countered at all costs.

    There’s a school of thought which maintains that this decline began after the assassinations of the Kennedy brothers and Martin Luther King.

    The thinking is that those tragic events traumatized citizens to the extent that despite the Moon landings and all the other advances stemming from science and technology, confidence in America’s abilities and future began to decline, and the rot continues as the futile search for some means of progress other than science goes on.

    As a non American it may be presumptuous of me to even mention the idea, but what do others here think about it?

  3. Ann is the consummate cat herder…

    If paragraph 2 is any indication, she sounds purrrrrfect.

    If the yeast ain’t happy,

    Clever play on words 🙂

  4. Best of luck in a really important role. As someone who looks exactly like my sister, I confidently expect her to be tough, funny and ruthlessly efficient, but hope she doesn’t take the piss out of me as much.
    As far as the anti science thing is concerned I think it’ll be an ongoing struggle, but over the past 10 years I get the flavour of it being harder for the antis to make out they are mainstream. I predict a science friendly US government and the accompanying world wide new enlightenment within the next 7 to 1000 years.

  5. to the popular brochure If the Yeast Ain’t Happy, Ain’t Nobody Happy: The Microbiology of Beer.

    My microbiologist ex-neighbour belonged to that school of thought – and had some really good parties!

    Mind you, he bred yeasts and was production manager at a brewery!

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