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Center for Open Science Welcomes Three New Members to its Board of Directors

Jan. 29, 2020

Charlottesville, VA — The Center for Open Science (COS) is pleased to announce the recent appointment of three new board members to three-year terms. We welcome Dr. George Banks, Dr. Lara Mangravite, and Dr. Arturo Casadevall, all exceptional members of the scientific community who have contributed to the advancement of research through their individual expertise. 

Lara Mangravite, PhD, is President of Sage Bionetworks, an organization focused on the development and implementation of practices for large-scale collaborative biomedical research. Its work is centered on new approaches to scientific process that use open systems to enable community-based research regarding complex biomedical problems.

“I’m excited for this opportunity to actively engage with the Center for Open Science, to lend my expertise towards the advancement of their work,” said Mangravite. “The Center for Open Science and Sage Bionetworks share a common mission – to advance reliable research through the use of open science practices. By joining our complementary approaches, we can work together to achieve this shared mission.”

Previously, Dr. Mangravite served as Director of the Systems Biology research group at Sage Bionetworks where she focused on the application of collaborative approaches to advance understanding of disease biology and treatment outcomes at a systems level with the overriding goal of improving clinical care. Dr. Mangravite obtained a B.S. in Physics from the Pennsylvania State University and a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from the University of California, San Francisco. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in cardiovascular pharmacogenomics at the Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute.

Arturo Casadevall, M.D., Ph.D., is a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. He received his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from New York University and completed his internship/residency in internal medicine at Bellevue Hospital. The author of over 780 papers, numerous books and chapters, his major research interests are in fungal pathogenesis and the mechanisms of antibody action. He is also interested in the problems with scientific enterprise, and with his collaborators has showed that misconduct accounts for the majority of retracted publications. He is editor-in-chief of mBio, Deputy Editor of the Journal of Clinical Investigation and serves on several numerous editorial boards. He has served on several NIH committees including the NIAID Strategic Plan, the Blue Ribbon Panel on Biodefense Research, the NAS panel that reviewed the FBI investigation on anthrax attacks, the NAS Federal Regulations and Reporting committee and the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity.

“I am excited to join a group that is trying to improve the workings of science and all research,” said Casadevall.

Dr. Casadevall was a Commissioner in the National Commission on Forensic Science and previously served as President of the Medical Mycology Society of the Americas.  He is currently the Chair of the Board of Governors of the American Academy of Microbiology. He has received numerous honors including election to the American Society for Clinical Investigation, American Academy of Physicians, American Academy of Microbiology, Fellow of the American Academy for the Advancement of Science, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the National Academy of Medicine.  

Dr. George C. Banks is an associate professor in the Department of Management in the Belk College of Business at UNC Charlotte. His research and teaching interests include strategic human resource management, leadership and team development, ethics, as well as research methods and statistics. Dr. Banks is the Senior Associate Editor at The Leadership Quarterly and has over 50 publications in outlets such as Science, Journal of Management, Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Research Methods, Journal of Business Venturing and Oxford University Press. Additionally, his work has been featured by popular media outlets, such as the Wall Street Journal as well as National Public Radio (NPR).

"The Center for Open Science has an important mission and has accomplished so much," said Banks. "I am excited to have the opportunity to serve in this role and to help COS continue to serve as a leader in the scientific community."

Previously Dr. Banks worked as a consultant for HRinterax, Inc. (Shelton, CT) and Human Technology, Inc. (McLean, VA). He has worked with diverse clients, such as the Missile Defense Agency, the Forest Service, the Transportation Security Administration, the Patent and Trade Office, as well as the Foreign Agriculture Service. Dr. Banks has also been an independent consultant and collaborator with organizations such as Food Lion, LLC (Salisbury, NC) and Work Skills First (Richmond, VA). He received his Ph.D. from Virginia Commonwealth University.

“I am happy to welcome George, Lara, and Arturo as strategic members to the COS board,” said Maryrose Franko, board chair. “Each bring the expertise and spirit of progress essential for moving research communities toward greater openness, transparency, and reproducibility. The Center for Open Science is fortunate to have their insights as we work together to enhance scientific progress.”

Alongside its new rotation of members, the COS board expresses its gratitude to Alan G. Kraut and Beth Simone Noveck for their dedicated service as members at large during their terms.


About the Center for Open Science
COS is a non-profit technology and culture change organization founded in 2013 with a mission to increase openness, integrity, and reproducibility of scientific research. COS pursues this mission by building communities around open science practices, supporting metascience research, and developing and maintaining free, open source software tools. The OSF is a web application that provides a solution for the challenges facing researchers who want to pursue open science practices, including: a streamlined ability to manage their work; collaborate with others; discover and be discovered; preregister their studies; and make their code, materials, and data openly accessible. Learn more at and

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