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

May. 26, 2021

Charlottesville, VA The Center for Open Science (COS) is pleased to announce the recent appointments of Elaine Chen (Tufts) and Elaine L. Westbrooks (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) to the COS Board of Directors to three-year terms. Each brings a background of strategic leadership and recognized efforts by the scientific community to implement lasting structural change to scholarly systems.

Elaine Chen is the Cummings Family Professor of the Practice of Entrepreneurship and Director of the Tufts Entrepreneurship Center.

Prior to joining Tufts, Elaine served as Senior Lecturer and Entrepreneur-in-Residence for nearly a decade at the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship, teaching entrepreneurship in startup, corporate, non-profit and government settings to students at all stages of their educational and professional journeys. Elaine founded and led the implementation of multiple academic and co-curricular offerings at MIT. She designed a new course on corporate entrepreneurship, reimagined entry level and advanced entrepreneurship courses, coached hundreds of student entrepreneurs every year, and spearheaded the development of platforms and infrastructure that use technology to scale up access to entrepreneurship education – on and off campus. Read more about Ms. Chen’s experience at

“I am thrilled to join the Center for Open Science board to support their mission to promote open science practices in research,” said Chen. “I have known the COS team for some time and I am inspired by their passion and dedication. I look forward to supporting their efforts to build innovative and scalable technical infrastructure to help researchers manage data and collaborate effectively to increase the inclusivity and transparency of research.”

Since August 2017, Elaine L. Westbrooks has been the Vice Provost of University Libraries and University Librarian at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is responsible for the leadership and general administration of the University Libraries which includes 9 libraries with approximately 275 librarians, archivists, and staff.

Westbrooks is a member of the Association of Research Libraries Scholars and Scholarship Committee, the Executive Committee of Triangle Research Libraries Network, the Digital Public Library of America Board of Directors, and the HathiTrust Board of Governors. Because of Westbrooks' expertise and leadership in scholarly communications and the crisis of academic publishing, she has been interviewed by numerous media outlets, including Vox, Inside Higher Education, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. Westbrooks has also emerged as a leading thinker on issues related to equity, inclusion, and social justice in academic Libraries. She has a B.A. in Linguistics and a MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh.

"I’ve been a fan of the COS for a long time so I am thrilled and honored to join the board," said Westbrooks. "The Center's mission gets directly at the heart of one of the greatest challenges facing research institutions and academic libraries today. I believe that I can enrich the board with my research library background and experience working with communities of researchers, students, and staff in higher educational settings."

“I am delighted to welcome Elaine Chen and Elaine Westbrooks to the COS Board of Directors,” said Alison Mudditt, board chair. “Both bring expertise in areas critical to COS as it enters this next phase of growth and impact. We are all looking forward to their contributions to our shared work of enhancing openness, integrity and reproducibility in science.”

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.

Inquiries: Claire Riss
Twitter: @OSFramework

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