COPUS Structure and Leadership

COPUS National is an active set of interacting networks and hubs that operate locally, regionally, and nationally. At the national level, the Coalition is represented and guided by COPUS Central composed of

  • the Steering Committee that provides overall direction for COPUS, approves inductees onto the Action Team, and makes all decisions related to expenditures

  • the Action Team responsible for COPUS promotion and expansion

  • a set of Advisors, who offer guidance to the Steering Committee relevant to their areas of expertise

  • the COPUS Network Project Manager, who is responsible for COPUS communications and the daily operations of the Coalition

COPUS Regional and Thematic hubs provide not only the local connections relevant to a particular regional audience or to a group sharing common interests, but they also provide the potential for a higher level of sustainability for the COPUS effort.

- COPUS Regional Hubs are locally-based communities of COPUS participants and science stakeholders that work together within a designated geographic region to promote the public understanding of science.

- COPUS Thematic Hubs represent nationally distributed peer communities that are interested in building bridges between their members, COPUS national, and the regional hubs to increase the public understanding of and engagement in science.

 

Steering Committee

Lee Allison, Director, Arizona Geological Survey

Jack Hehn, Director of Education, American Institute of Physics

Jack Hess, Executive Director, Geological Society of America

Jay Labov, Senior Advisor for Education and Communications, National Academy of Sciences

Richard O'Grady, Executive Director, American Institute of Biological Sciences

Judy Scotchmoor, Assistant Director, University of California, Museum of Paleontology, Education and Public Programs

 

COPUS Team

The following individuals contribute their time to support the COPUS initiatives:

Sonia Bhangoo, COPUS Blog Coordinator, National Institutes of Health

Diane Bosnjak, Year of Science Webmaster, American Institute of Biological Sciences

Jennifer Collins, Special Projects Coordinator

Bernadette Farrelly, COPUS Clarion Editor, American Institute of Biological Sciences

Sheri Potter, COPUS Network Project Manager, American Institute of Biological Sciences

Judy Scotchmoor, COPUS Network Project Manager, University of California Museum of Paleontology

Jennifer Skene, COPUS Regional Hub Coordinator, University of California, Museum of Paleontology

 

Action Team

Melissa Anley-Mills, News Director, Office of Research and Development, United States Environmental Protection Agency

Phillip Cates, Director, Organizational Advancement, The Scientific Research Society

Jennifer Collins, Science Teacher (7th Grade). South County Secondary School, Lorton, VA

Chris McLelland, Teacher (K-12) Programs, in Geological Society of America's Education and Outreach Department

Holly Menninger, Invasive Species Research Institute, Cornell University

Richard O'Grady, Executive Director, American Institute of Biological Sciences

Sheri Potter, COPUS Network Project Manager; Manager, Membership and Community Programs, American Institute of Biological Sciences

Judy Scotchmoor, Assistant Director, Education and Public Programs, Coalition on the Public Understanding of Science, Museum of Paleontology, University of California, Berkeley

Aimee Stern, President, Stern Communications

Ben Wiehe, Outreach Coordinator at WGBH Educational Foundation

 

Advisors

Kent E. Holsinger, Immediate Past-President, American Institute of Biological Sciences, University of Connecticut

Richard Stucky, Curator, Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Gerald F. Wheeler, Executive Director, National Science Teachers Association

 

COPUS Network Project Manager

Sheri Potter, COPUS Network Project Manager; Manager, Membership and Community Programs, American Institute of Biological Sciences