People in the News 12/21/13

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 Krista Cox Appointed Director of Public Policy Initiatives for ARL

ARL logo“The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has named Krista L. Cox director of public policy initiatives, effective January 6, 2014. Cox is currently the staff attorney/legal counsel at Knowledge Ecology International, a nonprofit organization that searches for better outcomes, including new solutions, to the management of knowledge resources.

The director of public policy initiatives advocates for the policy priorities of ARL and executes strategies to implement these priorities. The position monitors legislative trends and participates in ARL’s outreach to the Executive Branch and the US Congress.

Cox, who holds a JD from the University of Notre Dame Law School, brings to ARL a strong technical and policy background in copyright law and other information policy issues. She has published and, by invitation, has organized and led workshops on intellectual property laws, their relationship to technology, and their impacts on consumers. She has worked closely with civil society organizations and the private sector, participating in ad hoc coalitions to promote common goals, submitting joint comments, collaborating on legal strategies, and preparing amici briefs.

Cox also follows these issues at the international, multilateral level. She has attended the World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO) meetings of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) as well as the recent WIPO diplomatic conference on the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled…”

KnowledgeSpeak reports that “Dr. Diane Grob Schmidt, a section head in Research and Development at Procter & Gamble will become president of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in January 2015 after serving as president-elect in 2014.

As president, she will lead the way to initiate and support actions for solutions that will turn the challenges facing ACS into opportunities to build a sustainable, thriving future for its members.

Dr. Thomas J. Barton, a distinguished professor emeritus of chemistry at Iowa State University and former director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames National Laboratory, will lead the American Chemical Society (ACS) as president in 2014…”

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