The Governing Board of the Journal of Science Policy & Governance named Julianne McCall, PhD, as the new chief executive officer and managing publisher, effective September 18, 2023. McCall succeeds Adriana Bankston who served as CEO since 2021 and transitioned to a Strategic Advisor role last month. Read Bankston’s farewell message.
McCall serves the California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research as Director of Precision Medicine. She joined the staff of JSPG in February 2022 as Director of Programs and Events and brings publishing experience as a member of the Editorial Board of the California Journal of Politics and Policy, past Editor of the German Fulbright Association annual publication, The FRANKly, and author of several science policy reports, including the first-ever California Surgeon General’s Report, the California Senate Report “Optimizing Public Benefits of State-Funded Research,” and “Science Policy: A Career Guide to Policy Careers for Scientists”.
Following 16 years of conducting neuroscience research, most recently at Heidelberg University in Germany, McCall assumed roles in science policy beginning in 2016, including a fellowship with the California Council on Science and Technology and leading public health and research policy for the California Senate Office of Research. In the community, McCall has held numerous posts in science outreach, STEM education, and community engagement, including as founder of neuroscience olympiads, Director of the International Brain Bee World Championship, and co-founder of TEDxFulbright. She also teaches graduate courses and professional science and technology policy programs, including at the University of California Davis, the University of California Riverside, and the Japan-US Science Communications and Policy Fellowship Program.
“Like the three extraordinary CEOs before me who built and led the journal to its current international standing, I feel fortunate to be joined in this effort by a team of dedicated and stunningly talented staff and editors in carrying forward the journal’s significant work to elevate science and technology policy solutions for local to global challenges,” said McCall. “The world is changing before our eyes, and scientists and engineers have never been more needed in decision-making spaces to anchor and guide societal advances with evidence and equity at the forefront. I’m excited to help shepherd policy concepts, particularly from early career STEM professionals and students, which not only apply data-driven insights but also acknowledge and account for the complexities of diverse communities in which public investments take shape and impact lives.”
The full JSPG leadership team will be engaged over the months ahead in developing a strategic plan to expand the journal’s presence internationally, foster additional capabilities for published authors to bridge the divide between policy research and policy change, and continue to build upon world-class partnerships to generate and drive solutions to our era’s most pressing challenges.
The Journal of Science Policy & Governance is an open-access peer-reviewed publication dedicated to elevating students, post-docs, policy fellows and young scholars in science, technology, and innovation policy and governance worldwide. JSPG publishes articles for audiences in policymaking settings. Since 2011, JSPG has served as a publication and training platform for students and early career professionals to orient their scientific approach toward issues in science policy. Visit sciencepolicyjournal.org and follow on social media (LinkedIn and X).