President, Society for Science & the Public and publisher of Science News
Elizabeth Marincola is President of the nonprofit organization Society for Science & the Public and publisher of Science News, an award-winning weekly magazine. SSP owns and manages the premier high school competition Science Talent Search (formerly known as the Westinghouse Science Talent Search, and, since 1998, the Intel Science Talent Search) and the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair.
Marincola was for fourteen years Executive Director of the American Society for Cell Biology, a leading scientific society in Congressional advocacy for biomedical research funding, promoting access to the scientific literature, and the support of women and underrepresented minorities in science. For its work, Marincola accepted the 2004 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring from the President of the United States. The ASCB honored her service in 2002 by naming her, with the late actor-advocate Christopher Reeve, the first Citizen Member of the Society.
Marincola served on the founding National Advisory Committee to PubMed Central of the National Institutes of Health from 2000-2003, and as Director of the Joint Steering Committee for Public Policy (now the Coalition for the Life Sciences) from 1991 -2005. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Public Library of Science, The Women in Cell Biology Committee of the American Society for Cell Biology, and the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study at George Mason University. She is the only nonscientist to be named the Fae Golden Kass Lecturer at Harvard Medical School.
Before moving to Washington, Marincola was Director of Development for Stanford University Hospital and held other administrative posts at Stanford, where she also earned her bachelor’s degree in 1981 and her MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1986.
Marincola is author or co-author of dozens of articles published in journals and magazines including Harvard Business Review, Cell and Science. She has served as Principal Investigator or co-PI on several Federal research grants.
Marincola is married to Francesco (Franco) Marincola, MD, a surgeon and immunologist who is director of the immunogenetics laboratory in the department of transfusion medicine in the clinical center of the National Institutes of Health. They have three children: James (1986), Paula (1988) and Rachel (1993).