Earle Holland

Position/Organization: assistant vice president for Research Communications, Ohio State University

As assistant vice president for research communications, Earle Holland has headed research communications at Ohio State University for 32 years. As such, he is the senior communications official at OSU dealing with areas of research risks. He's served multiple terms on the board of the National Association of Science Writers as well as on the board of the Society of Environmental Journalists and on the national advisory committee for EurekAlert!. For 20 years, he also taught a graduate science reporting course at OSU's School of Journalism. For 18 years, he wrote a weekly science and medicine column for the Columbus Dispatch and for seven years wrote the national weekly column, GeoWeek, distributed by the New York Times Syndicate. He wrote the chapter on communicating research from universities in NASW's A Field Guide for Science Writers, and an additional chapter on working with science information specialists for the book Handbook on Communicating and Disseminating Behavioral Science. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, serves on the public affairs advisory committee for the Office of Legislative and Public Affairs for the National Science Foundation, and he was appointed to the board of directors of Americans for Medical Progress in 2006. A former reporter for the Birmingham (AL) News, his OSU science writing programs have won more than 65 national awards while under his direction, including CASE's 2005 gold medal in research, medical and science news writing, the 10th such award in 25 years. He writes the occasional blog, 'On Research.'