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Society for Science & the Public Appoints Mike Mills Chief Content Officer

New Content Strategy Will Build and Broaden Science News and Education Resources

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Aug. 3, 2012
Elizabeth Marincola, president of the nonprofit organization Society for Science & the Public and publisher of Science News, today announced the appointment of veteran Washington news executive and journalist Mike Mills as chief content officer. In this newly created position, Mills will lead the implementation of an innovative digital strategy, working closely with Marincola and the SSP senior management team to expand the Society’s reach and build synergies between its award-winning newsroom and science education programs.
Mills comes to SSP from CQ Roll Call, where he has served as editorial director since 2009. In this position he oversaw the editorial mission and quality of all CQ Roll Call print and digital products and publications.
“Mike has deep experience in traditional journalism as well as a passion for serving new audiences by using digital platforms to add value and impact to serious and important information,” Marincola said. “He is the ideal choice to help us carry SSP’s mission into the digital age: to drive awareness, understanding, and appreciation of science and the vital role it plays in all of our lives.”
Through the Science News family of publications, SSP has a long tradition of providing concise, intelligent, credible science journalism. SSP also owns and runs the world’s pre-eminent science competitions for high school students, the Intel Science Talent Search and the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. In 2010, SSP introduced the national middle school science competition, the Broadcom MASTERS.
“Under Elizabeth’s leadership, SSP has exciting plans to expand its first-rate science journalism and education programs through innovations in digital media delivery,” Mills said. “SSP is a highly regarded, well-run organization with an important mission and I’m thrilled to be joining it.”
Mills, who has also served as editor of the Washington Business Journal and as a reporter covering technology and science for The Washington Post and CQ Weekly, will oversee all of SSP’s editorial content, including an expanded website and enhanced tablet and mobile apps. He will also work closely with SSP’s senior team to execute an integrated digital strategy designed to reach a much broader array of adults and young people with expanded news and education products and services. 
Marincola also announced that Eva Emerson, managing editor of Science News, has been appointed acting editor-in-chief, succeeding Tom Siegfried, who had served in that role since 2007.

About Society for Science & the Public
Society for Science & the Public (SSP) is one of the nation’s oldest non-profit membership organizations dedicated to public engagement in science and science education. Established in 1921, SSP is a leading advocate for the understanding and appreciation of science and the vital role it plays in human advancement. Through its acclaimed education competitions, including the Intel Science Talent Search, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, and the Broadcom MASTERS, and its award-winning publications, Science News and Science News for Kids, as well as its recently released weekly e-publication for the iPad, Science News Prime, Society for Science & the Public is committed to inform, educate, and inspire.
For more information about SSP and its work, please visit societyforscience.org or follow SSP on Facebook: facebook.com/societyforscience and through Twitter: twitter.com/Society4Science. Become a member of the Society atsocietyforscience.org/join.
Sarah Wood
Society for Science & the Public
(202) 872-5110

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