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AAAS Fellow Biography

Melissa Cragin

Dr. Melissa Cragin
AAAS Fellow
Directorate for Biological Sciences
Office of the Assistant Director
Class of 2012

Melissa Cragin is a second year Fellow in the Office of the Assistant Director, Directorate for Biological Sciences, where she is engaged in research policy analysis and serves as the Executive Secretary for the “Data Working Group” of the BIO Advisory Committee. In addition, Melissa participates in a range of agency review processes and community engagement activities, including visits to cyberinfrastructure facilities and program-wide meetings for Principal Investigators.

As an information scientist with an interest in research policy, Melissa’s own research is focused on changing practices in science and scholarly communication, and particularly the development of data infrastructures. Prior to beginning her fellowship at the National Science Foundation, she was a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a scientist in the Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship (CIRSS). Melissa completed her Ph.D. at Illinois, received an MLIS from Rutgers University and a M.Ed. from Rhode Island College.

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