December 3, 2004


Daniel C. Johnson, a former speechwriter with the National Science Foundation (NSF), joined AIBS in November as the public information representative for the NEON (National Ecological Observatory Network) Design Consortium and Project Office.

In 2002 and 2003, Johnson drafted keynote addresses, lectures, and other remarks for NSF's former director Rita Colwell and deputy director Joseph Bordogna. From February to October 2004, he wrote science research features for the foundation's Web site. Before his tenure at NSF, Johnson served as associate editor of The Futurist magazine (writing frequently about trends in society, government, and the environment) and as communications director of the World Future Society in Bethesda, Maryland. His work as an editor and writer in the DC literary community includes three collections of poetry and a term as president of Washington Writers' Publishing House.

Johnson's primary task will be to coordinate and implement a NEON media strategy and to disseminate information about the project to Congress, the scientific community, agency and NGO stakeholders, and the general public. He will report to Jeffrey Goldman, AIBS Science Office director and NEON project manager, and work closely with NEON's codirectors, Bruce Hayden (Science and Education) and William Michener (Informatics and Technology).

Additional staff scheduled to join the NEON team at AIBS headquarters include several postdoctoral associates who will participate in the project design process. For more information about NEON, visit or contact Dan Johnson at (e-mail: )

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