Barbara J. Culliton has had extensive experience as a journalist and editor in biomedical research and policy. She was founding editor in chief of the Genome News Network, an online news magazine published initially by Celera Genomics in 1999. Ms. Culliton spent 18 years as a reporter and news editor at Science, and then became Deputy Editor of Nature in 1991, where she launched Nature Genetics, Nature Structural Biology, and Nature Medicine. From 1990 to 1998 she was also Times Mirror Visiting Professor of science writing at Johns Hopkins University. She is currently chair of the National Academies Communication Awards jury, which gives $20,000 prizes for excellence in science writing. Culliton was elected to the Institute of Medicine at the Academies in 1989. She is a former president of CASW, as well as a former president of the National Association of Science Writers.