Geophysicist Marcia McNutt will be taking over the editor-in-chief slot at Science, reports the Nature News Blog. Previously, McNutt was the director of the US Geological Survey and, before that, she was the president and CEO of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in California. In addition, McNutt served on Science's senior editorial board between 2000 and 2009, giving her a taste of what running the journal may be like.

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