Lyndsay Meyer
The Optical Society

Stewart Wills Named Editor and Content Director of Optics & Photonics News

Steward WillsWASHINGTON, Dec. 6, 2013—The Optical Society (OSA) announced today that Stewart Wills has joined   the organization as the new editor and content director for its monthly news magazine, Optics & Photonics News (OPN). Wills is wholly responsible for the society’s magazine portfolio and will oversee its editorial strategy, content, artistic direction and production.
Before joining OSA, Wills was the editorial director of web and new media at Science magazine. There he implemented a highly successful weekly podcast, new video initiatives, and the journal’s first entry in social media channels. Prior to joining Science, Wills was a freelance writer and editor as well as a securities analyst. He currently produces podcasts and a microblog for the Society for Scholarly Publishing’s The Scholarly Kitchen. Wills has a Ph.D. in earth and environmental sciences, with an emphasis in geology and geophysics, from Columbia University, a B.S. from Rutgers University and a B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles.
“Stewart’s strong understanding of publishing technologies combined with the myriad initiatives that he launched while at Science are the perfect complement to the direction that OSA has been moving with OPN,” said Elizabeth Nolan, deputy executive director and chief publishing officer at OSA. “His expertise in editorial, the web and new media will ensure that OPN stays on the cutting edge in today’s increasingly digital world.  We are delighted to have him join the team and to help maintain OPN’s position as the leading source of news for optics and photonics professionals.”
 “The talented OPN creative and editorial team has already made the magazine the most interesting, diverse, and visually rich resource of its kind,” said Wills. “I’m excited to join the group and to help them keep OPN moving forward in print, online, and in the mobile space. Together, we’ll continue to provide the best coverage of optics and photonics for the community and for the members of this dynamic society.”
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