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Stuart Buck

As a Vice President at Arnold Ventures, Stuart funded renowned work showing that scientific research is often irreproducible, including the Reproducibility Projects in Psychology and Cancer Biology. As a grantmaker, he helped launch the Center for Open Science, Vivli, the Meta-Research Innovation Center at Stanford, the Stanford Center for Reproducible Neuroscience, the Yale Collaboration on Research Integrity and Transparency, and the Evidence-Based Medicine DataLab at Oxford. He was instrumental in creating the TOP Guidelines, the world’s most widely-adopted standards for scientific publication. His grantmaking was featured in Wired, the Economist, the New York Times, and the Atlanticamong many others.

The president of the National Academies of Science and Medicine (Marcia McNutt) has said, “I cannot imagine how much progress would have been made in furthering open science without your leadership.”

As well, he has: 

  • Advised the GAO on how to improve federally funded research.
  • Reviewed research grants on behalf of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
  • Consulted HHS to design a conference on reproducibility.
  • Advised the John Oliver show on an episode about scientific reproducibility.
  • Given advice to DARPA, IARPA, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the White House Social and Behavioral Sciences Team on rigorous research processes. 
  • Published in top journals (such as ScienceNature, and BMJ) on how to make research more accurate. 

He has been a reviewer for ScienceBioinformatics, and BMJ, and served for several years on the executive committee of the Harvard Multi-Regional Clinical Trials Center.

He has a Ph.D. in education policy from the University of Arkansas; a J.D. with honors from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review; and bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Georgia.

Stuart is the author of Acting White, a book on the history of education in the African-American community, published by Yale University Press in May 2010. Sandra Yamate, of the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession, said, “This groundbreaking book is a must-read for anyone interested in diversity and inclusion issues.” Writing for The New Republic, John McWhorter called Stuart’s work “the best race book of the year.”

In addition, he has recorded a classical guitar album titled, “From Mozart to Tchaikovsky: A Classical Guitar Collection for Children.” It features several classical tunes written for children (or by a child, in the case of Mozart), as well as several popular folk tunes. It is available on iTunes, Spotify, and Amazon.

In his occasional spare time, he enjoys reading, running, lifting weights, and pickup basketball. At age 13, he obtained the highest class of amateur radio license (callsign KA5YSW), and was elected as the 250th member of a worldwide club for people who can use Morse code at a rate of 40+ words per minute.