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Alan Kotok University of Iowa Journalism Professional Advisory Board
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Alan Kotok is editor and publisher of Science & Enterprise, an online news service connecting scientific discoveries with the marketplace, published daily since July 2010. Science & Enterprise is produced by the digital publishing company Technology News and Literature in Arlington, Virginia, which Kotok founded in 2001 and is the CEO.

From August 2003 through June 2010, Kotok served as managing editor of Science Careers, the online employment, career development, and funding portal of Science Magazine in Washington, D.C. Science Careers was the publication's initial online-first property, pioneering Science's first blogs, and began the organization's forays in social media.

While at Science Careers, Kotok led a special report in 2008 on the 21st Century G.I. Bill including interviews with returning veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan, which led to his receiving a Freedom Team award from the U.S. Army. He also led a reporting team in 2009 on "Quants," physicists and mathematicians hired by Wall Street firms to design algorithms for complex financial derivatives and swaps that contributed to the 2008 economic meltdown.

Kotok is a 1967 graduate (B.A.) from University of Iowa School of Journalism and 1969 Master of Science degree recipient in communications research from Boston University. He then joined the U.S. Information Agency in Washington, where he served in research and technology positions, becoming the agency's technology planning chief in 1982. From 1985 to 2003, Kotok worked in executive positions for technology companies and industry associations, and during that time, wrote extensively on emerging Internet and computer technologies.

Kotok is the author of five books, three print and two electronic publications. He continues to write occasional freelance articles, most recently "A Journalist’s Guide to Demystify A.I." appearing April 2019 in Medium. Kotok is also an incurable photographer, and co-chair of National Press Club's Photography Committee. In 2012, he started the Kotok Family Scholarship awarded to a UI journalism student who double-majors in informatics.

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