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2018 Seminar: New Directions in Strategy, Technology, and Community Speakers Bios

Lettie Conrad In her more than 15 years of publishing experience, Lettie has led user-centered web and mobile product development, delivering product design, research, and analysis that enables evidence-based digital product management. Dedicated to optimizing the researcher experience with digital scholarly resources, Lettie has established her expertise in content discoverability and accessibility. She is currently a publishing and product development consultant working with a portfolio of global clients. Lettie serves as North American Editor for Learned Publishing a chef for SSP’s Scholarly Kitchen, and a part-time information science doctoral student in a remote program at Queensland University of Technology via San Jose State’s iSchool. Read more about Lettie on LinkedIn, ORCID or Twitter.

Peg Fowler is currently the Director of Operations for Hypothesis, having joined the software development company in 2015 to help grow the technology non-profit into a self-sustainable organization offering open source annotation tools and services to users across publishing, education, research, and science. Peg’s operations experience in the software industry spans over three decades, and includes work in broadband, telecommunications, financial services, transportation, and healthcare industry verticals.

Anna Jester joined eJournalPress in 2010 as the Director of Sales & Marketing. Working for a software company providing highly customizable manuscript submission and peer review, production tracking, and billing systems leads to fascinating conversations, generally including multiple acronyms. Anna enjoys dialogue about functionality and workflows, providing demonstrations and presentations, and attending industry meetings. She serves as a member of the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) Membership Committee, as a member of the International Society of Managing and Technical Editors (ISMTE) Poster Committee, and as President of the Council of Science Editors (CSE).

Craig Van Dyck is Executive Director of the CLOCKSS Archive. Before CLOCKSS, he was at Wiley from 1996-2015, most recently as Vice President, Content Management, and at Springer-Verlag New York from 1986-96, most recently as Senior VP and Chief Operating Officer.

Craig served as Chairman of the Enabling Technologies Committee of the Association of American Publishers from 1995-1998, and was instrumental in the development of the Digital Object Identifier (DOI) system, and of CrossRef. He has served on the Boards of Directors of the International DOI Foundation, CLOCKSS, ORCID, CrossRef, and the Society for Scholarly Publishing, and was a member of the Portico Advisory Committee.

Craig’s portfolio has always included industry collaboration to improve the infrastructure of scholarly communications.

Casey Greene is an Assistant Professor of Systems Pharmacology and Translational Therapeutics in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. His lab develops deep learning methods that integrate distinct large-scale datasets to extract the rich and intrinsic information embedded in such integrated data. This approach reveals underlying principles of an organism’s genetics, its environment, and its response to that environment. Extracting this key contextual information reveals where the data’s context doesn’t fit existing models and raises the questions that a complete collection of publicly available data indicates researchers should be asking. In addition to developing deep learning methods for extracting context, a core mission of his lab is bringing these capabilities into every molecular biology lab. Before starting the Integrative Genomics Lab in 2012, Casey earned his Ph.D. for his study of gene-gene interactions in the field of computational genetics from Dartmouth College in 2009 and moved to the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics at Princeton University where he worked as a postdoctoral fellow from 2009-2012. The overarching theme of his work has been the development and evaluation of methods that acknowledge the emergent complexity of biological systems.

Dina Paltoo, PhD, MPH, is NLM Assistant Director for Policy Development. In this role, she leads NLM’s policy and legislative activities which promote access to scientific data and information, as well as health information technology. 

Paltoo was previously the Director of the Division of Scientific Data Sharing Policy within the NIH Office of Science Policy (OSP). While there, she was responsible for overseeing NIH policy efforts in scientific data sharing and management, open science, and genomics and health. Prior to taking on that role, she was the Director of OSP’s Genetics, Health, and Society Program.

Paltoo joined OSP from NIH’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, where she was a program director in genetics and pharmacogenetics and led activities to promote the sharing of these and other data. She has also served as a scientific advisor on the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Personalized Healthcare Initiative, was a National Cancer Institute Cancer Prevention Fellow, and taught at Howard and Morgan State Universities.

Paltoo received her PhD in physiology and biophysics from Howard University, was a postdoctoral fellow in cellular biophysics and biochemistry at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and earned an MPH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Kristi Holmes I am the Director of Galter Health Sciences Library & Learning Center and a faculty member in the Department of Preventive Medicine at Northwestern University. My research is focused on the development and application of information standards to support interoperability and data exchange. We aim to enhance discovery across basic science, clinical, and community-based research and ultimately, develop new methods for tracking and understanding translational impact. I also serve as a co-director of the new CTSA National Center for Data to Health (CD2H) Coordinating Center where I work with the other directors and with the larger translational informatics community to help guide the cultural and technological changes necessary for data and informatics to improve research and health care. Our team has developed operationalized workflows for the library and beyond, including a robust evaluation infrastructure for the campus in NUCATS built on a foundation of informatics and data, supporting NIH-funded programs as well as a range of local needs. I am especially excited to define new roles and opportunities for modern biomedical research libraries in an increasingly informatics and data-driven environment.

Vincent Larivière is associate professor of information science at the École de bibliothéconomie et des sciences de l’information, l’Université de Montréal, where he teaches research methods and bibliometrics. He is also the scientific director of the Érudit journal platform, associate scientific director of the Observatoire des sciences et des technologies and a regular member of the Centre interuniversitaire de recherche sur la science et la technologie. He holds a B.A. in Science, Technology and Society (UQAM), an M.A. in history of science (UQAM) and a Ph.D. in information science (McGill), and has performed postdoctoral work at Indiana University’s Department of Information and Library Science.

Stewart Wills has worked as an editor and writer, in freelance and staff positions, for more than three and a half decades. His experience includes 14 years as online editor at the journal Science and nearly five years in his current position editing The Optical Society’s news magazine Optics & Photonics News. He has a Ph.D. in geology and geophysics from Columbia University.

Yael Fitzpatrick is an art director, publications designer, sometimes writer, and science communicator. She spent the first part of her life concentrating on math and the sciences, and then took an unexpected detour into the arts. Things came full circle once she realized she could focus on visually communicating the content she loves. The former Art Director for the Science family of journals and Manager of Design & Branding for the American Geophysical Union, Yael now runs Gazelle Design Consultancy, specializing in art direction, design, and brand management for the scientific and scholarly publishing space.

Lauren Wolf is the science desk editor for Chemical & Engineering News. She manages more than 10 reporters and editors to produce must-read, -see, and -hear stories about the molecular world, including those about critter chemistry, space chemistry, nanotech, and more. Before C&EN, Lauren burned things in a dark laser lab as a postdoc at the National Institute of Standards & Technology. She lives and works in Washington, D.C., and she loves wine science, brain science, and bowling.

Lauren Lipuma is a senior public information specialist and writer at the American Geophysical Union. She communicates Earth and space science research with the press and public through press releases, blogs, news stories and video projects. Lauren also produces AGU’s podcast Third Pod from the Sun about the people and stories behind the science.

Dr. Steven Shirey is a senior staff scientist of the Carnegie Institution for Science where he is a member of the five-person Geochemistry and Cosmochemistry Group of the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism. Independently and with his mentoring of PhD students, and postdoctoral fellows, Dr. Shirey researches major geological questions about the igneous evolution of the solid Earth. The formation of diamonds has been an area of interest and research for Dr. Shirey for nearly two decades. He is noted for the study of mineral inclusions which has been applied to Earth-scale questions such as the age of diamond-forming events, creation of the continents, the onset of plate tectonics, the recycling of surface materials into the deep mantle. Dr. Shirey has been with the Carnegie Institution of Science since 1985 and holds a position as an adjunct professor at University Maryland College Park. Dr Shirey received his training at Dartmouth College, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He is a fellow of the American Geophysical Union, the Geological Society of America, the Geochemical Society, and the Mineralogical Society of America where he served as its president.