Speakers

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Dr. Chaitan Baru
Senior Advisor for Data Science, CISE Directorate, National Science Foundation; Associate Director, Data Initiatives, San Diego Supercomputer Center

Dr. Baru is involved with the Big Data program and interdisciplinary and inter-agency Data Science-related activities. He co-chairs the NITRD inter-agency Big Data Senior Steering Group and coordinates and expands upon SDSC’s myriad data-centric initiatives, all aimed at leveraging advancements in high-performance computing and data analysis to accelerate research and discovery.

   

Dr. Luke Barrington
Head of Platform Products, Digital Globe; Founder & CTO, Tomnod

Dr. Barrington is a startup founder, computer hacker, and business leader. He earned a Ph.D in Electrical and Computer Engineering from UC San Diego with a thesis that pioneered the use of online crowdsourcing to train smarter machine learning algorithms. Luke was a founder of Tomnod, an online crowdsourcing community where millions of contributors explore satellite images to find interesting and important information about our changing planet. He is currently leader of new products at DigitalGlobe, which acquired Tomnod in 2013. Luke is a public speaker, technology leader, and funk guitarist, sometimes all at once.

   

Dr. Ben Busby
Genomics Outreach Coordinator, National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI)

Dr. Busby is responsible for genomics education, product management and normalization across large genomic datasets. As the Chair of the Bioinformatics Department at FAES, he worked with over 300 students, both in group settings and individually. He guides individual students to establish projects working on computational aspects of their individual research interests, spanning a diverse spectrum of topics, with an emphasis on high-throughput data analysis. His research at NCBI was primarily focused on algorithm development for answering large-scale biological questions.

   

Dr. Rebecca Davies
Associate Professor & Director of Quality Central, Veterinary Population Medicine, University of Minnesota

Rebecca L Davies, PhD is the Director of Quality Central at the University Of Minnesota College Of Veterinary Medicine.Quality Central is an internal service organization that provides tools and support for integrating quality assurance (QA) best practices into collegiate research, service and training programs. Dr. Davies is actively encouraging scientists to use QA best practices to demonstrate the quality of the research data they generate, and to facilitate the reconstruction and reproducibility of their research results. Dr. Davies is leading the Data Reproducibility Initiative which is a national team tasked with creating tools and templates designed to make the integration of research QA into academic research programs easier. She is also developing research QA training curriculum for graduate students and post docs at the University of Minnesota.

   

Dr. Scott Denning
Monfort Professor of Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University

Professor Scott Denning received his B.A. in Geological Sciences from the University of Maine in 1984, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Atmospheric Science from Colorado State University in 1993 and 1994. He studied radiometric geochronology, surface water geochemistry, and mountain hydrology before becoming interested in global climate and biogeochemical dynamics. After a two-year postdoctoral appointment modeling global sources and sinks of atmospheric CO2, he spent two years as an Assistant Professor in the Donald Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He joined the Atmospheric Science faculty at Colorado State University in 1998, and has served as Director of Education for CMMAP since 2006. He does a lot of outreach about climate change, and takes special delight in engaging hostile audiences.

   
 

Dr. Thomas Hauser
Director Research Computing at University of Colorado at Boulder

Before coming to CU Boulder, Dr. Hauser was the Director of the Center for High Performance Computing at Utah State University, and Associate Director for Research Computing at Northwestern University. Dr. Hauser was also the founding director of the Center for High Performance Computing at Utah State University.Research Computing at CU Boulder provides services for researchers that include large-scale computing resources, storage of research data, high-speed data transfer capabilities, and support for data sharing.

   

Denise Hawkins
Manager of Enterprise Data, City and County of Denver

Denise Hawkins oversees business intelligence, GIS, and data warehousing teams in the municipality’s Technology Services Division. She is currently leading the effort to establish the policies and procedures of Denver’s open data catalog, as part of the City’s overall initiatives to improve both transparency and decision-making. From a technology perspective, Denise’s teams are currently setting the national standard for state and local governments in the collection and presentation of data related to legalized marijuana and its impact on revenue, law enforcement, and licensing.

Denise’s extensive experience covers business intelligence, data warehousing, and enterprise data solutions in manufacturing, telecomm, and marketing. She has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Computer Information Systems from Denver’s Regis University, and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

   

Dr. Shelley Knuth
Assistant Director, Research Data and Training

Shelley joined the group at Research Data and Training to help scientists optimize their research through effective data management skills. Shelley's experience is in data management and quality control. She earned her PhD in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences in Spring 2014.

   

Dr. Tzu Phang
Director of the Translational Informatics Computational Resource, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical campus

Dr. Phang primary activities include microarray and Next Generation Sequencing data analysis, specializing in developing methods for multivariate time course microarray data and Alternative Splicing detection algorithm. He is also interested in studying the roles of long non-coding RNAs that is pervasively expressed in the genome. He is involved in establishing the Bioinformatics Consultation and Analysis Core (BCAC) that serves the general bioinformatics needs for the University of Colorado and the Rocky Mountain regions scientific communities. He is also interested in developing multi-media approaches to disseminate translational science education to the scientific community. He is the creator of 5X5, where scientists create a 5-minute video to discuss 5 important aspects of a topic of interest.

   

Stacey Schipper
Associate Data Architect and Business Intelligence Business Analyst, City and County of Denver

Stacey is part of Denver's Enterprise Data Management Team that oversees complex data manipulation and analysis. She has an analytical chemistry background and started working on data as part of the implementation of a Laboratory Information Management System in the Everglades Restoration project. Stacey has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from the University of South Florida and a Master’s of Science Degree in Information Technology Management from the Florida Institute of Technology. She is also taking classes at Johns Hopkins University in Government Analytics. Stacey is an avid member of the local tech community and leads several data-related groups including the Women Who Code Data Science group and Colorado Data Science. When she is away from her computer, you can usually find her up a mountain or registering voters.

   

Dr. Richard Slayden
Professor of Bacteriology and Associate Director for the Center for Environmental Medicine, Colorado State University

Dr. Richard Slayden has expertise in all stages of academic drug development ranging from basic bacterial physiology, target discovery and validation to development of drug delivery formulations and efficacy testing in animal models. He has been involved in M. tuberculosis research since 1993 and F. tularensis, B. pseudomallei and Y. pestis research since 2005. Uniquely, his work includes a wide variety of integrative research strategies that affords for a complete investigation of rug mode of action and bacterial metabolism and response in vivo. Specifically, his research team has experience indentifying clinically relevant drug targets, assessing protein function via gene dosage [knockout & knockdown mutants, dominant negative and merodiploid strains], determining mode of action, and advanced lead compound formulation development. Importantly, these strategies were developed to manipulate essential molecular targets and to exploit them for the development of novel broad-spectrum chemotherapies with potency against priority pathogens and medically important difficult to treat bacterial pathogens.

   

Dr. Tracy Teal
Executive Director & Co-Founder, Data Carpentry

Dr. Teal is the Executive Director of Data Carpentry and Assistant Professor at Michigan State University. Her research focuses on microbial ecology and metagenomics, and she has developed and contributed to many open source bioinformatics projects. Data Carpentry is a sibling organization of Software Carpentry emphasizing training researcher skills and perspectives needed for effective data management and analysis.

   

Bonnie Tijerina
Data and Society Fellow; President & Founder of Electronic Resources and Libraries

Bonnie Tijerina is a librarian, entrepreneur, and library community convener. She is founder and president of Electronic Resources & Libraries. Her work will create opportunities for education, debate, and discussion within the library profession around the increasingly complex concept of privacy in the digital world. Bonnie will be working closely with libraries to support user privacy and empower the general citizenry to make informed decisions about their data.

   

Dr. Jackie Wirz
Assistant Professor & Director of Professional Development and Graduate Student Affairs at Oregon Health & Science University

Dr. Wirz earned her Ph.D. from Oregon Health & Science University in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and has a B.S. from Oregon State University in Biochemistry & Biophysics. Her research career has spanned 15 years and has covered diverse topics such as transcriptional regulation, macromolecular structure determination, collagen biophysics and DNA repair. Her professional interests include information, data, and knowledge management, as well as the flow of scientific information. She lectures on a variety of topics including professional skills development, data management, scholarly publication ethics, research impact and semantic technologies, and research communication. Jackie is a strong proponent of science outreach and has developed programs and grants designed to promote scientific, data and information literacy. Jackie believes in evolution, salted caramel buttercream and Jane Eyre.