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Implementing Effective Data Practices Speaker Bios

John Chodacki

John Chodacki

John Chodacki is director of the University of California Curation Center (UC3) at California Digital Library (CDL). As UC3 Director, John works across the UC campuses and the broader community to ensure that CDL’s digital curation program meets the emerging needs of the scholarly community—including digital preservation, persistent identifiers, research data management, and data publishing. Prior to CDL, John oversaw product development activities at O’Reilly Media, VIZ Media, Zinio, Creative Edge, Safari Books Online, and PLOS. He currently serves on the board and/or steering committees of DataCite, FORCE11, ROR (Research Organization Registry), COUNTER, Collaborative Knowledge (Coko) Foundation and Metadata 2020.

Joel Cutcher-GershenfeldJoel Cutcher-Gershenfeld

Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld is a professor in the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University where he leads research on agile institutions in the 21st Century. Previously he served as a professor and dean of the School of Labor and Employment Relations at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and as a faculty member in MIT’s Engineering Systems Division. Joel is editor for the Negotiation Journal at the Program on Negotiation at the Harvard Law School and is past president of the Labor and Employment Relations Association. He is an award-winning author who has co-authored or co-edited twelve books and over one hundred articles, book chapters, and policy papers on new technology, high performance work systems, labor-management partnership, negotiations, conflict resolution, and institutional transformation. He has consulted with unions, employers, and government agencies in Australia, Bermuda, Canada, Denmark, Iceland, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Panama, United Kingdom, and the United States. Joel holds a PhD in industrial relations from MIT and a BS in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University.

Anurupa Dev, PhD

Dr. Anurupa Dev is lead specialist for science policy at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), where she manages a portfolio of research policy and regulatory issues affecting academic medical centers. Recent work has focused on federal clinical trials and scientific data sharing policies as well as a multi-stakeholder project on tracking the use of research datasets. Dev holds a PhD in molecular biology from UCLA and BA from UC Berkeley.

Jason GersonJason Gerson, PhD

Jason Gerson, PhD, is senior program officer for the Clinical Effectiveness and Decision Science program at the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). He is responsible for providing intellectual and organizational leadership in setting strategic directions, both for the methodological work PCORI funds and the advancement of the science of patient-reported outcomes (PROs); designing and implementing new initiatives to ensure the methodological rigor of the clinical research PCORI funds; and leading PCORI’s initiatives on open science, including the development and implementation of a data management and data sharing policy.

Cynthia Hudson Vitale

Cynthia Hudson Vitale, MA

Cynthia Hudson Vitale is the head of research informatics and publishing at the Pennsylvania State University Libraries where she leads a team focused on enhancing the technology-driven research capacity of faculty and students, specifically in the areas of statistics, digital humanities, research data services, open-access publishing, and maps and GIS. She is a founding member of the Data Curation Network, a multi-institutional initiative building a shared staffing model for making research data FAIR and the PI on a project developing specialized data curation training. She holds an MLIS from the University of Missouri, Columbia and a BA from St. Louis University. Her areas of expertise include information architecture, data curation, and scholarly communication.

Carl KesselmanCarl Kesselman, PhD

Dr. Carl Kesselman is a dean’s professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Computer Science and Preventive Medicine and is a fellow in the Information Sciences Institute in the Viterbi School of Engineering at the University of Southern California where he is the director of the Informatics Systems Research Division. He received a PhD in computer science from the University of California, Los Angeles, a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California, and bachelor’s degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from the University at Buffalo. Dr. Kesselman’s research focus is on the application of advanced distributed computing infrastructure to support discovery and collaboration across a range of domains, spanning basic science, engineering and health.

Greg MaddenGreg Madden, MA

Greg Madden is associate CIO for research for Penn State University, where his role is to provide broad leadership across the research computing, cyberinfrastructure, and research data ecosystems. Directing an office that is a joint undertaking of the senior vice president for research and the vice president for IT, Madden serves as an advocate for the research faculty, research administration, and research institutes. Madden’s primary areas of focus at Penn State include the research data lifecycle, cloud computing for researchers, high performance computing, advanced research consulting, high-speed and secure networking, data centers, research administrative software, and issues surrounding software and data acquisition and licensing. Madden has more than 30 years of experience in higher education, having worked at seven different colleges and universities in various positions ranging across the spectrum of IT. He holds an MA in geography from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a BS in computer science and philosophy from the University of Alabama.

Maryann Martone

Maryann Martone, PhD

Maryann Martone received her BA from Wellesley College in biological psychology and ancient Greek and her PhD in neuroscience from the University of California, San Diego. She is a professor emerita at UCSD, but still maintains an active laboratory, the FAIR Data Informatics Lab. She started her career as a neuroanatomist, specializing in light and electron microscopy, but her main research for the past 15 years focused on informatics for neuroscience, i.e., neuroinformatics. She led the Neuroscience Information Framework (NIF), a national project to establish a uniform resource description framework for neuroscience, and the NIDDK Information Network (dknet), a portal for connecting researchers in digestive, kidney and metabolic disease to data, tools, and materials. She just completed five years as editor-in-chief of Brain and Behavior, an open access journal, and has just launched a new journal as editor-in-chief, NeuroCommons, with BMC. Dr. Martone is past President of FORCE11, an organization dedicated to advancing scholarly communication and e-scholarship.  She completed two years as the chair of the Council on Training, Science and Infrastructure for the International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility and is now the chair of the Governing Board. Since retiring, she served as the director of biological sciences for Hypothesis, a technology non-profit developing an open annotation layer for the web (2015–2018) and founded SciCrunch, a technology start up based on technologies developed by NIF and dkNET.  She currently serves as chief scientific officer of SciCrunch.

Natalie Meyers

Natalie K. Meyers, MA, MLIS

Natalie Meyers is an e-research librarian, Navari Family Center for Digital Scholarship, University of Notre Dame and co-chair of the Research Data Alliance Exposing Data Management Plans Working Group. She devotes up to 80% of her time as an embedded e-research librarian on grant-funded research and in collaboration with faculty members’ and partner organizations’ projects. In the Navari Family Center for Digital Scholarship, she helps pioneer and provide research data consulting, including more in-depth data management services in support of grant-funded research. She also serves as an ambassador and advisor to groups and individuals regarding data and digital content management, advising for library and external initiatives as needed on collaborative, team-based support for reproducible research, data management and software preservation needs. She also designs, organizes and conducts related workshops and instruction, and is a software carpentries instructor.

Jennifer MuilenburgJennifer Muilenburg, MS

Jennifer Muilenburg is research data services librarian at University of Washington. Her focus is on supporting the research data needs of researchers of all levels, including providing education, consultation, guidance and reference support. She manages a variety of tools and services that researchers can use to document, curate and share their research data and code. She is currently focused on the increase in data science across the university and its implications for library service and campus collaborations. Previously she was a geographic information systems librarian, where she helped users from multiple departments acquire, extract and format data for use in their GIS projects. She holds a BS in journalism from the University of Illinois, and an MS in information from the University of Michigan.

Dina PaltooDina N. Paltoo, PhD, MPH

Dina Paltoo is assistant director for policy development, Office of the Director, at the National Library of Medicine (NLM). Dr. Paltoo leads NLM’s policy and legislative activities which promote stewardship and access to scientific and clinical data and information, as well as health information technology. She also works across the NIH and federal agencies on initiatives and activities relevant to these topics, including open science and data science. Prior to joining NLM, Dr. Paltoo was the director of the Division of Scientific Data Sharing Policy within the NIH Director’s Office of Science Policy (OSP). While there, she was responsible for NIH policy efforts in scientific data sharing and management, open science, and genomics and health, including, for example, NIH policies for the sharing of genomic data and the NIH-Lacks family agreement and policy on the sharing of HeLa genome sequence data. She previously was the director of the Genetics, Health, and Society Program in OSP. Dr. Paltoo joined OSP from NIH’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, where she was a program director in genetics, pharmacogenetics, and personalized medicine and led activities to promote the sharing of these and other data. She 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 in Molecular Epidemiology, and taught at Howard and Morgan State Universities.

Dr. 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 obtained her MPH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (with a concentration in epidemiology and biostatistics).

Heather PierceHeather H. Pierce, J.D., M.P.H.

Heather Pierce is senior director for science policy and regulatory counsel at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). She serves as AAMC’s leader for scientific regulatory issues including human subject protections, clinical research, conflicts of interest, research data sharing, evidence-based regulation, and collaborations between industry, government, and academia in biomedical research. She is the subject matter expert for the AAMC’s Forum on Conflict of Interest in Academe and for Convey, the AAMC’s global financial interest disclosure system.

Pierce is chair of the Board of Directors of Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R), where she has been a regular contributor to in-person programs and webinars for over a decade and has served on the board since 2014. She regularly speaks at national forums on issues related to the protection of human subjects, regulatory burden, research ethics, biospecimens, scientific misconduct, legislation and policymaking related to research, and research compliance, and has published articles and commentaries on these topics in Nature, Science, The New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, and The American Journal of Bioethics. She has served on committees, working groups and task forces of organizations including the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, The Pew Charitable Trusts, and the National Dialogue on Healthcare Innovation.

Prior to joining AAMC, Pierce was an attorney in the Health Care Group of the law firm of Ropes & Gray LLP in New York. Her regulatory practice focused on medical research and clinical care. She received her law degree from NYU School of Law and her MPH in health law from Boston University.

Ben PiersonBen Pierson

Ben is a senior program officer in global health at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He is responsible for developing and implementing global strategies to improve the speed and value of Global Health interventions by unlocking and putting to use high value data. His current portfolio includes development of the Foundation’s data sharing strategy and policies, leading the Foundation’s Knowledge Integration Initiative to leverage subject-level data, and managing a portfolio of investments in data platforms and emerging technologies.

Throughout his career he has focused on platform strategies to leverage technology, partnerships, and ecosystems necessary to accelerate progress against systems problems at scale. He has held previous roles in business, philanthropy, government, and non-profit sectors.

Ben graduated from Cornell University and has an MBA from University of Washington. He is on the board of the Seattle Jobs Initiative and has an all-consuming hobby of native plant restoration.

Beth PlaleBeth Plale, PhD

Beth Plale is serving on rotation as a science advisor at the National Science Foundation, and is working in the area of open science. Her faculty appointment is at Indiana University where she is a full professor in the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering.



Maria PraetzellisMaria Praetzellis

Maria Praetzellis is product manager for CDL’s research data management initiatives including DMPTool, the Support Your Data resource, and the NSF-funded machine-actionable DMP grant project. Prior to joining CDL, Maria was a program manager in the Web Archiving and Data Services group at the Internet Archive.



Kacy ReddKacy Redd, PhD

Kacy Redd is the associate vice president of research & STEM education at the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). She is the PI on a $1.5 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to build a Network of STEM Education Centers (#1524832), and as co-director of NSEC, she works with more than 200 STEM education centers/institutes/programs. These centers serve as the hub for improving STEM education on their campuses. She is also the Co-PI on the NSF-funded APLU INCLUDES project (#1649214) aimed at diversifying the STEM professoriate. She leads APLU’s work on public access of data from federally funded research and wrote a joint APLU and Association of American Universities (AAU) report detailing actions universities and federal agencies can take to ensure public access to federally sponsored research data.

Carly RobinsonCarly Robinson, PhD

Carly Robinson is the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) assistant director for information products and services. The Office of Information Products and Services (IPS) focuses on the dissemination of DOE-funded research and development results through development and management of OSTI search and discovery tools. IPS responsibilities also include persistent identifier services, collection metadata quality and curation, communications, management of interagency and international products, and policy development and implementation. Prior to joining OSTI, Carly was an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellow in both the Senate and the DOE Office of Science. She has a PhD and MS in atmospheric chemistry from the University of Colorado, and a BS in applied physics from Michigan Technological University.

Judy RuttenbergJudy Ruttenberg

Judy Ruttenberg is director, scholars and scholarship at the Association of Research Libraries. She also works closely with her ARL colleagues in Advocacy and Public Policy and in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in advancing the Association’s agenda of accessibility and universal design.

Prior to joining ARL in 2011, Judy was a program officer at the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN) where she coordinated the work of TRLN’s collections groups, focusing on such issues as collections analysis, shared collections, and large-scale digitization.

Judy holds an MLS from the University of Maryland College Park with a specialization in archives and manuscripts, an MA in history from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and a BA from the University of Michigan.

Katie SteenKatie Steen, MPA

Katie Steen is the federal relations officer at the Association of American Universities. At AAU, Katie is responsible for funding and policy issues related to the humanities, Title VI international education programs, and USDA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative. She is also responsible for policy issues related to public access and shares responsibility for staffing the Council on Federal Relations constituent group. Before joining AAU, Katie worked as the Open Education Policy Manager for the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC). At SPARC, she led the open education team’s state and federal advocacy efforts and supported the coalition’s open access and open data work. Prior to SPARC, she worked on college access and affordability for the US Public Interest Research Group (PIRG). During her time as a graduate student, Katie led the Associated Students of the University of Missouri and lobbied on behalf of the University of Missouri System students in the Missouri General Assembly. She also served as the Director of National Affairs for the MU Graduate Professional Council and as the Assistant Legislative Director for the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students. Katie holds a Master of Public Affairs with an emphasis in public policy and a BA in political science from the University of Missouri.