Speaker Bios

Session: Advocacy and Policy

Donna K. Arnett completed her BS in nursing from the University of South Florida in 1981.  For five years she practiced critical care nursing. In 1987 she began graduate studies in epidemiology at the University of South Florida, working in cardiovascular clinical research. She received her MSPH in 1987.  In 1988 Dr. Arnett began her PhD work under the mentorship of Drs. Al Tyroler and Gerardo Heiss at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Among other advances, her research resulted in establishing arterial stiffness as an important cardiovascular risk factor.  From 1992 to 1994, Dr. Arnett was an American Heart Association Postdoctoral Fellow at UNC.  Dr. Arnett joined the University of Minnesota, School of Public Health, Division of Epidemiology in 1994.  At UMN she ran the Minnesota Heart Survey and participated in the NHLBI Family Heart Study and the Hypertension Genetic Epidemiology Network (HyperGEN) Study, studies that set out to identify the genes that contribute to coronary heart disease and hypertension, respectively.  In 1995, her first R01 Research Project Grant, “HyperGEN:  Genetics of Left Ventricular Hypertrophy,” began evaluating the genetic contribution to left ventricle enlargement among families with hypertension.  Dr. Arnett also initiated the Genetics of Hypertension-Associated Treatment Study (GenHAT), the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis Family Study (MESA Family), and the Genetics of Lipid-Lowering and Diet Network Study (GOLDN). She held the Mayo Professor of Public Health Endowed Chair at Minnesota in 2003-4. Dr. Arnett’s genetic and pharmacogenetic research has been in the vanguard of evolving genotyping technologies and analytical methods, from the era of microsatellite linkage studies to state-of-the-art epigenetic analyses and whole-exome searches for rare causal variants. As a teacher, mentor, and frequent member of NIH committees, she has been a resolute promoter of cardiovascular research.  Throughout her career, she has been a tireless advocate for improving public health and is currently the Immediate Past President of the American Heart Association.

José Cotta 
Dr José Cotta is the Head of Unit for Digital Science within the Communications Networks, Content and Technology (CONNECT) Directorate-General of the European Commission. He graduated in Mathematics from the University of Lisbon, Portugal in 1978 and has a PhD in Logic Programming. Dr Cotta was researcher in the National Laboratory for Civil Engineering in Lisbon and joined the European Commission in 1986 where he has held various management positions.

Nick Shockey was hired full time as SPARC’s first director of student advocacy in August 2009 where he is responsible for growing SPARC’s relationship with the student community as well as managing the Right to Research Coalition, a group of local, national, and international student organizations that advocate for researchers, universities, and governments to adopt more open scholarly publishing practices.  Under Nick’s direction, the coalition has grown to represent just under 7 million students in approximately 100 countries around the world and has facilitated student lobbying in over two hundred Congressional offices.

Timothy Vollmer is Public Policy Manager. He coordinates public policy positions in collaboration with CC staff, international affiliate network, and a broad community of copyright experts. Timothy helps educate policymakers at all levels and across various disciplines such as education, data, science, culture, and government about copyright licensing, the public domain, and the adoption of open policies. Prior to CC, Timothy worked on information policy issues for the American Library Association in Washington, D.C. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Information, and helped establish the Open.Michigan initiative.

Session: Blue Sky and the Big Picture

Brett Bobley serves as the Chief Information Officer for the U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and is also the Director of the agency’s Office of Digital Humanities (ODH).  Under ODH, Brett has put in place new grant programs aimed at supporting innovative research projects that use computational methods for analyzing text, sound, images, and other cultural heritage materials in pursuit of humanities scholarship. Brett’s office currently has international grant programs in place with Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands. Brett has a master's degree in computer science from the Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor's degree in philosophy from the University of Chicago.  In 2007, Brett was recognized by the President of the United States for his exceptional long-term accomplishments with a Presidential Rank Award.

Dr. Kelvin K. Droegemeier is Vice President for Research, Regents’ Professor of Meteorology, Weathernews Chair Emeritus, and Teigen Presidential Professor at the University of Oklahoma.  He co-founded and directed one of the first 11 NSF Science and Technology Centers that pioneered the science of computer-based thunderstorm prediction and was deputy director of a follow-on NSF Engineering Research Center.  Nominated by President George W. Bush, he served a six-year term on the National Science Board and was re-nominated by President Obama, now serving a second six-year term, currently as Vice-Chairman of the Board.  Dr. Droegemeier is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society and a member of the Board of Directors of the Council on Governmental Relations.  Dr. Droegemeier serves on Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin’s Science and Technology Council and chairs the Sub-Committee on Academic Research and Development.  He is a Trustee of Southeastern Universities Research Association (SURA), Chair of the SURA Development and Relations Committee, and is former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research.  Dr. Droegemeier began a one-year term in November, 2013 as Chair of APLU’s Council on Research Policy and Graduate Education (CRPGE).  Dr. Droegemeier has served as a consultant to Honeywell Corporation, American Airlines, the National Transportation Safety Board, and Climatological Consulting Corp, and has testified numerous times before Congress and as an expert witness in commercial airline accidents. In his nearly 30 years at the University of Oklahoma, Dr. Droegemeier has generated over $40 million in external research funding, authoring or co-authoring more than 80 refereed journal articles and over 200 conference publications. 

Dr. David Ernst is the Chief Information Officer in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota. He brings his extensive background in education to his role, including 14 years of teaching and a PhD in Learning Technologies. David is also the Executive Director of the Open Academics Textbook Initiative. This program works to improve higher education access, affordability, and success for all students through the use of open textbooks. David created and manages the Open Academics textbook catalog - a single source for faculty to find quality openly licensed textbooks. David and his colleagues are also developing a toolkit to help other institutions interested in starting their own open textbook initiative on campus.

Dr. David Wiley is Co-Founder and Chief Academic Officer of Lumen Learning, an organization dedicated to increasing student success and improving the affordability of education through the adoption of open educational resources by middle schools, high schools, community and state colleges, and universities. He is also currently a Shuttleworth Fellow, Scholar in Residence at the University of Utah, and Education Fellow at Creative Commons.

As an academic, Dr. Wiley has received numerous recognitions for his work, including an NSF CAREER grant and appointments as a Peery Social Entrepreneurship Research Fellow in the BYU Marriott School of Business, Senior Fellow for Strategy with the Saylor Foundation, and Nonresident Fellow in the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School. As a social entrepreneur, Dr. Wiley has founded or co-founded numerous entities including Lumen LearningDegreed, and the Open High School of Utah (now Mountain Heights Academy). In 2009, Fast Company named Dr. Wiley one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business.


Session: Practical Implementation

Richard Baraniuk is the Victor E. Cameron Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rice University and Founding Director of Connexions and OpenStax College. Launched in 1999, Connexions was one of the world’s first and today is one of the world’s largest “open education” platforms, providing free and remixable e-textbooks to millions of users from 200 countries. OpenStax College is leveraging Connexions to provide free and open textbooks for the highest impact college courses at over 400 institutions nationwide. For his education projects, he has received the Eta Kappa Nu C. Holmes MacDonald National Outstanding Teaching Award, the Tech Museum Laureate Award, the Internet Pioneer Award from the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School, the World Technology Network Education Award, the IEEE Signal Processing Society Education Award, and has been named one of Edutopia Magazine's Daring Dozen Education Innovators. For his research projects in signal processing and machine learning, he has received numerous national awards and has been elected a Fellow of IEEE and AAAS.

Terri L. Shelton is Vice Chancellor of Research and Economic Development and holds the Carol Jenkins Mattocks Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  In that role, she oversees the University’s community and economic engagement efforts, along with research administration and compliance for $30+million in external funding, and 8 interdisciplinary research centers including the Institute for Community and Economic Engagement.  Her experience includes over 70 publications, $20 million in grants/contracts, and 25 years clinical experience focused on initiatives that build the capacity of communities, youth, families, service providers, researchers, and policymakers to ensure the health and well-being of youth, families, and communities by engaging partnerships that bridge research, policy, and evidence-based practice. She is co-author of the text Assessing Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and the monograph, Family-Centered Care for Children Needing Specialized Developmental Services.  

Cameron Neylon is a biophysicist who has always worked in interdisciplinary areas and is an advocate of open research practice and improved data management. He currently works as Advocacy Director at the Public Library of Science. Along with his work in structural biology and biophysics his research and writing focuses on the interface of web technology with science and the successful (and unsuccessful) application of generic and specially designed tools in the academic research environment. He is a co-author of the Panton Principles for Open Data in Science and writes regularly on the social, technical, and policy issues of open research at his blog, Science in the Open. 

Herbert Van de Sompel graduated in Mathematics and Computer Science at Ghent University (Belgium), and in 2000 obtained a Ph.D. in Communication Science there. For many years, he headed Library Automation at Ghent University. After leaving Ghent in 2000, he was Visiting Professor in Computer Science at Cornell University, and Director of e-Strategy and Programmes at the British Library. Currently, he is the team leader of the Prototyping Team at the Research Library of the Los Alamos National Laboratory. The Team does research regarding various aspects of scholarly communication in the digital age, including information infrastructure, interoperability, digital preservation and indicators for the assessment of the quality of units of scholarly communication. Herbert has played a major role in creating the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH), the Open Archives Initiative Object Reuse & Exchange specifications (OAI-ORE), the OpenURL Framework for Context-Sensitive Services, the SFX linking server, the bX scholarly recommender service, and info URI. Currently, he works with his team on the Hiberlink, Memento (Time Travel for the Web), Open Annotation, and ResourceSync projects. More information is available on Herbert's home page, http://public.lanl.gov/herbertv/.

Session: Professional Development


Connie Broughton is the director of eLearning and open resources at the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. Connie has been developing and managing collaborative elearning projects since 1997. These projects include WashingtonOnline, The Western eTutoring Consortium, and the Open Course Library. She has also taught at Spokane Falls Community College, Spokane Community College, Eastern Washington University and Washington State University.  

Jill Emery is the collection development librarian at Portland State University Library and has over fifteen years of academic library experience from various higher education institutions within the United States of America. She is a past-president of the North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG) and the social media specialist for the Electronic Resources & Libraries, LLC. Jill serves as a current member of the Charleston Advisor editorial board and is the columnist for “Heard on the Net,” and is also on the editorial board of Insights: the UKSG journal. 

Erin McKiernan is a Researcher in Medical Sciences at the National Institute of Public Health in Mexico. She received her PhD in Physiological Sciences in 2010 from the University of Arizona. Her research involves the integration of experimental and computational approaches to solve diverse problems in epidemiology, physiology, and neuroscience. She is an advocate for open access, open data, and open source, and blogs about her experiences with open science at emckiernan.wordpress.com. You can also follow her on Twitter @emckiernan13.


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