Research Reproducibility 2018: Speakers

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Keynote Speakers

Victoria Stodden image of Victoria Stodden

Victoria Stodden is an associate professor with the School of Information Sciences at The iSchool at Illinois. Her work addresses a wide range of topics, including standards of openness for data and code sharing, legal and policy barriers to disseminating reproducible research, robustness in replicated findings, cyberinfrastructure to enable reproducibility, and scientific publishing practices. Stodden co-chairs the NSF Advisory Committee for CyberInfrastructure and is a member of the NSF Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Advisory Committee. She also serves on the National Academies Committee on Responsible Science: Ensuring the Integrity of the Research Process.

Previously an assistant professor of statistics at Columbia University, Stodden taught courses in data science, reproducible research, and statistical theory and was affiliated with the Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering. She co-edited two books released in 2014—Privacy, Big Data, and the Public Good: Frameworks for Engagement published by Cambridge University Press and Implementing Reproducible Research published by Taylor & Francis. Stodden earned both her PhD in statistics and her law degree from Stanford University. She also holds a master’s degree in economics from the University of British Columbia and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Ottawa.

Ivan Oransky

Ivan Oransky, MD, is Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University's Arthur Carter Journalism Institute, and co-founder of Retraction Watch. He previously was global editorial director of MedPage Today, executive editor of Reuters Health, and held editorial positions at Scientific American and The Scientist. He is the recipient of the 2015 John P. McGovern Award for excellence in biomedical communication from the American Medical Writers Association and has written for numerous publications, including Nature, The New Republic, and The New York Times. Oransky is also a clinical assistant professor of medicine at the New York University School of Medicine, and serves as president of the Association of Health Care Journalists.

Panelists and Moderators

Scott AbereggScott Aberegg

Scott K Aberegg, MD, MPH is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Pulmonary Division at the University of Utah. He has studied cognitive biases in the decision making of physicians, as well as bias in the conduct and analysis of published research using empirical meta-research methods. He is also a blogger and is currently writing a book on clinical problem-solving.

head shot of Brian AveryBrian Avery

Brian Avery is Professor of Neuroscience, Biology, and Data Science at Westminster College. He has a Ph.D. in Genetics and Developmental Biology from UC Berkeley. His goal as an educator is to support student learning in a collaborative, active, and experiential style with a focus on data gathering, data analysis, and reading and understanding primary scientific literature. He has collaborated on designing new majors and minors, created many courses as well as large collections of lab and classroom activities, and mentored dozens of undergraduate research students on topics as diverse as stem cell differentiation, modeling neurons, human behavioral genetics, and ecological genetics. Many of his research students have continued their studies in graduate and professional programs. More recently, he has revived an interest in computer science and explored new directions in the statistical analysis of data, which has led to his involvement in the Westminster data science program.

head shot of Hilda BastianHilda Bastian

Hilda Bastian was a long-time consumer advocate in Australia, whose career turned to analyzing evidence, communicating about it, and working to make it more accessible. Hilda was most recently employed at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the US, at the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) in the National Library of Medicine (NLM). She was editor of PubMed-related projects on clinical effectiveness and post-publication evaluation, PubMed Health and PubMed Commons.

She arrived at the NIH in 2011 after 7 years in Germany helping establish IQWiG, a national health technology assessment agency. She was the head of its Department of Health Information. Before that, during the 1990s and 2000s, Hilda was active locally, nationally, and internationally in health consumer groups, including time as the Chairperson of the Consumers’ Health Forum, of which she is an honorary lifetime member. She helped to establish the Cochrane Collaboration, founding and leading its Consumer Network for over a decade. She was the first Coordinating Editor of Cochrane’s Consumer and Communication Review Group.

Hilda is a committed and enthusiast Wikipedian, academic editor of PLOS Medicine, and member of PLOS One’s human research ethics advisory group. She cartoons and blogs about clinical epidemiology, evidence, and uncertainties.

headshot of Justin ChernyJustin Cherny

Justin obtained an interdisciplinary PhD in biology and computer science from Wesleyan University, which focused primarily on identifying mRNA translation initiation on a transcriptomic scale and the development of novel approaches for quality assessment of peptide searching algorithms on a proteomic scale. In his current role as VP of Operations, Justin is responsible for JoVE's Editorial, Video, and IT teams, and is continually motivated by JoVE’s mission statement, which coincides perfectly with his passion for interdisciplinary work, innovation, effective integration of new techniques, and the reproducibility of science.

head shot of Mollie CumminsMollie Cummins

Mollie R. Cummins, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI is an Associate Professor of Nursing and Associate Dean for Research and PhD Program at the University of Utah College of Nursing, Adjunct Associate Professor of Biomedical Informatics at the University of Utah School of Medicine, and Presidential Scholar. She holds a PhD in nursing science and information science from Indiana University. In 2007, she studied methods of complexity science including agent-based modeling and network analysis at the Santa Fe Institute. Prior to her career in informatics, she practiced as an emergency nurse and family nurse practitioner. She has made numerous scholarly contributions in informatics, particularly in the areas of poison control informatics, health information exchange and applied data science. Dr. Cummins chairs the Board of Scientific Counselors of the Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications, the intramural research division of the National Library of Medicine. She is a former President of the Utah Nursing Informatics Network and former elected member of the national steering committee of the Alliance for Nursing Informatics. At University of Utah, she’s led a series of studies related to informatics applications in poison control, and she is currently leading an AHRQ funded study to develop and evaluate a health information exchange process for emergency departments and poison control centers (AHRQR01HS021472). She is also heavily engaged in clinical research informatics; she serves as a biomedical informatics lead for the University of Utah Center for Clinical and Translational Science (NCATS UL1TR001067). As a co-investigator for the Utah PRISMS Center (NIBIB U54EB021973), she is contributing to the development of a research informatics platform that enables the integration of air quality sensors into studies of pediatric asthma. She has authored numerous articles, book chapters, scientific papers, and abstracts, and previously served as a journal editor.

Fatma DenizFatma Deniz

Fatma Deniz is a Moore-Sloan Data Science Fellow in Berkeley Institute for Data Science, a Postdoctoral-Fellow in Dr. Jack Gallant’s laboratory (Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute) at the University of California, Berkeley and a visiting scientist at the Technical University Berlin. She is interested in how sensory information is encoded in the brain and uses machine-learning approaches to fit computational models to large-scale brain data. Her current work focuses on cross-modal language representation in the human brain. She did her PhD in Dr. John-Dylan Haynes’s laboratory at Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience and Technical University Berlin, where she studied functional connectivity changes during conscious perception in humans. She got a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Computer Science from the Technical University Munich. During her master’s work, Dr. Deniz worked with Dr. Christof Koch at Caltech, where she studied visual saliency and automated text detection.

As an advocate of reproducible research practices, she is the editor of the book titled “The Practice of Reproducible Research”. In addition, she works on improving Internet security applications using knowledge gained from cognitive neuroscience and Mooney images ( Her work is at the intersection between computer science, human cognition, and neuroscience. She is a passionate coder, baker and loves playing the cello.

Ed Dudek

Dr. F. Edward Dudek is Professor and Vice Chair for Translational Neuroscience in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Dr. Dudek received his training at the University of California Irvine, Columbia University in New York, and the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston before becoming an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto in 1975. He moved in 1980 as an Associate Professor to Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans. From 1987 to 1992, Dr. Dudek was a Professor at the UCLA School of Medicine. He then moved to become Professor and Chair of the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology at Colorado State University. In 2005, Dr. Dudek became Professor and Chair of the Department of Physiology at the University of Utah until 2012, when he transferred to the Department of Neurosurgery. Dr. Dudek has expertise in translational neuroscience, with a focus on the neurophysiology of epilepsy. He has been continuously funded from NIH since he returned to the US in 1980. Dr. Dudek is a recipient of a Jacob Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award from the NINDS and the Basic Science Research Award from the American Epilepsy Society. Dr. Dudek and his colleagues have patented a miniature telemetry system, which led to the founding of Epitel, Inc., a company that has commercialized these devices to record seizures from animal models and human patients with epilepsy. Dr. Dudek has trained >40 PhD students and postdoctoral fellows, many of whom have prominent positions in academia or industry.

head shot of Eric EideEric Eide

Dr. Eric Eide is a Research Assistant Professor and Co-director of the Flux Research Group in the School of Computing at the University of Utah.  His research is focused on the engineering of trustworthy systems software: this includes activities toward improving the correctness, testing, resilience, and security of large systems, as well as activities toward improving the rigor of experimental computer science.  Since 2000, his research group has designed, built, and operated a family of network testbeds that support controlled and repeatable experiments in computer science and computing.  These testbeds are in use 24/7 by researchers and students around the world, and literally hundreds of published papers have been based on experiments performed on these platforms.  In 2014 and 2015, in Prof. Eide co-chaired the Artifact Evaluation Committees for PLDI, a premier conference on program ming languages.  Also in 2015, Prof. Eide edited a special issue of Operating Systems Review on the topic of repeatability and sharing of experimental artifacts in computer systems research.  Among his current activities, Prof. Eide is a Co-PI of the effort to create POWDER, a facility that will support advanced wireless networking research in a city-scale "living laboratory," where he is the lead for repeatability concerns and experimenter support.

Head Shot of Randolph HallRandolph Hall

Randolph Hall leads research across the university, overseeing research advancement, administration and ethics. Hall’s experience includes serving as the founder/principal investigator for two national research centers, the Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE), and the National Center for Metropolitan Transportation Research (METRANS). He also served as senior associate dean for research in the Viterbi School of Engineering for four years. Hall was chair of Industrial and Systems Engineering during a period when the faculty size grew by 50%, and when it became the first named academic department at the University of Southern California, upon receipt of a $10 million gift from Daniel J. Epstein, creating the first named department at USC.

As Vice President, Hall has led the creation of policies to catalyze collaborative research, including changes in promotions and tenure, research attribution, and shared repositories; creation of funding programs that support collaborative research and shared equipment; and infrastructure and events enabling digital scholarship, as well as standards for research transparency and reproducibility. He has helped faculty create national research centers, built alliances with external research institutes, developed the Center for Excellence in Research, created the DC-based research advancement office, and built an integrated research office that encompasses contracts and grants, technology transfer, human subject protection, animal resources, research ethics, research training, research advancement and internal grant programs. Hall is the architect for the TARA research administration system at USC, providing software tools that support research administration, compliance, technology transfer and business intelligence.

head shot of Tom ParksThomas N. Parks, Ph.D

Dr. Parks is Emeritus Professor of Neurobiology & Anatomy at the University of Utah School of Medicine. From 2008 until his retirement in 2016, he was the university’s Vice President for Research and President of its Research Foundation.  After training in neuroscience at the University of California, Yale University, and the University of Virginia, Dr. Parks joined the Utah faculty in 1978.  His research on neurobiology of the developing auditory system was continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health for 26 years, he taught neuroscience to medical and graduate students for 30 years, and he served as chair of his department for 15 years. Dr. Parks was a co-founder of NPS Pharmaceuticals Inc. and a board member from 1986-2006; the company developed three first-in-class drugs and was acquired by Shire Plc for $5.2 billion in 2015. He has also served as a board member or scientific advisor for several private companies (currently including ConusRx, Navigen Pharmaceuticals, Q Therapeutics, and SentrX Animal Care) and as a trustee or director for several non-profit organizations. He received a Claude Pepper Award from the National Institute on Deafness and Communicative Disorders in 1993, was elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors in 2013 and received a Utah Governor’s Medal for Science and Technology in 2015.

John Ryan

John J. Ryan MD, FACC, FAHA, is a cardiologist with extensive training and experience in research investigation and clinical patient care. He is an internationally renowned specialist in pulmonary hypertension and has an appointment in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Utah. At the University of Utah, Dr. Ryan has continued to be involved in medical education, and has been awarded the Department of Family Medicine Outstanding Preceptor of the Year Award.

Dr. Ryan is on the editorial board of Circulation, Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, Circulation: Heart Failure, The Canadian Journal of Cardiology, among others.  Dr. Ryan’s research has been published in leading cardiovascular journals including Circulation, CHEST, The Journal of the American College of Cardiology, among others. Dr. Ryan is a writing member of the CHEST Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension guidelines. Dr. Ryan is the director of the University of Utah Pulmonary Hypertension Center, which is the first accredited Pulmonary Hypertension Association Comprehensive Care Center in the Mountain West. Dr Ryan is also Sports Cardiology Consultant for the United States Olympic Committee, the National Basketball Association, the Utah Jazz and the University of Utah Utes. Dr. Ryan is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Medicine, Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology, Echocardiography and Nuclear Cardiology.


Research Reproducibility 2018 (Grand Rounds, Short Course, and Conference) is made possible by:

The Office of Research Integrity, The Department of Health and Human Services (ORIIR170034); Vice President for Research Office, University of Utah; Center for Clinical and Translational Science, University of Utah (UL1TR001067); Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, University of Utah; and Department of Philosophy, University of Utah. Short Course funding is also provided in part through a subaward from the MidContinental Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine under cooperative agreement number UG4LM012344.

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