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Plenary Speakers

Kaitlin Thaney

Kaitlin Thaney is the director of the Mozilla Science Lab, a new open science initiative focused on innovation, best practice and skills training for research. She recently left her post at Digital Science, a technology company that works to make research more efficient through better use of technology. Kaitlin also advises the UK government on infrastructure for data intensive science and business, is a Tech City mentor, a Director for DataKind UK, and the London co-chair for the Strata Conference series on big data. Prior to Mozilla and Digitial Science, Kaitlin managed the science program at Creative Commons, worked with MIT and Microsoft, and wrote for the Boston Globe. Speaking Tuesday, July 23 - 8:45 a.m.

Terrence Joseph Sejnowski

Terrence Joseph Sejnowski is a member of the advisory committee for President Obama¹s recently announced BRAIN (Brain Research through Application of Innovative Neurotechnologies) Initiative. The long-range goal of Sejnowski's pioneering research in neural networks and computational neuroscience is to understand the computational resources of brains and to build linking principles from brain to behavior using computational models. He is an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute  and is the Francis Crick Professor at The Salk Institute for Biological Studies. He is also professor of Biological Sciences and adjunct professor in the departments of Neurosciences, Psychology, Cognitive Science, and Computer Science and Engineering at the University of California, San Diego, where he is director of the Institute for Neural Computation. He is among an elite group of only 10 living scientists to have been elected to all three of the national academies: the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies in 2008, the National Academy of Sciences in 2010, and the National Academy of Engineers in 2011. Speaking Tuesday July 23 - 1:30 pm.

LeManuel "Lee" Bitsóí

LeManuel "Lee" Bitsóí (Navajo) serves as a research associate in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard University. In addition, Dr. Bitsóí is the lead Native American scholar for an initiative focusing on men of color sponsored by the College Board. As an advocate for minority scientists and scholars, Bitsóí also serves as the secretary for the board of directors for the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Latinos and Native Americans in Science. He previously served as the Diversity Action Plan Program Director in the Department of Genetics at Harvard Medical School, where he directed a recruitment plan for underrepresented minority students interested in pursuing genomic sciences at the undergraduate and post-doc levels. He has also served as a research assistant professor in the Department of Human Science at Georgetown University and director of Minority Training in Bioinformatics & Genomics at Harvard University. In addition, he has worked at Dartmouth College and San Juan College, and as an Education Strategy Consultant for the Institute for Higher Education Policy in Washington, D.C. Admirably, Dr. Bitsóí has devoted his career to enhancing opportunities for under-represented minority students to become scientists, science educators and scientifically-informed community members. Speaking Wednesday July 24 - 8:00 a.m..

John Greally

John Greally is a professor in the departments of Genetics (Division of Computational Genetics), Pediatrics (Division of Genetics), and Medicine (Division of Hematology) at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where he has been on faculty since 2001. A native of Ireland, Dr. Greally received his honors degree in medicine from the National University of Ireland in Galway (NUIG) in 1988, subsequently moving to the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh for Pediatrics residency and Yale University in 1993 for subspecialty training in clinical genetics.  Since his clinical training, he focused on basic science research, receiving his PhD degree in 1999 from NUIG. Dr. Greally's research is in the area of epigenomic regulation of the genome and its dysregulation in disease. Dr. Greally is the founding director of the Einstein Center for Epigenomics, where the development of computational resources to manage and analyze complex data sets from massively-parallel sequencing has been a priority from the establishment of the Center in 2008.  He serves on the editorial boards of the journals Epigenetics and Chromatin and PLoS Genetics. His research includes studies of the epigenetic regulation of stem cell differentiation and transcription-targeted cytosine methylation, and epigenetic abnormalities in human diseases such as osteosarcoma, type II diabetes mellitus, hepatitis C virus infection and allergies. He also performs clinical duties at the Children's Hospital at Montefiore as a Clinical Genomicist, seeing patients who have been tested with new genome-wide technologies. Speaking Wednesday July 24 - 8:45 a.m.

Nils Thuerey

Nils Thuerey has a position as research & development lead at ScanlineVFX, working on the design and implementation of large-scale physics simulators for visual effects in feature films. His research focuses on physically-based animation, with a particular emphasis on detailed fluids and turbulence. Some of his algorithms are now widely used in industry, e.g., as part of animation packages such as Houdini and Blender. In 2013 he received a technical achievement award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) for his work on the wavelet turbulence algorithm, which was used in numerous feature films, such as "Avatar" and "Iron Man 3", to create fast and controllable smoke simulations and explosions. He received his Ph.D in 2007 from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (with honours), and until 2010 worked as a post-doctoral researcher with Ageia/Nvidia and the Computer Graphics Laboratory of ETH Zurich. Speaking Thursday July 25 - 12:00 p.m..