SciTS 2013 Conference: Sessions

Conference Keynote Dinner

Tuesday, June 25, 7:00pm - 9:00pm


Alex Sandy Pentland

Alex Sandy Pentland directs MIT’s Human Dynamics Laboratory and the MIT Media Lab Entrepreneurship Program, co-leads the World Economic Forum Big Data and Personal Data initiatives, and is a founding   member of the Advisory Boards for Nissan, Motorola Mobility, and a variety of start-up firms. He has previously helped create and direct MIT’s Media Laboratory, the Media Lab Asia laboratories at the Indian Institutes of Technology, and Strong Hospital’s Center for Future Health.

 In 2012, Forbes named Sandy one of the `seven most powerful data scientists in the world’, along with Google founders and the CTO of the United States. He is among the most-cited computational scientists in the world, and a pioneer in computational social science, organizational engineering, mobile computing, image understanding, and modern biometrics. His research has been featured in Nature, Science, and Harvard Business Review, as well as being the focus of TV features on BBC World, Discover and Science channels. His most recent book is Honest Signals, published by MIT Press.

Holly Falk-Krzesinski
Holly Falk-Krzesinski

Holly J. Falk-Krzesinski, PhD, is the Vice President for Global Academic & Research Relations for Elsevier where she is focused on strategic initiatives, partnerships, and stakeholder needs at research institutions and federal funding agencies. Her engagement activities emphasize collaboration opportunities related to scholarly and research communication, research development, research information management, and strategic planning for the research enterprise. Prior to joining Elsevier, Dr. Falk-Krzesinski had been a faculty member in the college of arts & sciences and the school of medicine at Northwestern University. There she facilitated a multitude of trans-institutional, collaborative team science grant programs spanning art history to bioenergy to translational medicine, with a special interest on approaches to evaluating collaboration and interdisciplinary research effectiveness and policies that support researchers engaged in these activities. As the former chair of the Annual SciTS Conference, Dr. Falk-Krzesinski has been instrumental in developing a strong community of practice around the study of team science and interdisciplinary research. In 2008, Dr. Falk-Krzesinski launched the National Organization of Research Development Professionals(NORDP), serving as the organization’s founding president and then as chair of membership until 2012.

Dr. Falk-Krzesinski has her B.S. in biological sciences, with honors, and a minor in chemistry from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and received her PhD in microbiology and immunology from the Loyola University of Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. She returned to UIC at the medical school for her postdoctoral fellowship in host-microbial pathogen interactions and conducted research at Abbott Laboratories in the pharmaceutical products group developing the first HIV protease inhibitor. Dr. Falk-Krzesinski also earned a Certificate of Professional Development in Nonprofit Management from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.