Dr. Safiya Umoja Noble is an assistant professor in the University of Southern California Annenberg School of Communication. Her research on digital media platforms on the internet is at the intersection of race, gender, culture, and technology. Her monograph on racist and sexist algorithmic bias in search engines like Google, entitled, Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism is forthcoming from NYU Press at the end of this year. She currently serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies, and is the co-editor of two books: The Intersectional Internet: Race, Sex, Culture and Class Online and Emotions, Technology & Design, and numerous book chapters and peer reviewed articles on race, gender, and technology. Safiya holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Library & Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, and a B.A. in Sociology from California State University, Fresno.  

Kathy Partin

Dr. Kathy Partin was appointed as the Director of the DHHS Office of Research Integrity in 2015, after having been in academia for twenty years. The Office of Research Integrity oversees research misconduct processes at PHS-funded intramural and extramural research institutions, as well as providing education and outreach to promote research integrity at these institutions. Dr. Partin earned her undergraduate degree in history from the University of Michigan, and her doctorate in microbiology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She completed postdoctoral training at Duke University studying pathophysiology of HIV and the NIH National Institute of Child Health studying neurophysiology. Following her training, Dr. Partin joined the faculty of the Department of Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University (CSU) where she performed NIH-funded basic research. In 2007, she was appointed to the position of Director of the Research Integrity & Compliance Review Office at CSU and in 2013 as the CSU Research Integrity Officer and Assistant Vice President for Research.  Dr. Partin was active in the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE) and the Association of Research Integrity Officers (ARIO), while at CSU.

Colleen Strawhacker



Dr. Colleen Strawhacker is a Research Scientist with the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) at the University of Colorado. In her scientific work, she combines methods and theories from archaeology and environmental science to investigate how societies in the past responded to climate and environmental change, whether extreme shocks or long-term fluctuations. Through this research, Strawhacker has integrated and managed large datasets from a variety of interdisciplinary sources to address these questions and allow others to build upon this research. She has worked closely with Indigenous communities throughout her research career and has encountered many examples the tensions among data sharing, ownership, and ethical data reuse. To remedy these challenges, Dr. Strawhacker is leading various projects to build capacity to manage data from the social sciences and Indigenous Knowledge in the Arctic, including the National Science Foundation-funded dataARC and ELOKA projects, which are designed to critically address how data are appropriately shared and reused by a number of audiences.





Elizabeth Hull is Operations Manager for Dryad, a non-profit, curated repository for research data underlying scholarly publications. She holds a varied background in libraries/archives, web content management, public history and archaeology, all of which converge into an overarching commitment to open access and usability of knowledge.



Sara Mannheimer is Data Services Librarian at Montana State University, where she facilitates management and sharing of research data, and promotes digital scholarship using library collections and “big data” sources. Her research focuses on data management practices, data sharing, digital preservation, and the social, ethical, and technical issues surrounding data-driven research.

Melinda Laituri

Dr. Melinda Laituri is a professor of geography in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability at Colorado State University. She is the Director of the Geospatial Centroid at CSU that provides support for geospatial research and teaching across the university. She was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Botswana in the Center for Scientific Research, Indigenous Knowledge, and Innovation where she conducted research on participatory mapping and conservation planning. Professor Laituri is a Rachel Carson Fellow for Environment and Society at the Ludwig Maximillian University, Munich. She is working with environmental historians to develop story maps of environmental issues around the world. She is a visiting scientist at the Center for Geographic Analysis at Harvard University. Professor Laituri is a former National Science Foundation program officer in Geography and Spatial Sciences. Laituri is a Jefferson Science Fellow where she is the principal investigator on the Secondary Cities Initiative part of the State Department’s Humanitarian Information Unit mapping rapidly growing under-examined cities. Her research interests include geospatial technologies in participatory resource assessment, disaster management, and water resources.  She has worked throughout the world with indigenous peoples on resource management issues using participatory mapping approaches.


Mathew Hickey

Dr. Matt Hickey is a Professor and University Distinguished Teaching Scholar in the Department of Health and Exercise Science at Colorado State University, where he has been on the faculty since 1997.  Dr. Hickey has served as the director of the Human Performance Clinical Research Laboratory at Colorado State since 2000, and has chaired the IRB at Colorado State since 2003.  Dr. Hickey received his Ph.D. In Human Bioenergetics from Ball State University in 1993, and spent 4 years as a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Biochemistry at the East Carolina University School of Medicine.  He is the author of 60+ peer-reviewed publications on various aspects of human physiology.


Brad Woods

Brad R. Woods, Ph.D., is the Associate Director of the Research Integrity and Compliance Review Office and Director of the University Conflict of Interest Program at Colorado State University (CSU). In this role, he assists with the leadership and management for the administration, monitoring, and assessment of a range of research integrity and compliance functions. Dr. Woods is responsible for assisting in the leadership of the University’s Institutional Review Board, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, Institutional Biosafety Committee, Research Integrity—RCR program, Quality Assurance Program, and Institutional Review Entity. Upon joining CSU, Dr. Woods created and taught the graduate course: Ethical Issues in Big Data Research. His current research interests focus on the public understanding of science and science communication. He also holds an affiliate faculty position in CSU’s Department of Sociology.Before joining CSU, Dr. Woods was a research ethics educator and member of the graduate faculty at The Pennsylvania State University (PSU). He holds a dual-title doctoral degree in Rural Sociology and Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and the Environment from PSU.


Michael de Yoanna

Michael de Yoanna is the news director of KUNC public media, an NPR affiliate serving Colorado’s Front Range, mountain communities and Eastern Plains. Over the years, he has mined databases as a way to find people with compelling stories and to broaden the impact of his investigations. Michael holds many honors, including a duPont-Columbia (the broadcast equivalent of a Pulitzer Prize)  for his co-reporting with NPR on “Missed Treatment,” which utilized freedom of information laws to obtain data revealing that tens of thousands of Army troops were discharged for minor misconduct despite their mental health and brain injuries. Prior to joining KUNC, Michael worked at Colorado Public Radio, 7News in Denver, for local newspapers, 5280 magazine and as a freelancer for “48 Hours Mystery,” “60 Minutes,” Salon and others. He also directed “Recovering,” a documentary film about troops healing war wounds through bicycling.


Patrick Plaisance

Patrick Lee Plaisance worked as a newspaper journalist for nearly 15 years and is the Don W. Davis Professor of Ethics in the Bellisario College of Communications at Pennsylvania State University beginning this fall. He taught courses in media ethics, reporting and communication theory at Colorado State University from 2002 to 2017. He is the Editor of the Journal of Media Ethics, the flagship research quarterly for the field, and has authored two books: Media Ethics: Key Principles for Responsible Practice (SAGE, 2014, 2nd ed.), which is a leading textbook on the subject, and Virtue in Media: The Moral Psychology of Excellence in News and Public Relations (Routledge, 2015). He received his Ph.D. from Syracuse University. His research addresses the philosophy of technology, how moral philosophy should be brought to bear on media practice, and examining moral psychology factors related to decision-making in media.

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Cat Bens

Cat Bens is the Quality Assurance Manager within the Research Integrity & Compliance Review Office (RICRO) at Colorado State University.  In this position she provides quality assurance and regulatory affairs oversight and support for a wide variety of FDA and EPA regulated research conducted at the University, including GLP, GCP and GMP non-clinical, clinical studies and manufacturing activities.  Before serving as the CSU Quality Manager, Ms. Bens worked for many years with private, university and government organizations as Quality Systems Manager, designing and implementing GXP programs and leading compliance training. Ms. Bens has a BA in Zoology, MS in Biology/Wildlife Toxicology, and post graduate education in Business/Biology/Environmental Toxicology.

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Carolyn Broccardo

As an active research scientist for over 20 years, Dr. Broccardo has a diverse background in the sciences and education. Her background as a toxicologist has spanned research interests ranging from embryology and classical toxicology to human clinical studies and large-scale proteomic analysis via mass spectrometry. Recently, as the Responsible Conduct of Research Coordinator at CSU, she has been involved with the organization of faculty training workshops, graduate education in research ethics, a train-the-trainer ethics infusion program, university wide guest lectures, and campus-wide RCR compliance. Additionally, she was the co-organizer for the 2015 and 2016 National Data Integrity Conference and the 2015 Association of Research Integrity Officers Conference. She was the PI on an 2015 DHHS Office of Research Integrity funded conference grant on the topic of research misconduct related retractions. As part of her on-going education she earned her Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute.


Wladimir Labeikovsky

Wladimir is a biochemist-turned-librarian. He recently joined the Health Science Library at the Anschutz Medical Campus as the new Bioinformationist. He is interested in promoting and developing new informatics and computing tools to advanced scientific understanding among scientists and citizens.