Speakers

BarkerAlexandra SV Barker, Data Dissemination Specialist & Media Relations. U.S. Census Bureau
Alexandra is responsible for building and maintaining relationships with stakeholders in much of New England through the dissemination of Census data and information. She also manages all media relations in the New England states, New York, New Jersey, and Puerto Rico. She conducts an average of 15 data access workshops and presentation every month to a variety of organizations, local governments, business, media, universities, etc. Prior, Mrs. Barker served as a Supervisory Survey Statistician for the U.S. Census Bureau Boston Regional Office, overseeing field operations for the American Community Survey in Massachusetts and Puerto Rico.

ChristinaChristina Butler, Business/Research Analyst, Tufts University Office of Institutional Research
Christina is a Business/Research Analyst. Christina received her B.A. in Computer Science from Clark University in 2006. She also received her M.B.A. from Clark and a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Administration from Northeastern University. Before joining the staff at Tufts, Christina worked as an investment analyst at The Rankings Service, an independent financial research firm.

Lauren Conoscenti, Senior Research Analyst, Tufts UniversityLauren_150 Office of Institutional Research
Lauren is a Senior Research Analyst at Tufts’ Office of Institutional Research and Evaluation. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Princeton University in 2000 and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Harvard University in 2007. She completed a clinical internship at the Medical University of South Carolina. Before joining the staff at Tufts, Lauren worked as a Health Science Specialist at the Boston VA Research Institute and as a Teaching Fellow at Harvard University.

DetznerSarah Detzner, PhD candidate, Tufts University Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
Sarah is a PhD student whose research is focused on international security, particularly alliance cooperation, post-conflict stabilization/reconstruction, and security sector reform. She is currently the editor in chief of the Fletcher Security Review and runs the writing center. Before coming to Fletcher, she served in the Obama Administration as a speechwriter for former Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, worked as an Obama 2008 campaign staffer, and with the National Democratic Institute in Washington D.C., Lebanon, and Jordan. She is a graduate of Macalester College.

carolinCarolin Ferwerda, Instructional Technologist for GIS & Statistics, Wellesley College Library
Carolin is the resident map geek at Wellesley College. She works with faculty and students to provide planning and support for data-focused research and instruction. She specializes in GIS and statistics support, including project planning, software training, and curriculum development. Carolin has a background in geospatial technology, with a BS in Natural Resources from Cornell University and a MS in Geography from Rutgers University. She is interested in effectively and purposefully integrating technology in the curriculum and promoting spatial literacy and GIS across all disciplines.

Gidney4Calvin Gidney, PhD, Associate Professor, Tufts University Department of Child Study and Human Development
Dr. Gidney’s current research projects include an investigation into the language of children’s television, as well as research in the socio-cultural contexts of teaching and learning. He teaches courses in language development, the acquisition of literacy, bilingual education, and language disorders in children. He received his Ph.D. from Georgetown University in 1995 in the field of Linguistics.

grossmanRuth Grossman, PhD, Assistant Professor, Emerson College Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Dr. Grossman’s research focuses on face-to-face communication in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). She is specifically interested in how children with ASD integrate and produce verbal and nonverbal information, such as facial expressions and prosody. Dr. Grossman’s work has been published in several refereed journals, including Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry; Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research; Journal of Nonverbal Behavior; and Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Dr. Grossman teaches graduate and undergraduate classes at Emerson on subjects ranging from language development to neuro-anatomy and neurogenic disorders.  She divides her research activities between Emerson College and the University of Massachusetts Medical School Shriver Center, where she holds an appointment as adjunct assistant professor.

DanDan Houlihan, OTD candidate, Tufts University Boston School of Occupational Therapy
Dan’s current study focuses on the relationship between the integration of combat veterans into civilian communities and their engagement in adaptive sports programs.  He is particularly interested in how the unique attributes of scuba diving can support participation.  Prior to his studies at the Tufts BSOT, he spent nearly a decade in clinical and instructional practice as a Naval Officer.  He received his B.Sc. in Sport and Exercise Science from the University at Buffalo in 1997 and his M.Sc. in Occupational Therapy from The Sage Colleges in 2001.

LisaHLisa Horowitz, Assessment Librarian, MIT Libraries
Lisa is the Assessment Librarian at MIT Libraries, as well as the liaison to the MIT linguistics department and a manager of the Libraries’ Liaison, Instruction and Reference Services department. She has over 15 years of experience in library assessment, has written and presented a number of times on assessment, and is currently serving as the chair of ALA LLAMA MAES (Measurement, Assessment and Evaluation Section). She has a BA from Dartmouth College, an MLS from Rutgers University, and an MA from the University of Pennsylvania in comparative literature and literary theory.

johnstonWilliam Johnston, PhD candidate, Harvard University Graduate School of Education
William is an advanced doctoral student at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.  His research explores the ways in which evolving neighborhood contexts relate to educational experiences and outcomes for urban youth.  He is currently working on his dissertation that examines the interplay between family, school, and neighborhood racial characteristics as they relate to pre-k and kindergarten school choice patterns in Boston, Massachusetts. Prior to his work at HGSE, William taught high school English and U.S. History in Philadelphia and San Francisco.  He holds a BA in English from The Ohio State University and an M.S.Ed. from the University of Pennsylvania.

pyersj-square1Jennie Pyers, PhD, Associate Professor, Wellesley College Department of Psychology
Dr. Pyers’ research focuses on the relationship between language and cognition, particularly language-general and language-specific effects on human cognition. To investigate which domains of cognition are impaired when language acquisition is delayed, she works with language-delayed deaf children and deaf adults who have learned an emerging sign language, Nicaraguan Sign Language. In the classroom her goal is to teach students how research is conducted in the field of psychology, and how that research can address both theoretical issues and real-world problems. Dr Pyers is an active member of several professional societies including the Cognitive Development Society, the Sign Language Linguistics Society, the Society for Child Development, and the International Society for the Study of Gesture. As a native signer of American Sign Language, she enjoys mentoring the Deaf students on campus.

RiskBrian Risk, Head of Marketing, Quandl
Brian is head of marketing at Quandl where one of his passions is helping Quandl users derive maximum utility from Quandl’s 20 million+ data sets. This involves helping users with data discovery and access via Quandl’s simple API. Brian has a background in mathematics and proteogenomic analysis.

JessicaJessica Sharkness, Senior Associate Director, Tufts University Office of Institutional Research
Jessica is the Senior Associate Director. Jessica received her A.B. in psychology from Dartmouth College in 2003, her M.A. in Social Research Methodology from UCLA in 2007, and her Ph.D. in Higher Education from UCLA in 2012. Before joining the staff at Tufts, Jessica worked for the Cooperative Institutional Research Program and the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA.