We are delighted to welcome the following confirmed speakers:
Helen Bailey is the Digital Curation Analyst at MIT Libraries, following a two-year stint as the MIT Library Fellow for Digital Curation and Preservation. She received her MSIS and CAS in Conservation from the University of Texas at Austin in 2010. In her current position, Helen provides software development and data visualization support for the Libraries’ digital curation initiatives. Helen also chairs the Electronic Media Group of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, and in her spare time she dabbles in bookbinding and creative coding.
Paulina Borrego is a Science & Engineering Librarian at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She holds a Masters of Library Science from Simmons College and a Masters of Natural Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Soon after becoming a librarian in 2007 she took on the role of the Patent & Trademark Resource Center Librarian at UMass Amherst where she helps patrons with a variety of patent and trademark questions. Before becoming a librarian she was a high school chemistry and mathematics teacher for about 20 years.
Madeline Otis Campbell is Assistant Professor of Urban Studies and Director of the Center for Human Rights at Worcester State University. Her book Interpreters of Occupation: Gender and the Politics of Belonging in an Iraqi Refugee Network was published by Syracuse University Press in 2016. Dr. Campbell earned B.A. and M.A. degrees from Brown University and an M.A. and Ph.D from the University of California, Davis.
Alex Caracuzzo is the Research Data & Collections Librarian at Harvard Business School. He manages HBS Dataverse, a repository for archiving and sharing a growing number of HBS research datasets. He supports other Research Data Program services as a member of HBS Knowledge & Library Services’ Baker Research Services and Special Collections teams.
Catherine D’Ignazio is an Assistant Professor of Data Visualization and Civic Media at Emerson College who investigates how data visualization, technology and new forms of storytelling can be used for civic engagement. She makes public art & design projects, teaches journalism & arts students, writes software code & research papers, and runs data literacy workshops for journalists. Take a look at her personal website to learn more.
Dana Janbek is Associate Professor of Public Relations at Lasell College in Newton, MA. Her research focuses on the use of communication technologies by Syrian refugees living in refugee camps and in urban areas in Jordan. She has also previously done research on terrorist use of the Internet as a communication tool. She has published a co-authored book, a book chapter, and a number of scholarly articles on these topics. She often serves as a commentator on issues related to her research areas in Boston media outlets. Dr. Janbek earned her doctoral degree in Communication from the University of Miami in FL, her Master’s in Political Science from the University of Louisville in KY, and her Bachelor’s in Communication from Spalding University in KY.
Cate Klepacki recently graduated with a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School with concentrations in Human Security, Humanitarian Studies, and Migration and Forced Displacement. She previously served 13 years as an officer and pilot in the United States Air Force. Cate has also volunteered as a local chapter coordinator with Amnesty International, completed a Master of Science in Psychology, and speaks intermediate French. Last summer, she completed an internship in Rwanda and conducted independent research investigating the impacts of displacement on a small household sample. While at Fletcher she was a co-leader of the Tufts University Refugee Assistance Program and enjoys photography, cooking, and yoga.
Jennie Murack is the Geospatial Data Librarian & Statistics Specialist at the MIT Libraries. She supports Geographic Information Systems (GIS) projects by providing one-on-one help, creating tutorials and videos, and teaching workshops. She is also involved with data visualization initiatives and data analysis within the Libraries and coordinates support for statistical software.
Crystal Orjiako is a Senior Economist at the Bureau of Labor Statistics New England regional office in Boston. She holds a Bachelor of Art’s degree in Economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a Master of Science in International Economics from Suffolk University in Boston. In her current position, Crystal provides economic analysis and information on the labor market in the New England region to various customers. Prior to becoming an economist, she worked at Liberty Mutual Insurance Company as an accounting and finance professional for over 5 years. She enjoys traveling and lives in Dedham, MA with her husband and 8 month old daughter.
Mary Kate Quigley is a data visualization enthusiast and sales consultant at Tableau. Her work at Tableau has her traveling constantly to help people see and understand their data. When she is not enthusiastically organizing and leading hands on workshops she is a problem solver for strategic enterprise organizations. Prior to Tableau MK was a business analyst with EMC Corporation. At EMC she applied her passion for problem solving as well as influenced strategic “big data”/data visualization initiatives. She is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts where she enjoys tackling DIY projects and cooking.
Laurie Zapalac is the principal of Zapalac Advisors, founded in 2015 to provide strategic consulting services for urban regeneration initiatives. Working frequently in the context of industry change and adaptive use, she is particularly interested in the concept of place knowledge, and in the ways data about the historic built environment is managed and stewarded. Laurie earned B.A. and B.S. degrees from the University of Virginia, an M.S.A.S from the University of Texas and a Ph.D. from MIT, where her research focused on understanding location choice of new entrepreneurs in historic maritime cities. In her spare time, you can find her trekking the New England coastline.