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Open Access: Reclaiming Scholarship for the Academy: Speakers

Conference speakers

Keynote speakers

Michael Eisen photo from B. Eisen
Mike Eisen is a professor of Molecular and Cell Biology (MCB) at UC Berkeley and an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute whose research, primarily on flies, encompases evolution, development, genetics, genomics, chemical ecology and behavior. Professor Eisen is a co-founder of the Public Library of Science.

Randy Schekman, photo from Schekman
The winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine which he shared with James Rothman (Yale) and Thomas Südhof (Stanford), Randy W. Schekman is a professor in Berkeley’s Department of Molecular and Cell Biology. Professor Schekman has served as editor of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) and is currently the editor-in-chief of eLife, an open access scientific journal sponsored by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Max Planck Society and the Wellcome Trust.

Panelists & other featured speakers

Christopher Kelty, image from Kelty
Chris Kelty is a professor at UCLA with a joint appointment in Information Studies and Anthropology. His research focuses on the cultural significance of information technology. Professor Kelty was chair of the Academic Senate’s University Committee on Library and Scholarly Communication (UCOLASC) in 2013 when it passed the UC Open Access Policy.


Catherine Mitchell, photo from California Digital LibraryCatherine Mitchell​
Catherine Mitchell is the Director of Access and Publishing at the CDL, responsible for overseeing the strategic planning, development, and operational management of both Digital Special Collections and Publishing Services. The Digital Special Collections Program (DSC) supports collaboration between libraries, archives, and museums throughout the State of California to provide access to a world class digital collection that serves an array of end users, from researchers and scholars to K-12 students.  The Publishing Group provides the University of California scholarly community with innovative digital publication and distribution services through the development of advanced technologies and creative partnerships. Catherine also services as Operations Director of UC's Office of Scholarly Communication.  She holds an A.B. from the University of Chicago and a PhD in English Literature from UC Berkeley.

erik mitchellErik Mitchell
Erik Mitchell is the Associate University Librarian, Digital Initiatives and Collaborative Services, and the Associate CIO for the Berkeley Libraries. His research focuses on the role of information design, technology, and literacy in empowering and shaping information communities.

Allison Mudditt, photo from ucpress.eduAlison Mudditt
Director of UC Press since 2011, Alison Mudditt has overseen a transformation of the Press’s strategy including the launch of two major OA programs, Collabra and Luminos. Prior to UC Press, she served as Executive Vice President at SAGE Publications, and has held senior positions at Taylor & Francis and at Blackwell. She also serves on various boards, including the Open Access Network.


Nick ShockeyNick Shockey
Nick Shockey is the Director of Programs & Engagement for SPARC, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, and founding Director of the Right to Research Coalition, an international alliance of student organizations that promote Open Access to the results of research through advocacy and education.  Since its launch in 2009, the Right to Research Coalition has grown to include more than 75 member student organizations, which collectively represent nearly 7 million students in over 100 countries around the world.  In 2014, Nick led the launch of OpenCon, a new conference series that brings together leading student and early career advocates from around the world to advance the issues of Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data.

Molly Van Houweling, photo from law.berkeley.eduMolly Van Houweling
​Molly Van Houweling is a Professor of Law at Berkeley Law and Co-Director of the  Berkeley Center for Law & Technology. Professor Van Houweling’s teaching and research interests include intellectual property, law and technology, property, and food law. She has been a professor at the University of Michigan School of Law and has served as president of Creative Commons, a nonprofit group that facilitates sharing of intellectual property.

Breakout session speakers

Cori Hayden
Department Chair and Associate Professor, Anthropology, UC Berkeley

Megan Laurance
Research Informationist, UCSF Library.

Liladhar Pendse
Librarian for Slavic and East European Studies, UC Berkeley

Ethan Rarick
​Associate Director, Institute of Governmental Studies, UC Berkeley

Katrina Romanowsky
Community & Outreach Manager, eScholarship, California Digital Library (CDL).

Adam Siegel
Librarian for languages and linguistics, UC Davis.

Carly Strasser
Program Officer, Data-Driven Discovery Initiative. Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation.

Anneliese Taylor
Assistant Director, Scholarly Communications & Collections, UCSF Library.

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