For the second year, the OHSU Library is sponsoring two scholarships to OpenCon 2016 in Washington DC. OpenCon is a conference and platform for the the next generation of scientists, clinicians, and scholars to learn about Open Access, Open Data, and Open Education, develop critical skills, and catalyze action toward a more open system of research and education.
Because of their existing activities related to OpenCon’s mission and their visions for effecting local change, Daniela Saderi, a PhD candidate in the neuroscience graduate program, and Katy Lawson, an OHSU medical student, have been selected to attend the conference and will receive full travel support from the Library. OpenCon draws participants from around the world. Daniela and Katy will have the opportunity to build an international network and engage with key leaders in research, government, and publishing.
Daniela works in the laboratory of brain, hearing, and behavior lead by Dr. Stephen David. She was awarded an NIH F31 predoctoral fellowship to study how behavioral state shapes neuronal responses to sound in the auditory midbrain. An active open science advocate, Daniela co-leads the Open Insight project sponsored by the OHSU Library and funded by NIH. She is excited about joining the OpenCon community to continue her mission toward promoting openness in science and find new routes for collaboration.
Katy Lawson is in her final year of medical school and will pursue a residency in pathology. With a background in basic science research and a master’s degree in clinical research, she is motivated by the creation and dissemination of knowledge to improve medical outcomes. Katy is committed to the principles of collaboration and open access to resources, education, and research that aim to propel knowledge toward the advancement of health.
The OHSU Library and the OpenCon organizers were impressed by the applications we received from across the OHSU student and early career researcher communities. Thank you to everyone that expressed an interest and we will be working to offer opportunities to engage with the conference locally.
Congratulations to Daniela and Katy!