Young Investigators Awards

2019 Young Investigators Award

Help us include a new generation of open scientists at this event by encouraging early-career researchers to apply for our Young Investigators Award. Recipients will be featured at the event and will receive a stipend to cover travel and lodging.

To enter: Write a one-page paper on an open-science success, failure, or aspiration. Submit the paper to Candidates will be selected and notified on a rolling basis starting in April.

2019 Young Investigators

We will be announcing the 2019 Young Investigators on a rolling basis.

John Harlow
Engagement Lab @ Emerson College

Poster title: Convening the Center 

Abstract: Convening the Center is an open-science aspiration that would enable individual innovators, researchers, and advocates outside the traditional healthcare innovation system to share knowledge and experiences. Attendees of this meeting would identify areas of future collaboration, strategize how to effectively share their insights, and discuss opportunities to scale this emerging community of practice.

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Anisha Keshavan
Child Mind Institute

Anisha Keshavan
Child Mind Institute

Poster title: Swipes for Science

Abstract: Annotating massive datasets is a significant bottleneck in data-driven research. Swipes for Science is an open source, extensible and easy-to-use template to turn a scientific data annotation project into a citizen science game, and has been used across a variety of disciplines, including neuroscience, social science, ocean science, and astronomy.

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Dylan Roskams-Edris
Open Science Consultant; Invited Scholar at the Centre for Genomics and Policy, McGill University

Poster title: The Market for Open Science: Ethical Commercialization and Stakeholder Participation

Abstract: Ethical commercialization of the discoveries enabled by open science requires accounting for the interests of stakeholders that contributed to and may benefit from those discoveries. I have been working with the Canadian Open Neuroscience Platform to design a commercialization policy that encourages the use of openly shared resources to develop marketable products while at the same time giving the researchers, physicians, patients, hospitals, and universities that share those resources the power to advocate for their legitimate interests in cheap accessible treatments and open commercial data.

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Abigail G. Schindler
VA Puget Sound GRECC; University of Washington Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Poster title: Python UltraVoc: an open source solution to ultrasonic vocalization analysis

Abstract: Chronic health conditions are increasing in the U.S. and contribute substantially to decreased quality of life, loss of productivity, and increased financial burden. Translational efforts using rodent models can provide needed insight into underlying mechanisms and therapeutic approaches. Recently, ultrasonic vocalizations (USVs) have emerged as an unbiased metric of rodent affective state (e.g. pleasure, pain, fear), but are historically expensive and difficult to analyze and interpret. With a focus on these USVs and open-source products, the current project seeks to develop a Python-based, high-throughput approach for 1) isolating USV calls and 2) assessing affective state.

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Adrian Thorogood
Global Alliance for Genomics and Health; Centre of Genomics and Policy, McGill University

Poster Title: Look, But Don’t Touch: the State of Licensing in Open Science

Abstract: Genetic and neuroimaging databases are often publicly available, but this does not mean they are fully open. Researchers and databases must adopt explicit, liberal, and interoperable licenses or data use agreements to enable the full range of open science activities. 

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Sierra Walker portrait

Sierra Walker
Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Poster title: Open Science Success in Community Outreach

Abstract: A K-12 hands-on activity describing the fundamental concepts of nanoparticles for therapeutic delivery has been assembled and distributed to local class rooms, presented at community events, and shared via the National Institutes of Health Physical Sciences on Oncology Network, and the Cancer Systems Biology Consortium. The kit includes a PowerPoint presentation on nanomedicine, a standard operating procedure for the coordinator, a handout sheet for the students, and a video of the package being utilized in a classroom setting. Community outreach and science education are important for knowledge sharing to excel on open science platforms.

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