SciTS 2020 Featured Speakers and Panelists

We're proud to present a slate of world-class scholars, educators, and practitioners of team science this June in Durham, North Carolina.

In addition to these featured speakers, SciTS 2020 will include presentations, workshops, and posters from more than 150 contributors from around the world. See the full conference schedule for details.

 Featured Keynote: Caroline Wagner

Caroline Wagner keynote speaker SciTS 2020

Dr. Caroline S. Wagner, a faculty member at the John Glenn College of Public Affairs, teaches public policy and leadership. She holds the Ambassador Milton A. and Roslyn Z. Wolf Endowed Chair in International Affairs, and she served as the Director of the Battelle Center for Science & Technology Policy from 2011-2017, all at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio in the United States.

Dr. Wagner’s scholarship focuses on science, technology and innovation. Dr. Wagner earned a doctorate from the University of Amsterdam (Netherlands) in Science and Technology Dynamics; she received a Master of Arts degree in Science, Technology and Public Policy from George Washington University (USA); and she holds a Bachelor of Arts from Trinity College (USA).

She is the author of The Collaborative Era in Science: Governing the Network, published by Springer in 2018.

Prior to joining Ohio State’s faculty in 2011, Dr. Wagner was a policy analyst working with and for government in a career that spanned more than thirty years and three continents. At The RAND Corporation (1994-2005), she served as deputy to the director of the Science & Technology Policy Institute—a think tank for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. She has also served twice as a staff member for the U.S. Congress, once on a committee, and once as an analyst for the Office of Technology Assessment. For eight years, she analyzed foreign investments in science and technology for the U.S. Department of State. She lived and worked in Seoul, South Korea (1988-1990) and Leiden, Netherlands (2001-2005). She is an elected member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a distinguished Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. 

 Plenary Panel: Practical Insights and New Directions in the Science of Team Science

 This panel will showcase leaders in the field of quantitative and qualitative study of Team Science as they share insights that can inform and advance approaches across the study, practice, and teaching of team science in a broad range of contexts.

Jonathon Cummings Duke Fuqua

Jonathon Cummings

Duke University Fuqua School of Business

Jonathon Cummings is Professor of Management and Organizations at the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University.

After completing his dissertation and post-doc at Carnegie Mellon University, he spent three years at the MIT Sloan School of Management as an Assistant Professor, where he received an NSF Early Career Award for his research on innovation in geographically dispersed teams and networks.

His subsequent research has focused on virtual teams in corporations as well as collaboration in science, and his publications have appeared in outlets across a number of fields, including Organizational Behavior (e.g., Management Science, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review), Information Systems (e.g., MIS Quarterly, Information Systems Research), Human-Computer Interaction (e.g., CHI, CSCW, CACM), Science Policy (e.g., Social Studies of Science, Research Policy), and Psychology (e.g., Psychological Science, Journal of Applied Psychology).

Bradley Kirkman NC State

Bradley Kirkman

North Carolina State University Poole College of Management

Bradley L. Kirkman is the General (Ret.) H. Hugh Shelton Distinguished Professor of Leadership and Department Head of the Department of Management, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship in the Poole College of Management at North Carolina State University.

He received his Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research focuses on leadership, international management, virtual teams, and work team leadership and empowerment. He is the author of the book 3D Team Leadership: A New Approach for Complex Teams (2017, Stanford University Press). In 2014, he was elected as a Fellow of both the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology and the American Psychological Association.

He has conducted research, presented papers, and taught in several countries including Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Dubai (UAE), England, Finland, France, Israel, Mexico, the Netherlands, the People’s Republic of China, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and the United States.

Maritza Salazar Campo

Maritza Salazar Campo

University of California, Irvine Paul Merage School of Business

Maritza Salazar Campo is an Assistant Professor of Organization & Management at the Paul Merage School of Business at UC Irvine.

Her scientific research yields novel insights that enhance the competitiveness of firms, the effectiveness of teams, and the quality of the work experience for individuals. Through detailed field studies, survey research, and rigorous experimental methods she explores several research questions including:

  • How can organizational structures and human resource practices enhance multinational firm performance?
  • What are the underlying psychological, social, and cognitive processes that promote collaboration in teams comprised of members from different cultural backgrounds?
  • How can leadership, team composition, and training enable science teams to integrate diverse knowledge, methods, and approaches to solve complex problems?

Dr. Salazar Campo earned a B.A. in Psychology from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in Business Administration from NYU’s Stern School of Business.  

Deborah DiazGranados

Deborah DiazGranados

 Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine

Dr. Deborah DiazGranados is an Industrial/Organizational Psychologist, an Assistant Professor in Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Medicine. As an Organizational Scientist she focuses on understanding the complexity of a variety of work contexts.

Deborah's research focuses on understanding teams, leadership, and collaboration between diverse individuals. Deborah’s research has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Journal of Applied Psychology, Human Factors, Academic Medicine, Journal of Interprofessional Collaboration, Small Group Research, Human Resource Management, Journal of Management, Current Directions in Psychological Science and The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety.

Dr. DiazGranados received her B.S. degrees in Management and Psychology from the University of Houston and her M.S. and Ph.D degrees in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida.

Steve Fiore UCF

Stephen Fiore


University of Central Florida

Stephen M. Fiore, Ph.D., is Director, Cognitive Sciences Laboratory, and Professor with the University of Central Florida's Cognitive Sciences Program in the Department of Philosophy and Institute for Simulation & Training.  Dr. Fiore is Past-President of the Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research and a founding committee member for the annual Science of Team Science Conference.

He maintains a multidisciplinary research interest that incorporates aspects of the cognitive, social, organizational, and computational sciences in the investigation of learning and performance in individuals and teams. His primary area of research is the interdisciplinary study of complex collaborative cognition and the understanding of how humans interact socially and with technology.

As Principal Investigator and Co-Principal Investigator he has helped to secure and manage approximately $20 million in research funding. He is co-author of a book on “Accelerating Expertise” (2013) and is a co-editor of volumes on Shared Cognition (2012), Macrocognition in Teams (2008), Distributed Training (2007), and Team Cognition (2004).  Dr. Fiore has also co-authored over 200 scholarly publications in the area of learning, memory, and problem solving on individuals and groups.

Plenary Panel: Excellence in Team Science Education

 This panel will explore multiple models for excellence in team science education aimed across a range of career stages, including perspectives on creative approaches for training at the undergraduate, graduate, and early career researcher levels.

 Claudia Gunsch Duke University

Claudia Gunsch

Duke University Civil & Environmental Engineering

Dr. Claudia Gunsch is the Theodore S. Kennedy Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and holds secondary appointments in the Nicholas School of the Environment and the Department of Biomedical Engineering. She has been recognized for her research, teaching and service activities with a number of awards, including the 2009 National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Award, 2013 Langford Lectureship Award, 2016 Capers and Marion McDonald Award for Excellence in Mentoring and Advising, and the 2016 American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize.

Dr. Gunsch’s research focuses characterizing and engineering environmental microbiomes. Students and postdoctoral associates in her group apply fundamental concepts from the fields of microbiology, genomics and bioinformatics to environmental engineering applications. Current research projects focus on exploring ballast water microbiomes, exploring correlations between microbial adaptation and evolution stemming from their exposure to contaminants, characterizing the fate of genetically modified crop transgenes, developing genetic bioaugmentation technologies for improving the bioremediation efficacy of recalcitrant contaminants and developing innovative water treatment technologies for industrial and developing world applications.

 Elizabeth Ofili Morehouse School of Medicine

Elizabeth Ofili

Morehouse School of Medicine

A national and internationally recognized clinician scientist with particular focus on cardiovascular disparities and women’s health, Dr. Elizabeth Ofili has been continuously funded by the NIH and industry/foundations since 1994, with a track record in clinical trials that impact health disparities. In 2002, as president of the Association of Black Cardiologists, she led the initiative to implement the landmark African American Heart Failure Trial (AHEFT), whose findings led to a change in practice guidelines for the treatment of heart failure in African Americans.

Over the past seventeen years, she has led the growth of  the clinical research infrastructure  and training programs at Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) with awards totaling over $150 million, including serving as the founding director of the U54 center of clinical research excellence, the community physicians network, the U54 RCMI Center of Excellence for Clinical and Translational Research and the R25 clinical research education and career development program. Dr Ofili has mentored over 30 MD and PhD  clinical and translational science investigators, many of who remain at MSM. She has  mentored over 25 underrepresented minority STEM undergraduates, and high school students through funding from NASA  and the Minority Biomedical Research Students program.

She is the senior co-PI of the Atlanta Clinical and Translational Science Institute (ACTSI), a citywide collaborative CTSA at Emory University, Morehouse School of Medicine and Georgia Institute of Technology, along with their partnering health systems and statewide research organizations.

Kathryn Plaisance

Kathryn Plaisance

University of Waterloo

Dr. Kathryn Plaisance is an Associate Professor in Knowledge Integration at the University of Waterloo (UW) in Canada. She has an undergraduate degree in molecular biology and philosophy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a PhD in philosophy of science from the University of Minnesota.

Her research examines ways of fostering collaboration between humanities and STEM researchers. Over the past decade, Dr. Plaisance has played a pivotal role in helping to establish the Knowledge Integration program at UW, an interdisciplinary undergraduate degree that emphasizes transferable skills like critical and creative thinking, real-world problem solving, and the ability to work effectively in diverse groups. In 2015, she partnered with several undergraduate students to design a university-wide course called “Making Collaboration Work,” which offers students the opportunity to work in interdisciplinary teams to address a real-world design challenge. Shortly thereafter, she received a grant to examine the effectiveness of the course with respect to improving students’ collaborative skills and their attitudes towards teamwork.

More recently, Dr. Plaisance created a Community of Practice on Collaboration and Teamwork at UW through which she offers workshops and materials for instructors on enhancing group work in the classroom. She also holds workshops and offers consulting services for faculty members across North America. 

Wayne McCormack University of Florida

Wayne McCormack


University of Florida

Wayne T. McCormack earned his BS degree in biology at Creighton University, and MS and PhD degrees in biology at Florida State University. After postdoctoral training at the University of Michigan, he joined the faculty of the department of Pathology, Immunology & Laboratory Medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine in 1991.

Dr. McCormack’s research shifted from basic research on antibody and TCR genes to preclinical research on the human autoimmune disease vitiligo to education research. He has been involved in virtually every facet of graduate program planning, curriculum development, recruiting & admissions, and evaluation, with 19 years of experience. He served as Associate Dean for Graduate Education and biomedical sciences PhD program director for ten years, and now directs UF predoctoral programs in Clinical & Translational Science and co-directs the MD-PhD program. He is the Principal Investigator for the UF Clinical & Translational Science Award (CTSA) TL1 training grant.

Dr. McCormack’s research focuses on education-related projects, including team science training, competency-based assessment, team-based learning, responsible conduct of research training, and biomedical science career outcomes.

Plenary Panel: Convergence and Team Science

 This panel will explore the meaning and importance of convergence science in the context of team science. Our invited speakers will represent multiple leadership vantage points, including two directors of global interdisciplinary research endeavors and a guiding voice on convergence from the research sponsorship perspective.

Missy Cummings Duke University

Missy Cummings

Duke University Pratt School of Engineering

Professor Mary (Missy) Cummings received her B.S. in Mathematics from the US Naval Academy in 1988, her M.S. in Space Systems Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1994, and her Ph.D. in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia in 2004.

A naval officer and military pilot from 1988-1999, she was one of the U.S. Navy's first female fighter pilots. She is currently a Professor in the Duke University Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, and the Director of the Humans and Autonomy Laboratory. She is an American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Fellow, and a member of the Defense Innovation Board. Her research interests include human supervisory control, explainable artificial intelligence, human-autonomous system collaboration, human-robot interaction, human-systems engineering, and the ethical and social impact of technology.

Iseult Lynch Birmingham

Iseult Lynch

University of Birmingham School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, UK

Professor Iseult Lynch, Chair of Environmental Nanosciences, joined the academic staff at the University of Birmingham in March 2013.

She is an Associate Editor for Environmental Science: Nano, and Deputy director for the Facility for Environmental Nanomaterials Analysis and Characterisation (FENAC) at the University of Birmingham.  Her research focuses on the environmental interactions of nanoparticles and nanostructured surfaces with biological entities from macromolecules to organisms.

She has a very broad overview of all aspects of nanomaterials safety assessment and the data requirements, having served as Chair of the EU Nanosafety Cluster Working Group (NSC WG) on databases for two years (and as co-Chair of the Hazed WG prior to that), as well as being theme editor for the Materials and classification section of the NSC Vision2020 research roadmap (under review for publication in June 2013). Prior to the University of Birmingham she was Strategic Research Manager at the Centre for BioNano Interactions in University College Dublin, where she was instrumental in the development and implementation of numerous large EU-funded projects.

Mihail Roco NSF

Mihail Roco

National Science Foundation


Dr. Mike Roco is the Senior Advisor for Science and Engineering at the National Science Foundation and founding chair of the U.S. National Science and Technology Council's subcommittee on Nanoscale Science, Engineering and Technology (NSET).

Prior to joining National Science Foundation, he was professor of mechanical and chemical engineering. Roco is credited with thirteen inventions, contributed over two hundred articles and twenty books. He proposed the U.S. National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) in at the White House and is a key architect of the initiative. He pioneered convergence science. He was elected as the Engineer of the Year by the U.S. National Society of Professional Engineers and NSF in 1999 and again in 2004.

Dr. Roco is Member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, Correspondent Member of the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences, Honorary Member of the Romanian Academy, and Fellow of ASME, Institute of Physics, AIChE and IAAM. Dr. Roco is editor-in-chief for the Journal of Nanoparticle Research. He was awarded the U.S. National Materials Advancement Award in 2007 “as the individual most responsible for support and investment in nanotechnology by government, industry, and academia worldwide”, and received the IUMRS “Global Leadership and Service Award” at the EU Parliament in 2015 for "vision and dedicated leadership...that has made major impact to all citizens around the world."

Christine Hendren Duke University

Christine Hendren


Duke University Civil and Environmental Engineering; Duke Clinical & Translational Science Institute

Dr. Christine Ogilvie Hendren is an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Duke University and Executive Director of the Center for the Environmental Implications of NanoTechnology (CEINT), a multi-institute, interdisciplinary research center whose mission is to elucidate what governs nanomaterial behavior and impacts, and translate this understanding into directional guidance for managing potential risks.

She serves as faculty co-lead for the Team Science Core of Duke’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute, through which she and her team offer consulting, courses and workshop design and facilitation to support successful team research. Her research focuses on methods, models and human processes to assess and manage environmental and health risks - particularly emerging and complex risks characterized by pervasive uncertainty. In collaborations with other SciTS community members, she founded the Intereach (Interdisciplinary Integration Research Careers Hub) community of practice in 2016.

 Plenary Panel: Co-Production of Knowledge with Community Partners

 This panel will present approaches for inclusive co-creation of knowledge across boundaries that are not necessarily disciplinary in nature, but invoke the need to span sector, institutional, organizational, cultural, linguistic, and epistemic boundaries to partner with community members. We will discuss the mindsets and processes that best ensure all collaborators are able to share expertise, priorities, and ownership of the outputs of the partnership.

Speaker lineup to be announced soon!

 Geni Eng


Geni Eng, DrPH, a Peace Corps veteran and UNC-educated public health professional, is  recognized nationally as  an expert and practitioner of the community-based participatory research (CBPR) technique.  She is a professor in the Department of Health Behavior. As a researcher, Eng focuses on the integration of community development and health education interventions in the rural United States and developing countries. Her current research projects apply community-based research principles to the design and evaluation of lay health advisor interventions and look at the influence of sociocultural factors on STDs and early detection of breast cancer.