About Us

Micaela Parker

Micaela Parker

Micaela Parker is Executive Director of the Academic Data Science Alliance (ADSA). Before launching ADSA, Micaela served as a Program Coordinator for the Moore-Sloan Data Science Environments and an Executive Director for the University of Washington’s eScience Institute. At eScience, she handled operations, developed research and training programs, and participated in strategic planning and fiscal oversight working directly with university partners and funders. She continues to hold the title of eScience Data Science Fellow and she is a Research Scholar with the Ronin Institute for Independent Scholarship. Prior to 2014, Micaela was a research scientist in UW’s School of Oceanography, where she also earned her PhD. She has been involved in many large, interdisciplinary projects bridging oceanography and genomics. Micaela is an avid skier and enjoys mountain biking and snorkeling/SCUBA diving. She is terrible at baking and dancing, but continues to do both when no one is watching.

Megan Atkinson

Megan Atkinson has been the Program Assistant at the Academic Data Science Alliance (ADSA) since July 2019. Prior to that she worked for the National Academies Keck Futures Initiative (NAKFI) from 2004 until the conclusion of the program in 2018. While with NAKFI she provided program and administrative support for multiple and complex programs / projects. Performed all administrative functions for the grants program, committee coordination, pre-conference, onsite, and post-conference logistics. She also played an integral part in wrapping up the program by launching the first ever NAKFI Challenge which awarded 1.5 million to alumni of the program to develop a project that would carry on NAKFI’s legacy of supporting interdisciplinary research into the future. She studied Communications at San Diego State University and has spent most her life in Southern California. In her free time she loves to go on long walks with her dog and cook for her friends and family.

Steve Van Tuyl

Steve Van Tuyl is the Community Coordinator for ADSA. Before joining ADSA, he was variously a digital repository librarian, research data librarian, and computer science librarian at Oregon State University and Carnegie Mellon University. In this previous life, he was an active member of the Samvera open source repository community, helping coordinate resources for and development of the Hyrax repository solution bundle. Steve was trained as an ecologist at Colorado College and Oregon State University, and worked for many years with the US Forest Service researching the effects of natural and human disturbances on terrestrial carbon cycles.  Steve likes to bake bread and tries to run far.

ADSA Advisory Board

We are grateful for the support, advice, and thoughtful contributions of our advisory board:

  • Josh Greenberg, Chair (Alfred P. Sloan Foundation)
  • H.V. Jagadish (University of Michigan Institute for Data Science, MIDAS)
  • Julia Kempe (New York University, Center for Data Science)
  • Justin Kitzes (University of Pittsburgh)

ADSA Sponsors

We are supported fiscally and financially by the following organizations. Their contributions to our efforts make all the difference.

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