SciTS 2022 Featured Speakers and Panelists

Margaret Palmer

Margaret Palmer is a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park, and director of the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC). With a background in hydrology and ecology, Palmer has contributed to testing and extending fundamental theory in marine and stream ecosystems on the interactions between organisms, boundary layer flows and geomorphic processes. Her research has focused on coastal and freshwater ecosystems with an emphasis on restoration of rivers, streams, and wetlands. She is an international leader in restoration ecology, has over 150 peer-reviewed articles and co-edited Foundations of Restoration Ecology, a widely used text that is in its second edition. Palmer is also known for her work at the interface of science and policy, having served as a technical advisor and as an innovator that helps build solution-focused teams to solve problems that have social, legal, policy, and scientific aspects. As the Director of SESYNC, Palmer oversees collaborative, cross-disciplinary research groups that work to identify data-driven solutions to society’s most challenging and complex environmental problems and ultimately inform decision makers. Palmer is also known for her work at the interface of water science and policy, having served as a technical advisor and innovator to help build solution-focused teams that solve problems with social, legal, policy and scientific aspects. Her awards include AAAS Fellow, Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow, Ecological Society of America (ESA) Fellow, Lilly Fellow, the Society of Freshwater Science (SFS) Award of Excellence, the ESA Sustainability Science Award, SFS Fellow, and the Ruth Patrick Award from the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography. Palmer has a B.S. in biology from Emory University and completed her M.S. and Ph.D. in coastal oceanography at the University of South Carolina with a focus on hydrodynamics and dispersal of benthic organisms.

Wanda E. Ward

Wanda E. Ward is Executive Associate Chancellor for Public Engagement, Office of the Chancellor, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where she provides strategic leadership for the university and broader community to advance the university's land-grant, public engagement mission. She oversees Public Engagement and Community and Government Relations. She joined the university in 2018 as the Executive Associate Chancellor for Administration and University Relations, where she served as Chief of Staff to the Chancellor.

Prior to joining the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Ward served in several senior leadership positions throughout her 26 years at the National Science Foundation, including: Senior Advisor to the Director; Head of the Office of International and Integrative Activities; Deputy Assistant Director for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences; and Deputy Assistant Director for Education and Human Resources. In addition, she served as Assistant Director for Broadening Participation at the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), White House Executive Office of the President (Summer 2015-Spring 2017).

Dr. Ward has served on the U.S. President's National Science and Technology Council subcommittees and interagency working groups in the areas of the social, behavioral and economic sciences, and science education and workforce development. At the international level, she served as a member of the International Social Science Council (ISSC) Committee for Developing and Transition Economies (CoDATE) and the ISSC Executive Committee.

Ward also currently serves as Co-Chair of the ad hoc committee on Increasing Diversity and Inclusion in the Leadership of Competed Space Missions by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences and Division of Behavioral and Social Science and Education. Ward earned the BA in psychology and the Afro-American Studies Certificate from Princeton University and the PhD in psychology from Stanford University. She was awarded a Ford Foundation Fellowship; the American Psychological Association (APA) Presidential Citation; the Federation of Behavioral, Psychological and Cognitive Sciences Richard T. Louttit Award; and the U.S. Presidential Rank Award for Distinguished Executive. Ward was selected as a Fellow in the 2018-2019 University of Illinois System President’s Executive Leadership Program.

Staša Milojević

Staša Milojević is an Associate Professor of Informatics in the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering, the director of Center for Complex Networks and Systems Research (CNetS), a Grant Thornton Scholar, a core faculty of Cognitive Science program, and a fellow of Rob Kling Center for Social Informatics at Indiana University, Bloomington. Her work covers a range of topics within the "science of science": dynamics of research teams, collaborative networks, formation and evolution of scientific fields, and research metrics. She is particularly interested in understanding how dramatic changes in knowledge production, exemplified by a shift towards “team science”, interdisciplinarity, and increased pressures on productivity impact the dynamics of scientific workforce and on the overall pace of science. Her work has been published in a wide range of journals – from the top specialized venues for informatics/scientometrics (Journal of Informetrics, Scientometrics, Quantitative Science Studies), to the top physics journal (Physical Review Letters, Nature Reviews Physics), to general science journals (Science, PNAS, Scientific Reports).  She is a co-founder and past chair of the Association for information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) Special Interest Group for the measurement of information production and use - SIG METRICS. She serves on the editorial boards of Scientometrics, BioScience, and Journal of Altmetrics. She is an Associate Editor for the Quantitative Science Studies and Frontiers in Research Metrics and Analytics. She received a PhD in Information Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles, her Master of Library and Information Science, Kent State University, and her Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature, University of Belgrade, Serbia.

Laurie R. Weingart


Laurie R. Weingart is the Richard M. and Margaret S. Cyert Professor of Organizational Behavior and Theory at the Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University. She served as CMU’s Interim Provost and Chief Academic Officer, and as Senior Associate Dean – Education and Director of the Accelerate Leadership Center within the Tepper School. Coauthor of The No Club: Putting a Stop to Women’s Dead-End Work, her research examines collaboration, conflict, and negotiation, with a focus on how differences across people both help and hinder effective problem solving and innovation. Prof. Weingart has published over 70 articles and book chapters in the fields of management, social psychology, industrial psychology, cognitive psychology, and economics. An elected Fellow of the Academy of Management and recipient of the Joseph E. McGrath Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Study of Groups, Dr. Weingart served as President of the International Association for Conflict Management, founding President of the Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research, and as co-editor of the Academy of Management Annals. Dr. Weingart earned her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.