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, hosted by Duke University and Duke CTSI in an online environment that you can access from home.

In addition to these featured speakers, SciTS 2020 will include presentations, workshops, and posters from dozens of 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 on Doing Team Science During the Pandemic

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 the context of a major disruptor such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.


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. 

Edward Balleisen

Edward J. Balleisen

Duke University

Edward J. Balleisen is the Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies at Duke University and Professor of History and Public Policy. As Vice Provost he works with university-wide institutes and initiatives to foster discipline-spanning research, teaching, and engagement. He also oversees Duke’s innovative Bass Connections program, which each year supports more than 60 interdisciplinary, problem-centered research teams comprised of faculty, graduate students, undergrads, and often community organizations.  

Balleisen received his Ph.D. from Yale University, and his research and writing explores the historical intersections among law, business, politics, and policy in the modern United States, with a particular focus on the origins, evolution, and impacts of the modern regulatory state. His most recent book, Fraud: An American History from Barnum to Madoff (Princeton University Press, 2017), is a comprehensive historical examination of the connections between capitalist innovation and business fraud in the United States since the country’s founding. Fraud received the 2018 Ralph Gomory Prize from the Business History Conference.

Balleisen served as the PI on Duke’s “Versatile Humanists” project, funded by a Next Generation Implementation grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.  This grant created a new model of complementary advising, established an internship program, fostered curricular innovation, and extended opportunities for doctoral students in the humanities to engage in collaborative research. He has also received grants from the Mellon, Teagle, and Smith Richardson Foundations, and the American Council of Learned Societies. In 2018, he received the Business History Conference’s Harold Williamson Award, which recognizes excellence by a mid-career scholar.

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.

Dean Evasius UVA

Dean Evasius

University of Virginia


Dean Evasius is the Associate Vice President for Research Development at the University of Virginia. He previously served as the Division Director for the Division of Graduate Education at the National Science Foundation. During his eleven years at NSF, Dean led the start-up activities for the NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program as well as the development of Convergence as one of NSF’s 10 Big Ideas.

Dr. Evasius also served as the Head of the Office of Multidisciplinary Activities in the Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences, and as a Program Director in the Division of Mathematical Sciences.

After receiving a Ph.D. in mathematics from the California Institute of Technology he served as a member of the research staff at the National Security Agency, where he worked on problems in mathematics, data science, and cybersecurity.

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.