Micaela Parker

Executive Director

Micaela Parker is Executive Director of the Academic Data Science Alliance (ADSA). ADSA supports researchers in their efforts to work with, and collaborate around, data-intensive tools, methods, and responsible applications. By building networks of data science practitioners and thought leaders, ADSA enables better sharing of knowledge, ideas, and lessons learned.

Before launching ADSA, Dr. Parker served as Program Coordinator for the Moore-Sloan Data Science Environments and Executive Director for the University of Washington’s eScience Institute. In this role, she handled operations, developed research and training programs, participated in strategic planning and fiscal oversight, and worked directly with university and industry partners and funders.

Prior to 2014, Dr. Parker was a senior 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. Coming from a data-rich domain, she appreciates the new data-driven world for all its benefits and challenges. She now enjoys facilitating collaborations to help researchers navigate this fourth scientific paradigm.

Megan Atkinson

Program Assistant

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 NAKFI program to develop a project that would carry on NAKFI’s legacy of supporting interdisciplinary research into the future.

Megan is very excited for the opportunity to be involved in another innovative, cross-disciplinary research initiative. She looks forward to helping the ADSA program continue to flourish into the future.

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Steve Van Tuyl

Community Coordinator

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.