CSSP Meeting, May 9-11 2016 at the Carnegie Institution for Science

Theme: Big Data: Challenges and Opportunities

Welcome to the CSPP agenda for the May 9-11 meeting. If you are interested in visiting your Congressional staff on May 12 to discuss travel restrictions on federal scientists to scientific meetings or other topics, please contact Madeleine Jacobs, CSSP President and CEO at jacobs@sciencepresidents.org and she will advise you on arrangements. All sessions May 9-11, with the exception of dinner on May 10, will be held at the Carnegie Institution for Science, entrance on 1530 P Street NW, Washington, D.C. There is no hotel block for this meeting but recommended hotels may be found by clicking the link on the right side of this page. Spring in Washington, D.C., attracts many tourists and CSSP recommends that you book your hotel rooms and plane/train/transportation early. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Monday, May 9, 2016


9:00 AM – 12:30 PM

  • CSSP Executive Board meeting (for board members only)

12:30 – 1:30 PM

  • Registration in Carnegie lobby and informal lunch in The Rotunda

1:30 – 2:15 PM (Ballroom)

  • Welcome & Introductions – CSSP Chair of the Board Dave Penrose & Carnegie President Matt Scott

2:15 – 5:15 PM

  • Session 1: The Challenge of Managing Cyber-Data: The State of Data Integrity, Data Curation, and Digital Preservation
    • In scientific research, public policy making, medicine, and commercial enterprises, data are the raw materials for research and decision making.  These digital materials (ever more diverse types of data) include instrument and sensor recordings, experimental data, records of discrete events (e.g., meteorological conditions, astronomical measurements) which cannot be recorded a second time, encapsulate the memories of our society, and provide evidence for contemporary decisions.  They are resources of increasingly significant scientific value (e.g., data science, validation of science), reuse in the context of other data to enable discovery through data analytics, and have social value and economic potential.  However, in common with all digital materials, data are fragile, highly dependent upon software and systems, and without effective management in information systems highly prone to loss of meaning and inaccessibility. The increasing scale at which we are producing data, the diversity of ways we are producing them, and the variety of ways that we are representing, processing, and storing them puts their long term accessibility at risk.  Digital curation provides data management strategies to secure the value of digital entities, such as data, across time and technology environments.  Digital curation involves active and continuous processes and methods to maintain the accessibility and viability of digital materials in the face of changing technologies and shifting socio-cultural contexts.  This group of speakers (perhaps a panel) will examine the constraints on long-term access to these data and the processes which we can put in place to better manage our data.  Panelists will examine issues surrounding digital curation methods and practices, approaches to long-term data management, the role of policies, costs, and mechanisms for ensuring data resilience, accessibility and reusability in the context of information risk and change. This session will focus on the challenges of managing cyber data in today’s environment, including intelligent uses of information technology and networked information, development of data grids, digital libraries and preservation, and public access. Join us for three dynamic experts.
      • Dr. David Ribes, Associate Professor, Department of Human Centered Design and Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle: “What is data integration ‘made of’? An ecology of HIV/AIDS research infrastructures.”
      •  Dr. Liz Lyon, Visiting Professor, School of Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh:  “Data curation: Roles and Responsibilities.”
      • Dr. Reagan W. Moore, Chief Domain Scientist, Data Intensive Cyber Environments, RENCI, Chapel Hill, NC: “Policy-based data management”

5:15 – 5:30 PM

  • Concluding Remarks & Logistics – Dave Penrose

6:30 – 8:00 PM (Carnegie Science Auditorium)

  • CSSP Fred Kavli Science at the Frontiers Lecture by Dr. Jennifer Doudna
    • Moderated Q&A with GW’s School of Media and Public Affairs Director Frank Sesno.
    • Dr. John Holdren, Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy and President Obama’s Science Advisor, will receive the CSSP Support of Science Award at outset of lecture.


Tuesday, May 10, 2016


7:30 AM (Carnegie Science Rotunda)

  • Breakfast

8:30 – 11:30 AM

  • Session 2: Using Data to Make Better Decisions
    • Following yesterday’s session on Big Data, we hear from CSSP member societies which have used data to make important decisions for their organizations, in some cases resulting in transformative changes. This is a session outlining challenges and offering solutions with ample time for questions and answers. The topics covered include using sophisticated models of membership to improve recruiting, retention and diversity; using data and the human element to create top journals that serve science and scientists; and using member input to make data-driven decisions.
      • Dr. Robert N. Wiedenmann, Professor of Entomology, University of Arkansas and Past President, Entomological Society of America, “Using a demographic model to optimize recruiting, retention, and diversity efforts.”
      • Jasper Simons, Executive Publisher, American Psychological Association: “Two Sides of Scientific Society Publishing: Data vs. Human Judgment.”
      • John Tidwell, Assistant Director for Membership and Scientific Advancement Research and Brand Strategy, American Chemical Society: “Using Member Panels for Making Data Driven Decisions: Pros and Cons.”

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM (Rotunda)

  • Lunch

12:30 – 1:15 PM

  • Breakout discussion on data best practices and challenges facing CSSP member organizations

1:30 – 4:30 PM (Ballroom)

  • Session 3: Frontiers of Science
    • Dr. David Shoemaker, Director, MIT LIGO Laboratory: “First Detection of Gravitational Waves”
    • Dr. Robert Epstein, Director, American Institute of Behavioral Research & Technology: “The Surprising Impact of Invisible Influence on Human Thinking and Behavior.”
    • Dr. James Allison, Distinguished Chair in Immunology, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX: “New Immune T-Cell Checkpoint Blockade Strategy”

6:00 PM

  • Group Reception & Dinner


Wednesday, May 11, 2016


7:30 AM (Rotunda)

  • Breakfast

8:30 – 11:30 AM (Ballroom)

  • Session 4: Next Generation Science Standards
    • The Next Generation Science Standards will affect how future scientists are educated, as well as scientific literacy. Science education experts will describe the standards and their impact on STEM workforce development and public understanding of science.
    • Introduction: Malcolm B. Butler, CSSP Executive Board Member and President, Association for Science Teacher Education, and Carolyn Hayes, President, National Science Teachers Association, will set the stage for the session by giving a brief history of the evolution of this session and a broad overview of NGSS. Hayes will discuss the number of states that have adopted the NGSS and also talk about the far-reaching impact the NGSS has had on districts in states that have not adopted the standards, and on states that have adapted the standards. She will also share statistics from NSTA.
    • An Overview of the Framework and the NGSS: Heidi Schweingruber, Director of the Board on Science Education at the National Research Council (NRC), will focus on the need for new standards; the Framework, including how and why it was developed and its research-based recommendations for a three-dimensional approach to science education; and the creation of the NGSS.
    • What NGSS Looks Like in the Classroom: This portion includes a hands-on lesson designed to showcase what NGSS instruction looks like in the classroom. It will focus on the nature of matter by having participants observe the phenomenon of compressing air in a syringe and developing a model that explains that phenomenon. Participants will then observe a video of a classroom where students engage in discourse to explain the model. Presenting this portion of the session are:
      • Brian J. Reiser, Professor of Learning Sciences in the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University
      • Michael Novak, Middle School Teacher, Park View Elementary School, Morton Grove, Illinois, and Adjunct Faculty, Learning Sciences and MSEd Programs and Researcher, Center For Connected Learning, Northwest University
    • Panel Discussion and Q&A: What is Needed for Successful NGSS Implementation? Among the questions the panel will discuss are: What are the systemic changes that need to occur to support the successful implementation of the NGSS? Who are our critical friends, audiences, and partners that need to be engaged in supporting the successful implementation of the NGSS? What role can/should they play? What are the challenges of NGSS implementation and what strategies are being/can be used to address them?
      • Moderator: Carolyn Hayes, NSTA President
      • Participants:
        • Heidi Schweingruber, Director of the Board on Science Education at the National Research Council (NRC)
        • Patricia Simmons, Professor, North Carolina State University; 2011-12 NSTA President
        • Michael Novak, Middle School Teacher, Park View School Morton Grove, Illinois, and Adjunct Faculty, Learning Sciences and MSEd Programs and Researcher, Center For Connected Learning, Northwest University
        • Brian Reiser, Professor of Learning Sciences in the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University
        • Malcolm Butler, Professor of Science Education and Coordinator of Secondary Science Education Degree Programs, University of Central Florida; current ASTE President

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM (Ballroom)

  • Leadership in Scientific & Engineering Sciences: Making a Difference for Your Society
    • How do you make an impact on your society when your term of office is at most a few years?  How do you lead an organization to the next level of excellence and leave a lasting legacy?  The speaker will explain how elected officers can contribute to lasting change.
      • Dr. William F. Carroll, Jr., Past President (2005), American Chemical Society, and Past Chair of Board (2012-2014), ACS will share his unique perspective on how elected officers of scientific and engineering research societies can contribute to lasting change. Among the topics he will touch on are: How do you make an impact on your society when your term of office is at most a few years?  How do you lead an organization to the next level of excellence and leave a lasting legacy?  What are the most effective ways of interacting with the Executive Director/CEO and other staff of your society?

12:30 – 1:30 PM (Rotunda)

  • Lunch

1:30 – 3:30 PM (Ballroom, Board Room, Library, and Alfred Mayor Room)

  • Committee Meetings: When you register, please sign up to be on one of six recently reorganized committees.
    • Committee on Science: Reviews and updates policies, develops new policies, plans programming.
    • Committee on STEM Education: Reviews and updates policies, develops new ones, plans programming.
    • Committee on Public and Government Affairs: Reviews and updates policies, develops new ones, plans programming, develops Congressional briefing topics.
    • Committee on Association Best Practices: Develops programming at every CSSP meeting to ensure that members learn about best practices of associations in general and CSSP members in particular.
    • Committee on Scholarly Publication and Data: Reviews and updates policies, develops new policies, plans programming.
    • Committee on Ethics: Reviews and updates policies, develops new policies, plans programming.

3:45 – 4:00 PM (Ballroom)

  • Committee Reports

4:00 – 5:30 PM (Ballroom)

  • Session 5: Talking to Congress
    • Join us for a discussion on the most effective way to talk to your representatives. Jennifer Douris, Government Affairs Director of SPIE will provide an insider’s perspective on the inner workings of Capitol Hill offices and the current political landscape. As well, she will provide a briefing on efforts to improve conference travel for the S&T community and how your representatives could help improve the system. Plan your Capitol Hill visit on this or another topic for May 12, after the CSSP meeting.

5:30 – 6:00 PM (Ballroom)

  • Closing Remarks

6:00 – 8:30 PM (Rotunda)

  • Group Reception & Dinner


Thursday, May 12, 2016


Congressional Visits on Capitol Hill 

Attendees who wish to visit their Representative or Senator should plan to stay in Washington through mid-day May 12.  Talking points and assistance for visits will be provided.