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Cameron Neyland: Network enabled research: The challenge for institutions


portrait of Cameron Neylon Cameron Neylon

Monday, October 15, 2012
Graduate Life Center auditorium

Cameron Neylon, biophysicist and open research advocate, will serve as the next Distinguished Innovator in Residence at Virginia Tech. He will give the keynote address during Virginia Tech's Open Access Week.

As an open research advocate, Neylon is committed to raising awareness about the importance making academic research freely available on the Web. Neylon is advocacy director for the Public Library of Science and was previously worked at the ISIS Neutron Scattering facility and Rutherford Appleton Laboratory at the Science and Technology Facilities Council in the United Kingdom. 

"As researchers, we have an obligation to ensure that we maximize the benefit that arises from the public's investment in our work," Neylon said. "We have good evidence that open approaches, in general, outperform closed ones. So open approaches are just one way of ensuring we deliver on the investment in our work."

A series of other events about open access will be held on campus during Neylon's visit, including an information session about VTechWorks, the university's institutional repository, faculty and graduate student panels about open access and a knowledge drive.

"Open access breaks down barriers to information access and provides opportunities for researchers to make connections across disciplines," said Tyler Walters, dean of University Libraries. "It is an important bridge to innovation and allows academic research to have a greater impact on the world."

"We are committed to raising awareness of open access and to providing researchers with options for sharing their creative contributions with a broader audience," said Julie Speer, associate dean for research and informatics at the University Libraries. "Neylon's visit presents an important opportunity for the Virginia Tech community to engage in a timely discussion of the issues."

The open access movement is making significant waves in academic publishing, and is challenging traditional ideas about scholarship.

"Open access is an important concept that needs to be discussed and understood in the higher education community," said Karen DePauw, vice president and dean for graduate education. "There are many implications, especially related to publishing and sharing information. It is important to open this dialogue, and I'm glad we will be able to engage in these discussions during Virginia Tech's Open Access Week."

Cameron Neyland schedule

Monday, October 15, 2012

8:30 – 9:30 Meet with Directors of VT Research Institutes

10:00 – 11:00 Meet with Karen DePauw, Vice President and Dean for Graduate Education

11:00 – 11: 45 Meet with Anne Moore, Associate Vice President for Learning Technologies

12:00 – 1:30 Meet with Tyler Walters and Library Committee 2:00 – 3:00 Meet with Library & Learning Technologies

3:00 – 4:00 Meet with Tomalei Vess, Director of Undergraduate Research

5:30 – 6:30 Public Talk: Network enabled research: The challenge for institutions

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

8:30 – 9:15 Meet with Associate Deans for Research

9:30 – 10:30 Meet with class: Cell and molecular biology (Jill Sible)

11:15 – 12:30 Meet with Office of Long Range Planning personnel to discuss “computational thinking”

12:30 – 2:00 Meet with academic deans

2:00 – 2:45 Meet with Tom Sanchez

3:00 – 3:45 Meet with Beth Tranter

4:00 – 4:30 Science & Engineering Residential Community

Wednesday, October, 2012 

10:00 – 11:00 Community outreach / Engagement opportunity

Distinguished Innovator in Residence


The Distinguished Innovator in Residence program is a partnership between Technology-enhanced Learning and Online Strategies (TLOS) and the University Libraries. Additional support provided by the Graduate School and the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

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