The Big Bang of Science Data
New Opportunities/New Skills

The Science Data Literacy project uses many approaches to bring the STEM community together about developments in data management including getting students aware and interested in this topic. One example was a panel discussion that occured in November, featuring Dr. Robert J. Corona, vice president of clinical, medical, and scientific affairs and chief medical officer at Welch Allyn Inc., and Syracuse University Chief Information Officer (CIO) Paul Gandel, who is also a professor at the iSchool.

Corona is a licensed physician and surgeon and is board-certified in three medical specialties; neuropathology, anatomic pathology and medical management. Among his responsibilities are biostatistics, innovation and new product development, new business development, and clinical testing. Dr. Corona’s teaching honors while he was part of the faculty of SUNY Upstate Medical University include the State University of New York President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and Best Teacher Award for Pathology.

Corona spoke extensively about the need for and role of innovation in the current healthcare establishment. The need for better strategies for data management was an underlying aspect of many of the sources of innovation Corona presented, including the ability to offer integrated, simple medical care to people, instead of expensive institutional interventions that may only address one aspect of a patient’s condition. Welch Allyn, in designing the latest medical devices used in surgery and rehabilitation, is open to workers with a data management skillset to help build this approach and present an integrated, timely data view to medical teams during comprehensive patient care.

Gandel, as CIO, is responsible for all aspects of information technology and information services at SU: computer services, voice and data networking, instructional technology services, business process improvement, and distance learning technology. His areas of expertise include management of information systems, library administration and services, software engineering, and visualization of information.

His comments focussed on the impact of the ubiquity of digital data and how that puts an increased burden (and opportunity!) on information managers and system builders to make all of it available to those who might have a particular need or use for it that leads to some new insight. According to Gandel, campuses can have a richer cyberinfrastructure with the help of trained information workers prepared to be embedded in this data-rich environment, facilitating the production and access of digital objects.

SDL Panel Event
November 13, 2007

SDL principal investigator and host Dr. Jian Qin introducing the first speaker. Click the image to download the movie. [1MB Quicktime] Click the image to download and watch the movie. [7.7MB Quicktime] Download Dr. Corona’s powerpoint presentation. [51MB PDF] Click the image to download and watch the movie. [7.3MB Quicktime] Download Dr. Gandel’s powerpoint presentation. [12MB PDF]