The Henry Madden Library invites you to join us for two guest presentations on Open Science. Many in the Fresno State community are familiar with Open Access, the free dissemination of the published results of research and scholarship. Open Science includes additional practices, such as sharing research data, pre-registering methods, and more, that are aimed at making research more efficient, more transparent, more reliable, and more accessible to the general public. Please mark your calendar and register to attend these important presentations.

Maryam Zaringhalam, PhD: “Storytelling for a More Equitable Open Science Enterprise”

Monday, April 26, 1pm [Register here!]

The open science movement has often failed to address the needs of the general public, who are crucial stakeholders in the scientific enterprise. Open science must therefore include building lines for open communication with non-expert audiences. Telling the stories behind the science is a powerful tool for cracking open the scientific enterprise, providing the public with a window into the broader context underlying discovery, the motivations that drive the research, and the ultimate impact of innovation on people’s everyday lives. Highlighting stories of science also enables the public to see the human side of science, allowing them to see themselves reflected in the people doing science, which can cultivate a sense of belonging and increase public trust in the products and process of research.

Maryam Zaringhalam, PhD is the Data Science and Open Science Officer in the National Library of Medicine’s Office of Strategic Initiatives. In this role, Zaringhalam works to enhance capacity in the biomedical research community for data science and open science, as well as promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion among the research workforce. Prior to her current position, she was an AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow at NLM from 2017 to 2019. Zaringhalam received her PhD in molecular biology from the Rockefeller University in 2017. She is also a long-time science communicator and advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the sciences, working as a Senior Producer for the science-inspired storytelling series The Story Collider.

Dr. Sean Grant: “Transparent, Open, and Reproducible Research”

Thursday, April 29, 1pm [Register here!]

There is growing interest in transparency, openness, and reproducibility among scientists conducting human subjects research. Open science provides opportunities to align scientific practice with scientific ideals, accelerate scientific discovery, and broaden access to scientific knowledge. Open science also addresses key challenges to the credibility of scientific output, such as irreproducibility of results, selective non-reporting (publication bias, outcome reporting bias), and other detrimental research practices. This webinar will provide an introduction to open science as transparent and reproducible research. It will begin by introducing the opportunities and challenges motivating the wider open science movement. It will then provide an overview of core open science practices that researchers can adopt. Lastly, it will overview actions other key stakeholders in the scientific ecosystem can take to support open science. This webinar is recommended for graduate research students, postdoctoral scholars, university faculty, and other scientific professionals with influence over the research lifecycle and incentives in the scientific ecosystem.

Dr. Sean Grant is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences at the IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health. His work aims to advance the credibility of intervention research and its utility for supporting evidence-based policy and practice. He conducts applied research across the behavioral, social, and health sciences, with a primary focus on behavioral health. Particularly active in the movement toward open science, Dr. Grant is an inaugural recipient of the Leamer-Rosenthal Prize for Emerging Researchers in Open Social Science and received a presentation award at the MetaScience 2019 Symposium. He completed his doctorate in social intervention as a Clarendon Scholar at the Centre for Evidence-Based Intervention, University of Oxford.