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Allard Speaks at National Academy of Sciences Symposium

Allard at NASSuzie Allard, SIS associate professor and acting director of CCI’s Center for Information and Communication Studies, was an invited speaker at Finding the Needle in the Haystack: Strategies for Discovering Research Data Online, a symposium of the National Research Council’s Board on Research Data and Information. The symposium was held Feb. 26 in Washington, D.C., at the National Academy of Sciences. Her talk was titled “Strategies for Finding Earth Observation Research Project Data.”

The Board on Research Data and Information serves the public by helping to improve the collection and governance of digital data and information for science. Billions of research dollars are invested every year by government and private organizations in projects which generate massive amounts of scientific data. The discovery and reuse of these data has the potential to contribute to critical solutions and cures.

The National Academies ( include the academies for sciences, engineering, and medicine and the National Research Council. Formed in 1863 by President Abraham Lincoln, the academies are the pre-eminent source of high-quality, objective advice on science, engineering and health matters.

A presidential memorandum was issued the week before the symposium that focused on providing easy access and sound management for federally funded scientific data. This clear recognition of the need for data collection standards and strategies underscores the importance of research in this area.

Dr. Allard said, “The National Academy of Sciences is 150 years old and the historical context made it even more exciting to be talking about an issue that is so important to science today. I was delighted to be invited to be a panelist for these discussions.” Symposium attendees were at the venue and online. “Invitations to symposiums of this caliber provide clear recognition of the high quality of academic research being produced by Professor Allard and our faculty,” said CCI Dean Mike Wirth. For more information about the event, see