IRIS Executive Director
Jason manages the activities of IRIS and is the liaison with future and current Member Institutions. He is an ex officio member of the IRIS Board of Directors. Together with collaborators, Jason works on projects that examine the dynamics of high-technology industries, the public value of the research university, and the network organization of surgical care. Jason’s work makes use of large-scale administrative data to study fundamental process of network change and their effects in policy relevant domains.
Najla is a data visualization expert and applications developer. She stays in the forefront of advancing technologies and is skilled in a variety of programming platforms and languages. Her passion outside of work includes camping and hiking.
IRIS Technical Director
Kevin is member of the IRIS leadership team and oversees all aspects of the technical operations of the organization. He works closely with member universities, IRIS staff, and partner organizations like the federal government to provide accurate and meaningful products to be used by IRIS members.
Amy collaborates and coordinates with data curators, researchers, and analysts at federal agencies and at IRIS member institutions. Her work as a programmer on the IRIS team focuses on designing and documenting code to link restricted data sets and producing data products and analytic data sets. Additionally, she conceptualizes and designs additional metrics that can be built using IRIS and federal data.
IRIS Managing Director
Nancy handles the day-to-day operations of IRIS, including human resources, financial oversight, and management of internal systems and processes. Additionally, she is part of the IRIS leadership team, helping to set strategic goals and priorities for IRIS. Growing and sustaining the IRIS membership is a key part of her portfolio, as is work with the IRIS Board of Directors. Nancy is avidly outdoorsy, enjoying kayaking and rock collecting; she also plays the piano and takes urban ballroom dance lessons.
Lia designs and develops richly interactive data visualizations and web components used in the IRIS web portal. She also serves as support to Lead Developer in managing IRIS web app, troubleshooting and deployment activities.
Jake’s research focuses on developing and testing better network diffusion models to understand how ideas, innovations, and information spreading through a group of people helps to create and maintain a common culture over time. He will contribute expertise in network analysis at IRIS with an emphasis on the ways that collaboration networks shape the scientific and career outcomes of university researchers.
Research Assistant Professor
Jinseok’s work focuses on understanding the human interaction patterns extracted from large-scale, semi-structured and unstructured data generated from diverse information and communication technologies. At IRIS, he will provide expertise in name disambiguation of administrative datasets and work on research projects examining the role research experience plays in the career trajectories of students at various levels.
Data Support Specialist
Raphael helps prepare and curate the annual IRIS data release by processing external datasets for researcher use and creating tools and dataset within the enclave to facilitate record linkage; assists in responding to data requests and concerns from researchers; and works on projects concerning data quality and report generation.
Sophia designs, develops and implements web applications and richly interactive reports for IRIS member universities. She is a user-centered software engineer who cares about users as well as cutting-edge technologies. She collaborates with data team, other developers and designers to deliver meaningful products.
IRIS Communications Specialist
Dan’s portfolio includes engaging with IRIS members to promote best practices in using IRIS data and making IRIS work visible on campus, assisting with member expansion efforts by developing compelling strategies to promote IRIS to prospective member universities, and growing the research use of IRIS data through targeted outreach. Dan manages IRIS messaging, including newsletters, social media, annual reports, and the website.
IRIS Research Manager
Natsuko Nicholls leads the IRIS Research Support team with primary responsibility for all aspects of data provision, documentation, and privacy protection. She holds a Ph.D. in political science and is herself an active research user of the IRIS UMETRICS dataset in the IRIS infrastructure designated to manage, transform, and analyze IRIS member universities’ administrative data for research. Her research interest lies within the sociopolitical impact of research, currently working with a useful administrative data source, the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) database to show interesting empirical evidence of university contribution to the public good through researchers’ federal advisory service in the context of university R&D spending.
IRIS Data Manager
Rob develops tools and scripts for IRIS to clean, maintain and integrate large administrative data sets. He also produces visualizations and provides support to the IRIS Technical Director in ensuring the robustness of the IRIS data system. His work is used in producing IRIS reports to universities and in creating and maintaining the IRIS data made available to universities. firstname.lastname@example.org
IRIS Research Support Specialist
Beth serves as the Research Support Specialist in the IRIS Research Team, working to help create a strong community of researchers. She provides support to researchers accessing IRIS datasets and coordinates the logistics of a grant program.
Matt is a sociologist whose research background is in quantitative survey research and criminology. At IRIS, Matt’s focus is on the development of special projects, including assisting in the creation of new reports. In particular, Matt is working on the CTSA KL2 Impact pilot project, and assisting with data linkage projects for the research data release.
IRIS Administrative Assistant Senior
Meg provides logistical support for IRIS, managing calendars and scheduling along with meeting coordination and support. Her portfolio includes office management and general administrative oversight, as well as event management. Meg’s extensive background in university administration is eminently useful. Away from the office Meg enjoys hiking, biking, and traveling to visit family.
IRIS Research Coordinator
Karen provides pre and post-award grant administration, budget management and reporting, and print and digital publicity material design and production. She can help with IRIS memberships and member invoicing, contracts, and assorted financial matters. Karen is passionate about local Habitat for Humanity work and enjoys hiking, gardening and singing with the UM Choral Union.
Membership Inquiries and Operations:
Nancy Calvin-Naylor, IRIS Managing Director
(734) 615-7464 email@example.com
Kevin Bjorne, IRIS Technical Director
(734) 936-0465 firstname.lastname@example.org
Natsuko Nicholls, IRIS Research Manager
(734) 763-0447 email@example.com
Meg Weideman, IRIS Administrative Assistant
(734) 615-0015 firstname.lastname@example.org
Contracts, Invoicing & Grant Administration:
Karen Woollams, IRIS Research Coordinator
(734) 936-0444 email@example.com
Dan Meisler, IRIS Communications Specialist
(734) 647-3587 firstname.lastname@example.org