Open Access Symposium & Prelec Lecture 2015

October 22, 2015

Open Access, Open Data, Open Minds  featured  visionary ideas and  inspirational speakers. It combined the 9th Prelec Lecture on excellence in healthcare informatics with dynamic leaders from influential open access initiatives, and includes panel discussions of  the value and meaning of open access  and open data for academics, researchers and librarians.

PDF Program

What Does Open Access and Open Data Mean?

  • Low Cost: Making research accessible and affordable.
  • Empowering Authors: Authors can reuse and share their own work.
  • Sharing & Advancing Research: Share data and collaborate with other researchers.
  • Meeting Mandates: Open Access and Open Data facilitate granting agencies’ public access mandates.
  • Learn more at the Center for Scholarly Communication.


Stony Brook University
Wang Center
100 Nicolls Road, Stony Brook, NY 11794
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8:15am-9:00amBreakfast – Theater Lobby

9:00-9:20amWelcome Opening Remarks – Theater

Constantia Constantinou, Dean of University Libraries, SUNY Distinguished Librarian

Dennis N. Assanis, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Lina Obeid, MD, Vice Dean, Scientific Affairs

Arthur P. Grollman, MD, Distinguished Professor, Evelyn G. Glick Professor of Experimental Medicine, and Director, Laboratory for Chemical Biology- Introducing the keynote speaker.


Keynote/ Prelec Lecture – Theater

Research data as knowledge asset: the case for curation and sharing

Neil Rambo,  Department Chair and Director of the Health Sciences Library at the New York University School of Medicine, NYU Langone Medical Center

10:15am-10:30am Q & A

10:30am-10:45amCoffee Break – Theater Lobby

10:45am-11:20amPanel Discussion – Theater

Biomedical Informatics, Big Data and Open Data initiatives”


Shafeek Fazal,  Associate Director, Library Technology, Discovery and

Digital Initiatives


       Jonas Almeida, Professor and Chief Technology Officer

“Executable Publications – are we there yet?”

       Janos Hajagos, Research Assistant Professor and Chief of Data Analytics

Making data liquid and the role of metadata: examples from describing a patient’s community

Jennifer Lyon, Biomedical and Translational Medicine Librarian, Health Sciences Library

Open data initiatives from the NIH and NCBI

11:20am-11:30am– Q & A

11:30am-12:15pm – Theater

Scientific publishing in the digital age: the search for better ways to communicate scientific research and assess its impact

Gary Ward, Board Chairman, PLoS (Public Library of Science)

12:15pm-12:30pm– Q & A

12:30pm-2:00pmLunch – Zodiac Gallery

2:00pm-2:45pm – Theater

“Open Humanities and the Future of Scholarly Communication”

Marguerite Avery, Director of Scholarly Communication at, and Senior Acquisitions Editor, MIT Press

2:45pm-3:00pm-Q & A

3:00pm-3:45pmPanel Discussion – Theater

“Research, Public Access and Open Access”


Darren Chase, Scholarly Communication Librarian, University Libraries


Evelyn Bromet, Distinguished Professor, Department of Psychiatry

Laura Costello, Head, Research & Emerging Technologies, University Libraries

Celia Marshik, Chair, Department of English

Martin Schoonen, Director of Environmental Initiatives, Brookhaven National Laboratory

3:45pm-4:00pm– Q & A

4:00pm-4:20pmClosing Remarks – Theater

David Conover, Vice President for Research

Darren Chase, Scholarly Communication Librarian, University Libraries


Registration is free.  Please fill out the online registration form.

Directions & Accommodations

By Car

Take the Long Island Expressway (Route 495) to Exit 62. Follow Nicolls Road (Route 97) north for 9 miles. To find the campus via GPS, enter the address “100 Nicolls Road, Stony Brook, NY 11790.”

By Train

Stony Brook Station is located along the Long Island Rail Road, Port Jefferson line. From Penn Station in Manhattan, travel time is approximately one and a half hours. A free shuttle service is available at Stony Brook Station to the Wang Center.

By Ferry

From Bridgeport, Connecticut to Port Jefferson, Long Island. Find schedule and fare information at

From New London, Connecticut to Orient Point, Long Island, take Route 25A west to Nicolls Road and proceed as above.

By Plane

Long Island’s Islip-MacArthur Airport is 16 miles from the campus and is serviced by direct flights by major airlines and commuter lines. New York City Area Airports (JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark) are 50 miles to the west.

Visitor Parking – *Disability parking is available at the Stony Brook Administration Parking Garage.

Parking Garage

$2.00 per hour / $10 Up to and over 5 Hours
Located at next to the Stony Brook Administration Building
Parking is free all day Saturday and Sunday.
*Disability Parking is Available.


Located at the Red Faculty/Staff parking lot
Parking is free all day Saturday and Sunday.
Meters are enforced 7 AM to 7 PM, Monday through Friday.

*Parking is free for visitors after 4 PM, Monday through Friday, at Red Faculty/Staff designated parking lot.

*Check for signs at parking lot entrances for restrictions. A complete map of Stony Brook University Parking lots and garages is available here.

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