The Gateways conference series is hosted each year at a location in the US. Gateways 2023 is excited to be coming to Pittsburgh, PA!
Join us Monday, October 30 - Wednesday, November 1, 2023 at the Landing Hotel as we continue to bridge the connection between science and gateways.
Wendy Nilsen, Ph.D. is the Deputy Division Director in the Information and Intelligent Systems Division of the Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate at NSF. Previously, she was the lead Program Director in the Smart Health program.
Nilsen's work has focused on interdisciplinary science, especially at the intersection of computing and human functioning. Her interests span the areas of sensing, cyber-physical systems, machine learning, artificial intelligence and robotics.
Nilsen also serves as numerous federal technology initiatives. Prior to joining NSF, she was at the National Institutes of Health.
Joe Palca, Ph.D. is a freelance science writer. From 1992 to 2022 he was a science correspondent for NPR. He came to journalism from a science background, having received a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of California at Santa Cruz where he worked on human sleep physiology.
Palca has covered a range of science topics — everything from biomedical research to astronomy. He is the founder of the NPR Scicommers program, a collective of science communicators. In 2021 the program moved the Boston University where it continues to thrive.
Palca has also worked as a television science producer, a senior correspondent for Science Magazine, and Washington news editor of Nature. Palca has won numerous awards, several of which came with attractive certificates. In 2019, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Palca is the co-author of Annoying: The Science of What Bugs Us (Wiley, 2011).
Alex Wright, Ph.D. is a researcher, writer, and designer who is currently the head of News UX at Google in New York. He has previously held leadership roles at Instagram, IBM, Etsy, and The New York Times, among others.
Wright is also the author of two books on the history of the information age as well as more than 100 published articles. He holds a Ph.D. in Transition Design from Carnegie Mellon, and currently lives with his family in Brooklyn NY.