Innovative Research Communities

Krisztina “Z” Holly (moderator) is an innovation expert who lives, works, and plays at the intersection of entrepreneurship, technology, design, and academia. As vice provost for innovation at the University of Southern California and executive director for the USC Stevens Institute for Innovation, she leads a team of over 30 to translate USC’s most groundbreaking ideas to market and develop educational programs to help faculty and students make maximum impact with their ideas.

Neil S. Buckholtz, PhD, is Chief of the Dementias of Aging Branch of the Division of Neuroscience at the National Institute on Aging at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This involves overall programmatic responsibility for development, coordination, and implementation of basic and clinical Alzheimer’s disease (AD) research. Specifically Dr. Buckholtz is the program administrator for grants and contracts portfolios including AD drug discovery and development and AD neuroimaging and biomarker research

Dr. Carl Kesselman is Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering and a Fellow in the Information Sciences Institute in the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. He is the co-director of the Medical Information Systems Division at ISI and co-director of the Center for Health Informatics. He received a PhD in Computer Science from the University of California, Los Angeles, an MS in Electrical Engineering from USC, and Bachelors degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University at Buffalo.

Katherine Rowe (PhD, Harvard) teaches and writes about literature and media change. Trained as a scholar of Renaissance drama, she turned her attention to questions of media history and adaptation. A recipient of grants from the NEH, the Mellon Foundation, and the PA Department of Education that support her work in media history, Prof. Rowe is a member of the editorial board of Shakespeare Quarterly and Associate Editor (responsible for the online edition) of The Cambridge World Shakespeare Encyclopedia.