Dean’s Lecture Series

David Plotz Speaking

David Plotz (Photo Credit: Steve McFarland)

The University of Maryland College of Information Studies (INFO) Dean’s Lecture Series brings together leaders in information and technology with community members to foster dialogue about critical issues at the intersection of people, information, and technology.

This series is an integral part of the college’s mission to promote learning, stimulate curiosity, spark innovative research, and create connections that increase our ability to improve lives and opportunities for people through information.

These free events are open to faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community members interested in information science.

Upcoming Events


3/5/2024: The MOM’s Organic Market Journey—A Conversation With Scott Nash, Founder/CEO

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Scott Nash

Local entrepreneur Scott Nash, the Founder/CEO of MOM’s Organic Market, will share a wealth of experience derived from creating the MOM’s grocery chain. Nash will share his insights on entrepreneurship, focusing on his journey in establishing and growing MOM’s Organic Market. He will delve into the challenges and successes he encountered when building a thriving business while always remaining true to MOM’s Purpose to protect and restore the environment. Attendees can expect to gain valuable insights from Nash’s journey.

At the age of 22, Scott Nash started MOM’s Organic Market in his mom’s garage, with only $100. MOM’s has grown into one of the nation’s premier chain of organic grocery stores. Scott is a staunch environmentalist—supporting renewable energy, electrifying the grid, radical composting, biodegradable plastics, organic farming, and electric vehicles. He also works to diminish the negative impact of advertising and technology on children.

Hosted in partnership with the UMD Robert H. Smith School of Business and UMD Do Good Institute.

4/16/2024: Game-Changers—Unleashing the Power of Sports Informatics in Athletics

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Damon Evans (Left)

In the ever-evolving landscape of athletics, the fusion of sports and data has become a game-changer, revolutionizing the way athletes train, compete, and excel. Panelists will explore the dynamic intersection of sports informatics and athletics, delving into the transformative impact of data analytics, technological innovations, and performance metrics on athlete development. Panel:

  • Damon Evans (UMD Athletics Director)
  • Derek Willis (UMD Journalism Lecturer – Sports Data)
  • Erianne Weight (UNC Professor of Sport Administration)
  • Ben Hoffman (UMD Athletics – Strength and Conditioning Coach Men’s and Women’s Soccer)
  • Chad Wells (UMD Athletics – Director of Football Technology)
  • Eli Logan Dross (InfoSci Senior, Sports Science Intern UMD Athletics)

Join us for this discussion of groundbreaking approaches to understanding, analyzing, and optimizing athletic performance through the lens of sports informatics. From wearables and biomechanics to predictive analytics and training methodologies, this session will unveil the cutting-edge strategies reshaping the future of sports, providing valuable insights into the synthesis of data and athleticism, while also exploring tensions, concerns and future directions in the field. Discover how informatics is redefining the boundaries of human potential in the world of sports.

Hosted in partnership with UMD Athletics.

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Past Events