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Beth Cate

Beth Cate
Clinical Associate Professor, IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Clinical Associate Professor Beth Cate’s expertise includes intellectual property law, data privacy and security, research regulation, and constitutional law. A practicing lawyer for 21 years, she provided 12 years of counsel to Indiana University, focusing mainly on legal and policy issues surrounding intellectual property, data, and information technologies. She taught law and policy classes at IU on an adjunct basis for 13 years before joining the faculty full-time in 2012. She currently teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on the intersection of law and public affairs, including a graduate seminar on strategic litigation to advance public policy interests and an undergraduate course on religion in public life. She serves as the lead instructor for SPEA’s core undergraduate law course and the Faculty Coordinator for an undergraduate major in Law and Public Policy.

She recently authored two entries in Springer’s new Global Encyclopedia of Public Administration, Public Policy, and Governance, entitled “Constitutional Rights of Public Employees” and “Constitutional Intersection of Civil Liberty and Public Administration.” She also co-authored, with Andrea Need, “Correcting the System of Unequal Justice,” in Tavis Smiley’s 2016 book Covenant With Black America—Ten Years Later.

With Fred H. Cate, she has co-authored “The Supreme Court and Information Privacy,” for the forthcoming Bulk Surveillance: Systematic Government Access to Private Sector Data, James X. Dempsey and Fred H. Cate eds. (Oxford Univ. Press 2018). An earlier version of the chapter appeared as an article in the journal International Data Privacy Law. They are currently working on a book about the Supreme Court’s privacy jurisprudence, and Prof. (Beth) Cate is also working on an article addressing the future of student records privacy.

Reflecting her continued interest in intellectual property rules particularly as they affect higher education and public access to information, Cate will be presenting on copyright law in March at an international intellectual property law workshop co-hosted by Oxford University and Indiana University, and in June at the annual conference of the National Association of College and University Attorneys.

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Fred H. Cate

Fred H. Cate
Vice President for Research; Senior Fellow in the Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research; and Co-director of the Center for Law, Ethics, and Applied Research in Health Information, Indiana University
Distinguished Professor and C. Ben Dutton Professor of Law, IU Maurer School of Law

Fred H. Cate is vice president for research, Distinguished Professor, and C. Ben Dutton Professor of Law at Indiana University. He served as the founding director of IU’s Center for Law, Ethics, and Applied Research in Health Information and of the Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research, where he is now a senior fellow. Cate testifies regularly before congressional committees on information security and privacy issues, and he serves on the boards of many organizations, including the National Academies, the Department of Homeland Security, the National Security Agency, the OECD, the Center for Democracy & Technology, and Intel. He serves as a senior policy adviser to the Centre for Information Policy Leadership at Hunton & Williams LLP. He is the author of more than 150 articles and books and is one of the founding editors of the Oxford University Press journal, International Data Privacy Law. Cate attended Oxford University and received a J.D. and an A.B. degree with honors and distinction from Stanford University. A senator, fellow, and past president of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, he is an elected member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Law Institute, and a fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

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Amy S. Chappell

Amy S. Chappell
Retired Clinical Research Physician, Eli Lilly and Company

Dr. Amy S. Chappell, aka “Dr. Amy,” is a board certified neurologist with special competence in child neurology. She graduated from the IU School of Medicine and then completed two years of pediatrics and an epilepsy fellowship at the Johns Hopkins Medical Center, after which she returned to Indiana and completed a neurology residency. She was on the full-time faculty in the neurology department of the IU Medical Center until being hired as a clinical research physician by Eli Lilly and Company.

Dr. Chappell retired from Lilly Research Laboratories in 2014, after 25 years in clinical research. She designed and conducted clinical trials through all phases of development in neurological disorders including epilepsy, ALS, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, migraine, and pain disorders (fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, chronic low back pain, lumbar radiculopathy, and spinal cord injury). She was the lead physician for the development of duloxetine for fibromyalgia, which resulted in an FDA approval. During her career at Lilly, Dr. Chappell continued to practice neurology on a volunteer basis as clinical associate professor at the IU Medical Center.

She is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and a board member of the American Society of Experimental Neurotherapeutics. Dr. Chappell is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, the Child Neurology Society, and the Society of Tennis Medicine and Science. She continues to practice neurology as a volunteer at the Neighborhood Health Clinic in Naples, Fla.

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Amanda Friesen

Amanda Friesen
Assistant Professor of Political Science, IUPUI School of Liberal Arts Faculty Research Fellow, IUPUI Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture

Amanda Friesen joined the IUPUI faculty in the Department of Political Science in 2012, after earning a Ph.D. at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. She is a faculty research fellow and project director in IUPUI’s Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture and associate faculty in the Department of Women’s Studies. Friesen’s research agenda focuses on American political behavior, specifically the intersection of gender, religion, and psychology. She has published more than a dozen peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and was named IUPUI’s Outstanding Woman Leader of Newcomer Faculty in 2016.

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Ka He

Ka He
Professor and Chairman of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, IU School of Public Health–Bloomington

Professor Ka He is chairman of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the IU School of Public Health–Bloomington. He received a doctor of science degree from Harvard University, a master of public health degree from Tufts University, and a medical degree from Soochow University in China. Dr. He was an assistant professor of preventive medicine at Northwestern University and a tenured associate professor of epidemiology and nutrition at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. He is an elected fellow of the American College of Nutrition, a fellow of the American College of Epidemiology, and a fellow of the American Heart Association. His primary research interests lie in nutritional epidemiology, specifically diet and nutrients in relation to chronic diseases. Dr. He is the principal investigator of several projects funded by the federal government.

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Feisal Amin Rasoul al-Istrabadi

Feisal Amin Rasoul al-Istrabadi
Founding Director of the Center for the Study of the Middle East and Professor of Practice, IU School of Global and International Studies Associate Director, IU Center for Constitutional Democracy

Ambassador Feisal Amin Rasoul al-Istrabadi is the founding director of the Center for the Study of the Middle East, a National Resource Center at IU Bloomington, where he is also a professor of practice in international law and diplomacy at the Maurer School of Law and the School of Global and International Studies. He focuses his research on the processes of building legal and political institutions in countries in transition from dictatorship to democracy, especially the emergence of the rule of law in such societies, including questions of constitutionalism, legitimacy, transitional justice, and the political and cultural factors which influence the process of democratization.

From 2004 to 2010, Istrabadi served as ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary and deputy permanent representative to the United Nations for Iraq. Prior to his diplomatic appointment, he served as a legal adviser to the Iraqi Minister for Foreign Affairs during the negotiations for U.N. Security Council resolution 1546 of June 8, 2004, which recognized the reassertion by Iraq of its sovereignty. He was also principal legal drafter of Iraq’s interim constitution, the Law of Administration of the State of Iraq for the Transitional Period. Before contributing to the reconstruction of Iraq, Ambassador Istrabadi was a practicing trial lawyer in the United States for 15 years, with approximately 70 civil trials in federal and state courts, focusing on civil rights, employment discrimination, and constitutional torts. Ambassador Istrabadi was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. He lectures often at universities and policy institutes and appears frequently in national and international media.

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Michael Koryta

Michael Koryta
New York Times-bestselling author

Michael Koryta is the New York Times-bestselling author of 12 suspense novels. His work has been praised by Stephen King, Michael Connelly, and James Patterson among many others. His books have won or been nominated for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, Edgar® Award, Quill Award, International Thriller Writers Award, and the Golden Dagger. His fictional works have been selected as “best books of the year” by publications as diverse as the Wall Street Journal, Amazon.com, Entertainment Weekly, and Reader’s Digest. A number of his books are currently being adapted for film and television, with The Prophet, So Cold the River, The Cypress House, and Those Who Wish Me Dead all optioned as feature films, while the Lincoln Perry series and The Ridge are being developed for television.

Before turning to writing full-time, Koryta worked as a private investigator, newspaper reporter, and taught at the IU School of Journalism. He began working for a private investigator as an intern while in high school, turned it into his day job in the early stages of his writing career, and still maintains an interest in the firm. As a journalist, he won numerous awards from the Society of Professional Journalists.

Koryta’s first novel, Tonight I Said Goodbye was accepted for publication when he was 20 years old. He wrote his first two published novels before graduating from college, and was published in nearly 10 languages before he fulfilled the “writing requirement” classes required for his IU diploma.

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James H. Madison

James H. Madison
Thomas and Kathryn Miller Professor Emeritus of History, IU College of Arts and Sciences

James H. Madison is the Thomas and Kathryn Miller Professor Emeritus of History at IU Bloomington. An award-winning teacher for more than four decades at IU, Madison is the author of several books, including Eli Lilly: A Life, A Lynching in the Heartland: Race and Memory in America, and Slinging Doughnuts for the Boys: An American Woman in World War II. His most recent book, Hoosiers: A New History of Indiana, is the basis of a four-part documentary on Indiana’s history by Indianapolis television station WFYI.

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Debra Mesch

Debra Mesch
Director of the Women’s Philanthropy Institute, IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

Debra Mesch is director of the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, where she holds the Eileen Lamb O’Gara Endowed Chair in Women’s Philanthropy. Her primary responsibility for the Institute is to guide the research agenda on the role of gender in philanthropy. During Mesch’s tenure as director, she and her colleagues have written several reports for the Women Give series examining the effects of age, marital status, and income on gender differences in giving to charity.

Mesch’s research agenda has focused on women’s philanthropy, issues of civic engagement, volunteer motivation and management, executive compensation in nonprofits, human resource management in nonprofits, diversity, and race and gender issues in giving and volunteering. She received both her M.B.A. and Ph.D. in organizational behavior/human resource management from IU Kelley School of Business.

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Erin Colone Peabody

Erin Colone Peabody
Clinical Assistant Professor of Speech and Hearing Sciences, IU College of Arts and Sciences

Erin Colone Peabody is a faculty member in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at IU Bloomington (IU SPHS). She teaches clinically in the Master of Arts Speech Language Pathology program. In this role, Peabody supervises student clinicians on campus at the university clinic and in two classrooms in the Monroe County (Ind.) Community School Corporation (MCCSC). She is the founding director of Camp Connections, a summer programming partnership between IU SPHS and MCCSC that provides a language-rich, traditional summer camp experience for children with moderate to severe communication disorders who are in grades K–6.

Peabody has research collaborations with Dr. Erna Alant, the Otting Chair in Special Education at IU School of Education, and Annette Champion, M.A., CCC-SLP, investigating the use of core vocabulary and alternative augmentative communication (AAC) devices. Peabody has presented internationally and nationally on the topics of programming for autism spectrum disorders, development, and management of summer camp experiences for children in special education programs, and the use of core vocabulary to facilitate communication. She is an active member and frequently invited lecturer for AAC in Action. Her areas of interest are autism spectrum disorder, moderate to severe intellectual disability, AAC, and behavior as communication.

Peabody earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from IU Bloomington and has worked as a practicing speech language pathologist at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis; at Northern Suburban Special Education District Early Childhood Program in Highland Park, Ill.; and, most recently, at MCCSC prior to taking the position at Indiana University.

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Mattie White

Mattie White
Associate Athletic Director for Academic Services and the Excellence Academy and Senior Woman Administrator, IU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics

Mattie White is currently associate athletic director for academic services and the Excellence Academy and senior woman administrator at IU. She oversees academic services and all student-athlete welfare and development programs. She is the sport administrator for the women’s basketball, volleyball, and rowing programs and serves as the department’s liaison to various student affairs units on campus. White represents Indiana University on the Big Ten Conference Sports Management Committee and the Big Ten Administrators Council. She also serves on the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Committee and the NASPA Student-Athlete Knowledge Community Leadership Team. She has also been a facilitator for the NCAA Career in Sports Forum and Leadership Conferences. White received a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master of education degree from Ohio University. She completed a second master’s degree in athletic administration and an educational specialist degree in mental health counseling at IU. Currently, she is pursuing a Ph.D. in IU’s School of Public Health specializing in health behavior.

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Gregory R. Witkowski

Gregory R. Witkowski
Associate Professor of Philanthropic Studies and Director of Graduate Programs, IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

Gregory R. Witkowski is an associate professor of philanthropic studies. He became the director of graduate programs at IU’s Center on Philanthropy in 2011 and helped transform it into the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, the world’s first school focused on the scholarly study of societal impacts of giving and best practices of philanthropy. At the school, he teaches the history of philanthropy, a grant-making course in which students award $10,000 locally, and a course on German philanthropy and public policy that focuses around a trip to Berlin. Born in New Jersey, he has adopted Indiana as his home and last year was proud to chair a conference on Indiana philanthropy as part of the state’s bicentennial celebration. He is currently working on two books: one on the history of philanthropy in Indiana and another on the reaction of nonprofit organizations to the attacks of September 11.