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  • Brent Ladd

  • Director of Education & Diversity
    Center for Science of Information
    Purdue University

    Brent directs and markets the integrated education and diversity program, conducts assessment and evaluation, science writing and reporting, oversees the website and social media, and presents the Center's program at conferences and to review boards. The program's key components include interdisciplinary student research teams, annual summer schools, curriculum development, online learning hub of courses and modules, and data science research workshops. His academic background includes a graduate degree in ethology/animal and human behavior, and research and extension work throughout the state of Indiana in watershed management, water quality, renewable/sustainable agriculture, and land use planning.

    Brent organized and advised a research team winning first place in a global XPRIZE competition during the COVID pandemic. He previously co-coordinated a new interdisciplinary graduate program in Ecological Science and Engineering, developing a seminar course and a principles of ecological sustainability graduate-level course at Purdue. He was co-developer of the award-winning Indiana Watershed Leadership Academy serving professionals and volunteers in communities throughout the state. In his spare time, Brent is a recording musician playing electric and acoustic guitar, a writer on spirituality, nature, and men's topics, and enjoys hiking.

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