Director-at-Large, Lauren Harrison
Lauren Harrison is a Senior Scientist in Pharmaceutical Research & Development Informatics at Hoffmann - La Roche Inc. Nutley New Jersey where she has been employed since 1979. Lauren has served in many Global Information Scientist positions, including Manager, Library & Information Science, during her tenure at Roche. Most recently in August of 2012 Lauren was selected to become part of Hoffmann-La Roche’s newly created Translational Clinical Research Center that will be relocating from Nutley to the Alexandria Life Science Center, NYC in January 2014. Lauren is also passionate about creating a new generation of Information Scientists so she currently serves as an Adjunct Professor at the Palmer School of Library & Information - Long Island University, teaching at the Palmer-Manhattan Campus.
Lauren holds a B.S. in Biology/Chemistry from Howard University and earned both a Masters in Library Science and Ph.D. (Information systems and Communication) from Rutgers School of Information & Communication New Brunswick, while working at Roche full time. Her research interests include Thesauri, Ontologies and their impact on Information Retrieval, Digital Libraries and Text Analytics and its applications in biological science during the “Big Data” era.
Lauren has been very active in ASIS&T since 1991. On the Chapter level, she served as Chapter Program Chair, Chapter Chair and Immediate Past Chair of the NJ Chapter. She also served as Chair of SIG MED for three terms. On the national level Lauren has served on the Leadership Committee and the ASIS&T Lecture Series Award Jury.