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Exploring Data Science Basics & Leveraging Your Data

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM PST

Exploring Data Science Basics & Leveraging Your Data on Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Join our webinar, where we will dive into key concepts and practical strategies on how to leverage your data. This webinar will unpack data science fundamentals, clarifying common terms and providing industry insights on how to best leverage data for food safety.


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William O’Sullivan
Head of Data Science
Creme Global

William O'Sullivan, as the Head of Data Science at Creme Global, has made it his mission to protect the reputations of select clients using data, scientific methodology and artificial intelligence. His work has two main components - developing a deep understanding of the challenges that his clients face, and then providing services to best fit those identified needs all the way from building cultures of data collection to acting as a secure trustee between entities wishing to share data."

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Claire Zoellner
Director of Data Science

Claire Zoellner, Ph.D., is the Director of Data Science at iFoodDS, a provider of food safety, quality, and traceability software. In her role, she provides leadership and guidance on data strategy, leads exploration of new technologies and methods, and oversees data science projects. Prior to iFoodDS, Claire worked as a postdoc on estimating and mitigating the risk of Listeria in frozen foods. She remains active in research through service and collaborations. She was recognized as an emerging leader in food science by IFT in 2019. Claire earned her B.S. in Food Science from the University of Illinois and her Ph.D. in Food Science from Cornell University.

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Dr. Arlene Haffa
Professor, Department of Biology & Chemistry
CSU Monterey Bay
Dr. Arlene Haffa is a Professor in the Department of Biology & Chemistry at CSU Monterey Bay. She earned her doctorate at Arizona State University where she used laser physics to study electron transfer in photosynthetic bacteria. Her postdoctoral studies were done at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) in Moss Landing. She taught in the chemistry department at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh for four years before joining the faculty at CSU Monterey Bay in 2011.
Cole Smith
Staff Research Associate
University of California, Davis and Agriculture and Natural Resources
Cole is a Staff Research Associate with University of California, Davis and Agriculture and Natural Resources. His primary research area is sustainable nutrient management and soil fertility. His Ph.D. research has focused on the use of organic amendments within vegetable cropping agroecosystems of the California’s central coast, aiming to quantifying tradeoffs between conservation management and nitrogen fertilizer use. Cole holds a master’s degree from UC Davis in Soil Science & Biogeochemistry and has been with the UC system for 8 years implementing extension-based outreach and education programs to divert organic waste from landfills, improve soil health and promote the adoption of sustainable agricultural practices.

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Steve Brazeel
Elevated Foods

In 2000, Steve Brazeel founded SunTerra Produce, which has grown from a one-person produce brokerage firm into an industry-leading, full-service platform handling sales, marketing, farming, food safety, harvesting, storage, and distribution activities for specialty crop producers on over 10,000 acres throughout the US and Mexico. Born out of SunTerra‘s participation in the USDA’s ground-breaking Farmers to Families Food Box program, Project FoodBox was launched in 2020. Since the program’s inception, the SunTerra/Project FoodBox teams have delivered over 85 Million pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables to communities in need through its network of food banks, community organizations, and health care plans.

Elevated Foods, founded by Mr. Brazeel in 2020, was recently awarded a $20M grant as part of USDA’s Partnerships for Climate Smart Commodities program. Elevated was formed to bring more profit to farmers by incentivizing the adoption of new technologies & practices and providing technical support to help make them more efficient and resilient.

Featuring Karen Ross
Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture

KAREN ROSS was appointed Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture on January 9, 2019, by Governor Gavin Newsom. 

In re-appointing Secretary Ross, Governor Newsom cited her unmatched leadership experience in agricultural issues nationally, internationally and in California, in areas including environmental stewardship, climate change adaptation and trade. 

Secretary Ross was initially appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in 2011.

For more information please contact Gustavo Reyes | 949.885.2257

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Jason Resnick
Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Western Growers

Jason Resnick joined Western Growers in 2003 and now serves as Senior Vice President and General Counsel. His responsibilities include overseeing the organization’s legal department, trade practices department, H-2A Services division, and corporate governance as Western Growers’ corporate secretary.  Jason provides advice and counsel on various legal, business and policy matters. Jason has primary staff liaison responsibility over the Western Growers Board of Directors, and the WG Executive and Labor Committees.

Click here for Jason Resnick's full biography.