NIST Fellow, National Institute of Standards and Technology
The Role of Measurement Science in Advancing Data Reliability
While reproducibility can be an important hallmark of good science, it is not often the most important indicator. The discipline of metrology, or measurement science, describes a measurement result as a value and the uncertainty around that value. We propose a systematic process for considering the sources of uncertainty in a scientific study that can be applied to virtually all disciplines of scientific research. We suggest that a research study can be characterized by how sources of uncertainty in the study are reported and mitigated. This approach provides a path for sharing experimental data on complex systems such as biological network processes. A serious challenge for such studies involves collecting experimental metadata and protocol details.
Dr. Plant is currently a NIST Fellow, focusing on cell imaging and theoretical frameworks for understanding complex biological response in cells. She is an ex officio member of the NIBIB National Advisory Council, a Fellow of the AIMBE, and an AAAS Fellow. She previously served as Chief of the Biosystems and Biomaterials Division at NIST, and in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.