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Returning Fall 2021, the AUC Data Science Seminar Series (AUC DS3) showcases exciting and important advancements in data science, with a focus on topics that impact Black America. The series includes local and nationally renowned professors and specialists presenting findings, stimulating thinking, and creating collaboration ideas for the AUC students and faculty.
The series will feature presentations with the purpose of deepening AUC community engagement with data science with two tracks:
Research and Teaching (every 2nd Friday at 12:00 pm EST)
Community Engagement (every 4th Friday at 12:00 pm EST)
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On April 23rd, the AUC DSI hosted the inaugural W.E.B. Du Bois Data Science Symposium
About: The Atlanta University Center (AUC) is in pursuit of developing cutting-edge data science research and scholarship. Dr. W.E.B. Du Bois, a former professor at Atlanta University, pioneered data visualizations to unravel the social plight of Blacks in the 19th century. This one-day symposium invites faculty from the AUC to share their data science work, including harnessing data science to address issues that face Black America.
The Symposium featured engaging keynote presentations, lightning talks, and networking opportunities. The Symposium was free and open to the public.
Harnessing the Technological Revolution Through AI, Data Science, and Quantum
– [Morning Keynote] Friday, April 23rd, 2021
Data and Du Bois: Futurist Frameworks for an Interdisciplinary Education
– [Afternoon Keynote] Friday, April 23rd, 2021
Can Data Science Predict Who Gets COVID-19 Next?
– 12:00 pm ET, Friday, April 9th, 2021
New York City (NYC) was an epicenter of COVID-19. By July of 2020, there were 212,295 confirmed cases and 18,408 deaths related to COVID-19 in NYC. To investigate predictors of COVID-19 cases and death rates in NYC, Dr. Monica Jackson led a summer research project for undergraduate students. The data analysis included race, health, and environment characteristics for NYC zip codes, neighborhoods, and boroughs, along with NYC government’s reported case and death rates by zip code. Dr. Jackson will show how data science can reveal the impact of sociodemographic and environmental factors to predict COVID-19 cases in NYC and how to lead student research that results in a published, peer-reviewed article.
Dr. Monica Jackson, Interim Deputy Provost & Dean of Faculty and Professor of Statistics at American University and graduate of Clark Atlanta University (BS ’92 & MS ’94)
How to Build a Degree Program in Data Science
– 12:00 pm ET, Friday, March 26th, 2021
The seminar will share promising practices on building data science programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Bowie State University developed new courses and an undergraduate certificate in data science and analytics. Fisk University established the first undergraduate data science program in the state of Tennessee. Morehouse School of Medicine will launch a Master of Science in Health Informatics in the fall of 2021. Panelists will share key considerations in the preparatory stages of program design, stakeholder engagement, course and curriculum structures, and how their program addresses a national need.
- Dr. LaTanya Brown, Professor of Economics and Lead of the Data Science & Analytics Initiative, Bowie State University
- Dr. Angelita Howard, Assistant Dean for Online Education and Expanded Programs, Morehouse School of Medicine
- Dr. Sajid Hussain, Associate Vice Provost for Innovation & Information Technology (CTO), Associate Professor of Computer Science, and Discipline Coordinator of Data Science, Fisk University
How Data Fights Cancer in the Black Community
– 12:00 pm ET, Friday, March 12, 2021
Dr. Dennis Dean will present insights on how developing data analysis frameworks, creating and using advanced analytical methods, and collaborating to develop data-infrastructure, we can identify new multi-agent cancer treatments. Precision medicine holds the promise of individualizing medical treatment in part by incorporating an individual’s genomic data within the treatment plan.
How do we ensure that large-scale data sets include the Black community? What efforts need to be made to ensure that data-driven cancer treatments benefit us all? Dr. Dean will unravel national computational initiatives that advance large-scale genomic analysis and he aims to galvanize data science to bring treatment solutions to the Black community.
Data and the Black Vote
– 12:00 pm ET, Friday, February 26, 2021
Panelists will include Robert Patillo, Executive Director at Rainbow PUSH Atlanta and Clark Atlanta University alum, Dr. Karen Saxe, Head of Governmental Relations at the American Mathematical Society; and Dr. Ron Wasserstein, Executive Director of the American Statistical Association.
The Black Revolution in Data Science
– 12:00 pm ET, Friday, February 12, 2021
As the inaugural director of the Atlanta University Center Data Science Initiative, Dr. Talitha Washington, is leading efforts to advance data science research and teaching across a consortium of four Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs): Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Morehouse School of Medicine, and Spelman College. The initiative seeks to advance the creation of data-driven solutions to current and emerging societal problems, especially as it pertains to Black America.
Preparing for Graduate Studies in Data Science
– 12:00 pm ET, Friday, January 22, 2021
Panelists include Dr. Tor Kwembe who will talk about Jackson State University’s Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering PhD program; Brianne Cortese will talk about Columbia University’s Data Science MS program; and Kevin Womack will talk about his graduate school experiences, from Morehouse to Columbia.