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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)

Upcoming Seminars & Events


This one-day virtual symposium invites students from the AUC and those who participated in AUC Data Science Initiative programs to share their data science work, including harnessing data science to address issues that face Black America. We celebrate and highlight the data science work of AUC students and those that participated in AUC Data Science Initiative programs.

DS^3: Sitting at the Intersection: My View on the World of Data Science - September 24th

As keynote speaker for the inaugural Virtual AUC Student Data Science Symposium, Dr. Lorin Crawford will deliver a powerful and resonate message of his ascent into data science.
A statistician by training, Dr. Crawford was motivated by the biological phenomena captured in high-throughput genomics to develop new statistical methodologies. The central aim of his research program is to build machine learning algorithms and statistical tools that aid in the understanding of how nonlinear interactions between genetic features affect the architecture of complex traits and contribute to disease etiology.  As part of this talk, Dr. Crawford will discuss his journey through academia and industry, as well as provide his unique view on the critical importance of interdisciplinary collaboration in the emerging world of data science.
Lorin Crawford is a Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research New England. He also holds a position as the RGSS Assistant Professor of Biostatistics at Brown University.



Every 2nd and 4th Friday

We invite all Affiliates of the AUC Data Science Initiative to attend informative lunches on various topics from setting up an ORCID to navigating NSF FastLane to grant writing tips. Come with your lunch (on us!) and laptop to develop these tools to kickstart your research. These topics are meant to support your research endeavors in data science!

Previous Events & Seminars

DIRECTOR'S DEBRIEF: How the Government is Advancing Data Science Research - September 10th

Many governmental agencies support research in data science to develop advancements for the greater good. What funding opportunities are available to faculty and graduate students? What are various agencies’ current and future areas of focus in data science research? Dr. Talitha Washington (AUC DSI Director) recaps and expands upon Dr. Victor McCrary insights on how our nation creates innovations in data science research and how you can tap into these resources.


Dr. Victor R. McCrary, Vice President for Research and Graduate Programs at the University of the District of Columbia; Vice Chair, National Science Board (NSB).

Tips for Getting a Data Science Job

– 12:00 pm ET, Friday, August 27th, 2021

Looking for a data science job? Panelists will share tips on how to prepare a resume, succeed in an interview, and develop a graduate fellowship application.


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

Dr. Sean Jones of the National Science Foundation delivered a powerful keynote.  What will the world look like when we make future technologies possible? For our nation to advance, we must engage in curiosity driven research to expand the scientific frontier, including artificial intelligence, data science, and quantum-related research. An infrastructure to support this work, with strategic planning, must ensure that diverse populations, including Black Americans, have access. Dr. Jones will share how collective efforts of different scientific communities address the most compelling scientific questions, education of the future high-tech workforce, and promote discoveries to meet the needs of the nation.


Data and Du Bois: Futurist Frameworks for an Interdisciplinary Education

– [Afternoon Keynote] Friday, April 23rd, 2021

Dr. Nathan Alexander of Morehouse College delivered an inspiring keynote.  As computational approaches and data science methodologies become increasingly popular, the case for advancing critical and historical thinking in both fields is clear. The visionary work of W.E.B. Du Bois, while at Atlanta University at the dawn of the 20th century, presents an important case study at this interdisciplinary intersection. This talk will examine the life and legacy of Du Bois with a focus on futurity in the use of data and science for racial justice.


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. 

Panelists include: 

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.