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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

Student Data Science Symposium 2022

Data Science, Space, and Sustainability Symposium

– Wednesday, October 5th 2022

The Data Science, Space, and Sustainability Symposium will be hosted on our accelevents platform.  Register now to ensure you don’t miss out on an exciting day of data and space!!  Plus join our full week of events!

Student Data Science Symposium 2022

Space Day Atlanta In The AUC

– Saturday, October 8th 2022

The AUC Data Science Initiative will host the Space and Data Science Symposium which will highlight how data is used to explore new frontiers in space. World Space Week Atlanta is designed to engage with HBCUs and higher education institutions, K-12 schools, industry, and the broader community. This symposium is free and open to the public. Join us for engaging discussions and presentations!

Previous Events & Seminars

Student Data Science Symposium 2022

Virtual Student Data Science Symposium

– Friday, September 23rd 2022

The AUC Data Science Initiative hosted its second annual Student Data Science Symposium.

Our one day symposium celebrated and highlighted the data science work of AUC students and those that participated in AUC Data Science Initiative programs…along with keynotes, food, exciting networking activities, and prizes.

You can view all the sessions, lightning talks, and exciting keynotes through the Accelevents portal!

DS^3: Artificial Intelligence & the Artist’s Hand

– 12:00 pm ET, Friday, September 9th 2022

Emerging AI technology has the potential to replicate some of the processes used by artists when creating their work. Dr. Nettrice Gaskins uses AI-driven software such as deep or machine learning to train machines to identify and process images. Dr. Gaskins will share how she uses natural language processing or NLPs, generative adversarial networks or GANs, and image style transfer to render new images using different images and styles. What emerges from her work is a techno-vernacular aesthetic that explores futuristic notions of identity.

DS^3: Graduate School Opportunities in Data Science

– 12:00 pm ET, Friday, August 26th 2022

This seminar will feature tips on the application process, how to find and secure funding, and highlight various graduate programs in data science.  Panelists Include:

– Dr. Joseph Hogan, Brown University, Professor and Chair, Department of Biostatistics Carole and Lawrence Sirovich Professor of Public Health

– Dr. Gianluca Iaccarino, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director, Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering, Stanford University

– Imani Maliti, Incoming M.S. Candidate in Data Science, Columbia University (CAU C’22)

Data Block Party @ The AUC Library

– Wednesday, August 24th 2022

Join us on Wednesday, August 24th for a evening of food, fun, and data!  All students, faculty, and staff are welcomed to join us outdoors and see what data science has the most fun!

Workshop on Using Data to Drive Reform Through Prosecutorial Performance


This workshop invites faculty, staff, and researchers from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to explore how to develop projects and partnerships that use data to drive reform through prosecutorial performance. 

The workshop focuses on developing multidisciplinary partnerships between HBCU researchers and local prosecutors to develop data-driven equitable solutions. The goal of the workshop is to (a) discuss political, logistical, and methodological aspects of the Prosecutorial Performance Indicators implementation, and (b) generate concrete ideas for forming local researcher-prosecutor partnerships.

Data and the African Diaspora NSF Workshop (May 16-17-18)

– Monday, May 16th – Wednesday, May 18th, 2022

The three-day discovery workshop Enhancing Data Science Education by Leveraging Data Sets from the African Diaspora will virtually convene a cohort of 40 participants tasked with interacting to explore and discover key topics and questions that will inform future research and collaboration around how to better practice culturally relevant data science education at the undergraduate level. On each day, sessions will convene from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm ET with allowance for a 15-30 minute “early tech start” to troubleshoot technology and accessibility issues.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 2136382. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

DS^3: National Data Mine Network

– 12:00 pm ET, Friday, April 22nd, 2022

The leadership of the National Data Mine Network – Dr. Mark D. Ward (Principal Investigator), Dr. Monica Jackson (Co-PI), Dr. Talitha Washington (Co-PI), Dr. Katherine Ensor (Co-PI), and Dr. Donna LaLonde (Co-PI) will speak on its establishment and intent.

The National Data Mine Network (NDMN) will directly fund 300 undergraduate students at Minority Serving Institutions with research stipends (100 stipends per year), administered directly to students by the American Statistical Association. The leadership team leverages collaborative strengths of the American Statistical Association, the Math Alliance, Purdue University, American University, and the Atlanta University Center Data Science Initiative. The students will use high-performance computing to solve data-driven challenges that arise in every sector of industry, including biomedical engineering, healthcare engineering, image processing, manufacturing, supply chain management, and transportation.

DS^3: Prosecutorial Performance Indicators

– 12:00 pm ET, Friday, April 8th, 2022

Dr. Besiki Luka Kutateladze, Associate Director of Prosecution and Courts in the Center for the Administration of Justice along with George Jenkins, Executive Deputy District Attorney at Fulton County District Attorney’s Office – will speak on their use of innovative use of data to drive reform through prosecutorial performance.

SAP-Data in the C-Suite

SAP-Data in the C-Suite: Networking Lunch

– 10:30 am until 12:30 pm ET, Monday, March 28th, 2022

SAP’s Chief Technology Officer & Executive Board Member Dr. Juergen Mueller will discuss how to have an international career in data. This session will be moderated by Dr. Karina Edmonds, SAP Senior Vice President of Academies & Universities. Join the “Ask Me Anything” Session with Juergen Mueller to learn about what it takes to be an executive at a Global Fortune 500 company and what life is like as a Chief Technology Officer. A networking lunch with local SAP executives to learn about SAP job and internship opportunities will immediately follow the session.

DS^3: Human Trafficking Awareness Through Data Science

– 12:00 pm ET, Friday, March 25th, 2022

Clark Atlanta University students Victoria Grase and Woomy Michel present their innovative data science work on trafficking awareness, they are fresh off their recent speaking engagements at the ADSA conference in California.


DS^3: The Sounds of Data Science

– 12:00 pm ET, Friday, March 11th, 2022

Dr. Kobi Abayomi speaks on his innovative work as the SVP of Data Science and Analytics at Warner Music Group (WMG).


W.E.B. Du Bois Data Science Symposium

– 11:30 am ET, Friday, February 25th, 2022

The Atlanta University Center (AUC) Data Science Initiative 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 and staff from the AUC to share their data science work, including harnessing data science to address issues that face Black America.

The Symposium will feature engaging keynote presentations, lightning talks, and networking opportunities. The Symposium was free and open to the public.

DS^3: Open Doors x Open Doors

– 12:00 pm ET, Friday, February 11th, 2022

Dr. Kinnis Gosha of Morehouse College will be leading this DS^3 Seminar detailing how he paved a way for new tech opportunities for HBCU students through the Open Doors by Open Source summer program.

DS^3: Black Excellence in Computer Science

– 12:00 pm ET, Friday, January 28th, 2022

Dr. Jelani Osei Nelson is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley. He won the 2014 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.  He will speak on his award-winning research and how he ties his passion into philanthropy across the world.

DS^3: Why Cultural Competence Matters

– 12:00 pm ET, Friday, November 12th, 2021

Cultural competence originated in social work and counseling psychology, and it has expanded to areas such as healthcare. Yet it hasn’t traditionally been considered an important part of computing. This talk discusses what cultural competence is, why it matters in computing (including data science), and strategies for developing/improving it.


Dr. A. Nicki Washington, Professor of the Practice of Computer Science, Duke 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!

SAP and The Coca Cola Company Career Day - "From the Formula to the Fridge"

Join our Information Session to:

  • Learn key insights about SAP & The Coca Cola Company
  • Meet & Network with Business Professionals
  • Apply for paid internship opportunities!
  • Discover Ways to Kickstart Your Career
  • Optimize your resume
  • Prepare for the Big Interview
  • Understand the search & application process
  • Explore entrepreneurship with SAP.iO

DS^3: Impacts of Cybersecurity, Data Protection, and Privacy Laws on Society

– 12:00 pm ET, Friday, October 22nd, 2021

Data science has quickly become a primary tool in addressing information security. Cybersecurity attacks from data breaches impact personal data and privacy. This panel will share insights on how cybersecurity, data protection, and privacy laws impact every aspect of our lives and recent advancements to thwart malicious acts.


-Dr. Deborah Dent, Chief Information Officer, Jackson State University; PI of MSI Cyberinfrastructure Consortium

-Mr. Tim McKnight, Chief Security Officer, Global Security Unit, SAP

-Dr. William Christian, Former Deputy Chief for the National Security Agency’s Statistics and Machine Learning Research Office

DS^3: A New Approach for Faster Acquisition and Deblurring of Imaging Data in Magnetic Resonance

– 12:00 pm ET, Friday, October 8th, 2021

The evolution of technology has drastically impacted the imaging field, particularly in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Compared to other imaging technologies, MRI offers multiple contrasting mechanisms to distinguish tissues and fat, is radiation-free, and provides anatomical and molecular information about the tissue in question. However, data acquisition times to produce those images require a patient to lie still for a relatively long time. Consequently, it may lead to the voluntary or involuntary movement of the patient due to discomfort. Combined with the underlying issue of inherent noise, MRI is often blurry and contains artifacts. Dr. Johnson will present a new approach to speed up the MR data acquisition through sparse signal reconstruction and deconvolving the unwanted convolution simultaneously.

SPEAKER: Dr. Talon Johnson, Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Texas at Arlington and graduate of Morehouse College (BS ’16)


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

– 12:00 pm ET, Friday, September 24th, 2021
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.
SPEAKER: 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.

DIRECTOR'S DEBRIEF: How the Government is Advancing Data Science Research

– 12:00 pm ET, Friday, September 10th, 2021
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.

SPEAKER: 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. 

SPEAKER: 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.