Past Events

Speaker: Hadley Wickham
Hadley Wickham is a chief scientist at RStudio, and an adjunct professor of statistics at the University of AucklandStanford University, and Rice University. To learn more about Hadley, click here. 

Date: March 31, 2021
Time: 4-5 p.m. ET

Shamina SinghSpeaker: Shamina Singh 
Shamina Singh is the Founder & President of the Center for Inclusive Growth, the philanthropic hub of Mastercard. She also serves as Executive Vice President of Corporate Sustainability. Over a 15-year career in the public sector, she also has held senior positions in the White House and the U.S. House of Representatives. To learn more about Shamina, click here.

Building the Field of Data Science for Social Impact

Abstract: With nearly 2.5 quintillion bytes of data produced daily, how might we leverage the potential of data to address the socio-economic challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, systemic racism and the deepening divide of information inequality? Despite great advances in data science, those who most may benefit from precise and timely data analytics - the social sector and civic organizations – are lagging behind. With increased attention and support, they can leverage data analytics to make their work go further and faster, ultimately helping more people survive, thrive and strive in a digital economy.  But transforming the role of data in addressing major social and economic issues is not a job for any one person or organization. Only through a crowding-in of time, talent and capital can the digital economy begin to work for everyone, everywhere.

Drawing on groundbreaking case studies and the use of data tools to unlock potential in economically distressed communities, Shamina Singh, together with leading data scientists from Mastercard, will share examples of how data is helping to advance an agenda of inclusive growth.

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Date: October 6, 2020
Time: 4:00-5:00 p.m. ET

Come listen to a great keynote speaker and Oregon State DSPG young scholars discuss their summer data science projects to assist rural stakeholders in Oregon.

Charisse Madlock-Brown
Keynote speaker: Professor Charisse Madlock-Brown, a faculty member in Health Informatics and Information Management at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, will speak on the topic: "Social Determinants of Health Related to COVID-19 in Urban and Rural Communities."

Date: August 21, 2020
Time: 1-4 p.m. PT

This event is free and open to the public.

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*Note: These events are being recorded by audio, video, and photographic means. By attending, you grant the University of Virginia the right to use your voice/likeness in any depiction of these events. 

DSPG AudiencePlease join us for our annual Data Science for the Public Good Symposium to be hosted virtually featuring keynote speaker Kenneth Prewitt, Carnegie Professor of Public Affairs and Special Advisor to the President, and this year's DSPG Young Scholars.

Thanks to a grant from the USDA, the DSPG Young Scholars program was able to expand beyond the Commonwealth of Virginia for the first time to create a three-state Coordinated Innovation Network among five partner universities: Oregon State University, Iowa State University, Virginia Tech, University of Virginia, and Virginia State University. 

As a result, this year’s DSPG Symposium brings over 60 undergraduate and graduate students together with postdoctoral fellows and faculty to present 30 research projects that address critical social issues relevant in the world today.

Date: August 7, 2020 
Time: 1-4:30 p.m. ET

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