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Wednesday May 1 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT
Data Science Education: Building Degree Programs from a National Perspective
The modern world is in the midst of a “Data Revolution”. In the past, what propelled nations to success, in the Industrial Revolution, was general manufacturing literacy. In essence, a “manufacturing literate” society equaled an innovation rich country. Today, we do not have general “data literacy” for this new Data Revolution. Data that can be used to benefit health, energy, manufacturing, and the environment lay unused because of a lack of workforce and managers with the skills to understand the data, its tools, and its uses. Universities and academic institutions broadly have taken up the mantle of trying to educate and train the data scientists and data-enabled professionals of the future. The question, however, of how data science fits into a university is still an open one. Here, we will explore models for data science education from academic institutions across the country and gain perspective on the pros and cons if different approaches.
Dr. Renata Rawlings-Goss is a Data Strategic Coach and Author of the upcoming book “Data Careers, Data Programs, and Data Talent” by Springer Press.
She is the current Executive Director of the South Big Data Regional Innovation Hub, one of only four Big Data Innovation Hubs for the nation, serving 16 states – Delaware through Texas – in data science partnerships between industry, academia, and government. She is also the Director of Industry Partnerships for the Institute of Data Engineering and Science at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Dr. Rawlings-Goss previously worked with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, under President Obama, to create the National Data Science Organizers. She co-led the writing team for the Federal Big Data Strategic Plan, including 19 federal agencies, and was awarded a AAAS Big Data Science and Technology Policy fellowship with the National Science Foundation in the directorate of Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE-OAD).
Dr. Rawlings-Goss lives in Atlanta, GA and received her training in physics, biophysics, and computational genomics from Florida A&M University, the University of Michigan, and the University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests include data-driven analysis of African and African-American genetic expression as it relates to drug metabolism as well as professional interests in data science education and workforce development in all communities.
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