Data Science Coast To Coast

seminar series

The DS C2C seminar series, hosted jointly by six academic data science institutes, provides a unique opportunity to foster a broad-reaching data science community.

This fall, the series features important figures in data science, who will provide insight on the transformative use of data science in traditional research disciplines, future breakthroughs in data science research, data science entrepreneurship, and advocacy and national policies for a data-enabled and just society.

Speakers throughout the winter and spring will include faculty members and postdoctoral fellows at the six universities whose research spans the theory and methodology of data science, and their application in arts and humanities, engineering, biomedical, natural, physical  and social sciences.

October 2020

Oct. 21st, 3 pm EST/noon PST
Dr. Talitha Washington
Full Professor of Mathematics at Clark Atlanta University and Director of the Atlanta University Center Data Science Initiative
​Clark Atlanta University

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November 2020

Nov. 18th, 3 pm EST/noon PST
Dr. Alex Szalay
​Bloomberg Distinguished Professor, Physics and Astronomy, Computer Science
The Johns Hopkins University​

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December 2020

Dec. 15, 3 pm EST/noon PST
Dr. Jeanne Holm
Chief Data Officer
City of Los Angeles

NEXT SEMINAR - Dec. 15, 3 pm EST/noon PST

Dr. Jeanne Holm

Chief Data Officer, City of Los Angeles


Dr. Talitha Washington

‘Why We Can’t Wait’: Using Social Justice to Transform Data Science

Located in the "Cradle of the Civil Rights Movement", the Atlanta University Center (AUC) Data Science Initiative has a keen focus to advance social justice through data science. The AUC is a consortium of four historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in Atlanta, Georgia: Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Morehouse School of Medicine, and Spelman College. The inaugural director of the AUC Data Science Initiative, Dr. Talitha Washington, hopes to move data science towards ethics and fairness for Black America because “whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”
Link to Dr. Washington's talk

Dr. Alex Szalay

From Sky Surveys to Cancer: Spatial Data Everywhere

The talk describes a 25 year journey leading from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey to a wide range of projects in data science. There are many common threads: the need for extreme interactivity, the need for flexible data aggregation and the commonality of spatial data. The size of data sets have grown almost a million fold, but user expectations for almost instant results has not changed. The talk will describe the gradual evolution of the SciServer, and how new interactive metaphors to interact with hundreds of terabytes of turbulence simulations emerged. We will discuss how machine learning and AI tools are transforming science, from simulations to how large experiments are designed and executed. We will also emphasize that much of these new developments still rely on having unique high value data sets at our fingertips, and how the long term survival of these is entering a critical, endangered phase.
Link to Dr. Szalay's talk

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