Data Science for the Public Good Forum

Data Science for the Public Good Forum

The University of Virginia’s Biocomplexity Institute, Darden School of Business, and Data Science Institute in partnership with the Northern Virginia Technology Council announce the Data Science for the Public Good Forum, an opportunity for civic engagement, comprised of a Distinguished Speaker Series and Annual Symposium.

The Data Science for the Public Good (DSPG) Forum builds on the Biocomplexity Institute's highly successful and distinctive DSPG research platform that leverages cutting-edge public policy analytics and unprecedented data access, and serves as an honest broker to identify, visualize, and understand the full complement of interests that affect the public good. 

As central programs of the Forum, the Distinguished Speaker Series and Annual Symposium will bring together key public and private stakeholders to discuss how “doing data science” can support evidence-based policymaking and innovation to enhance the quality of life where we all live, learn, work, and play.

We can’t wait to begin these important conversations with you!

*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. 

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Data Science for the Public Good Distinguished Speaker Series

danah boyd

danah boyd is a partner researcher at Microsoft Research, the founder and president of Data & Society, and a visiting professor at New York University. Her research is focused on addressing social and cultural inequities by understanding the relationship between technology and society. Her most recent books, "It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens" and "Participatory Culture in a Networked Age," examine the intersection of everyday practices and social media. She is a 2011 Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Director of both Crisis Text Line and Social Science Research Council, and a Trustee of the National Museum of the American Indian. danah received a bachelor's degree in computer science from Brown University, a master's degree from the MIT Media Lab, and a Ph.D. in Information from the University of California, Berkeley.

Date: January 21, 2020
Talk and Q&A Session: 4:00-5:00pm
Reception: 5:00-6:30pm

Location: University of Virginia Darden School of Business Sands Family Grounds
1100 Wilson Boulevard, 30th Floor
Arlington, VA 22209

Register for the Distinguished Speaker Series

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Past Forum Events

See our Events page for an archive of all Institute-sponsored events.

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Data Science for the Public Good Forum Sponsors

Thank you to our sponsors for their support. It’s through their generous contributions that we’re able to deliver these Forum events as we continue to foster civic engagement and future discussions on the importance of doing data science to enhance the quality of life where we all live, learn, work, and play.

Interested in sponsoring the Data Science for the Public Good Forum events? Please read the sponsorship prospectus or contact Kevin Passarello, Director of Translational Programs and Development, at the UVA Biocomplexity Institute.

Bronze-level Sponsors


  • MITRE logo
  • Washington Statistical Society
  • NORC logo
  • AMSTAT logo
  • R Studio Sponsor Logo
  • SAGE Publishing logo
  • Westat sponsor logo
  • Avison Young Sponsor Logo

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DSPG Forum Sponsors