Data Science for the Public Good Forum

Data Science for the Public Good Forum

As leaders in Data Science for the Public Good, we hold ourselves accountable and push to champion research and public policy on public good issues that will shape a healthy future for communities around the world, all within a bedrock of data science. Our “Forum” takes the discussion out into the community and to the public at large in an effort to encourage more civic engagement and strategic planning for the good of society.

The DSPG Forum includes our Distinguished Speaker Series and Annual Symposium, and builds on the Biocomplexity Institute’s highly successful DSPG initiative. The intention of the DSPG Forum is to bring together key public and private stakeholders to discuss and plan 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.

The DSPG Forum is public-facing and targeted at a regional audience from local, state and federal government, business, industry, regional academics, students at all levels and the general public.

We’re proud to partner with the UVA School of Data Science, Darden School of Business, and Democracy Initiative’s Equity Center.

The University of Virginia isn’t just “doing data science,” we’re also preparing a new generation to support social issues, and we’re bringing the discussion to other like-minded individuals and members of the community.

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


Data Science for the Public Good Distinguished Speaker Series

Hadley Wickham headshotSpeaker: 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



Past Forum Events


Shamina SinghDistinguished Speaker Series: Shamina Singh 
October 6, 2020
Building the Field of Data Science for Social Impact

Shamina Singh is the Founder & President of the Center for Inclusive Growth and the Executive Vice President of Corporate Sustainability at Mastercard. 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, shared examples of how data is helping to advance an agenda of inclusive growth. Click here to view a recording of this event. 



Young scholar with microphoneData Science for the Public Good Annual Symposium 2020
August 7, 2020

This year's Symposium featured keynote speaker Kenneth Prewitt, Carnegie Professor of Public Affairs at Columbia University and Special Advisor to the President, and students from DSPG Young Scholars programs across three states (Oregon, Iowa, and Virginia) and Istanbul, Turkey, who presented their research findings during a thought-provoking poster session.

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Mark HansenDistinguished Speaker Series: Mark Hansen
June 4, 2020
Fascinating Revelations

Mark Hansen is a David and Helen Gurley Brown Professor of Journalism and Innovation and the Director at the David and Helen Gurley Brown Institute of Media Innovation at Columbia University. For the last eight years, Hansen has been training journalists to report “on” as well as “with” data, code and algorithms. He shared his experiences and what “computational journalism” meant for the practice of data science. Click here to view a recording of this event. 



danah boydDistinguished Speaker Series: danah boyd
January 21, 2020
Data: Its Vulnerabilities and Legitimacy

danah boyd is a partner researcher at Microsoft Research, the founder and president of Data & Society, and a visiting professor at New York University. Weaving together her work on media manipulation, search engine "data voids," and efforts to protect the 2020 U.S. Census, danah helped the audience think about the social and technical challenges that our data-centric world introduces.



Katharine AbrahamDistinguished Speaker Series: Katharine Abraham
September 17, 2019
Informing Decisions while Protecting Privacy: The Future of the Federal Statistical System

Katharine Abraham is the Director of the Maryland Center for Economics and Policy, and a professor of Survey Methodology and Economics at the University of Maryland. In her talk, Dr. Abraham spoke of different ways to address the challenges currently facing the Federal statistical system, including: the use of naturally-occurring "big data", new models, and strengthened partnerships with academia and businesses. 

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Ron JarminAnnual Symposium Keynote Speaker: Ron Jarmin
August 9, 2019

This year's Symposium featured keynote speaker Ron Jarmin, deputy director and chief operating officer of the U.S. Census Bureau. He spoke about the 2020 Census and it's continual evolvement to better suit the needs of our country. The Data Science for the Public Good Annual Symposium is a showcase for researchers across the country, including the Institute's DSPG Young Scholars.



Phil BourneAnnual Symposium Keynote Speaker: Phil Bourne
August 9, 2019
What Does Responsible Data Science Mean?

This year's Symposium also featured keynote speaker Phil Bourne, director of the University of Virginia’s Data Science Institute and acting dean of the School of Data Science. This talk invited the audience to think about what we can learn about responsibility from genomics as we perform data science for the public good, and how openness, reproducibility, etc. can lead to responsible data science across all domains.



Martin O'MalleyDistinguished Speaker Series: Martin O'Malley
June 14, 2019
Smarter Government: The Data, the Map, and the Method.

The former Governor of Maryland, Martin O'Malley, kicked off the Data Science for the Public Good Distinguished Speaker Series with his talk, Smart Government: The Data, the Map, and the Method, emphasizing the need for more evidence-based policy making.

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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

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