A grant award was made on August 15th, 2016 to Morehouse College and Spelman College titled Targeted Infusion Project: Data Science eXtension (DSX): Incorporating data science fundamentals in computing curriculum at Spelman and Morehouse Colleges. The total amount of the grant is of $399,903 over three years. The idea behind the grant is to infuse data science concepts throughout multiple classes at Morehouse and Spelman Colleges, create two new data science courses that students at both institutions can take and submit a proposal to develop a minor in Data Science at both Morehouse and Spelman Colleges. Drs. Brandeis Marshall (Spelman College) and Kinnis Gosha (Morehouse College) are the Principal Investigators on the grant. Data science is an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary field focused on processes and systems that extract knowledge and relevant information from either structured or unstructured data (Baker et al, 2011; Chang et al, 2008; Naur 1974). According to the McKinsey Report (Manyika et al, 2011), there will be almost 200,000 positions requiring “deep analytical skills”. The report further outlines the additional job responsibilities of nearly 1.5 million managers and analysts who will need to analyze and interpret data findings in order to make decisions. Given that HBCUs account for only 3% of the higher education institutions, HBCUs are producing nearly 26% of all Black STEM bachelor’s recipients each year with smaller institution endowments and restricted institutional resources (Upton and Tanenbaum 2014). The continued STEM bachelor’s recipient production hinges on sufficient faculty and student exposure and training in emerging fields such as data science. Says Gosha, “This award sets the groundwork to make both Morehouse and Spelman College the national leaders in producing African-Americans data scientist, which will adds to the overall push by both colleges to prepare students for outstanding career and graduate school opportunities after graduation.” More information about the award can be found on the National Science Foundation’s website.
Congratulations to CRCL Senior CS major Simone Smarr will be pursuing a PhD in the Human centered Computing program at University of Florida and will be attending in the fall. Simone has also been awarded the McKnight Doctoral Fellowship.
Congratulations to CRCL Sophomore CS major Takeria Blunt on her acceptance into Boeing this summer as a systems design and integration specialist.
Congratulations to CRCL Senior CS major on his graduate pursuits this fall. Daniel will be attending UCLA where he will go on to earn his PhD in Bioinformatics.
Congratulations to Daniel Johnson on his acceptance into the UCLA Bruins in Genomics summer program! The Bruins-In-Genomics (B.I.G.) Summer is an intensive, practical experience in genomics and bioinformatics for students who are interested in integrating quantitative and biological knowledge, and pursuing graduate degrees in the biological, biomedical or health sciences.
Congratulations to CRCL junior CS major Rashaud Savage on his acceptance this summer into the UNCC socially relevant REU program. Rashaud will be working with the researching lab on wireless network and sensors.
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Dr. Kinnis Gosha and Dr. Brandies Marshall have been awarded a collaborative grant of $299,257 from the National Science Foundation (Award #1547793). The overall purpose of this grant is to plan and design a dual institution CREST research center in Socially Relevant Computing at Morehouse and Spelman Colleges. The center will provide interdisciplinary education, undergraduate research, and workforce development for African American computer science students. In addition, the center will create an ecosystem of partners to conduct research that leads to technologies that help solve critical societal problems of national priority.
Please join us on June 9, 2016 to June 11, 2016 for the First Conference of the National Society of Blacks in Computing (NSBC) at the Twelve Hotel (Atlantic Station) in Atlanta, GA! Registration will soon become available. Please fill out this (short) form to remain informed. Please forward to your networks. Inquiries may be directed to email@example.com.
2016 AMALTHEA REU Summer Research Program: Apply by March 31
AN OPPORTUNITY FOR A 10-WEEK RESEARCH EXPERIENCE FOR UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS is available in the area of Machine Learning. The program is sponsored by the National Science Foundation and is offered by the Information Characterization & Exploitation (ICE) Laboratory at Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) in Melbourne, Florida.
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=> US citizens or permanent residents
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