Year of Data and Society projects announced

The first round of projects funded through the Year of Data and Society have been announced.

This year’s theme builds on the Data Science Task Force report issued last year and provides a platform for launching some of its central recommendations to work toward a leadership position at the confluence of responsible data science.

Find more information on the funded projects here:

Cultivating Critical Data Literacies for Teaching and Learning Through Praxis: Veena Vasudevan, assistant professor of digital media and learning, and Tinukwa Boulder, associate professor of practice and director of innovative technologies and online learning, both in the School of Education

Data and Information Equity in Homewood: Elise Silva, teaching assistant in composition department, and Khirsten L. Scott, assistant professor and founder of HYPE Media, both in the English department, Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences

Developing a Data Science for Social Justice Curriculum at Pitt: Sera Linardi, Associate Professor of Economics at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs; Robert Gradeck,  University Center for Social and Urban Research; Ron Idoko, Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and Brett Say, Pitt Honors College

Enriching Citizen-Science Data Using Context, Feedback, and Community-Oriented Communication: Abhishek Viswanathan, Ph.D. student; Amy Babay, assistant professor; and  Rosta Farzan, associate professor and associate dean for diversity, equity and inclusion, all in the School of Computing and Information

Exploring the Churchill Valley Greenway Through Visual and Scientific Data Collection: Sarah Moore, visiting lecturer, Film and Media Studies Department, and Patrick Shirey, assistant professor, Department of Geology and Environmental Science, both in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

Forbes Hacks: Hayden Feddock and Samil Paul, both undergraduates in the Forbes Hall Engineering LLC

Infusing Data Science into the Health Humanities and the Humanities into the Data Sciences: Ethical Use, Social Implications, and Educational Impact: Michael Deem, Visiting Associate Professor, Graduate School of Public Health; Stephanie Eckstrom, masters of social work program coordinator, Pitt-Bradford; Bridget Keown, lecturer, Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program; Jane Liebschutz, chief, Division of General Internal Medicine, School of Medicine; Kathy Mayle, dean of nursing, Community College of Allegheny County; Jonathan Perlman, UPMC Palliative and Supportive Institute; and Susan Wieczorek, associate professor, Communication, Pitt- Johnstown

Latinx Data: Historical Civil Rights Advocacy and Contemporary Intersectional Insights: Lisa Ortiz, assistant professor, and Gina Garcia, associate professor, School of Education; Michele Reid-Vazquez, associate professor, Department of Africana Studies; and Ron Idoko, Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Responsible Use of Learning Analytics: Challenges and Opportunities: Marcia Rapchak, teaching assistant professor, School of Computing and Information; Amanda Brodish, associate vice provost for data analytics; Robert Ackerman and John Radzilowicz, Center for Teaching and Learning

Understanding Data, Digital Culture, and Disinformation: Community Outreach to Bolster Media Literacy and Democratic Resilience in the Monongahela River Valley: Jennifer Ghilani, associate professor of communication, Pitt–Greensburg, and Lara Putnam, UCIS research professor, History, Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences; both affiliate scholars with the Pitt Disinformation Lab

Deadline for the next round of funding is Dec. 1. Applications must be submitted through Competition Space. See the Year of Data and Society website for more details.