A year ago I wrote, with much help from our Diversity Equity and Inclusion Council, a blog on addressing inequality. It was inspired, like so many statements, by the events of the time that were by no means new or less unjust, just more visible as they were played relentlessly across media outlets. Our statements […]

It’s been over a year since the University of Virginia (UVA) School of Data Science (SDS) was approved by the State Council for Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV). Where are we today? The short answer is we are growing very fast, even in the midst of a pandemic. Rapid growth brings with it a sense […]

In 2007 we started a company SciVee.tv to communicate science in the still early days of streaming video. Believing that YouTube would only be the realm of cat videos and that serious science would appear on SciVee.tv proved to be wrong. 500 hours of video, including scientific content, are uploaded to YouTube every minute and […]

In forty years of academic research, like so much else, what is happening during the COVID-19 pandemic is unprecedented. The emphasis on the researcher as an individual with the viewpoint, “I must hide all I am doing until it is published so I don’t get scooped”  is replaced by a common purpose, “lets share ideas, […]

I wanted to share with you a message I shared yesterday with our School of Data Science current students, recent graduates, and team regarding events cumulating in the death of George Floyd. In so doing I stand with you in deep sadness, grief, and frustration. We intend to turn this emotion into action. By being […]

This past week I had an enjoyable hour On-Air answering questions from 600 University of Virginia alumni and friends on how data science is addressing the COVID-19 crisis. Many had submitted questions beforehand as well. Looking through these questions and thinking back to the On-Air session, I have distilled the three most sought-after answers to […]

These are unprecedented times and the School of Data Science (SDS) team – students, faculty and staff – have gone above and beyond in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. I am heartfelt and extremely proud of every one of them.  This response began when the University of Virginia (UVA) made the difficult, but vitally important, […]

While data science, as I have defined in previous blogs, provides the opportunity to make a very positive impact on society, there can also be negative consequences. It is these negative consequences that get all the attention, thereby, in the public’s eyes at least, downgrading what is actually being achieved.  This is a slippery slope […]

As we prepare to offer a PhD degree in data science, a highly interdisciplinary field encompassing every imaginable discipline, what does such a degree imply, what are employers expecting, what will a faculty actually trained in data science look like? All questions we are contemplating as the program comes together. Here I focus not so […]

When I was growing up in the UK in the early 1960s, I took what became known as the eleven-plus exam. The controversial exam pretty much defined your future at age 11—white collar or blue. If you passed you went to a grammar school, where you took Latin, English literature, languages, and further academic pursuits; […]