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Data Science Visions Working Group

Leveraging Vanderbilt's many assets and strengths in “big data” and “data science” is the charge of the Data Science Visions Working Group, which will help to ensure that the university is positioned for continued success in these areas. The working group, which is comprised of faculty from each of Vanderbilt's schools and colleges, will develop a vision for the university that will chart the path ahead. By engaging the Vanderbilt community, the working group will be better equipped to identify key thematic areas and educational programs to advance as well as to identify opportunities for alignment and coordination across campus for greater impact. Data Science Visions TIPs website.

Data Science Visions Working Group

  • Andreas Berlind, director, graduate studies for astrophysics, associate professor, physics, College of Arts and Science; co-chair;
  • Yu Shyr, director, Center for Quantitative Sciences, Harold L. Moses Chair in Cancer Research, chair, biostatistics, professor, biomedical informatics, School of Medicine; co-chair;
  • Hiba Baroud, director, graduate recruiting for civil engineering, assistant professor, civil and environmental engineering, School of Engineering;
  • Gregory Barz, chair, musicology and ethnomusicology, professor, musicology, associate professor, religion, Blair School of Music (Sept. 2017 - Oct. 2017);
  • Marisa Cannata, research assistant professor, leadership, policy and organizations, Peabody College;
  • Jason Grissom, director, master of public policy (MPP) program, associate professor, public policy and education, Peabody College;
  • Emily Hodges, assistant professor of biochemistry, School of Medicine;
  • J. Kelly Holley-Bockelmann, director, Fisk-Vanderbilt Masters-to-PhD Bridge Program, associate professor, physics and astronomy, College of Arts and Science;
  • Craig Lewis, Madison S. Wigginton Professor of Finance and Professor of Law, Law School;
  • Brad Malin, associate professor, biomedical informatics; School of Engineering;
  • Dave Michelson, assistant professor, history of Christianity, Divinity School;
  • Tom Palmeri, co-director, scientific computing, professor, psychology, College of Arts and Science;
  • Mariann Piano, senior associate dean for research, Nancy and Hillard Travis Professor of Nursing, School of Nursing;
  • J.B. Ruhl, David Daniels Allen Distinguished Chair of Law, director, program in law and innovation, co-director, energy, environment and land use program, Law School;
  • Doug Schmidt, associate chair, electrical engineering and computer science, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Engineering, School of Engineering;
  • Seth Smith, associate professor, radiology and radiological sciences, School of Medicine;
  • Sonya Sterba, director, quantitative methods program, associate professor, psychology, College of Arts and Science;
  • Matt Tyska, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor, cell and developmental biology, School of Medicine;
  • Yevgeniy Vorobeychik, assistant professor, computer science, assistant professor, computer engineering, School of Engineering; and
  • Steve Wernke, associate professor, anthropology, College of Arts and Science.

Masters in Data Science: Special Task Force

Charge: Data Science is an exciting new field that lies at the intersection of statistical methodology, computational science, and a wide range of application domains. The task force will evaluate the potential for a trans-institutional masters program in data science at Vanderbilt University. It is imagined that an effective program will train students in a set of core capacities (e.g. statistical modeling, machine learning, optimization, management and analysis of massive data sets, data acquisition, collaborative problem solving, visualization and communication, and security and ethical issues that arise in data science) leading to various interdisciplinary concentrations and application experience. The task force will work quickly to propose a program framework with an eye to launching the program in Fall 2018. 

Task Force Members

  • David Wright, director, Laboratories for Innovations in Global Health Technologies (LIGHT), Stevenson Chair of Chemistry, College of Arts and Science; chair;
  • Andreas Berlind, director, graduate studies for astrophysics, associate professor, associate professor, physics and astronomy, College of Arts and Science;
  • Jeffrey Blume, associate professor, biostatistics, School of Medicine;
  • Marisa Cannata, research assistant professor, leadership, policy and organizations, Peabody College;
  • Doug Hardin, associate director of graduate studies, professor, mathematics, College of Arts and Science;
  • Maithilee Kunda, assistant professor, computer science and computer engineering, School of Engineering;
  • Brad Malin, associate professor, biomedical informatics; School of Engineering;
  • Gregor Neuert, assistant professor, molecular physiology and biophysics, School of Engineering;
  • Joel Rodrigue, vice chair, associate professor, economics, College of Arts and Science;
  • Sonya Sterba, director, quantitative methods program, associate professor, psychology and human development, College of Arts and Science; and
  • Doug Schmidt, associate chair, electrical engineering and computer science, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Engineering, School of Engineering.