In anticipation of the launch of the UNC School of Data Science and Society, RENCI is helping launch Carolina Data Science Now, a series of themed, informal conversations about data science work already happening across UNC and North Carolina that will spark your imagination about what it means to be a data science practitioner and will create opportunities for connection across domain boundaries.
The inaugural Carolina Data Science Now webinar will take place on January 26 at 12 PM ET. This month’s theme is “Usual and Unusual Suspects.”
Dr. Terry Magnuson, UNC Vice Chancellor for Research, will give opening remarks. The event will feature three lightning talks by professors and researchers in UNC-Chapel Hill’s academic community, centered around how data science is used in a broad range of disciplines. These talks will be followed by a guided panel and an opportunity for questions and answers with the speakers. We hope you will enjoy discovering how data science underpins and influences research and daily life.
Those interested in attending can register on the Carolina Data Science Now website, and are encouraged to sign up for our newsletter to stay updated on future events.
This month’s speakers include:
- Kathryn Desplanque, Department of Art & Art History: Kathryn Desplanque is a mixed race, Black and white, scholar who came to UNC after holding the Carolina Post-Doctoral Fellowship for Faculty Diversity. She specializes in 18th and 19th century European visual culture. She works with Digital Humanities methodologies, building and querying relational databases to study hundreds of images. Her talk will discuss satirical images of artistic life in Paris published from 1750 – 1850 using Qualitative Data Analysis.
- Corbin Jones, Departments of Biology and Genetics: Corbin Jones works in the UNC departments of biology and genetics. The goal of his research is to identify, clone, and characterize the evolution of genes underlying natural adaptations in order to determine the types of genes involved, how many and what types of genetic changes occurred, and the evolutionary history of these changes. His talk will discuss the analysis of spatial genomic data and leveraging ecological research to better understand new data sets.
- Timothy Shea, Department of Classics: Timothy Shea is an Assistant Professor of Classical Archaeology at UNC. He received his B.A. in Greek and Latin from Tulane University and his Ph.D. in Art History from Duke University. His research interests are in the art, archaeology, and topography of ancient Greece in the Archaic and Classical periods. His talk will discuss the Spatial Antiquity Lab, a space dedicated to research and teaching in Spatial Humanities and focused on the study of ancient cities and urbanism.