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Data Science Community announces spring 2021 talks

Posted on February 11, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Penn State Data Science Community will host a slate of speakers during the spring 2021 semester. Each topic will focus on the use of data science techniques to investigate a particular subject. Topics for the spring include social media use, additive manufacturing, the exploration of genetics and the role of big data in COVID-19 decision making. 

All Penn State students, faculty and staff with an interest in data science are welcome to attend the Data Science Community events. Anyone interested in attending must register in advance on the Data Science Community website

“Attending a DS talk can provide an opportunity to learn about new techniques and methodologies, connect with other individuals working in the data science space and hopefully find collaborators,” said Briana Ezray, research data librarian, Penn State University Libraries, and faculty lead for the Penn State Data Science Community.

The schedule includes:

Feb. 18, 1 p.m.

  • “Algorithmic fairness for socially optimal decision-making,” presented by Hadi Hosseini, assistant professor of information sciences and technology
  • “Using machine learning to understand gene regulation,” presented by Shaun Mahony, assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biology

March 4, 11 a.m.

  • “Studying Sharing of Political Content on Facebook,” presented by S. Shyam Sundar, James P. Jimirro Professor of Media Effects
  • “Multi Modal Sensor Fusion for Data driven Process Monitoring of Additive Manufacturing Processing,” presented by Jan Petrich, research development engineer, Geospatial Intelligence Department, Applied Research Laboratory

March 18, 11 a.m.

  • “Human movement and infectious diseases,” presented by Nita Bharti, assistant professor of biology and Lloyd Huck Early Career Professor
  • “Health System Barriers Preventing Use of ‘Big Data Analytics’ to More Effectively Manage The Covid-19 Pandemic,” presented by Dennis Scanlon, distinguished professor of health policy and administration

April 1, 11 a.m.

  • “Expert knowledge capture for 2D materials synthesis,” presented by Wesley Reinhart, assistant professor of materials science and engineering and Institute for Computational and Data Sciences (ICDS) faculty co-hire
  • Presentation by Timothy Brick, assistant professor of human development and family studies and ICDS faculty co-hire

The Data Science Community is a grassroots initiative supported by Penn State’s Teaching and Learning with TechnologyInstitute for Computational and Data Sciences and University Libraries. To learn more about Data Science Community events or to join the community mailing list, visit


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