JMM Workshops

JMM Workshop: How to Create Data Science Summer Training for Faculty and Students, organized by Eric Mintz, Clark Atlanta University, Torina Lewis, American Mathematical Society, and Talithia Washington, Atlanta University Center Consortium; Thursday, 9:00 am–12:00 pm. Clark Atlanta University aims to transform lives and ignite new possibilities for our students and faculty through data science. This workshop will share our lessons learned and how to develop data science training and development opportunities for students and faculty from across the disciplines. The workshop will include interactive sessions on how to create the program along with a student/faculty panel where previous participants will share how our Initiative impacted their learning and research.

Given the increasing availability and importance of data and its utilization in problem-solving and decision-making across all fields, Clark Atlanta is committed to exposing students to data science and analytics as part of their undergraduate education. To this end, we implemented a two-pronged “Virtual Data Science Training, Research, and Education Initiative” during summer 2020 that included a track for undergraduate students and a track for faculty. Twenty undergraduate students from various majors participated in a summer undergraduate research and education experience in data science that started with a one-month immersion in data science training, utilizing eight courses selected from HarvardX’s Professional Certificate in Data Science. The students then conducted undergraduate research with a faculty mentor for one month, applying data science techniques. Sixteen faculty members from across the disciplines completed three to six courses selected from HarvardX’s Professional Certificate in Data Science, depending on their background and goals. The faculty members then developed data science and analytics modules to incorporate in existing courses; hence, amplifying our efforts to embed an introduction to data science in all degree programs. Based on the success of the summer 2020 “Virtual Data Science Training, Research, and Education Initiative,” we continue to modify the student and faculty tracks we will continue to expand to more students and faculty in summer 2021.

Black Mathematicians Edit-A-Thon, Thursday, 8:00 am–1:00 pm. The first African American to receive a doctorate in mathematics, Elbert Cox, did so in 1925; the first African American woman, Euphemia Haynes, in 1943. There are around 5000 Blacks who have earned a doctorate in the mathematical sciences. Until recently, there was no database of these individuals, their stories, or their work. This 5-hour session will provide space and training for students and faculty alike to (1) add biographies of Black mathematicians on Wikipedia, and (2) add biographies of Black mathematicians in the MAD Pages Database.

JMM Professional Development Workshop: Mathematicians Navigating Parenthood, organized by Katharine Gurski, Howard University, Angela Peace, Texas Tech University, Olivia Prosper, University of Tennessee, Tracy Stepien, University of Florida, and Miranda Teboh-Ewungkem, Lehigh University; Friday 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, navigating a career as a mathematician (whether in academia, industry, or a national lab), was challenging for many families with children. COVID-19 has ex- acerbated the situation, testing parents, parents-to-be, and those wishing to be parents in ways that could not have been anticipated, with the time for parental duties and time to do research, all while maintaining other professional duties like service and participating in work-life, seem to clash. Many participants of JMM have experienced these challenges first hand and persevered. This means there have been a lot of lessons learned in the past year on juggling work life and home life that we can carry with us into the future and share with others to create a better environment for those in parenthood or on the path to parenthood.

This professional development workshop will be divided into three one-hour blocks. The first block will include a panel discussion, introduction to breakout session topics, and a brief Google survey to determine the variety of career paths and stages represented amongst participants, along with anything else they would like the organizers to know about their stage in parenthood. The second block will be devoted to breakout sessions on a variety of topics. The final block will allow breakout session leaders to report back to the larger group on any particularly useful solutions or resources, or unresolved questions identified during the second block.

The panelists and breakout session leaders will include a mixture of mathematicians in academia, government labs, and industry, who have experience either as parents or the road towards parenthood. Panelists who are non-tenure track will also offer their perspective. The organizers are in different stages of parenthood and are working in different academic environments, from small liberal arts colleges to large research institutions.

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