Data Science Ambassadors
** The next call for nominations opens March 1, 2020. **
Do you have needs or questions related to data science? Find the Data Science Ambassador (DSA) in your college!
The DSA in your college is a resource who can help researchers and educators by:
- Addressing questions related to data science related questions through consults, training, and/or referrals to the right resource and experts on-campus or online
- Developing training or other data literacy programs that are specific to needs to you and your discipline/college.
In short, DSAs are champions for data science literacy in your college!
Who is the DSA in my college?
The 2019-20 DSAs in each college are listed below. To contact a DSA, please send an email to the address below.
My college does not have an ambassador yet. How can the DSA program help?
Please contact the DSA program directors if your college or department would like to get involved.
Comments or questions? Email email@example.com
- College of Humanities, Second Language Acquisition & Teaching GIDP
Drake is working toward a doctorate degree in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching (SLAT). He works for the Department of Spanish and Portuguese as a graduate teaching associate. He has a general background in tech: AutoCAD, ArcGIS, Python, R and many commonly used campus technologies. His current research mainly focuses on language acquisition and processing. Additional interests include big data, reproducible research and data-driven science.
- Applied Mathematics GIDP
Brian is a third-year student in the Applied Mathematics Ph.D. program, currently working on adversarial attacks on machine learning models. Before grad school, he spent four years working as a data scientist in the field of retail pricing at ClearDemand Inc., a successful startup. He enjoys finding innovative methods to distill useful information from large datasets, focusing his time at the UA on learning mathematical techniques which use abstraction to remove tedious and complicated data manipulation steps so that valuable high-level information is more easily accessible. He is an RA under the Trans-disciplinary Research In Principles of Data Science (TRIPODS) NSF grant, and has embraced the broad networking opportunities available under this project -- meeting PIs from many departments and learning how Data Science fits into their research programs. Out of the office, Brian does a lot of rock climbing, hiking, and Lindy Hop.
- College of Social & Behavioral Sciences
Kelsey E. Gonzalez is a PhD student in Sociology. Her research focuses on social networks analysis, computational methods and advanced statistical methods in connection to thematic interests in Race and Ethnicity, Environmental Sociology, and Medical Sociology. She received her MA in Sociology at the University of Arizona in 2019 and her MPhil in Race, Ethnicity and Conflict from Trinity College, Dublin in 2015.
- College of Science
As a 5th year astronomy PhD student with an information science minor, Jennifer studies (1) the formation and evolution of massive, ultra-diffuse galaxies with Professor Dennis Zaritsky in Steward Observatory and (2) equation reading and extraction techniques with Professor Clayton Morrison in the School of Information. In her free time, Jennifer enjoys long-distance cycling, intramural volleyball, and playing board games with friends.
- College of Education
Torbet McNeil is a UA Ph.D. student in the Department of Educational Policy Studies and Practice in the College of Education (COE) and a Graduate Research Assistant for the Data Science Specialist in the Library Office of Digital Information and Stewardship. He was awarded a Scholarship for Education Research to participate in the 2019 Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he took workshops on machine learning, longitudinal analysis, and maximum likelihood estimation. His dissertation is focusing on the academic labor market and comparative higher education policy. Torbet has an M.P.A. from the University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs and a B.A. in international studies with a minor in economics from Emory University. He was elected to the UA Graduate and Professional Student Council (GPSC) as a COE Representative in 2016-17 and as an At-large Representative for 2019-20.
- College of Social & Behavioral Sciences
- Second Language Acquisition and Teaching GIDP
Adriana Picoral holds a bachelors degree in computer science, and is currently a PhD candidate in the Second Language Acquisition and Teaching program at the University of Arizona. Her dissertation research draws from corpus and computational linguistics to shed light on cross-linguistic influence of English and Spanish on the acquisition of Portuguese by Spanish-English bilinguals. She has extensive experience in collecting, processing, maintaining, and analyzing language data, both in academic settings and in industry, including research internships at Educational Testing Service (ETS) and Google. Adriana is a research assistant for two interdisciplinary research teams dedicated to building and maintaining corpora: Crow (Corpus and Repository of Writing - writecrow.org) and MACAWS (Multilingual Academic Corpus of Assignments - Writing and Speech). She is also the founder of R-Ladies Tucson, which is part of a world-wide organization to promote gender diversity in the R community.
- College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
Austin Rutherford is a Ph.D. student in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment with an emphasis in Ecology, Management, and Restoration of Rangelands. Prior to attending the University of Arizona, his research centered on climate change effects on biological soil crusts and surface energy balance on the Colorado Plateau. Austin’s dissertation work utilizes field-based experiments to investigate the critical seedling establishment phase of velvet mesquite shrubs in Sonoran Desert grasslands. These results assist him in the development of an interactive decision support tool and geospatial model that will allow land managers across southern Arizona to evaluate their susceptibility to shrub encroachment.
- College of Science
Saren Seeley is a doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology. Her interests in data science include developing learning resources related to reproducible neuroimaging research practices, and using R/RMarkdown to promote data science literacy. In her research, she uses fMRI to study how adaptation to the death of a spouse is reflected in brain network functioning, in order to better understand why some bereaved people develop complicated grief (i.e., ICD-11’s “prolonged grief disorder”) while others are more easily able to recover from this major stressor.
- College of Medicine - Tucson, Statistics & Data Science GIDP
Samir Rachid Zaim is a Ph.D. student in Statistics and Data Science and a graduate research assistant in the Lussier Lab. After completing his Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics/Statistics at Carleton College, Samir spent two years as a collegiate research fellow with the Analytics Department at the Parkland Center for Clinical Innovations (PCCI) developing real-time statistical models to predict adverse events such as the onset of Sepsis in the ER or 30-day hospital readmissions. In the Lussier group, Samir has worked in a variety of projects ranging from detecting environmental associations with hospital visits to extending the single-subject analytics framework in differential gene expression. Samir is interested in advancing the development of statistical and decision support algorithms in precision medicine, particularly in methods development for differential expression in single-subject analytics, EMR-based case-based reasoning, and high-dimensional feature selection in machine learning.