Data Science Ambassadors
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 2021-22 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. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more about our Call for Nominations. Nominations are due by May 1, 2022.
Comments or questions? Email email@example.com
- Entomology & Insect Sciences
Greg Chism is a PhD Candidate in the Entomology and Insect Science GIDP. He is interested in how the nest shapes of ants influence their behavior. Specifically, he studies rock dwelling ants found in the Santa Catalina mountains, which occupy already existing structures (rock crevices) instead of digging nests underground. Though these ants can build walls from soil in their environment, we don't really understand how occupying some nest sites is better than occupying others. Greg has devoted much of his PhD to developing an effective data science and statistical toolset and enjoys being able to help solve related problems that researchers at UArizona face. Greg deeply enjoys data visualization through R and is excited to develop further skills in R and Python.
- Senior Ambassador, Applied Intercultural Arts & Research GIDP, Graduate College
Karen De la Rosa is a Ph.D. student in the new Applied Intercultural Arts Research GIDP (AIAR) at UA. She has explored the relationship between music-related variables and behavioral phenomena using a wide range of procedures such as machine learning, R and Python analytics, sentiment analysis, linear models, content analysis, frequency distributions, mediator/moderator modeling analysis, and structural equations. Her paper “Why do young adults listen to Music?” was presented at the 2016 International Journal of Arts and Sciences (IJAS) Conference in Rome, and later published in that same journal in 2017. Karen is currently working on machine learning models predicting music consumption behaviors and other related outcomes using business, health, media and historical data. Karen is an R enthusiast and her professional interests include applications of machine learning algorithms in industry as well as data science applications in interdisciplinary settings.
- School of Information
Laura W. Dozal is a PhD student at UofA's iSchool. Her recent work has focused on analyzing and visualizing network clusters to understand social behavior. Her methods in the past have been deep learning for Natural Language Processing applications of online crime and disinformation, as well as quantitative network analysis to identify community spaces. Her research specifically covers topics of gender equality movements in Latin America, community perception, and more recently, criminal organizations.
- Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences
Reza is a PhD student in the Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences with an emphasis in remote sensing of precipitation, retrieval combinations, and error estimation. His PhD research specifically focuses on high latitude and cold region precipitation retrieval and analysis using machine/deep learning. Before grad school, he was involved in several World Bank Group projects in Africa as a water resources expert and a data scientist. In his free time, Reza enjoys playing basketball, tennis, and guitar.
- Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health
My name is James Hollister, and I am honored to be a data science ambassador from the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. I am currently pursing my MS degree in Biostatistics, and I am plan on continuing with the PhD degree in the future. I am originally from Hunter, North Dakota, and I received my undergraduate degree in Mathematics from the University of North Dakota in 2019. Outside of school, my hobbies include running, golfing, game nights with friends, and playing piano.
- School of Information
Sarah Stueve is a PhD student in the School of Information. Her research interests include Machine Learning, Deep Learning, and Natural Language Processing (NLP). She is the lead instructor for ISTA 130, a first-semester programming course in Python. Sarah completed bachelors degrees in Information Science and Technology and Communication in 2019 before becoming a masters student, and current PhD student, at UA. She has experience working with students from all backgrounds in learning and using Python, SQL, R, and basic Unix. Her recent research centers around affect and sentiment analysis on social media.
Linh Tran is a Ph.D. student in the Genetics GIDP, with minors in Molecular Medicine and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology. Her doctoral research focuses on applying supervised machine learning algorithms to population genetics statistical inference methods. Linh holds a B.A. in Chemistry from Bryn Mawr College and have experiences working in organic chemistry, biochemistry, as well as virology research labs before transitioning to fully computational biology work.
Pankaj (he, him, his) is an accomplished clinician (Registered Nurse) and healthcare information technology leader with over 30 years of comprehensive experience in the healthcare environment. He is highly knowledgeable in most healthcare systems and processes across the continuum of care. For the bulk of his career, he has worked in the areas of healthcare informatics, clinical transformation, program/project management, team development, and management. He has recently completed his Masters Of Nursing degree in clinical systems leadership and is beginning his doctoral journey. In 2020, he started in the Doctor of Nursing Practice with an Informatics specialty program but has recently switched to the nursing PhD program with a substantive interest in data and systems science.
- College of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture