UA Institutes Work to Build Data Literacy and Transdisciplinary Research
Lo Que Pasa recently published an article about UA research projects across disciplinary boundaries and efforts to expand data science education.
Two new institutes have put the UA on track to become a data science powerhouse at the national level and leader in promoting data science literacy and transdisciplinary research.
The UA's Data Science Institute, known as Data7, a unit of the Office of Research, Discovery and Innovation, is focused on connecting researchers, fostering collaboration and promoting literacy across campus. UA-TRIPODS, an integrated research and educational institute funded by the National Science Foundation, shares these goals and also is focused on developing new algorithms and foundational approaches necessary for large-scale data-driven research.
Nirav Merchant, Data7's director, said he and Hao Helen Zhang, mathematics professor and principal investigator for UA-TRIPODS, "are working to position data science at the nexus of the UA's cutting-edge research."
"Our goals are to advance the field of data science, facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration, enhance graduate and undergraduate literacy, promote workforce preparation, and foster industry alliances," Merchant added.
One of the first steps to accomplishing these goals, he said, is to promote data literacy across campus.
Read the rest of the article at Lo Que Pasa.