2022 HBCU-DSC Salons

June Salon Series
Friday, June 17, 2022
Host Institution: Alabama A&M and Bowie State University
Education Pillar

September Salon Series
September 16, 2022
11: 00 AM ET


Dr. Yolanda Gil is Director of AI and Data Science Initiatives in the Viterbi School of Engineering, and Research Professor in Computer Science and in Spatial Sciences and Director of the Data Science Program. She received her M.S. and Ph. D. degrees in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University. She is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). She is also Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) and served as its 24th President.

Dr. Johnson is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the USC Information Sciences Institute where his work focuses on building AI systems to teach interpersonal skills. Dr. Johnson graduated summa cum laude from North Carolina A&T and won its first-ever Fulbright Fellowship. He holds a masters in Robotics from the University of Birmingham in England and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Southern California. He is a CRA Computing Innovation Fellow, was the recipient of a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship and recently inducted into the New Brunswick High School Hall of Distinguished Alumni.

South Big Data Innovation Hub Events

SMART-DART: Health Equity Cohort Researcher of Color Training

The South Big Data Hub, CODATA-RDA, AIM-AHEAD Southeast Hub at Morehouse School of Medicine, and Microsoft will host a 10-week Researcher Data Science Training for researchers of color. We ask that you share this opportunity with your networks and through your newsletters. If anyone has any questions, please contact the South Hub team or email Kendra Lewis-Strickland, South Hub Program Coordinator, at

Summary: The goal of this SMART-DART Program: Health Equity Cohort is to increase the readiness of health equity researchers of color in the south for artificial Intelligence and open data research. The SMART-DART Program: Health Equity Cohort is open to researcher teams of 2-3 from minority serving institutions (MSIs) or researchers of color at PWIs. For instance, a Health equity faculty member and their graduate student could apply together as a pair. Alternatively, an early career faculty member and a researcher scientist or postdoc could apply as a team. Participants will cover topics on principles and practice of Open Science, research data management and curation, use of a range of research compute infrastructures, large scale analysis, statistics, visualization, and modeling techniques, automation, and scripting. Learn more about the SMART-DART Program on the South Hub Website here!

South Big Data Hub’s 2021 DataUp Program

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DataUp enables researchers and educators to understand and address how to prepare institutions to teach data science students while preparing students for future data-intensive and data-enabled environments. The program contains three stages: A 2-day data science training workshop held at the DataUp recipient institution. Selected institutions will be able to choose among the 15 different workshops (in English and Spanish) offered by The Carpentries to host at their home institution. Target audiences are 15-30 learners with little to no prior computational experience. Workshops must take place in Fall 2021 - Spring 2022. Attend a 2-day virtual instructor training event in Summer 2022. The instructor training is taught by peer, volunteer Carpentries instructors trained in pedagogy. The interactive workshop will introduce key research findings and teaching practices adopted by the Carpentries community to help learners engage in data science better and faster. Participating institutions are also required to teach a data science course, workshop, or boot camp in year 2 (2022-2023) to expand the impact of data science at their institution and to their students. Learn More on the South Big Data Hub's Website. For questions, please contact Kendra Lewis-Strickland,, and Renata Rawlings-Goss,

South Big Data Hub | Cybersecurity Fellowship Opportunity

2022 PEPI-G Applications Open Now

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PEPI-G: Fellowships with Industry and Government | Deadline: September 3 The Program to Empower Partnerships with Industry and Government (PEPI-G) supports data faculty members, research scientists, postdocs, and graduate and undergraduate students from across the country in working on high level problems for the federal government. Our 2022 partner, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), is seeking cybersecurity areas including General Cybersecurity, Cyber Threat Detection, Cyber Security Analytics, Next Generation Cybersecurity, Cybersecurity Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning. Fellowships may span 4-6+ months, will be based on the applicant’s goals and is subject to available funds, seniority and length of time. Fellowships will begin early 2022. Selected fellows will receive $5,000/month.