2023 Agenda

WiDS Central Massachusetts 2023

Hosted Via Zoom

VIRTUAL EVENT as of 03/13/2023

12:00 pm – 4:30 pm (EST)


Wednesday, March 15th (Virtual)


12:00pm – 12:15pm


Geri Dimas, Data Science PhD Candidate, WPI

Dr. Jean King, Peterson Family Dean of Arts and Science, WPI


12:15pm – 1:15pm

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Tasha Snow, Mines Glaciology Laboratory, Colorado School of Mines 

Title:  Accelerating discovery for NASA Cryosphere communities with open-source data science and cloud-infrastructure


1:15pm – 1:30pm



1:30pm – 2:30pm

Technical Talks

Dr. Chaitra Gopalappa, Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts

Talk Title: Follow the data: social factors are drives of behaviors. Building public health decision analytic models informed by data

Dr. Marina Astitha, Associate Professor, University of Connecticut

Talk Title: Environmental modeling for extreme weather, offshore wind farms and lake water quality: how to integrate physics-based models with machine learning



2:30pm – 2:45pm



2:45pm – 3:15pm

Networking session via Zoom breakout rooms


3:15pm – 4:30pm

Panel: Data Science and Environmental Justice


Dr. Laureen Elgert, Department Head, The Global School, WPI

Brooke Williams, Associate Professor of the Practice of Computational Journalism, Boston University

Dr. Reshmi Ghosh, Applied Scientist, Microsoft

Dr. Catherine Izard, Data Science Manager at National Grid 




Closing Remarks

Dr. Elke Rundensteiner, Professor and Director / Founder, Data Science Program, WPI