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Data in the ATL: Fall 2020

Data in the ATL

#DataInTheATL is a speaker series hosted by Georgia State University Library that connects the university with a variety of Atlanta-based professionals, highlighting how data analysis is being used successfully in their daily work while introducing students to potential careers in data science.

#DataInTheATL has gone virtual for the time being. Check here for updates.

Friday, October 9, 2020 | 11:00-12:00

Rebecca ParshallLeveraging Data to Advance Education for All Metro Atlanta Students
With Rebecca Parshall, Program Officer, Learn4Life

Video YouTube icon (38:30) | Slides

At Learn4Life, Rebecca and her team partner with local school systems, communities, businesses, and non-profits to leverage data in order to measure our region's progress and determine where to focus finite resources in the education of our children. Learn4Life's open data dashboard provides easy access to our region’s most critical education indicators, allowing citizens, policy makers, and leaders to analyze data for eight school districts in metro Atlanta. As Rebecca explains it, "we use this data as a flashlight – not as a hammer – to shine light on and lift up schools that are showing extraordinary progress for our most historically underserved students." Rebecca earned her Master’s in Special Education from Loyola Marymount and B.A. in Humanities from Walla Walla University, and is presently pursuing a Ph.D. in Educational Administration & Policy from the University of Georgia.

Friday, November 13, 2020 | 11:00-12:00

Shawn WilliamsData Analysts are in High Demand, So Expand Your Career Horizons!
With Shawn Williams, Analytics Energy Procurement Supervisor, UPS

Video YouTube icon (31:43)

Join GSU alumnus Shawn Williams (B.S., Economics; Spanish minor, 2018) as he shares his experiences working as a data analyst for two Atlanta-based Fortune 500 companies – UPS and Delta Air Lines – as well as other meaningful co-op and internship opportunities while at GSU that led to his early career successes. Shawn will discuss both the skills and training he has acquired along the way, and also the positive feedback and encouragement from faculty and other mentors that led him to pursue a career in data analytics. Shawn encourages students to be open to data careers, which require technical and quantitative skills, but also the critical thinking and problem-solving skills they gain and put into practice while at GSU.

Past Speakers, 2017-present

Series Objectives

  • Introduce students to possible careers in data science

  • Increase connections and partnerships with the Atlanta data community

  • Promote University Library efforts in supporting research and data services

  • Share expertise and promote knowledge

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For more information

Contact Bryan Sinclair, Associate Dean, Public Services,

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