Women in Data Science Conference


Women in Data Science conference comes to University of Arizona

TUCSON. April 7, 2021 – On April 21, 2021, the 3rd annual Women in Data Science (WiDS) Tucson Conference will be held at the University of Arizona. This year the conference will be virtual and held on gather.town and Zoom. The free, one- day technical conference features outstanding women doing world-class work in data science, across a wide range of domains. While this event is designed to showcase the achievement of women, all genders are welcome and encouraged to attend this and all WiDS Worldwide conference events.

WiDS Tucson is an independent event organized by Bonnie Hurwitz, Associate Professor of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering at the University of Arizona and Bio5 Research Institute Fellow, and Adriana Picoral-Scheidegger, Assistant Professor of Data Science, School of Information at the University of Arizona and founder of R-Ladies Tucson. WiDS Tucson coincides with the annual Global Women in Data Science (WiDS) Conference held at Stanford University and an estimated 150+ locations worldwide.

WIDS Tucson aims to further build the community of women in Data Science. The meeting provides a forum for women to share technical information about their projects with each other and community members, and explore innovative topics emerging in the software and data infrastructure communities. WIDS participants discuss and learn about best practices across disciplines and domains, explore new ideas of achieving software and data sustainability, and develop and foster new collaborations.

The conference is free but participants must register by April 20, 2021. This meeting is virtual participants will be able to move between Zoom presentations and discussions to network in gather.town to maximize their own experience.


Keynote Speaker: Dr. Sudha Ram – Leveraging Artificial Intelligence and Big Data to Create Value

Dr. Ram is the Anheuser-Busch Endowed Professor of MIS, Entrepreneurship & Innovation in the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona. She has joint faculty appointments as Professor of Computer Science, member of BIO5 Institute, and Institute for Environment. She is the director of the INSITE: Center for Business Intelligence and Analytics at the University of Arizona.



Featured presenters include:

  • Dr. Xueying Tang, Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics Subtask Analysis of Process Data Through a Predictive Model
  • Dr. Ying-hui Chou, Meta-analysis of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Studies in Neurodegenerative Disorders
  • Dr. Kathleen Prudic, Big Messy Data in Pollinator Conservation and Climate Change
  • Dr. Erika Gault, The Holes In My Blackness
  • Dr. Lydia Jennings, CARE Principles & Data Use and Application
  • Dr. Laura Condon, Hydrologic Modeling at the Continental Scale
  • Dr. Kate Isaacs, Information Visualization

For more information and the complete program visit https://widstucson.org/

Free Registration (registration ends on April 20, 2021): https://www.eventbrite.com/e/women-in- data-science-conference-tucson-tickets-142036283347

WiDS Tucson is sponsored by the UA Data Science Institute, SciTech Institute, and the Eller College of Management.

 About UA Data Science Institute

The goal of the UA Data Science Institute (Data7) is to foster the next generation of data-driven research by encouraging university-wide interdisciplinary collaboration, developing industry alliances, and increasing funding for UA research. By connecting UA researchers and aligning institutional expertise, computational resources, and infrastructure, Data7 enables investigators to ask more complex questions and achieve outcomes not easily attainable as individual investigators or within purely disciplinary teams. Data7 is also connected with the UA Transdisciplinary Research in Principles of Data Science (TRIPODS) effort, focused on the theoretical foundations of Data Science.

About SciTech Institute

SciTech Institute is part of the Arizona Technology Council (https://www.aztechcouncil.org/) and is a nonprofit organization that strives to connect the STEM community and inspire individuals to pursue STEM-related career paths and get engaged in STEM events. SciTech Institute is dedicated to enhancing and promoting STEM engagements for everyone in the community by developing and implementing programs, fairs, bowls, projects and festivals that highlight a variety of STEM careers and awareness. Strong connections with nonprofit organizations, industry and academia allow SciTech Institute to serve as the catalyst to align assets, grants, resources and support for building a world-class community with an understanding of STEM. More info: https://scitechinstitute.org/about-us/

About the University of Arizona Eller College of Management:

Founded in 1933, the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona upholds the visionary belief that business education helps shape the world in new and unprecedented ways through pioneering and practical research, innovative coursework, data-driven decision-making and excellence in entrepreneurship and social responsibility. Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the Eller College of Management is now home to more than 7,000 undergraduate, graduate and PhD students every year and offers 10 majors, six minors, seventeen graduate business programs, including the MBA, and six doctoral programs. The college also houses several centers of excellence that enhance the student experience and build practitioner relationships with the business community, and research labs that advance business education’s relevance to industry and society. More info: https://eller.arizona.edu/

Global WiDS Impact

The Women in Data Science (WiDS) Conference is a truly global and inclusive conference, with a unique participation model. Participants have the choice of joining the conference in person at Stanford; in person at one of the 150+ regional events worldwide; online via livestream; or online via Facebook Live. This participation model provides unfettered access to valuable, technical, and innovative content to anyone in the world that would like to participate. WiDS regional events are hosted by volunteer WiDS Ambassadors worldwide. For additional information about WiDS, visit the WiDS website at widsconference.org.

Media Contacts for WiDS-Tucson event:

 Kathleen Kennedy

Associate Professor of Practice Retailing and Consumer Sciences The University of Arizona [email protected] 520-621-1928

662-610-1388 (mobile, best number)

Bonnie Hurwitz

Assistant Professor, Agricultural-Biosystems Engineering

The University of Arizona [email protected] (520) 626-9819



Virtual , Register to Attend!


Virtual Event


April 21, 2021


9:00am - 4:30pm


FREE to Attend