The Florida Data Science for Social Good (FL-DSSG) program is an intensive 12-week internship that invites students to tackle data-rich projects with the potential for substantial social impact. The 2023 program is being run in a hybrid program with in-person and remote work options. The 2023 FL-DSSG program supports seven interns from various disciplines and three nonprofit organizations in Florida. The 2023 FL-DSSG summer internship program starts on June 5th and ends on August 25th, 2023. Interns will present the project results at an open to public Big Reveal event in the third week of August. Various industry sponsors in Jacksonville support the 2023 FL-DSSG program. Dr. Dan Richard from the Department of Psychology and Dr. Karthikeyan Umapathy from the School of Computing spearhead the FL-DSSG program.
We are truly grateful to the following industry and community partner sponsors for their support. Their generous donations allow us to give stipends to the DSSG interns who work on projects that benefit Florida communities.
FL-DSSG projects address wicked problems that have been persistent social issues in our community for many years. FL-DSSG program obtains relevant data from the community partners pertinent to the issue and assists partners in making data-driven decisions for addressing their wicked social problem. Wicked problems addressed in the 2023 program include creating a system for rating after school arts program, building a dashboard for viewing patterns with second stage business application data, and developing a methodology to estimate Census undercounts in Florida.
Cathedral Arts Project (CAP) instructs, instills, and inspires through various offerings, including after-school, school day & summer programs, cultural experiences, advocacy, community partnerships, and professional development. Children receive free quality, standards-based instruction in dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts through CAP programs. CAP offers in-person and virtual programs to children across Duval County and beyond, including public schools, community centers, and partner sites.
To bolster the work of LEAD and the Jacksonville artlook® map and create more equitable arts learning opportunities for children in Duval County Public Schools (DCPS), CAP will create an Arts in Schools Certification (ASC) system and art school reports to be included in each DCPS school’s artlook® profile. The ASC will be a system of measurement and designation that will quickly and accurately convey the depth and breadth of arts education opportunities in each DCPS school. Art school reports will provide an in-depth look at the data that goes into ASC designations and will likely include each school’s minutes of arts instruction per week, art teacher-to-student ratios, arts disciplines offered, whether or not there is dedicated funding for the arts in a school’s budget, arts planning, and professional development and arts learning partnerships with community organizations.
This project is an extension of the 2021 CAP work. In 2022, DSSG analyzed 2021 LEAD survey data to identify different patterns of arts programming in DCPS. This year, we will utilize 2021 and 2022 LEAD survey responses and other relevant data to assist CAP with finding a baseline from schools and art education data to compare and rate after-school art programs. DSSG would create a rating system with levels and criteria (rubrics) for rating schools such that ratings guide schools to achieve goals for improving the next levels in the rating rubrics.
Cathedral Arts Project Website
GrowFL is Florida’s only organization exclusively dedicated to supporting and accelerating the growth of second-stage companies by providing their leaders with focused, efficient, and timely access to resources they deem important. GrowFL Florida Companies to Watch recognizes growing second-stage companies headquartered in Florida. Developed by the Edward Lowe Foundation, Companies to Watch is a unique way to honor companies demonstrating high market performance with innovative strategies and processes, making them worth watching.
Since 2011, GrowFL has recognized 600 companies with this prestigious award that positively impacts the economy and the communities in which they live. Many past honorees have grown their companies to stage 3 and 4 businesses employing more than 500.
The goal of the 2023 DSSG project is to investigate patterns ad trends in the past five years of GrowFL Florida Companies to Watch application data. A primary focus will be to develop a dashboard to identify trends within the type of companies that receive support and view patterns of opportunities to expand their program support.
Florida Philanthropic Network (FPN) was integral in forming the collaborative effort created to raise awareness of and participation in the 2020 Census. A steering committee of funders and nonprofits led the statewide effort, specifically focusing on unrepresented communities based on Census tract information. Steering committee members included FPN, Florida Nonprofit Alliance (FNA), New Florida Majority Education Fund, Community Foundation of Palm Beach & Martin Counties, Urban League of Broward, Ventus Charitable Foundation, State Voices Florida 501c3 Civic Engagement Table, and the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation. This group accounted for a “delta” of over 250,000 vis a vis the self-response rate in 2010. FPN is co-leading an effort to lengthen the runway to the 2030 Census. According to Florida Tax Watch, Florida’s population was undercounted by 3.48% in the 2020 Census, which means Florida could lose up to $11B in federal funds by the end of the decade. To prevent this from happening in 2030, FPN and its partners seek to understand who was undercounted in the 2020 Census.
In this project, the DSSG team will be investigating the following research questions for this project are: Who was not counted in the 2020 Census? Where were they located? What was the demographic profile of those not counted? What was the method of response for those who were counted? This research will also be a starting point for future planned research projects.
Florida Philanthropic Network Website
Students work as DSSG Interns in a 12-week, paid internship program. Interns from multi-disciplinary backgrounds work as a team to help community partners make data-driven decisions. Interns receive valuable experience with data management, analysis, technology, and community needs. Interns are supervised by DSSG program directors and receive guidance from industry mentors as well as faculty project leads.
FL-DSSG Mentors, referred to as Sherpas, are industry leaders who help interns take the right steps and complete the project successfully. Sherpas work along with program directors to mentor interns on industry best practices for solving data science problems, advise program directors on work plans, and provide technical guidance on project tasks.
Katie Bakewell has been working at NLP Logix as Lead Statistician. During her time at NLP Logix, Katie has built machine learning models that do everything from predict the likelihood of a wound healing to forecasting maintenance and supply line needs for the F-35 fighter jet. As with the rest of the NLP team, Katie strongly believes that Data Science is a team sport! Katie holds bachelors degrees in mathematics and statistics and a masters in mathematical science from UNF (swoop!) where she focused on time series analysis and DNA computing.
Relevant expertise: clustering, classification models, natural language, statistical analysis, and data visualization
Technologies: Python, R, T-SQL, Tableau, and PowerBI
Jay Lewis has held multiple analytics roles for more than a decade in banking and organizational psychology. A Tableau user since 2012, Jay has been a regular contributor in the North Florida Tableau User Group, a guest speaker at Tableau's annual conference, and a 3-time Tableau Viz of the Day winner. He came to visual analytics from a media and journalism education, earning a B.A. in media studies from Washington University, an M.B.A. from Webster University, and an M.A. in media communications from Webster University. He also taught coursework on media research methods as an adjunct at Webster.
Victor C. Li grew up in sunny Los Angeles among traffic and taco trucks, raised by a computer scientist and a statistician - shocking the world when he became a data scientist. He froze (yet thrived) in Providence for his undergraduate years at Brown University where he earned an Sc.B. in Statistics and was involved with sports analytics, opioid research, orchestral music, poker, and a brief stint in catering. During college, he interned back home with UCLA Men’s Basketball assisting with their data collection and reporting and at Paramount Pictures building machine learning models to predict how films will perform at the box office. After graduating in 2017, Victor moved to Jacksonville to work as an Advanced Analytics Developer for the Jaguars and after two years has almost gotten used to the humidity.
Laurel Wainwright is an innovative solutions specialist and change management analyst with a data focus on environmental services, disease control efforts, and public policy recommendations. She uses management science techniques to provide solutions to complex business problems and has experience working in multiple industries. Her expertise is childhood literacy data examination through grant funded work and promotion of environmental stewardship. Laurel is currently finishing her master’s degree in Public Policy at Jacksonville University.
Faculty leads work along with FL-DSSG program directors to assist interns in solving problems related to data science and good social projects. Faculty leads provide subject-matter expertise on project tasks and engagement with community partners.
Beyza Aslan is an Associate Professor of Mathematics and the Director of the Math Center at the University of North Florida. She received her Ph. D in Applied Mathematics from University of Florida. Dr. Aslan’s research focuses on lightning modeling, lightning data analysis, and data analysis and pattern recognition for mitochondrial disorders to improve the diagnostic process.
Dr. Michelle DeDeo is an Associate Professor in UNF’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics and a Research Collaborator with Mayo Clinic - Jacksonville. Dr. DeDeo’s research involves interdisciplinary computational science, which intersects data science, number theory, theoretical physics and chemistry, engineering, and statistics. She is a published author (see ORCID) with a demonstrated history of statistical and data science work with clinicians and researchers. Recent data science projects include analyzing the survivability of patients with glioblastoma, prediction of pediatric seizures, and studying the effects of opioids in Northeast Florida using data science and statistics. Her work has earned her several grants and awards, including a Deans Fellowship, UNF’s Outstanding Teaching Award, a $1.6M DOE Teacher Quality Program grant as a Co-PI, and others. Dr. DeDeo presents nationally on her research and, most recently, has been invited to be a Keynote Speaker at the 3rd Annual Conference on Data Science, Analytics, and Artificial Intelligence in Boca Raton, FL.
Dr. Georgette Dumont is an Associate Professor in UNF’s Department of Political Science and Public Administration. Some of the journals Dr. Dumont has published in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership, and the American Review of Public Administration. She has also published various book chapters, and currently has a contract with Oxford University Press for a book on nonprofit accountability. She continues to present nationally on her research. Dr. Dumont is active in her community and analyzes how local nonprofits are utilizing new technologies, which has resulted in reports to inform nonprofits in Northeast Florida about how the local sector is using online technologies, specifically social media. Dr. Dumont consults with nonprofits on strategy, technology, leadership, and strategic planning. She served on local nonprofit boards of directors, Jacksonville’s Public Service Grants Council, and is a Community Coach for the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida.
Haiyan Huang received her Ph.D. in Information Sciences and Technology from the Pennsylvania State University. She also earned a M.S. in Ceramic Science and Engineering from New York State College and a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Central South University in China. Before joining Flagler College, Dr. Huang has taught at Michigan Technological University, Purdue University Calumet, and the Pennsylvania State University. Her primary research interests include Web usability and user experiences, IT adoption, diversity of IT workforce, global information systems development, and virtual collaborations. Dr. Huang has published more than 30 journal articles, book chapters, and conference papers. Her research was recognized by a journal publication award and a best conference paper award. Dr. Huang is also in charge of managing and coordinating the Management Information Systems (MIS) programs at Flagler College.
Dr. Xudong Liu is a tenure-track assistant professor in the School of Computing at the University of North Florida, and a visiting researcher at Xerox PARC. He earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of Kentucky in 2016, and his B.Eng. in Software Engineering from Harbin Institute of Technology in 2010. Dr. Liu’s research mostly has been about solving both theoretical and practical problems on decision making, using tools and methods found in Artificial Intelligence, Computational Social Science, and Computational Complexity Theory. His research results have been published, or accepted for publication, in premier venues in Artificial intelligence such as the AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence, the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, and the Annals of Mathematics and Artificial Intelligence. Dr. Liu’s Erdős number is 3, and he is an AAAI member.
Dr. Amanda Blakewood Pascale is an Associate Professor of Higher Education Administration within the College of Education and Human Services at the University of North Florida. Dr. Pascale holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration as well as a graduate certificate in Quantitative Methods in Education from the University of Tennessee. Her research examines cultures conducive to success in higher education milieus and the praxis of ideas that promote university community success particularly for those who are underrepresented or in transition. Dr. Pascale routinely teaches graduate level courses in quantitative and qualitative methods as well as assessment in higher education. She is an advocate of the use of data and assessment to inform decisions, practice, and policy in educational settings.
Gordon F.M. Rakita is a bioarchaeologist and Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, & Social Work. He also serves as Director of Academic Technology at UNF. Prior to joining the faculty at UNF he was Principal Investigator and Analytical Director for SWCA Environmental Consultants of Flagstaff, Arizona. He is Associate Editor for the journal Bioarchaeology International. He earned his B.A. in Anthropology from University of North Carolina at Greensboro and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of New Mexico. In 2016 he was named the junior laureate of the Lloyd Cotsen Prize for Lifetime Achievement in World Archaeology. His areas of expertise include bioarchaeology, anthropological approaches to mortuary and other ritual behavior, analytical data management and statistical analyses, emergent social inequality and complexity, and evolutionary theory.
Sandeep Reddivari is an Asssociate Professor in the School of Computing at the University of North Florida. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from the Mississippi State University. Dr. Reddivari's research interests include software engineering, visual analytics, information retrieval, data mining, text mining, healthcare data analytics, and visualization and virtual reality in healthcare. Dr. Reddivari’s expertise is in data pre-processing, clustering, summarization, visualization, and outlier detection.