University of Minnesota

Day of Data

Join us for the University of Minnesota Day of Data on January 13-14, 2022!

This year features a series of virtual events that foster data enthusiasm and encourage critical thinking around the role of data across our University and in society as a whole. This event is open to all students, faculty, staff, and alumni from all University of Minnesota campuses and is free of charge to attend. Whether you are new to data or a data expert, you are welcome to join. Attend as many events as you would like. Register below for the session(s) you'd like to attend!

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Data (science)
for all

Thursday, January 13, 2022
10:00 -

Learn about efforts going on across the University to bring data to new audiences. We'll explore a fascinating range of projects that illustrate new frontiers in data for all!


  • Lana Yarosh, Department of Computer Science & Engineering (Twin Cities)
    CrashCourse Artificial Intelligence: AI / ML for the Masses

  • Jong-Min Kim, Statistics (Morris)
    Movie Title Keywords: A Text Mining and Exploratory Factor Analysis of Popular Movies in the United States and China

  • Will Bartsch, Kris Johnson, Natural Resources Research Institute (Duluth) – Free and Easy GIS

Data inside / outside the classroom

Thursday, January 13, 2022
1:00 - 2:30pm

What is the role of data and data literacy in a U of M education? Join us for a panel conversation featuring curricular and alumni perspectives on the role of data inside and outside of the classroom.


  • Tori Hill, Crookston alum

  • Ken Okeke, Crookston / Duluth alum

  • Michelle Hum, Twin Cities alum

  • Vipin Kumar
    Regents Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering (Twin Cities)

  • Xavier Prat-Resina
    Associate Professor of Chemistry, Center for Learning Innovation (Rochester)

Algorithmic bias & data ethics

Friday, January 14, 2022
10:00 -

Data is playing a larger role than ever in our research, learning, and society at large. This session will explore what it means to think critically about data bias and be ethically responsible in data work.


  • Yuming Fang, School of Journalism and Mass Communication (Twin Cities)
    Empowered Social Bots

  • Shanda Hunt, UMN Libraries (Twin Cities)
    Conducting research through an anti-racism lens: a library guide

  • Ben Wiggins, UMN Libraries (Twin Cities)
    A Brief History of the Long History of Racial Bias in Algorithms

Data Chats with DASH!

As part of this year's event, you have the opportunity to be matched with another member of the University community (faculty, staff, or alumni) for a "data chat". Do you want to experiment with scripting in R or Python? Curious about Git or GitHub? Want advice about how to create a map using GIS? Interested in a career in a data-focused field? Just want to chat about data? If so, let us know and we’ll work to pair you with a relevant expert from DASH or an alumni volunteer for a data chat.

Do you have a data-related question or curiosity? Would you like to be paired with someone for a data chat? Sign up here!

Are you an alumni who's willing to connect with a student for a data chat? Sign up here!

This year's event brought to you with support from:

UMN Academic Support Resources

UMN Libraries

Liberal Arts Technology and Innovation Services (LATIS)

UMN Crookston Office of Institutional Effectiveness

UMN Morris Office of Institutional Research

Questions? Please contact