Zhang Awarded Grant Toward New Data Science Course, Student Participation in MAA MathFest

Dr. Dana Zhang, assistant professor of data science in Belmont’s Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, has been awarded a grant that will allow her to develop a new course at Belmont. During the duration of this project, Zhang will develop a semester-long, credit-bearing research course in Data Science for Spring 2022 focusing on solving real-world problems.

The course will provide enrolled students with opportunities to collaborate with industrial mentors from business, industry or government (“BIG”) partners to analyze and extract insights from either open datasets (such as community health and wellbeing data) or proprietary data. The awarded grant will also allow students to present their project results in person at the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) MathFest summer showcase in Washington D.C. in the summer of 2022.

The grant is made possible through the MAA Preparation for Industrial Careers in Mathematical Sciences Program (PIC Math) and the National Security Agency (NSA). Learn more at www.maa.org/picmath.

Zhang also recently contributed a chapter to a Springer book titled “Blockchain Technology and Innovations in Business Processes.” The book has now been published in electronic and print format. Zhang was the primary author on this work, and her collaborator Dr. Kuo is from the University of California San Diego. Their book chapter is titled “The Feasibility and Significance of Employing Blockchain-Based Identity Solutions in Health Care,” with a preview available at here.