Data and Decisions
February 20, 2019
Data and Decisions and 2019 PPE Distinguished Public Lecture with Dr. Dan Ariely: "Free Beer"
Location: Moss Arts Center
The Data & Decisions Destination Area is proud to co-sponsor this 2019 PPE Distinguished Public Lecture. Professor Ariely is the James B. Duke Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics and author of Predictably Irrational, The Upside of Irrationality, The (Honest) Truth about Dishonesty, Irrationally Yours, Payoff, and Dollars and Sense. Professor Ariely is a New York Times bestselling author and his TED talks have been viewed over 10 million times.
At Virginia Tech, Professor Ariely will speak about “Free Beer.” No tickets are required. The lecture will be followed by a public reception. You are cordially invited to attend.
Deloitte Fellowship Winners
The Data and Decisions Destination Area received 25 applications for the Deloitte Foundation Data Analytics Fellowship from five colleges across the university (CAUS:1, CLAHS: 3, COE: 10, COS: 4, PCOB: 7). A committee consisting of four members of Data and Decisions and three representatives from Deloitte chose the following five fellowship recipients for 2018-2019:
- Long Xia
Business Information Technology, PCOB (Alan Wang, advisor)
- Kaveh Kelarestaghi
Civil Engineering, COE (Kevin Heaslip, advisor)
- Sirui Yao
Computer Science, COE (Bert Huang, advisor)
- Jonathan Baker
Math, COS (Mark Embree, advisor)
- Leanna Ireland
Sociology, CLAHS (James Hawdon, advisor)
Each fellowship recipient will receive a $10,000 award.
Congratulations to the award recipients, and thank you to everyone who submitted an application, wrote a recommendation, or helped with the selection process.
A special thank you to Deloitte for initiating this interdisciplinary fellowship for our graduate students and for supporting the Data and Decisions Destination Area vision. We look forward to seeing the results of the research projects and engaging with these talented students.
We seek to be a global destination for data analytics and decision sciences, integrating across all Destination Areas and Strategic Growth Areas.
Work in this area also embraces equity in the human condition by seeking the equitable distribution and availability of physical safety and well-being, psychological well-being, respect for human dignity, and access to crucial material and social resources throughout the world’s diverse communities. This Destination Area further addresses policymaking and policy analysis, collaborating at the intersection of scientific evidence, governance, and analyses to translate scholarship into practice.
- Christine Tysor
- Sally Morton
Dean, College of Science
- Julie Ross
Dean, College of Engineering
- Robert Sumichrast
Dean, Pamplin College of Business
- Ivica Bukvic
School of Performing Arts
- Zachary Easton
Biological Systems Engineering
- Clark Gaylord
Virginia Tech Transportation Institute
- Brian Mayer
Discovery Analytics Center
- JP Morgan
Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives, College of Science
- Chris North
- Cal Ribbens
Interim Executive Director, Biocomplexity Institute
- Robin Russell
Department Head, Business Information Technology
- Sudipta Sarangi
Department Head, Economics
- Tina Savla
- Bob Settlage
Advanced Research Computing
- Min Wang
Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
- Randy Wynne
Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation
- Zhiwu Xie
Digital Library Development