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Fall 2023 Semester Student Capstone Projects

This month, seven students are presenting their capstone projects, the final step in completing their master’s programs in data science or biomedical data science. Their research applies artificial intelligence, machine learning and other data science models to issues affecting clinical treatment, health disparities, assessing water quality, global human rights discourse and clinical trial recruitment. View…

Meharry announces Data Science Ph.D. program

Meharry School of Applied Computational Sciences has added a new Ph.D. in Data Science to its academic programs. The School is currently accepting applications for the first Ph.D. cohort that will begin classes in the Fall 2024 semester. “We are thrilled to announce our second doctoral program,” says Dean Fortune S. Mhlanga, Ph.D. “Through challenging courses and…

Gupta $1.2 million AIM AHEAD grant to fund multimodal prostate cancer risk prediction and address health disparities

Vibhuti Gupta, Ph.D., received a $1.2 million AIM AHEAD grant to leverage artificial intelligence and machine learning to develop a multimodal framework for prostate cancer risk prediction and address health disparities.

Gupta collaborative research to improve the quality of mHealth datasets for AI/ML applications in HCT research

Vibhuti Gupta, assistant professor, computer science and data science, is representing Meharry SACS in a collaboration with the University of Michigan to develop a high quality mHealth dataset for AI/ML applications in HCT research and to share that processed data and developed methods with the research community.

Gupta receives NSF CAP grant to pursue trustworthy artificial intelligence in medical systems

Vibhuti Gupta, Ph.D., assistant professor, computer science and data science, has received a National Science Foundation Expanding AI Innovation through Capacity Building and Partnerships (NSF CAP) grant. The two-year, $395,703 award will be applied to foundational and use-inspired advances in trustworthy artificial intelligence in medical systems.

Meharry and Alabama A&M to partner on NIMHD-funded artificial intelligence research

Meharry School of Applied Computational Sciences and Alabama A&M will work together to identify artificial intelligence biases and educate others in ethical and responsible AI. The partnership is possible through funding from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD).

Sarker is awarded NSF HBCU EXCELLENCE in Research grant

Bishnu Sarker, Ph.D., assistant professor, computer science and data science, has received a National Science Foundation (NSF) Historically Black Colleges and Universities – Excellence in Research (HBCU-EiR) grant. The $533,752 award will fund the project, “Developing a Knowledge Graph Driven Integrative Framework for Explainable Protein Function Prediction via Generative Deep Learning.”

Meharry and Fisk introduce high school students to innovative technologies used by NASA

Meharry School of Applied Computational Sciences and Fisk University introduced 21 high school students to some of the innovative technologies used by NASA during the Collaborative Interactive Data Science Academy. The program, held July 17 – 21, used interactive, engaging activities to build statistical and critical thinking skills.

Shillingford named chair of Data Science and Computer Science Department

Dean Fortune S. Mhlanga announces Nadine Shillingford, Ph.D., as chair of the Computer Science and Data Science Department. “Dr. Shillingford combines extensive academic experience with several administration and security engineering roles in retail, health care, and other industries,” says Dean Mhlanga. “That background, and her passion for graduate education, makes her an excellent fit for…

Meharry SACS joins CHAI – Coalition for Health AI

At a time when AI seems poised for exponential growth, deep conversations about responsible use of AI in health care, especially in terms of health equity, are vital. By joining CHAI, the Coalition for Health AI, Meharry School of Applied Computational Sciences is now an active participant in those discussions with leading industry members like Duke AI Health, Stanford and MITRE.

Grant to fund new lab and classroom for cybersecurity in health care

New treatments, early disease detection and improved patient care are all benefits of the digital, interconnected health care system. But that data ecosystem is also susceptible to cybersecurity threats. Meharry SACS seeks to prepare Biomedical Data Science Ph.D. students to tackle these challenges. A $60,000 grant from the CAE-Cybersecurity Education Diversity Initiative will create a…

Taylor speaks on race and risk at National Big Data Health Science Conference

When Loni Taylor presented at the National Big Data Health Science Conference at the University of South Carolina, she expected to contribute important insight into race and Alzheimer’s Disease. Instead, the Biomedical Data Science Ph.D. student experienced much more. She met students and faculty from several institutions who share her research interests. But she also had the new experience of providing the lead presentation for an entire session.

Ghosh helps develop an intelligent resource management technique for 5G and beyond communication networks

5G and beyond technology has great potential to positively impact smart health care networks, the Internet of Things for disaster management, and other areas of health care. However, the dynamic resource management of these complex networks must be improved to achieve those benefits. Dr. Uttam Ghosh, associate professor of cybersecurity, and colleagues have proposed a solution.

Tech Giant Oracle Establishes $500,000 Scholarship Fund for Meharry SACS

While black workers account for just 5% of engineers and architects and 7% in computer occupations today, Oracle is looking to help close this disparity gap. Recently, the tech leader granted Meharry Medical College – School of Applied Computational Sciences (SACS) $500,000 in scholarship funds as a part of its Diversity and Inclusion “Inspire Your Future (IYF)” initiative.

Meharry SACS receives $400,000 to develop leaders to eliminate health disparities

Direct Relief has awarded Meharry School of Applied Computational Sciences $400,000 to develop diverse leaders with the expertise to eliminate heath disparities. Their support will fund a comprehensive effort including scholarship support, internships and hiring a biomedical data science faculty member with expertise in health disparities research. The grant will provide partial funding for 10…

Meharry SACS student Brittany City speaks at NTC Analytics Summit

M.S. Data Science student Brittany City gave the presentation, 100 Days of Data Analytics, at the Nashville Technology Council 2022 Analytics Summit. Her engaging presentation provides a roadmap for anyone interested in transitioning to the field of data analytics. City herself has taken full advantage of the hands-on projects in her coursework to build a…

NIH R25 award funds Meharry, Fisk and VUMC partnership to engage diverse students in research

Meharry Medical College, Fisk University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) have received an NIH R25 award to engage diverse undergraduate and graduate students in meaningful biomedical informatics and biomedical data science summer research experiences.

Dr. Ghosh to develop edge-cloud interplay platform for efficient data communication and processing for Intelligent Medical Systems

The National Science Foundation CISE-MSI program has awarded Dr. Uttam Ghosh, associate professor of cybersecurity, a $360,000 grant to develop an edge-cloud interplay platform that will provide efficient data communication and processing for Intelligent Medical Systems.