WiDS Hawai‘i 2021


Friday, April 30, 2021

1:00pm – 5:00pm 

Register at https://tinyurl.com/widshawaii2021 

Email: wids@hawaii.edu 

Event Details:

Women in Data Science (WiDS) aims to inspire and educate data scientists worldwide, regardless of gender, ​and to support women in the field. The Hawai‘i regional event on April 30, 2021 from 1pm to 5pm will feature local data scientists and also students aspiring towards careers in related fields.

WiDS Hawai’i @ University of Hawai’i is an independent event that is organized by local women scientists (June Zhang, Laura Tipton, Martha Crosby, and Thanh Truc Nguyen) as part of the annual WiDS Worldwide conference organized by Stanford University and an estimated 150+ locations worldwide, which features outstanding women doing outstanding work in the field of data science. All genders are invited to attend all WiDS Worldwide conference events.


1:00–1:05 pm 5


Alison Hartle, Kumu, University Laboratory School

1:05–1:15 pm 10


Laura Tipton, Chaminade University

1:15–1:30 pm 15

KEYNOTE: Instilling wonder and respect for data diversity at an early age

Thanh Truc Nguyen, Specialist, Learning Technologies, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa 

1:30–2:00 pm 30

PANEL – School and Industry Mentorship

Moderator: Lisa Yoda

Deborah Kula, Retired Teacher, Sacred Hearts Academy 

Michelle Manes, Professor, University of Hawai‘i 

Trisha Mahoney Nakayama, Senior Manager and Data Scientist, IBM Machine Learning & AI

2:00–2:50 pm 50

Combatting Health and Disparities One Bit at a Time

Kelly Gaither, Director of Health Analytics, Texas Advanced Computing Center

Associate Professor, Department of Women’s Health at the Dell Medical School, UT Austin         

2:50-3:00pm 10 BREAK
3:00–3:20 pm 20
WiDS International Video
The identification of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in official statistics and other data:
Critical issues of international significance
Kalinda Griffiths, Scientia Lecturer at Centre for Big Data Research in Health, UNSW Sydney


3:20–3:40 pm 20

The data in your life 

Blanca Polo, Professor, Computer Science, Leeward Community College       

3:40–4:00 pm 20

Alice’s Adventures in DataLand: Solving Complex Problems with High Performance Computing

Alice Koniges, Research Principal Investigator, University of Hawaii and Maui High Performance Computing Center  

4:00–4:30 pm 30

PANEL – Aspiring Students 

Moderator: Susanne Still 

Nissi Ragland, Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy 

Maria Fratinardo, Chaminade University 

Nurit Kirshenbaum, University of Hawai‘i 

4:30–4:50 pm 20

Epic Data: The Richness of Hawai‘iʻs Mo‘olelo & Data History from Lived Experiences and Observations

Marion Ano, Founder, Wahine Coder     

4:50–5:00 pm 10


June Zhang, Professor, University of Hawai‘i   


Nurit Kirshenbaum-dnu
Graduate Research Assistant, Laboratory of Advanced Visualizations and Applications (University of Hawaii at Manoa)

Nurit Kirshenbaum-dnu

Marion Ano
Owner & Developer, Wahine Coder

Marion Ano

Nissi Ragland
High School Student, Hawaii Preparatory Academy

Nissi Ragland

Deborah Kula
Mathematics/Computer Science Teacher, Sacred Hearts Academy (retired)

Deborah Kula

Susanne Still
Professor of Information & Computer Sciences, University of Hawaii

Susanne Still

Alice Koniges
Computational Scientist

Alice Koniges

Laura Tipton
Assistant Professor in Residence

Laura Tipton

Blanca Polo

Blanca Polo

Michelle Manes
Professor in the Department of Mathematics at UH Manoa and Program Officer at the National Science Foundation

Michelle Manes

June Zhang
Assistant Professor, University of Hawaii at Manoa

June Zhang

Lisa Yoda
Senior Data Analyst, AlohaCare

Lisa Yoda

Kelly Gaither
Director of Health Analytics, Texas Advanced Computing Center; Associate Professor, Department of Women's Health, Dell Medical School, The University of Texas at Austin

Kelly Gaither

Trisha Mahoney Nakayama
Machine Learning & AI, IBM

Trisha Mahoney Nakayama