Why STEM Needs to Focus on Social Justice | Washington Monthly

An article in the Washington Monthly makes the case that a focus on social justice is an important motivation for many Black students to pursue degrees and careers in STEM, and that the extent to which that is welcomed is an important factor in their success:

“[T]he current tendency for STEM academics to ignore social justice presents a major opportunity. If Black STEM students are disproportionately interested in using their degrees to make the world more equitable and fair, then STEM departments can attract and retain more Black students by making these themes central to their curriculums. Doing so will have two sets of benefits: It will help Black people enter well-paying professions, and it will help create a corps of scientists and engineers focused on making a more just planet.”

Eliciting Structure in Genomics Data

Eliciting Structure in Genomics Data

Bridging the Gap between Theory, Algorithms, Implementations, and Applications


August 30-September 3, 2021


Methods for dimension reduction play a critical role in a wide variety of genomic applications. Indeed, as technology develops, and datasets grow in both size and complexity, the need for effective dimension reduction methods that help visualize and distill the primary structures remains as essential as ever. The development and provision of effective methods for dimension reduction involves connecting a series of areas of expertise: from theory to algorithms, implementations and applications.