West Point Dean and Math Professor Discuss Data Literacy for the Army

By Maj. Renee Sanjuan, USMA Associate Dean for Communications Date: Monday, Sep 11, 2023 Time: 6:44 EST
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“Data literacy is the idea that before officers or soldiers get out and interact with data, they have best practices to help enable the larger data workforce to do their jobs.” – Colonel Nicholas Clark, Academy Professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the U.S. Military Academy. 

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During this episode, “Decoding Data Literacy,” Clark and Brig. Gen. Shane Reeves discuss the importance of a data-informed Army and how to build data literacy.   

In this episode, you will learn the following:   

  1. How did Clark develop the Army’s newest data literacy course?  
  2. How can we teach Data Science through Sports Statistics? 
  3. What are self-development tips for building data literacy? 

This episode takes you behind the scenes to understand the inspiration and development of the Army’s newest data literacy course. The Center for Data Analysis and Statistics, under the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the U.S. Military Academy, recently organized the five-day course titled “Data Literacy 101, Train the Educator.” You can learn more about the recent course and the impact it had on the over 100 leaders at https://www.army.mil/article/268812/west_point_center_for_data_analysis_and_statistics_hosts_data_literacy_training_event_for_army_leaders. Interested in learning how to host courses for your organization? Sign up for West Point’s “Train the Educator” course today at: https://talent.army.mil/data/.  

COL Clark also discusses his recent National Science Foundation award of $130,000, which supports his research team’s innovative approach to teaching Data Science through sports statistics, which you can learn more about here: https://www.army.mil/article/264110/west_point_among_recipients_of_nsf_award_to_explore_data_science_education_through_sports_analytics.  

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