Life in a Data-Driven World – What it Means to You and UVA

Date & Time

September 6, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm * FRIDAY EVE *


Alumni Hall, Ballroom
211 Emmet Street
Charlottesville, VA



Data is the new oil, or data is the new soil, are well-worn phrases for a reason. They exemplify an impact on us as profound as agriculture or the internal combustion engine. Philip Bourne, Director of the Data Science Institute, will share intriguing examples of the change that is happening and the promises and threats a data-driven society brings. He will describe how UVA is responding through the recently announced School of Data Science—the 12th school in the University’s history. And, oh yes, it’s football weekend, and we will examine what data tells us about the new season.

Note: This event is held on a Friday evening, rather than the usual Saturday morning.


Philip Bourne

Stephenson Chair of Data Science and Director, Data Science Institute; Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering

Philip E. Bourne is the Stephenson Chair of Data Science, Director of the Data Science Institute, and Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering.

From 2014-2017, Bourne was the Associate Director for Data Science at the National Institutes of Health. In this role he led the Big Data to Knowledge Program, coordinating access to and analyzing biomedical research from across the globe and making it available to scientists and researchers. While there, he was also responsible for governance and strategic planning activities for data and knowledge management, and established multiple trainings in data science. He has done exceptional work to make biomedical research accessible, as well as to advance the field of data science.

Prior to his time at the NIH, Bourne spent 20 years on the faculty at the University of California-San Diego, eventually becoming Associate Vice Chancellor of Innovation and Industrial Alliances. He is a highly respected and oft-cited scholar who brings a wealth of experience to UVA.