QSIDE Colloquium

The QSIDE Colloquium series is pleased to announce our fall 2020 speakers! Please register for your events as soon as possible; attendance is limited and is on a first-come, first-served basis.

All talks will be held virtually via a Zoom webinar. Details will be sent on logging in two business days before each event.

Dena Montague, Ph.D.
Dena Montague, Research Associate, Global Environmental Justice Project, UCSB

Speaker: Dena Montague, Ph.D., Research Associate, Global Environmental Justice Project
Date and Time: October 22, 2020, 4:00 p.m. Eastern
Title: Broadening Voices in Environmental Justice: Reconceptualizing Quantitative Approaches
Topic: Research in the Global Environmental Justice Project
Abstract: In their article “A quantitative systematic review of distributive environmental justice literature: a rich history and the need for an enterprising future,” Glenn Althor and Bradd Witt quantify the biases and scopes of environmental justice literature and find that “some of the world’s most polluted and inequitable societies are least represented in authorship.” This presentation will discuss methods we are exploring at the Global Environmental Justice Project to include marginalized voices rooted in the Environmental Justice Movement, in new forms of authorship. These forms of authorship range from expanding Western notions of quantitative data in West Africa to developing new approaches to data literacy in the U.S.

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Sam Tweedy, J.D.
Sam Tweedy, J.D., Chief Partnerships and Impact Officer at Robin Hood

Speaker: Samantha Tweedy, J.D., Chief Partnerships and Impact Officer at Robin Hood
Date and Time: Nov. 19, 2020, 4:00 p.m. Eastern
Title: Racial Justice & Philanthropy
Social Media:
• Instagram: samtweedy1
• Twitter: @TweedySamantha
Topic: Data for Social Justice
Biosketch: Samantha Tweedy is the chief partnerships and impact officer at Robin Hood where she leads the organization’s work to marshal capital and attention to the most impactful strategies for lifting families out of poverty. Prior to this role, Samantha was the chief advancement officer of Uncommon Schools, where she oversaw external relations and advocacy, marketing and communications, development, and best-practice-sharing work for the organization’s network of fifty schools. Samantha founded Excellence Girls Charter School, which was honored with a National Blue Ribbon Award for its reversal of racial and economic achievement gaps and rigorous girls empowerment curriculum. Samantha started her career as an attorney at Simpson Thacher where she focused on a school finance reform impact litigation. Samantha received her B.A. from Duke University and holds a J.D. from Yale Law School. Samantha is from Brooklyn, NY.

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Jasmine Drake, Associate Professor, Center for Justice Research, LSU and A&M College

Speaker: Jasmine Drake, Ph.D., Associate Professor, TSU Center for Justice Research Faculty Fellow, 500 Women Scientists Fellow, Governor-Appointed Texas Forensic Science Commissioner
Social Media:
• Twitter: @DrJasmineDrake
Date and Time: Dec. 3, 2020, 4:00 p.m. Eastern
Title: The Critical Role of Forensic Science in Criminal Justice Reform
Topic: Criminal Justice Reform and Forensic Science
Description: Dr. Jasmine Drake is an Assistant Professor and laboratory coordinator of the Forensic Science Learning Laboratory in the Barbara Jordan- Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs Administration of Justice Department at Texas Southern University in Houston, Tx. Dr. Drake is a native of Baton Rouge, LA and obtained her Bachelors of Science Degree from Southern University. She later obtained her Doctorate in Chemistry from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA. Upon the completion of her graduate studies, Dr. Drake received a prestigious postdoctoral fellowship from the National Research Council (NRC) to work for over 3 years at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Center for neutron research in Gaithersburg, MD, where she investigated the synthesis and characterization of novel intermetallic solid state materials using neutron diffraction and scattering techniques.

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