Effective Data Communication Strategies

August 16, 2022 (Tuesday)

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Collecting, organizing, and standardizing data is like digging up a gold mine on a remote island. Although IR can collect as much gold as they want, it can easily go to waste if there’s not an efficient means of delivering the information. In this symposium, MIRO will share the strategies they have used to communicate data effectively with different audiences, the user experience principles behind such strategies, and how those efforts help to advance MIRO’s office mission. We are also honored to have the Co-Director of Hawai’i Data Science Institute, Jason Leigh, as our guest speaker and share the advancing ideas and technology in data science.

Honored Guest

Dr. Jason Leigh is the Co-Director of the Hawai’i Data Science Institute; Director of LAVA: the Laboratory for Advanced Visualization & Applications; and Professor of Information & Computer Sciences at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. His research has received substantial interest from press and news media, including the AP News, New York Times, Popular Science’s Future Of, Nova ScienceNow, NSF Science Now, PBS, and Forbes.


Yang Zhang has served as the Director of Institutional Research at University of Hawai’i at Mānoa since 2012. She is at the forefront of developing innovative data tools and web applications and frequently presents her work at both national and international conferences on effective data communication strategies. Yang currently serves as the chair of the Overseas Chinese Association of Institutional Research (term 2022-2023).

Kelly Jung-ts Lin is the IR Analyst at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, where she specializes in both quantitative and qualitative data analysis. In her current position, she plays a vital role in providing data training, collaborating closely with team members on diverse projects, and communicating with different offices. Furthermore, Kelly serves as the Outreach & Communications Officer for the Overseas Chinese Association of Institutional Research during the term 2023-2024.

Bryson McFeeley is the IT Specialist for the Mānoa Institutional Research Office at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. He is instrumental in creating MIRO’s data web app tools and transforming raw survey data to online reports that are customizable and easily digestible for campus decision-makers.

Karese Kaw-uh is the current Graduate Assistant for the Mānoa Institutional Research Office. She plays a vital role in creative content development, the editorial process, and is a key speaker for the virtual symposiums. Karese received her BA degree in Theatre Arts Administration and is currently pursuing her MFA in Theatre for Young Audiences at UHM. 

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Symposium Presentations

What’s Hot at LAVAJason Leigh (He/Him)
Co-director of Hawai‘i Data Science Institute, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa
Effective Data Communication StrategiesMānoa Institutional Research Office, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa