CoSE science coding programs boost biotech diversity
Despite the San Francisco Bay Area being one of the most diverse regions in the country, the technology industries that call it home still lack diversity. Faculty members in the Promoting Inclusivity and Computing (PINC) program at San Francisco State University’s College of Science & Engineering aim to change this. Their efforts have recently received recognition from both academia and the biotech industry, including two recent grants from the Genentech Foundation and Genentech, Inc. totaling over $1.2 million. The grants will support student scholarships and a new certification program focused on data science and artificial intelligence. “[W]e need to create a curriculum that is not just designed by us academics but also informed by what practitioners want in the industry,” said Associate Professor of Computer Science Anagha Kulkarni, one of the leaders of PINC.