About Events Expert Chat: Using Data Science to Address Critical COVID-19 Workforce Needs in Virginia with Ben Castleman and Brian Kim Expert Chat: Using Data Science to Address Critical COVID-19 Workforce Needs in Virginia with Ben Castleman and Brian Kim April 22, 2020 1:30 PM Watch Here WATCH As cases of COVID-19 continue to spread across Virginia, the need to connect workers to the commonwealth’s critical labor market needs is rising. To help address the problem, Ben Castleman, a professor at the Batten School and Curry School of Education and Human Development and director of the Nudge4 Solutions Lab, and Brian Kim, a Curry PhD student who graduated from Batten’s MPP program in 2019, have created a workforce recruiting dashboard in partnership with the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) to identify recent VCCS graduates who have the credentials and skill to fill health care labor needs. Join us via Zoom at 1:30 pm on Wednesday, April 22, as Castleman and Kim discuss their work and answers your questions. Benjamin Castleman Ben Castleman is an Associate Professor of Education and Public Policy at the University of Virginia. Read full bio Related Content Benjamin Castleman Here Today, Gone Tomorrow? Investigating Rates and Patterns of Financial Aid Renewal Among College Freshmen Research College affordability continues to be a top concern among prospective students, their families, and policy makers. Prior work has demonstrated that a significant share of prospective students forgo financial aid because they did not complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA); recent federal policy efforts have focused on supporting students and their families to successfully file the FAFSA. Intensive College Counseling and the Enrollment and Persistence of Low Income Students Research Though counseling is one commonly pursued intervention to improve college enrollment and completion for disadvantaged students, there is relatively little causal evidence on its efficacy. We use a regression discontinuity design to study the impact of intensive college counseling provided to college-seeking, low income students by a Massachusetts program that admits applicants partly on the basis of a minimum GPA requirement. From Information to Action: Meeting Virginia’s Critical Workforce Needs During COVID-19 News During the most recent Batten Expert Chat, a Batten professor and a graduate of the School’s MPP program shared how they’re using data science to help address the Commonwealth’s shortage in healthcare professionals. Batten's Castleman One of Three UVA Faculty to be Honored by White House for Early Career Accomplishments News The Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers is the highest honor given by the U.S. government to scientists and engineers at the beginning of their research careers.