EECS alumnus John S. Davis II (Ph.D. ’00, advisor: Edward Lee) will be participating in the Black Engineering and Science Alumni Club (BESAC)’s homecoming week panel on “Black in STEM – in the face of two pandemics.” This virtual moderated panel, which will be held on October 17th, will discuss the impact that both the CoVID-19 pandemic and the events underlying the Black Lives Matter movement have had on the Black community. Davis is a senior privacy engineer at Google where he has published work to aid CoVID-19 researchers in datamining symptom search terms in Google while simultaneously protecting user privacy. He joined Google in 2019 after eight years as a senior information scientist at the Rand Corporation, and seven years as a staff researcher at IBM’s Watson Research Center. The panel will discuss topics ranging from engineering projects by UC Berkeley alumni and faculty to meet the moment of the CoVID-19 pandemic, efforts to address the disparate effects of CoVID-19 on the Black community, and wide-ranging initiatives to redress the impacts of systemic racism. Registration is required to receive the Zoom log-in.