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December 2, 2020


Data Science News

Ring in the new year with Data Carpentry and Software Carpentry workshops! During the month of January, we will be hosting data carpentry and software carpentry workshops. Each workshop will last four days with instruction taking place in the morning. Registration for both workshops opens on December 7.

Upcoming Trainings & Workshops

Dec. 9, Introduction to Docker
Register by December 4!

Dec. 8, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. | Register

Dec. 11, 14, 16, 18, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. each day | Register

Dec. 7, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Register

Dec. 14, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Register

January 4, 6, 8, 11, & 13, 2021, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Register

January 18, 20, 22, & 25, 2021, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Register

Upcoming Seminars & Events

SILO Seminar Series, 12:30 p.m.
Dec. 2, Fingerprinting By Design: Authentication and Security, Dr. Brian Sadler

Clinical Health Informatics Faculty Lectures, 4 p.m.
Dec. 10, Biostatistics & Medical Informatics, Mark Craven | Register

The Sandbox is a place for students and classes from ICPSR member institutions to self-publish data they generate and/or use.
Dec. 3 | Register

The faculty will give brief overviews of their current research. You will also hear from current and former postdocs, and hear about the resources available in the department, at Dana-Farber, and throughout the Boston area.
Dec. 7 | Register

Dec. 15, 1 p.m. CT | Register

Speakers will cover nuances of general and domain-specific repositories, what curators look for, what to do when you want to deposit both data and software, designing tools to help researchers provide the right metadata to maximize reuse, making data reuse easier with R tools like piggyback, and their vision for new tools and documentation
Dec. 16, 12 p.m. CT | Register

Student Opportunities

Technical Writers perform the essential service of creating, updating, and maintaining documentation in the Help Desk KnowledgeBase and related KnowledgeBase spaces. A Student Lead Technical Writer is responsible for managing day-to-day KnowledgeBase maintenance, as well as assisting with projects that improve our support-centered KnowledgeBase. Apply by December 4th.

New Spring 2021 Class Offering
ECE 901: Nonparametric Methods in Data Science with Robert Novak. This course will cover the theoretical foundations of approximation theory and nonparametric statistics, studying classical methods such as reproducing kernel Hilbert spaces and splines as well as more modern approaches including wavelets and neural networks. Mondays and Fridays 2:30-3:45 p.m., virtually.

Professional Opportunities


On Campus

This position will be an outstanding professional-development opportunity for a graduate student in the social sciences, education, law, communication, or library science, especially a student on a professional trajectory. The American Family Insurance Data Science Institute (AFIDSI) performs cutting-edge research in the fundamentals of data science, and catalyzes the translation of this research into practice to advance scientific discovery in collaboration with researchers across campus and beyond. Apply by December 18th.

Off Campus

The Environmental Data Initiative is accepting applications from research projects and field stations interested in hosting a fellow. The fellowships are intended for undergraduate, graduate, and recent postgraduate students. The fellows will gain hands-on experience in data preparation and publications with scientists and information managers. Apply by December 14.

For 6 months, this developer will work closely with the agile Dryad product development team and the Frictionless technical team to implement enhancements to the file upload feature in the Dryad data publishing platform. Successful candidates will be familiar with Ruby on Rails and Python, and React experience is desirable. Apply by December 18th.

LibraryThing is an informal, high-energy, small-team environment. Programming is rapid, creative, and unencumbered by process. They want to hire people who care about books and libraries, and believe in an open and humane vision of the future for both. They live to create technologies that make readers happy and keep libraries vital.
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