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January 27th, 2021


Data Science News

Our second annual Data Science Research Bazaar is happening throughout February 2021, on February 3, 4, 10, 17, & 24, focusing on the theme "Data Science for the Social Good." The Data Science Research Bazaar will be a virtual opportunity for researchers and data scientists from various disciplines and industries who will have opportunities to share their work, collaborate, and discuss their data science interests. Preregistration is required and will start closing soon on a rolling basis so register now!

Upcoming Trainings & Workshops

Rstudio: A Single Home For R & Python
Feb. 3rd. 1:00 p.m. In this workshop learn how to easily combine R and Python in a single Data Science project using a single IDE-Leverage a single infrastructure to launch and manage Jupyter Notebooks, JupyterLab, VSCode and the RStudio IDE, while giving your team easy access to Kubernetes and other resources.-Share and manage access to R- and Python-based interactive applications, dashboards, and APIs, all in a single place. Register Here.

Feb 11th - March 18th. Learn essential programming skills to clean, analyze, and visualize your research data at the R workshop series and the Python workshop series. Attend any or all of the FREE sessions. Open to all UW-Madison students, faculty, and staff.

Upcoming Seminars & Events

SILO Seminar Series, 12:30 p.m.
Jan. 27, Local Elasticity: A Phenomenological Approach Toward Understanding Deep Learning, Weijie Su

Feb. 16, Environmental Data Initiative "Town Hall". Join us for this user community webinar with your questions related to everything EDI: our outreach activities, data curation services and new technical developments. Register Here.

Student Opportunities

New Class Offering: COMPSCI 880: Advanced Learning Theory
Ilias Diakonikolas will be offering a course this semester based on a new textbook he is writing. Fitting a model to a collection of observations is one of the quintessential questions in statistics. A recent line of work gave the first provably robust and efficiently computable estimators for a number of fundamental estimation tasks. The course assumes that students have a background in algorithms, linear algebra, and probability/statistics.

One semester paid fellowships of $2,000 for students (graduate or undergraduate) with convergent interests in coding, data analytics and/or sustainability / environmental science are available beginning as early as January 5, 2021. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Learn more here.

The DSSG is now accepting student fellow applications and project proposals for the 2021 summer session. Fellows will work with academic researchers, data scientists, and public stakeholder groups on data-intensive research projects that will leverage data science approaches to address societal challenges in areas such as public policy, environmental impacts, and more. Student applications are due Monday, February 15th. Learn more here.

Professional Opportunities


Off Campus

CIERA is seeing a computational Specialist who will actively engage in and support the computational research activities carried out in the center. The position will be at the level of a junior staff scientist; the appointment will initially be for 2 years, and it is renewable long term. Preferred start date is April 1, 2021 or earlier. Find out more here.
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