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February 10, 2021


Data Science News

This week newsletter is full of amazing professional and research opportunities! Please take a look as some have very near deadlines.

Research Funding Opportunity: American Family Funding Initiative
The American Family Funding Initiative offers grants of $75-150K to stimulate and support cutting-edge, highly innovative and groundbreaking research in the rapidly growing field of data science. American Family Insurance has partnered with UW–Madison through the American Family Insurance Data Science Institute (AFIDSI) to provide this research funding opportunity. All UW–Madison faculty and staff with PI status are eligible to apply. Due March 17th. Learn more here.

***Need help with your proposal? The American Family Funding Initiative is holding a Town Hall Meeting for prospective applicants on Friday, Feb. 19 at 2pm. This meeting will provide an overview of the research topics of interest, tips for navigating the submission process, and resources available for your data and computing needs. If you are interested in attending, please register by Thursday, Feb. 18.

Upcoming Trainings & Workshops

ALT 2021 Mentorship Workshop
Mar, 4-5. The workshop will focus on building technical and networking skills while giving participants an opportunity to interact with fellow researchers in the field. | Register

Data Science Research Bazaar Workshops
Feb 17. Machine Learning for Health Care and Medical Data, Ryan Kather
Feb 17. Visualizing Mapping Models, Kris Sankaran
Feb 24. Predicting COVID infection rates in municipalities, using R or Python, John Caskey
Feb 24. Using a Cloud-Based Data Science Platform for Your Research, Tobin Magle
All workshops are 2:45-4:45 pm CST and are subject to availability.  Registration closes the Monday before at noon. Read more and register here.

Upcoming Seminars & Events

Data Science Research Bazaar
Feb 17, 1-2:30pm. The Importance of Student Leadership in Public Health Crises, Scott Blender, Paul Pak, Carole Trone, Lucas Chu, Yogya Kalra
Feb 24, 1-2:30pm. Madison’s Data Portal in the Classroom, Tyler Caraza-Harter
Feb 25th, 1-2:15pm.  Ideas Into Action: What's Next? Closing Panel ft. Alnisa Allgood, Sheriff Issaka, Corey B. Jackson, Iain McConnell, and Irene Ong
All sessions are subject to availability.  Registration closes the Monday before at noon. Read more and register here.

SILO Seminar Series, 12:30 p.m.
Feb 10, Two Facets of Learning Robust Models: Fundamental Limits and
Generalization to Natural Out-of-Distribution Inputs, Hammad Hassani.

Feb 17, noon. Managing Packages for Open-Source Data Science.
The webinar will be presented by Alex Gold, Manager of Solutions Engineering at RStudio. The goal is for you to walk away from the presentation having learned about effective strategies and tools for maintaining a reproducible package environment. Learn more and register here.

Mar 1-5. The Open Science Grid All-Hands Meeting (conference).
Some event titles offered are: OSG as an Agile Computing Environment, Evolving the OSG Fabric of Services, and OSG and Multi-Institution Collaborations. Register here.

Student Opportunities

Health Data Science Associate Spring Internship, Hyper Innovation
The Digital Health Test Bed, powered by Hyper Innovation, is looking for a self-motivated university undergraduate or graduate student with experience in digital health or healthcare handling technical communications, and working on small teams with an emphasis on data science and analysis. Due Feb 15. Learn more here.

Professional Opportunities


Off Campus

Scientific Programmer/Software Developer (bioinformatics), ETH Zurich
ETH Zurich is looking for someone to support and/or lead the development of analysis workflows/pipelines as well as existing and new software tools for the analysis and interpretation of microbiome data (i.e., community genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics). Apply ASAP.

Program Manager: Digital Infrastructure Incubator, Code For Science & Society
CS&S is looking for someone with a strong interest in open source community health, a demonstrated ability to set and achieve goals independently, and excellent communication skills to provide program management and leadership for the Digital Infrastructure Incubator. Apply ASAP.

Postdoctoral Fellow Planetary Health and Human Nutrition, Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health
This position is seeking a researcher with a strong quantitative, (bio)statistical or epidemiological background to work on several cohort studies linking dietary intake, infectious disease, and human nutritional outcomes in the context of environmental change. Applications begin reviewing Feb. 15th. Learn more here.

Full-time, tenure-track faculty in Information Management & Data Science, Skagit Valley College
The Information Management & Data Science Faculty position prepares students to lead and thrive in a cloud-driven industry and determine, analyze, and communicate relevant information and data in a variety of workplace settings. This position will be responsible for developing curriculum, making industry connections, and recruiting students for a program launch of Fall 2021. Priority deadline: Feb 28th. Learn more here.

Data Curator, Dryad
Dryad is looking for a Data Curator with the skills and perspectives that complement our existing team and shares our enthusiasm for building a researcher-led, values-driven, fully curated, open research data repository. Learn more here.

Program Director, Open Source, R Studio
R Studio is looking for someone to develop a systematic process for listening to all users to make sure we’re not missing important pain points. As part of this, you’ll work closely with our solutions engineering, customer success, and product management teams to both learn product gaps and to execute solutions that require cross-team coordination. Learn more here.

Data Librarian/Scientist, EcoHealth Alliance
EcoHealth Alliance seeks a creative, self-motivated, and technically adept Data Librarian/Analyst to support our growing organization’s data management needs related to our research in disease emergence, pandemic prediction and preparedness, and wildlife conservation. Learn more here.
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