Hub Updates is the UW-Madison data science community's resource for news, trainings & workshops, and professional opportunities in data science.

If you have feedback on the new format or suggestions for other news, events, and opportunities to include, send us an email at

May 19, 2021


Data Science News

If you could access hundreds or even thousands of computers for your scholarly work or the work you support, what could you do? How could it transform research? What discoveries might be made?

The OSG is seeking applicants for the Open Science Grid Virtual School 2021, which will take place the weeks of August 2-6 and 9-13. As the name indicates, the School will be all virtual again this year.

Participants will learn to use high throughput computing (HTC) to harness vast amounts of computing power for research, applicable to nearly any field of study.  Past OSG schools have helped people in physics, chemistry, engineering, life sciences, earth sciences, agricultural and animal sciences, economics, social sciences, medicine, and more. Applications due May 28. Learn more here.

Upcoming Trainings & Workshops

June Workshops for Undergraduate Students:
June 7-14, REU Data Carpentry workshop will introduce learners to best practices when using spreadsheets, cleaning data with OpenRefine, querying data with SQL, and manipulating, analyzing, and visualizing data with R.
June 8-15, REU Software Carpentry workshop will introduce students to automating tasks with the Unix shell, managing file versions with git and GitHub, and programming in Python.

Upcoming Seminars & Events

SILO Seminar Series, 12:30 p.m.
May 19, Robust Machine Learning: The Worst-Case and Beyond, Dimitris Tsipras

20th Annual Scientific Computing with Python Conference
The annual SciPy Conference brings together attendees from industry, academia, and government to showcase their latest projects, learn from skilled users and developers, and collaborate on code development. The full program will consist of 2 days tutorials (July 12-13), 3 days of talks (July 14-16) and 2 days of developer sprints (July 17-18). Learn more and register here.

Student Opportunities

Optimization Graduate Intern for Summer 2021 at American Family Insurance
Project: "Link prediction between entities and relations of a knowledge graph is a primary challenge when learning the structure of multirelational data.  In our prior work, we reformulated one of the standard approaches (called TRANSE) to knowledge graph link prediction in a way that allows us to apply off-the-shelf SVM solvers (e.g., LIBLINEAR) to the task.  We demonstrate competitive results on benchmark data sets using CPU-based training time of several minutes, which is in contrast to several hours of GPU-based training required by TRANSE. Although our SVM-based approach demonstrates promise, we identified several issues that, if addressed, could yield a novel and highly extensible framework for addressing the link prediction problem. One avenue that we intend to pursue is to recast our unconstrained SVM as a more general linear program, and to leverage theorems of the alternative (e.g. Farkas Lemma) to incorporate prior knowledge into the solution space". Contact Glenn Fung, the research group lead, at if interested.

Professional Opportunities


On Campus

Research Computing Facilitator, UW-Madison's Center for High Throughput Computing (CHTC)
CHTC is seeking a Research Computing Facilitator who will work with researchers on campus and across the country to find appropriate computationally-based solutions to problems impeding their research, expecting that many will leverage the world-class computing capabilities of CHTC and its partners, including the NSF Open Science Grid (OSG). Learn more and apply by May 31.

Off Campus

Mentorship Program, Maydm
Maydm is looking for people who are willing to work alongside students and help showcase their brilliance. Maydm will provide topics for each meeting, but this is a great opportunity for you to learn about each other. These students are learning about STEM concepts and going to experience them in the real world. The mentors are there to help talk through those experiences, explore future paths, and continue fostering that curiosity. Learn more and apply here.

Digital Library Software Developer, Access and Discovery Team (3 positions), Stanford University
Stanford University Libraries are seeking three software developers to join a team supporting discovery, access, and delivery as part of its digital library, an internationally recognized technology program developing innovative solutions to advance teaching, learning and research at one of the world’s leading universities. We are a mission-driven organization that emphasizes open, collaborative work and community engagement within Stanford and with partner institutions around the world. Learn more here.

Data Migration Specialist (US- Remote), LYRASIS
The ideal candidate will provide excellent technical support and customer service, effectively deal with stressful situations, and meet firm deadlines. This individual must be able to work with other project managers and client stakeholders to define functional requirements, communicate complex issues effectively to all parties, work in a fast-paced environment on time-sensitive projects, and possess a great attitude. Learn more here.
Connect with us: Website | Email | Twitter