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June 16, 2021


Data Science News

There's Still Time: Register for Geospatial Data Carpentry!

The Data Science Hub and the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies are hosting Geospatial Data Carpentry workshop from July 8-16. This workshop will consist of 5 days of meeting for discussions, either in the morning or afternoon (your choice!), of the material that you'll have worked through on your own ahead of time. The full schedule of the workshop and registration information can be found on the workshop website. Register by July 2.

Upcoming Trainings & Workshops

Geospatial Data Carpentry Workshop at the Data Science Hub
July 8-16, Morning or Afternoon session. This workshop will consist of 5 days where we meet for discussions that are based off of the material that you work through on your own ahead of time. The full schedule of the workshop and registration information can be found on the workshop website. Register here by July 2.

Next Gen. Data Analysis Workshops at the UW Biotechnology Center/Bioinformatics Resource Core
July 12, Linux Essentials (bash)
July 19, Intro to Next Gen Sequence Analysis
July 21, mRNA-Seq Data Analysis

Upcoming Seminars & Events

No seminars to share at this time.

Student Opportunities

Efficient and Robust Machine Learning Center of Excellence Summer Hackathon
The ERML COE is hosting a summer hackathon where participating teams will develop machine learning solutions to perform storm damage assessment from overhead imagery, aligning to one of the four ERML COE thrusts; Data Efficiency, Computational Efficiency, Operational Robustness, and Adversarial Robustness. Team applications are being accepted until 11:59 PM on July 9, 2021. Full details, eligibility requirements, prize information, and application can be found on the hackathon website.

Artificial Intelligence for Environmental Science Virtual Summer School
The goals of the summer school are as follows: Learn about the foundations of trustworthiness for AI, Understand explanatory AI (XAI) and how both explanations and physics and robustness can help build trust in AI, Learn how ethics and trust relate for AI, See how machine learning systems have been developed for a range of environmental science application. Register here for free by June 22.

RA/PA positions in Solis-Lemus Lab, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery
Ideal candidate: PhD or Master student in Statistics, Mathematics, Data Science or Computer Science. Two options: RA-ship available for students interested in doing a master research project or dissertation in the Solis-Lemus lab or PA-ship position for students already doing research in another lab, but that need complementary funding. Two possible projects: 1) post selection inference in high dimensional penalized regression framework (with applications to microbiome research) or 2) inference of phylogenetic networks from genomic data (with application to virus and bacteria evolution). The project can be tailored to the student’s interests (e.g. more theoretical for Math/Stat students or more applied for CS/DS students). Send an email with CV and transcript to with "Data Science position" as the email subject.

Professional Opportunities


On Campus

Research Administrator, The American Family Insurance Data Science Institute @ UW-Madison
This position in the American Family Insurance Data Science Institute (AFIDSI) will provide research administration from proposal preparation through closeout. The AFIDSI is an interdisciplinary research institute whose primary mission is to conduct cutting edge research in data science, translate that research into practice and collaborate with research teams on campus, at other universities and with industrial partners. The AFIDSI is looking for a focused, innovative, and professional individual eager to help expand the AFIDSI's research portfolio and collaborate with research partners. Learn more and apply here by June 21.

Off Campus

Event Fund Program Manager, Code for Science & Society
The Event Fund Program Manager is responsible for managing the operations of this program at Code for Science & Society, including publicity and communications, managing the proposal submission and review process in collaboration with the Event Fund’s Advisory and Selection Committees, and reporting on the impact of the program. Learn more and apply here. Review of applications start June 21.

Technical Support Manager - OpenReview, Code for Science & Society
Technical Support Managers focus on communicating with publishing venue leaders, managing configuration of reviewing workflows for different publishing venues (both through the UI and simple Python coding using our high-level Python library); discussing system features with program chairs and journal editors, giving them system demos by voice and email; and liaising with the OpenReview software development team to communicate unmet customer needs, brainstorm solutions, and generally support the improvement of the platform. Learn more and apply here. Review of applications start June 21.

Operations Manager, Code for Science & Society
The Operations Manager will work with CS&S leadership, programs, and finance to design, implement, and manage the day to day flow of work that keeps our organization running smoothly. Learn more and apply here. Review of applications start June 21.
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