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August 11, 2021


Data Science News

Bringing Tidy Tuesday Data Challenges to Coding Meetup!

Photo Credit: R for Data Science Tidy Tuesday Community
Starting next week, on August 17, we will be incorporating Tidy Tuesday data wrangling challenges into Coding Meetup. Coding Meetup will always be an opportunity to come to ask questions, and we will have an additional Zoom room open for anyone interested in working through the Tidy Tuesday challenge.

Tidy Tuesday is a weekly social data project in R. The goal of TidyTuesday is to apply your R skills, get feedback, explore other’s work, and connect with the greater RStats community! Everyone of all skills is welcome to participate! To join Tidy Tuesday at Coding Meetup, join

Upcoming Trainings & Workshops

Data Carpentry Genomics Workshop, The Data Science Hub
August 23 - Sept. 3 Data Carpentry develops and teaches workshops on the fundamental data skills needed to conduct research. Its target audience is researchers who have little to no prior computational experience, and its lessons are domain specific, building on learners' existing knowledge to enable them to quickly apply skills learned to their own research. Registration closes August 16th. Learn more here.

Upcoming Seminars & Events

There are currently no seminars to share.

Student Opportunities

Machine Learning Applications Specialist, UW-Madison
UW-Madison’s CHTC serves as the campus’s core research computing center, providing computing resources to campus researchers. As a world leader in high-throughput computing, CHTC staff continually research new technologies and approaches that support the needs of many hundreds of researchers across campus.  They seek a student to support key activities of the GPU Lab project, a component of CHTC’s high throughput computing system. Apply by August 13th. Learn more here.

Student GIS Developer & Student GIS Technician, Wisconsin State Cartographer's Office
Get more experience with GIS data processing and development by working with projects like the statewide parcel map initiative using tools including ArcMap, PostgreSQL, Python, and more.  If Web apps your more your thing there is always a need for people that can help create and maintain a wide range of online apps using JavaScript, Leaflet, and other Web technologies. Most of our students start out knowing the basics, and we give them room to grow their expertise. Your specific role (GIS developer or GIS tech) will depend upon previous experience and your future career goals. Learn more and apply here.

Professional Opportunities


Off Campus

Data Science Research Technology Specialist, Florida State University
The Research Technical Specialist will provide programming consultation, technical advice, and troubleshooting support on behalf of a diverse array of researchers across the university who are engaged with Research IT. This position will have a strong focus on the support of data science and AI-related research projects. Learn more here.

Associate Director, Mapping Prejudice Program, University of Minnesota Libraries
The University of Minnesota's Mapping Prejudice Program is hiring an Associate Director to lead community-powered research around structural racism, managing the project's research and manage its datasets. This person will curate datasets for Mapping Prejudice and lead new data collection efforts in collaboration with other Mapping Prejudice team members and its scholarly and community partners. To learn more and apply, visit the University of Minnesota's job search page, click on "external applicants" and enter 342457 in the Search Jobs box.

Research Computing Facilitator, University of Arkansas
The Research Computing Facilitator is an integral member of the University of Arkansas central IT Services (ITS) research support team working in collaboration with IT professionals, faculty, researchers, and students to provide technical expertise and dedicated assistance in support of research activities across the campus and beyond. This position will help researchers acquire and move data, solve computationally intensive multidimensional problems, improve their customer experience, and generate value for our campus stakeholders across departments and constituencies. Learn more here.
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