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February 23, 2022


Data Science News

Register for the upcoming Data Carpentry Workshop!

The Data Science Hub will be hosting a Data Carpentry workshop from 9am-12:30pm on March 14th - March 17th. 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, building on learners' existing knowledge to enable them to quickly apply skills learned to their own research.  This workshop teaches data organization, data cleaning with openRefine, data management and querying with SQL, and data analysis and visualization with R. To learn more or  register, visit the workshop website. Registration will close on March 14th.

Upcoming Trainings & Workshops

Stata Workshop: Loops and Macros, Social Science Computing Cooperative
February 28th, 2:00 p.m., This class will cover using Stata macros and loops to make your code easier to write--sometimes so much easier that doing it any other way would be impractical. To benefit from this class you'll need a solid understanding of basic Stata syntax. If you don't have experience using Stata you'll want to attend the Introduction to Stata workshop or work through the online version on your own before attending this class. Register here.

Stata Workshop: Presentable Bar Graphs, Social Science Computing Cooperative
March 7th, 2:00 p.m., Bar graphs are simple and powerful tools, but Stata bar graphs often require a good bit of tweaking to make them presentable. In this workshop we'll learn some of the tricks (including user-written commands) needed to make bar graphs look good and convey useful information. Register here.

Intro to Next Gen Sequence Analysis, UW Biotechnology Center
February 28th, 9:00 a.m., Practice hands-on analysis of Next Generation DNA Sequencing (NGS) data as applied to identify single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP) using Linux command-line driven open source software. Explore results using graphical visualization tools. Minimal Linux line command (bash shell) skills required. Register here.

mRNA Sequence Data Analysis, UW Biotechnology Center
March 7th, 9:00 a.m., Learn the principles behind mRNA-Seq analysis with a hands-on introduction to linux-based open source software and analysis pipelines for mRNA-Seq.
Workshop is aimed at teaching the computational process that takes the raw data all the way through the high level analysis. Register here.

Upcoming Seminars & Events

SILO Seminar Series
This semester there will be hybrid seminars, with both in-person and virtual (Zoom) participation. The number of in-person attendees will be limited to 20 people (we will possibly increase this number later in the semester). In person will be notified the Tuesday around 10 p.m. before each SILO.
  • March 2nd, 12:30 p.m., TBA with Mario Fegueriredo
  • March 9th, 12:30 p.m., TBA with Ulugbek Kamilov

Equity and Impact: Learning Analytics Masters Program, University of Wisconsin-Madison
March 9th, 4:00 p.m., Join a panel of leading women in the Learning Analytics field as they have a candid discussion about their journey as thought leaders within the industry. Register here.

Student Opportunities

EDI Data Management Fellowship Program, Environmental Data Initiative
During the 2-month summer program, the Fellows receive training in environmental data management by EDI and gain hands-on experience through participation in data publishing with specific host projects, either remotely or on site. In agreement with EDI’s mission of accelerating curation and publishing of environmental data, the focus of the fellowship program is on processing and publishing the host projects’ data and Creating workflows that support the processing of data collections. Applications due in March.
  • March 8th, 1:00 p.m., If you are a student or graduated recently (received a degree in 2021 or later) and are considering applying or have already applied to this year's EDI Fellowship Program, please join us with your questions regarding the program. Register here.

2022 Summer Internships, R Studio
We’re excited to announce our 2022 Summer Internship Program. Through the program, students will be able to apply for full-time summer internships within one of the departments of RStudio. The program allows students to do impactful work that helps both RStudio users and the broader community, and ensures that the community of developers and educators is just as diverse as its community of users. Apply by March 7.

Interviewing Tips and Tools for L&S Students, SuccessWorks
March 1st-10th, 12:00 p.m., Join this virtual Canvas workshop to get tips, insights, and even a bit of practice to help you feel confident and ready for your next virtual or in-person interview. In this workshop, we will go through the basics of interviewing strategy, for phone, virtual, and in-person interviews and practice what you learn with optional quizzes and activities, on a flexible schedule that suits your needs. For more information and to register, visit this site.

Multicultural Career and Internship Fair, SuccessWorks
March 3rd, 4:00 p.m., The Multicultural Career & Internship Fair is a prime opportunity for talented UW-Madison students seeking internships and full-time employment to meet with over 40 organizations. The range of employers attending covers a variety of industries such as bioscience/biotech, consulting, financial services, nonprofits, tech, data & analytics and several others. All current UW-Madison students are encouraged to attend! For more information, visit this site.

Professional Opportunities


On Campus

American Family Funding Initiative, American Family Insurance Data Science Institute
The American Family Funding Initiative offers grants up to $100K to stimulate and support cutting-edge, highly innovative, and groundbreaking research in the rapidly growing field of data science, including computing and artificial intelligence. American Family Insurance has partnered with UW–Madison through the American Family Insurance Data Science Institute (DSI) to provide this research funding opportunity. UW–Madison faculty and staff with permanent PI status are eligible to apply. Apply by March 11.

Data Scientist, The School of Medicine and Public Health
The position involves a key role in a research team to participate in big data analytics in health sciences with a focus on ophthalmology. This involves working with large datasets from various sources, collaborate with ophthalmologists and researchers to develop predictive models to aid in detection diagnosis and management of patients with ocular diseases. This is a great opportunity to work on interesting projects in a highly collaborative environment with a goal to implement big data analysis in preventing and curing blindness. Apply by March 2.

Software Developer, School of Business
The Information Technology Solutions (ITS) Team in the Wisconsin School of Business (WSB) is a partner building success for students, staff and faculty. This position will be developing software with a focus in the following areas: integrations between campus information systems and WSB's CRM, code enhancements and bug fixes for WSB's CRM and web applications built on MVC, develop SQL queries, functions and views to support reporting, and functional and UAT testing. Apply by March 13.

Research Analyst, The School of Medicine and Public Health
The Department of Pediatrics diabetes research laboratory is seeking a Research Analyst to support maintenance of databases, prepare manuscripts, maintain protocols, and other work. Ideal for a person seeking a part-time position or a person already in a part-time position wishing to increase work hours. Apply by March 1.

Off Campus

Metadata Analyst, The Washington Post
The Washington Post is seeking a metadata analyst to ensure our newsroom gets the most out of our new taxonomy system. This role will work with News Product, Analytics, Advertising and Operations teams to help glean new insights from our taxonomy and turn it into actionable newsroom intel. Specifically, this analyst will coordinate with the WaPo 360 Analytics team to integrate tagging and taxonomy into our analytics infrastructure. The successful candidate will work closely with the Audience team and the product editor to evaluate, analyze, distill and deliver new data. Apply by March 4.

Digital Humanities Software Developer, Cardiff University
This position will work as part of a cross disciplinary international research team led by Professor Julia Thomas (ENCAP) and Professors Omer Rana and Paul Rosin (COMSC) to provide software development support to a new digital humanities project funded by the NEH/AHRC New Directions for Digital Scholarship in Cultural Institutions. The project, “Finding a place: advancing digital methods to unlock the use of digitized book illustrations in cultural institutions”, is a collaboration between Cardiff University, University of Wyoming’s American Heritage Center, Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Lambeth Palace Library and the National Trust. For more information and to apply, visit this site.

Data Repository Engineer, New York University
Reporting to the Senior DevOps Engineer, the Data Repository Engineer builds tools and systems to support the research data lifecycle and facilitate open-access publishing. The incumbent works on multiple projects, including regular interactions and collaboration with a team of developers, designers, and project managers. These include the migration and maintenance of collaborative storage environments; a repository for research datasets; and a connecting environment to facilitate the movement of data through the lifecycle. Performs day-to-day advanced user support for research data systems. Participates in planning for new services to support an evolving landscape. For more information and to apply, visit this site.
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