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August 10, 2022


Upcoming Trainings & Workshops

Geospatial Data Carpentry, Data Science Hub
August 17th-18th, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., In-person, Geospatial Data Carpentry teaches individuals working in geospatial the fundamental data skills needed to conduct research. Participants must complete Introduction to R for Geospatial Data as a pre-requisite and can optionally review the recorded lesson if unfamiliar with R. This workshop covers geospatial concepts — including raster and vector data processing in R. Register for Geospatial Data Carpentry by August 11.

Social Sciences Data Carpentry, Data Science Hub
August 22nd-23rd, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., In-person, Social Sciences Data Carpentry teaches individuals working in Social Science 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. This workshop includes spreadsheets and OpenRefine, data management with SQL, and Intro to R and R visualization. Register for Social Sciences Data Carpentry by August 15.

Fall 2022 Mini Workshop Series, Data Science Hub
September - December, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Virtual, The Data Science Hub will be hosting a series of mini workshops starting this Fall. This series will include topics such as Unix Shell, Git/GitHub, Intro to Machine Learning, Intro to Docker, Data Visualization in Python, and Intro to Julia. Each workshop can be registered separately and has their own pre-requisites. To view the workshop itinerary and register for the first workshop, visit the Fall 2022 Mini Workshop Series website.

Upcoming Seminars & Events

SILO, Summer Series
Summer SILO will meet at Memorial Union from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. every Wednesday. Each week they will have an informal presentation about ongoing research activities, open problems, or new research directions to stimulate discussion and potentially new collaborations. Check Today in the Union (TITU) in the union lobby for the meeting location.

Midwest Big Data Hub, Collaboration Cafe
The Collaboration Cafe is a monthly webinar open to all that is focused on building a community of data science researchers in the Midwest and beyond to explore funding opportunities and develop proposals. The Collaboration Cafe is an informal meeting, but has some structured elements during each session, including a funding opportunity walk-through, lessons learned from prior awardees, researcher lightning talks, small group discussions, and a speed-networking segment.
  • Open-Source Ecosystems, August 18, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00p.m., The purpose of the program is to harness the power of open-source development for the creation of new technology solutions to problems of national and societal importance. Register for the upcoming Collaboration Cafe with the provided zoom link.

ML+X, Fall Series
The Machine Learning (ML) Community is seeking presenters for fall semester's ML+X series. ML+X is a monthly forum that features short (12-minute) talks and group discussions on real-world applications of ML. The overarching goal of this event is to bring together ML practitioners across different research domains and to provide a space for discussing best practices and limitations of ML, useful ML tools, ethical considerations of ML applications, and more. If you are working on an ML application (e.g., regression, classification, clustering, NLP, reinforcement learning, etc.), and are interested in sharing your project with others this fall, please fill out this google form indicating which date(s) work for your schedule.

Student Opportunities

Science Communications Internship, Midwest Big Data Hub
Midwest Big Data Innovation Hub is looking for three students to join the team as science communications interns. This is a paid internship to write about the exciting work being done across different theme areas and other community-led projects, and what they are doing to bring data science and other areas of science and technology together. These positions are open to students throughout the 12-state Midwest region who are in graduate or advanced undergraduate programs. For more information and to apply, visit the Science Communications Internship position description.

Project Assistant, Office of Sustainability
The Office of Sustainability seeks a graduate student Project Assistant to lead dashboard and report development for sustainability-related data on the UW–Madison campus.The candidate will work closely with the Senior Analyst for the Office of Sustainability to organize, analyze, and visualize data associated with the STARS report. For more information, visit the Project Assistant position description. Apply by August 19.

Professional Opportunities


On Campus

Database Report Writer, Department of Radiology
The Department of Radiology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Medicine & Public Health is seeking a Database Report Writer to help with the department's data mining and analysis needs. The successful candidate will support all of the informatics and data needs for Radiology's clinical, research and education projects and requests. For more information and to apply, visit the Database Report Writer position description.

Research Analyst, Genomics Services
The Genomics Services Unit of the Wisconsin National Primate Research Center is looking for someone who will help develop, design, organize, and conduct research projects under the supervision of Dr. O'Connor and senior scientists in the lab. They will actively participate in a team studying genomic variability and immune system genetics of nonhuman primates.The successful candidate should  have some experience in writing scripts to automate workflows for the generation and analysis of large DNA sequencing datasets. For more information and to apply, visit the Research Analyst position description.

Off Campus

Data Services Librarian, Boston College
Boston College Libraries are seeking a Data Services Librarian to join our Digital Scholarship Group. This position is primarily responsible for digital scholarship collaborations and services related to data gathering, manipulation, management, curation, documentation, and data skills training. Such activities include consulting on faculty and student data-driven projects; providing data skills training on data manipulation and management methods, best practices, and tools to faculty and staff; and providing data skills instruction and curriculum consultations for undergraduate and graduate courses. For more information and to apply, visit the Data Services Librarian position description.
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