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Data Science Updates is the University of Wisconsin-Madison's resource for news, training, events, and professional opportunities in data science, brought to you by the American Family Insurance Data Science Institute and the Data Science Hub.
January 25, 2023
Light bulb logo, Information Insights: Shaping Futures with Data and Computing, Research Bazaar, February 22-23, Discovery Building, UW-Madison

American Family Funding Initiative Supports Data Science Research

Due March 3, 2023, The American Family Funding Initiative offers grants up to $100K to stimulate and support cutting-edge research in the rapidly growing field of data science. American Family Insurance has partnered with UW–Madison through the American Family Insurance Data Science Institute to provide this research funding opportunity. UW–Madison faculty and staff with permanent PI status are eligible to apply. Learn more here.

To help applicants create competitive applications, the American Family Funding Initiative offers a number of resources including a Town Hall meeting on February 15, office hours with American Family Insurance, and more. Details are available here.

New Semester, New Name, New Look!

You may have noticed that this newsletter has a new name: Data Science Updates. We made this change to align the newsletter with the data science @ uw website and social media. We've made some minor changes to the look and feel of the newsletter and added a data visualization. We also have a new form for submitting content. To share your feedback about these changes, email

Machine Learning Community - Spring Kickoff Meeting

February 7, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., Discovery Building, Rm. 3280 (Orchard View Room), UW-Madison’s Machine Learning Community (“ML Community”) brings together students, researchers, and industry professionals from a variety of backgrounds who share in an interest in using machine learning methods (e.g., regression, classification, clustering, NLP, reinforcement learning, etc.) to advance their work.

Learn more about the community’s upcoming events and how you can get involved at the spring kickoff meeting! Light refreshments will be served. In preparation for the kickoff meeting, we ask that all members (and those interested in joining) please take 5 minutes to fill out the biannual member survey so that we can better understand the backgrounds and needs of ML practitioners on campus, and better plan our future events! We will present the survey results at the kickoff meeting.

To get to the third floor of the Discovery Building, take the elevators that are located next to the Aldo’s Cafe kitchen (see photo). If you cannot attend in-person, we invite you to stream the event via Zoom.


Next Gen. Data Analysis Workshops

The Bioinformatics Resource Core at the UW Biotechnology Center and the Microbiome Hub are offering heavily hands-on workshops on Next-Generation Sequencing Data Analysis skills:

February 8, 2023, Linux Essentials
March 8, 2023, mRNA-Seq

Have questions about anything data science-related? Come see the Data Science Hub facilitators at Coding Meetup on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30-4:30 p.m. CT. To join Coding Meetup, join


Carpentries Community Social

February 1, 2023, 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Discovery Building, room 3280 The Carpentries is seeking new members to bring additional diversity and expertise into its instructional community, including mentors and learners on- and off-campus. Join the google group and attend the February social to learn how you can get involved! If you have any questions, please reach out to

dotData Spring Kickoff

February 1, 2023, 6:00 p.m., Computer Science 1240, Join the data science club for their first meeting of 2023 with a data science talk from Fetch Rewards! Fetch will highlight their data science department/opportunities and then do a deeper dive into how they apply machine learning to fight fraud. Food will be provided!

Research Bazaar

Register by February 8, 2023, UW-Madison’s Data Science Hub is hosting the fourth annual Research Bazaar, Feb. 22-23. The Research Bazaar will include lightning talks, interactive discussions, workshops, and a poster session focused on data science and computing for researchers. In addition, it will feature a career panel and an exhibit of art relating to science and technology. Events are in-person at the Discovery Building on the UW-Madison campus. The Research Bazaar is an inclusive, community-building event at UW-Madison for researchers, data scientists, entrepreneurs, and community members, including students. While there is no cost to attend, pre-registration is required by Feb. 8.  View the full schedule and register here.

NET+ AWS Quarterly Town Hall - Transform Genomic and Biological Data Into insights with AWS Omics

February 15, 2023, 1:00 p.m. Amazon Omics supports large-scale analysis and collaborative research. This session is for research decision-makers, researchers, and RCD team members who want to learn how Amazon Omics can accelerate research, support large-scale analysis, and generate insights to improve health and advance scientific discoveries. To register, click here.

SILO Seminar Series

Wednesdays, 12:30 p.m., SILO is about breaking down the systems, information, leaning, and optimization of research created by academic department boundaries. Recent advances in information science are allowing scientists and researchers to sense, process and share data in ways and scales previously impossible. These developments have the potential to benefit work happening in a wide range of disciplines. SILO’s purpose is to help realize such potential by providing the time and space for researchers to present and interact to find common threads. Visit the SILO webpage for information about their upcoming talks.

Check out more data science seminars and events at the data science @ uw website.



MadPy: Serving ML Models at Scale with FastAPI

February 9, 2023, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., MadPy is a community group of python enthusiasts. They are open to all experience levels and committed to a safe, professional environment. In this talk, Adam Frees will show how the popular Python web framework FastAPI can be used to make cutting-edge NLP models available to end-users in a fast and standards-based way. While the use-case in this talk revolves around machine learning, the benefits of FastAPI extend into many other fields; no prior knowledge of ML required! For more information and to register, visit the meetup event page.

Madison Women in Tech: Level Up Your Resume and LinkedIn Profile!

February 11, 2023, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Madison Women in Tech is a supportive, inclusive community of women and gender nonbinary folks working or interested in technology. All attendees agree to adhere to the Madison Women in Tech code of conduct. Looking for your next job, or just interested in leveling up your application materials for future job searches? Sign up for a time slot for 1-on-1 advice and feedback on your LinkedIn profile, resume or both! If the time slots are all full, please sign up anyway, so you can be added to the waitlist. For more information, visit the meetup event page. Due to limited availability, this event is open specifically to women and nonbinary folks.

Madison Area Software Developers Monthly Meetup

February 15, 2023, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Come and share your experiences as a software developer in the Madison area! The Madison Area Software Developers Meetup Group strives to keep developers informed about the constantly changing technologies necessary to succeed and innovate. They are committed to lifelong learning, bridging the education gap between college and industry, and networking within the Madison area. For more information and to register, visit the meetup event page.



Purdue University's Anvil Summer 2023 REU Program

Due February 15, 2023, The Rosen Center for Advanced Computing (RCAC) is seeking students for Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) paid internships for Summer '23. This is an onsite program at the Big 10 Purdue University (West Lafayette, Indiana) campus. This hands-on experiential summer program occurs over 12 weeks, where a $600/week stipend and housing in a Purdue residence hall is provided. This REU aims to develop the next generation workforce in advanced computing and cyberinfrastructure technologies. It offers students from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to build and support advanced research computing systems and scientific applications. Modeled after RCAC’s decade-long successful student apprentice program, the REU students will learn by doing, working on the National Science Foundation funded Anvil system in a team environment and mentored by cyberinfrastructure professionals.

Transatlantic Research Program

Due February 24, 2023, The Transatlantic Research Partnership (formerly known as the Thomas Jefferson Fund), is a flagship program bringing together talented young researchers in France and in the United States.This program, formerly known as Thomas Jefferson Fund, aims to foster forward-looking collaborative research that engages with pressing global challenges. It offers $20,000 grants to support two-year projects led by two outstanding researchers at the beginning of their careers –– one based in the United States, the other in France.  These funds will support transatlantic mobilities of researchers and PhD students, collaborative research activities such as the organization of international workshops or conferences, and the publication of joint articles. Projects can span or combine humanities, social sciences, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), and their research topics should be related to one or several United Nations Sustainable Goals. For more information and to apply, visit the Transatlantic Research Partnership webpage.


City of Madison Data Team

Due February 13, 2023, The City of Madison has an opening on their Data Team. They are looking for a data scientist / statistician to work on data analysis projects and work with people. This is a chance to make an impact on local issues. The posting can be found here.


Reposted from the Data Science Community Newsletter, an Academic Data Science Alliance project

The Academic Data Science Alliance (ADSA) is a network of academic data science practitioners, educators, and leaders, and academic-adjacent colleagues, who thoughtfully integrate data science best practices in higher education. UW-Madison is a founding member of ADSA.
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