052819 Update


A bi-monthly newsletter with updates on data and computing news and events for UW-Madison researchers.

In the May 28, 2019 update:

  • Big Data Madison
  • Upcoming Campus Events
  • Upcoming Training and Workshops
  • Campus Opportunities and Groups
  • External Opportunities

Are you…

  • unsure which campus data and computing resources you need for your research?
  • interested in making connections and starting new collaborations with data scientists and other researchers on campus?
  • looking for training in data and computing skills?

The Data Science Hub can help! Send an email to the Data Science facilitator (facilitator@datascience.wisc.edu) or come by Hub Central in the Discovery Building during office hours (Th 3:00-5:00 PM). Sarah will also be in the Coding Lab in Steenbock Library (T 2:30-4:30 PM). Check calendar for latest details and updates.

Big Data Madison

Big Data Madison Meetup promotes the understanding and adoption of technologies used to acquire, store, and analyze data in all its forms. This spans everything from data engineering to data science. Everyone is encouraged to attend, no level of experience is too basic to join and learn. The group focuses on some of the technologies used in the Big Data ecosystem (Hadoop, Spark, streaming data and data processing, etc), as well as topics in Data Science (machine learning, data visualization, analytics and more). They try to balance the topics between technology talks, use cases, and demos.


Upcoming Campus Events (Calendar View)

Systems, Information, Learning, and Optimization (SILO) Seminar, 4:00 pm, Wisconsin Room, Memorial Union
May 30, Nonconvex Distributed Optimization, Bryan Van Scoy

Biostatistics & Medical Informatics (BMI):
June 3, 11:30am, HSLC 1345​, Town Hall for Candidate for the Chair of Biostatistics & Medical Informatics, Michael Newton
June 4, 2:00pm, HSLC 1309​, Empirical Bayesian Inference in Biostatistics and Computational Biology, Michael Newton

June 4, 9:00 am, 1360 UW Biotechnology Center, Introduction to the Latest Services Available on the Pacific Biosciences Sequel.  Attendees will have an opportunity to apply for a SMRTcell sequencing.

June 21, 1:00 pm, Atrium Discovery Building, SROP/Biomedical Data Science Poster Session

Upcoming Training and Workshops

Health Science Data Carpentry, 8:30am – 4:30pm, June 11-12, 2019
This hands-on workshop teaches basic concepts, skills and tools for working more effectively with health science related data. The workshop is for any researcher who has data they want to analyze, and no prior computational experience is required. Event hosted by the Data Science Hub. Registration is now open.

Software Carpentry Workshop, 8:30am – 4:30pm, June 13-14, 2019
Software Carpentry aims to help researchers get their work done in less time and with less pain by teaching them basic research computing skills. This hands-on workshop will cover basic concepts and tools, including program design, version control, data management, and task automation. Participants will be encouraged to help one another and to apply what they have learned to their own research problems. Event hosted by the Data Science Hub. Registration is now open.

Geospatial Data Carpentry8:30am – 4:30pm, July 11-12, 2019
This hands-on workshop teaches basic concepts, skills and tools for working more effectively with geospatial data. The workshop is for any researcher who has data they want to analyze, and no prior computational experience is required. Event hosted by the Data Science Hub. Registration opens May 30th @ 5pm.

Campus Opportunities and Groups

Research & Technology Development at a Biotech Company
On Thursday, May 30, at 12:00 pm, panelists from Promega will discuss what it’s like to do science in a mid-sized biotech corporation, their diverse research interests in areas like chemical biology and protein engineering, and how new ideas in the company lead to projects and ultimately commercial products. Promega has earned a reputation of being a leader in innovative reagents and tools for life science researchers over the last 40 years. Come meet scientists and postdocs from Promega’s Advanced Technology Group who are developing the next generation of technology platforms in the company’s research and development area.  Register and submit your questions here. This event is part of the Career Exploration Series from the UW-Madison Office of Postdoctoral Studies, and will be held in the Auditorium (1111) Genetics-Biotechnology Center.

High Performance Networking at Google
This discussion of High Performance Networking concepts is targeted towards a technical audience. The event will start with a quick discussion of the OS implications of ever increasing network speeds. The next section describes a typical Google datacenter, as motivation for thinking about networking challenges at scale. A brief overview of Linux’s general purpose network stack highlights some opportunities for different tradeoffs. Finally RDMA (Remote Direct Memory Access) is discussed in detail. Expected benefits of attending this talk will be 1) insight into some of the networking problems are being addressed by large providers (by proxy gains of using a solution like BigQuery) and 2) exposure to RDMA (knowing what it is, what it can do, etc.)  The event will be held Madison Central Public Library, 201 West Mifflin St. Room 302 · Madison, WI

The Center for High Throughput Computing (CHTC) at UW-Madison is expanding their Research Computing Facilitator (RCF) team! 
This particular position is oriented toward individuals already experienced in supporting computational research who will help to inform the usability of our services and tools. This is a tremendous opportunity to directly impact hundreds of campus researchers per year within a supportive facilitation ecosystem where the Research Computing Facilitator terminology originated. The UW-Madison and CHTC offer the ability for RCFs to engage with a variety of compute execution modes beyond traditional HPC models, leveraging our leadership in high throughput computing (HTC) and including recently-funded/upcoming enhancements to our GPU capabilities in cooperation with UW-Madison’s emerging Data Science Institute, new Cryo-EM facility, and campus experts in machine learning. Our RCFs also contribute to the facilitation team for the Open Science Grid’s OSG Connect service and regularly consult with other campuses on HTC services and facilitation practices.

Annual Signal Transduction Research Training Symposium 
Registration and abstract submission now open for the 15th Annual Signal Transduction Research Training Symposium hosted by the Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology (MCP) Training Program!  This event will be held on September 16, 2018 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm in the Atrium and 1325 of the HSLC with Dr. Don Cleveland, University of California, San Diego as the keynote speaker. In addition to Dr. Cleveland’s talk entitled: “Designer DNA drugs for neurodegenerative disease,”  the symposium will also feature a career panel, poster session, selected talks, light breakfast, lunch and refreshments for all registered attendees. Register by June 14. For questions about the event, please contact Kristin Cooper, MCP Program Coordinator.

Digital Scholarship & Publishing Office Hours
Do you have a publication or copyright question? Do you have questions about a digital humanities tool you’ve seen or about a new project and want to start with good data management? If so, consider dropping by the weekly Digital Scholarship & Publishing Office Hours, Thursdays, 11:30 A.M.– 1:30 P.M.  Location alternates between Memorial Library and Steenbock, check the website for the latest information and location.

Computational Plant Sciences (ComPS) Group
A common problem both bench and field plant scientists face is that advance in high-throughput measurement platforms have outpaced our ability to readily analyze the datasets produced. To help solve this problem, the researchers in Plant Sciences formed a community of practice, a peer-to-peer mentoring network that will work across lab, departmental, and college boundaries to help plant scientists build computational and data science skillsets. Over the summer ComPS will hold monthly meetings at 4:30pm at the Union Terrace on the first Wednesday of the month.

Research Systems Administrators Group (RSAG)
RSAG meets on the third Wednesdays of every month and allows systems administrators of research systems to share expertise. Join the email list by sending an email message to join-rsag@lists.wisc.edufor updates and future meetings.

External Opportunities

Summer Institute for Statistics for Big Data

The fifth Summer Institute in Statistics for Big Data (SISBID) will be held at the University of Washington in Seattle  July 15-26, 2019. SISBID will offer four 2.5-day modules are various aspects of statistics for biomedical big data. There is still room in the modules and registration is currently open.

Postdoctoral Position in Computational Biology and Gene Regulation
Applications are invited for a 3 year position as Postdoctoral Fellow (SKO 1352) in the Computational Biology and Gene Regulation Group, at the Centre for Molecular Medicine Norway (NCMM), University of Oslo, a Nordic EMBL partner for Molecular Medicine. The research group is lead by Anthony Mathelier. The group focuses on gene expression regulation and the mechanisms by which it can be disrupted in human diseases such as cancers. See http://mathelierlab.com/ for further information.

Data Driven Wisconsin 2019 Call For Proposals
We  are pleased to announce the fourth annual Data-Driven Wisconsin conference (formerly Big Data Wisconsin conference), to be held in Milwaukee on Wednesday, July 31. We are seeking speakers to give talks on all aspects of data science, big data technology, and their applications in business, science, government and health. Jordan Ellenberg, NY Times best selling author of How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking will be giving our opening keynote and Cathy O’Neil, NY Times best selling author of Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increase Inequality and Threatens Democracy will be giving the afternoon keynote.

Check calendar for latest details and updates for all listed events. If you have a relevant event or group you’d like to see included in next month’s newsletter.  Please send us an email at newsletter@datascience.wisc.edu.