112818 Update


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

In the Nov. 28th, 2018 update:

  • Computational Plant Sciences (ComPS) Group
  • Upcoming Campus Events
  • Upcoming Trainings and Workshops
  • Campus Opportunities and Groups
  • External Opportunities
  • Course Offerings for Spring 2019

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 (W 9:30-11:30, Th 2:30-4:30). Check calendar for latest details and updates.

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, we are forming 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. We hope to support the development of a monthly networking and coding meet-up, the development of small focus groups of graduate students working on common analyses and problems, solidify a knowledge network to help new members find out where and to whom to go for help, and to foster opportunities for proficient students to share their knowledge and teach peers.

Come join us on Friday, December 14th at 12 pm in Russell Labs, Room 584 to brainstorm with us (and enjoy free lunch!). Help us by answering questions like: What would you want out of a community of practice? What would help you the most?

Upcoming Campus Events (Calendar View)

Special Event: Illuminating Connections: Exploring Hubs at Discovery
Dec 12,  3:00pm-6:00pm, Discovery Building, UW–Madison
Join us for a celebration of WID’s hubs! Learn how the hubs serve researchers and community members across campus and the state. Explore posters, interactive activities, and informal discussions followed by a special edition of SoundWaves revolving around the theme of illumination. Please register for the event.


Systems, Information, Learning, and Optimization (SILO) Seminar12:30pm, Orchard View Room, Discovery Building
Nov 28,  Slow and Stale Gradients Can Win the Race: Error-Runtime Trade-offs in Distributed SGD, Gauri Joshi, CMU
Dec 5, TBA, Mohit Gupta
Dec 12, TBA, Line Roald

Center for Demography of Health and Aging (CDHA) Training Seminar: 2:00pm-3:15pm, 8417 Sewell Social Science Building
Nov 28, Structuring Arguments, UW–Madison Writing Center
Dec 5, New Rules for Human Subjects Research? What Happened to the Old Ones?, Susan Lederer
Dec 12, Practice Job Talk with Esteban Quiñones

Quantitative Biology Initiative (QBI Seminar), 2:00pm-3:00 pm, Orchard View Room, Discovery Building
Nov 28, How are nutrients sensed by the pancreatic islet? Live cell imaging illuminates a complex network of oscillatory signal encoders and decoders, Matthew Merrins
Dec 5, Bigger languages are simpler languages: evolution of complexity and redundancy in natural languages, Gary Lupyan
Dec 12, TBA, Pamela Yeh

Statistics Seminar4:00pm, 133 Service Memorial Institute (SMI)
Nov 28, Spectral Analysis of (auto)Covariances from High Dimensional Time Series, Alex Aue
Dec 5, TBA, Ting Ye

Computer Sciences Events:
Nov 28, 6:30pm-9:00pm, 1240 CS, Bloomberg – Coding Competition
Nov 30, 2:30pm-3:30pm, 3310 CS, Theory Seminar: Towards Optimal Algorithms for Prediction With Expert Advice,  Balu Sivan, Google Research
Nov 30, 3:00pm-4:00pm, 4310 CS, Building Next-Generation Flash-Based Storage Systems: From Data Centers to Wearables, Jian Huang, UIUC
Dec 6, 4:00pm-5:00pm, 1240 CS, J. Barkley Rosser Memorial Lecture: A Logical Revolution, Moshe Y. Vardi, Rice University

UW-Madison Open MeetupData Story Slam
The last Data Story Slam was such a success the UW Madison Open Meetup wanted to throw another one! They will be looking for storytellers to each tell a short data story. This can be free form, a slide presentation, a poem, or anything else. Pizza and cookies will be served! This event is free and open to all UW-Madison students, faculty, and staff.

Nov 30, 12:00pm-1:00pm, BioCommons in Steenbock Library, 550 Babcock Dr.

Computation and Informatics in Biology and Medicine (CIBM) Seminar4:00pm, Genetics/Biotechnology Center Auditorium
Dec. 4, TBA, Reed Stubbendieck

The Wisconsin Association for Computing Machinery – Women in Computing (WACM-W) meets every month on the first Tuesday of each month.
Dec 4, 12:15pm-1:15pm, Computer Sciences 2310.

Statistics Graduate Student Association (SGSA) Social Hour,  4:00pm, Union South – The Sett
Dec 7

Applied and Computational Mathematics Seminar (ACMS): 2:25pm, 901 Van Vleck Hall
Dec 14, TBA, Lukas Einkemmer, University of Tübingen and University of Innsbruck

Machine Learning for Medical Imaging (ML4MI) Initiative Seminar
Dec 14, 4:00pm, TBA, Juan Santos, HeartVista

Upcoming Trainings and Workshops

Next Gen. Data Analysis Workshop,  mRNA-Seq, Dec 5, 1360 Biotech Center
The Bioinformatics Resource Core (BRC) at the UW Biotechnology Center (UWBC) is offering Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) Data Analysis skills with open-source software on a Linux platform. Workshops are heavily hands-on. Online Registration is required. There is a fee associated with each workshop.

Software Carpentry Workshop, 8:30am – 4:30pm, Jan 14-15, 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 opens Dec 10, 2018 at 5:00pm.

Data Carpentry Workshop, 8:30am – 4:30pm, Jan 16-17, 2019
This hands-on workshop teaches basic concepts, skills and tools for working more effectively with 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 Dec 10, 2018 at 5:00pm.

Campus Opportunities and Groups

Computational Biology, Ecology, and Evolution (ComBEE)
ComBEE is a group of researchers at UW-Madison interested in computational biology in ecology and evolution. ComBEE offers R and Python study groups on alternating Thursdays throughout the semester.
ComBEE Python Study Group – Meets every other Thursday at 2pm in Microbial Sciences 5503
ComBEE R Study Group – Meets every other Thursday at 2pm in Microbial Sciences 5503

Molecular Dynamics Group
Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations can provide a computational microscope for looking at molecular events. However, the art of setting up, running, and interpreting a simulation is challenging. To help, campus MD users and potential users are getting together to share experiences, tools, and codes. Importantly, the group will also discuss best practices, appropriate/inappropriate uses, and how best to use local computer resources. Contact Spencer Ericksen (ssericksen@wisc.edu) if you are interested in joining the group.

Research Systems Administrators Group (RSAG)
This ACI-sponsored group 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.edu for updates and future meetings.

External Opportunities

Job Opportunity for Senior Data Management and Integration Scientist: The Colorado Evaluation and Action Lab is partnering with the Colorado Governor’s Office of Information Technology to hire a Senior Data Management and Integration Scientist. Please click here for more information on this job opening and the application instructions.

Call for Proposals Involving Large Scale Computing (Deadline: November 30, 2018)
The NSF has approved an extension for the Blue Waters to continue operating until December 19, 2019. This extension provides additional nine months of operation and the NCSA Blue Waters team has allocated to the Great Lakes Consortium for Petascale Computation (GLCPC) an additional 2.7 million node hours—equivalent to approximately 86 million core hours as part of the Blue Waters project. This allocation provides the GLCPC member institutions with an opportunity to advance their programs in computation, data, and visualization intensive research and education. This Call For Proposals (CFP) describes the process for submitting a proposal to the GLCPC Allocations Committee for allocations on the Blue Waters system. Details on the Blue Waters system can be found at https://bluewaters.ncsa.illinois.edu/blue-waters.

Course Offerings for Spring 2019

The time to enroll in spring courses is upon us. We have compiled a list of Data Science related courses. If you have additional courses you would like us to know about, you can let us know in the poll below. We will continue to add courses to this list.

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 facilitator@datascience.wisc.edu.

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