Introducing the Data Science Hub 091918

News and updates for UW-Madison’s data science community. Visit the Data Science Hub website


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In this update:

  • Introducing the Data Science Hub
  • Upcoming Campus Events
  • Upcoming Trainings and Workshops
  • Campus Opportunities and Groups
  • External Opportunities

Introducing the Data Science Hub

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 reserachers on campus?
  • looking for training in data and computing skills?

Send an email to our facilitator (
or come by Hub Central in the Discovery Building during office hours (W 9-11, Th 2:30-4:30).

Meet the New Data Science Facilitator

Profile photo of Sarah StevensMeet our new Data Science Facilitator, Sarah Stevens.  You may have seen her around campus before, working on her PhD in Microbiology.  In her time at UW-Madison, Sarah founded ComBEE, a group that helps biologists learn computational skills together.  She also has been an active member of our local Carpentries community, teaching Software and Data Carpentry Workshops to help researchers learn coding and data science skills. Sarah is looking forward to meeting the variety of researchers on campus and learning more about their work.




Upcoming Campus Events

Research Data Services (RDS) Brownbag: “Open AstroBotany Data” by Dr. Richard Barker
Sept 20, 12:00pm-1:00pm, 126 Memorial Library 

ComBEE Python Study Group: Topics Discussion
Sept 20, 2:00pm, 5503 Microbial Sciences

Applied and Computational Mathematics Seminar (ACMS): “Discrete and Continuous Learning in Information and Geophysical Sciences” by Daniel Sanz-Alonso (Chicago)
Sept 21, 2:25pm, 901 Van Vleck Hall

Identity-Based Encryption from the Diffie-Hellman Assumption
Sept 21, 4:00pm-5:00pm, 1240 Computer Sciences

Systems, Information, Learning, and Optimization (SILO) Seminar“Adversarial Networks with Structured Inputs and Outputs” by Dr. Lee Seversk & Dr. Eric Heim
Sept 26, 12:30pm, Orchard View Room, Discovery Building

UW-Madison Open Meetup: “Open Data and Community Impact” a panel discussion with
Yogesh Chawla – Dane County Board District 6 and Kara Kratowicz – Data Projects Coordinator for the City of Madison
Sept 26, 1:00pm-2:00pm, Steenbock BioCommons

RSAG Monthly Meeting: RSAG members who visited Argonne National Labs last month will debrief on what they saw and learned.
Sept 26, 3:30pm-4:30pm, 302 Middleton Building

Dept. of Statistics Seminar: TBA by Edward (Jed) Frees
Sept 26, 4:00pm, 133 Service Memorial Institute 

ComBEE R Study Group: Portable Code and Reproducible Reports
Sept 27, 2:00pm, 5503 Microbial Sciences

College of Engineering Colloquium Series: “Optimizing the Interaction between Residents and Attending Physicians” by Hayriye Ayhan
Sept 28, 12:00pm, 1163 Mechanical Engineering

Applied and Computational Mathematics Seminar (ACMS): TBA by Nan Chen (UW-Madison)
Sept 28, 2:25pm, 901 Van Vleck Hall

Computation and Informatics in Biology and Medicine (CIBM) Seminar: TBA by Brody Holohan
Oct 2, 4:00pm, Genetics/Biotechnology Center Auditorium

Systems, Information, Learning, and Optimization (SILO) SeminarTBA by Mina Karzand
Oct 3, 12:30pm, Orchard View Room, Discovery Building

Dept. of Statistics Seminar: TBA by Jose Israel Rodriguez
Oct 3, 4:00pm, 133 Service Memorial Institute 

UW-Madison Annual Diversity Forum 2018: “Beyond the Numbers — Relationships, Retention and Reality” keynote by Talithia Williams, Associate Dean for Research and Experiential Learning and an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College.  Register to attend here.
Oct 31st, 8:00am-4:30pm, Union South


Upcoming Trainings and Workshops

The Social Science Computing Cooperative offers classes and workshops on statistical computing. All SSCC training classes require registration.  See their website for the latest information on their available courses.

The Division of IT (DoIT) offers free software training for students. We are highlighting courses related to research computing. Registration required.

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

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 for updates and future meetings.

External Opportunities

Data Science Incubator Fellowship: a Cornell-funded, 8-week data science fellowship for PhDs entering industry.

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