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The eScience Institute is Hiring a Grants Manager

The eScience Institute is pleased to announce that we have an outstanding opportunity for a Grants Manager that will independently manage all fiscal components of the eScience Institute.

About you: You enjoy a fast-paced and dynamic […]

December 14th, 2015|Categories: News|

UW Announces Two New Positions in Support of Data-Intensive Discovery Initiative

Shortly after being named University of Washington Provost, Anne Marie Cauce (now the UW’s president) asked eScience Founding Director Ed Lazowska and Steering Committee member Werner Stuetzle to advise on additional steps to undertake to ensure that the […]

December 14th, 2015|Categories: News|

Visualization Research Papers Catches Stephen Few’s Eye

A blog posting on Perceptual Edge by data visualization expert Stephen Few features two papers that caught his eye at this year’s IEEE VisWeek Conference.

The first, “Voyager: Exploratory Analysis via Faceted Browsing of Visualization Recommendations” […]

December 8th, 2015|Categories: News|

Predicting Poverty And Wealth From Mobile Phone Metadata

Accurate and timely estimates of population characteristics are a critical input to...
December 3rd, 2015|Categories: News|

UW Research Science Team Takes 2nd in WSDM Cup

Congratulations to Team Eigenfactor for taking 2nd place in the WSDM Cup Challenge.
December 1st, 2015|Categories: News|

Jake VanderPlas: Mr. Most Insightful

Jake VanderPlas is one of five winners of the 2015 Pronto Data Challenge.
November 20th, 2015|Categories: News|

What It Means To Be A Smart City

Recently, Seattle Channel paid a visit to the eScience Institute to discuss our involvement in the Smart Cities Initiative.
November 18th, 2015|Categories: News|

Ben Marwick On How Computers Broke Science

eScience Data Science Fellow Ben Marwick, who is also Associate Professor of Archaeology at University of Washington, has an article published today in The Conversation about the problem that computers pose to reproducibility in science.

“For […]

November 9th, 2015|Categories: News|

UW to Help Lead NSF “Big Data Brain Trust”

The eScience Institute is pleased to announce our participation with University of Washington as one of three West Coast co-leads selected by the National Science Foundation as part of four Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs […]

November 2nd, 2015|Categories: News|
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Big Data Having Big Impact On Transportation

A cover story in the Seattle Times highlights the positive impact University of Washington and Seattle are having in solving growing traffic problems in the Puget Sound region. The feature focuses on the numerous apps […]

October 27th, 2015|Categories: News|

Urban@UW Featured in UW Today

There’s a great feature in UW Today about Urban@UW.

From the article: “There are more than 200 UW faculty members working on urban topics, from geographers using GIS technology to address the complexities of homelessness […]

October 27th, 2015|Categories: News|

IT Connect: Creating New Science with Amazon Web Services

An article out this past week in IT Connect, Creating New Science with Amazon Web Services, focuses on PhD student Charlie Manzanares’ research in economics; specifically, looking at rich data sets to determine what “airline […]

October 26th, 2015|Categories: News|

Data Science Environment Summit 2015

This past week, data and research scientists, postdocs, faculty, and staff gathered from the University of Washington, Berkeley, New York University, and both the Moore and Sloan foundations for the annual Data Science Environment Summit. […]

October 12th, 2015|Categories: News|

NextSeattle: Innovating for Urban Social Challenges

This past weekend undergraduate students from the University of Washington participated in a multi-day “ideathon” focused on important urban issues including equity and access to public space, public transportations as a public good, youth and […]

September 28th, 2015|Categories: News|

eScience Fall Welcome

Graduate students, postdocs, data scientists, faculty, and numerous others filled into the crowded seminar room at the WRF Data Science Studio yesterday afternoon for the eScience Fall Welcome. After opening remarks from eScience Director Ed Lazowska, brief […]

September 22nd, 2015|Categories: News|

UW Partners with Seattle for Smart Cities Initiative

UW Today is reporting that, as part of a new White House Smart Cities Initiative called The MetroLab Network, the University of Washington has partnered with the City of Seattle in joining “a new national […]

September 14th, 2015|Categories: News|

Data Science for Social Good – Final Presentations

On Thursday, August 20th, the four project teams for eScience’s Data Science for Social Goodsummer program gathered one last time to make their final presentations in front of a room filled to capacity with distinguished […]

August 25th, 2015|Categories: News|

UW hosts NSF-sponsored Data Science Workshop 2015

Data Science Workshop 2015, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, will be held at the University of Washington on August 5-7. The workshop will bring together 100 graduate students from across the nation, representing diverse […]

August 5th, 2015|Categories: News|

Data Science for Social Good: Improving Service to Homeless Familes

Authors: Fabliha Ibnat (UW eScience Institute DSSG intern), Chris Suberlak (UW eScience Institute DSSG intern), Jason Portenoy (UW eScience Institute DSSG intern), Joan Wang (UW eScience Institute DSSG intern), Xitlalit Sanchez (UW ALVA student intern), Cameron Holt (UW ALVA student intern), Neil Roche (BMGF, Data Scientist), Anjana Sundaram (BMGF, Data […]

August 5th, 2015|Categories: News|

University of Washington Waives Indirect Cost on Cloud Services

UW CSE News reports that UW has waived indirect cost on cloud services, removing disincentives to the selecting research computing and storage options.

eScience Director Ed Lazowska writes:

This decision removes one of several bizarre disincentives to the […]

July 28th, 2015|Categories: News|

Data Science for Social Good Project Midterms

Last week the four project teams from our Data Science for Social Good summer program gathered in the WRF Data Science Studio to present project updates to eScience’s Executive Committee and other invited guests. It […]

July 27th, 2015|Categories: News|

Preface to Python Data Science Handbook (Early Release)

O’Reilly Publishing has released a preface to Python Data Science Handbook (Early Release) by Jake VanderPlas, eScience’s Senior Data Scientist and Director of Research, Physical Sciences.

“What is data science?” VanderPlas writes. “It’s a surprisingly hard […]

July 20th, 2015|Categories: News|

Data Science for Social Good: Week Two – Welcome ALVA Students!

The second week of eScience’s Data Science for Social Good summer program kicked off with the arrival students from Alliances for Learning and Vision for Underrepresented Americans (ALVA), a program that targets underrepresented students in […]

June 26th, 2015|Categories: News|

Study Shows Alaska Glacier Melt Contributing to Sea Level Rise

A study in the Geophysical Research Letters found that over the past 19 years Alaska’s melting glaciers have sent 75 gigatons of water annually into the ocean. How much glacial melt is that? It’s a […]

June 24th, 2015|Categories: News|