By Robin Brooks
It was a productive, full and fantastic year here at the eScience Institute. Students, faculty, staff, researchers and community members participated in dozens of events, workshops, seminars, poster sessions, working groups, networking opportunities, trainings, and office hours sessions to learn more about data science.
But before we ring in the new year, we thought we’d share ten impactful stories from 2017.
- Magdalena Balazinska became the new director of the Institute. Read her letter of welcome, and catch up on other leadership changes here.
- The Institute hosted Geohackweek, Neurohackweek and Astrohackweek, three conferences which brought participants and instructors together to learn, brainstorm possibilities, and problem-solve.
- Our Data Science for Social Good (DSSG) program made headlines in the news, and a collaboration that originated with a 2016 DSSG project resulted in $250,000 in funding.
- The Winter Incubator program generated both results and positive feedback from its participants.
- The Institute hosted the UW Data Science Poster and Networking Session and co-hosted the Data Science Career Fair and the Moore Sloan Summit.
- Fourteen new Moore-Sloan Data Science and Washington Research Foundation Innovation in Data Science Postdoctoral Fellows joined the team.
- Several fellows from the eScience Institute contributed to the book The Practice of Reproducible Research, and the paper ‘Creating institutional change in data science’.
- Cloud Maven, a website devoted to answering any and all questions about cloud computing, was released, and the High Performance Computing Club received a grant to provide student access to cloud computing.
- A team of Institute-affiliated data scientists won a Husky Seed Fund Award.
- We also co-hosted the Transportation Data Challenge Launch Event, which kicked off the yearlong collaboration and featured remarks by former governor Christine Gregoire.
From all of us here at the Institute, may your 2018 be filled with success!