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Team develops prototype tool on accessory dwelling units for homeowners

By Emily F. Keller

The City of Seattle is collaborating with an interdisciplinary team in the eScience Institute’s Data Science for Social Good (DSSG) program on a project to encourage the development of affordable accessory dwelling […]

August 16th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |
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Data Science for Social Good team analyzes peer support data to understand ‘helpfulness’

By Emily F. Keller

Young adults who face mental health struggles often turn to social media for peer support, leaving a large data trail in a field that has been traditionally documented through qualitative work. A […]

August 14th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |

Team develops ‘Algorithmic Equity Toolkit’ at Data Science for Social Good program

By Emily F. Keller

Community advocates who are concerned about the impacts of surveillance technologies and algorithmic decision systems (ADSs) will have a new set of examination tools soon. A team at the eScience Institute’s Data […]

August 7th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Bernease Herman receives Mozilla Research Grant

Bernease Herman, eScience data scientist, has been awarded a $25,000 Mozilla Research Grant (2019H1) for her project titled “Toward generalizable methods for measuring bias in crowdsourced speech datasets and validation processes.”

The project aims to measure […]

August 6th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |
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2019 Data Science Career Fair

*Watch a video about the 2018 UW Data Science Career Fair on YouTube!*

The 2019 UW Data Science Career Fair will be held on Monday, October 14 from noon to 6 p.m. in the HUB Ballroom, […]

July 26th, 2019|Categories: News|
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Shima Abadi receives Office of Naval Research funding

Shima Abadi, an affiliate faculty of the eScience Institute, has received multi-year funding from the Office of Naval Research to study the ocean ambient noise in the Northeast Pacific continental shelf. This project is called […]

July 23rd, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Data Science for Social Good projects begin

On June 17th, the Data Science for Social Good (DSSG) summer program began with 15 fellows working on four project teams in collaboration with data science leads from the eScience Institute and project leads from academia and […]

July 9th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: |

Partnerships for impact: NSF awards an additional $4M to the West Big Data Innovation Hub co-led by the UW eScience Institute

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is awarding a second round of funding for the Regional Big Data Innovation Hubs – organizations launched in 2015 to build and strengthen data science partnerships across industry, academia, nonprofits, […]

June 19th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |
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UW hosts the first annual Northwest Data Science Summit

The first annual Northwest Data Science Summit was held on the University of Washington (UW) campus May 7 – 8, 2019, jointly sponsored by the UW eScience Institute and the Data Science Institute at the […]

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The rise and fall of network stars

Michael Fire, previous eScience postdoctoral fellow, and Carlos Guestrin, senior data science fellow, have published a paper titled “The rise and fall of network stars: analyzing 2.5 million graphs to reveal how high-degree vertices emerge […]

May 23rd, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |
  • Gov. Inslee signs Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill No. 5600, May 9, 2019. Relating to residential tenant protections. Primary Sponsor: Patty Kuderer. Tim Thomas stands left of the Washington flag.

Evictions project impacts new state legislation

By Tim Thomas, Moore/Sloane Postdoctoral Fellow

On May 9th, Governor Jay Inslee signed Senate Bill 5600 into law which extends the evictions pay-or-vacate notice in Washington from three days to 14 days. The Washington Evictions Research […]

May 16th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Submit your application to work with us as a data scientist

The eScience Institute at the University of Washington is seeking outstanding candidates for the position of Data Scientist. The ideal candidate will have expertise in one or more areas related to data science (machine learning, statistics, databases, […]

May 16th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: |
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Participants reflect on first Waterhackweek

The eScience Institute and the UW Freshwater Initiative co-hosted the first Waterhackweek, a five-day collaborative event for freshwater-related data science Mar. 25 – 29, 2019. We asked participants to give us their insight on the […]

April 30th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |
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Reflections on the 2019 Winter Incubator program

With the results of our 2019 Winter Incubator program in, we offered participants the opportunity to weigh in on their experiences in this data science- intensive 10-week program. Two of them responded; here are their […]

April 24th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |
  • Participants in the 2019 Waterhackweek pose in front of Portage Bay. Photo, Robin Brooks, eScience Institute

eScience Institute, Freshwater Initiative host first Waterhackweek

The first Waterhackweek, a five-day collaborative event for freshwater-related data science, was held at the University of Washington (UW) in partnership with the eScience Institute and the UW Freshwater Initiative Mar. 25 – 29, 2019. […]

April 22nd, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , |
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Reflections on five years of the Moore-Sloan Data Science Environments

The Moore-Sloan Data Science Environments (MSDSE) program, established jointly by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, was launched in 2014 to foster and enhance data-intensive discovery at academic institutions. […]

April 10th, 2019|Categories: News|
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Team receives Earth science funding

A team of University of Washington (UW) researchers led by eScience research scientist Nicoleta Cristea has received Lab Incubator Project funding from Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP). The project is titled “Developing workflows for assessing high-resolution CubeSat imagery […]

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Deep Learning Institute held at eScience

On Feb. 22 the UW Research Computing team hosted a Deep Learning Institute (DLI) on using machine learning for computer vision at the eScience Institute. The DLI was attended by a diverse set of participants […]

February 28th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |
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Team receives NIH grant for Alzheimer’s disease research

Senior data science fellow Su-In Lee and collaborator Matt Kaeberlein have received a grant of just over $3 million from the National Institutes of Health for their project “Interpretable machine learning to identify Alzheimer’s disease therapeutic targets.” In […]

February 27th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |
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Press release: Results from the UW Evictions Project

A team of University of Washington researchers including eScience postdoctoral fellow Timothy A. Thomas, Ott Toomet, Ian Kennedy, and Alex Ramiller, has released a report titled “The state of evictions: results from the University of […]

  • Micaela Parker (left) and Sarah Stone enjoy a gathering at the WRF Data Science Studio. Photo, Robin Brooks

eScience executive leadership changes

Micaela Parker, eScience co-executive director with Sarah Stone, will be transitioning to a new position beginning the week of Feb. 11, 2019. Over the past year, she has been holding two joint appointments: as the eScience […]

February 7th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: |
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New Year’s letter from the eScience director

Dear eScience community,

It is with great enthusiasm that we welcome the new year at the eScience Institute! 2019 is particularly special because we are turning the page on the first ten years of the Institute […]

January 8th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , |
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2018 eScience milestones

From left: speaker Nicole Nelson; Summer Institute in Computational Social Science participants; Data Then and Now seminar; speaker Matthew Rocklin. Photos, Robin Brooks, eScience Institute

By Robin Brooks, Communications Associate

As 2018 draws to a close, we […]

January 2nd, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: |
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Data Then and Now: Call for invited speakers

We are soliciting applications for guest speakers for a new invited lecture series at the University of Washington that resides at the intersection of data science and Science and Technology Studies (STS).

We know there is […]

December 6th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , |