News@Northeastern: This Data Science Engineer Helps Family Trees Grow At Ancestry.com

News@Northeastern: This Data Science Engineer Helps Family Trees Grow At Ancestry.com. “When Ravalika Kurumilla, in the second year of a data science engineering master’s program, was searching for her first co-op at Northeastern, she knew what she didn’t want: a work-while-you-learn opportunity that didn’t allow co-ops to live and bond together like a family.’ With most co-ops you have to work only with the people in your department, but Ancestry has this rule that co-ops must stay together and get to know each other,’ she says of Ancestry.com, the Utah-based family tree and genetic testing company where she has been working in data analytics.”

Wolfram Blog: Exploring Social Networks, Communication Systems, Clustering and More with the Wolfram Language in These New Books

Wolfram Blog: Exploring Social Networks, Communication Systems, Clustering and More with the Wolfram Language in These New Books. “The Wolfram Language is utilized across a variety of fields for many different purposes. We’re proud of our products’ broad applications in multiple disciplines and are excited to share seven of the latest books by Wolfram Language users. These draw upon topics ranging from social networks and communications to computational origami to the biosciences. We also had the privilege of speaking to two authors about their projects and experiences with Mathematica and the Wolfram Language.”

Computing for Cultural Heritage: Trial Outcomes and Final Report (British Library Digital Scholarship Blog)

British Library Digital Scholarship Blog: Computing for Cultural Heritage: Trial Outcomes and Final Report. “Staff at collecting institutions like the British Library and the National Archives, UK are engaging in computationally driven projects like never before, but often without the benefit of data skills and computational thinking to support them. That is where a program like Computing for Cultural Heritage can help information professionals, allowing them to upskill and tackle issues – like building new digital systems and services, supporting collaborative, computational and data-driven research using digital collections and data, or deploying simple scripts to make everyday tasks easier – with confidence.”

Mashable: An interview with Instagram’s @bachelordata, Bachelor Nation’s favorite data scientist

Mashable: An interview with Instagram’s @bachelordata, Bachelor Nation’s favorite data scientist. “Suzana Somers started Bachelor Data as a way to teach herself Excel and data visualization, embracing the reality TV show she already loved. Over the years her casual effort turned into a truly impressive catalog of the show. She tracks everything from dress colors and firework dates to the screen time of each contestant, which has helped shed light on diversity issues in the franchise. In an effort to find out how she does it, I called her to chat about her process, the show’s villains, and if she’d ever go on Bachelor in Paradise herself.”

FedTech: CDC Launches Forecasting Center to Help Predict Emerging Diseases

FedTech: CDC Launches Forecasting Center to Help Predict Emerging Diseases. “The agency, which has been criticized by some for how slowly it has sometimes analyzed and shared data during the pandemic, said the new center will ‘accelerate access to and use of data for public health decision-makers who need information to mitigate the effects of disease threats, such as social and economic disruption’ and will ‘prioritize equity and accessibility, while serving as a hub for innovation and research on disease modeling.’”

MIT Political Science: Data flow’s decisive role on the global stage

MIT Political Science: Data flow’s decisive role on the global stage. “In 2016, Meicen Sun came to a profound realization: ‘The control of digital information will lie at the heart of all the big questions and big contentions in politics.’ A graduate student in her final year specializing in international security and the political economy of technology, Sun vividly recalls the emergence of the internet ‘as a democratizing force, an opener, an equalizer,’ helping giving rise to the Arab Spring. But she was also profoundly struck when nations in the Middle East and elsewhere curbed internet access to throttle citizens’ efforts to speak and mobilize freely.”

Penn State News: Penn State offers new online certificate in financial engineering

Penn State News: Penn State offers new online certificate in financial engineering. “As more companies continue to rely on mass data sets to solve critical financial issues and guide important business decisions, professionals who can analyze complex data to support business ventures will be more in demand. Those interested in increasing their knowledge of quantitative data analysis and management to gain an edge in this competitive field can now do so through a new online credential from Penn State.”

Wolfram: New Wolfram U Course Explores Data Visualization

Wolfram: New Wolfram U Course Explores Data Visualization. “After a few months of brainstorming ideas, developing notebooks and scripts and refining videos through several rounds of editing and refilming, we are pleased to announce that the Visual Explorations in Data Science massive open online course (MOOC) is now available. The two guiding principles of this course are visualization and an example-driven approach. We employ a hands-on methodology for teaching data science with examples that slowly introduce various technical features, all of which are supplemented with an emphasis on visualization. The course consists of a dozen case studies spanning geography to engineering and analyzing flag similarity to periodic trends.”

Quanta Magazine: How Big Data Carried Graph Theory Into New Dimensions

Quanta Magazine: How Big Data Carried Graph Theory Into New Dimensions. “Graph theory isn’t enough. The mathematical language for talking about connections, which usually depends on networks — vertices (dots) and edges (lines connecting them) — has been an invaluable way to model real-world phenomena since at least the 18th century. But a few decades ago, the emergence of giant data sets forced researchers to expand their toolboxes and, at the same time, gave them sprawling sandboxes in which to apply new mathematical insights. Since then, said Josh Grochow, a computer scientist at the University of Colorado, Boulder, there’s been an exciting period of rapid growth as researchers have developed new kinds of network models that can find complex structures and signals in the noise of big data.”

University of Texas at San Antonio: Three professors use data science to tackle educational inequities for minority students

University of Texas at San Antonio: Three professors use data science to tackle educational inequities for minority students. “Three UTSA professors across disciplines are working together on a project to increase data-based research capacity among higher education institutions that serve a large share of Black and Latinx students.”

MIT: Online hub for research and teaching brings digital humanities to the fore

MIT: Online hub for research and teaching brings digital humanities to the fore. “… a new collaboration between the MIT Programs in Digital Humanities (DH Lab) and the MIT Libraries is helping foster relationships among scholars with intersecting interests in computational culture. Since September 2020, the DH Lab has partnered with the libraries to present Digital Teaching and Research Collaborative Sessions, a weekly series of virtual events that provide a regular, informal space for faculty and researchers to connect with DH Lab staff, MIT librarians, and with one another. Recordings of these sessions are now available on the MIT Libraries’ YouTube channel.”

Document Journal: Ekene Ijeoma reveals the revolutionary potential of data-based art

Document Journal: Ekene Ijeoma reveals the revolutionary potential of data-based art. “Ijeoma’s past projects are united by a commitment to social justice, as well as a heavy reliance on data and qualitative research. For instance, Wage Islands is an interactive sculptural series which submerges a topographic map of New York City in a pool of black water—the map’s elevations are determined by the median monthly housing costs of any given location. Viewers are invited to select an hourly wage, and the water drains or rises, providing a black-and-white representation of the stark economic disparities among the city’s various neighborhoods.”

Digiday : Facebook is ‘not a researchers-friendly space’ say academics encountering roadblocks to analyzing its 2020 election ad data

Digiday: Facebook is ‘not a researchers-friendly space’ say academics encountering roadblocks to analyzing its 2020 election ad data. “Facebook is providing academic researchers with a massive data haul revealing how political ads during last year’s U.S. elections were targeted to people on the platform. However, researchers have been held up by an arduous process to access the data and worry the information is insufficient to provide meaningful analysis of how Facebook’s ad platform was used —and potentially misused — leading up to the election.”

Department of Energy: DOE Announces $34.5 Million for Data Science and Computation Tools to Advance Climate Solutions

Department of Energy: DOE Announces $34.5 Million for Data Science and Computation Tools to Advance Climate Solutions . “The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) [March 19] announced up to $34.5 million to harness cutting-edge research tools for new scientific discoveries, including clean energy and climate solutions. Two new funding opportunities will support researchers using data science and computation-based methods—including artificial intelligence and machine learning—to tackle basic science challenges, advance clean energy technologies, improve energy efficiency, and predict extreme weather and climate patterns.”