Predictions Deadline Extended: April 21st

The deadline for submitting a proposal to Scholars' Studio: Predictions Research @the Commons has been extended to 5:00 PM, Monday, April 21st.  Scholars Studio is a low-stakes way for you to get presentation feedback, present your research to an interdisciplinary audience, meet people outside your discipline, and add to your C.V. If the theme "Predictions" relates to work you're doing, please consider submitting a proposal.

Need ideas for a "predictions" proposal? Think big data, forecasting, election outcomes, climate change, ambiguity and control, large scale data sharing, open source, economy, dystopia in the arts.

The proposal submission form asks for a title and simple 150-word proposal:
Scholars' Studio: Predictions Research @the Commons will be held Thursday, May 15th, 2014 from 4:00 - 6:30pm.  A reception, co-sponsored by the UW eScience Institute, will follow the talks. 

Grad Students and Postdocs: Looking for opportunities to present your research? Preparing for a conference or scholarly presentation and looking for presentation ideas? Need feedback on your presentation style? Interested in meeting scholars outside your discipline?

Submit a proposal for a 5-minute TED-style talk and join us at the 2013-2014 Scholars’ Studio series. Scholars’ Studio is a fun, informal event that features 10 rapid-fire ignite-style presentations (5 minutes each) given by graduate students and postdocs doing research on topics related to an interdisciplinary theme.

SPRING QUARTER: Predictions Research @the Commons
Date: Thursday, May 15th, 4-5:30pm Talks, 5:30-6:30 Reception

*Call for Proposals Due: Monday, April 21*

Hosted by the UW Libraries Research Commons and The Graduate School, Scholars' Studio gives students the opportunity to share their research across disciplines, make connections and build presentation skills. A reception, sponsored by the UW eScience Institute, will follow the talks.


University of Washington Provost Ana Mari Cauce has allocated permanent funding to the eScience Institute to stimulate the hiring of faculty members who conduct cutting-edge research on methodologies for data-intensive discovery, and whose teaching and outreach will put advanced tools and techniques into the hands of UW’s broad base of outstanding researchers.

The Provost's Initiative in Data-Intensive Discovery is described in a concept document and an implementation document.

Faculty hired under the Initiative will be appointed in appropriate academic units, and will have partial teaching and outreach responsibilities to the eScience Institute, driving UW forward as a leader in developing and applying the techniques of data-driven discovery.

Recent hires by the Department of Computer Science & Engineering and the Department of Statistics, preceding the Initiative, exemplify the orientation and quality that UW seeks to expand: machine learning experts Emily Fox, Carlos Guestrin, and Ben Taskar, and data visualization expert Jeff Heer.


On March 7 the eScience Institute team presented an overview of activities to the Washington Research Foundation. The slides (pdf, pptx) provide a current view of the status and trajectory of our efforts.

Many hundreds of UW faculty and students joined President Michael K. Young, Provost Ana Mari Cauce, Vice Provost for Research Mary Lidstrom, representatives of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, leaders of the UW eScience Institute on Friday for a campus-wide data science event.

An hour of presentations (slides here, Windows Media video here, MP4 video here) was followed by a two-hour poster and networking session with more than 130 poster presentations (list of posters here, Windows Media video here, MP4 video here).

See the event announcement here. Learn more about UW’s many data science activities here.


The Community Data Science Workshops are a series of project-based workshops being held at the University of Washington for anyone interested in learning how to use programming and data science tools to ask and answer questions about online communities like Wikipedia, Twitter, free  and open source software, and civic media.

The workshops are for people with no previous programming experience. The goal is to bring together both researchers and academics as well as participants and leaders in online communities.  The workshops will all be free of charge. Participants from outside UW are encouraged to apply.

There will be three workshops held from 9am-4pm on three Saturdays in April and May. Each session will involve a period for lecture and technical demonstrations in the morning. This will be followed by a lunch graciously provided by the eScience Institute at UW.  The rest  of the day will be followed by group work on programming and data science projects supported by more experienced mentors.



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