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Upcoming workshops and events
David Diaz will offer his general exam on Monday, Apr. 1, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the WRF Data Science Studio, and all are welcome to attend. He will present on "Mining public data to enhance forest assessment, monitoring, and modeling."

The Python in Geosciences group will meet on Tuesday, Apr. 2, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the studio.

The first postdocs and graduate students lunch of the quarter will be on Wednesday, Apr. 3, at noon, in the studio, and will feature a discussion with Bhramar Mukherjee (see sidebar).

There will be an eScience Executive Committee Meeting on Wednesday, Apr. 3, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the studio.

The Satellite Image Analysis Special Interest Group will meet on Thursday, Apr. 4, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in the studio.

DataFest will be held in the studio Apr. 5 - 7; preregistration was required.
Northwest Data Science Summit
Registrations are now being accepted for the Northwest Data Science Summit, a two-day conference featuring educational and networking opportunities for students, faculty, researchers, industry affiliates and community members. The Summit will be May 7 - 8, 2019, in the Husky Union Building South Ballroom, and will be held in collaboration with the Data Science Institute at the University of British Columbia.
Research Feature
A team of UW researchers led by affiliate Dr. Elizabeth Nance have recently begun to develop models that can integrate multiple types of data to better understand and predict structural and functional relationships in the brain. The Nance Lab uses nanoparticles – tiny (10,000x smaller than the diameter of a human hair), highly-adaptable particles, to survey the brain environment by tracking their movement.
In the news
Jake VanderPlas, senior data science fellow, has updated altair-transform, a Python engine for evaluating Vega-Lite transforms on Pandas dataframes.

Kate Starbird, data science fellow, is quoted in GeekWire's article "Tech Moves: Online disinformation researcher Kate Starbird gets tenure; Expedia board member Scott Rudin resigns; and more."

V. Zach Gohkhou, postdoctoral fellow, has a new preprint on arXiv titled "ZTF18aalrxas: a Type IIb supernova from a very extended low-mass progenitor."

Please submit items for the weekly newsletter to Robin Brooks at by noon on Thursday for inclusion in the regular Friday mailing.

Data Science Seminar
Bhramar Mukherjee, Ph.D. (U. of Michigan) will speak on “The battle of two cultures: statistics versus (?) data science” at our next Data Science Seminar on Wednesday, Apr. 3, at 4:30 p.m. in the Physics/Astronomy Auditorium, room A118.
The Carpentries
The Institute will hold a joint Carpentries Instructor Training with Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center affiliates April 29 - 30. This two-day workshop will certify you to teach Carpentries workshops; find the registration form here.
Read about the projects being "hacked" at the 2019 Waterhackweek on GitHub.
Evans School
The Evans School of Public Policy and Governance has had its first online graduate course in data science formally approved and it's now on the Time Schedule for Spring 2019. The course is open to graduate students in any field, and will be co-taught by senior data science fellow Jose Manuel Magallanes and Eric van Holm.
Rob Fatland, director of cloud and data solutions, and Amanda Tan (pictured), cloud technology lead, presented a talk titled "Jupyter and beyond the Infynyte: tech-driven acceleration of research at UW" at UW IT TechConnect Day.
Apply now to receive a Dubstech Award, which is a competition to find, recognize, and showcase the most innovative and creative tech projects made by students at the UW.
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