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Upcoming workshops and events
There will be a Python in Geosciences meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 7, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the WRF Data Science Studio. Aji John (Biology, Buckley Lab) will speak on "Real time climate data acquisition using Amazon AWS Lambda".

Due to our participation in the Moore/Sloan Data Science Summit, office hours offerings will be much more limited for the week of Nov. 6 - 10. Please check the calendar before you arrive to ensure that someone will be here.

The Institute will be closed on Friday, Nov. 10, for the Veteran's Day holiday. We will close early, at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 22, and be closed all day Thursday, Nov. 23 and Friday, Nov. 24 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Save the date: this year's holiday party will be on Monday, Nov. 4, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Studio. 
From the director
Magdalena Balazinska, the recently appointed director of the Institute, wrote a letter of welcome to the community. Check it out to learn more about her, previous Institute accomplishments, and upcoming opportunities.
Hack weeks article
Anthony Arendt, senior research scientist, Jake VanderPlas, director of open software, and Ariel Rokem, data scientist, along with Moore-Sloan Data Science Environment partners at the University of California, Berkeley, and New York University, have co-authored a new preprint titled "Hack weeks as a model for data science education and collaboration".
In the news
pomegranate, a Python package for probabilistic modeling created by Jacob Schreiber, IGERT graduate student, is now a NumFocus-affiliated project, and he also has a new preprint out on arXiv titled "pomegranate: fast and flexible probabilistic modeling in Python".

Ed Lazowska, founding director, was quoted in a number of news sources this week, including The New York Times, Bloomberg Technology, TechCrunch and GeekWire.

Mark Hallenbeck, senior data science fellow, was quoted in KUOW's pieces "Is it fair to pay taxes on every mile you drive?" and "Should you have to pay to drive in downtown Seattle?"

Victoria Meadows, affiliate, was quoted in the Science article "Earth-sized alien worlds are out there. Now, astronomers are figuring out how to detect life on them".

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Cloud seminar
Join Laurie White and Chen Yu of Google for the guest seminar "You know Google can. Now you can, too. Machine learning using pre-trained models" Thursday, Nov. 9, from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Studio.
Anat Caspi, data science fellow, will receive a 2017 Innovation Award from Northwest Access Fund, an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with disabilities in the Northwest.
Register now to attend the National Transportation Data Challenge Summit (in-person or online), which will highlight exciting data analysis innovations and public-private partnerships.
Recent happenings
Above, Ted Hey speaks at this week's cloud computing seminar. Find a recording of our recent Data Science Seminar by Sid Redner on our YouTube page.
The work of Victoria Sass, 2016 Data Science for Social Good fellow, has been published in Health & Place and is featured in the UW News press release "How air pollution clouds mental health".
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