Undergraduate Newsletter Archive

Undergraduate Newsletter Archives

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2018-2019 Academic Year

Summer 2019

Source: https://mailchi.mp/e101aa133956/your-data-science-newsletter

** Hello, future champions of Data Science!
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We hope you are enjoying your summer vacation and excited for the start of the next school year as you finalize your Fall course schedule. As a reminder, last week we authorized our MINORS into our courses. If you had a pending EASy request for one of our courses, be sure to check your email and enroll asap!

PROJECT OPPORTUNITY

One of the labs on our floor has a research project that they’re looking for a student to work on! Their group is known as the Systems Biology Research Group (SBRG (http://systemsbiology.ucsd.edu/) ) and they study the complexity of cellular life using experimental and computational methods that span the genome to the phenotype. “Developing, integrating, and applying new methods allow us to gain a systems view of life – from bacterial to human.”

Their sub-group within the SBRG is known as the Adaptive Laboratory Evolution (ALE) group. Adaptive Laboratory Evolution (ALE) is a powerful experimental technique that exploits the inherent competition at play within a microbial culture and the natural accumulation of mutations to select for desired phenotypic traits, without requiring a prior knowledge on how such traits would arise. They have automated this process using robots and high-throughput technology and they are now working to consolidate, visualize, and mine all of the data generated.

This project has two goals:
* To grow a database of experimental evolution mutations and conditions
* To automate the visualization of the rate and magnitude of growth for the different dimensions of the database.

This will involve:
* Analyze publications on experimental evolution to locate their DNA sequencing data and experimental conditions
* Execute a high-throughput mutation prediction pipeline on the DNA sequencing data

Technologies used include:
* Python
* bash
* Jupyter+matplotlib (visualizations)
* Javascript (visualizations)
* bioinformatics software packages
* Linux
* Google Cloud
* AWS
* Docker Technology (http://interest.to/)

Candidates should be an undergraduate UC San Diego student with the following interests:
* Biology

DR. SHANNON ELLIS

Shannon Ellis is an Assistant Teaching Professor at UC San Diego in the Cognitive Science Department. Before joining the faculty at UC San Diego, she received her Ph.D. in human genetics from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Biostatistics at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Shannon is passionate about data science, ethical data analysis, and education. One priority of her work has been working to ensure that data science education is accessible to marginalized populations and groups who typically have not had access to such materials. Shannon loves getting to work with, teach, and learn from the undergraduates at UCSD.

Course information and expectations:

COGS9 is truly an introduction to data science. COGS9 is a survey course, which means that it serves as an introduction to the topics you’ll spend time learning more in-depth if you go on to take other data science courses. As such, there are no prerequisites and you are not expected to come in with any particular set of knowledge beforehand. COGS9 is meant to introduce students to what data science is and what data scientists do on a daily basis. The course is meant to discuss the awesome things data scientists have already accomplished, walk students through the data science process, and get students excited to learn more about the field. As it is not a particularly technical class, there is a fair amount of reading. This is meant to get you up to speed on the state of the field and get you comfortable with reading about data science early on in your academic career.

Tips for Success in COGS9:
1. Come excited to learn!
2. Be ready to engage with the material. This includes being ready to read.
3. Participation during lecture through both clicker and questions/discussion will increase what you learn – come ready to participate.

Source: https://mailchi.mp/875f5e2b7a2a/your-data-science-newsletter

** Good morning, relaxing Data Scientists!
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This week we will begin authorizing our MINORS into our DSC courses. Keep an eye on your email and be sure to enroll asap!

If you missed last week’s Newsletter, we are now accepting COGS 108 as an approved DS25 elective! For those of you who have already taken the course, simply submit a VAC request for us to update your degree audit. If you have not already taken the course, be sure to complete DSC 80 before pursuing your COGS 108 elective course.

To learn more about this course, check out our Faculty Spotlight below feauturing Dr. Bradley Voytek, the person who created the course – as well as the first-ever Data Science focused course offered at UC San Diego, COGS 9!
Dr. Bradley Voytek

Dr. Bradley Voytek is an Associate Professor in the Department of Cognitive Science, the Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute, and the Neurosciences Graduate Program at UC San Diego. He is both an Alfred P. Sloan Neuroscience Research Fellow and National Academies of Sciences Kavli Fellow, as well as a founding faculty member of the UC San Diego Data Science program and Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute. He received his PhD from UC Berkeley in neuroscience and was a post-doctoral fellow at UC San Francisco.

Voytek’s research lab focuses on understanding how the 86 billion or so neurons in the human brain coordinate their communication in an unfathomably complex electrical orchestra. Specifically, his group studies the computational role that neural oscillations play in coordinating information transfer in the brain. To do this, they combine large-scale data mining and machine learning techniques with hypothesis-driven experimental research.

In addition to his neuroscience research, Voytek was the first Data Scientist at Uber back in 2011, where he helped build Uber’s data science team. He continues to be active in the data science community as an Advisor and Investor for startups, with a particular focus on making San Diego the world data science hub. More importantly, he is also the world’s expert on the zombie brain, along with his friend and fellow neuroscientist Timothy Verstynen. Together they published the book Do Zombies Dream of Undead Sheep? (http://amazon.com/Zombies-Dream-Undead-Sheep-Neuroscientific/dp/0691157286) , by Princeton University Press.

In 2014, Voytek created the first undergraduate Data Science class, COGS 9, “Introduction to Data Science.” The first students in that class (only 24 people back then!) created the Data Science Student Society (DS3). Those students have gone on to become a Product Manager at Adobe, PhD student at Stanford, and Research Fellow at Sandia National Labs, among others.

In response to student demand for more data science projects, Voytek created COGS 108, “Data Science in Practice” in 2017. This class was specifically designed to address growing student concerns that “only people with graduate degrees can get jobs in data science.” While many machine learning and AI classes make use of classic, clean datasets, real world data science is not so kind. It involves messy, noisy, confusing data generated by real people. The intent of COGS 108 is give students the opportunity to build their data science portfolios,—to give them a final project that demonstrates their ability to take real world data and apply creative, data-driven solutions. We want to arm students with problem solving tools so that they can show that it’s not the PhD that makes a great data scientist, it’s knowing how to think critically, and cleverly, about data.

You can read Professor Voytek’s research on Google Scholar (https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=ydFvGx0AAAAJ) and find his latest work on bioRxiv (https://www.biorxiv.org/search/voytek) and his lab’s GitHub (https://github.com/voytekresearch) . In addition you can see his lab website (http://voyteklab.com/) or his Twitter (https://twitter.com/bradleyvoytek) .

Source: https://mailchi.mp/f0d19d94d5bf/your-data-science-newsletter

** Happy Monday, vacationing Data Scientists!
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DSC Student Affairs will be CLOSED THIS THURSDAY in observance of the Fourth of July holiday. As a reminder, capped major application decisions must be made by July 5th- don’t wait until the last minute to reach out with your questions and concerns!

We have some exciting news regarding DSC elective course options. We have proposed to add COGS 108 and COGS 118D to our approved elective courses within our curriculum. Students who have completed the course can send a message to DSC Student Affairs through your Virtual Advising Center requesting for their degree audit to be updated to include this course as an approved DSC elective. In regard to COGS 108, if you have not taken the course but now plan to do so, be sure to complete DSC 80 as a major requirement before moving on to COGS 108 as an elective course.

Speaking of COGS 108, one of the course projects from last year was retweeted by BILL GATES! The team of four undergraduates used data science tools like Python to create their final class project, “Death: Reality vs. Reported”. Based on their analysis of millions of datasets over a 17-year period, they found the reality is that passive death like heart disease may be among the most common killers, yet rarities like lethal terrorism grab most of the headlines. They found that terrorism, compared to the number of deaths it causes, was 3906-times-over-represented in the media. Gates tweeted in response to their posted findings, “I’m always amazed by the disconnect between what we see in the news and the reality of the world”. Pretty impressive recognition considering the philanthropist and famous tech guru claims 47.5 million Twitter followers! If you’re interested in seeing what else Bill Gates finds interesting, check out this article
(https://www.technologyreview.com/s/613668/ai-chips-uses-optical-semiconductor-machine-learning/) describing how Gates just backed a chip startup that uses light to turbocharge AI.

While on the topic of new elective course options, we would like to introduce our next Faculty Spotlight, Alex Cloninger, who will be teaching DSC 120 this Spring Quarter:
ALEX CLONINGER

Alex Cloninger is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at UCSD. He received his PhD in Applied Mathematics and Scientific Computation from the University of Maryland in 2014, and was then an NSF Postdoc and Gibbs Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Yale University until 2017, when he joined UCSD. Alex researches problems around the analysis of high dimensional data. He focuses on approaches that model the data as being locally lower dimensional, including data concentrated near manifolds or subspaces. These types of problems arise in a number of scientific disciplines, including imaging, medicine, and artificial intelligence, and the techniques developed relate to a number of machine learning and statistical algorithms, including deep learning, network analysis, and measuring distances between probability distributions. Alex has worked with a number of collaborators in scientific disciplines outside math on data intensive problems, including collaborations with researchers at
National Institutes of Health and National Geospatial Administration, and economics , physics, and medical departments at various universities.

DSC 120, Signal Processing for Data Analysis offered Spring 2020, will focus on ideas from both classical and modern signal processing, with the main themes of sampling continuous data and building informative representations of data using orthonormal bases, frames, and data dependent operators. The main topics covered will be sampling theory, Fourier analysis, lossy transformations and compression, time and spatial filters, and random Fourier features and their connections to kernel methods. The main sources of data that will be considered are time series and streaming signals, and various imaging modalities. In this course, you will be expected to already feel comfortable with linear algebra and basic scientific programming, and you will be expected to write small coding projects, solve math problems around signal processing, and understand and prove various transformation properties. The main learning goals of this course are:
* Understand the basic principles of signal and image sampling, aliasing, and its connections to linear algebra
* Learn basic Fourier analysis, with an emphasis on DFT and the FFT algorithm
* Get hands on experience with lossy transformations for compression, filtering, and denoising, with an emphasis on the importance of sparse representations
* Gain exposure to local transformations such as moving averages, Haar wavelets, and general time/spatial filters
* Build Python framework for collecting and analyzing streaming data

The best way to succeed in this course will be to stay on top of homework and keep up with material prior to exams, as many of the topics will build on each other throughout the quarter. The exams will be composed of different components, including writing pseudocode, working problems, and theory, so you must be prepared for each of these components of the course.

Source: https://mailchi.mp/c17ae04626b0/your-data-science-newsletter

** Hello, summering Data Scientists!
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We are still here and happy to help over the summer! If you received a letter grade of D or F in one of your required DSC courses, re-enroll in the course for the Fall as soon as possible and feel free to schedule an appointment, either on campus or over the phone, to receive support with revising your long term plan. Instructions for requesting an appointment can be found here (https://datascience.ucsd.edu/academics/undergraduate/advising/) .

As a reminder, our capped major application is CLOSED. Students will receive a message through the Virtual Advising Center with their application decision between today and July 1st. Students MUST accept or decline their offer by July 5th. The next application cycle is planned for February 27th.

OPPORTUNITIES:
* The Partnership for Public Services has a new initiative for those interested in cyber security careers: https://cybertalentinitiative.org/. Applications are due in October. They are seeking students who plan to graduate in 2020 with student loan debt. Selected students would spend two years working for the federal government and then two years with a private sector employers.

* Interested in using data science in journalism? The New York Times’ Data Training is now open to the public. More information about the Nieman Lab can be found here (https://twitter.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=818b59cc06f8b8376dd59bcf8&id=e1feabf88f&e=2a776dc8f9) , and Data Training materials can be found here (https://twitter.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=818b59cc06f8b8376dd59bcf8&id=f30071858b&e=2a776dc8f9) .

* Wells Fargo is hosting a Campus Analytics Challenge (CAC) starting July 2019. You can use this link (https://www.mindsumo.com/contests/campus-analytics-challenge-2019 ) to sign up and receive the latest updates and information about the schedule of the event. There will be 5 winners each team getting $3000 cash and the best team will also get an opportunity to do a presentation (travel expenses covered by Wells Fargo). There is no limitations on team members as long as one of the member must be a registered as STUDENT within an affiliate degree program within USA. MindSumo is the platform hosting the event and Wells Fargo provide the dataset, and detailed information on grading rubric , on how the model will be evaluated and scored.

* An additional summer opportunity to study Art and Empathy is included in our Faculty Spotlight below!

As promised, we will be using our newsletter to share information about our faculty, the courses they teach, and tips for success within those courses! Our first Faculty Spotlight is Robert Twomey.

Robert taught DSC 20 this Spring, is teaching DSC 10 this summer, and is currently creating an upper division elective course focused on “Data Science and the Arts”! Check out this article (https://ucsdnews.ucsd.edu/feature/making-art-with-ai) about a similar course he recently taught and how you can potentially explore this exciting domain application with the new course he is creating!

As mentioned, Robert is currently looking for students to participate in a current research project for this summer- keep reading to find out how to take advantage of his expertise and get involved with his research!

ROBERT TWOMEY

Robert Twomey is an artist and engineer exploring the poetic intersection of human and machine perception. His projects harness the potential of new technologies while critically engaging their limitations. His dissertation, A Machine for Living In, employed smart home technologies to study the home as a site of intimate life. Twomey has worked in a variety of research domains throughout his career including experimental game design, neuroimaging, digital fabrication, and digital arts and music. He has presented his work at SIGGRAPH, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, the Seattle Art Museum, and has been featured by Microsoft and Amazon.

Twomey received his BS from Yale with majors in Art and Biomedical Engineering, his MFA in Visual Arts from the University of California, San Diego, and his PhD in Digital Arts and Experimental Media from the University of Washington. He is currently a postdoc with the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination, and a Lecturer in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Data Science at UCSD. You can learn more about his work here: roberttwomey.com (http://roberttwomey.com/)

Current Projects:

1) With co-PI Ying Wu, Twomey was awarded a $40k Research in the Arts Grant (https://www.cac.ca.gov/programs/program_files/1819/CurrentGrantees/FY18-19_Project_Descriptions_RIA.pdf) from the California Arts Council to study Art and Empathy. Starting this summer, they will use state-of-the-art wearable biosensors and machine perception to study individual and culturally-mediated variation in aesthetic engagement during real-world exploration of visual art at the San Diego Museum of Art. This work will examine neurocognitive and physiological correlates of empathy, attention, and emotion in order to explore how art museums can cultivate empathic understanding.

Contact us if you want to participate, we are looking looking for interested students!

2) Twomey will be exhibiting two projects at the ACM Creativity&Cognition and Designing Information Systems 2019 conferences: Smart home project A Machine for Living In, and Light Field Imaging Project Rover.

The exhibition is in Atkinson Hall on UCSD Campus, and Opens June 25th.

More information about the show can be found here:
https://ecologiesoftransformation.ucsd.edu/

Source: https://mailchi.mp/a73ca048dbcc/your-data-science-newsletter

** CONGRATULATIONS FUTURE DATA SCIENTISTS!
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Although we do not have any majors technically graduating this year, you all deserve a congratulations for a successful academic year at UC San Diego!

As a reminder, grades will be available on Thursday. If you receive a letter grade of D or F, please re-enroll in the course as soon as possible. All Data Science major and minor requirements must be completed with a letter grade of C- or better to meet program expectations. If you are concerned that repeating a course will impact your time to degree, please contact DSC Student Affairs for support through your Virtual Advising Center as soon as possible. Additionally, we are available over the summer for in person and phone appointments. Instructions for requesting an appointment can be found here (https://datascience.ucsd.edu/academics/undergraduate/advising/) .

Our capped major application closes June 23rd. If you have yet to submit your application and you are interested in changing into our major, submit your application here (https://datascience.ucsd.edu/academics/undergraduate/prospective-students/continuing-students/) as soon as possible.

Don’t worry- we will continue sending our Weekly Data Science Newsletter over the summer! We plan to use our newsletter to share information about our instructors and tips for how to be successful in our courses. We are also still accepting student submissions if you have an internship, research, or project experience you would like to share to help show your peers how to apply your data science skill set and knowledge outside of the classroom. If you are interested in sharing your experience, send your submission to dscstudent@ucsd.edu today!

Have a great, safe summer, and let us know if you need anything before you return to campus for the Fall- we are here and happy to help!
SHOUT OUT TO DSC 170 STUDENTS!

Check out this article (https://medium.com/geoai/esri-microsoft-join-uc-san-diego-teaching-practical-geospatial-data-science-and-deep-learning-3d7e62bd23fb) written about the projects completed within our DSC170 course offered for this first time this Spring Quarter!

We plan to offer the course again Winter 2020. More information about this course and other planned electives for next year can be found here (https://datascience.ucsd.edu/academics/undergraduate/course-information/) .

Spring Quarter 2019

Source: https://mailchi.mp/36b15f0b7271/your-data-science-newsletter

** Finish strong, brilliant data scientists!
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You’re almost there! We hope you are feeling confident as you enter your finals week. We are still offering advising hours this week if you find you need any support. As a reminder, DSC Student Affairs is in the office throughout the summer and we are happy to answer any VAC messages and conduct any phone appointments, especially for students who are not local to the San Diego area. Instructions for requesting an appointment can be found here (https://datascience.ucsd.edu/academics/undergraduate/advising/) .

For those of you interested in taking courses over the summer at a community college located in California, the assist.org (https://assist.org/) website just received a HUGE makeover! This resource should be much easier to navigate with this update and you can access a tutorial video here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=AJcnVNdmKQI) to learn how to specifically identify courses that will transfer to UC San Diego. If you are not local to California, or are just interested in refining your skill set over the summer rather than taking courses for credit, you can log into edX.org (https://www.edx.org/) with your ucsd.edu email address to access online, self-paced classes for free! For those of you enrolled in DSC 30 for the Fall Quarter who have never been exposed to the Java language before, we definitely recommend you use this as a way to familiarize yourself with the language in preparation for the Fall.

This Friday is UC Health Data Day! UC San Diego Health invites scientists, students, and staff interested in using health data to unleash the next generation of discoveries in biomedical and health care delivery!
UC San Diego Health’s data repositories contain more than 55 billion rows of clinical data and are essential tools in biomedical research and quality improvement. You’ll learn what clinical data is available, how to gain access to it, and the UC San Diego infrastructure available to securely analyze this data. You’ll also gain insights into regulatory and institutional policies on the use of our clinical data assets for research and care improvement.
Interested in attending? Register here (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-uc-health-data-day-tickets-59015235157) .

As a reminder, our capped major application closes JUNE 23RD.
If you have not already done so and are an eligible student, submit your application here (https://soeapp.ucsd.edu/cappedmajor/DSC) asap!

Stay confident, finish strong, and don’t forget to take care of yourself during this week. If you need any help or support, don’t hesitate to come in for a drop-in advising session or reach out to us through your Virtual Advising Center- it’s what we’re here for!
STUDENT SHOUT OUT!
We would like to give special shout out to Bolin Yang.

Bolin is graduating this year with a double major in Applied Mathematics and Economics, and our Data Science Minor! He was the first student to declare our Data Science minor, and will officially be the first student to graduate with a completed Data Science minor from UC San Diego.

Congratulations, Bolin!
Events:
* Monday, June 10^th: Destress Mondays, Commuter Lounger, 10am-1pm
* Tuesday, June 11^th: Introduction to Privacy at UC San Diego (GDPR and CCPA), University Center 11A Conference Room, 1pm
* Tuesday, June 11^th: Mindfulness for Daily Living, 190 Galbraith Hall, 3pm-4pm
* Wednesday, June 12^th: Relaxation Skills Drop In Workshop, 190 Galbraith Hall, 2pm-3pm
* Wednesday, June 12^th: Black Women’s Collective, The Womens Center, 5pm-6:30pm
* Thursday, June 13^th: Foundations of Well-Being Daily Drop-In Workshop, CAPS Central Office 190 Galbraith Hall, 3pm-4pm
* Thursday, June 13^th: UCSD-TV: Artic Sea Ice, Upper Atmosphere Transport, and Trade Winds, Spectrum Channel 1231, Cox Channel 135, ATT U-verse Channel 99, 8pm
* Friday, June 14^th: UC Health Data Day, UC San Diego Medical Education and Telemedicine Building, 8:30am-5pm, Register Here! (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-uc-health-data-day-tickets-59015235157)
* Saturday, June 15th – Sunday June 16th: Volunteer at All-Campus Commencement 2019, UCSD RIMAC Field, 6am-6pm

ASK YOUR LIBRARIAN
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Resource Spotlight!

Good luck on finals this week! If you need a study space, the library’s East Commons is open 24 hours and you can check hours for other library areas here (https://library.ucsd.edu/hours/index.html) .

-Stephanie Labou, Data Science Librarian (https://ucsd.libguides.com/data-science/ )

APPROACHING DEADLINES
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June 10th:
Deadline to file for “Request to receive a grade of Incomplete”: Spring 2019

June 14th:
Deadline to file for “Removal of Grade Incomplete” from previous quarter

June 14th:
Spring Quarter ends

June 15th-16th:
Commencement programs

June 20th:
SP19 Grades available on TritonLink

June 23rd:
DS25 Capped Major Application Closes

Source: https://mailchi.mp/f4aae1acfe6f/your-data-science-newsletter

** Time to focus, studious Data Scientists!
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Today is Week 10 and officially the last week of instruction for the Spring 2019 Quarter! If you need a break from finals, join us Friday from 11am-12:30pm in the San Diego Supercomputer Center Auditorium for an HDSI Seminar Talk (https://datascience.ucsd.edu/events/artificial-intelligence-ai-solutions-for-computational-chemistry-and-organic-chemistry-tasks/) on “AI Solutions for Computational Chemistry and Organic Chemistry Tasks”.

As a reminder, DSC Student Affairs will still be holding advising hours throughout the end of the academic year and over the summer as well! If you are unable to attend an appointment on campus, feel free to schedule a phone appointment instead. Instructions for scheduling an appointment can be found here (https://datascience.ucsd.edu/academics/undergraduate/advising/) on our website.

Just like last summer, we will be offering a “Summer Highlight Series” through the Newsletter where we showcase student projects, internships, and our faculty. If you have a summer internship, research position, or project you would like to share, we are now accepting submissions at dscstudent@ucsd.edu.

Enjoy your last week of instruction and best of luck as you prepare for your finals. If you need any support, don’t hesitate to reach out to us through your Virtual Advising Center or to utilize drop-in advising hours (https://datascience.ucsd.edu/academics/undergraduate/advising/) . We are here and happy to help!
DS3 OPPORTUNITY!

DS3 is looking for members to fill various committee positions:
* Webmaster team
* Events
* Marketing
* Datathon Committee
* DSC Day Committee

Being a part of these committees is a great way to be involved in DS3 and help make campus-wide events happen! They are also an excellent way to connect with other data science students and be more involved with the data science community here on campus.

Here’s a link to the app: https://forms.gle/tVxb63ZHhL8ggru38 (https://forms.gle/tVxb63ZHhL8ggru38)

The deadline for responses is Tuesday, June 4th, at noon.
Events:
* Monday, June 3^rd: Move Your Body Tone Your Mind, The Zone, 10am-10:45am
* Monday, June 3^rd: Destress Mondays, Commuter Lounge, 10am-1pm
* Monday, June 3^rd: UCSD Blood Drive, Bloodmobile on Library Walk, 10am-3:30pm
* Monday, June 3^rd: Using Science and Humanities to Step Back in Time, Atkinson Hall- Theater Vroom, 4pm-5:30pm
* Tuesday, June 4^th: Asian American Community Forum, Cross Cultural Center Conference Room, 12pm-1pm
* Tuesday, June 4^th: Mindfulness for Daily Living, 190 Galbraith Hall, 3pm-4pm
* Tuesday, June 4^th: Why is UCSD Lonely, Price Center East Forum (4^th Floor), 7pm-9pm, RSVP Here (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/why-is-ucsd-lonely-tickets-61614799524?utm_source=eb_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=new_event_email&utm_term=viewmyevent_button)
* Wednesday, June 5^th: UCSD Blood Drive, Bloodmobile on Library Walk, 10am-3:30pm
* Wednesday, June 5^th: Orientation for Graduating Students, Career Center, 12pm-1pm
* Wednesday, June 5^th: Relaxation Skills Drop In Workshop, 190 Galbraith Hall, 2pm-3pm
* Wednesday, June 5^th: The Center for Ethics in Science & Technology: What is in the Air we Breathe, Fleet Science Center- Balboa Park, 5pm, Registration Required (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/what-is-in-the-air-we-breathe-tickets-54870615488)
* Thursday, June 6^th: Foundations of Well-Being Daily Drop-In Workshop, CAPS Central Office 190 Galbraith Hall, 3pm-4pm
* Friday, June 7^th: Flourish @ UC San Diego, Student Health Services, Murray’s Place, 9am-10am
* Friday, June 7^th: HDSI Seminar: AI Solutions for Computational Chemistry, 11am-12:30pm, SDSC Auditorium
* Saturday, June 8^th: World Oceans Day at Birch Aquarium, Birch Aquarium at Scripps, 11am-3pm

ASK YOUR LIBRARIAN
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Check it out!

I’m a big believer that data science skills can be applied to just about any question. The challenge comes in matching data science folks with organizations and issues that could benefit from data science solutions. Two groups that work to build those bridges are DrivenData and Code for America. DrivenData (https://www.drivendata.org/) partners with non-profits and other organizations to host competitions on projects “at the intersection of data science and social impact” (health, conservation, etc.). Code for America (https://www.codeforamerica.org/) connects digital-savvy folks with government groups to improve government services in light of new technologies. There is a local chapter, Open San Diego (https://opensandiego.org/) , you can check out if you’re interested.

-Stephanie Labou, Data Science Librarian (https://ucsd.libguides.com/data-science/ )

APPROACHING DEADLINES
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June 7th:
Instruction ends

June 8th-14th:
Final Exams

June 10th:
Deadline to file for “Request to receive a grade of Incomplete”: Spring 2019

June 14th:
Deadline to file for “Removal of Grade Incomplete” from previous quarter

June 14th:
Spring Quarter ends

June 15th-16th:
Commencement programs

June 20th:
SP19 Grades available on TritonLink

June 23rd:
DS25 Capped Major Application Closes

Source: https://mailchi.mp/b3db61a54746/your-data-science-newsletter

** Happy Memorial Day, brave Data Scientists!
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* DSC Student Affairs is CLOSED today in observance of the holiday

* Our capped major application (https://soeapp.ucsd.edu/cappedmajor/DSC ) is now open and will close June 23rd

* In preparation for new majors accepted through the capped major application, we will not authorize minors into our lower division courses (DSC 20, 30, 40A, 40B, 80) until July 8th

* In preparation for our new incoming freshman majors, we will not authorize minors from the DSC 10 waitlist until September 3rd


This Wednesday and Thursday, The Center for Wireless Communications (CWC) at UC San Diego is holding its seventh annual “5G and Beyond” Forum. The Forum will discuss innovations and challenges in circuit, sensing, communication, networking and analytics techniques leading to next generations of networks and devices, and how they can enable new applications and user experiences like connected health, smart transportation, smart manufacturing and immersive multimedia. As in previous 5G Forums, industry leaders and experts from different industry segments, together with experts from academia, will participate as speakers and panelists. The Forum will conclude with a planning session to decide on new research projects which will help shape wireless innovations in CWC, member companies, and beyond. To learn more about the event, the industry speakers, and to access the registration page, click here! (http://5g.ucsd.edu/)

This Friday, Tritons for Sally Ride Science is proud to present our second annual Ignite Talk at UC San Diego. This year’s Ignite Talk theme is Charting the Stars. You won’t want to miss the chance to hear from 12 speakers in varying points of their careers, with industry professionals, researchers in academia, and current undergraduate and graduate students. The speakers come from backgrounds ranging from medicine, technology, theater, and business so we can learn about their unique paths and how they are charting their stars. One of the speakers will be Ilkay Altintas, the Chief Data Science Officer for the San Diego Supercomputer Center, as well as one of our very own Data Science majors!
We know this can be a stressful time with Fall Quarter enrollment and finals just around the corner. Be sure to utilize drop-in advising hours this Friday from 9am-12pm, and always feel free to contact us through your Virtual Advising Center (http://vac.ucsd.edu) with your questions and concerns- we are here and happy to help!
Student Shout Out!

Check out Parker Addison, a second year Data Science major, this Friday at the Ignite Talk at UC San Diego. Click here (https://www.ignitetalksucsd.com/) to learn more!
Event this week:
* Monday, May 27^th: Destress Mondays, Commuter Lounge, 10am-1pm
* Monday, May 27^th: Gay Men’s Relationship Forum, The Women’s Center Small Group Room, 2:30pm-4pm
* Tuesday, May 28^th: Stem Cell Therapies and You- A Patient Advocate Event, Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine, Duane Roth Auditorium on the 2^nd floor, 12pm-1:30pm, Registration Required (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/stem-cell-therapies-and-you-a-patient-advocate-event-tickets-61132241179)
* Tuesday, May 28^th: South Asian & Desi Forum, The Cross Cultural Center- Room 2, 12pm-12:50pm
* Tuesday, May 28^th: Mindfulness For Daily Living, 190 Galbraith Hall, 3pm-4pm
* Wednesday, May 29^th: Relaxation Skills Drop In Workshop, 190 Galbraith Hall
* Wednesday, May 29^th: Black Women’s Collective, The Women’s Center, 5pm-6:30pm
* Wednesday, May 29^th: How to Paraphrase Effectively, Teaching and Learning Commons, 5:15pm-6:30pm, Sign Up Here! (https://commons.ucsd.edu/academic-support/writing/index.html)
* Wednesday, May 29^th – Thursday, May 30th: 5G & Beyond, The Alexandria at Torrey Pines, Registration Required (http://5g.ucsd.edu/) , Free for UC San Diego students!
* Thursday, May 30^th: Foundations of Well-Being Daily Drop-In Workshop, CAPS Central Office 190 Galbraith Hall, 3pm-4pm
* Thursday, May 30^th: Modern Times, The Loft, 6pm-9pm, Free Food and Swag!
* Friday, May 31^st: Flourish @ UC San Diego, Student Health Services, Murray’s Place, 9am-10am
* Friday, May 31^st: Ignite 2019- Charting the Stars, PC East Ballroom, 5pm-8pm
* Friday, May 31^st: The Design Lab- Applying the Wisdom of the University to Societal Issues, Atkinson Hall First Floor Auditorium, 5pm, Registration Required (https://members.amacad.org/content/events/eventOverview.aspx?e=10523)
* Friday, May 31^st: Chak De India!, Sixth College Lodge Quad, 6pm-9pm
* Saturday, June 1^st: ECE Design Competition Showcase, Atkinson Hall, 9am
* Saturday, June 1^st: Aankh Marey- 27th Annual Sangamsd Culture Show (https://www.facebook.com/events/2073192872779726/) , Mandeville Auditorium, 6pm-9pm

ASK YOUR LIBRARIAN
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Reading Material!

I recently came across this Medium post called “Getting Better at Machine Learning (https://medium.com/@rchang/getting-better-at-machine-learning-16b4dd913a1f) ”. Of course, I immediately thought of all the students I’ve interacted with who are really into ML! For those of you who participate in Kaggle competitions, I would definitely suggest reading this, since it focuses on the parts of the ML workflow that Kaggle competitions can gloss over.

-Stephanie Labou, Data Science Librarian (https://ucsd.libguides.com/data-science/ )

APPROACHING DEADLINES
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May 27th:
Memorial Day observance
DSC STUDENT AFFAIRS CLOSED

June 6th:
Data Science Capped Major Application Closes

June 7th:
Instruction ends

June 8th-14th:
Final Exams

June 10th:
Deadline to file for “Request to receive a grade of Incomplete”: Spring 2019

June 14th:
Deadline to file for “Removal of Grade Incomplete” from previous quarter

June 14th:
Spring Quarter ends

June 15th-16th:
Commencement programs

June 20th:
SP19 Grades available on TritonLink

Source: https://mailchi.mp/7ec88b1650e2/your-data-science-newsletter

** Surf’s up, data science students!
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We hope you’re ready to ride the last few waves of this SP19 Quarter as we enter Week 8. Speaking of surfing, check out the exciting Data Science Intern position for this summer with Surfline below! You can find similar job/internship postings here (https://datascience.ucsd.edu/job-opportunities/industry-partner-opportunities/) on our website.

To help with your career development and interview preparation, be sure to check out the CliftonStrengthsfinder Program offered TODAY through the Career Center (https://career.ucsd.edu/) . Drop-in anytime between 10am-1pm to reflect on what makes you special and how you can use these strengths more effectively. Subway Sandwiches & Journals will be given to the first 90 students. You can sign up here on Handshake (https://app.joinhandshake.com/events/298829?ref=recommendation-collection-show) or simply drop-by! On Tuesday, drop-in advising hours are offered for International Studies students and Econ students if these are related to your domains of interest. Locations and links to RSVP are in our “Events” section below. To stay in the loop with opportunities for career support, be sure to frequently check out the “Upcoming Events” section on Handshake (https://www.joinhandshake.com/) – all you have to do is log in with your ucsd.edu email address!

Second pass for FA19 enrollment begins TODAY. We will not begin authorizing minor students into our courses until July 8th to allow for our new majors accepted through the capped major application to enroll with priority. We will then open our courses to students outside of the program starting Week One of the FA19 Quarter. You can find our enrollment timeline here (https://datascience.ucsd.edu/academics/undergraduate/course-information/enrolling-in-classes/) for reference.

Our capped major application opens THURSDAY. More information about this process and timeline can be found here (https://datascience.ucsd.edu/academics/undergraduate/prospective-students/continuing-students/) . If you are not able to apply into our major this quarter, our next application cycle will be offered Winter 2020 and the following cycle will be offered Spring 2020. Please plan accordingly.

Last quick reminder- DSC Student Affairs will be closed next Monday in observance of Memorial Day. If you need support before then, be sure to utilize our drop-in advising hours today from 1pm-3:30pm or Friday from 9am-12pm. Drop-ins are first come, first served, and we will see our last student today at 3:15pm and our last student on Friday at 11:45am. If we are unable to see you during drop-ins or if you have a class conflict with these times, send us a message through your Virtual Advising Center (http://vac.ucsd.edu) !

Keep up the great work, you’re almost there!
SURFLINE (https://www.surfline.com/) Data Science Intern

“We’re looking for a Data Science Intern to assist with building a machine learning object detection system that involves selecting suitable video data and using software to manually annotate objects. This is an opportunity to understand how machine learning algorithms are trained and tuned in a commercial environment to deliver specific product objectives and to play a crucial part in delivering a working system to an audience of over 4 million monthly surfers. This internship is based out of our beachfront Huntington Beach headquarters and will require 100-200 hours.”

What You’ll Do:
* Select a suitable, representative sample of videos to train from and manually label objects in video frames
* Analyse test results and select further training data to rectify errors

What You’ll Learn:
* How we pre-prepare and label data for machine learning training
* How training and test data are split for model evaluation
* How model performance is evaluated

What We’re Looking For:
* High level of attention to detail and accuracy
* Ability to focus on a task until completion
* Current college student, eligible to receive school credit

You May Also Have:
* An interest in computer science or machine learning
* A passion for surfing and the ocean

Ready to apply? Click here (https://surfline.applytojob.com/apply/QGQOdMXl9V/) .
Events this week:
* Monday, May 20^th: CliftonStrengthsfinder Program- Grow Your Strengths, Career Center- Horizon Room, 10am-1pm, RSVP Here on Handshake (https://app.joinhandshake.com/events/298829?ref=recommendation-collection-show)
* Monday, May 20^th: HDSI Networking Night with Viasat, SDSC Auditorium, 5pm-7pm, RSVP Required (https://forms.gle/8aUvDXu4DK4mz7L18)
* Tuesday, May 21^st: Drop-In Career Advising for International Studies Program Students, GPS, RBC- Room 3132, 10am-11am, RSVP Here on Handshake (https://app.joinhandshake.com/events/309663?ref=recommendation-collection-show)
* Tuesday, May 21^st: Asian American Community Forum, Cross Cultural Center Conference Room, 12pm-1pm
* Tuesday, May 21^st: Drop-In Advising for Econ Students, Economics Building Room 200, 2:30pm-3:30pm, RSVP Here on Handshake (https://app.joinhandshake.com/events/310566?ref=recommendation-collection-show)
* Tuesday, May 21^st: Mindfulness for Daily Living, 190 Gailbraith Hall, 3pm-4pm
* Wednesday, May 22^nd: Relaxation Skills Drop In Workshop, 190 Galbraith Hall, 2pm-3pm
* Wednesday, May 22^nd: Women in Leadership, Price Center, 3:30pm, Registration Required (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/women-in-leadership-2019-tickets-59711768507)
* Wednesday, May 22^nd: Elizabeth Guffey Guest Lecture- “The Right to Live in the World: Design and Disability”, CSE 1202, 4pm
* Wednesday, May 22^nd: Border Innovation Challenge, Roth Auditorium at Sanford Consortium, 5:30pm, Registration Required (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/border-innovation-challenge-tickets-59346355547)
* Wednesday, May 22^nd: San Diego 2049- Speculative Design for Policy Making, Robinson Auditorium, 5:30pm-7:30pm, RSVP Required (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/san-diego-2049-closing-keynote-with-kim-stanley-robinson-and-team-project-competition-tickets-60889492110)
* Wednesday, May 22^nd: Affecting Change After Graduation, The Village 15A, 6pm-8:30pm, RSVP Here on Handshake (https://app.joinhandshake.com/events/310556?ref=recommendation-collection-show)
* Wednesday, May 22^nd: Human Rights Watch Film Festival- Esta Todo Bien, Great Hall at International House, 6pm-8pm
* Thursday, May 23^rd: Foundations of Well-Being Daily Drop-In Workshop, CAPS Central Office 190 Galbraith Hall, 3pm-4pm
* Friday, May 24^th: Flourish @ UC San Diego, Student Health Services, Murray’s Place, 9am-10am

ASK YOUR LIBRARIAN
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Check it out!

I’ve had multiple students ask about using data science for sports topics (https://medium.com/state-of-analytics/sports-is-your-perfect-introduction-to-data-science-22230dde1ba2) . Sports analytics is a great way to combine your favorite sport with data mining, statistics, and visualization practice! There are lots of public datasets available and you can contact me if you’re looking for something specific. In the meantime, you also read about analysis of more safeguarded sports datasets, such as this article series focused on baseball scouting records (https://www.theringer.com/mlb/2019/3/4/18249155/cincinnati-reds-scouting-report-series-part-1-data-findings) .

-Stephanie Labou, Data Science Librarian (https://ucsd.libguides.com/data-science/ )
APPROACHING DEADLINES
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May 27th:
Memorial Day observance
DSC STUDENT AFFAIRS CLOSED

June 7th:
Instruction ends

June 8th-14th:
Final Exams

June 10th:
Deadline to file for “Request to receive a grade of Incomplete”: Spring 2019

June 14th:
Deadline to file for “Removal of Grade Incomplete” from previous quarter

June 14th:
Spring Quarter ends

June 15th-16th:
Commencement programs

June 20th:
SP19 Grades available on TritonLink

Source: https://mailchi.mp/c348e9fd3663/your-data-science-newsletter

** Rise and shine, attentive Data Scientists!
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We have some exciting events to announce as we enter Week 7:

THIS THURSDAY join us in CSE 1202 from 2pm-3:30pm for the HDSI Special Seminar Series as Ariel Rokem discusses, “The Era of Brain Obervatories: Opportunities and Challenges for Data-Driven Neuroscience”. More information about his talk can be found here (https://datascience.ucsd.edu/events/ariel-rokem-the-era-of-brain-observatories-opportunities-and-challenges-for-data-driven-neuroscience/) , and it’s definitely something our students interested in Cognitive Science/Neuroscience will not want to miss!

THIS FRIDAY there are TWO HACKATHONS happening!

Join IBM and the Clinton Global Initiative University for their Code and Response Hackathon happening at the Career Center. IBM and the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGIU) are challenging students 18 and over to develop solutions for disaster response and resilience. The timing could not be more critical. In 2018, natural disasters caused an estimated $155 billion in economic loss, impacting people around the globe. What if technology could help improve these figures? That’s exactly what this Code and Response Challenge is setting out to do. It asks developers to work out how to use AI, Blockchain, Cloud, Data, IoT and Open Source technologies most effectively to improve communities’ disaster preparedness and resiliency. Interested in learning more and possibly competing? Click here (https://app.joinhandshake.com/events/307275?ref=recommendation-collection-show) .

As a reminder, MD5’s Off the Grid Hackathon is starting Friday where students will be mentored by special operators and engineering professionals as they solve tactical and multidisciplinary computing programs. You won’t want to miss out on the opportunity to network with our nation’s top startups and venture capitalists, to win up to $90K in awards, and did we mention the free food?! Click here (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/off-the-grid-tactical-computing-capabilities-in-austere-environments-tickets-60274278991?aff=efbneb) to learn more and register asap.

Last but certainly not least, NEXT MONDAY in collaboration with HDSI, Viasat (https://www.viasat.com/) will be hosting an evening presentation and mixer event where students can learn about what the company is doing in this exciting field and then get a unique opportunity to network with a team of Viasat Data Scientists. Viasat is one of HDSI’s Founding Industry Partners and has a strong commitment to growing its collaboration with students as it related to data science. Food and drinks will be served. Don’t miss this opportunity to make amazing connections with industry- RSVP here (https://forms.gle/yzyMt3FcSyHKpVW7A) today!
SciPy John Hunter Excellence in Plotting Competition for 2019

This open competition aims to highlight the importance of data visualization to scientific progress and showcase the capabilities of open source software.
Participants are invited to submit scientific plots to be judged by a panel. The winning entries will be announced and displayed at the conference.
John Hunter’s family and NumFocus are graciously sponsoring cash prizes for the winners in the following amounts:
1st prize: $1000
2nd prize: $750
3rd prize: $500

* Entries must be submitted by June, 8th to this form (https://goo.gl/forms/cFTB3FUBrMPfQ7Vz1)
* Winners will be announced at Scipy 2019 in Austin, TX.
* Participants do not need to attend the Scipy conference.
* Entries may take the definition of “visualization” rather broadly (ie: traditional printed plot, an interactive visualization for the web, or an animation, etc.)
* Source code for the plot must be provided, in the form of Python code and/or a Jupyter notebook, along with a rendering of the plot in a widely used format. This may be, for example, PDF for print, standalone HTML and Javascript for an interactive plot, or MPEG-4 for a video. If the original data can not be shared for reasons of size or licensing, “fake” data may be substituted, along with an image of the plot using real data.
* Each entry must include a 300-500 word abstract describing the plot and its importance for a general scientific audience.
* Entries will be judged on their clarity, innovation and aesthetics, but most importantly for their effectiveness in communicating a real-world problem. Entrants are encouraged to submit plots that were used during the course of research or work, rather than merely being hypothetical.
* SciPy reserves the right to display any and all entries, whether prize-winning or not, at the conference, use in any materials or on its website, with attribution to the original author(s).

Events this week:
* Monday, May 13^th: CSE Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Seminar Series- Olivia Graeve, “Latino Engineering Faculty in the US: A Personal Perspective and Journey”, CSE 1242, 11am-12pm
* Monday, May 13^th: URIM Conference (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/urim-conference-tickets-58678152935?aff=ebdssbdestsearch) , PC West Ballroom AB, 5:30pm-8pm (great event for students interest in the health field!)
* Tuesday, May 14^th: Whova, Inc. Office Hours, 9am-4pm, find location on Handshake (https://app.joinhandshake.com/events/302304?ref=recommendation-collection-show)
* Tuesday, May 14^th: Navigating Self-Care, Care at SARC (Student Services Center, Room 500), 4pm-6pm
* Wednesday, May 15^th: Strategies to Obtain Multiple Internship Offers in the Fall, Qualcomm Conference Center, 1^st Floor, Jacobs Hall, 12pm-1pm, Register Here (https://ideacenter.typeform.com/to/UaWnMG?fbclid=IwAR12ri1oIDuy9pRpzpQ3U5DXO6qmyF3gys8vrrmsbwTpAGnebYc8WZxRVF0)
* Thursday, May 16^th: 2019 Global Accessibility Awareness Fair (https://library.ucsd.edu/news-events/events/2019gaad/) , Geisel Library, Seuss Room, 11:30am-1pm (FREE event about digital access and inclusion!)
* Thursday, May 16th: HDSI Special Seminar Series- Ariel Rokem, “The era of brain observatories: opportunities and challenges for data-driven neuroscience”, CSE 1202, 2pm-3:30pm
* Thursday, May 16^th: The Basement’s Demo Event- Triton Entrepreneur Night, Atkinson Hall, 5:30pm-8:30pm, FREE Registration Here! (http://bit.ly/TEN2019RSVP!)
* Friday, May 17^th-Saturday, May 18^th: Code and Response- IBM/Clinton Global Initiative University Hackathon, Career Cetner, 4pm on 5/17-4pm on 5/18, Register by RSVPing on Handshake (https://app.joinhandshake.com/events/307275?ref=recommendation-collection-show)
* Friday, May 17^th- May 19^th: Off the Grid Hackathon, Hyatt La Jolla at Aventine, 4pm on 5/17-3pm on 5/19, FREE Registration Here! (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/off-the-grid-tactical-computing-capabilities-in-austere-environments-tickets-60274278991?aff=efbneb)

ASK YOUR LIBRARIAN
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Resource Spotlight!

Are you doing research on campus? Consider submitting your work to the Undergraduate Library Research Prize (https://libraries.ucsd.edu/about/undergraduate-library-research-prize/index.html) (deadline May 26). Eligibility (https://libraries.ucsd.edu/about/undergraduate-library-research-prize/current.html#/about/undergraduate-research-prize/current) : you’ll need to be nominated by a faculty member and have used library resources in your research. If you’re not eligible this year, keep library resources in mind for research you may do next year – you could win up to $1000!

-Stephanie Labou, Data Science Librarian (https://ucsd.libguides.com/data-science/ )

APPROACHING DEADLINES
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May 16th:
Effective date for students receiving financial aid to withdraw and retain 100% of federal aid: Spring 2019

May 27th:
Memorial Day observance
DSC STUDENT AFFAIRS CLOSED

June 7th:
Instruction ends

June 8th-14th:
Final Exams

June 10th:
Deadline to file for “Request to receive a grade of Incomplete”: Spring 2019

June 14th:
Deadline to file for “Removal of Grade Incomplete” from previous quarter

June 14th:
Spring Quarter ends

Source: https://mailchi.mp/7a7623a1aa21/your-data-science-newsletter

** Happy Monday, “baby” Data Scientists!
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Welcome to Week 6! As a reminder, Mother’s Day is this Sunday- whether it’s a family member, a friend, or a role model, be sure sure to give the “mother” in your life a shout out this weekend. (And shout out to Professor Marina Langlois, who students consistently refer to as their “Data Science Mom”!)

Fall 2019 Quarter Enrollment begins Wednesday! Here’s a few helpful reminders and suggestions to ensure you are ready for your first pass:
* CSE 158: If you are planning to pursue this course this Fall and you completed Math 181A, submit an EASy (https://academicaffairs.ucsd.edu/Modules/Students/PreAuth/SubmitRequest.aspx) request ASAP.
* RISING SENIORS: Data Science majors receive priority for DSC courses through second pass. Prioritize graduation requirements offered through other departments during your first pass and plan to enroll in DSC courses during your second pass.
* MINORS: Submit your EASy request (https://academicaffairs.ucsd.edu/Modules/Students/PreAuth/SubmitRequest.aspx) for your DSC courses ASAP! Your request will not be approved until after second pass, but we approve the requests in the order we receive them. Make sure you’re one of the first to better your chances of attaining a seat in your needed course!
* MATH 180A SECTION B00: Math 180A B00 in FA19 will have a focus on the Probability Theory underlying Data Science. It is intended for students interested in the theory underlying current Data Science and analysis of real-world big data sets. This section is recommended for Math majors/minors interested in Data Science, and for Data Science majors. We will accept this course as an elective through the petition system. Strongly advised for Data Science majors!

We know enrollment can be stressful, and we’re here to help! If you need help planning your Fall Quarter courses before your first pass begins, print off and complete your checklist (https://datascience.ucsd.edu/academics/undergraduate/forms/) before coming in for drop-in advising hours- it will help make sure the Undergraduate Advisor has enough time to help you plan your courses! As a reminder, drop-ins are offered today from 1pm-3:30pm and Friday from 9am-12pm.

Last reminder- this FRIDAY is the last day to drop a course with a “W” on your transcript. Good luck with finishing your midterms, good luck planning your courses, and know that you don’t have to handle this on your own- it’s what we’re here for!
***Register ASAP for MD5’s Off the Grid Hackathon, May 17-19, 2019***

Calling all Data Science students! Do you want to help US Special Forces solve a tactical computing problem? We need your problem solving and critical thinking skills to help US Special Forces think through their problem set and design winning solutions.

If interested, we want YOU to attend MD5 and UC San Diego’s “Off the Grid Hackathon,” Friday to Sunday, May 17-19, 2019. All students welcome. (International, female, minority, and Data Science minor students strongly encouraged to participate!)
Register now as space is limited!
* Up to $90K in total awards for winning teams to advance their ideas
* Be mentored by special operators and engineering professionals (Navy Seals, Army Special Forces, Marine Raiders, SPAWAR Data Scientists)
* Network with some of our nation’s top startups and venture capitalists
* Judges include Brigadier General Joshua Rudd and Dr. William Cohen, Chief Technology Officer, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army Acquisitions, Logistics and Tech
* Personalized coaching on landing a job at a Silicon Valley or San Diego startup

Please click here (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/off-the-grid-tactical-computing-capabilities-in-austere-environments-tickets-60274278991?aff=efbneb ) to register
Events this week:
* Monday, May 6^th: HDSI Distinguished Lecture Series with Nitesh Chawla, “What Does Quantified Self tell about Qualified Self?”, SDSC Auditorium, 11am-1:30pm
* Monday, May 6^th: Bioinformatics Seminar Series- “Clinical Genomics Testing for Cardiomyopathies and Arrhythmias”, Biomedical Research Facility 2 Room 1104, 12pm
* Monday, May 6^th: 2019 Kuffler Lectures- Carla Shatz, “Brain Waves and Synapse Remodeling in the Developing Visual System”, Skaggs Auditorium, 4pm
* Tuesday, May 7^th: 2019 Kuffler Lectures- Carla Shatz, “Surprise at the Synapse: MHC Class I, Pruning, and Plasticity”, Skaggs Auditorium, 4pm
* Wednesday, May 8^th: UC San Diego Blood Drive, Bloodmobile on Library Walk, 10am-3:30pm
* Wednesday, May 8^th: Job Searching while Trans, LGBT Resource Center, 1pm-2pm
* Wednesday, May 8^th: 2019 Kuffler Lectures- Carla Shatz, “New synapses in old brains? Developmental Critical Periods and Alzheimer’s Disease”, Skaggs Auditorium, 4pm
* Wednesday, May 8^th: Jupter Meetup, SDSC Auditorium, 5:30pm-7:30pm
* Wednesday, May 8^th: UCSD-TV: The Ocean’s Stethoscope- How Technology is Being Used to Study Fish Populations, Spectrum Channel 1231, Cox Channel 135, ATT U-verse Channel 99, 9pm
* Thursday, May 9^th: We (POC) Are Not Alone, UCSD Cross-Cultural Center Art Space, 5pm-7pm
* Friday, May 10^th: Tech San Diego’s Data Science Day sponsored by Rady School of Management and Halcioglu Data Science Institute (https://techsandiego.secure.force.com/pmtx/evt__QuickEvent?id=a171a000008b7C3&fbclid=IwAR0HnstmU3q_nfZlnE841AfS1FCAmPle_5MIMePB5kLO1b3WivoS56l57Mw) , San Diego Supercomputer Center Auditorium, 8am-1:30pm
* Friday, May 10th and Saturday May 11th: Volunteer at Transfer Triton Day 2019, UC San Diego Town Square, 2pm-4:30pm
* Sunday, May 12th: Happy Mother’s Day!

ASK YOUR LIBRARIAN
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Reading Material!

Staying on top of news in data science can feel like climbing a never-ending hill. One of my favorite resources is the Data Science Community Newsletter (https://cds.nyu.edu/newsletter/) (recently back from hiatus!) from Laura Norén and Brad Stenger. This weekly newsletter includes bite-sized updates on data science in academia, government, and industry (always with links to more information). Come for the news about who’s funding what and new platforms/tools/initiatives, stay for the job postings, conference updates, and upcoming events. You can subscribe to this newsletter here (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeSQZ6IjbQEWdBpglaXiKVVEGodsTrwjGmYBrHSNpGk-vJ_8A/viewform) .

-Stephanie Labou, Data Science Librarian (https://ucsd.libguides.com/data-science/ )

APPROACHING DEADLINES
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May 10th:
Deadline to drop with “W” grade on transcript for Spring 2019

May 27th:
Memorial Day observance
DSC Student Affairs will be CLOSED

June 7th:
Instruction ends

June 8th:
Final Exams Begin

June 10th:
Deadline to file for “Request to receive a grade of Incomplete”: Spring 2019

Source: https://mailchi.mp/fafbbbc35efc/your-data-science-newsletter

** Good morning, young Padawans!
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May the force be with you as you enter Week 5! We have a BIG week full of exciting Data Science events:

Today: MEET THE BOSS: DATA SCIENCE
Want to connect with alumni? Curious about what you can do with the new Data Science major here? Student Alumni Associates offers the opportunity to come learn more from our amazing alumni panelists about what they do within the Data Science field.This event will feature a moderated Q&A, and a networking break-out session after. Free food and refreshments will be served. Grab a ticket and RSVP (link available in “Events” section below!)

Today: DATA SCIENCE MAJORS AND MINORS ONLY
Come to DSC Student Affairs from 10:30am-12:30pm for an Individual Resume Review with our SPAWAR Industry Fellow, Matt Levy. When you arrive you must check in with our Intake Advisor, Meaghan, and then enjoy some tasty breakfast treats while you wait to meet with Matt.

Today: ALL STUDENTS WELCOME
HDSI Special Seminar Series is happening today in CSE 1202 from 2pm-3:30pm with Denis Stukal and “How Russia Manipulates Information Online” (https://datascience.ucsd.edu/events/denis-stukal-analyzing-twitter-bots-how-russia-manipulates-information-online/) !
Abundant anecdotal evidence suggests that authoritarian regimes have recently become increasingly active in their use of social media for disinformation and propaganda via bots and trolls. In this talk, we will present two scalable, reproducible, and retrospective tools for identifying Russian Twitter bots and measuring their political leanings with an application to the Russian political Twitter in 2015-2017. We find that the Russian political twittersphere was swamped with bots during that time, but – contrary to the dominant mass media narrative – pro-regime bots were not the only group of bots. We further analyze the political logic behind the use of pro-regime bots in Russian domestic politics and show how pro-government bots have been employed to suppress mass protests. You won’t want to miss it!

Tomorrow: ALL STUDENTS WELCOME
DSC Student Affairs will be offering a Group Advising Session to share our FA19 Quarter course offerings and enrollment timeline. The presentation will be in CSE 1202 from 10:30am-11:30am.
Rising seniors are STRONGLY encouraged to attend.

Wednesday: DATA SCIENCE MAJORS AND MINORS ONLY
To celebrate our successful transition under the Haliciouglu Data Science Institute, we are offering a Networking and Recruiting opportunity to all Data Science Majors and Minors (who RSVP’d) to connect with one of HDSI’s first official industry partners: SPAWAR (https://www.public.navy.mil/spawar/Pages/default.aspx) . Unfortunately, we are only able to accommodate students within our program to attend. This event is capped at a maximum of 150 students- if you have yet to RSVP, check your email, where you can find event details as well.

Last but certainly not least, check out this exciting internship opportunity below with ABC10 (https://www.abc10.com/) !
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“ABC10 in San Diego is looking for two interns for our summer internship program. We are looking for candidates interested in weather and data journalism among other functions in our newsroom. Our program gives students real-world experience and provides a unique insight into newsroom operations. This includes working with the investigative team and weekend assignment desk. You will have the opportunity to learn alongside newsroom management, reporters, photographers, producers and assignment desk editors in areas including but not limited to news, weather, sports, investigative, Web, and special projects.

We work with colleges and universities to provide students the opportunity to apply coursework learned or taught in the classroom with practice in the workplace. Students are placed in television broadcast areas related to their major and career goals.”

What We Require:
* Computer/typing skills
* Ability to communicate clearly and concisely both in person and on the phone
* Completed at least one broadcast journalism writing course
* Good organization skills
* Enrolled at an accredited college or university
* Recommended as a junior or above and in good standing
* Receive college/university course credit for participating in this program. The amount of course credit to be earned is determined, and must be verified by the college/university, prior to starting assignment.

To receive course credit, students must comply with all school requirements as well as all station requirements. Grade point average and leadership experience are also an important part of the total assessment of student applicants. Interns are expected to work an average of 12 hours per week. This may include at least one, eight-hour shift. The days and times are based on student availability and departmental needs. Students must also be up to date on current events (actively reading newspapers, watching newscasts and utilizing sources).

What You Will Learn:
* Conducting interviews
* Researching stories
* Contributing story ideas
* Logging tape
* Writing broadcast news, including voice-overs and sound-to-tape
* Shooting stories and stand-ups

How to Apply:

Submit your application online at http://scripps.com/careers/.

Good luck!

STUDENT SHOUT OUT!

We would like to give a HUGE shout out to our student panelists who made our Triton Day a success! Thank you Saveree Joshipura, Erik Mumm, Sharmi Mathur, Raechel Walker, and Tanveer Mittal. We couldn’t have done it with out you!

Events this week:
* Monday, April 29th: Individual Resume Review with SPAWAR Industry Fellow, Matt Levy, DSC Student Affairs, 10:30am-12:30pm, PREVIOUS RSVP REQUIRED
* Monday, April 29^th: Making a Positive First Impression at Women in STEM, Career Center- Horizon Room, 11:30am-12pm (Networking Prep Workshop!)
* Monday, April 29^th: HDSI Special Seminar Series- Denis Stukal, “Analyzing Twitter Bots: How Russia Manipulates Information Online”, CSE 1202, 2pm-3:30pm
* Monday, April 29^th: Meet the Boss- Data Science, The Loft, 6pm-8pm,
REGISTER HERE (https://bit.ly/ucsdmtb?aff=efbeventtix&fbclid=IwAR1gqIlpPyj8QkKZJJrqyAiKmwVQ9m4tiUKr4xzRgauh_FmXJeSfUDVU_4Y)
* Tuesday, April 30th: FA19 Group Advising Session, CSE 1202, 10:30am-11:30am
* Tuesday, April 30^th: Career Readiness Workshop with Apple- 10 Essentials of Presentation and Storytelling, Career Center- Horizon Room, 3pm-4pm, RSVP on Handshake (https://app.joinhandshake.com/events/280691?ref=recommendation-collection-show)
* Wednesday, May 1st: SPAWAR Data Science Tech Talk and Internship Networking Night, SDSC Auditorium, 5pm-7pm. RESTRICTED TO DS25 MAJORS AND MINORS ONLY
* Wednesday, May 1^st: Conquering Procrastination and Writer’s Block, Teaching & Learning Commons, 5:15pm-6:30pm, Sign Up Here (https://commons.ucsd.edu/academic-support/writing/index.html)
* Thursday, May 2^nd: Women in STEM- Panel and Networking, Student Services Center- Multipurpose Room, 5pm-7pm. Participating companies include: Amazon, Booze Allen Hamilton, Illumina, Pfizer Takeda, Tandem Diabetes Care, Thermo Fisher. HANDSHAKE REGISTRATION REQUIRED (https://app.joinhandshake.com/events/302304?ref=recommendation-collection-show)
* Thursday, May 2^nd: Financial Literacy for College Students, Cross-Cultural Center Comunidad Room, 5:30pm-7pm
* Saturday, MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU!

ASK YOUR LIBRARIAN
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Resource Spotlight!

We’ve had two and a half quarters of these “Ask Your Librarian” posts and while I’ve really enjoyed putting together material for this newsletter, I’m curious to know what people think about the content provided in this box. I would appreciate if you could take one minute to answer three questions (https://goo.gl/forms/8lFmc3rbCiwqjuMt2) about this. Your responses will help determine what kinds of resources are highlighted in this space moving forward, and how frequently.

-Stephanie Labou, Data Science Librarian (https://ucsd.libguides.com/data-science/ )
APPROACHING DEADLINES
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May 3rd:
FA19 Schedule goes Live!

May 10th:
Deadline to drop with “W” grade on transcript for Spring 2019

May 27th:
Memorial Day observance
DSC Student Affairs will be CLOSED

June 7th:
Instruction ends

June 8th:
Final Exams Begin

June 10th:
Deadline to file for “Request to receive a grade of Incomplete”: Spring 2019

Source: https://mailchi.mp/d8c63e403305/your-data-science-newsletter

** Good morning, young Data Scientists!
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We hope you are feeling confident as you begin Week 4 of the Spring 2019 Quarter! Summer enrollment has started and as a reminder we are offering DSC 40B in Summer Session I and DSC 10 in Summer Session II. If you are a student outside of the major who is interested in pursuing DSC 40B this summer, submit your course pre-authorization request here (https://academicaffairs.ucsd.edu/Modules/Students/PreAuth/SubmitRequest.aspx) .

For our students who were unable to pursue CSE 151 this Spring, we want to remind you that the course is being offered in both Summer Session I and Summer Session II. On this note, please be advised that CSE 150 has been renumbered as CSE 150A and CSE 150B- Data Science majors are only required to complete CSE 150A, and the CSE Department will still recognize DSC 40B and DSC 80 as alternative prerequisites for this course. Please contact DSC Student Affairs through your Virtual Advising Center with any questions or concerns you may have, and feel free to visit us during our drop-in advising hours offered today from 1pm-3:30pm and Friday from 9am-12pm if you need additional course advisement!

Mark your calendars! Next Monday, the Student Alumni Associates are hosting a panel focused on Data Science. “Meet the Boss: Data Science” will be a great opportunity to connect with alumni and learn about future career opportunities. This event will feature a moderated Q&A and a networking break-out session along with free food and refreshments. Make sure you RSVP (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/meet-the-boss-data-science-tickets-60390412349) today!

Speaking of future career opportunities, the Spring Career Fair is happening this Tuesday and there are TONS of companies on campus this week! Be sure to check out the specific companies and HDSI Events recommended below within our “Events” section. These events are a chance to learn more about potential domains of interests and career paths, and there’s even an expert in Computer Music on campus this week! As a reminder, many events offered through the Career Center require you to sign up via Handshake (https://app.joinhandshake.com/) , and this is a great resource to learn about additional campus events you’re interested in attending. All students have access to this resource with their ucsd.edu email and all you have to do is click on the Events tab to get find out how to get connected to these opportunities- you won’t want to miss out on them!

Last but certainly not least, DSC Student Affairs is looking for 1-2 students from the major who are interested in applying for the ComputingPaths (http://computingpaths.ucsd.edu/) Data Science Student Ambassador Position. Interested in applying? Click here (https://forms.gle/9c4mh3Dr7hwqFoYh9) .

Keep up the great work, and let us know how we can help 🙂
Opportunity for Summer (and Year-Round) Internships!

We have recently noticed a large number of students express an interest in applying their Data Science skill set and knowledge to the Medical field as their domain of interest…

The Open Medicine Institute (http://www.openmedicineinstitute.org/) is a leading Precision Medicine organization located in Mountain View, CA. They are seeking paid interns, post-docs and recent grads across multiple disciplines (with a focus on data science in health and illness) for summer or year-year-round placement at OMI or any of the up to 30 companies housed in their new Collaboratory Incubator serving diagnostics, device, digital health and therapeutic companies in 104,000 square feet of Class A lab/office/flex space in the heart of Silicon Valley.

They are seeking talented individuals at the undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral levels – across computer science, data science, bioinformatics, bioengineering, biology, medicine, marketing and business. All disciplines are welcome to apply including: business, data science, engineering, CS, pre-meds, medical students and residents.

For more information, please send your questions or CV to jobs@openmedicineinstitute.org (mailto:jobs@openmedicineinstitute.org) .
Shared housing available on a limited basis.
Events this week:
* Monday, April 22^nd: Marshall Awareness Week, Angela’s Space, 11am-6pm
* Monday, April 22^nd: HDSI Special Seminar Series- Arya Mazumdar, “Data Summarization and Statistical Reconstruction-What Roles Can Codes Play?”, CSE 1202, 2pm-3:30pm
* Monday, April 22^nd: Symbolic Interaction with Creative Agents- Gerard Assayag with Guest Musicians, The Loft, 7pm
* Tuesday, April 23^rd: Whova, Inc. Office Hours, Career Center-2^nd Floor, 9:30am-3:30pm
* Tuesday, April 23^rd: Latinx/Chicanx Academic Excellence Initiative Meeting, Great Hall- ERC, 11:30am-1pm
* Tuesday, April 23^rd: HDSI Special Seminar Series- Srijan Kumar, “Data Science for Healthy Online Interactions”, CSE 1202, 2pm-3:30pm
* Tuesday, April 23^rd: Spring Career Fair, Price Center, 4:30pm-8:30pm
* Tuesday, April 23^rd: Talk with Gerard Assayag, founding member of AFIM (French Society for Computer Music) and SMCM (Society for Mathematics and Computation in Music), Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall, 8pm
* Wednesday, April 24^th: Walmart eCommerce/Jet.com-Snack & Chat, Career Center- Lab, 5pm-6:30pm
* Wednesday, April 24^th: Lockheed Martin Diversity Networking Event (WiC Event), Career Center- Horizon Room, 5pm-6:30pm
* Wednesday, April 24^th: How to Paraphrase Effectively, Teaching & Learning Commons, 5:15pm-6:30pm, Sign Up Here (https://commons.ucsd.edu/academic-support/writing/index.html) !
* Thursday, April 25^th: Chicana Movidas- Reception and Panel, Multipurpose Room Student Services Center, 4pm-7pm
* Sunday, April 28^th: “Asayake, I Choose You!”, PC West Ballroom, 5:30pm-8:30pm

ASK YOUR LIBRARIAN
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Reading Material!

Python has quite a few data visualization libraries. How do you know which library is best to use? Well, it depends. This “Dramatic Tour through Python’s Data Visualization Landscape (https://dsaber.com/2016/10/02/a-dramatic-tour-through-pythons-data-visualization-landscape-including-ggplot-and-altair/) ” (and it is dramatic) compares the code needed to create line graphs, scatterplots, bar charts, and more from five different Python data viz libraries (matplotlib, pandas, Seaborn, ggplot2/pygg, and Altair). Bonus: don’t forget about plotly (https://towardsdatascience.com/the-next-level-of-data-visualization-in-python-dd6e99039d5e) ! Making interactive plots takes less code than you may think.

-Stephanie Labou, Data Science Librarian (https://ucsd.libguides.com/data-science/ )
APPROACHING DEADLINES
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April 22nd:
Deadline for Women in Tech Fellowship (http://rewritingthecode.org/fellowship/)

April 26th:
Deadline to change grading options, change units, and drop classes without “W” grade on transcript for Spring 2019

May 10th:
Deadline to drop with “W” grade on transcript for Spring 2019

May 27th:
Memorial Day observance
DSC Student Affairs will be CLOSED

Source: https://mailchi.mp/cefaa301fc0b/your-data-science-newsletter

** Happy Monday, novice Data Scientists!
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We hope you are settling into your Spring Quarter as today you begin Week Three. As a quick reminder, we do not allow any late adds to our courses starting today. Today is also the start of enrollment for Summer 2019! Our department will be offering DSC 40B in Summer Session I and DSC 10 in Summer Session II. Please contact DSC Student Affairs through your Virtual Advising Center with any questions or concerns, or utilize our drop-in advisingh ours offered today from 1pm-3:30pm and Friday from 9am-12pm.

There are some very exciting events happening this week:

On Tuesday, the Basement is offering a Data-Driven Sales and Marketing for Startups workshop and the Career Center is offering an information session with Axos Bank, which is rated among the top 5 online banks in the country! Axos brings together human insight and digital expertise to anticipate the needs of our customers- this event is highly recommended for our students interested in the FinTech Industry.

For our students who are interested in Business Analytics, be sure to check out the opportunity to attend a class with the Rady School of Management Business Analytics Graduate Program (https://rady.ucsd.edu/programs/masters-programs/ms-in-business-analytics/) this Thursday, run by their Executive Director of the program who will discuss the current analytics issues in the business industry today. Last, but certainly not least, this Thursday HDSI is offering a Distinguished Lecture Series with Peter Skomoroch who is the CO-Founder and CEO of SkipFlag (https://skipflag.com/) , which was recently acquired by Workday, and who previously Principal Data Scientist at LinkedIn.

All event details can be found in our “Events this Week” column to the bottom left. Best of luck as you begin Week Three, and let us know how we can help!
STUDENT SHOUT OUT!

We would like to give a huge shout out to our amazing student organization, the Data Science Study Society (DS3)! Be sure to check out their first annual DATATHON (https://www.ds3datathon.com/?fbclid=IwAR3gQFyNf1RsDWEC1Qx3SadMcpiRYXDQTqbRVQT-QQqDA1U7RE8UytHgRuo) this Saturday from 9am-9pm in the Price Center East Ballroom.

The Datathon has something for everyone, whether you’re new to data science or have had years of experience. The Datathon will offer skill-building workshops, industry-focused tech talks, networking opportunities, and of course, some great prizes! Additionally, the event is an opportunity to interface with sponsors who will be joining at this year’s event. Sponsors include: Microsoft Azure, StubHub, Omnisci, Lyft, and HDSI.

We look forward to seeing you there, and good luck to the competitors!
Events this week:
* Monday, April 15^th: Summer Storage and Off Campus Housing Workshop, Marshall College Room (PC Second Floor), 10am-12pm
* Monday, April 15^th: Hungry 4 Healthy, The Zone 12pm-1pm
* Tuesday, April 16^th: The Basement Blz/Tech Series- Data-Driven Sales and Marketing for Startups, Mandeville B202, 4pm-5:30pm
* Tuesday, April 16^th: Axos Bank- Pioneering the Future of Banking-Technology Students, Career Center Horizon Room, 5pm-6:30pm and 7pm-8:30pm
* Wednesday, April 17^th: Writing Strategies for Multi-Lingual Writers, Teaching and Learning Commons, 5:15pm-6:30pm, Sign Up Here! (writinghub.ucsd.edu)
* Wednesday, April 17^th: Rady Master of Science in Business Analytics Class with Executive Director Raymond Pettit, 6pm-7:30pm, Otterson Hall 3E107 in Rady School of Management, Register Here! (https://joinrady.secure.force.com/events/targetX_eventsb__events#/esr?eid=a1R6A000000v1HVUAY)
* Wednesday, April 17^th: Beyond the “A”- Developing Students Who Will Succeed, Beyster Auditorium in Rady School of Management, 6pm-8pm
* Thursday, April 18^th: HDSI Distinguished Lecture Series with Peter Skomoroch, SDSC Auditorium, 11am
* Thursday, April 18^th: Career Fair Prep for International Students, Horizon Room (Career Center), 11am-12pm
* Thursday, April 18^th: Research Expo 2019, Price Center, 2pm-6pm, Register Here! (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/research-expo-2019-registration-53868715779)
* Thursday, April 18^th: Muirstock 2019, Muir College Quad, 5pm
* Saturday, April 20^th: DS3 Datathon, Price Center Ballroom East, 9am-9pm

ASK YOUR LIBRARIAN
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Check It Out!

Want practice with data visualization, but not sure what you want to tackle? Check out Makeover Monday (http://www.makeovermonday.co.uk/) ! Every Monday, a new chart/graph is provided (along with any news articles that used the visualization), along with the underlying data. Your task is to use the dataset to create a better data visualization/infographic to effectively tell the story in the data. Here’s an example (https://www.makeovermonday.co.uk/week-34-2018/) of the different kinds of visualizations people come up with. A lot of people use Tableau, but you could certainly use Python to hone your skills.

-Stephanie Labou, Data Science Librarian (https://ucsd.libguides.com/data-science/ )

APPROACHING DEADLINES
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April 15th:
Summer 2019 Enrollment Begins

April 22nd:
Deadline for Women in Tech Fellowship (http://rewritingthecode.org/fellowship/)

April 26th:
Deadline to change grading options, change units, and drop classes without “W” grade on transcript for Spring 2019

May 10th:
Deadline to drop with “W” grade on transcript for Spring 2019

Source: https://mailchi.mp/61474ecbdc24/your-data-science-newsletter

** Hello, studious Data Scientists!
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Tomorrow is National Librarian Day! We’d like to give a special shout out to your Data Science Librarian, Stephanie Labou. Stephanie is a wonderful resource for our students. If you have yet to meet her, she offers drop-in consultation hours every Tuesday from 11am-12pm. Her consultation hours are a great opportunity to receive project support and potential access to data sets through the library! She has also made multiple guides available here on her website (https://ucsd.libguides.com/data-science/) . Stephanie works closely with our faculty to identify the additional resources she can make available in order to support students interest in data science both within and outside of the classroom. Be sure to check out her column, “Ask Your Librarian” located to the bottom right, which she creates on a weekly basis to ensure our students have all the guidance and resources they need to be successful! Thanks again for all you do, Stephanie!

Today is Monday of Week Two, which means we will open the DSC 10 waitlist and approve pending course pre-authorization requests for other DSC courses to allow students outside of our program to enroll in the available seats.

If you are student in the major/minor who has yet to solidify your SP19 Quarter Schedule, you need to connect with DSC Student Affairs as soon as possible. We offer drop-in advising hours today from 1pm-3:30pm, and you can always reach us through your Virtual Advising Center. Quick reminder- any questions regarding course enrollment must be routed through your Virtual Advising Center rather than via email, and your instructors are not involved in the enrollment process so please direct all your questions to DSC Student Affairs to receive advisement as soon as possible.

Good luck with Week Two!
STUDENT SHOUT OUT!

Huge shout out to sophomore Data Science major, Yijian Zong, for acquiring THREE internship experiences just this year! To learn more about his experiences with Myers Media Group, KEXY, and his summer internship opportunity with Qualcomm, click here (https://datascience.ucsd.edu/academics/undergraduate/student-stories/) .

In summary, Yijian did a great job participating in hackathons, projects, and online courses during his freshman year. “Within one year, I have done more than 50 projects, from machine learning, to data science, and to web development”. He is now using his experience with two local start-ups to transition into his exciting summer internship opportunity with Qualcomm. His key factors for successfully launching into data science internships are: “networking, mentorship, tech capability, communications, initiatives, and humility to learn more. I cannot stress the importance of humility more. There are always people who you can learn from. They could be your peers, your mentors, your friends, and strangers who are either younger or older. Just be humble when you realize they know some things better than you. “

If you are interested in learning more about his startup project focused on recommendation systems, you can contact him at yizong@ucsd.edu.

Thank you for sharing your story, and your talents with both our UC San Diego and our greater San Diego community. Keep up the great work, Yijian!
Events this week:
* Monday, April 8^th: UCSD Blood Drive, Bloodmobile on Library Walk, 10am-3:30pm
* Monday, April 8^th: Women in Data Science Conference, Rady School of Management, 2pm-4:30pm, Register Here- All Students Welcome! (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/women-in-data-science-conference-san-diego-tickets-58927089511)
* Tuesday, April 9^th: How to Set Up Genomics Workflows on the AWS Cloud, Atkinson Hall Auditorium, 10:30am-12:30pm (lunch provided after), Register Here! (http://seminarseries.ucsd.edu/aws/)
* Tuesday, April 9^th: FULBRIGHT DAY, Atkinson Pavillion, Free Luncheon 1:30pm-3pm, Register Here! (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/uc-san-diego-fulbright-day-april-9-2019-tickets-57634551495)
* Tuesday, April 9^th: Decolonising Knowledge and the Internet- The Dalit Bajujan Experience, Geisel Library Seuss Room, 5pm-6:30pm
* Wednesday, April 10^th: HDSI Special Seminar Series- Joshua Kroll, “Trust and Accountability in Computer Systems”, EBU3B Room 1242, 2pm-3:30pm
* Wednesday, April 10^th: TV Dinner- Mr. Rogers, The Loft, 6pm
* Thursday, April 11^th: HDSI Special Seminar Series- Misha Belkin, “Fit without fear- from classical statistics to modern machine learning”, EBU3B Room 1202, 2pm-3:30pm
* Thursday, April 11^th: Triton Firsts: First-Gen Journeys, Price Center East Ballroom, 4:30pm-6:30pm, Register Here! (https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07eg6cttedf64e92fe&oseq=&c=&ch=)
* Friday, April 12^th: CSE Celebration of Diversity, EBU3B, 8am-6pm, Register Here! (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cse-celebration-of-diversity-tickets-56605689140)
* Friday, April 12^th: RadyX Technology Conference (will have speakers from Qualcomm, Amazon, Illumina, and more), Wells Fargo Hall, 10am-4:30pm, Buy Tickets Here! (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/radyx-technology-conference-tickets-57058504523)
* Friday, April 12^th: ASCE Presents- Bear Garden, Pokemon Edition, Revelle Plaza, 3pm-6pm

ASK YOUR LIBRARIAN
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Reading Material!

This week’s Reading Material is an explanation for the ever popular question, What’s the difference between data science, machine learning, and artificial intelligence? (http://varianceexplained.org/r/ds-ml-ai/) I think the distinctions provided here are a good start to frame thinking about these three areas. Plus, it’s always useful to consider whether you’re using the right terminology for certain kinds of “data science” tasks.

– Stephanie Labou, Data Science Librarian (https://ucsd.libguides.com/data-science/ )

APPROACHING DEADLINES
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April 11th:
Automatic wait lists officially end: Spring 2019

April 12th:
Deadline to add or re-enroll in classes: Spring 2019

April 12th:
Deadline to apply for part-time status: Spring 2019

April 15th:
Enrollment begins for all continuing students: Summer 2019

April 15th:
Waitlists Open: Summer 2019

April 26th:
Deadline to change grading options, change units, and drop classes without “W” grade on transcript: Spring 2019

Source: https://mailchi.mp/dbb2fa627708/your-data-science-newsletter

** Happy April Fools’, mischevious Data Scientists!
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Welcome to the Spring 2019 Quarter! Today we will begin authorizing declared Data Science minors into available seats within our courses. As a reminder, if you have a pending minor application you must meet with the Undergraduate Advisor to review your request before your minor can be approved. To connect with the Undergraduate Advisor, check out our advising hours listed here (http://datascience.ucsd.edu/academics/undergraduate/advising/) .

You may have noticed a new look to our website (http://datascience.ucsd.edu/) – this is no prank, we have an updated look and updated content! Be sure update your bookmark to https://datascience.ucsd.edu/ moving forward as we continue to use this specific site to share the most updated and accurate information available.

Last but not least, check out the internship/part-tme position and the hackathon information below:

Website Development, Fin-Tech Opportunity:
AlphaCore (https://www.alphacorecap.com/) is a company that sits on the Employer Advisory Board at the Rady School, and they are looking for Website Product Manager/Web Developers to help curate and develop our website for AlphaCore. Could be intern/could be employed – Undergrad or Grad. Seeking a person with UI/UX, JavaScript experience. Ideal candidate would have some investment knowledge. Estimated 20+/- hours a week. The person would be primarily focused on www.factore.com (http://www.factore.com/) and possibly www.alphacore.com (http://www.alphacore.com/)

SoCal Suspect Intake Process Hackathon, sponsored by Amazon Web Services (https://aws.amazon.com/) and Slalom (https://www.slalom.com/) :
“Assemble your team and join us for an exciting day (https://go.slalom.com/aws-ocsd-suspect-hackathon) of hacking a new way to intake suspects after arrests. Hacking teams will be charged with developing a solution that allows law enforcement agencies to proactively predict, provision, and alert necessary downstream resources as well as estimate the time of arrival for suspects. Let’s keep our law enforcement agents on the streets and out of paperwork! To get started, please register here to sign up (https://go.slalom.com/aws-ocsd-suspect-hackathon) for the local hackathon.

If you’re not sure what to expect from a Hackathon, check out HACKXX (https://www.hackxx.io/) happening this Saturday and Sunday on campus! More details are included in our “Events” section below.
Good luck with pursuing these opportunities and with having a strong start to your Spring Quarter!
STUDENT SHOUT OUT!

Congratulations to Cyril Gorlla, a freshman data science major who recently secured a research position with one of our faculty members, Justin Eldridge. Their research will involve sentiment analysis with online sentiment surrounding video games to elucidate the qualities typically associated with critically acclaimed titles. This process will involve: gathering and cleaning data from various sources, building reusable software for data analysis, implementing algorithms for performing data analysis on large datasets, summarizing findings through visualization, identifying interesting research questions and pursuing their answers, along with various other fundamental tasks within Data Science, Computer Science, and Machine Learning.

Great job Cyril!
Events this week:
* Monday, April 1^st: Bioinformatics Seminar Series, Biomedical Research Facility 2 Room 1104, 12pm
* Tuesday, April 2^nd: Tracking Mexico’s Transformation- The Mexican Energy Sector, Institute of the Americas Malamud Room, 10am, Registration required (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tracking-mexicos-transformation-the-mexican-energy-sector-tickets-59171106372)
* Wednesday, April 3^rd: Meditation Series with Vou Athens, RIMAC Activity Room 3, 11:30am-12:15pm
* Thursday, April 4^th: The Basement Innovator Series with Amy Jo Kim, Mandeville B202, 2:30pm
* Thursday, April 4^th: JSA X NSU MATSURI 2019, Library Walk, 5pm-10pm
* Thursday, April 4^th: University Centers Presents: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Price Center Theater, 5pm-7:30pm, 7:30pm-10:30pm
* Friday, April 5^th: Women of Workday Panel, Career Center- Horizon Room, 1pm
* Friday, April 5^th: 10^th Annual Revellution, Revelle Plaza, 8pm-11pm
* Saturday, April 6^th: Medical School Application Clinic, Great Hall, International House, 10am-2pm
* Saturday, April 6^th: Rady Preview Day- Open House, Rady School of Management, 8:45am-2pm, Register Here! (https://joinrady.secure.force.com/events/targetX_eventsb__events#/esr?eid=a1R6A000000uyxnUAA)
* Saturday April 6^th-7^th: HACKXX- Women-Centric all-inclusive Hackathon, PC West Ballroom, 11am, Register Here! (https://www.tesc.events/)
* Saturday, April 6^th: Muir Musical Ensemble Presents Hairspray!, Mandeville Auditorium, 8pm-10pm
* Sunday, April 7^th: Triton 5K, Triton Track & Field, 9am-12pm

ASK YOUR LIBRARIAN
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Resource Spotlight!

Welcome to spring quarter! Some quick reminders: the library’s guide for data science resources (https://ucsd.libguides.com/data-science) is always available as a reference. This is also where you can find my contact information and schedule a meeting with me. My spring office hours will be Tuesdays, 11am-12pm, in the Data & GIS Lab (https://ucsd.libguides.com/data-gis-lab) in Geisel Library (when you enter the library, turn left and keep walking until you see the lab – you can’t miss it!).

– Stephanie Labou, Data Science Librarian (https://ucsd.libguides.com/data-science/ )
APPROACHING DEADLINES
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April 1st:
Instruction begins

April 7th:
Deadline to register for Hack XX 2019 (Same Day Registration Available here (https://www.hackxx.io/) )

April 11th:
Automatic wait lists officially end: Spring 2019

April 12th:
Deadline to add or re-enroll in classes: Spring 2019

April 12th:
Deadline to apply for part-time status: Spring 2019

April 15th:
Enrollment begins for all continuing students: Summer 2019

Winter Quarter 2019

Source: https://mailchi.mp/08bb1d66e2aa/your-data-science-newsletter

** Congratulations, Spring Breakers!
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You have officially completed your Winter 2019 Quarter!

As a reminder, your grades will become available on Triton Link this Thursday. Our program requires all major required courses to be completed with a letter grade of C- or better. If you receive a letter grade of D, you will need to plan on repeating your course as soon as possible. Data Science majors will continue to receive enrollment priority until the beginning of Week One. If you find you need to repeat a course because you received a letter grade of D or F, we strongly encourage you to re-enroll in the course this week to ensure you are prepared for your Spring 2019 Quarter. DSC Student Affairs will be available through your Virtual Advising Center if you have any questions or concerns.

If you are still on campus/local to the area and in need support with adjusting your plan and/or understanding how to navigate a certain grade, we are offering drop-in advising hours today from 1pm-3:30pm and we have available appointments for tomorrow from 1:30pm-3:30pm. DSC Student Affairs will be closed this Friday in observance of the Cesar Chavez Holiday. Drop-in advising hours will resume the following week.

Students who are pursuing DSC 30 this Spring Quarter are strongly recommended to utilize edX.org (https://www.edx.org/) courses over the break to learn about the Java language in preparation for your course. As long as you sign in with your ucsd.edu email, these self-paced, online courses should be free and accessible to all students! There are many additional topics available for other students who are interested in building their skill set over the break. Feel free to check out the resources available on the Data Science Librarian’s website (https://ucsd.libguides.com/data-science/) as well!

The Summer 2019 Schedule has gone live, and on April 22nd students can start enrolling in courses. IMPORTANT UPDATE: we previously shared tentative course offerings during our Winter 2019 Group Advising Session. Unfortunately, we are no longer able to offer DSC 40A. Therefore, DSC course offerings for Summer 2019 are the following:
DSC 40B: Summer Session I
DSC 10: Summer Session II

If you were planning on pursuing DSC 40A this summer and need help adjusting your plan, please reach out to us for additional support and guidance.

Enjoy your Spring Break, and get ready for an exciting and successful Spring Quarter when you return!

Source: https://mailchi.mp/3e9ecb8f1a3e/your-data-science-newsletter

** Happy Monday, lucky Data Scientists!
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We hope you are feeling confident as you prepare for your final exams and the end of the Winter Quarter! Before heading out for Spring Break, be sure to check out the Beyond Curie Art Exhibition happening in the Women’s Center through March 31st. Beyond Curie is a celebration of over 40 rebel women scientists, mathematicians, and engineers who have made incredible advances in their fields. All of the women in Beyond Curie have overcome countless challenges in the pursuit of knowledge, understanding, and impact. More information about the exhibition can be found here (https://women.ucsd.edu/_files/whm%20calendar%203-8-19.pdf) .

Additionally, if you find yourself in need of a study break be sure to check out these exciting HDSI events, all happening this Wednesday, below:

HDSI Public Interest Lecture Series: Renee DiResta
* Description: Director of Research at New Knowledge Renée DiResta comes to HDSI to discuss her research and investigation on the spread of malign narratives across social networks and how she assists policymakers in understanding and responding to the problem.
* Time: 11:00 am
* Place: SDSC Auditorium

HDSI Seminar: Jason Lee
* Description: Discussion on the Foundations of Deep Learning: SGD, Overparametrization, and Generalization
* Time: 2:00 pm
* Place: CSE 1202

HDSI Sponsored Event: Jupyter’s Phenomenal Growth: What’s Next for San Diego
* Description: “Over the past five years, the Jupyter notebook has become a “de facto” standard in Data Science, Science, and Education. I’ll share a brief look at San Diego’s history with Project Jupyter and its growth locally. I will share some updates from our annual Jupyter team meeting, especially about JupyterHub, Binder, JupyterLab, and visualizations. I’ll wrap up with a bit about Python, R and open up the discussion for questions.”
* Time: 5:30 pm- Pizza and Networking; 6:00 pm- Presentation
* Place: San Diego Supercomputer Center Auditorium
* Register here (https://www.meetup.com/San-Diego-Jupyter-Meetup/events/259512392/)

Last but certainly not least, as we move forward into the next quarter, DSC Student Affairs is gearing up for upcoming events involving prospective UC San Diego freshman who are considering joining our program. As we prepare for Triton Day on Saturday, April 13th, we want to brag about the amazing internships and research experiences our students in our program have attained! We are also interested in creating a student panel to provide the opportunity to discuss “life as a Data Science major”, and the opportunities and resources available to our current Data Science students. If you are interested in sharing your current internship/research experience, and/or participating on our student panel- submit your form here today! (https://goo.gl/forms/fLUj9ujcmGfRuZvp1)

Best of luck with your finals!
STUDENT SHOUT OUT!

The application window for DS3’s inaugural datathon closes soon, so be sure to apply while you can! This event has something for everyone, whether you’re new to data science or have had years of experience. The datathon offers skill-building workshops, industry-focused tech talks, networking opportunities, and of course, some great prizes! Microsoft Azure, StubHub, Lyft, HDSI, and Omnisci will be joining this year’s event- you won’t want to miss it!

For more information, visit https://www.ds3datathon.com/ (https://www.ds3datathon.com/?fbclid=IwAR3gQFyNf1RsDWEC1Qx3SadMcpiRYXDQTqbRVQT-QQqDA1U7RE8UytHgRuo) or register at https://www.tesc.events/register/datathon (https://www.tesc.events/register/datathon?fbclid=IwAR2DsH2sQ6Zexo-vlQWJhZ8wQeFl4j0zIV3-kJyjlFTsPmCFljo20nVE0LY)
Events:
* Monday, March 18^th: Fuel Up with Brain Food at the LGBT Center with FREE LUNCH, LGBT RC, 11am-1pm

* Tuesday, March 19^th: Fuel Up with Brain Food at the LGBT Center with FREE BREAKFAST, LGBT RC, 9am-11am

* Tuesday, March 19^th: Therapy Fluffies Extravaganza, PC West Ballroom, 10am-2pm

* Tuesday, March 19^th: Lo-Fi Study Jam II, The Loft, 7pm-11pm

* Wednesday, March 20^th: HDSI Public Interest Lecture Series- Renee DiResta- Director of Research at New Knowledge, SDSC Auditorium, 11am

* Wednesday, March 20^th: HDSI Seminar- Jason Lee, “On the Foundations of Deep Learning- SGD, Overparametrization, and Generalization”, CSE 1202, 2pm

* Wednesday, March 20^th: Jupyter’s Phenomenal Growth- What’s Next for San Diego, San Diego Supercomputer Center, 5:30pm-8pm, Register Here (https://www.meetup.com/San-Diego-Jupyter-Meetup/events/259512392/)

* Thursday, March 21^st and Saturday, March 23^rd:
GOOD LUCK FINISHING YOUR FINALS!

ASK YOUR LIBRARIAN
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Reading Material!

If you’re at all interested in the ethics of algorithms (and as aspiring data scientists, you should be), I highly recommend this article, “A Study on Driverless-Car Ethics Offers a Troubling Look into our Values (https://www.newyorker.com/science/elements/a-study-on-driverless-car-ethics-offers-a-troubling-look-into-our-values) ”. There are some thought-provoking questions here, such as: In a dangerous situation, should driverless cars be programmed to prioritize the driver’s life over others, or vice versa? Who makes these decisions? Should underlying algorithms be adjusted country by country to match cultural norms? What happens if human bias is encoded into these algorithms, which may have literal life and death consequences?

-Stephanie Labou, Data Science Librarian (https://ucsd.libguides.com/data-science/ )
APPROACHING DEADLINES
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March 18th:
Deadline to file for “Request to receive a grade of Incomplete”: Winter 2019

March 23rd:
Winter Quarter ends

March 27th:
Spring Quarter Begins

March 28th:
WI19 Grades available on TritonLink

March 29th:
Cesar Chavez Holiday- DSC Student Affairs CLOSED

Source: https://mailchi.mp/0e1e754b4b17/your-data-science-newsletter

** Happy “PI Day” week, brilliant Data Scientists!
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We would like to use this opportunity to stress the importance of Math, specifically Statistics, when it comes to our Data Science curriculum. For those of you who need a little support with your lower division Math courses, we strongly urge you to connect with campus resources such as OASIS (https://oasis.ucsd.edu/services/math-science/index.html) as well as the Math 20 series drop-in advising hours (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ru3pj3DQSXRltHY7RBVcBG9ceAbWBUhBopGVDMzagdw/edit) and weekend online advising opportunities (https://commons.ucsd.edu/academic-support/online-tutoring/index.html) offered through the Teaching and Learning Commons.

The importance of statistics within Data Science was emphasized during the one year anniversary event for the Halicioglu Data Science Institute- check out this awesome video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37mhPOq6bwY) showcasing all the Institute has accomplished, and some exciting plans for the future! Speaking of the Institute, they are co-sponsoring an exciting Meetup with the SDSC Data Science Hub (https://datascience.sdsc.edu/) on Wednesday, March 20th from 5:30pm-8pm. Come learn more about the Jupyter notebook from none other than the Jupyter Steering Council member and Core Developer, Carol Willing. This is a great networking opportunity, and pizza will be served. RSVP here (https://www.meetup.com/San-Diego-Jupyter-Meetup/events/259512392/) today!

Last but not least, we would like to remind all students declared in our major that they are allowed to petition up to 8 units of upper division courses related to their domain of interest to apply towards their DS25 elective requirements. To reiterate, your elective courses should be providing a depth of knowledge in your chosen application, and therefore we want students to have the option to include courses outside of our curriculum that will best prepare them for their chosen career. For example, a great domain elective to petition for this purpose is the new MGT 119: Data Analytics for Event Management course offered through the Rady School of Management. This course is a great option for majors interested in careers related to sports or entertainment. If you need help understanding how to complete the petition process, we have provided links to the online petition system and helpful instructions here on our website (http://datascience.ucsd.edu/academics/undergraduate/forms.html) .

We know approaching finals can create a lot of stress- take care of yourself, be proactive, and let us know how we can help!
STUDENT SHOUT OUT!

At the one year anniversary event for the Halicioglu Data Science Institute, students participating in the Undergraduate Scholarship Program held a poster session where they interacted with attendees and described their current research. We would like to give a special shout out to the winner of this poster contest, Luyanda Mdanda and his research in Exploring Intra- and Inter-Individual Variation of Neural Oscillations in Electroencephalograph (EEG)s.

Great job Luyanda, and congratulations once again!
Events this week:
* Monday, March 11^th: National Security Agency Information Session, Career Center Lab, 5pm-6:30pm

* Tuesday, March 12^th: HDSI Faculty Candidate Seminar with Andrej Risteski, “Better Understanding of Modern Paradigms in Probabilistic Models”, CSE 1202, 2pm-3:30pm

* Tuesday, March 12^th: Women in Politics, The Women’s Center, 5pm-7pm

* Wednesday, March 13^th: Johnson & Johnson Innovation JLABS- Harnessing Digital Technology to Improve Personal Health, Career Center, 11am-1:30pm, RSVP on Handshake!

* Wednesday, March 13^th: HDSI Faculty Candidate Seminar with Soledad Villar, “Classification- Aware Dimensionality Reduction and Genetic Marker Selection”, CSE 1242, 2pm-3:30pm

* Wednesday, March 13^th: Dell Info Session, Career Center Lab, 5pm-6:30pm
* Thursday, March 14^th: NCIS Office Hours- Computer Scientist Roles, Career Center 2^nd Floor, 11:30am-1:30pm

* Thursday, March 14^th: PI Day, EBU2 Courtyard, 12pm-2pm

* Thursday, March 14^th: Translocative Realities (gallery.calit2.net) (Immersive Visualization Lab and Theater Presentation!), Calit2 Theater/SunCAVE in Atkinson Hall, 5pm-7pm, RSVP at galleryinfo@calit2.net (mailto:galleryinfo@calit2.net)

* Thursday, March 14^th: Workday Study Jam, Career Center Patio, 6pm-8pm

* Thursday, March 14^th: APIMEDA Study Break, Geisel Dr. Seuss Room, 7pm-8:30pm

* Thursday, March 14^th: Lo-Fi Study Jam II, The Loft, 7pm-11pm

* Sunday, March 17th: Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!


ASK YOUR LIBRARIAN
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Resource Spotlight!


The winner of the Data Wrangling contest is Yuan Gao! You can look through the winning repository here (https://github.com/Rabona17/UCSD_Data_Cleaning_Contest) . I, for one, was quite impressed.

Also, due to low participation in this activity, Yuan not only wins the main prize, but also ALL the prizes ($30 in Triton Cash). Congratulations Yuan!
For more practice working with data, don’t forget to check the Finding Data & Statistics guide (https://ucsd.libguides.com/data-statistics/home) . And for additional Python, visualization, and project resources, the Data Science guide (https://ucsd.libguides.com/data-science) is always available to help!

In the meantime, I recommend that everybody read (or at least skim) this article (https://towardsdatascience.com/data-science-foundations-know-your-data-really-really-know-it-a6bb97eb991c) on the importance of getting to know your data. The specifics in this article are about business data stored in databases, but the generalities here are really, really important. If you only read one of the articles I recommend this quarter, make it this one.
-Stephanie Labou, Data Science Librarian (https://ucsd.libguides.com/data-science/ )
APPROACHING DEADLINES
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March 11th:
Deadline for Scripps Summer Research Internship (https://www.scripps.edu/science-and-medicine/translational-institute/education-and-training/student-research-internship/index.html)

March 15th:
Instruction ends

March 16th-23rd:
Final Exams

March 18th:
Deadline to file for “Request to receive a grade of Incomplete”: Winter 2019

March 23rd:
Winter Quarter ends

Source: https://mailchi.mp/27df8dcf4ed0/your-data-science-newsletter

** Welcome to March, young Data Scientists!
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We hope you reserve the “madness” for your basketball bracket and are ready to successfully complete your Winter Quarter courses!

In regard to the upcoming Spring Quarter, if you are a student who is a rising senior and planning to concurrently take DSC 30 and DSC 80, we strongly encourage you to connect with the Undergraduate Advisor to plan your courses for next year as soon as possible.

Additionally, if you are a student who is interested in taking DSC 30 and DSC 80 concurrently this Spring and are not a rising senior, you need to meet with the Undergraduate Advisor to determine whether or not this plan is in your best interest before your request for concurrent enrollment will be approved.

Drop-in advising hours will be offered today from 1pm-3:30pm and Friday from 9am-12pm.We look forward to meeting with you all soon!

Don’t forget- tomorrow is the deadline for the Data Wrangling Contest (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdSvXm75TzgF6vJLxaBqvoeRMqv99HTNdJm4BSamXu8sRxUtg/viewform) offered through the Library! Additionally, we were recently contacted by a recruiter from Facebook University who requested we pass along the following opportunity to our talented student population:

Are you a student interested in learning about careers in “Data Analytics”?

Introducing: Facebook’s Data Challenge!

This challenge is a chance for students to work with and learn from Facebook’s Data Analysts by competing in a friendly competition geared toward developing your skills and helping you think like a Data Analyst!
Learn more and apply for the 2019 Facebook Data Challenge by visiting the information page (http://fb.careers/fbdatachallenge) !

Deadline to apply is March 16th, 2019.

Good luck!
STUDENT SHOUT OUT!
We would like to announce the DS3’s inaugural Datathon! Held over the course of a single day, the Datathon offers the opportunity to attend industry-focused workshops, connect with peers interested in data science, network with sponsors, and, of course, win prizes. DS3 would like to thank Microsoft Azure, StubHub, Lyft, HDSI, and Omnisci for joining this year’s event!

The deadline for registration is March 31st, 2019 at 11:59 PM, so make sure to register as soon as possible!!

For more information, visit https://www.ds3datathon.com/ (https://www.ds3datathon.com/?fbclid=IwAR3gQFyNf1RsDWEC1Qx3SadMcpiRYXDQTqbRVQT-QQqDA1U7RE8UytHgRuo) or register at https://www.tesc.events/register/datathon (https://www.tesc.events/register/datathon?fbclid=IwAR2DsH2sQ6Zexo-vlQWJhZ8wQeFl4j0zIV3-kJyjlFTsPmCFljo20nVE0LY)
Events this week:
* Monday, March 4^th: Destress Mondays, PC Commuter Lounge, 10am-1pm

* Monday, March 4^th: Meet the Boss- Political Science, The Loft, 6pm-8pm

* Tuesday, March 5^th: UCSD Blood Drive, Bloodmovile on Library Walk, 10am-3:30pm

* Tuesday, March 5^th: Art and Soul, The Zone, 11am-12pm

* Wednesday, March 6^th: LinkedIn Workshop, Cross-Cultural Center, 11:30am-12:30pm

* Wednesday, March 6^th: Experience with Ethical Issues in Cybersecurity Research with Stefan Savage PhD, Fleet Science Center, Balboa Park, 5pm, Registration Required (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/experience-with-ethical-issues-in-cybersecurity-research-tickets-53408016816)

* Wednesday, March 6^th: 3 Easy Ways to Improve Your Writing, Teaching and Learning Commons, 5:15pm-6:30pm, Sign Up Here (writinghub.ucsd.edu)

* Thursday, March 7^th: Common Startup Mistakes- The Things I Wish I Knew, The Basement, 2pm-3pm, Register on Handshake

* Thursday, March 7^th: oSTEM GBM, LGBT RC Conference Room, 6:30pm-8:30pm

* Friday, March 8^th: Technoscience and Political Algorithms, Atkinson Hall Auditorium, 9:30am-6pm

* Friday, March 8^th: Flash Fitness, Stretching Mat in RIMAC, 10am-10:20am

* Friday, March 8^th: GLO 2019, Great Hall at International House, 7pm-10pm

ASK YOUR LIBRARIAN
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Reading Material

A healthy dose of skepticism goes a long way in data science. This lecture/blog post (https://jhu-advdatasci.github.io/2018/lectures/12-being-skeptical.html) , from the Advanced Data Science class (https://jhu-advdatasci.github.io/2018/) at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, goes over four common reasons variables may be correlated without having a causal connection and emphasizes the importance of thinking critically about your results. And speaking of spurious correlations, did you know that the number of people who drowned in pools is correlated with Nicolas Cage films (http://tylervigen.com/spurious-correlations) ?

-Stephanie Labou, Data Science Librarian (https://ucsd.libguides.com/data-science/ )
APPROACHING DEADLINES
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March 5th:
Deadline for Data Wrangling Contest- Data and GIS Library

March 6th:
Deadline for Grace Hopper Celebration Scholarship (https://ghc.anitab.org/2019-student-academic/scholarships/)

March 8th:
Deadline for Scripps Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) (https://scripps.ucsd.edu/undergrad/surf)

March 15th:
Instruction ends

March 16th-23rd:
Final Exams

March 18th:
Deadline to file for “Request to receive a grade of Incomplete”: Winter 2019

Source: https://mailchi.mp/09795ab41d06/your-data-science-newsletter

** Hello, studious Data Scientists!
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We hope you are feeling confident as you complete your midterms and that they weren’t as “scary” as you thought they were! If you feel like you’re having a hard time keeping your head above water, remember that there are many people here to help you get your feet on the ground. Talk with your instructors, come in to meet with the Undergraduate Advisor, and reach out through your Virtual Advising Center for resources that can provide the support you need to be successful- it’s never too late to ask for help. Drop-in advising hours are offered today from 1pm-3:30pm.

Please be advised THERE WILL BE NO DROP-IN ADVISING HOURS THIS FRIDAY. Please reach out to us through your Virtual Advising Center if you need assistance and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Speaking of support, check out this video (https://www.kusi.com/halicioglu-data-science-institute-celebrates-one-year/) of Rajesh Gupta, the Director of the Halicioglu Data Science Institute, discussing how the Institute can support your interests and help you accomplish your goals. This Friday marks the 1 Year Anniversary of the Institute, and we plan to share exciting news about the relationship between the Institute and the Undergraduate Program very soon- stay tuned, and keep an eye on your email!

Thank you to those of you who attended our Resume Workshop with Viasat last week. We hope the specific resume do’s and don’ts for when you’re applying for Data Science related internships was helpful as we prepare to offer our Resume Book to potential employers. As a reminder, we will be sending out a resume template and instructions to all DS25 majors and minors regardless of whether or not you were able to attend the event. That said, if you were unable to join us last week, be sure to connect with the Career Center and the Undergraduate Advisor to make sure you are submitting the best version of your resume possible. If you are interested in a Resume Review with the Undergraduate Advisor, instructions for scheduling an appointment can be found here (http://datascience.ucsd.edu/academics/undergraduate/advising.html) .

Today is the beginning of second pass. DS25 majors still receive enrollment priority for all DSC courses at this time. For those of you interested in pursuing DSC 10 this Spring, be sure to place yourself on the waitlist as soon as possible. We will begin authorizing declared majors into the course starting tomorrow, and declared minors will be authorized into available seats starting Week One. Please plan accordingly.

Congratulations on reaching the halfway point through the Winter Quarter! Keep up the great work and please let us know if there is anything else we can do to be helpful at this time.
STUDENT SHOUT OUT!

Check out the new and exciting blog for the Data Science Student Society (https://medium.com/ds3ucsd) !
This resource is full of tutorials, perspectives, and guidance relevant for any student at UC San Diego interested in Data Science.
Events this week:
* Monday, February 25^th: CSE Talks- Tselil Schramm, “Statistical Problems and Convex Relaxations: Dreams of a General Theory”, CSE 1242, 11am
* Tuesday, February 26^th: LinkedIn 101 for International Students, Career Center- Horizon Room, 10am
* Tuesday, February 26^th: Art and Soul, The Zone, 11am-12pm
* Tuesday, February 26^th: Rady Live- Winter Master of Science in Business Analytics Info Session Webinar, Online, 5pm-6pm, Register Here! (https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/9031546137356871437)
* Wednesday, February 27^th: CSE Colloquium Talk- Abe Davis, “Augmenting Imagination: Capturing, Modeling, and Exploring the World Through Video”, CSE 1242, 11am-12pm
* Wednesday, February 27^th: MOMENTUM (https://www.facebook.com/events/243693826526261/?active_tab=about) – Vendor Fair, PC Ballroom West, 12pm-4pm, Free with Student ID!
* Wednesday, February 27^th: Rady Master of Finance- Preparing Students for Industry and Faculty Overview, Otterson Hall, Room 2E128 or Online, 5pm-6pm, Register Here! (https://joinrady.secure.force.com/events/targetX_eventsb__events#/esr?eid=a1R6A000000v1K0UAI)
* Wednesday, February 27^th: MOMENTUM (https://www.facebook.com/events/243693826526261/?active_tab=about) – After Party @ The Loft, 7pm-10:30pm
* Thursday, February 28^th: Flash Fitness, Stretching Mat in RIMAC, 10am-10:20am
* Thursday, February 28^th: Black History Month- If Beale Street Could Talk, Price Center Theater, 6:30pm, Free with Student ID!
* Friday, March 1^st: Dr. Seuss’s 115^th Birthday Celebration, Geisel Library, 12pm-1pm
* Saturday, March 2^nd: Watch Real Madrid vs. Barcelona Live in I-House (https://www.facebook.com/events/2075248845889745/) , Asante 123A, I-House, 11:30am-2pm

ASK YOUR LIBRARIAN
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Check it out!

You’ve probably heard of Kaggle (https://www.kaggle.com/) , a popular website for data science projects and competitions (https://www.kaggle.com/competitions) . Kaggle also maintains or hosts >14,000 public datasets (https://www.kaggle.com/datasets) , so if you’re looking for data to train or test a model, don’t forget to check Kaggle! And while we’re on the topic, you can read an interview (https://hackernoon.com/interview-with-data-scientist-at-kaggle-dr-rachael-tatman-8bc61f9efdb9) with Dr. Rachael Tatman (http://www.rctatman.com/) , a Data Scientist at Kaggle, about machine learning, natural language processing, what data scientists should learn, and more.
– Stephanie Labou, Data Science Librarian (https://ucsd.libguides.com/data-science/ )

APPROACHING DEADLINES
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February 25th:
Waitlists open: Spring 2019

February 28th:
Deadline for Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program (https://www.usaeop.com/program/urap/)

February 28th:
Deadline for Microsoft Conference Scholarship (https://microsoft.recsolu.com/external/requisitions/KHv89mG0hExa6xo_QGV1bg)

March 6th:
Deadline for Grace Hopper Celebration Scholarship (https://ghc.anitab.org/2019-student-academic/scholarships/)

Source: https://mailchi.mp/cec6b83889c9/your-data-science-newsletter

** It’s President’s Day!
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DSC Student Affairs is CLOSED today in observance of the holidy. If you need support with planning your courses for the SP19 Quarter, please utilize our drop-in advising hours Friday from 9am-12pm.

Join us this Wednesday for the HDSI Resume Night with Viasat (https://www.viasat.com/) and the Career Center! Chris Bishop, Data Scientist from Viasat, will discuss what makes a good data science resume, what information to include, and what to leave out. Kris Hergert form the UC San Diego Career Center will offer ideas on content, format, and how to best leverage LinkedIn. RSVP here (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSesD19Mhs2NaRsw1LkXo_vWrUv8WESAmcgM8Md1YO7DB7bHxg/viewform) !

As a reminder, some of our courses have been updated to now be restricted to the DS25 major. This means declared Data Science majors can now directly enroll in these courses, and students outside of the major must submit a course pre-authorization request (https://academicaffairs.ucsd.edu/Modules/Students/PreAuth/SubmitRequest.aspx) . Please review the following to plan accordingly:
* DSC 10: waitlist only course
* DSC 20: restricted to DS25 major, all other students must submit request to enroll
* DSC 30: restricted to DS25 major, all other students must submit request to enroll
* DSC 40A: restricted to DS25 major, all other students must submit request to enroll
* DSC 40B: restricted to DS25 major, all other students must submit request to enroll
* DSC 80: restricted to DS25 major, all other students must submit request to enroll
* DSC 96: request required for all students, priority given to majors currently enrolled in DSC 10
* DSC 170L: waitlist only course, pre-requisite DSC 80

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns- we are here and happy to help!
STUDENT SHOUT OUT!

This week we would like to highlight the Online Content Curator for the Data Science Student Society (DS3 (http://ds3.ucsd.edu/) ), Arkin Gupta! For those students who are unable to pursue our major or minor but still want to become involved in Data Science, Arkin is a great example of a student outside of our program (current major in Mathematics-Computer Science) who has created his own path to become involved in this exciting field!

This past summer Arkin was an intern at BlackRock, an asset management company in San Francisco. He worked on developing and implementing machine learning (natural language processing) techniques to parse news data and extract key information from large numbers of articles, used as signals in quantitative investing strategies. To learn more about his interest in solving problems which lie in the intersection of data science and finance, you can view his online profile here (https://www.arkin.xyz/) .
Events this week:
* Monday, February 18^th: Destress Mondays, PC Commuter Lounge, 10am-1pm
* Monday, February 18^th: Hungry 4 Healthy, The Zone, 12pm-1pm
* Tuesday, February 19^th: “Juke Jam” Tiny Desk Tuesdays, Women’s Center, 12pm-1pm
* Tuesday, February 19^th: ICAMSA Alumni Panel, Career Center- Horizon Room, 6pm-8pm
* Wednesday, February 20^th: Student Foundation’s Sea of Giving Day 1, Sun God Lawn, 10:30am-2:30pm
* Wednesday, February 20^th: Smog Eating Mural Unveiling, Outside Price Center Starbucks, 1:30pm-3:30pm
* Wednesday, February 20^th: Startup Showcase at Ignite 2019, Price Center, 3:30pm-5:30pm
* Wednesday, February 20^th: PwC Risk Assurance Info Session (https://ucsd.joinhandshake.com/events/268508) , Rady School of Management Otterson Hall MPR2, 5:15pm-6:30pm
* Wednesday, February 20^th: TV Dinner- Rafiki, The Loft, 6pm-8pm
* Thursday, February 21^st: Startup Roadshow @ Ignite- Regulation of Artificial Intelligence used in Healthcare, Price Center, 8:30am-2:30pm
* Thursday, February 21^st: Student Foundation’s Sea of Giving Day 2, Sun God Lawn, 10:30am-2:30pm
* Thursday, February 21^st: UCSD Ignite Recruitment Fair, Library Walk, 11am-2pm, Registration Required (https://ucsd.joinhandshake.com/career_fairs/9143)
* Thursday, February 21^st: Western Digital Info Session, Career Center- Horizon Room, 5pm-6:30pm (Summer 2019 Internships with a Data Science Company!)
* Thursday, February 21^st: oSTEM GBM #2, LGBT Resource Center, 6:30pm-8:30pm
* Thursday, February 21^st: University Centers Presents- “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”, Price Center Theater, 6:30pm-8pm
* Friday, February 22^nd: Student Foundation’s Sea of Giving Day 3, Sun God Lawn, 10:30am-2:30pm
* Friday, February 22^nd: SRS Job Fair- Open to All Undergraduate Students, Price Center West, Ballroom A, 11am-3pm, Register Here (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScNVkJ9u8B-pbg-_Pl94IX4YV5myoTyWYUsbmKgPoDm07f6kA/viewform)
* Friday, February 22^nd: Artpower Presents Manual Cinema, Mandeville Auditorium, 8pm-10pm

ASK YOUR LIBRARIAN
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Reading Material!

Reminder: the data cleaning contest (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdSvXm75TzgF6vJLxaBqvoeRMqv99HTNdJm4BSamXu8sRxUtg/viewform) closes 5pm on March 6. It’s not too late to get started – any effort counts for a chance to win a $10 Triton Cash gift card! Plus, it’s something to add to your GitHub portfolio.
Let’s talk about natural language processing (NLP). Working with text data is rich ground for the aspiring data scientist and a great skill to have in your toolkit. To get started, I suggest this article (https://blog.insightdatascience.com/how-to-solve-90-of-nlp-problems-a-step-by-step-guide-fda605278e4e) for a walk through of general NLP steps (don’t miss the accompanying notebook). For another introduction with more focus on Python libraries and code, you can read this article (https://towardsdatascience.com/an-easy-introduction-to-natural-language-processing-b1e2801291c1) and this article (https://towardsdatascience.com/gentle-start-to-natural-language-processing-using-python-6e46c07addf3) . And if you’re looking for large text datasets to practice with, be sure to check the Finding Data & Statistics Data Science section (https://ucsd.libguides.com/data-statistics/data-sci) .

-Stephanie Labou, UC San Diego Data Science Librarian (https://ucsd.libguides.com/data-science/ )

APPROACHING DEADLINES
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February 18th:
DSC STUDENT AFFAIRS CLOSED

February 19th:
Deadline for UC Human Rights Fellowship (http://internationalinstitute.ucsd.edu/awards-fellowships/uc-human-rights-fellowship.html)

February 21st:
Effective date for students receiving financial aid to withdraw and retain 100% of federal aid: Winter 2019

February 25th:
Waitlists open: Spring 2019

February 28th:
Deadline for Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program (https://www.usaeop.com/program/urap/)

February 28th:
Deadline for Microsoft Conference Scholarship (https://microsoft.recsolu.com/external/requisitions/KHv89mG0hExa6xo_QGV1bg)

Source: https://mailchi.mp/2a3d690fe426/your-data-science-newsletter

** Love is in the air, budding Data Scientists!
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Join us for an exciting Valentine’s Day event where students can fall in love with the graduate Rady School of Management Business Analytics program (https://rady.ucsd.edu/programs/masters-programs/ms-in-business-analytics/) offered here at UC San Diego! This Thursday, February 14th from 12pm-1pm in CSE 1202 you can learn about this exciting, one-year graduate program and connect with representatives from their Admissions Team. This event is open to all interested students. Please RSVP here (https://goo.gl/forms/UAv0s72k5ukcUbZu2) ASAP.
Valentine’s Day treats will be provided 🙂

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EXCITING NEWS FOR DATA SCIENCE STUDENTS!!

This week is LOVE DATA WEEK 2019 (https://ucsd.libguides.com/lovedataweek19) at the Library! Check out these data-themed activities open to all UC San Diego students:

“Data in Everyday Life” activity
Your daily routine might be familiar to you, but what might we learn if we combine data about the lives of hundreds of other UC San Diego students, faculty, and staff? This week you can participate in this campus-wide questionnaire (https://lib.ucsd.edu/datalife19) , answering questions about your day-to-day life, like how much coffee you drink and how long your commute to campus is. Results will be detailed in a post on the Library blog but you can also attend a demonstration on how the software platforms used were able to collect, analyze, and visualize the survey data on Friday, February 15, at noon in the Data & GIS Lab!

Keeping your data private online

Monday, February 11, 2019 at 2pm – Seuss Room in Geisel Library

Do you have Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Tinder on your phone? Have you ever wondered if your personal data is being collected without your knowledge (because it probably is)? To learn more, join us for a presentation and discussion with Campus Privacy Officer Pegah Parsi to learn more about how to take precautions to safeguard your personal data from advertisers and other third-party vendors. Register here (https://love_data_week_data_privacy.eventbrite.com/) .

Sharing and publishing your research data

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 10am – Classroom 4 in Biomedical Library Building

Did you know you can publish your research data? Join UC San Diego’s Research Data Curation Program for a seminar about the what, why, where, when, and how of data publishing, including a discussion of what it means to publish your research code along with your data. Register here (https://love_data_week_sharing_data.eventbrite.com/) .

Working with personal data for researchers

Friday, February 15, 2019 at 10am – Seuss Room in Geisel Library

Are you a researcher working with personal data? From health data, to survey responses, to social media posts, working on data with a human component can mean additional challenges and hurdles. Join us for a presentation and discussion with Campus Privacy Officer Pegah Parsi about special considerations and regulations to be aware of when working with these types of data. Registration recommended. Register here (https://love_data_week_personal_data.eventbrite.com/) .
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As a reminder, we are offering drop-in advising hours today from 1pm-3:30pm and on Friday from 9am-12pm. Be sure to come in and see if us you need help planning your first and second pass as you begin enrollment for Spring 2019 this week! More information about our course offerings and enrollment process can be found here (https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1uGzTHhmtwX4UyeIF4ZGCHAy5O4oyMQ6p0Eubqc2owuQ/edit?usp=sharing) as well. Good luck with your enrollment!
STUDENT SHOUT OUT

This week we would like to give a shout out to the Data Science Student Society, also known as DS3!

The Data Science Student Society at UCSD is an interdisciplinary academic organization designed to immerse the community in the diverse and growing facets of Data Science: Machine Learning, Computational Statistics, Data Mining, Visualization, Predictive Analytics, and any new emerging relevant fields of study. With practical hands-on data projects, a professional portfolio-building approach, and fun outreach activities, the Data Science Student Society at UCSD strives to enrich the academic life of the student community by strengthening them for success in their current and future pursuits of Data Science related fields.

Interested in connecting with this wonderful student organization and community? Click here. (http://ds3.ucsd.edu/)
Events this week:
* Monday, February 11^th: Keeping Your Data Private Online, Seuss Room, Geisel Library, 2pm-3pm, Registration required (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/keeping-your-data-private-online-tickets-54998948335)
* Monday, February 11^th: Facebook and WIC Puzzle Hunt at UCSD (https://www.facebook.com/events/322565208368675/) , Qualcomm Conference Center, 6pm-8pm, Sign Up Here! (https://www.facebook.com/puzzles/ucsd-puzzle-hunt-spring-2019/)
* Monday, February 11^th: On UCSD-TV tonight- How Do Website Personalize Recommendations for me?, Spectrum Channel 1231, Cox Channel 135, ATT U-verse Channel 99, 8pm
* Tuesday, February 12^th: Sharing and Publishing Your Research Data, Biomedical Library Building, Classroom 4, 10am-11am, Register Here (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sharing-and-publishing-your-research-data-tickets-54999986440)
* Tuesday, February 12^th: HDSI DLS: “Integrated Analysis of Cancer Data and Precision Medicine” with Ron SHamir, Bioinformatics expert of Tel Aviv University, San Diego Supercomputer Center Auditorium, 11am-12:30pm
* Tuesday, February 12^th: Espresso Your Love- Brewing Healthy Relationships, Middle of Muir (M.O.M.), 3pm-5pm
* Wednesday, February 13^th: Destress with Biofeedback, The Zone, 2:30pm-3:30pm
* Thursday, February 14^th: Meet and Greet with Rady: Information Session about the Rady School of Management Business Analytics Program, CSE 1202, 12pm-1pm
* Thursday, February 14^th: Sean Kingston at Warren Live, Price Center Ballroom, 7:30pm-10:30pm, first-come, first-serve!
* Friday, February 15^th: Working with Personal Data for Researchers, Geisel Library Seuss Room, 10am-11am, Register Here (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/working-with-personal-data-for-researchers-tickets-55000236187)
* Friday, February 15^th: UniverCities- How Higher Education is Transforming Urban America, University Art Gallery, Mandeville Center, 2pm-3:30pm, Register Here (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/uc-san-diego-univercities-how-higher-ed-is-transforming-urban-america-registration-55053699096)

ASK YOUR LIBRARIAN
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Resource Spotlight!

This week is Love Data Week 2019 (https://lib.ucsd.edu/lovedataweek19) ! The library will be hosting data-centric seminars and events all week, including an online “Data in Everyday Life” survey (http://lib.ucsd.edu/datalife19) created by myself and the GIS Librarian, Amy Work. Think of taking the survey as a short study break as we head into the second half of the quarter!
– Stephanie Labou, Data Science Librarian (https://ucsd.libguides.com/data-science/ )
APPROACHING DEADLINES
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February 13th:
Enrollment begins for all continuing students: Spring 2019

February 15th:
Deadline to drop with “W” grade on transcript: Winter 2019

February 15th:
Deadline for Distributed Research Experiences for Undergraduates (DREU) Program (https://cra.org/cra-w/apply-today-for-the-distributed-research-experiences-for-undergraduates-dreu-program-february-15-deadline/)
February 18th:
DSC STUDENT AFFAIRS CLOSED

February 19th:
Deadline for UC Human Rights Fellowship (http://internationalinstitute.ucsd.edu/awards-fellowships/uc-human-rights-fellowship.html)

Source: https://mailchi.mp/2cbd55cbd597/your-data-science-newsletter

** Exciting news, future Data Scientists!
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We are pleased to announce that some of our upper division DSC courses have been approved, and we plan to offer our first elective course this Spring Quarter! PLEASE BE ADVISED the course numbers have been adjusted to better reflect our course sequencing.

DSC 110 is now approved as DSC 100.
DSC 120 is now approved as DSC 102.
DSC 170L is now approved as DSC 106.

This Spring, we will offer DSC 170 as our first elective course. To reiterate, DSC 170 does not meet your core requirement. DSC 170L is now DSC 106, and DSC 170 is a brand new elective course. In order to pursue DSC 170 this Spring, you must have successfully completed DSC 80.

We are offering a Group Advising Session this Thursday, February 7th from 1pm-3:30pm in CSE1202 to review our course offerings for SP19 before the schedule goes live on Friday, February 8th. We will go over our enrollment process for each course from 1pm-2pm, and be available to answer individual questions and concerns until 3:30pm. For those of you unable to attend, we will share our presentation with our student population after the event to help you plan accordingly before enrollment begins on February 13th.

We plan to offer a Town Hall before Fall enrollment begins to review our upper division curriculum, planned course offerings, and other exciting announcements regarding our program. Stay tuned for more details!

If you need help planning your courses, or have specific questions regarding our enrollment policies, please utilize our drop-in advising hours today from 1pm-3:30pm. DROP-IN ADVISING WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE THIS FRIDAY, but will resume the following week. You can also always send us a message through your Virtual Advising Center (vac.ucsd.edu). We are here and happy to help – it’s what we’re here for!

Also happening this THURSDAY- the next HDSI Distinguished Lecture Series in the San Diego Supercomputer Center Auditorium from 11am-12:30pm! Please join us as we welcome Professor Nitesh Chawla from the University of Notre Dame. Professor Chawla’s research in “Big Data for the Common Good” bridges disciplinary boundaries from healthcare, education, environment, and national security – you won’t want to miss this talk detailing how technology meets society to augment human intelligence and creativity.

We look forward to seeing you on Thursday!
STUDENT SHOUT OUT!

We are looking to add some DATA SCIENCE MINOR Student Stories to our website! If you are a declared Data Science minor, we want to hear about why you decided to add the minor, how it compliments your current major, and your experience in our courses so far! Hands on experience is not required. We simply want to use this feature of our website to showcase the exciting ways students at UC San Diego are utilizing our curriculum to explore innovative applications.

Interested in sharing your experience? Submit your story today to dscstudent@ucsd.edu.
Events this week:
* Monday, February 4^th: Hungry 4 Healthy, The Zone, 12pm-1pm
* Monday, February 4^th: College Bowl, All Colleges, 5pm-7pm
* Monday, February 4^th: Black February, The Loft @ UCSD, 7pm-9pm
* Tuesday, February 5^th: Body Composition, The Zone, 9:30am-10:15am
* Tuesday, February 5^th: UC San Diego Blood Drive, Library Walk, 10am-3:30pm
* Wednesday, February 6^th: Walmart Corporate Mix and Mingle, Career Center- Round Room, 10am-12pm
* Wednesday, February 6^th: MICROFAIR with American Express, Qualcomm Conference Center- Jacobs Hall, 11am-1pm
* Wednesday, February 6^th: Conquering Procrastination and Writer’s Block Writing Hub Workshop, Teaching + Learning Commons in Geisel Library (lower level west), 5:15pm-6:30pm
* Thursday, February 7^th: HDSI Distinguished Lecture Series, San Diego Supercomputer Center Auditorium, 11am-12:30pm
* Thursday, February 7^th: DSC Group Advising Session, CSE 1202, 1pm-3:30pm
* Thursday, February 7^th: An Afternoon of Applied Mathematics, Natural Sciences Building Auditorium, 3pm-6:15pm, Register Here (https://goo.gl/forms/VEEgJZG2Kn28AvSH2)
* Friday, February 8^th: Flash Fitness, RIMAC Stretching Area, 10am-10:20am
* Friday, February 8^th: The Ito Sisters- An American Story, Price Center Theatre, 6pm
* Saturday, February 9^th: Dining with Professionals, UCSD Multipurpose Room, 5:55pm-9:55pm
* Sunday, February 10^th: Cowles Mountain Moonlight Hike (https://www.facebook.com/events/2030855036980920/) , Cowles Mountain, 12pm-9:30pm

ASK YOUR LIBRARIAN
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Reading Material!

Data privacy is in the news frequently these days, especially for personal data. This article (https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/12/10/business/location-data-privacy-apps.html) from the New York Times does a good job using visuals to drive home the reality that your phone apps are tracking more than you realize. To learn more, join me next Monday (Feb. 11), at 2pm for a presentation and discussion with UCSD Campus Privacy Officer Pegah Parsi about how apps like Tinder and Twitter track your personal data, and how to keep your data safe online. Register here (https://love_data_week_data_privacy.eventbrite.com) .

APPROACHING DEADLINES
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February 4th:
Deadline for Undergraduate Research Scholarship (https://students.ucsd.edu/finances/financial-aid/types/scholarships/urs/index.html#Available-scholarships ) – Summer

February 8th:
Spring 2019 Schedule goes live

February 8th:
DROP-IN ADVISING CLOSED

February 13th:
Enrollment begins for all continuing students: Spring 2019

February 15th:
Deadline to drop with “W” grade on transcript: Winter 2019

February 15th:
Deadline for Distributed Research Experiences for Undergraduates (DREU) Program (https://cra.org/cra-w/apply-today-for-the-distributed-research-experiences-for-undergraduates-dreu-program-february-15-deadline/)

Source: https://mailchi.mp/e5f369364612/your-weekly-data-science-newsletter

** Attention, maturing Data Scientists!
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Glassdoor released their “50 Best Jobs in America (https://www.glassdoor.com/List/Best-Jobs-in-America-LST_KQ0,20.htm) ” list for 2019, and for the fourth year in a row Data Scientist is ranked as #1! For those of you who are still exploring potential career applications with your Data Science skill set and knowledge, check out this article (https://www.businessinsider.com/best-jobs-in-america-2019-1#50-systems-administrator-1 ) that discusses how technology is shaping our workforce, and the provided descriptions for these top ranked positions.

Given the demand for skilled workers, we have a few exciting opportunities listed below that could help you acquire the hands on experience you need to refine your talent!

Kaggle Three Day Training (https://www.kaggle.com/automated-data-pipelines?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=pipelines-event )

Deep Learning NLP Hackathon in collaboration with Alexa Amazon (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc483QUMdml-q6QmVzl4-MbeO006rMHONs2B1dPPD84SnJM0w/viewform?c=0&w=1)

Allen Institute Internship Program 2019 (https://alleninstitute.hrmdirect.com/employment/job-opening.php?req=937507)

Last but certainly not least, THIS FRIDAY is the deadline for the Undergraduate Fellowship Program (http://datascience.ucsd.edu/academics/scholarships.html) .

Best of luck with these opportunities, and let us know how we can help!

In regard to Spring 2019 enrollment, we plan to offer a GROUP ADVISING SESSION on Thursday, February 7th from 1pm-3:30pm in CSE 1202. This is your chance to view our course offerings and ask your questions and concerns before the schedule goes live on the 8th. Additionally, we plan to share some exciting news regarding our upper division DSC courses during this event- you won’t want to miss it!

We look forward to seeing you then 🙂
Events this week:
* Monday, January 28^th: CSE Lecture Series: “Learning with In-Depth Student Work”, CSE 1242, 11am-12:30pm
* Monday, January 28^th: Beginner Badminton, REC Gym, 4pm-5pm
* Monday, January 28^th: Discover the Law, ERC Room, 5pm-6pm
* Tuesday, January 29^th: Face Swap- Race Faking in Social Media, Women’s Center, 7pm-8:30pm
* Tuesday, January 29^th: Test Preparation for UC San Diego Undergraduates- GMAT, GRE, LSAT, Rady School of Management, 7:15pm-9:55pm
* Wednesday, January 30^th: Mass Incarceration Art Gallery Data Visualization Video Screening, Cross Cultural Center, 12pm-1pm
* Wednesday, January 30^th: Destress with Biofeedback, The Zone, 2:30pm-3:30pm
* Wednesday, January 30^th: Artpower Presents Beijing Dance Theater, Balboa Theatre, 8pm-10pm
* Thursday, January 31^st: Flash Fitness, RIMAC Stretching Area, 10am-10:20am
* Thursday, January 31^st: APIMEDA Career Compass Workshop, ERC College 2^nd Floor Conference Room, 3:30pm-4:30pm
* Thursday, January 31^st: Tritons Firsts- First-Gen Inspires, Price Center Easy Ballroom, 3:30pm-5pm, Register Here (https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07efzxgefo11cfe042&oseq=&c=&ch=)
* Thursday, January 31^st: Codepath University IOS Pizza Party/Pre-Work Hackathon, 10280 3^rd Floor North Torrey Pines Rd, 7pm-9pm
* Friday, February 1^st: Slice of America- A Night of Liberty (http://tinyurl.com/SoM19-FB) , 4pm-7pm
* Friday, February 1^st: Joshua Tree National Park Yoga and Climbing Trip (https://rec.ucsd.edu/Program/GetProgramDetails?courseId=3a8d0bcf-84dc-4179-b4bb-73c677cdc5af&semesterId=e3c4f196-85c9-407c-a77f-278eaa3ddd54&fbclid=Iw) , Joshua Tree National Park, 6pm
* Friday, February 1^st: Artpower Presents Hermitage Piano Trio, Conrad Prebys Concert Hall, 8pm-10pm
* Saturday, February 2^nd: 2019 Exploring Careers in Life Science Industries, Great Hall- UCSD Roosevelt College, 10am-3:15pm, Register Here (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-exploring-careers-in-life-science-industries-tickets-53618945710)

ASK YOUR LIBRARIAN
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Check it out!

There are lots of serious research applications for neural networks, but my favorite applications are the off-the-wall examples. Janelle Shane (previously at UC San Diego!) has a whole blog about this: training neural networks to name guinea pigs (http://aiweirdness.com/post/161854386267/neural-networks-can-name-guinea-pigs) and metal bands (http://aiweirdness.com/post/160407271482/metal-band-names-invented-by-neural-network) , write news headlines (http://aiweirdness.com/post/179938486347/cnn-headlines-according-to-a-neural-net) , create college course (http://aiweirdness.com/post/178311759162/college-courses-of-the-future-courtesy-of-a) topics, and create new paint color (http://aiweirdness.com/post/160985569682/paint-colors-designed-by-neural-network-part-2) names.

APPROACHING DEADLINES
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January 31st:
Deadline for
Data Science for Social Good Fellowship (http://dssg.uchicago.edu) – Summer

February 1st:
Deadline for HDSI Undergraduate Scholarship Program

February 1st:
Deadline to apply for readmission: Spring 2019

February 1st:
Deadline to change grading options, change units, and drop classes without “W” grade on transcript: Winter 2019

February 4th:
Deadline for Undergraduate Research Scholarship (https://students.ucsd.edu/finances/financial-aid/types/scholarships/urs/index.html#Available-scholarships ) – Summer

February 8th:
Spring 2019 Schedule goes live

Source: https://mailchi.mp/762598083125/your-weekly-data-science-newsletter

** It’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day!
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Today we recognize the life and achievements of Martin Luther King Jr., an influential American civil rights leader. He is most well-known for his campaigns to end racial segregation on public transport and for racial equality in the United States. Today is the 39th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade taking place from 2pm-4pm on Harbor Drive. Line-up for the parade begins at 1:15pm. This is one of the largest celebrations of its kind in the United States in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The parade is filled with dazzling floats, phenomenal High School Bands, Drill Teams, College, Fraternities & Sororities, Churches, Peace and Youth organizations. To learn more, click here (https://www.alumni.ucsd.edu/s/1170/rd18/wide-notitle.aspx?sid=1170&gid=1&pgid=9005&cid=19153&ecid=19153&crid=0&calpgid=13&calcid=664) .

In observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday, the DSC Student Affairs office and Virtual Advising Center are both closed today. If you need support, please contact dscstudent@ucsd.edu and we will do our best to respond as soon as we are back in the office. Please refrain from sending multiple messages- we promise we will provide advisment as soon as we can!

Speaking of advisement, we have noticed many students have contacted us regarding the pre-requisites for the required CSE 150, 151, and 158 courses included within our curriculum. For those of you who are newer to our program, please be sure to refer to our new website (http://datascience.ucsd.edu/academics/undergraduate/index.html) to make sure you are receiving the most up-to date information available regarding our courses and curriculum. Therefore, to provide clarification for all, Data Science students are not required to complete CSE 100 in order to pursue their required upper division CSE courses within their curriculum. Our courses, DSC 40B and DSC 80, will serve as new pre-requisite options for these three specific courses. Therefore, students should expect to see the pre-requisites for CSE 150, 151, and 158 to be revised to the following in the near future: CSE 100 OR DSC 40B and DSC 80. This information is available on the Course Pre-requisites
(http://datascience.ucsd.edu/academics/undergraduate/course_information/prerequisites.html#Upper-Division-Core-Prerequisit) tab within the Course Information (http://datascience.ucsd.edu/academics/undergraduate/course_information/index.html) section of our website. Please plan accordingly.

Last but not least, today marks the beginning of Week Three. Therefore, we will no longer continue authorizing students into our courses at this time. The DSC Department has a strict NO-LATE ADDS policy starting Week Three. Please utilize our drop-in advising hours offered Friday from 9am-12pm if you need support with adjusting your planned courses for the Spring if were unable to enroll in all of your planned courses for this Winter.

Best of luck with your coursework, and please let us know if there is anything we can do to be helpful at this time!
STUDENT SHOUT OUT!

We’d like to give a quick shout out to Cole Richmond who recently sent us an article to share with everyone! Click here (https://hbr.org/2019/01/data-science-and-the-art-of-persuasion) to read about the shortcomings of Data Scientists in industry today from the Harvard Business Review.

If you have an experience, an article, an individual or group project you’d like to share, send us an email at dscstudent@ucsd.edu- we are always accepting new submissions as ways to highlight our brilliant student population!
Events this week:
* Monday, January 21^st: Martin Luther King Jr. Parade, Harbor Drive, 2pm-4pm
* Tuesday, January 22^nd: Conversation with an Industry Professional- Lucy Chong, Systems Engineer at Intel Corporation, Career Center Horizon Room, 12pm (register on handshake)
* Tuesday, January 22^nd: Skip Traffic- Venom Movie Night, Price Center Theater, 5pm-9pm
* Tuesday, January 22^nd: Women in Computing- Niantic (Creators of Pokémon GO!) Tech Talk, CSE 1202, 5pm-7:30pm, RSVP here (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScmsUb0qf0uuLCQCwsDAwn1HIJBxqM41-ZB7H12bmxPo1Vviw/viewform?fbclid=IwAR2Nqi7bb87RPuFOZgFoE8iChqsXq1li_K8jYFbYpVymVqPCUbKmHWQqFqI)
* Wednesday, January 23^rd: #ChinaToo- The Feminist Awakening in the People’s Republic, International House, The Great Hall, 2pm, Registration required (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chinatoo-the-feminist-awakening-in-the-peoples-republic-tickets-53409320716)
* Wednesday, January 23^rd: Webroot Info Session, Career Center Horizon Room, 5pm (register on handshake)
* Wednesday, January 23^rd: Achieve Internet Open Positions Information Session, Career Center Lab, 5pm (register on handshake)
* Thursday, January 24^th: Regulating Tomorrow’s Technologies- Impacts on Innovation, Webinar, 4pm, Registration required (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/regulating-tomorrows-technologies-impacts-on-innovation-tickets-53594270907)
* Thursday, January 24^th: The Basement- Disruptor Series- Women Disrupting for Good, Mandeville Center B202 Level B2, 5pm (register on handshake)
* Thursday, January 24^th: Peace Corps Information Session, Career Center Horizon Room, 5pm (register on handshake)
* Thursday, January 24^th: oSTEM, LGBT Resource Center Conference Room, 6:30pm-8:30pm
* Thursday, January 24^th: Test Preparation for UC San Diego Undergraduates (GMAT, GRE, LSAT), Rady School of Management, 7:15pm-9:55pm
* Friday, January 25^th: A.S. Graphic Studio and Triton Fest Present- Make Art, Library Walk, 8pm-11pm
* Saturday, January 26^th: Siblings Day, Multipurpose Room, 9am-7pm
* Saturday, January 26^th: Triton Fest Presents- Under the Influencer, Price Center Theater, 6pm-11pm

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Reading Material!

A common question from data science students is “But what exactly should I focus on?” It’s a good question – data science encompasses a lot of skills and expecting to master every aspect is probably unrealistic. Here are a few articles on this topic to get you thinking: general and technological skills (https://towardsdatascience.com/the-most-in-demand-skills-for-data-scientists-4a4a8db896db?mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiWW1JNFptUTNZMlptTkRNMSIsInQiOiJoRDJTWjgyU3JkRUh6WjcxWEw5V29WTUxzSGw4SThvSXhBRFc3N2tPbVwvMnQ1ZzlaT3JkbjRqQTNMTVdTVnp6ZW42a0VHM3BTd1Q5MU55S3RtSjdQZEZBR3FJTEppOUJra3AxeVdldDM0V0hjOEttbEp4S0xVV0srWUFjVEN1MlUifQ%3D%3D) data science job listings ask for, education and employment background (https://medium.com/indeed-data-science/where-do-data-scientists-come-from-fc526023ace) of data scientists, and an overview of specializations (https://medium.com/@melodyucros/interested-in-data-science-heres-a-list-of-of-10-specializations-to-choose-from-cd342c53b673) within data science.
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