February 23, 2021 Newsletter

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Meet the Ken Kennedy Institute's New Data Scientist for COVID-19 Research: Anton Zhang '16
Anton Zhang '16 will manage projects using data from MD Anderson's D3CODE.

As the institute’s first data scientist, he will manage multiple clinical research projects that use data from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to search for clues about long-term outcomes and improved treatment methods for COVID-19.

The position was created after Kennedy Institute Executive Director Angela Wilkins organized a virtual workshop for Rice faculty to meet representatives of MD Anderson’s Data-Driven Determinants for COVID-19 Oncology Discovery (D3CODE) effort, which collects and aggregates data into a single resource for COVID-19 research. Click here to read more.

Register Now: Next Week's 2021 Oil & Gas HPC Conference

Friday, March 5, 2021

The 14th annual Oil & Gas HPC Conference is going virtual! This year's conference will have an online venue for networking, collaborating, and building partnerships. Registration is free thanks to this year's sponsors! Post-conference workshops will also be offered for free on Friday, March 12, 19, and 26. Visit og-hpc.rice.edu for more info.

Why Venture Capitalists are Investing in 'Software Beyond the Screen'

Date: March 10 at 4:00 PM CST

In this talk, Sunil Nagaraj of Ubiquity Ventures will explore how software is beginning to animate, understand and navigate the real world with profound implications. He will touch on how the software engineering toolchain has been perfected for computer software and how this software development paradigm is being applied conceptually and tactically. He will also cover applications of the ML branch of software and its ability to connect the dots and navigate our complex physical world.
Register at bit.ly/SunilNagaraj2021

Ken Kennedy Institute Distinguished Speaker - Daniela Rus

Save the Date: April 1 at 10:00 AM CST

Daniela Rus is the Andrew (1956) and Erna Viterbi Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at MIT. Registration details coming soon!

More Events

Google Summer Computer Science Program

Rice's Computer Science Department has launched a 10-week data science summer program for undergraduates. The Research Experience for Undergraduates offers students unprecedented one-on-one access to faculty mentors as they work together on cutting-edge research. The 10-week program begins May 24th, and selected students will receive a $6000 stipend and housing as appropriate. Interested students can apply for now through March 1 at cs.rice.edu/reu-data-science.

DARPA Virtual Industry Day: Waveform Agile Radio-frequency Directed Energy

March 5, 2021 (Register by March 2)

This is a great opportunity to create research partnerships between industry and Rice faculty interested in the area of wireless/high powered microwave (HMP) interactions with complex structures. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) will host a virtual Proposers Day in support of the Broad Agency Announcement (BAA), HR001121S0017, for the Waveform Agile Radio-frequency Directed Energy (WARDEN) program, from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, ET on Friday, 05 March 2021 via Microsoft Teams CVR. Register here.

AAIH Neuroscience and Artificial Intelligence Webinar

March 4, 2021 at 12 PM EST/9 AM PST

This webinar will include a Fireside Chat with Bill Martin, Global Therapeutic Area Head, Neuroscience at the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson moderated by Angela Wilkins. The webinar will also include two panels on "Novel Therapeutic Approaches: Using AI to Understand and Address CNS Indications" and "AI-enabled Medical Devices & Digital Solutions for Behavioral Health." Click here to register.

BCM-Rice Networking & Collaboration Event

Monday, March 8, 2021 at 5-6:30 PM

The Rice University ENRICH office, together with the Department of Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine, invites you to attend the upcoming collaboration event. Hosted virtually on Zoom, this workshop will bring together Rice and BCM to engage in conversation on how we can strengthen research and education collaborations in priority research areas. The event features rapid talks and breakout rooms for networking in the research domains of Chemistry/Biosciences; Data Science/Bioinformatics; and Engineering. Register by Friday, March 5th to attend! Click here to register.

Rice Master of Data Science Degree Program

The Master of Data Science Program offers recent graduates and professionals a Rice degree that will enhance their current careers or help them pivot to new ones. The degree is offered through the George R. Brown School of Engineering and managed by the Department of Computer Science. The program is a professional, non-thesis degree designed to support interdisciplinary professionals. Taught by world-class faculty, the program offers online or on campus options. Applications are now open and classes begin this fall.

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