May 18, 2021 Newsletter

May 18 newsletter
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Tribute for Stanislav Sazykin

Stanislav Sazykin, an associate research professor of physics and astronomy who was highly respected in his field of space science, died suddenly on May 3 at 49.

Sazykin joined Rice in 2000 as a postdoctoral researcher, rising quickly to associate research professor. “Stan was a distinguished computational physicist and a well-established and highly respected member of the space plasma physics community,” said Richard Wolf, a professor emeritus and research professor of physics and astronomy at Rice. “He was one of the smartest people any of us have ever encountered, with an extraordinarily rigorous and penetrating mind. He was particularly adept at finding weak points in arguments, putting him in high demand as a reviewer.”

As a graduate student at Utah State University, Sazykin reprogrammed most of the Rice Convection Model (RCM) of the Earth’s inner magnetosphere. At Rice, he led the continued development and use of the RCM, extending its usefulness by participating in multiple code-coupling projects with other large-scale models. He was a member of Rice’s committee on faculty and staff benefits and served for seven years on the Faculty Senate, where he helped developed policies for research and teaching professors.

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Data Science Coast to Coast Biodiversity Seminar

Date: May 19, 2:00 - 3:00 PM CST

The DS C2C Seminar Series, hosted jointly by seven academic data science institutes, provides a unique opportunity to foster a broad-reaching data science community.

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2021 Machine Learning Boot Camp

Last chance to register!
Date: May 20-21, 2021 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM CST

Register now for the 2021 Virtual Machine Learning Boot Camp on May 20-21, 2021. This year's boot camp will be a virtual two-day boot camp with a focus on Machine Learning for Executives. Taught by a team of Rice professors in the computational sciences, Chris Jermaine, Santiago Segarra, and Anastasios Kyrillidis, the Machine Learning Boot Camp will integrate lectures describing the basic concepts to state-of-the-art Machine Learning.

We offer low rates for Rice faculty, students, and staff as well as Gulf Coast Consortia Trainees. We also offer 20% off of the Industry rate for Rice Alumni and small business.

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Data Science Coast to Coast Ocean Dynamics Seminar

Date: June 16, 2:00 - 3:00 PM CST

The DS C2C Seminar Series, hosted jointly by seven academic data science institutes, provides a unique opportunity to foster a broad-reaching data science community.

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More Events

Moshe Vardi - Vienna Gödel Lecture

Due: May 27, 2021 at 5 PM CDT
Technology is Driving the Future, But Who Is Steering? From the Vienna Circle to Digital Humanism

Computing brings with it not only societal benefits but also significant societal costs, such as labor polarization, disinformation, and smartphone addiction. The common reaction to this crisis is to label it as an “ethical crisis”, and the proposed response is to add courses in ethics to the academic computing curriculum. This talk will argue that the ethical lens is too narrow. The real issue is how to deal with technology’s impact on society. Technology is driving the future, but who is doing the steering? Moshe Vardi will show how these issues relate to the Vienna Circle and the recently declared Vienna Manifesto on Digital Humanism.

ARL Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowships

Due: June 15, 2021 at 5 PM EST
The Army Research Laboratory invites exceptional young researchers to participate in this excitement as ARL Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellows. These Fellows must display extraordinary ability in scientific research and show clear promise of becoming outstanding leaders. Candidates are expected to have already successfully tackled a major scientific or engineering problem during their thesis work or to have provided a new approach or insight, evidenced by a recognized impact in their field. Benefits include: $100,000/year stipend, health insurance, paid relocation, professional travel allowance.
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