November 2020 Newsletter


Take a look at our November 2020 Newsletter with updates from the Ken Kennedy Institute.

Member of the Month, Dr. Sylvia Dee, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences. Dr. Dee shares her research interests and what she's working on.
How do you explain your research in one sentence?
I study how climate change interacts with natural patterns in the climate system to produce extremes in temperature and rainfall, which give rise to hazards such as floods and drought.

What challenges do you see in your research that you didn't expect?
The biggest barriers that I encounter as a junior scientist are unfortunately systematic work-culture issues that so many of us deal with in academia. These issues run the gambit of bullying and micro-aggressions, family leave policies, and apathy toward progress in diversity in inclusion. We have important work to do in STEM to ensure women and underrepresented minorities are supported and nurtured as equals.



Deadline November 9
  • Data Scientist: The data scientist will manage clinical research projects involving the application of novel machine learning algorithms; identify core requirements and key stakeholders for successful project completion; and identify project bottlenecks, find solutions, and push project implementation forwards.
  • Data Science Fellow: The data science fellow will work on clinical research projects involving the application of novel machine learning algorithms; be responsible for all aspects of data access and data cleaning/standardization in order to prepare raw data for feature creation; and work with Rice faculty to apply and develop data science and machine learning algorithms for clinical data.
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Institutes for Data-Intensive Research In Science and Engineering

  • Full Proposal Deadline: January 21, 2021
  • Estimated Number of Awards: 4 to 7 Click here for more details.
  • 4-7 awards in FY 2021 pending availability of funds and the type, scale, and variety of project ideas proposed.
  • Anticipated Funding Amount: $70,000,000
NSF's Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR) Big Idea is a national-scale activity to enable new modes of data-driven discovery that will allow fundamental questions to be asked and answered at the frontiers of science and engineering.

This solicitation will establish a group of HDR Institutes for data-intensive research in science and engineering that can accelerate discovery and innovation in a broad array of research domains.

November Member Luncheon

Last Member Luncheon of the Year!

We will be holding our November Member Luncheon on November 6th with Akane Sano on "Digital Health and Wellbeing: Data-Driven and Human-Centered Personalized and Adaptive Assistant." Register here!

Data Science Coast to Coast Seminar Series
Date: November 18 at 2:00 PM CDT

Speaker: Alex Szalay, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor and Professor in the Department of Computer Science; Director of the Institute for Data Intensive Science at Johns Hopkins University. He is a cosmologist, working on the statistical measures of the spatial distribution of galaxies and galaxy formation.

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Hosted by: NYU Center for Data Science, Ken Kennedy Institute, Stanford Data Science, Berkeley Institute for Data Science, Michigan Institute for Data Science, and the eScience Institute

Missed Last Month's Data Science Coast to Cast Seminar?

If you missed last month's talk with Dr. Talitha Washington as part of the Data Science Coast to Coast Seminar Series, click here to watch. She discusses "Why We Can't Wait: Using Social Justice to Transform Data Science."

More Events

Liu Distinguished Visitor Series: Davy Wang

Time: Nov 4th at 7:00 PM
Join us to hear about Davy Wang's entrepreneurial journey, and his take on "The Future of Cloud Computing" after spending years working within industry leaders like IBM, Amazon, and Tencent Cloud. Co-sponsored by: Ken Kennedy Institute, Lilie Lab, Chao Center for Asian Studies and Liu Distinguished Visitor Series. Click here to register.

President's Lecture Series: Eric Yuan, Founder, CEO of Zoom

Time: Nov 10th at 4:00 PM
From startup to industry leader, Eric Yuan founded Zoom in 2011 to deliver happiness and bring teams together in a frictionless video environment. Tune-in as he shares his entrepreneurial journey and the future of Zoom in education innovation. Co-sponsored by: Office of the President, Lilie Lab, Chao Center for Asian Studies and Liu Distinguished Visitor Series. Click here to register.

Innovation Mentor Mixer with Goose Society - Nov 20

In a few weeks on November 20th, we will be partnering with the Liu Idea Lab for Innovation & Entrepreneurship to help host an Innovation Mentor Mixer event for graduate students, post-doc researchers or faculty members interested in exploring the impact their research can have outside of the lab. You will have a chance to discuss your research area and progress, and how you think it might be able to make positive impact in the world. Then you can meet one on one with some of the most experienced executives and innovators from around the Houston area to get advice, connections and help moving forward.
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