September 2020 Newsletter

September

Member of the Month, Dr. Cymene Howe, is a Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Anthropology. Dr. Howe shares her research interests and what she's working on.
How do you explain your research in one sentence?
I research the human dimensions of climate change adaptation and people’s dynamic responses to environmental shifts in social, cultural and political systems.

What is your favorite aspect of your research?
The best part of my research consists of talking with interesting people about things they care about, then applying analytic interpretations of those dialogues. Normally, I travel around the world to do so, but for now, I am waiting to head back to the Arctic region, then onto South Africa and Polynesia.

Read more at kenkennedy.rice.edu/news.

Registration is now open!

Dates: October 26-28, 2020 (Third day has been added!)
This year’s virtual conference will have an online venue for networking, collaborating, and building partnerships focused around data science, machine learning, and data engineering problems and opportunities. Check our website for the conference schedule and confirmed invited speakers! Click here to register!


Call for Posters open now!
We are pleased to announce that we are now accepting poster proposals for consideration to the 4th annual virtual Ken Kennedy Institute Data Science Conference. Poster submissions are limited to graduate students and postdocs. We welcome posters that are related to data-driven knowledge discovery, foundations of data science, and applications and use-cases.

Deadline: Poster title and abstract must be submitted no later than October 12th.
Complimentary Registration: All accepted poster presenters receive a free registration pass.
Awards: The audience will be encouraged to vote on the best poster presentation, best use of visualization, best use of public data, and biggest potential impact. Award winners will receive a $50 gift card.
Click here to submit a poster.

Technology, Culture and Society Lecture Series: Geopolitics of Cybersecurity

Join us on Sept. 3rd at 4:00 PM for our Technology, Culture, and Society Lecture Series with Jayshree Pandya. She will be discussing her latest book "Geopolitics of Cybersecurity." This virtual event will be open to the public. Co-sponsored by the Ken Kennedy Institute and the Baker Institute for Public Policy.
Click here to register.

September Member Luncheon

We will be holding our usual Member Luncheons *Virtually* on the first Friday of every month this fall (2nd Friday in September after Labor Day Holiday). Our first luncheon will be held on Sept. 11 with Chris Fagundes and Pat DeLucia.
Register here!

Technology Innovation Lecture Series: "Why venture capitalists are investing in "software beyond the screen"

Join us on Sept. 23rd at 4:00 PM for our Technology Innovation Lecture Series with Sunil Nagaraj of Ubiquity Ventures. This virtual event will be open to the public. Co-sponsored by the Ken Kennedy Institute and the Lilie Lab.
Click here to register.

Ken Kennedy Institute
Data Science Conference

Dates: October 26-28, 2020
This year’s virtual conference will have an online venue for networking, collaborating, and building partnerships focused around data science, machine learning, and data engineering problems and opportunities.

Click here to register.

More Events

Liu Distinguished Visitor Series: Dr. Kai-Fu Lee

Time: Sept. 1st at 7:30 PM
A lecture by Dr. Kai-Fu Lee. Dr. Lee is a world-renowned expert on Artificial Intelligence (AI), the Chair and CEO of Sinovation Ventures, the former President of Google China, and the author of the New York Times bestseller, "AI Superpowers." This virtual event will be open to the public.
Co-sponsored by the Ken Kennedy Institute, Lilie Lab, Chao Center for Asian Studies and Liu Distinguished Visitor Series.
Click here to register.

1st Pitch Entrepreneurship Event

Time: Wed, Sept 9th, 4:00 - 5:15 PM
Click here to register.
Meet, Support, and Evaluate: Join us to hear from your fellow Owls about the problems they are tackling. We will be mingling via Zoom breakout rooms to evaluate the teams and meet friends from across the university. You get the vote and pick the winners! The top three pitches will be awarded with cash prizes.
Sponsored by the Lilie Lab and Rice Alliance.

Course: Technology, Culture and Society in the Age of COVID-19

Offered by the Glasscock School and Co-Sponsored by the Ken Kennedy Institute
Short Course Online and Open to the Public
SCHEDULE: Oct. 5 - Nov 16, 2020
(Seven Mondays, 7-8:30 PM)
FEE: $240 ($230 if registering by Sept. 21)
$216 for Rice alumni
Click here for more info.

WiDS Houston 2020

Time: Fri, Oct 23, 2020 | 1:00-4:30 PM CDT
Click here to register for free!

Women in Data Science (WiDS) is coming to Houston for the first time in 2020! Join us for a virtual afternoon of engaging female speakers from industry and academia, a panel discussion, student lightning talks and networking breakouts. WiDS Houston is open to everyone, regardless of gender, who is interested in engaging with and learning from the local data science community.
Sponsored by Arundo Analytics and the Ken Kennedy Institute.

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