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CDN Roundup

January 2023


ADSA is offering CDN members a special opportunity to apply to attend the 2023 Data Science Leadership Summit at Boston University from May 8 - 10. Applications are due by 11:59PM ET on Feb. 5. Between 3 and 5 applicants will be selected and notified by March 3, 2023.


Political Science Career Panel

Learn about the careers of three quantitative political scientists, Emily Gade - Professor of Political Economy @ Emory University, Andrea Jones-Rooy - Director of Undergraduate Studies and Visiting Associate Professor @ the NYU Center for Data Science, and Gonzalo Rivero - Associate Director of Data Labs @ Pew Research Center. The Poli Sci Career Panel is on Thursday, Jan 19 from 3PM - 4PM ET / 12PM - 1PM PT.
Stay tuned for our next career panel which will feature researchers who focus on climate change. Reply to this email and let us know if you'd like to participate in a future panel.
Community Call

Meet the CDN Steering Committee and see what's in store for the CDN in 2023 during the next Community Call on Tuesday, Jan. 24 from 2PM - 3PM ET / 11AM - 12PM PT.


Alex Franks, PhD

Background: Alex earned his Bachelor's in Computer Science and Applied Math from Brown University. Under the guidance of Edoardo Airoldi, Alex went on to earn his PhD in Statistics from Harvard University, where he focused on biological applications of data analysis such as in gene expression, biomarkers, and disease progression. He completed a postdoc at the University of Washington with Peter Hoff.
Current Role: Alex Franks is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Statistics and Applied Probability at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research interests include covariance estimation, multivariate analysis and high dimensional data, errors-in-variables models, causal inference, missing data, and spatio-temporal methods. He works on applications in computational biology and sports analytics. 
Outside of work: Alex enjoys running, ultimate frisbee and playing the piano.
How to connect with Alex: Check out Alex’s profile in the CDN Member Directory which shares a link to his social accounts, github, and website.

Discover more members of the CDN by searching the CDN Member Directory. Add yourself to the directory by filling out this form.


  • Learn about informal training opportunities for data science from representatives at the Carpentries, eScience Institute, and Berkeley Institute for Data Science. (ADSA)
  • The Urban Institute released their Do No Harm Guide Report on data accessibility which includes practical ways to create more accessible projects. (@jschwabish)
  • The US government created an online portal that provides access to protected data sets maintained by 16 federal agencies. Scientists can search the site to find the data set they want and then, with one click, file an application. The site also allows them to track the status of their request. (Science)
  • When to give verbal feedback - and when to do it in writing. (HBR)
  • The Citizen Science Association published a data ethics tutorial for practitioners and leaders of participatory science projects. The project was funded by the NSF. The training takes about 2 hours to complete. (Citizen Science)
  • Crafting statistical analysis plans: A cross-discipline approach. (Stat)
  • An evidence-based way to improve students' participation and how to grade it. (St. Lawrence University)
  • How to run stable diffusion on your PC to generate AI images. (TechSpot)
  • Learn about Google Summer of Code, a global, online program focused on bringing new contributors into open source software development, through a virtual panel discussion on Jan. 24 at 9AM PT / 12PM ET. (Data Umbrella)
  • Land your first data science job. (~67 min. video; Data Umbrella
  • How to install dependencies directly from Github branches with pyproject.toml. (CDN member Chris Holdgraf)
  • Advice on how to apply for the NIH K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award. (Graham Erwin)
  • Average salaries at big tech companies. (Comprehensive.io)
  • Mistakes to avoid when writing your resume. (28 min. podcast; Fast Company)
  • Learn how to build expertise in collaborative, open, and reproducible environmental science using R. Register by Mar. 3. (UCSB NCEAS)
  • Virtual roundtable discussion on math admission requirements in higher ed and how they impact K-12 on Feb. 8 at 5PM ET. Register to attend. (DS4E)
  • How to make the most of a sabbatical. (Nature)
  • A day in the life of data scientist Murugan Nambiar at Principal Financial. (EVERFI)
  • Webinar on leveraging federal funds for data science and data literacy programs on Jan. 19 at 3PM PT / 6PM ET. (DS4E)
  • Update your course syllabus for chatGPT. (Ryan Watkins)

See more jobs and events on ADSA's website.


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