News

July 7, 2020

COVID-19 has impeded many opportunities and has resulted in students feeling isolated and uninspired.

The demand for data scientists continues to surge with advances in technology and medicine requiring the skills to analyze, store, and protect data. Data scientists topped LinkedIn’s “Emerging Jobs Report” over the last three years, reporting a 37% annual growth in the 2020 report. The demand is even exceeding the pool of trained data scientists, according to a 2019 Dataconomy report. 

June 29, 2020

The Spark + AI Summit 2020 is the largest gathering bringing together data teams in the Apache Spark™ community. As described by the Spark + AI Summit host, Databricks, the "sessions, and training will cover data engineering and data science content, along with best practices for productionizing AI — keeping training data fresh with stream processing, quality monitoring, testing, and serving models at a massive scale."

June 15, 2020

As the demand for data science research continues to increase, research institutions are taking a closer look at how to create an institutional strategy around data science research. UC Berkeley has been a leader in this area beginning with its Moore-Sloan Data Science Environments project. 

June 1, 2020

The UC Berkeley Data Science Class of 2020 has officially graduated! There are so many reasons to be proud of this brilliant, diverse group — 331 students graduated this spring with a degree in Data Science, of which 143 were double majors, and 40% of the graduates were women. The number of women graduating with a Data Science degree continues to increase with each graduating class. The Data Science Major and Minor were formed during the Class of 2020’s journey at Cal. They experienced first-hand the surge of enthusiasm for data science, both at UC Berkeley and worldwide.

May 15, 2020

Growing up in Los Angeles, Rucha Kelkar initially wanted to attend college out-of-state. She decided on Berkeley for its diversity in technology and computer science opportunities. She initially struggled to select a major, ultimately declaring Data Science with a Cognition emphasis. Data Science allowed Rucha to combine multiple fields as she was interested in the intersections of data science and neuroscience, computer science, and psychology. “Data science allowed me to learn from the best professors in all of these fields!” 

 

May 14, 2020

At UC Berkeley, not only are professors advancing the field of data science; undergraduate students also are making an impact in their own right. They are designing data science curriculum, participating in research development, creating course materials with data sets, embedding responsible and ethical principles into data science curriculum, and engaging in research partnerships with entrepreneurs and corporations. 

As plans for re-opening businesses, communities, and schools emerge, it becomes increasingly important to better understand how many people are being infected and dying from COVID-19, and where and how the new coronavirus is transmitted.

May 13, 2020

Statistics major, citizen scientist, EMT, harpist, and all-around superstar Anna Boser is this year’s winner of the University Medal, UC Berkeley’s highest honor for a graduating senior. Find out why she had planned to go anywhere but Berkeley -- and how she discovered that this was exactly where she needed to be.

May 5, 2020

Learn more about our students' amazing work this semester helping to design courses, explore the human and social contexts and ethics of data, and advance data science research projects.