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October 17, 2019

Anthony Suen, who launched and runs the popular data science Discovery Program, along with an array of other cross-campus initiatives, will be among those receiving the 2019 Chancellor's Outstanding Staff Award in a ceremony next month. 

The award comes in recognition of Anthony’s contributions empowering students, forging connections, and advancing strategic innovations across the Division of Data Science and Information, campus, and beyond. 

October 3, 2019

The College of Letters & Science, College of Natural Resources, and College of Chemistry have approved the new data science minor, a program designed to serve students from a range of majors. Approval processes across the campus continue, with the hope of making the minor available to as many Berkeley students as possible this academic year.

September 30, 2019

Z PardosUC Berkeley Assistant Professor Zachary Pardos and his team have developed a machine learning approach that promises to help more community college students position themselves to transfer and succeed at four-year colleges and universities. 

September 27, 2019

Aditya ParameswaranAssistant professor at the Berkeley School of Information, Aditya Parameswaran, has been awarded the 2019 Very Large Data Bases Early Career Award. His work focuses on making data analysis tools effective and easy to use for experts in a variety of disciplines. 

September 18, 2019

DS OtsMaster’s of Information and Data Science (MIDS) student Daniel Santamaria Ots has received the Jack Larson Data for Good Fellowship for his research in Puerto Rico aimed at empowering disadvantaged communities and fostering further government transparency and accountability. Ots shifted his approach to research and data mining after witnessing the poor emergency response to hurricanes Irma and María. 

September 12, 2019

fakephotosI School and EECS Professor Hany Farid has authored a new book, Fake Photos, a concise and accessible guide to techniques for detecting doctored and fake images in photographs and digital media.

August 13, 2019

Jennifer Tour Chayes, Microsoft technical fellow and managing director for Microsoft Research in New England, New York, and Montreal, will become the university’s new Associate Provost for the Division of Data Science and Information and Dean of the School of Information. 

August 8, 2019

cloudBerkeley, UC San Diego, and the University of Washington have been awarded a five-year, $5 million grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop CloudBank, a suite of managed services to remove barriers to public cloud access for data science and computer science research and education.

August 6, 2019

Dean of Undergraduate Studies Bob Jacobsen has agreed to succeed David Culler as the Interim Dean of the existing division effective immediately.

July 1, 2019

The second annual National Workshop on Data Science Education drew more than 60 educators from a variety of institutions across the US, as well as Argentina, Brazil, Australia, the United Kingdom, and China. The workshop, developed around Berkeley's innovative undergraduate “Foundations of Data Science” curriculum and accompanying offerings, was held at Chou Hall from June 24-27.

MJordanDespite the current fascination with Artificial Intelligence (AI), misconceptions abound about its current state and future capacities, suggests Berkeley’s Michael Jordan, a pathbreaking researcher in Machine Learning (ML) in the inaugural issue of Harvard Data Science Review (HDSR).  

June 28, 2019

innovate for healthThe Berkeley Institute of Data Science (BIDS) has launched a new health data science program with the Bakar Computational Health Sciences Institute at UCSF and Johnson & Johnson / Janssen. 

June 19, 2019

UC Berkeley, UC San Diego, and University of Washington lead West region collaboration

June 16, 2019

Data science is an intellectual force multiplier. It can unlock insights on social problems, art collections, and language. It’s the glue that brings disciplines together. 

These are among the threads that drew three dozen Berkeley faculty and lecturers from across campus earlier this month for a three-day “boot camp” on incorporating data science into their teaching. They came from African studies, economics, law, and libraries; from statistics, history, and public health.

May 19, 2019

Heart, grit, and bold spirit burst through the grey clouds as families, friends, faculty, Chancellor Carol Christ and more than 100 graduates came together in Wheeler Hall Auditorium to celebrate UC Berkeley’s first ever data science commencement.

Welcoming the crowd, Data Science Education Program Faculty Lead Professor Cathryn Carson noted: “As a historian, it is a thrill to see all our paths converging on this special day. Because in coming together today, we are weaving a new story which we all are authoring, whose outcome we have the power and responsibility to define.”