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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 24, 2020

Sage Ocean

This article was written by Jae Yeon Kim, a computational social scientist and PhD candidate in Political Science at UC Berkeley. 

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!” 

 

Students Michael Huang, Neha Hudait, Alan Liang, Arth Vidyarthi, Adhithya Basker and Lyle Lalunio worked with UCSF to apply deep learning to echocardiograms to detect heart disease. 

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 11, 2020

Despite the difficult circumstances, student researchers in the UC Berkeley Data Science Discovery Research Program continue to push forward and work to come up with innovative solutions to the problems and issues they face, both with the situation of the current working environment and with the projects they work on.

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.

May 1, 2020

How much difference does closing schools make in limiting the spread of COVID-19? How about border restrictions? Stay-at-home orders?

A group of researchers from Berkeley, Georgia Tech, and University of Illinois have built an app to help explore these questions. COVIDVIS enables users to look at the interplay of these and other interventions and the number of reported COVID-19 cases and deaths.

April 29, 2020

A team led by two Berkeley faculty has received a grant to investigate and address eviction spikes and displacement risks related to COVID-19. They’re among the first grantees of the newly created C3.ai Digital Transformation Institute for projects focused on COVID-19 response and recovery.

April 27, 2020

Coming May 5: Our virtual Showcase highlighting students' amazing work designing courses, investigating the human and social contexts and ethics of data, and leveraging data science for everything from making cyberspace inclusive to promoting environmental justice.

April 24, 2020

Extrapolating from Italian data, University of California, Berkeley, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory data scientists estimate that the fatality rate for COVID-19 is higher than some recent estimates have suggested.

April 22, 2020

Accenture Applied Intelligence and the Berkeley Institute for Data Science (BIDS) are building a strategic relationship to further the field of data science. This collaboration aims to explore major social and scientific challenges, such as ethical AI, biomedicine, and environmental sustainability in California.

April 21, 2020

In this video conversation, Jennifer Chayes, associate provost of the Division of Computing, Data Science, and Society and dean of the School of Information, speaks with three UC Berkeley faculty about how data can be used to combat racial health disparities, rather than perpetuate them.

April 20, 2020

Rent isn’t the only extreme price we pay to live in California. Natural disasters like wildfires, earthquakes, droughts, landslides, and floods are all too common, and increasingly so. Crises such as these, including the current coronavirus pandemic, rely heavily on donations to support affected communities. While cash donations are generally preferred by shelters and disaster relief agencies, donations of physical supplies are often necessary for immediate relief in times of sudden disasters.