On April 22nd, UC Berkeley threw open its doors for its campus-wide open house, Cal Day, which each year attracts thousands of current and prospective students, their families, as well as members of the community. And for the first time, the Berkeley Data Science Education Program and the Berkeley Institute for Data Science (BIDS) were part of it.
A crowd of more than 100 people filled BIDS in Doe Library to the rafters. Among the featured events were a demo Data Science lecture from award-winning faculty Ani Adhikari (Statistics) and John DeNero (Computer Science), who teach the pioneering Foundations of Data Science course. In addition, BIDS fellows Chris Holdgraf and Laura Nelson offered engaging five-minute "lightning talks" about their data science research. A "Career Pathways" panel with Berkeley researchers, alumni and faculty, gave attendees an opportunity to learn about the wide world of data science careers from industry to academia. And the talent student teams from the Data Science Education Program met in small groups and individually with interested students and their families, sharing their perspectives on Berkeley's data science program.