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The 2nd Annual Data for Public Good Symposium

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Do you have experience in working alongside community partners in data analysis or program evaluation? Do you want to connect with others who are using their skills for public good? National efforts from organizations such as DataKind, Data Science for Social Good, and Statistics without Borders have been expanding in recent years as more individuals recognize their potential to impact social change.  Great things can happen when individuals are empowered to dedicate time, resources, and knowledge to the pursuit of public good. Whether we work in the foreground or the background, we can all contribute to improving the lives of those around us.

Statistics in the Community (STATCOM), in collaboration with the Center for Education Design, Evaluation, and Research (CEDER) and the Community Technical Assistance Collaborative (CTAC), invite you to participate in the 2nd Annual Data for Public Good Symposium hosted by the Michigan Institute for Data Science (MIDAS). The symposium will take place on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 and will showcase the many research efforts and community-based partnerships at U-M that focus on improving humanity by using data for public good. If you are interested in attending, please register here.

Call for Abstracts

We also invite you to share your expertise by submitting an abstract in one of the following areas: demonstration of a completed or ongoing community-university partnership; new methodology and tools that provide a service to humanity; real-world applications of using data for philanthropy or public good.

About the Organizers: STATCOM is a community outreach organization offering the expertise of statistics graduate students – free of charge – to nonprofit governmental and community organizations. CTAC is a community-university partnership convened to serve a universal need identified by community partners around data and evaluation. CEDER is a School of Education center devoted exclusively to offering high-quality designs, evaluations, and research on teaching, learning, leadership, and policy at multiple levels of education. This symposium is part of our effort to bring together university organizations that promote similar ideals and individuals whose research provides a service for the greater good.

Submission Deadline: January 25, 2019 by 11:59 pm.  Please submit your abstract online.

Submission Format and Procedure: Please include a title, a list of authors and presenters, and their affiliations. At least one author should have a U-M affiliation. The main body of the abstract should be no more than 300 words and should include a brief summary of the partnership or research and methods, main results, and impact. Please do not include figures, tables, or a bibliography in the abstract.  Please indicate whether you prefer an oral presentation or poster. Oral presentations will be 15 minutes in length and may consist of one or multiple presenters. The Data for Public Good Committee will try their best to accommodate your preference. Teams will be notified no later than January 29th.

For Questions: Please contact salernos@umich.edu.

 

 

 

 

 

Data-Intensive Social Science Challenge Symposium

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Data-intensive social science is one of the research focus areas that MIDAS supports with its Challenge Awards. Our long-term goal is to support this research area more broadly, using the Challenge Award projects as the starting point to build a critical mass. This symposium offers a platform for all participants to explore collaboration opportunities and aims to attract more researchers to our hub. The two Challenge Award teams will give in-depth presentations, and all participants are encouraged to submit posters on research related to data-intensive social science.

Registration | Poster submission form (Due Monday, Sept. 10)

Preliminary Schedule:

9 am: Introduction

9:05 am to 11:35 pm: Challenge Award presentations

11:35 am to 1 pm: lunch, poster session and networking (Please fill out this form to submit a poster; deadline is Monday, September 10)

1 to 2 pm: Panel discussion: the future of data-intensive social science research at U-M

  • Martha Bailey, Professor, Economics, University of Michigan
  • Sara Heller, Assistant Professor, Economics, University of Michigan
  • Matt Shapiro, Professor, Economics, University of Michigan
  • Lisa Singh, Professor, Computer Science, Georgetown University
  • Mike Traugott, Professor Emeritus, Communication Studies, Political Science, University of Michigan

Computation: A Pillar of Science and a Lens to the Future — the 2018 MICDE Symposium

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The Michigan Institute for Computational Discovery and Engineering 2018 Symposium will feature eminent scientists from around the world and the U-M campus. The symposium this year will show how computational science is leading the research at all scales in our lives, from the molecular level to the sky.

Visit the Symposium page for more details.

Please register if you plan to attend.

SPEAKERS


Guruduth Banavar
Chief Technology Officer
Viome


Cynthia Chestek
Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering and EECS
University of Michigan


Alison Marsden
Principal Investigator, Cardiovascular Biomechanics Computation Lab
Stanford University


Cleve Moler
Cofounder and Chief Mathematician
MathWorks


Raju Namburu
Chief, Computational and Information Sciences Directorate
Army Research Lab


Stephen Smith
Assistant Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of Michigan


Beth Wingate
Professor, Mathematics
University of Exeter

POSTER COMPETITION

The symposium will include a poster competition highlighting outstanding computational work from U-M students and postdocs. First place is awarded $500, and second and third places win $250.

SAVE THE DATE: MIDAS Annual Symposium, Oct. 11

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Please join us for the 2017 Michigan Institute for Data Science Symposium.

The keynote speaker will be Cathy O’Neil, mathematician and best-selling author of “Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy.”

Other speakers include:

  • Nadya Bliss, Director of the Global Security Initiative, Arizona State University
  • Francesca Dominici, Co-Director of the Data Science Initiative and Professor of Biostatistics, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Daniela Whitten, Associate Professor of Statistics and Biostatistics, University of Washington
  • James Pennebaker, Professor of Psychology, University of Texas

More details, including how to register, will be available soon.