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Seattle Times on UW/Berkeley/NYU/Moore/Sloan data science initiative

handout-mugshot-200x300“The University of Washington is one of three schools across the country sharing a major grant to spread ‘big data’ analysis skills beyond computer science and apply them to other fields …

“‘Our goal is to figure out how to rapidly evolve universities to support and utilize data-intensive discovery,’ Ed Lazowska, eScience Institute founder and Computer Science & Engineering professor, said via email. ‘We have been doing this on a small scale, but now we’ll be able to work the problem at a large scale, and as a collaboration among three teams that include some of the strongest faculty at some of the nation’s strongest universities’ …

“‘We see enormous potential in the cross-pollination that happens by having participants co-locate in the data science studio,’ Bill Howe, a UW affiliate assistant professor of Computer Science & Engineering, said in the UW release. ‘These projects will help expose common problems and enable collaboration as we continue to scale up our investment in data science expertise’ …

“The UW also received an additional $2.8 million ‘integrative graduate education and research traineeship’ grant from the National Science Foundation that will fund graduate students learning to analyze massive data collections in their research fields.”

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November 12, 2013