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Washington Research Foundation provides $9.3M for UW Data Science efforts

escience_logoThe Washington Research Foundation has awarded $9.3 million to the University of Washington eScience Institute to consolidate UW’s leadership position in Data Science. Xconomy reports:

“UW professors and research leaders say the WRF funding will help programs that span some of the campus’ strongest departments become even better. The main focus is attracting and retaining elite faculty and post-doctoral researchers who work across multiple disciplines …

“The WRF money will also help finance new physical spaces at the UW, including … the WRF Data Science Studio, described by computer science professor Ed Lazowska in an e-mail as ‘a hub for inter-disciplinary collaboration.’

“Lazowska, who has led a successful data science push at the UW over the last several years, calls the WRF investment ‘a game-changer for us.’

“’It’s the key to uniting the other pieces we have assembled,’ he says.”

Read more in Xconomy here.