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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Data Science for Social Good Student Fellow applications are now open!


Are you interested in using data-driven discovery for societal benefit? 

The University of Washington eScience Institute, in collaboration with the Cascadia Urban Analytics Cooperative, is excited to announce the summer 2018 Data Science for Social Good (DSSG) program. The program brings together Student Fellows with data and domain researchers to work on focused, collaborative projects for societal benefit.
Sixteen DSSG Student Fellows will be selected to work with academic researchers, data scientists, and public stakeholder groups such as government officials, academic researchers, non-profit organizations, and the general public, on data-intensive research projects.
Who: Graduate students and advanced (junior/senior) undergraduate students are invited to apply. Spring 2018 graduates are eligible for this program. Students who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents are eligible to apply as long as their visa status allows them to work in the U.S. We cannot sponsor student visas for this program.
What: Each student will be part of a team working full-time on a research project that has concrete relevance and impact. Students are expected to work closely and collaboratively with team members onsite for the duration of the 10-week program. Projects will have an applied social good dimension and involve analysis and visualization of data from areas such as public health, sustainable urban planning, environmental protection, disaster response, crime prevention, education, transportation, governance, commerce, and social justice. Click for summaries of projects from the Summer 2015 and Summer 2016  and Summer 2017 DSSG programs.
Where: Most work will be conducted on the UW campus in the WRF Data Science Studio, but some field excursions in the City of Seattle or King County may also be involved.
When: This is a 10-week long, full-time program beginning June 11th and ending August 17th 2018.
Compensation: Students will be given a stipend of $6,500 for the 10 weeks.
Desired qualifications:
·  Demonstrated experience in issues related to social good
·  Research experience with quantitative or qualitative tools
·  Strong academic record
·  Previous programming experience

How to Apply: CLICK HERE FOR THE APPLICATION FORMPlease note: a copy of your CV and unofficial transcripts are required to complete the form.
Questions may be directed to exec-director@escience.washington.edu.
Application Deadline: February 12th at midnight Pacific Time 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Apply now for Storytelling Fellows

Are you a graduate student engaged in academic or professional work that you wish you could communicate to a broader audience? Interested in building your resume while learning how to tell compelling stories about meaningful topics? Curious about what you can do with a digital story?

If YES: the UW Libraries invites you to apply for Storytelling Fellows! This is an innovative, hands-on program designed to highlight the interests and accomplishments of UW graduate students, using digital-storytelling skills and technologies. The program will take approximately 10 accepted fellows through the start-to-finish process of envisioning and creating a digital-storytelling video suitable for an online portfolio, professional presentation, or academic project.

Folks who have completed this totally free, three-week online program have created digital stories for the following reasons:

  • To make digital streaming content for websites
  • To communicate their work either to professional or public audiences
  • To make videos they’ll incorporate into their research (like for oral histories)
  • To make a short film they can screen before defending their dissertation
  • To learn a creative, emergent form they’ll use in their teaching
  • To learn a skill they can highlight on the job market and employ in their careers
  • To tell stories that have never been told and never will be unless they do it
  • To have pure fun
Storytelling Fellows Course Details:
  • The course will run from January 24th-February 17th.
  • The three live Saturday sessions on January 27th (from 9:30am-12:00pm), February 10th  (from 9:30am-12:00pm), and February 17th (from 9:30am-10:30am) are mandatory
  • Finishing a video is mandatory
Take a look at the syllabus for more information.

No previous experience with media-making is necessary.

Really, the only requirement is a desire to be creative, to finish a project of your own design, and to interact with other graduate students across disciplines.

To apply, please fill out this application by January 19th.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Learn about Data Science for Social Good Program


Would you like experience working with a data scientist on project serving the public good? Next Tuesday, January 9th from 12-1pm, the UW Libraries will host an informational session on the Data Science for Social Good program in the Allen Library, Research Commons, Green A. Data Science for Social Good is an opportunity for graduate and advanced undergraduate students to work in a team-based environment for 10 weeks over the summer months on a data analysis and visualization project with a data scientist and community stakeholders. It is an excellent chance to build and enhance skills and offers a stipend for the 10 weeks. Applications open January 8th and close February 12th. Bring your lunch and join us! All students are welcome to attend this informational session to learn more about the program and to ask questions.

Monday, November 27, 2017

New UW Libraries mapping resource: PolicyMap

PolicyMap screenshot
Average travel time to work by 2010 Census Tract
Want to track the median sale price of residential homes in the U.S. by census tract? Map how far away given neighborhoods are to the closest high-performing public school? Upload your own geocoded dataset to quickly view the data on an interactive map? PolicyMap, the UW Libraries’ newest data mapping tool, lets you do all of that and much, much more!

PolicyMap features US data on topics that will be of interest to a broad cross-section of disciplines, including demographic, real estate, health, education, lending, and quality of life data. You can view and download (as a .csv file) data in a number of different geographies (county, zip code, city, state, etc.), including down to the census block group level for some datasets. PolicyMap will also let the UW community upload and map geocoded data in .csv format to the platform and share their data/maps with the rest of the UW community. If you have questions or feedback, please contact UW Geography Librarian Kian Flynn.

Monday, October 2, 2017

UW grad students: apply now for Storytelling Fellows

Are you a graduate student looking to network across programs? Engaged in academic or professional work that you wish you could communicate to a broader audience? Interested in building your resume while learning how to tell compelling stories about meaningful topics?

If YES: the UW Libraries invites you to apply for Storytelling Fellows, an innovative, hands-on program designed to highlight the interests and accomplishments of UW graduate students, using digital-storytelling skills and technologies.

Storytelling Fellows
·         A Free Online Skill-Building Program for Graduate Students
·         Sponsored by the Research Commons & Libraries Instructional Design Team
·         10/18-11/8 with two synchronous online sessions on 10/21 and 11/4 (9:30am-12:00pm)

What is Storytelling Fellows?
It is a totally free three-week online program that will take approximately 10 accepted fellows through the start-to-finish process of envisioning and creating a digital-storytelling video suitable for an online portfolio, professional presentation, or academic project. Fellows will meet for two mandatory synchronous online sessions in order to discuss project ideas and gain insight into the art of storytelling, using the cloud-based program WeVideo.

Do I need to have any prior experience?
Nope! No previous experience with digital storytelling or WeVideo is required or needed. An online Canvas-based course will be provided to bring you up to speed on the finer points of digital storytelling.

When does the Fellows program run?
The online Canvas course opens 10/18 and closes 11/8. The two synchronous online sessions are on Saturday, 10/21, from 9:30am-12:00pm and Saturday, 11/4, from 9:30am-12:00pm. Preference will be given to those who can attend both of the synchronous sessions.

Where do I find detailed information about the workshop’s requirements?
Take a look at the syllabus.

How do I sign up?
Fill out this survey by no later than 10/13. We will cap the workshop at 10 people, so it’s best to sign up soon.

Check out the workshop’s trailer!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Inaugural Virtual Reality User Group meeting, 10/5

The Health Sciences Library is launching the first meeting of the Virtual Reality User Group with executive sponsors Dr. Edward Verrier, Professor and Chief of Surgery at UW School of Medicine and Tania Bardyn, Associate Dean for University Libraries and Director of the Health Sciences Library. This first meeting will take place on October 5th, 2017 from 11-12pm in the TRAIL room (T216) of the UW Health Sciences Library. The VR User Group will be meeting quarterly to explore topics in VR, and to educate and raise campus awareness of health sciences uses of VR technology. At this first meeting, Ryan James of Pear Med will present and demonstrate VR equipment and software.

Everyone from the UW community is welcomed to attend and participate. Since space in the TRAIL room is limited, please RSVP by 10/4 and complete this registration form. This event will also be streamed for those unable to attend in-person, and a recording will be made available on the Health Sciences Library’s TRAIL website. If you have any questions, please contact Stephen Gabrielson.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Constitution Read-Aloud at UW Libraries

Tone up your civic engagement muscles by participating in the Twelfth Annual Constitution Read-Aloud on Friday, October 6, 12:00 - 1:15 p.m., 3rd floor Suzzallo Library.


All are welcome to listen. Those who volunteer as readers will be given several sentences to read. No rehearsal is necessary! The mood is informal, nonpartisan, and respectful.

It is not necessary to come for the whole time; many people stop by to catch a part of the reading, then come and go as they wish.