Jennifer Tour Chayes — currently a Microsoft technical fellow and managing director for Microsoft Research in New England, New York, and Montreal — will become UC Berkeley's new Associate Provost for the Division of Data Science and Information and Dean of the School of Information, beginning her term on January 1, 2020.
The new Division of Data Science and Information was established last fall to harness the university’s leadership in the field and to enable its vast community of researchers to bring data science to bear in today's rapidly evolving digital world. The first-of-its-kind division, situated as a peer of Berkeley’s colleges and schools, was one of the most significant changes in the university’s organizational structure in decades.
A renowned researcher in the field of network science, Chayes is celebrated for her work on models and algorithms that help explain the structure of the Internet, social and economic networks, and networks in computational biology. “Berkeley is celebrating today because in Jennifer Chayes we have recruited a phenomenal leader and world-renowned scholar to join our community and help Berkeley to continue to lead the way in Data Science, Information, and Computing,” said Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Paul Alivisatos.
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