Welcoming BIDS 2015 Data Science Fellows

July 24, 2015

We are thrilled to introduce our 2015 cohort of data science fellows! With diverse research backgrounds and experiences, the new Fellows will complement BIDS founding group in driving data science innovations and enhancing collaborations across UC Berkeley and beyond. Please join us in welcoming them:

Garret Christensen

Garret Christensen

Research Fellow, Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA)

Garret is in interested in research transparency and reproducibility and questions of causal inference in labor and development economics, particularly with regard to child health and education programs in both developed and developing country settings.

Chihoko Cullens

Chihoko Cullens

Assistant Research Physicist, Space Science Laboratory

Chihoko's primary research interest is understanding the atmospheric coupling process between different atmospheric layers and its impact on ozone recovery, climate change, and space weather predictions. She is currently working on understanding how small-scale features in the atmosphere affect the atmospheric coupling process using high-resolution atmospheric simulations as well as observational data.

Cyrus Dioun

Cyrus Dioun

Doctoral Candidate, Department of Sociology

Cyrus employs machine learning and computer vision to analyze the nascent multibillion-dollar state-legal cannabis markets in the US. Working with Professor Heather Haveman, Cyrus is examining the relationship between legitimacy and price in both medical and recreational markets.

Dan Hammer

Dan Hammer

Doctoral Candidate, Environmental Economics

Dan was a 2014 Presidential Innovation Fellow, working with the NASA CTO and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to help build api.nasa.gov, an API inventory for the agency. Previously, Dan was the chief data scientist at the World Resources Institute, where he led the tech team behind Global Forest Watch, which won the 2014 UN Big Data Climate Challenge.

Robert Nadeau

Robert Nadeau

Research Geophysicist, Berkeley Seismological Lab

Robert studies repeating micro-earthquakes (REQs) and non-volcanic tremor (NVT), two recently discovered low-amplitude seismic phenomena that occur in large numbers and have special properties that illuminate deep fault zone and large earthquake processes. His current research is focused on obtaining a larger-scale view of their distribution in space and time along the San Andreas Fault.

Jasmine Nirody

Jasmine Nirody

Graduate Student, Biophysics

Jasmine is interested in using simulations and data from single-molecule biophysics experiments to understand molecular motors, such as the bacterial flagellar motor (which allows bacteria to swim) and the Fo motor of ATP synthase (which allows cells to have energy), as well as developing accessible and standardized data analysis tools for the biosciences.

Kellie Ottoboni

Kellie Ottoboni

Graduate Student, Department of Statistics

Kellie’s research focuses on using robust nonparametric statistics and machine learning to make causal inferences from data in the health and social sciences. In addition to developing new statistical methods and studying their theoretical properties, Kellie writes open source software implementing nonparametric methods in R and Python.

Anthony Suen

Anthony Suen

Project Program Analyst, Data Science Initiative Project

Anthony co-founded the BIDS Collaborative, which helps students collaborate with non-profits, government, and research institutes to solve challenging real-world issues. Anthony is also a founding board member of Spark Clean Energy, a non-profit that helps run the DOE’s National Cleantech Competitions and the University Cleantech Entrepreneurship Training Program.



Featured Fellows

Garret Christensen

Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS)
DATA SCIENCE FELLOW

Chihoko Cullens

Space Sciences Laboratory
Data Science Fellow

Cyrus Dioun

Sociology
DATA SCIENCE FELLOW

Dan Hammer

Agricultural & Resource Economics
Data Science Fellow

Robert M. Nadeau

Berkeley Seismological Lab
Data Science Fellow

Jasmine Nirody

Biophysics
Data Science Fellow

Kellie Ottoboni

Statistics

Anthony Suen

Data Science Education Program
Data Science Fellow