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Kathryn D. Huff appointed DOE Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy

/ May 11, 2021

BIDS Alum Kathryn D. Huff has been appointed DOE Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy. The news was part of a recent DOE announcement about additional appointees who have joined the Biden-Harris Administration "to help build a more prosperous and equitable clean energy future for the American people." 

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The Future of Our Cities: A Q+A with Marta González

/ May 1, 2021

This article is cross-posted with  Q+A on the future of our cities  April 26, 2021  |   Berkeley Engineering News _________

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Benjamin Nachman receives 2021 Guido Altarelli Award

Marsha Fenner / April 20, 2021

BIDS Research Affiliate Benjamin Nachman has been awarded the 2021 Guido Altarelli Award. Nachman is a Staff Scientist in the Physics Division at LBNL where he is the group leader of the cross-cutting Machine Learning for Fundamental Physics group. The award recognizes Nachman's research contributions "for precision measurements of observables sensitive to jet substructure and use of innovative machine learning techniques."

BIDS and Accenture welcome first Global Environmental Change Research Fellow

Marsha Fenner / April 15, 2021

BIDS and Accenture Applied Intelligence are pleased to welcome R.J. Cody Markelz as the inaugural BIDS-Accenture Global Environmental Change Research Fellow. The Data Science and Global Environmental Change Independent Research Fellowship is a full-time two-year position at BIDS made possible by funding from Accenture Applied Intelligence. 

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Rediet Abebe: A Computer Scientist Who Tackles Inequality Through Algorithms

/ April 14, 2021

This article is cross-posted from  A Computer Scientist Who Tackles Inequality Through Algorithms: Rediet Abebe uses the tools of theoretical computer science to understand pressing social problems — and try to fix them. April 1, 2021  |  Rachel Crowell  |  Quanta Magazine 

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Berkeley Computational Social Science Training Program: Call for Fellowship Nominations

/ March 17, 2021

Update April 21, 2021: The deadline for submitting nominations has been extended to April 29, 2021. UC Berkeley’s Computational Social Science Training Program (CSSTP) announces its 2021 call for nominations for the second cohort of CSSTP Fellows.

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New Deepfakes Signal That Near Flawless Forgeries May Be Here

/ March 11, 2021

In this recent All Things Considered podcast, BIDS Faculty Affiliate Hany Farid talks with NPR's Emma Bowman about the "misinformation apocalypse," the evolving sophistication of video technology and how recent advancements in machine learning are enabling the creation and proliferation of impressively believable "deepfake" videos. "This is clearly a new category of deepfake that we have not seen before," said Farid, who researches digital forensics and misinformation.

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A Day In The Half Life: Dark Energy

/ March 10, 2021

In the latest episode of Berkeley Lab's new podcast series A Day In The Half Life, BIDS Faculty Director Saul Perlmutter, a professor in UC Berkeley's department of Physics and a 2011 Nobel Laureate — and the co-discoverer of dark energy — talks with LBL Science Writer Aliyah Kovner and Claire Poppett, the Lead Fiber Scientist for Berkeley Lab's Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) and an Assistant Research Physicist in UC Berkeley's Space Sciences Laboratory.