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BIDS’ new Diversity and Inclusion Working Group to host workshop series for underrepresented undergraduates

Marsha Fenner / January 31, 2019

BIDS has formed a new working group to celebrate and help support and promote the diverse perspectives and identities of Berkeley’s active data science community.

Best Practices for Fostering Diversity & Inclusion in Data Science

R. Stuart Geiger / January 29, 2019

A blog post by Stuart Geiger and Orianna DeMasi, based on a conversation with Andreas Zoglauer, Diya Das, Fernando Hoces de la Guardia, Kellie Ottoboni, Marsha Fenner, Nelle Varoquaux, Rebecca Barter, Richard Barnes, Sara Stoudt, Stacey Dorton, and Stéfan van der Walt (names in alphabetical order), with additional contributions and links from Aaron Culich. Introduction

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New research explores disparities in US rooftop solar deployment

Marsha Fenner / January 10, 2019

In a new paper in Nature Sustainability, BIDS Senior Fellow Dan Kammen, former BIDS Data Science Fellow Deborah Sunter, and UC Berkeley researcher Sergio Castellanos investigate rooftop solar photovoltaics (PV) deployment across the US, and explore disparities in its adoption based on race and ethnicity.

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December 2018 NumPy Developer Weekend

Matti Picus / January 10, 2019

On Friday November 30 and Saturday December 1st, we held a NumPy developer meeting at BIDS. In attendance was the BIDS NumPy team (Stéfan van der Walt, Tyler Reddy, and Matti Picus), core developers Charles Harris, Eric Wieser, and Stefan Hoyer, as well as dask founder Matthew Rocklin. Here follows an outline of the discussion, which is also documented in the meeting notes.

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scikit-image receives CZI funding to improve biomedical imaging

Marsha Fenner / December 12, 2018

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative announced this month funding for open-source software efforts to improve image analysis and visualization in biomedicine. The announcement includes funding for scikit-image.

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Google's “Superhuman” Game-Playing AI. Is It Truly Intelligent?

/ December 11, 2018

BIDS Senior Fellow Bin Yu is featured in this NOVA Next article about Google's new Alpha Zero "self-teaching artificial intelligence software," which Google claims "taught itself to play chess, shogi, and Go in a matter of hours" and mastered all three to the extent that it outperforms the current top-ranking AIs in the gameplay arena.