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Promoting linguistic diversity in community and stakeholder engagement

/ July 16, 2020

BIDS Data Science Fellow Váleri Vásquez contributed to a recent study that sought to inform and consult non-English speaking publics in California about gene drive science. Working with scientists who were directly involved in the development of the gene drives being presented, the authors translated crucial information about this complex emerging technology into Spanish. They then successfully engaged Spanish-speaking audiences on questions about gene drive and its potential impact on their communities.

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Antarctic journey inspires conservation, collaboration and climate advocacy

Marsha Fenner / July 1, 2020

BIDS Data Science Fellow Váleri Vásquez was among a delegation of women who traveled to the Antarctica Peninsula last winter as part of a global leadership initiative that promotes the influence and impact of women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM).

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New California COVID assessment tool allows public to access to current data and models

/ June 25, 2020

This article cross posted from Governor Newsom Unveils California COVID Assessment Tool, an Open-Source “Model of Models” that Will Allow Scientists, Researchers, and Public to Access the Most Current COVID-19 Data and Model Future Scenarios

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Pycro-Manager: new open source software for integrated microscopy hardware control and image processing

Marsha Fenner / June 24, 2020

BIDS Senior Fellow Laura Waller and former BIDS Data Science Fellow Henry Pinkard, along with colleague Nico Stuurman, have developed Pycro-Manager, a new open source software tool for controlling different parts of μManager using Python.

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The growing importance of genomic metadata standards in the time of coronavirus

Marsha Fenner / June 22, 2020

In a new article in Nature: Scientific Data, BIDS Senior Fellow Neil Davies and colleagues from the Genomics Standards Consortium highlight the importance of implementing higher standards for categorizing genomic metadata, and how critical data accuracy becomes in effectively mobilizing the scientific community to prepare for and respond to emergencies like the coronavirus pandemic.

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COVID-19 in the global south: Economic impacts and recovery

Marsha Fenner / June 15, 2020

BIDS Senior Fellows and CEGA Faculty Co-Directors Ted Miguel and Josh Blumenstock were recently featured in a webcast about COVID-19 in the global south: Economic impacts and recovery, a part of the Berkeley Conversations: COVID-19 series hosted by the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA).

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2020-2022 Data Science Health Innovation Fellowships - Applications due August 2

/ June 10, 2020

As part of the Innovate For Health initiative, the University of California Berkeley (UC Berkeley) and University of California San Francisco (UCSF) are currently soliciting applications for outstanding data scientists to join the Data Science Health Innovation Fellowship Program.

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COVID-19 locks Kenya's future in green energy

Dan Kammen / June 7, 2020

This article cross-posted with  Covid-19 locks Kenya's future in green energy  June 7, 2020  |  The Daily Nation (Nairobi, Kenya) Daniel Kam­men, Khadija Famau, and Joseph Odongo    ___________________________ 

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Improving the accuracy of CT scans for COVID-19 diagnosis

Marsha Fenner / June 4, 2020

BIDS Consulting Data Scientist and LBL Computational Research Scientist Dani Ushizima is working with a team at Berkeley Lab to evaluate and improve the accuracy of CT scans to diagnose COVID-19.    The American medical community has been skeptical of using CT scans to diagnose COVID-19, because the abnormalities on the lungs of COVID-19 patients often look very similar to other infections and upper respiratory illnesses, including influenza, H1N1, other SARS viruses, and MERS.

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In the pandemic, cities are scrambling to expand cycling infrastructure: Big Data can help

/ June 4, 2020

This article is cross-posted from  In the pandemic, cities are scrambling to expand cycling infrastructure: Big Data can help  June 4, 2020  |  Maria Cataline Ochoa and Gregor Engelmann  |  World Bank Blogs _________