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“Speed Data-ing” XOXOs

07 sd meyersOn Tuesday, February 26, SSC core faculty hooked up with invited UT faculty from diverse research areas and external guests in a unique data networking event: SSC Speed Data-ing. An original idea of Director Lauren Ancel Meyers, who admitted she thought of the idea while in the shower, the Valentine-themed “Speed Data-ing” event was created to spur research collaborations across UT and beyond.

“Speed Data-ing” brought together UT faculty and guests with interesting data from their research (“We got DATA!”) to mingle with SSC faculty with data analysis tools (“We got TOOLS!).

25 sd first table discussionDirector Meyers, who emceed, kicked off the event with a brief introduction of the Division of Statistics + Scientific Computation (SSC). SSC Consulting Manager Michael Mahometa gave an overview of the SSC Statistical Consulting program, and then each of the 18 invited participants gave a short presentation of his or her research or data analysis tools. After the individual presentations, the participants mingled in small groups of two to four people to discuss their projects further.

We collected data from the event in the form of a short survey, and on paper it appears that at least four matches were made. Statistically speaking, these “matches” are more complex than they might appear at first blush! However, five SSC Faculty (62.5%) and four external participants (66.7%) indicated that they were “Very likely” to take steps to collaborate with an individual they met at the event. What’s more, the remaining responders (100%) indicated that they were at least “Somewhat likely” to take collaborative steps with someone they met, and 100% also said that they enjoyed the event.

28 sd first table discussion 4We would like to thank all the participants listed below.

SSC Internal Participants and Statisticians –We got TOOLS!

Lauren Ancel Meyers 

Director, Division of Statistics + Scientific Computation (SSC)

and Professor, Section of Integrative Biology (IB)

Michael Mahometa

Consulting Manager, Division of Statistics + Scientific Computation (SSC)

Michael Daniels

Professor, Division of Statistics + Scientific Computation (SSC)

and Section of Integrative Biology (IB)

Peter Mueller

Professor, Division of Statistics + Scientific Computation (SSC)

and Department of Mathematics

Jonathan Pillow

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology

and Section of Neurobiology

Pradeep Ravikumar

Assistant Professor, Division of Statistics + Scientific Computation (SSC)

and Department of Computer Science (CS)

James Scott

Assistant Professor, Division of Statistics + Scientific Computation (SSC)

and Department of Information, Risk, and Operations Management (IROM)

Abel Rodriguez

Harrington Faculty Fellow, Department of Mathematics

and Assistant Professor, University of California at Santa Cruz

External Participants—We got DATA!

David Beaver

Professor, Department of Linguistics

Christopher Beevers

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology

and Director, Institute for Mental Health Research

Simone Browne

Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology

Z. Jeffrey Chen

Professor, Section of Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology (MCDB)

and affiliated with the Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (CCBB)

Zachary Elkins

Associate Professor, Department of Government

Mark Hayward

Director, Population Research Center (PRC)

and Professor, Department of Sociology

Vishwanath Iyer

Co-Director, Center for Systems & Synthetic Biology (CSSB),

Professor, Molecular Genetics & Microbiology (MGM),

and affiliated with the Institute for Cellular & Molecular Biology (ICMB)

Daniel T. Jaffe

Chair and Professor, Department of Astronomy

Christine Jesser

Senior Epidemiologist, Manager of Research Analytics, Analytics and Health Economics, Seton Healthcare Family

Max Shpak

Research Scientist, NeuroTexas Institute, St. David’s Medical Center

Sarah Tuttle

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Astronomy

Steven Warach

Professor and Cain Foundation Executive Director,

Seton/UT Southwestern Clinical Research Institute at Austin,

UT Southwestern Medical Center

We would also like to thank the SSC staff who were instrumental in organizing and coordinating the event:

Marilyn Harris, Administrative Associate, event coordinator

Vicki Keller, Administrative Manager, event advisor, booklet final editor, and technology operator

Jayne Medina, Sr. Administrative Associate, event set-up and tear-down

Lauren Ancel Meyers, Director, concept, flyer and booklet cover final design

Kathy Do, student worker, booklet and nametag design

Linda Liu, student worker, assistance with booklet editing

We would also like to thank caterer Upali Mallawa and East West Caters for his delicious and beautiful refreshments!

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