An Informal Conversation about Interdisciplinary Teaching on Environmental Issues Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Program on the Environment Commons, Wallace Hall (ACC) 012
Free to attend. Please register by Thursday, February 24, 2013.
How big is your data? And can your students grok it? In an era when datasets are mushrooming, the cloud is ever expanding, and environmental science is in dire need of multidisciplinary, real world information to document and address global change; how do we bring students to the party? Can “big data” make them more aware, make them care more? Or is an onslaught of information more likely to create overload? Where is the balance between ownership and understanding? Join us for MGT: How Big is Your Data? where we’ll hear from 4 faculty members who are convincing their students to dive headfirst into datasets larger than any one student could ever collect.
- Andrew Connolly, Professor, Astronomy
- Miles Logsdon, Senior Lecturer, Oceanography
- James Lutz, Research Scientist, Environmental & Forest Sciences
- Daniela Witten, Associate Professor, Biostatistics; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Statistics; Affiliate Investigator, Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center
Last week the Pacific Northwest National Lab announced a new initiative with University of Washington. The Northwest Institute for Advanced Computing has the aim of mining’ big data’ and addressing challenges ranging from climate change to energy management. Read more here!
There are decades, if not centuries, of data about the world’s oceans. However, sharing these data has been difficult – until now. Seattle start-up OneOcean garnered $6 million to create a “Dropbox for ocean data”; read more here!
SCIENCE ONLINE SEATTLE #2
Dances with data: Tools for turning information into visual stories.
Room 133, William Gates Hall, University of Washington, 6:30pm – 8:00pm
With the accelerating accessibility of data, from satellite imagery, genomics and all ‘omics, digitized historical records, and more, answering research questions is now as much about working — and playing — with existing data as about gathering new data. What are the most effective ways to explore your data and extract meaning from it? How can others — scientists, managers, the public – explore or even contribute to the data behind your graphics? At this month’s #sosea we will highlight some of the slickest tools and methods for creating insights from data, and discuss what is — and isn’t — changing about data visualization in an age of informatics and open science. Join us!
ScienceOnline Seattle is a local meeting of the ScienceOnlineNOW community. The local co-organizers are Liz Neeley of COMPASS, Jennifer Davison of the University of Washington College of the Environment and Brian Glanz of the Open Science Federation and Northwest Association for Biomedical Research.
Eugene Kolker, Chief Data Officer at Seattle Children’s Research Institute and Co-Founder and President of Data-Enabled Life Sciences Alliance International. The Kolker Lab’s work is on data-enabled science, predictive analytics, biomedical, bio- and health informatics, high-throughput analyses, and proteomics. Their work in predictive analytics includes exploring factors that influence the health and care of patients, strategic development and resource management of Seattle Children’s Hospital, the national levels of support for the sciences, as well as economic modeling of Seattle. DELSA Global is a community-based, but international initiative to connect experts, share data, and democratize science.
Dustin Smith, Senior Product Consultant at Tableau. Justin’s whole job is to play with data! He works closely with Tableau Public & Digital products.
Hunter Hadaway, Creative Director at Center for Environmental Visualization. The custodian of creative cleanup, Hunter manages the design, development and deployment of all aspects of CEV’s graphical output. His specialties are graphic design, 3-D modeling, animation, interface design, web development, and video design/editing.
Rob Fatland, Microsoft Research Connections research program manager. Rob has been called the “evangelist of Layerscape“, a product that allows earth scientists to analyze and visualize giant loads of data.
If you can’t attend, we’ll be streaming the event live at http://new.livestream.com/scioWC/ and you can follow it on Twitter using the hashtag #soSEA.
CONTINUING THE CONVERSATION…
After the event, we will adjourn to Big Time Brewery & Alehouse on the Ave.