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Two new research divisions at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory will focus its lab-wide foundational expertise on computational science and data science activities. The new Data Science and Learning Division, led by CI Senior Fellow Ian Foster, and the Computational Science Division will enhance lab-wide, cross-cutting capabilities to enable new scientific knowledge and insight in a wide range of disciplines.

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Using lists of names collected from publicly available websites, two University of Chicago researchers have revealed distinctive patterns in higher education systems, ranging from ethnic representation and gender imbalance in the sciences, to the presence of academic couples, and even the illegal hiring of relatives in Italian universities.

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People have touted the potential of big data and computation in medicine for what feels like decades, promising more effective and personalized treatments, new research discoveries, and smarter cli

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Renovations beginning this spring will provide a vibrant new home in the John Crerar Library building for the Department of Computer Science and the Computation Institute. Included as well are renovated library spaces to provide a range of research services for faculty and students on campus. Combined, these efforts will transform the building into an exciting campus hub for collaboration, instruction, research and support, especially around computing and data science.

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Around the world, cities are showing signs of old age. For urban areas, one of the first signs of advancing years comes in its circulatory system — the water infrastructure — as pipes laid underground over a century ago start to break down. Beyond the direct cost of repairing water main breaks and replacing the broken components, these incidents cause major headaches for nearby residences, businesses, and traffic. Last summer, Data Science for Social Good partnered with the City of Syracuse to help address this problem proactively by predicting where future water main breaks would occur. 

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For the past four years, the Data Science for Social Good summer fellowship has brought over 160 fellows from around the world to Chicago to work on data-driven projects with real world significance. They've used machine learning and predictive analytics to improve graduation rates, anticipate urban blight and water infrastructure issues, direct hazardous waste inspections, deliver targeted social services, and much more. Now, the program, run by the CI's Center for Data Science and Public Policy, is looking for fellows, mentors, project managers, partners, and funders for 2017, with applications due at the end of January.

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The Data Science for Social Good Summer Fellowship's 2016 Data Fest presented projects addressing problems in education, public health, policy, conservation, international development, social services, policing, and a broad range of other societal issues, proving the potential of data-driven methods for creating positive change.

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The new Center for Spatial Data Science joins the Computation Institute and the Social Services Division, bringing advanced spatial analytics methods to fields ranging from economics and urban sociology to medicine and public health. Learn about the center's research collaborations and initiatives in software, training, and developing new methods.

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From Kenya and Mexico to Syracuse and Tulsa, data in the hands of people with skills, expertise, and compassion can produce genuine benefits.

People at the University of Chicago study climate and energy from a variety of perspectives, including geophysics, computer modeling, law, economics, and molecular engineering.