A campus-wide series of events and opportunities focused on data science and analytics

Data Analytics Major Kick-off Event
September 4, 3-5 p.m.; 140 Pomerene Hall
Host: Data Analytics Major

Open to all Data Analytics majors and pre-majors. Come meet other students in the DA major and learn about how to get involved with data analytics at OSU! Snacks will be provided. Arrive and leave at any time during the event. No registration required.

XSEDE 2 day HPC Workshop: Big Data
September 5-6; Ohio Supercomputer Center BALE Theatre
Host: XSDE

XSDE and the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center have come together for a two-day Big Data workshop that will focus on topics such as Hadoop and Spark using the Wide Area Classroom training platform. Registration required.

Introduction to Python
September 6, 2:30 p.m.; 2130 Derby Hall
Host: Department of Political Science’s Program in Statistics and Methodology (PRISM)

Python is a powerful language that is increasingly utilized by data scientists around the world. Join us as Ricardo Graiff Garcia introduces the basics of using Python in a workshop designed for those who have previous experience with R. No registration required.

GIS for Research I: An Introduction to GIS Concepts and Data (Workshop)
September 6, 3-4:30 p.m.; Research Commons, 3rd floor of 18th Avenue Library
Host: University Libraries / Research Commons

In this workshop will introduce participants will be introduced to key concepts for using GIS in research, learn more about common GIS data formats, and explore OSU Libraries’ and public databases where GIS data can be retrieved. Registration required.

Coffee with CURA
September 7, 2 p.m.-4.p.m.; Derby Hall 0126
Host: Center for Urban and Regional Analysis

Join the Center for Urban and Regional Analysis for their monthly open house and informal forum for discussion of topics related to cities and geospatial analysis. Stop by any time and ask us all of your burning spatial analysis questions, or just enjoy some coffee and snacks and conversation with fellow data enthusiasts.

Collective Behavior and Emergent Phenomena in Biology
September 10-12; MBI, Jennings Hall, 3rd Floor
Host: Mathematical Biosciences Institute

This CTW is a collaborative workshop for researchers and students with research interests in collective behavior and emergent phenomena in biology and its applications. The event will be similar in spirit to a hackathon, with the goal of finding new ways to understand the provided biological data. Registration required.

Using Publication Data from Web of Science to Create Productivity Reports
September 12, 12-1 p.m.; Health Sciences Library, 200 Prior Hall
Host: Health Sciences Librarian Stephanie Schulte

Units within many OSU colleges are often asked to show the level of scholarly productivity for annual reports. This can be challenging and time consuming. The Web of Science interface can provide an avenue for generating publication lists representing a unit’s or department’s scholarly publications for a given period of time. This workshop will focus on using the resources within Web of Science to produce such lists with relatively good accuracy, especially for the biomedical and health sciences. Registration required. 

Introduction to Data Visualization
September 12, 3-4 p.m.; Research Commons, 3rd floor of 18th Avenue Library
Host: University Libraries / Research Commons

Data visualization (or data viz for short) has rapidly developed into a huge area of interest for a broad group of users including researchers, businesses, and anyone looking to effectively communicate a large amount of information to a specific audience. If you have a research question that utilizes data, data visualization and its associated tools can help you analyze and make sense of the information you have gathered. Registration required, open to OSU graduate students.

MBI-CBI Mini-Symposium on Quantitative Neuroscience
September 13, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; MBI, Jennings Hall, 3rd Floor
Host: Mathematical Biosciences Institute and Chronic Brain Injury

This mini symposium will showcase a variety of quantitative approaches to brain and spinal cord injury, neurodegeneration, cognitive neuroscience, and related research topics. Talks will highlight opportunities at the intersection of neuroscience and computation, and participants will have the opportunity to share perspectives on current work and the future of these disciplines. The goal of the event is to foster interactions and to create new collaborations between neuroscientists and faculty in mathematics, statistics, and engineering. Registration required.

The Promise and Peril of Smart City Technologies
September 13, 12:10 p.m.; Barrister Club, 25 W. 11th Ave.
Host: Moritz College of Law Program on Data Governance

Please join the Moritz College of Law Program on Data and Governance to hear Professor Ryan Calo, University of Washington, as he delivers a talk in the epicenter of “smart cities.” Drawing on the work of the UW Tech Policy Lab around issues like open municipal data and autonomous vehicles, Professor Calo will discuss the promise and perils of new technical affordances for cities and their citizens. This lecture will emphasize the role of the city as a market-maker, a zone of responsible experimentation, and as an incubator for national and global policy and best practice. The event is free and open to the public, and lunch will be served to advance registrants. Registration required.

Data Analytics Major Information Session
September 14, 10-11 a.m.; 105 Pomerene Hall
Host: Data Analytics Major

Are you a current undergraduate student at Ohio State interested in switching your major to Data Analytics? Register to attend a DA Major Information Session! Registration required.

 

 

Mobility & Equity: Can Transportation Make Columbus a More Equitable Community?
September 14, 12-1p.m.; 165 Thompson Library
Host: CURA

CURA’s event series this Autumn focuses on mobility and equity, inspired by the growing activity and visibility of the Smart Columbus project. Will these initiatives make cities more equitable and just? Registration required.

Workshop: Family-Based Genomic Studies
September 17-19; MBI, Jennings Hall, 3rd Floor
Host: Mathematical Biosciences Institute

This workshop will focus on the use of family studies in the hunt for disease associated genes, include the development of novel methodologies and statistics for assessing variant disease relationships as well as the important role of the family study design in a clinical sequencing setting. Registration required.

Discovery Themes Lecturer Program Presents DJ Patil
September 19, 3:30-4:45 p.m. (doors open at 2:45 p.m.); Mershon Auditorium
Host: University Provost

DJ Patil is perhaps the most influential data scientist in the world. Appointed by President Obama as the first U.S. chief data scientist, he was tasked with making the largest organization in history—the U.S. Federal Government—a data-driven enterprise. Join for his talk on Big Data, and How It Can Solve the World’s Most Pressing Problems. Registration required.

GIS for Research II: Essential Skills for GIS Data Management and Visualization (Workshop)
September 20, 1-4 p.m.; Research Commons, 3rd floor of 18th Avenue Library
Host: University Libraries / Research Commons

The aim of this workshop is to lower those barriers for researchers new to GIS by focusing on some of the most common tasks and essential skills for getting started with GIS data management and visualization. In this workshop, participants will:

  • Gain hands-on experience using ArcGIS Desktop, the industry-leading GIS software
  • Learn best practices for describing, preparing, organizing, and managing their GIS data
  • Perform fundamental GIS tasks including acquiring data, projecting data, joining data, and creating map layouts for visualization

Registration required.

Tech Talk / Workshop for the R
September 20, 5-7 p.m.; 264 Dreese Lab
Host: HackOHI/O and Math Department

Familiarize yourself with the widely used analysis language R at the R Language workshop taught by data scientist Collin McCabe. More.

Data Analytics Major Information Session
September 25, 1-2 p.m.; 105 Pomerene Hall
Host: Data Analytics Major

Are you a current undergraduate student at Ohio State interested in switching your major to Data Analytics? Register to attend a DA Major Information Session! Registration required.

Data Manipulation in the Tidyverse
September 25, 1 p.m.; 2130 Derby Hall
Host: Department of Political Science’s Program in Statistics and Methodology (PRISM)

There are a variety of tools for processing and manipulating data in R. The Tidyverse suite of packages contain widely used, elegant, and efficient means of preparing and processing data for analysis. Join us as Benjamin Campbell covers data manipulation the Tidyverse way. No registration required.

Covidence: Streamlining Data Extraction and Systematic Review Management
September 26, 12-1 p.m.; Health Sciences Library, 200 Prior Hall
Host: Health Sciences Librarian Kerry Dhakal

This workshop will introduce participants to the systematic review management tool Covidence, which is now available to OSU users through the Health Sciences Library. Covidence is a tool that facilitates citation management, PRISMA diagram creation, article screening and selection, data extraction, and quality assessment. Registration required.

Introduction to Excel for Data Visualization
September 27, 3-4:30 p.m.; Research Commons, 3rd floor of 18th Avenue Library
Host: University Libraries / Research Commons

Microsoft Excel is a basic but powerful spreadsheet program that is often used as the starting point for data visualization because of its ease of use. Using data in a table format allows for an organized way of entering your data, cleaning, processing, and analyzing it, and even visualizing it. While there may be other, more specialized data analysis and statistical tools available, Excel provides a basic foundation for visualizing data that then can be refined in other programs such as Adobe Illustrator or imported into more visualization- focused tools like Tableau. Registration required; open to OSU faculty, postdocs, and graduate students.

Save the Date: Josh Epstein Lecture
September 28; 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; Senate Chamber, Ohio Union, 2nd Floor
Host: Translational Data Analytics Institute

TDAI’s Complexity Community of Practice will host Josh Epstein, Director of NYU’s Agent-Based Modeling Lab, for a special lecture that includes lunch. Registration is required.

Ohio GIS Conference
September 24-26; Hyatt Regency Columbus
Host: County Engineers Association of Ohio, URISA Ohio Chapter, OGRIP

The Ohio GIS Conference is the premier gathering of GIS professionals from around the state. This year’s conference features keynote speaker Xan Fredericks, a USGS cartographer and the LIDAR coordinator for USGS Coastal-Marine Hazards and Resources. The Center for Urban and Regional Analysis will present their work to measure transit accessibility to opioid treatment services on September 25 from 9:10 a.m. to 9:40 a.m. For more information or to register, visit the event website.