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Latest HDSR Podcast
Differential Privacy for the 2020 U.S. Census: Can We make Data Both Private and Useful? (Part 2)
Embark on part two of Harvard Data Science Review Podcast's discussion on the U.S. Census
Protecting the data privacy of survey respondents has always been a central consideration for the U.S Census Bureau, and throughout its history, many methods have been developed and implemented. For the 2020 Census, the Bureau adopted a new form of privacy protection—differential privacy which was received with mixed reaction. To further understand why the Census Bureau adopted this new form of privacy protection and to help explore the concerns raised about differential privacy, we invited two experts who represent both sides of the debate and who each contributed to the Harvard Data Science Reviewspecial issue on the 2020 U.S. Census.
Supreme Court curbs EPA’s power to regulate carbon emissions. What’s next?
Recent article published in The Harvard Gazette featuring HDSI Co-Director Francesca Dominici
In late June, the Supreme Court issued a ruling stating that the Environmental Protection Agency cannot put state-level caps on carbon emissions under the 1970 Clean Air Act. Such authority would, in effect, steer states away from coal and toward other types of power sources that emit less carbon. The Court said that, instead, the authority to decide how power is created in the U.S. must come from Congress. Here, experts from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health discuss the implications of the ruling.
Reflections on Harvard’s Data + Society Summer Book Club
HDSI-sponsored Data and Society Book Club hosted by Dr. Kelly McConville, Department of Statistics
Students, faculty, and staff share the highlights of the Data and Society Summer Book Club in which they read "The Alignment Problem: Machine Learning and Human Values" and "Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men."
Reimagining the Role of Business in the Public Square: Multistakeholder Engagement on ESG Commitments, Metrics, and Accountability
Thursday, September 15, 2022 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM EST
Location: Harvard Business School Campus
Hosted by HLS Center on the Legal Profession, HBS Institute for the Study of Business in Global Society, HKS Center for Public Leadership, and HDSI
How can business leaders, governments, and other key stakeholders work collaboratively to make measurable, sustainable, and accountable progress on ESG goals and commitments?
Join an in-person, interdisciplinary event, Reimagining the Role of Business in the Public Square. The event has no attendence fees, will take place in-person, and will be open to the public. In attendence will be a global audience of leaders from business, government and public policy, academia, law, civil society, the media, and other key stakeholders.
This event is dedicated to facilitating an exchange of ideas among leaders from business, public policy, law, academia and civil society about practical, principled, and effective ideas to make meaningful progress on ESG commitments, metrics, and accountability.
Beginner Workshop: Intro to Git + GitHub with R + RStudio
Thursday, August 18, 2022 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM EST
Hosted by The R User Group at Harvard Data Science Initiative
Join R User Group for a virtual beginner workshop with Nicole A. Swartwood and Christian Testa to learn how to leverage Git and GitHub for your R programming adventures and how to track changes and collaborate with peers on your code. Everyone is welcome. Register via the link below.
Data + Donuts is a learning and discussion group that offers a welcoming space to engage critically with issues of data and society. Every few weeks during the academic year, we invite researchers and practitioners to facilitate conversations around their area of expertise – and share donuts!
This event’s speakers Whitney Airgood-Obrycki (Senior Research Associate) and Sophia Wedeen (Research Analyst) work on research related to affordable rental housing at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University.
Programming + Pizza is a peer-to-peer mentoring group where those interested in programming tools and computational research can build skills and community. Every event highlights one interesting coding project (listed on our website), but attendees are free to work on whatever they like – including pizza!
At this session of Programming + Pizza, the Research & Data Services team will talk about the ways they can help you with your data and computationally-driven projects. After their presentation, attendees will have plenty of time to work on the projects of your choice.
Leading Smart Policy Design: A Multisectoral Approach to Economic Decisions
Meeting Dates: September 20, 2022 – October 11, 2022
Application Deadline: Monday, August 29, 2022
Hosted by Harvard Kennedy School Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD) and Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education
From September 20 to October 11, 2022, Evidence for Policy Design and Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education will offer Leading Smart Policy Design, a program designed for leaders working on policies or programs that address social and economic problems around the world.
This online program features interactive lectures, case studies, and small group sessions in which participants will address a specific design challenge facing their organization and gain insights from faculty, teaching fellows, and peers.
New for this year, the program will highlight faculty research on gender equity, health, microfinance, environmental economics, education, labor market policies, and social protection systems strengthening. Applications are currently being accepted, and both individuals and teams are invited to apply.
2022 Distinguished Lecture Series in Statistical Sciences: Xihong Lin
Thursday, September 29 and Friday, September 30
3:30 – 4:30 PM EST Location: Triovest Auditorium, Toronto, Ontario
Hosted by CANSSI Ontario
Congratulations to Professor Xihong Lin, who has been awarded the prestigious Distinguished Lectureship in Statistical Science (DLSS) from the Ontario Regional Centre of the Canadian Statistical Sciences Institute (CANSSI). The lecture consists of one general lecture and one more specialized lecture by an internationally prominent statistical scientist.
Xihong Lin is a Professor and the former Chair of the Department of Biostatistics, Coordinating Director of the Program in Quantitative Genomics at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, and Professor of the Department of Statistics at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences of Harvard University, and Associate Member of the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT.
September 29: Lessons Learned from the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Statistician’s Reflection
September 30: Ensemble Methods for Testing a Global Null Hypothesis
Graduate Research in Science and Technology Studies (GRiSTS) 2022: Call for Proposals
Abstract Submission Deadline: August 29, 2022, 5:00 PM EST
Conference Dates: October 13 – October 15, 2022
Hosted by the Program on Science, Technology, and Society (STS) at Harvard Kennedy School
Applications for the 2022 GRiSTS Conference are now open. Please submit abstracts (up to 350 words) by Monday, August 29. Note that students are responsible for their own transportation to and accommodations during the event.
The GRiSTS conference invites students from any discipline to discuss the relations of S&T with policy, politics and governance in modern societies. Through sharing their work, students from universities across the Northeast connect to a growing network of STS research and mentoring in areas of shared intellectual interest and practical concern. Fostering these connections will allow young researchers to better appreciate their own academic contributions and professional roles, as well as build inclusive, yet critical, understandings of S&T in global society.
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