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September 22, 2022
In this issue:
National Hispanic Heritage Month
HDSI Recent News + Publications
Featured Event
Upcoming Events
Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunity

Full-Time Opportunities
HDSI Annual Conference 2019 Panel on Data-Driven Scientific Discovery featuring Chris Stubbs, Cora Dvorkin, Galit Lahav, Venkatesh Murthy, and Matthew Schwartz.
Dear Friends, 

Save the date for the upcoming HDSI Annual Conference 2022 taking place on November 15 and 16 at the SEC and Klarman Hall! Visit the conference website for details and registration. This event is free and open to the public!

Join us in continuing to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month by viewing our collection of data science-related reads and resources below.

Applications are now open for the 2023-2024 
Harvard Data Science Initiative Postdoctoral Fellows Program! Apply now.

All the best,

The Harvard Data Science Initiative
NHHM / Data Science Reads + Resources
Pew Research Center

Hispanic Americans’ Trust in and Engagement With Science
Pew Research Center

Data Science in Spanish

State of the art of data science in Spanish language and its application in the field of AI
Learn data science, AI, and more, from Hispanic experts
Coursera's Latinx employee resource group has curated a special collection of top courses, all taught by Hispanic experts.
LatinX in AI (LXAI) bridges communities, academics, industry, and politicians working to further AI innovation and resources for LatinX individuals globally.
HDSI Recent News + Publications
Artificial intelligence foundation for therapeutic science
Nature Chemical Biology

Co-authored by HDSI Faculty Affiliate Marinka Zitnik.

More accurate specification of water supply shows its importance for global crop production
Nature Food

Co-authored by 2019 HDSI Postdoctoral Fellow Jonathan Proctor and HDSI Faculty Affiliate Peter Huybers.
Impacts of Census Differential Privacy for Small-Area Disease Mapping to Monitor Health Inequities

Co-authored by HDSI Faculty Affiliate Rachel C. Nethery.

‘Dramatic’ rise in wildfire smoke triggers decline in US air quality for millions
The Guardian

Featuring HDSI Faculty Co-Director Francesca Dominici.
Featured Event
Harvard Data Science Initiative Annual Conference 2022
Tuesday, November 15
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM EST

Science + Engineering Complex, Harvard SEAS
Wednesday, November 16, 2022
8:00 AM – 6:30 PM EST

Klarman Hall,
Harvard Business School
Two days of in-person workshops, tutorials, + plenary sessions
The Harvard Data Science Initiative Conference is a two-day event in Boston, MA that showcases data science in research and education through panels, keynotes, workshops, and tutorials featuring speakers from across Harvard, academia, and industry.
The Conference connects expert methodologists, data science professionals and educators across disciplines to ignite new discoveries with impacts on health, education, economics, social policy, business and the humanities.

This event is free and open to the public. Ticket required for admission. Please RSVP to reserve your spot.
Upcoming Events
Achieving Reliable Causal Inference with Data-Mined Variables: A Random Forest Approach to the Measurement Error Problem
Thursday, October 20, 2022
3:30 AM – 5:30 PM EST
Hawes Hall, Classroom 203, Harvard Business School
HDSI Causal Seminar: Edward McFowland III, Harvard University
  • Edward McFowland III, Assistant Professor, Technology and Operations Management Unit, Harvard Business School

Combining machine learning with econometric analysis is becoming increasingly prevalent in both research and practice. A common empirical strategy uses predictive modeling techniques to "mine" variables of interest from available data, then includes those variables into an econometric framework to estimate causal effects. However, because the predictions from machine learning models are inevitably imperfect, econometric analyses based on the predicted variables likely suffer from bias due to measurement error. Read more.
Optimal nonparametric estimation of heterogeneous
causal effects 
Thursday, November 3, 2022
3:30 AM – 5:30 PM EST
Hawes Hall, Classroom 203, Harvard Business School
HDSI Causal Seminar: Edward Kennedy, Carnegie Mellon
  • Edward Kennedy, Associate Professor of Statistics and Data Science, Carnegie Mellon University

Estimation of heterogeneous causal effects -- i.e., how effects of policies and treatments vary across units -- is fundamental to medical, social, and other sciences, and plays a crucial role in optimal treatment allocation, generalizability, subgroup effects, and more. Many methods for estimating conditional average treatment effects (CATEs) have been proposed in recent years, but there have remained important theoretical gaps in understanding if and when such methods make optimally efficient use of the data at hand. This is especially true when the CATE has nontrivial structure (e.g., smoothness or sparsity). Read more.
Data and Economic Principles in Video Games
Thursday, November 10, 2022
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM EST
Virtual (Zoom)
HDSI Industry Seminar: Tammy Levy,
  • Tammy Levy, Chief Games Officer,

Underneath the fun of games we can find complex economies. In the last 15 years, with the rise of accessible broadband internet, video game developers have been able to regularly release game updates or "patches" through a process called live servicing. In addition to new content, game designers often add, remove, and rebalance the resources in the game– effectively manipulating the game's economy on a regular basis. In this talk, I will cover the basic principles of game economies and the core business KPIs used to monitor a game's performance. Then I'll walk through real examples behind the data-driven decisions for game optimization.

Towards Life 3.0 Talk Series: The Coming AI Hackers

Thursday, September 29, 2022
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM EST
Location: Virtual
Hosted by the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy
  • Bruce Schneier, Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

Towards Life 3.0: Ethics and Technology in the 21st Century is a talk series that draws upon a range of scholars, technology leaders, and public interest technologists to address the ethical aspects of the long-term impact of artificial intelligence on society and human life.
Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunity
Harvard Data Science Initiative Postdoctoral Fellowship Program 
Deadline: Monday, November 14th, 11:59 PM EST
The Harvard University Data Science Initiative is seeking applications for its Harvard Data Science Initiative Postdoctoral Fellows Program for the 2023-2024 academic year. The normal duration of the Fellowship is two years. Fellows will receive a generous salary as well as an annual allocation for research and travel expenses. 

We are looking for researchers whose interests are in data science, broadly construed, and including researchers with a primarily methodological focus as well as researchers who advance both methodology and application. Fellows will be provided with the opportunity to pursue their research agenda in an intellectually vibrant environment with ample mentorship. We are looking for independent researchers who will seek out collaborations with other fellows and with faculty across all schools of Harvard University.

We recognize that strength comes through diversity and actively seek and welcome people with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and identities.
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