Data Science Community Newsletter

The Data Science Community Newsletter (DSCN) covers academic data science research and institution building, open science efforts, government funding of (data) science, and select applications of data science in industry. Many of our stories are sourced from our readers’ Twitter feeds, which gives the writing a conversational, of-the-moment community-led sensibility. We also provide a data visualization of the week, calls for papers, key events and conferences, and select job postings.

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Intellectual History

The DSCN launched in 2015 to facilitate “imagined community” among the three universities - NYU, UC Berkeley, UW-Seattle - who made up the bi-coastal Moore-Sloan Data Science Environment. The DSCN is now an Academic Data Science Alliance project.

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Brad Stenger headshotBrad Stenger is the production editor and ring master of the technical machinery that sources all the DSCN content from the far reaches of the internet. His information discovery and curation stack is what allows us to hit the breadth of coverage while maintaining clear focus on the topics that interest our readers. And he's stepped up to do quite a bit of the writing too. Besides newsletters, Brad enjoys hacking his Garmin and researching wearable technology.


Laura Norén is the DSCN managing editor and lead writer. She synthesizes the news items from Brad's pipeline with witty commentary for the DSCN readers. She also contributes in-depth pieces which can be found in our "From the desk" section and guides the development of newsletter features. She is a Visiting Scholar at NYU’s Center for Data Science. She holds a PhD in Sociology from NYU, undergrad degrees from MIT, and is broadly interested in the sociotechnical impacts of applied data science.


Prior Contributors


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Catherine Cramer was a writer and editor of DSCN, and also contributed long-form articles to the "From the Desk" series. She is the Assistant Director of the EarthCube Office at the San Diego Supercomputer Center at UCSD, and the Director and Co-Founder of the non-profit Woods Hole Institute. She works to create partnerships among research, industry, academia, and underserved communities around complex data and network sciences and workforce development.

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DECEMBER 29, 2022

258 : Biggest Stories of 2022; Predictions for 2023

DECEMBER 15, 2022

257 : LeCun Tweeted about ChatGPT

DECEMBER 1, 2022

256 : Even bigger academic strike (UK); More threats to tenure

NOVEMBER 16, 2022

255 : Nearly 50,000 UC academic workers on strike in California

NOVEMBER 4, 2022


NOVEMBER 3, 2022

254 : Academic version of “A Florida man….” Sasse Unanimously Approved by Trustees, Faculty Vote “No Confidence”, Students Protest

OCTOBER 20, 2022

253 : Well-intentioned white men in physics?

OCTOBER 5, 2022

252 : Ethics Problems in Higher Edu; California's Simultaneous Boom and Bust

SEPTEMBER 22, 2022

251 : Academic Inequality in 3 parts; Inequality on the Planet - Humans vs the rest


250 : Remote-Proctored Exams Ruled Unconstitutional; France Requires PhDs to Take Ethics Oath

AUGUST 24, 2022

249 : Tree Extinction; AI Art Panic; Long COVID update

August 10, 2022

248 : Is the planet on the brink of societal collapse? (and why are insurance companies the vanguard on this question?)

July 27, 2022

247 : The Beach-y Vacation Issue

July 13, 2022

246 : Annual Survey Results - Surprises

June 29, 2022

245 : AI model of RBG is released

June 15, 2022

244 : Sports, Recreation, Postdoc Life

June 1, 2022

243 : Annual Reader Survey; Academics leaving the academy

May 19, 2022

242 : Batch of climate-positive developments; Is Chris Bail the academic Elon Musk??

May 5, 2022

241 : Org Structure for Data Science Centers from Phil Bourne

April 20, 2022

240 : Cost of free academic labor?

April 7, 2022

239 : Math and Stats degree holders are happiest

March 24, 2022

238 : Grad school is worth it! With Charts!

March 10, 2022

237 : Big research round-up: Bengio. Climate. Vibrating models

February 24, 2022

236 : Travel Divides Academics, Future of Conferences Is Unclear

February 10, 2022

235 : Harvard falls from grace. So does Eric Lander.

January 26, 2022

234 : Trimming in-person campus time post-pandemic

January 13, 2022

233 : Long COVID, a “mass disabling event”

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