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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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.


Headshot of Daniel KatzDaniel S. Katz is a DSCN contributing editor, where he brings in a research software perspective and provides a critical eye to draft content. He is Chief Scientist at NCSA at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where he's also an Associate Research Professor in Computer Science, Electrical & Computer Engineering, and the School of Information Sciences (iSchool). He works at the intersection of computing, scholarly communities, and policy, with a focus on research software.


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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 28, 2023

284 : Best of 2023 - The Top Data Science Stories in Every Category

December 14, 2023

283 : Is Autonomous Material Discovery the Next Big AI Thing?

November 30, 2023

282 : Decent Explainer on LLM Transparency; AI Safety is Messssy

November 16, 2023

281 : International Students are Back; David Sontag Launches EHR Start-Up

November 2, 2023

280 : Doing AI Safely - Table Stakes and New Techniques

October 19, 2023

279 : Hype around AI harms is back - LeCun responds to a Bengio blog post

October 5, 2023

278 : Narayanan and Kapoor explain how to evaluate LLMs

September 21, 2023

277 : Open Science is Orthogonal to IRBs. What about Disclosure Review Boards?

September 7, 2023

276 : Detecting California Wildfires Is Getting Easier

August 24, 2023

275 : Is the LLM development curve at an inflection point?

August 11, 2023

274 : Only Good News

July 27, 2023

273 : ChatGPT’s Performance Wobbles; Oceanographers Cry “The Planet is Broken”

July 13, 2023

272 : Is 2023 a key climate tipping point?

June 29, 2023

271 : EU’s AI Act Could Send Regulators After LLMs

June 15, 2023

270 : SciSciNet OA data lake; The amazing shrinkage of LLMs

June 1, 2023

269 : Beach-read: Next Chapters in LLMs and NLP

May 18, 2023

268 : The Cost-Benefit Analysis of ML for Water Systems is Wild

May 4, 2023

267 : Geoff Hinton Quits Google; Self-Correcting Black Hole Detection

April 20, 2023

266 : Vibes in AI “extremely motivated and extremely close to burning out”

April 6, 2023

265 : “Right to Cognitive Liberty”; 30 Flavors of Sensors; Un-pausing

March 23, 2023

264 : OpenAI Now Thinks Open Source LLMs are “flat out…wrong”

March 9, 2023

263 : Privacy Red-Team Launches Successful Reconstruction Attack Against Census Data; NIST’s AI Risk Framework

February 23, 2023

262 : Can AI Combat Signs of Aging? Predict Climate Risk?

February 14, 2023

261 : Ocean Deoxygenation Threat; Autonomous Vehicles Could be Energy Hogs

JANUARY 26, 2023

260 : Hinton’s New Forward-Forward Algorithm

JANUARY 12, 2023

259 : Future of Pluralism in Academia


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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