Spotlight on Students and Alumni

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Spotlight on Students and Alumni 2017-10-31T12:56:44-07:00

UCI Students

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This is What It’s Like To Be a Young Climate Scientist

Zach Labe, an Earth System Science PhD student and 2016 Data Science Summer Fellow, talks about what it’s like to be a young climate scientist.

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Grad students get leg up from Google

One aims to streamline big data, making it faster and easier for companies to share. The other wants to guard folks’ personal information online. Both are doctoral students at UC Irvine’s Donald Bren School of Information & Computer Sciences and recipients of 2013 Google Ph.D. Fellowships.

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Q&A with David C. Stenning
5th-year Ph.D. student in Statistics

Why did you choose to pursue graduate studies at UCI?
I’ve always had an amateur interest in astronomy and was a research assistant in the Columbia Astrophysics Laboratory after undergrad, but I planned on pursuing graduate studies in statistics. UCI is one of only a few institutions where I could focus on Astrostatistics, an emerging field that nicely combines my background and interests. Having the Department of Statistics housed within the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences was also appealing since it provides opportunities for fruitful interaction with students and researchers in important complementary fields, such as Machine Learning.

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UCI Alumni Working in Data Science

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The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30:

Emma Spiro

As a new assistant professor at the University of Washington’s Information School, Spiro’s senior colleagues consider her to be brilliant. Her areas of expertise include crisis informatics, big data, and emergency information management, and she publishes award-winning academic papers about how people use Twitter and Facebook during natural disasters, terrorist attacks, and mass protests.

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Dan Russell ’77 receives Lauds & Laurels Distinguished Alumnus Award

The world now knows him as a MOOC (massive open online course) pioneer and the creator of “A Google a Day.”

But 40 years ago, Dan Russell ’77 was simply a freshman at UC Irvine, learning about a thing called artificial intelligence.

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