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HDSI Postdoc Isabel Fulcher COVID-19 work in Peru

May 11, 2021

To elucidate why the virus has been so lethal in Lima, Peru, Biostats alum Isabel Fulcher PhD '18, currently a postdoctoral fellow in the HMS Department of Global Health and Social Medicine and the Harvard Data Science Initiative, will work with the Peruvian community health organization Socios En Salud to develop a better understanding of viral behavior in the Peruvian context.

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Harvard University and Elsevier sign Master Data Use Agreement

May 5, 2021

We are delighted to announce that Harvard University and Elsevier have signed a Master Data Use Agreement (DUA) that will facilitate access by Harvard researchers to a large multidisciplinary and multimodal collection of  Elsevier owned or managed datasets, including full-text article content, citation data, and curated data from different domains, including pharmacology and engineering.  Under the terms of the Agreement, Harvard researchers will have the opportunity to access these datasets for research purposes at no cost.   

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Harvard University and Elsevier have signed a Master Data Use Agreement

May 3, 2021

We are delighted to announce that Harvard University and Elsevier have signed a Master Data Use Agreement (DUA) that will facilitate access by Harvard researchers to a large multidisciplinary and multimodal collection of  Elsevier owned or managed datasets, including full-text article content, citation data, and curated data from different domains, including pharmacology and engineering.  Under the terms of the Agreement, Harvard researchers will have the opportunity to access these datasets for research purposes at no cost.   

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New Video: Understanding What it Takes to Make Science Trustworthy

April 28, 2021

The recently launched Trust in Science Project, a collaboration between the Harvard Data Science Initiative and the Program on Science, Technology & Society, brings together faculty across the University to explore what it takes to make science trustworthy, from trusting scientific claims, to the processes of science, to the ways that science guides decision making.... Read more about New Video: Understanding What it Takes to Make Science Trustworthy

Former HDSI Postdoc Publishes Science on COVID-19 Healthcare Disparities

April 27, 2021

Former HDSI Postdoctoral Fellow Gonzalo Mena, and previous HDSI Competetive Research Awardees Caroline Buckee and Mauricio Santillana have published a paper in Scienceanalyzing COVID-19 incidence and mortality in Santiago, Chile, highlighting major consequences of healthcare disparities in a highly segregated city, showing that these inequalities disproportionately affected younger people.

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2021 HDSI Competitive Research Fund Awards

April 20, 2021

Each year the Harvard Data Science Initiative Competitive Research Fund provides targeted seed and bridge funding to Harvard faculty who propose novel methods, innovations, or solutions to data science challenges. Since 2017 the HDSI has provided over $1.4 million in funding across the University.

This year the HDSI awarded funds to projects by Boaz Barak (Computer Science), Edo Berger (Astronomy), ...

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HDSR Podcast Episode 2

April 15, 2021
We’re going to the Oscars on this month’s episode of the HDSR Podcast.  What are the biggest predictors of an Oscar win?  What are the pros and cons of using quantitative vs. qualitative data? Has the film industry’s increased use of streaming services impacted Oscar predictions? We investigate these questions and more by speaking with two renowned Oscar experts: Boston Globe film critic and columnist Ty Burr and Ben Zauzmer, author of Oscarmetrics... Read more about HDSR Podcast Episode 2