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Cristen Willer, Ph.D.
Cristen Willer, Ph.D., was awarded the Dean's Basic Science Research Award. This award recognizes a scientist or group of scientists identified as having made outstanding contributions to the Medical School in basic biomedical science research.

Michigan Institute for Data Science (MIDAS)

Associated Press
A national wire story that pulls Mark Schlissel and Jack Hu's quotes from the news release has appeared on websites of at least 30 outlets in Michigan, Ohio, New York, Oklahoma. Example: http://www.ourmidland.com/news/state/university-of-michigan-launches-m-data-initiative/article_c9e79932-07cf-5fa4-a544-59325c8a048b.html

Detroit Free Press

Detroit News
In-depth piece that takes extra effort to explain the relevance. Dan and I set up two interviews for the reporter, one with Brian Athey and one with physics professor Tim McKay, who explained the scientific relevance.

ASEE First Bell
Top story on today's high-profile e-newsletter distributed by the American Society for Engineering Education to its members.

WJBK Fox 2 TV news
Watch the clip at: https://drive.google.com/a/umich.edu/file/d/0By41ZKE4ZrVaRnpfQTRORF9YV00/view?usp=sharing

Inside Higher Ed

Campus Technology

Health Data Management
Al Hero and Brian Athey were both interviewed by this specialized outlet.

Ann Arbor News

WWJ Radio
Interviewed Brian Athey
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WDET, Detroit's NPR station
Brian Athey and Al Hero were interviewed.

DCM&B director, Professor Brian Athey, Ph.D., has been named as co-director to The Michigan Institute of Data Science (MIDAS) along with Professor Al Hero, Ph.D., CCMB Affiliate Faculty Member and long time mentor in the Bioinformatics Graduate Program. MIDAS is the focal point at U-M for the multidisciplinary study of data science.

U-M is launching a project to analyze complex data in transportation,medicine, and social science and Dr. Brian Athey, DCM&B director and co-director of the ‘Data Science Initiative’ speaks with WDET radio about this.

ANN ARBOR—Progress in a wide spectrum of fields ranging from medicine to transportation relies critically on the ability to gather, store, search, and analyze “big data”—collections of information so vast and complex that they challenge traditional approaches to data processing and analysis. The University of Michigan plans to invest $100 million over the next five years in a new Data Science Initiative (DSI) that will enhance opportunities for student and faculty researchers across the University to tap into the enormous potential of big data. “Big data can provide dramatic insights into the nature of disease, climate change, social behavior, business and economics, engineering, and the basic biological and physical sciences,” said U-M President Mark Schlissel. “With our widely recognized strengths across all of these areas, and our longstanding culture of collaboration across disciplines, U-M is in a unique position to leverage this investment in data science for the good of society.” Under the auspices of the DSI, U-M plans to: hire 35 new faculty over the next four years and engage existing faculty across campus; expand U-M’s research computing capacity; strengthen data management, storage, analytics, and training resources; foster new methodological approaches to big data; provide new educational opportunities for students pursuing careers in data science; and support interdisciplinary data-related research initiatives. “Data science has become as a fourth approach to scientific discovery, in addition to experimentation, modeling, and computation,” said Provost Martha Pollack. “To spur innovation while providing focus, the DSI will launch challenge initiatives in four critical interdisciplinary areas that build on our existing strengths in transportation research, health sciences, learning analytics, and social science research.” In one project at U-M’s Mobility Transformation Center, for example, researchers are collecting a continuous stream of data at 10 times a second from each of nearly 3,000 private cars, trucks, and buses on the streets of Ann Arbor in order to test the operation of connected vehicles. The DSI will help collect, store, and analyze the huge amount of data being generated even as the number of vehicles expands to more than 20,000. "In medicine and public health, U-M researchers seek to use big data to boost the effectiveness of data-driven biomedical and health research to improve patient care. By sifting through the massive amount of data generated from DNA sequencing, medical histories, and other sources, for example, they are exploring ways to more precisely diagnose or assess an individual’s risk for certain types of cancer, and to formulate the most effective personalized therapies. Another novel area of research at U-M is drawing on big data to examine the nature of teaching and learning with the aim of providing instruction tailored to the specific needs of individual students. This will involve, for example, gathering and analyzing a rich variety of data from thousands of student activities and experiences to uncover the connections between student behavior and success for different kinds of students. And in social science, U-M researchers are studying the potential of analyzing massive amounts of data generated by social media to replace or complement conventional surveying techniques as a way to gain insight into a broad range of socioeconomic questions. Industry engagement is also central to the initiative, with a particular focus on the automotive, advanced manufacturing, chemical, finance, health care, and pharmaceutical sectors. Reflecting the broad promise of big data, all academic units on campus are supporting the initiative. As part of the DSI, U-M will be establishing the Michigan Institute for Data Science. “Big data is revolutionizing research in an extraordinary range of disciplines,” said S. Jack Hu, interim vice president for research. “With this initiative, our goal is to spark innovation in research across campus while inspiring further advances in the techniques of data science itself.” An inaugural symposium to mark the launch of the Data Science Initiative is scheduled for October 6 in the Rackham Building. The event will be open to the university community and the public. For more information on the Data Science Initiative and the inaugural symposium, please visit the Michigan Institute for Data Science website at midas.umich.edu/dsi."

"Past AAAS President Gil Omenn and his wife Martha Darling have endowed a new AAAS lecture series, which Omenn kicked off at the AAAS Forum on Science & Technology Policy by exploring the need for "aspirational and inspirational" research challenges. The Gilbert S. Omenn Grand Challenges Address was established to identify "particularly challenging needs and goals at the intersection of science and society." Building on Omenn's Presidential Address at the 2006 AAAS Annual Meeting and its publication in Science, the new lecture series should help to "energize not only the scientific and engineering community, but also students, journalists, the public, and their elected representatives, to develop a sense of the possibilities, an appreciation of risks, and an urgent commitment to accelerate progress," he said."

"David E. Meyer, known as one of the most famous psychologists living today, has been selected as the 2016 Henry Russel Lecturer. It is one of the university's highest honors for a senior member of its active faculty. Meyer is the Clyde H. Coombs and J.E. Keith Smith Distinguished University Professor of Mathematical and Cognitive Psychology and professor of psychology, LSA. His selection as the Henry Russel Lecturer recognizes his research that has appeared in numerous books and scientific periodicals, and his prolific mentorship of young scholars. Meyer has helped produce generations of highly productive cognitive scientists taking professional positions at major universities and research institutions throughout the U.S. and overseas. In addition, four faculty researchers will receive the Henry Russel Award, one of the highest honors the university bestows upon junior faculty. They are: • Julia Adler-Milstein, assistant professor of information, School of Information, and assistant professor of health management and policy, School of Public Health. • Jeremy N. Bassis, assistant professor of atmospheric, oceanic and space sciences, College of Engineering, and assistant professor of earth and environmental sciences, LSA. • Clare H. Croft, assistant professor of dance, School of Music, Theatre & Dance. • Christopher R. Friese, assistant professor of nursing and assistant research scientist, School of Nursing."

Bioinformatics faculty member Scott Barolo has been appointed as Director of the Program in Biomedical Sciences [PIBS]. The Bioinformatics Program congratulates him on this new role in the Univ. of MI Medical School.

ASMS Graduate Student Award Presentations
Congratulations to Chih-Chiang Tsou (Nesvizhskii lab) who received a 2015 Graduate Student Award from the American Society for Mass Spectrometry (ASMS). The ASMS Graduate Student Award recognizes graduate students whose academic achievements and current mass spectrometry research display a high level of excellence and distinction. The award was presented during the 2015 ASMS conference in St Louis, Missouri.