18
Jun
2013

As the Eric & Wendy Schmidt Data Science for Social Good fellowship enters its third week, the orientation ice-breakers of the first couple days have given way to the grind of hard work. Following the technically-oriented "boot camp" of the first week, where fellows got a crash course in the software and tools at their disposal this summer, the second week featured a different sort of educational experience. A steady stream of experts, on topics ranging from Chicago crime and public transit to energy infrastructure and early childhood interventions, visited the DSSG space to expose fellows to the gritty details of the real world problems they will address.

12
Jun
2013

Trauma surgeons know how to fix gunshot wounds, lacerations and broken bones. It's what comes afterwards that really worries them. Even after the initial injury is treated, patients are at risk for secondary issues such as infection, sepsis and organ failure. While the biological pathways involved in these processes have been well studied and characterized, effective interventions to reliably stop the dangerous cascade have yet to be discovered.

"It was very frustrating for me to not have the drugs and tools necessary to fix what I thought was actually going wrong with those patients," said trauma surgeon and CI senior fellow Gary An, in his University of Chicago Alumni Weekend UnCommon Core talk. "Often we know what will happen, but we have no way to stop it."

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04
Jun
2013

The Data Science for Social Good summer fellowship is officially underway, as (most of) the 36 fellows have made it to Chicago, met their mentors and explored their new digs on the Chicago River. Juan-Pablo Velez captured the excitement of the first day over at the fellowship’s blog, where there will be plenty of updates all summer.

We spent our first day getting to know the program, and each other.

Program director Rayid Ghani kicked things off by welcoming mentors, staff, and fellows.