Check out the WiDS event this week along with other upcoming events and workshops!
- NEW! Consulting Drop-in Hours -

D-Lab Consulting RoomD-Lab is now offering expanded access to our consulting services through our new drop-in consulting hours available at our virtual frontdesk.

We have multiple consultants with a wide variety of expertise available Monday-Friday from 10am-5pm.  

Browse our list of consultants
or check out our drop-in hours schedule.

You will be greeted by the frontdesk host who will help you submit a consulting request and then the host will assign you
to a breakout room so you can
speak with a consultant right away!

- Blog Posts -

Enjoy the Layover 
By Frank Hidalgo

"BA is a student organization run by ten UC Berkeley graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. Our mission is to empower graduate students and postdocs to expand their career options beyond the traditional academic tenure track... but the pandemic meant this year’s conference would have to be hosted online instead. That was a source of anxiety for the entire team. 'What if no one showed up?'"

To learn more about the BA conference journey, view Frank's full blog here!

Covidence: A Game Changer For Systematic Reviews
By Lawrence Y. Tello

"If you are planning on conducting a systematic review consider using Covidence for your next project! As part of my Masters of Public Health Capstone Project, I completed a systematic review and meta-analysis to assess suicides among previously incarcerated persons. Covidence streamlined the most time-consuming and error-prone parts of my review. Let me share with you why, while showing you snippets of my most recent experience with Covidence."

To learn more about Lawrence's experience with Covidence, view Lawrence's full blog here!

- Featured Jobs -

D-Lab is hiring two MAXQDA Instructors

We are hiring two paid MAXQDA Instructors to lead our workshops. Applicants should have experience using advanced features of the software and be willing to design new workshop content. This role will work closely with D-Lab's Executive Director. Advanced workshop topics include using MAXQDA to write a literature review or research paper. Please apply here.

Qualitative Methods Workshop Instructor

The Berkeley Sociology department is looking for a Qualitative Methods workshop instructor for their Berkeley Summer Research Scholars Program. The Berkeley Summer Research Scholars Program offers rising seniors from Howard University (Sociology and Criminology), Spelman College (Sociology and Anthropology), and Hampton University (Sociology) a rich research experience focused on the intellectual strengths of the Berkeley department in the sociology of race and inequality. Instructors should have experience with qualitative research, demonstrated commitment to mentoring students of color, and approval of a graduate advisor.

To apply: email cover letter and CV to Professor David Harding, by March 14, 2021

- Featured Events -

WiDS Berkeley: Women in Data Science at UC Berkeley

March 8-12 | Register for the event

WiDS began yesterday and will be held all week long! Join us for a series of events celebrating Women in Data Science at UC Berkeley. WiDS Berkeley is an independent event that is organized by the UC Berkeley WiDS ambassadors as part of the annual WiDS Worldwide conference organized by Stanford University and an estimated 150+ locations worldwide, which features outstanding women doing outstanding work in the field of data science. All genders are invited to attend all WiDS Worldwide conference events.

As part of WiDS Berkeley D-Lab's Executive Director, Claudia von Vacano, will be moderating a panel discussion on Mentorship this Thursday, March 11 at 10:00am. The panel will include Renata Barreto-Montenegro (D-Lab GSR), Professor Laura K Nelson, and Professor Rochelle Terman.

Computational Social Science Forum:
Social Network Analysis and the Missing Data Challenge

March 15 | 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM | Register for Zoom Link 

Speaker: Martin Eiermann, PhD Student, Sociology, UC Berkeley 

It is difficult to assemble truly comprehensive datasets about the social world. Most commonly, scholars address this challenge by focusing on representativeness rather than completeness: Through careful sampling, it is possible to construct partial datasets that remain generalizable to an underlying population. Yet this approach is less likely to succeed in social network analysis because sampled networks can differ significantly and unexpectedly from their "true" manifestations, especially when networks are sparse. Read more here and join us for the forum!

- Research Data Spotlight -

Introducing CJARS, a New Data Platform for Integrated Criminal Justice Research

In partnership with the US Census Bureau and federal and state justice departments, the University of Michigan has just launched CJARS: the Criminal Justice Administrative Records System. Updated daily, CJARS provides a nationally integrated repository of longitudinal, multi-jurisdictional data harmonized and linked to track individuals through the criminal justice system across space and time. It has been built for integration with socio-economic survey and administrative Census data, making it a rich and important resource for multi-faceted criminal justice research. As a restricted-use dataset, CJARS is only available through the Federal Statistical Research Data Center Network, of which Berkeley is a member. 

To jumpstart research a CJARS-NSF fellowship competition is currently underway which will grant $10,000 stipends to recipients. To find out more see the CJARS website starting with the introductory webinar.

- Summer Session -

Sign Up For CALI-DH Online Today!

Are you interested in developing transferable competencies that are attractive to employers and academic programs? In our digital humanities program, the UC Berkeley Cultural Analytics Learning Institute for Digital Humanities (CALI-DH), you will explore questions about art and culture using digital tools. By pairing computational methods and domain specialization you can better understand complex phenomena and cultures and how computational analysis influences what you see.  CALI-DH Online will guide you through the entire process of identifying relevant cultural artifacts and archives, curating your own subset of data, conducting advanced research, and communicating your findings.

To learn more about the courses offered this summer please visit here!

- Upcoming Workshops -

Introduction to Bash + GitHub 
March 10 | 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM | Register for Zoom Link

An introduction to programming basics in Bash and GitHub that are often assumed, but that you might have never had good instruction on!

The first half of this workshop will introduce you navigating your computer’s filesystem and basic Bash commands to remove the fear of working with the command line to give you the confidence to use it to increase your productivity.

The second half of this workshop will introduce you to Git, a powerful tool for keeping track of changes you make to the files in a project. You can use it to synchronize your work across computers, collaborate with others, and even deploy applications to the cloud. In this workshop, you will learn the basics to understand and use Git, including working with the popular "social coding" website, GitHub. 

Introduction to Qualtrics
March 12 | 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM | Register for Zoom Link

This workshop will introduce students to the basics of designing a survey instrument using the Qualtrics platform, such as randomization and survey flow. We will also cover more advanced topics like implementing embedded data and using javascript, as well as tips and tricks on how to use your design to maximize the number of quality responses you get.

The last hour of the workshop will be left open to allow for feedback on any existing designs on which participants are working.

R Data Wrangling and Manipulation
March 15 | 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM | Register for Zoom Link

It is often said that 80% of data analysis is spent on the process of cleaning and preparing the data. This workshop will introduce tools (notably dplyr and tidyr) that makes data wrangling and manipulation much easier. Participants will learn how to use these packages to subset and reshape data sets, do calculations across groups of data, clean data, and other useful stuff.

Python Text Analysis Fundamentals: Part 1-3
March 15, 17, 19 | 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM | Register for Zoom Link

Part 1: This hands-on workshop goes through the common “preprocessing recipe” that is used as the foundation for a variety of other applications as well as some basic natural language processing techniques.  These include: a) removal of stopwords, numbers, punctuation, b) tokenization, c) calculation of word frequencies / proportions, and d) part of speech tagging.

Part 2: This hands on workshop builds on part 1 by introducing the basics of Python's scikit-learn package to implement unsupervised text analysis methods. This workshop will cover a) vectorization and Document Term Matrices, b) weighting (tf-idf), and c) uncovering patterns using topic modeling.

Part 3: In this workshop we will cover the most common CTA task: supervised classification. Using the Python library scikit-learn, we will implement Logistic Regression and Random Forest methods to perform sentiment analysis. Optional: introduction to word vector representations with Word2Vec.

Prior knowledge: We will be using the NLTK Python package, so basic familiarity with Python is required if you wish to follow along with the tutorial. Completion of D-Lab's Python FUN!damentals workshop series will be sufficient.

R Advanced Data Wrangling: Part 1-2 
March 16, 18 | 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM | Register for Zoom Link

The Advanced Data Wrangling Workshop aims to help students to learn powerful data wrangling tools and techniques in R to wrangle data with less pain and more fun. The workshop will show how R can make your data wrangling process faster, more reliable, and interpretable. The workshop focuses on introducing new package developments in the tidyverse, particularly dplyr 1.0.0, and it has something new and exciting even for experienced R users. The workshop will first examine how to reshape and manipulate data (Part 1) and discuss how to summarise data using the tidyverse packages (Part 2). 

Text Data Mining and Publishing
March 16 | 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM | Register for Zoom Link

If you are working on a computational text analysis project and have wondered how to legally acquire, use, and publish text and data, this workshop is for you! We will teach you 5 legal literacies (copyright, contracts, privacy, ethics, and special use cases) that will empower you to make well-informed decisions about compiling, using, and sharing your corpus. By the end of this workshop, and with a useful checklist in hand, you will be able to confidently design lawful text analysis projects or be well positioned to help others design such projects.

Python Data Wrangling and Manipulation
March 16 | 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM | Register for Zoom Link

Pandas is a Python package providing fast, flexible, and expressive data structures designed to make working with 'relational' or 'labeled' data both easy and intuitive. It enables doing practical, real world data analysis in Python.

In this workshop, we'll work with example data and go through the various steps you might need to prepare data for analysis.

R Visualization
March 17 | 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM | Register for Zoom Link

This workshop will provide an introduction to graphics in R with ggplot2. Participants will learn how to construct, customize, and export a variety of plot types in order to visualize relationships in data. We will also explore the basic grammar of graphics, including the aesthetics and geometry layers, adding statistics, transforming scales, and coloring or panelling by groups. You will learn how to make histograms, boxplots, scatterplots, lineplots, and heatmaps as well as how to make compound figures. The bonus challenge walks you though how to make geographic maps using the Google Maps API. 

Finding Health Statistics and Data
March 17 | 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM | Register for Zoom Link

Participants in this workshop will learn about some of the issues surrounding the collection of health statistics, and will also learn about authoritative sources of health statistics and data. We will look at tools that let you create custom tables of vital statistics (birth, death, etc.), disease statistics, health behavior statistics, and more. The focus will be on U.S. statistics, but sources of non-U.S. statistics will be covered as well.

R Functional Programming
March 18 | 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM | Register for Zoom Link

This workshop helps you to step up your R skills with functional programming. The purrr package provides easy-to-use tools to automate repeated things in your entire R workflow (e.g., wrangling, modeling, and visualization). The end result is cleaner, faster, more readable and extendable code. I highly recommend you to take this workshop (1) if you still write copy-and-paste code, (2) exclusively rely on for loops for automation, and (3) want to know about the joy and power of R functional programming.

Python Visualization
March 18 | 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM | Register for Zoom Link

For this workshop, we'll provide an introduction to visualization with Python. We'll cover visualization theory and plotting with Matplotlib and Seaborn, working through examples in a Jupyter (formerly IPython) notebook. We'll also learn about styles and customizing plots, and discuss the plot types best suited for particular kinds of data.

To see a calendar view of our upcoming March 2021 Workshops, view here!

- Upcoming Events -

Women in Tech Symposium: New Era in Human-Computer Interaction
March 12 | Eventbrite registration

Join CITRIS for the 5th Annual Women in Tech Symposium on Friday, March 12, 2021. Keynote
speakers, panels, breakout sessions, and a career fair all focused on human-computer
interaction. Special prices for students and nonprofits. We hope to see you there!
Learn more and register!

Wikepedia Edit-A-Thon
March 10 | 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM | Register

Wikimedia’s race and gender trouble is well-documented. While the reasons for the gap are up for debate, the practical effect of this disparity is not: content is skewed by the lack of participation by women and underrepresented groups. This adds up to an alarming absence in an important repository of shared knowledge. Let’s change that. Click here to learn more!

Cal Data Visualization Network (CDVN)
Tableau Meeting: March 16 | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM | Zoom Link

The CDVN works to give staff opportunities to network, share ideas, and grow their skill sets. To that end, we collaborate with other, like-minded communities of practice on campus to share learning opportunities. To get a glimpse of the CDVN in action, check out one of their peer-led social learning groups! To learn more about the network and for instructions on signing up for their mailing list and calendar info, please visit here!

- Job & External Opportunities  -

CPL Summer Institute Grad Student Instructor

The California Policy Lab (CPL) seeks a graduate student instructor for our annual Summer Institute, in which we host a cohort of talented undergraduates to do data-driven projects using administrative data. The Summer Institute hosts 5-10 talented UC undergraduates to work on data-focused policy research projects. Applicants are well-equipped in coding and data analysis and have a background in data science, economics, statistics, or public policy. The application deadline is March 19th at 12pm. Click here for more details and to learn how to apply!

The Center for Effective Global Action is Hiring

The Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) at UC Berkeley is hiring! We're recruiting for a Research Associate, Senior Associate or Project Manager, Finance and Reporting, and an Events and Communications Associate.

Click here to learn more and apply!

Human Technology Futures Undergraduate Essay Competition

The Division of Computing, Data Science, and Society and the Human-Technology Futures group is organizing a $300 cash prize for UC Berkeley undergraduates doing independent and original research on social, cultural, historical, policy, or ethical issues at the intersection of technology, society, and human life. To submit your work and to learn more, fill out this google form by Friday, March 19th. Winners will be announced at the end of April (date TBD) during a virtual reception for all contest entrants and their guests.

Haas Research Analyst and Lab Manager / Assistant Director 

UC Berkeley Haas School of Business Professors Jennifer Chatman and Sameer Srivastava are hiring two positions: a full-time Research Analyst and a 50% Lab Manager and 50% Assistant Director.

View here to learn more about the Analyst position and here for the Lab Manager position 

Qualitative Data Management Plan Competition
Qualitative Data Management Plan Competition

The Qualitative Data Repository is co-organizing a competition with DMPTool and the Princeton Research Data Service! The Qualitative Data Management Plan Competition seeks to identify and celebrate well-crafted data management plans for research projects that are either primarily qualitative in nature, or where multi-method and qualitative data form a significant part of the project. More details of the competition can be found here. If researchers have any qualitative projects that involved writing a DMP then we’d love to see those plans entered for the competition!

Simons Institute Law and Society Fellowship

The Institute invites researchers from the humanities, social sciences, law, and related disciplines to apply for the semester-long Law and Society Fellowship, for the Spring 2022 programs on "Causality" and "Learning and Games" and the Fall 2022 program on "Data-Driven Decision Processes." Note, for the Spring 2022 semester, the Law and Society Fellow can join either or both Spring programs.  Descriptions of these programs and other information about the Institute can be found at

Click here to learn more and apply!

Division of Computing, Data Science and Society: Director for Academic Programs

The Division of Computing, Data Science, and Society (CDSS) is looking to hire a Director of Academic Programs. This position works in close collaboration with the Associate Deans, EAD, CDSS department managers, and others to support the Data Science undergraduate major as well as supporting the development of graduate programs for the division. This position provides leadership that demonstrates and communicates a big picture understanding of the organization, its interrelationships, and priorities; and ensures time, resources, learning opportunities, and actions are focused on priorities that matter to the changing workplace.

Click here to learn more and apply!

Postdoctoral Scholar - Data Privacy: Public Policy and Practice - Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity

The Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity is searching for a Postdoctoral Scholar to assist in the development of an emerging research program focused on studying how firms, customers, citizens, and other relevant stakeholders have reacted to and been impacted by Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) & California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA). The objective is to extend empirical understandings about reactions to and consequences of these laws.

Click here to learn more and apply!

Postdoctoral Scholar - Systematic Approaches to Reducing Digital Harms - Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity 

The Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity is searching for a Postdoctoral Scholar to assist in the development of an emerging research program focused on new ways to define, measure, and mitigate globally and culturally contextualized harms of digital products. The objective is to extend economic, cultural, and other conceptual understandings of how societies deal with physical waste streams (such as carbon) and other externalities, to the digital environment as a means of developing practical solutions that mitigate harms.

Click here to learn more and apply!

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