An email I sent recently:
NYTimes ran an interesting article on paternity leave just as I was returning from my unpaid time off spent with my baby. It doesn’t say anything specific about university professors, but may be of interest to others on this list anyway: http://nyti.ms/1pvfxba
For a shorter and more personal version of this material, see a Facebook VP’s version here: https://www.facebook.com/tstocky/posts/996111776858
You might be interested in a new data science competition site, http://www.drivendata.org/, which is like kaggle meets change.org. They call it “Data science competitions to save the world”, which might be a little bit tongue-in-cheek. For the first cash-prize-awarding competition, they have a multi-class, multi-label classification challenge, which they are calling Box-Plots for Education.
Perhaps more than I ever wanted to know about the state of the birth and death registration system in South Africa circa 2010: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic/CRVS/Technical%20report%20SADC%20final%20v2.pdf
The IHME weekly seminar kicked off for the quarter last week with Ver Bilano’s work on Estimation of recent trends in tobacco use and baseline projections to 2025. Ver used DisMod-MR extensively for this project, so I knew I was going to love it ahead of time.
There are new fellows running around, and classes are underway. I guess the summer is coming to an end. I wonder where it all went. No, I know where.
This is the season of graduation activities at IHME and UW. Congrats to my colleagues completing their fellowships!