University of Wisconsin–Madison
2021 Data Science Research Bazaar. Data Science for the Social Good. Virtual event hosted by the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Data Science For The Social Good: Research Bazaar Kicks Off Feb 3

From tips for self-care in the digital age to an examination of the connections between data science and racial equity, health, the environment and our cities, this year’s Data Science Research Bazaar has something for everyone.

Hosted by UW–Madison’s Data Science Hub, the 2021 Data Science Research Bazaar will hold free virtual sessions throughout February with a focus on “Data Science for the Social Good.”

The annual UW event is modeled after the international Research Bazaar, a worldwide festival promoting digital literacy emerging at the center of modern research. Both events aim to equip researchers from all career stages with the digital skills and tools required to do their research better, faster, and smarter.

The conference will feature lightning talks, posters, interactive discussions, and workshops that address how data science can augment equity along racial lines, within health and environmentally, and in our cities. Topics include insights from a variety of disciplines—from a poster session on the relationship between a cow’s social interactions and milk performance to a lightning talk on poverty and the Wisconsin Administrative Data Core.

The Research Bazaar will also include a career panel, as well as an art exhibit featuring works relating to science and technology. View the full schedule.

Sessions include:

Wellness and Meditation: Flourishing in the Digital Age

Thursday, February 4, 1-2pm
Presenter: Dr. Shilagh Mirgain, Distinguished Psychologist, Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation, UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Dr. Mirgain writes and speaks on mind-body skills to foster optimal health and has been featured on the TODAY show discussing skills to cultivate well-being and greater happiness in the workplace. The session will include a guided meditation.

Career Panel

Thursday, February 4, 2:15-3:15pm

This panel will feature data scientists from different aspects of industry and academia who will speak about their experiences in data science, how they see the field developing, and what early career data scientists should know as they enter it.

Data Science for Racial Equity

Wednesday, February 10

Interactive discussions: 1-2:30pm

  • Ruha Benjamin’s The New Jim Code: A Book Discussion on Race and Technology, Trisha Adamus
  • Stereotype Threat: How it Impacts the Data Science Community and How We Can Help, Casey Schacher
  • Tech for Racial and Social Justice, Stacy Hobson

Workshops: 2:45-4:45pm

  • Julia for Data Science, Claudia Solis-Lemus
  • Scaling Up Empirical Research to Bigger Data with Python, Anton Babkin
  • Communication Skills for Data Science Professionals, Christina Koch

Data Science for Health and the Environment

Wednesday, February 17

Interactive discussion: 1-2:30pm

  • The Importance of Student Leadership in Public Health Crises, Scott Blender, Paul Pak, Carole Trone, Lucas Chu, Yogya Kalra

Workshops: 2:45-4:45pm

  • Machine Learning for Health Care and Medical Data, Ryan Kather
  • Visualizing Mapping Models, Kris Sankaran

Data Science for Cities

Wednesday, February 24

Interactive discussion: 1-2:30pm

  • Madison’s Data Portal in the Classroom, Tyler Caraza-Harter

Workshops: 2:45-4:45pm

  • Predicting COVID Infection Rates in Municipalities, Using R or Python, John Caskey
  • Using a Cloud-Based Data Science Platform for Your Research, Tobin Magle


Co-sponsored by the UW–Madison Division of Information Technology (DoIT) and several university and industry partners, the Data Science Research Bazaar is open to researchers and data scientists from all disciplines, industries, and career stages, including students. While there is no cost to attend, pre-registration is required.