Vivian Peng, a visual artist and recent Columbia graduate, is working with Doctors Without Borders on a campaign to make pneumonia vaccines affordable in developing countries. She recently spoke at the New York R Conference on “Storytelling with Data” and offered to share some career tips here.
David Yao, an operations researcher at Columbia Engineering, has been awarded a $302,000 grant to study the contagion dynamics that can lead to financial crisis. Yao also heads the committee that oversees the Data Science Institute’s Financial and Business Analytics Center.
Sunanda Koduvayur graduated last spring with a certification in data science from Columbia and now works at DataXu, an ad tech startup in Boston. She recently returned to Columbia to speak on a panel, "My First Year as a Data Scientist," to share advice with current students.
Software developed at Columbia University, and expanded upon by CoClear, a Harlem-based startup, allows companies to compare the costs and benefits of reducing a product's impact on the environment. The software will be on display at the Data Science Institute’s Demo Day on March 31.
Harris Wang, a Columbia University researcher designing synthetic gut microbes that could help treat obesity and gastrointestinal disease, has received a 2015 Sloan Research Fellowship. The two-year, $50,000 grant will support his research on horizontal gene transfer as a way to engineer beneficial bacteria in the human digestive system.