• Dec
    All Day

    DSI’s Annual Holiday STEM Toy Drive

    164 Angell Street

    Help the Data Science Initiative give STEM toys to kids in need this holiday season!


    From now until December 20th, drop a new toy (unwrapped) in one of our collection boxes located at 164 Angell Street, 3rd Floor. A Brown ID is required to swipe up to the 3rd Floor.

    Departments can also request to have a collection box at their administrative offices to make donations easier! 


    If any department would like its own collection box (which will be picked up on December 20th), please contact [email protected].

    Examples include:

    • Lego sets
    • Snap circuits
    • Science kits
    • Puzzles
    • Building blocks
    • Flashcards
    • Word searches
    • Sudoku puzzles
    • Geometric magnetic shapes
    • Human anatomy toys
    • Science board games
    • Magnetic sand kits
    • Chemistry kits 

    Themes include:

    • Environmental science
    • Planetary science
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Anatomy
    • Oceanography
    • Engineering
    • Robotics
    • Construction
    • Architecture
    • Mathematics
    • Discovery
    • Physics
    • Problem-solving
    • Sequencing

    We’re asking faculty, staff, postdocs, and both graduate and undergraduate students to consider donating and spreading the word to your friends and colleagues! 

  • The Advance-CTR Distinguished Clinical and Translational Research Seminar Series showcases clinical and translational research from across Rhode Island. Presentations, followed by feedback, allow presenters the opportunity to refine and strengthen their research. 

    Thursday, December 8, 2022:

    Jill Maron, MD, MPH: “Developing and Integrating Novel Diagnostic Platforms into Newborn and Perinatal Care”

    Jill Maron, MD, MPH, is the Pediatrician-in-Chief at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Professor of Pediatrics at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, and the Oh-Zopfi Endowed Chair for Perinatal Research. For nearly two decades, her research has focused on the identification of biomarkers in noninvasively obtained biofluids and the subsequent development of diagnostic assays for use in neonates. She also serves as a PI on a NIH-funded multi-center award integrating rapid genomic testing platforms into the care of critically ill newborns. Her research has been funded by NIH since 2009, and she has published extensively in the field. 

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  • Dec
    5:00pm - 6:30pm

    Data Science Fluency Certificate Information Session

    164 Angell Street


    Undergraduate Certificate in Data Fluency

    The Certificate in Data Fluency is for Brown undergraduate students who wish to gain fluency and facility with the tools of data analysis and its conceptual framework, but who are not pursuing a concentration in a data-intensive discipline. The program is designed to provide fundamental conceptual knowledge and technical skills to students with a range of intellectual backgrounds and concentrations while emphasizing a critical liberal learning perspective.

    Information Session:
    Thursday, December 8, 2022
    5:00 - 6:30 pm
    164 Angell Street, 3rd Floor
  • Join us for this 6-part series exploring implementation science, its methodology, and application. Local and national experts will share talks on de-implementation, implementation mechanisms, community engagement, health equity, dissemination strategies, and global implementation science.

    Tuesday, December 13, 2022:

    Amy Nunn, ScD: “Implementing Public Health Innovations at Open Door Health for MonkeyPox and ST I screening”

    This presentation explores implementation in monkeypox programs at Open Door Health and highlights how data were used to rapidly develop and inform the state’s largest monkeypox testing, vaccination and treatment program.

    About the Speaker:

    Dr. Amy Nunn is a Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences at the Brown University School of Public Health. She holds a secondary appointment in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Brown University Medical School. She is also the Executive Director of the Rhode Island Public Health Institute (RIPHI). See

    Dr. Nunn conducts applied research and leads public health programs focused on enhancing health equity and reducing racial disparities. In 2020, RIPHI launched Open Door Health, Rhode Island’s first LGBTQ clinic: See Open Door Health provides primary and sexual health care to Rhode Island’s diverse population. Open Door Health launched a new COVID-19 screening center and vaccine program in spring 2021 that continues today. Open Door Health also recently launched a monkeypox hotline, and a monkeypox testing and vaccination program.

    In 2021, in partnership with over 40 other institutions, Dr. Nunn launched NOURISH RI. NourishRI is a statewide advocacy campaign promoting a SNAP incentive program. This program proposed doubling the value of SNAP for Rhode Islanders when they use SNAP to purchase fruits and vegetables. See to learn more about this advocacy initiative. This advocacy initiative continued in 2022, and in June 2022, the RI legislature appropriated $11.5 million to fund the nation’s first statewide SNAP incentive program.

    NOURISH RI draws on the scientific evidence base from Food on the Move, RIPHI’s mobile produce market that serves over 5,000 low-income Rhode Islanders every year. With support from the US Department of Agriculture and the AARP Foundation, Food on the Move offers SNAP incentives that double the value of the dollar when customers buy produce with their SNAP benefits. Food on the Move has been associated with dramatic improvements in healthy eating behaviors among SNAP recipients and is one of the largest mobile produce
    markets in the United States.

    Dr. Nunn is also Principal Investigator of an NIH grant focused on training African Americans and Latinx scholars in community and clinical research related to HIV/AIDS, with a focus on training the next generation of scientific investigators in the Deep South.

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  • Webinar: Michael Kahn, MD, PhD presents “Data Quality and Hidden Influencers in Electronic Medical Record Data”

    Large scale data sharing networks are creating multi-institutional clinical data sets for comparative effectiveness studies at scale. Much attention has focused on handling systematic bias in non-randomized routine-care data collection. We focus here on issues with data quality and “hidden influencers” that can impact the use of electronic medical record data in obvious and not-so-obvious ways.

    This event is part of LeaRRn’s Series “Using Health System Research to Revolutionize Rehabilitation Care.”

Data Matters is our weekly seminar series, usually taking place on Wednesdays, 4 – 5:30 pm, at 164 Angell, 3rd floor. DSI also hosts public lectures, often co-sponsored with other units at Brown. To get notifications for all our events (and other data-related events and activities), please sign up for our newsletter

Data Science, Computing and Visualization (DSCoV) Workshops are held most Fridays at noon, with pizza. These are one-hour workshops on skills and methods; pre-requisite knowledge or preparation is provided beforehand.


Previous events and series

Fair February

A symposium on Data Science for Social Good, featuring researchers at all career stages, from institutions around the world. Event schedules and videos. 

Decoding Pandemic Data:  A Series of Interactive Seminars

Lunchtime short talks by experts directly engaged in COVID-related data-driven research activities, held May – November 2020. Details and videos here