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Presented By: Michigan Institute for Data Science

Staff Collective for Data Science

Fall 2023 Meet and Greet

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Kick off the school year with the U-M Staff Collective for Data Science (SCDS), a community of U-M staff who use data science and AI in their jobs or are developing data science and AI skills. We aim to augment the group’s expertise and increase their impact on campus, and support the research and career endeavors of our members.If you have not yet joined SCDS, fill out the membership form.


- “Hiring, Managing, and Retaining Data Scientists and Research Software Engineers in Academia.” Presented by Dr. Jing Liu, Executive Director, MIDAS. The Academic Data Science Alliance and the US Software Engineers Association recently published this guidebook ( for university leadership, hiring managers, supervisor and staff scientists. As one of the lead authors, Dr. Jing Liu will present the key takeaways from the book, especially recommendations for staff scientists. The group will then discuss how SCDS can support its members in skill development and career advancement.

- Ideas pitch - sign up to give a short pitch about an activity that you want to suggest for the group, a project that you want to seek collaborators for, an idea that you need feedback on, a research tool that you want others to know, or other interesting topics.

- Networking time

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