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Data Science Nights

Monthly Hack Nights on popular data science topics are organized by fellows and scholars from the Northwestern Data Science Initiative. Each night will feature one hour of structured programming followed by a hacking night with Data Science Project or Learning Groups of your choice.


Chicago Bioinformatics slack channel

The chicagobioinformatics slack channel is a simple platform for students, postdocs, staff, and faculty to discuss bioinformatics.

You can use this channel to do the following:

  • Promote local meetings, reading groups, student activities, and meet-ups
  • Initiate journal clubs, hack nights, or larger events and find co-organizers
  • Share and discuss recent bioinformatics papers
  • Suggest conferences, or announce your attendance at future conferences
  • Ask for help, and help others
  • Introduce yourself to the bioinformatics community in Chicago

Start using chicagobioinformatics slack channel


NICO 101-Introduction to Programming for Big Data

NICO 101 is designed for students who have little to no previous experience with programming. Through interactive instruction and project-based work, we plan to teach you the basics of programming in Python and computational data analysis.

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Northwestern University and have partnered to offer University students, faculty, and staff unlimited, on-demand access to a full library of online courses at no additional cost.

Course topics include most major software programs, as well as workplace skills like presentations, leadership and career development. While course topics cover a broad spectrum, you’ll find the most general training under the “Business” section. Browse the current full library, and note that new courses and topics are added every week.

  • Staff—Use for supplemental professional development and on-the-job assistance.
  • Faculty—Use in your syllabus or consider using the tutorials yourself.
  • Students—Use to stay current in your courses or for classes that require additional software skills.



Social Science Data Resources

Social Science Data Services provides data, software, and software training to support research and instruction in those social sciences that require analysis of quantitative or qualitative data.

Sources of Data:

  • ICPSR:  the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research, established in 1962, is the world’s largest archive of social and behavioral science datasets, with more than 500,000 files from 9600 studies.  ICPSR hosts 16 specialized collections of data in education, aging, criminal justice, substance abuse, terrorism, and other fields.  NU-affiliated faculty, staff, and students have access to these datasets for analysis and teaching.  ICPSR also provides an annual Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research, as well as support for data management planning required by many federal funding agencies and data archiving.
  • Roper Center for Public Opinion Research: The Roper Center provides access to public opinion survey data collected 1930’s to present.  Opinion data from more than 50 countries is available.  Access is limited to NU-affiliated users.
  • Gallup Analytics provides access to opinion polling data.  US Daily polling (2008-present) explores opinions and perceptions related to political and economic issues as well as national and global events.  Sampling allows users to observe trends at the country, state and U.S. city levels. The World Poll (2005-present) tracks opinion in 160 countries.  Access is limited to NU-affiliated users.