Dirks hosts fireside chat on trajectory of pilot data science class

As part of a fireside chat hosted by Chancellor Nicholas Dirks, about 20 students gathered at University House on Wednesday to give their input on the trajectory of a pilot data science class. The four-unit class, titled “Foundations of Data Science,” entered its preliminary planning stages in fall 2014, involving professors in fields ranging from computer science to history. The curriculum was finalized at the start of the current semester, and faculty are now using students’ experiences to determine the future of the course. “I’ve been teaching, one way or another, for about 30 years, and I have never been so excited,” said Ani Adhikari, the principal instructor for the course, during the chat. “For the courage you have shown to take a course on spec, we are very, very grateful.”…


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