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Meet A Data Scientist-Ben Kirtman

November 18, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Dr. Ben Kirtman, Deputy Director, University of Miami Institute for Data Science & Computing

If you have ever wondered what data scientists do, the University of Miami Institute for Data Science and Computing (IDSC) is giving you an opportunity to learn about this important, multifaceted profession. On November 18, IDSC is hosting the second in the series of “Meet a Data Scientist” talks with Ben Kirtman, PhD, a Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. Dr. Kirtman uses atmosphere-ocean general circulation models to study the predictability and variability of the Earth’s climate system.

Dr. Kirtman teaches graduate courses on the general circulation of the atmosphere and El Niño/Southern Oscillation, and climate prediction and predictability. He also teaches dynamic meteorology and atmospheric thermodynamics to undergraduates, and he mentors graduate students in the Meteorology and Physical Oceanography graduate program, as well as post-doctoral researchers.

His research is a wide-ranging program designed to understand and quantify the limits of climate predictability from days to decades. His research also involves understanding how the climate will change in response to changes in anthropogenic (e.g., greenhouse gases) and natural (e.g., volcanoes) forcing. This research involves hypothesis testing numerical experiments, using sophisticated state-of-the-art climate models and experimental realtime prediction. His group uses and has access to a suite of climate models, climate data, and high performance computational platforms.

“This exciting new series will introduce the people behind the data, their lives, interests, and career choices,” said Nick Tsinoremas, PhD, IDSC director, vice provost for research computing and data, and professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, computer science, and health informatics. “This is a great opportunity to understand how these professionals use data to solve grand challenges in their respective fields.”

Here is the schedule of “Meet a Data Scientist” virtual talks held on Zoom from 4:00-5:00 PM:

Alberto Cairo, November 4, 2020 | (Post-event summary)
Ben Kirtman , November 18, 2020 | (Post-event summary)
Tim Norris, December 9, 2020 (Post-event summary)
Ken Goodman, January 14, 2021 (Post-event video and summary here.)
Yelena Yesha, January 27, 2021 | (Post-event video and summary here.)



University of Miami Institute for Data Science and Computing Meet A Data Scientist Lecture Series FLYER


November 18, 2020
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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