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Room on Campus for Big Data

27th Nov `13, 10:25 AM in Education

Since joining the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation in 2008, Chris Mentzel has wanted to spur investment in…

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Since joining the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation in 2008, Chris Mentzel has wanted to spur investment in the cause of data science in the American university system. The Moore Foundation is committed to fostering the earliest, most speculative stages of scientific research, the sort of pushing at the barriers of knowledge that is more at home in the academy than in risk-averse private enterprise. Lately, the navigation of increasingly complex and heterogeneous datasets has come to define the boundaries of fields as diverse as genetics, astronomy, political science, and economics. To push the Foundation into this expanding big data landscape, Mentzel participated in the creation of the Data-Driven Discovery Initiative, a Moore Foundation program of which he is now the governing Program Officer.

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