Events + Announcements


BDS hosts a number of events throughout the year, including workshops, special seminars, social events, and the annual BDS Symposium.

Upcoming & Recent Events

BMIR/DBDS Special Seminar with Bin Yu (UC Berkeley)

Save-the-date for this seminar, co-hosted by Stanford's Center for Biomedical Informatics Research (BMIR) and the Department of Biomedical Data Science (DBDS), on the topic of "Veridical Data Science." Mark your calendars for Thursday, February 27th 12-1pm in MSOB x275! Lunch will be provided.


DBDS Scientific Retreat on September 27, 2019

This is an internal BDS community event and retreat, which features breakfast, primary faculty group presentations, a discussion panel on possible career paths for students, a poster session, and a student workshop on building a strong DBDS graduate community. 8:30AM-5:00PM in Stanford Arrillaga Alumni Center. 


Special Seminar with Mark Yandell on December 11, 2018

Dr. Mark Yandell, from the Department of Human Genetics at the University of Utah, will deliver a talk on “CAE: A Computational Infrastructure for Precision Medicine” at 1:30pm PT in Munzer Auditorium on Stanford campus.


Special Seminar with William H. Janeway on October 10, 2018

Dr Janeway, Senior Advisor and Managing Director of Warburg Pincus, will be presenting a talk entitled “Doing Capitalism: As illustrated by the Founding of Life Technologies and Resolution of the BioTech Paradox” at 2:30pm in LKSC 101/102 (first floor).


BDS Symposium on September 13, 2018

This is an internal BDS community event and retreat, the first of its kind, which features breakfast, faculty presentations, a faculty strategy meeting, a student poster session, and an evening reception. 8:00AM-5:30PM in Alway M114

Community Announcements

Suzanne Tamang is organizing a workshop at EMNLP 2020

August 3, 2020. DBDS Instructor, Suzanne Tamang, is serving on the organizing committee of a workshop on Health Text Mining and Information Analysis at the upcoming Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP) 2020 conference.  Submissions are due August 8th.


Aaron Newman named a 2020 Baxter Faculty Scholar

July 17, 2020. DBDS faculty member, Aaron Newman, has been selected by the Donald E. and Delia B. Baxter Foundation Board of Directors to be a 2020 Baxter Faculty Scholar. The Baxter Faculty Scholar award is among the most competitive and prestigious in the School of Medicine.


James Zou receives NSF Career Award

June 15, 2020. It is our pleasure to announce that our own James Zou, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Data Science and, by courtesy, of Computer Science and of Electrical Engineering, has been selected to be a recipient of an NSF Career Award. 


Russ Altman receives TWO distinguished teaching awards this year

June 12, 2020. DBDS Faculty member, Russ Altman, has joined the Tau Beta Pi Teaching Honor Roll for 2020. Tau Beta Pi (TBP) is a nationwide honor society that encompasses all engineering disciplines. Our Stanford chapter is entirely student run; every year, we invite the top undergraduate students in the School of Engineering to join the organization. The Teaching Honor Roll recognizes engineering instructors for excellent teaching, commitment to students, and great mentoring.

Dr. Altman was also awarded the 2019-20 Stanford Biosciences “Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award”. This honor is given to faculty whose teaching of graduate students is distinguished and especially valued by the Stanford Medicine and the Stanford Biosciences community.


Ben Marafino receives Best of the 2020 AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting award

BMI PhD candidate Ben Marafino, together with Mike Baiocchi and BMI alum Alejandro Schuler, received the Best of the 2020 AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting award for the abstract “Predicting Preventable Hospital Readmissions with Causal Machine Learning”. The work, which was performed in collaboration with Kaiser Permanente, will be presented at the Annual Research Meeting—the largest health services research and policy conference—in late July.

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