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Scientific & Technical Core

In 2016, the Computing Core of the PRC expanded to become the Scientific & Technical Core (STC). The STC comprises two units: Data Science and Research Services and Computing and Data Security. The STC supports the PRC’s scientific mission by providing state-of-the-art research services and sophisticated technical and computing support. The scientific, technical, and computing services provided by the two core units form a cohesive whole to provide critical footing for PRC faculty to conduct and disseminate groundbreaking research in population dynamics.

Kate Calder, PhD, Core Director

The STC is directed by Dr. Catherine (Kate) Calder. Calder is a Professor in Department of Statistics and Data Sciences at University of Texas at Austin.  Prior to moving in UT Austin 2019, she spent 16 years on the faculty of The Ohio State University. She served as an associate director (2015–2018) and co-director (2018–2019) of the Mathematical Biosciences Institute, an NSF Division of Mathematical Sciences Research Institute located on the Ohio State campus. Calder is a statistician whose areas of expertise include spatial statistics, network analysis, and Bayesian modeling and computation.  Most of her current applied work focuses on problems that broadly fall under the umbrella of exposure analysis.  She develops statistical methods for quantifying individual- and population-level exposures that account for human mobility and network dependence and for examining both the causes and consequences of social and environmental exposures.

Data Science and Research Services (DSRS) Unit Computing and Data Security (CDS) Unit

The Data Science and Research Services (DSRS) Unit Aims to:

  • Provide statistical and methodological support for faculty to develop high-impact research projects.
  • Provide access to the newest developments in statistics, methodology, and data science to support innovative population research.
  • Provide expertise and support for dissemination of scientific findings to diverse external audiences.

DSRS Services and Activities Include:

The Computing and Data Security Unit Aims to:

  • Provide robust, flexible, and customized computing infrastructure solutions designed to reduce barriers to productivity.
  • Provide state-of-the-art data security to maintain a secure computing environment for storage of, access to, linking across, and analysis of sensitive data.

CDS Services and Activities Include:

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Governance and STC Advisory Committee

The STC Director and unit leaders work collaboratively in consultation with the PRC Director and with input from the PRC Governance Committee to make decisions about STC services, resources, evaluation, and assessment. The advisory committee meets quarterly to formulate policy, identify developing population research trends, assess and revise computing and security needs, recommend new software, and generally set the scientific agenda for the STC.


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    University of Texas at Austin
    305 E. 23rd Street / RLP 2.602
    Mail Stop G1800
    Austin, Texas 78712-1699
    512-471-5514