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Oceanography faculty are interactively learning Python using Unidata Science Gateway JupytherHubs

  POSTED ON: Tuesday, February 18, 2020 7:35 AM by Alexander R. Davies

Faculty members in the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences Department are embarking upon a new voyage: to learn Python. 

The Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences Department has traditionally used Matlab as the primary tool to analyze and visualize geosciences data. To build on that coding success and align with the efforts of the geosciences community, at the start of the spring 2020 semester, Associate Professor Bradford Barrett and Instructor Alexander Davies organized a “Python Book Club” in which faculty members meet once or twice a month to collaboratively learn Python.

Prof. Barrett (USNA’s UCAR Representative) and Instr. Davies  (currently serving a three year term on the Unidata Users Committee) reached out to the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) Unidata Community Program to help provide an interactive python environment. Unidata set up common Python JupyterHub environments for all “Python Book Club” participants on the Unidata Science Gateway which is supported by the National Science Foundation’s Jetstream cloud computing project. In addition, Dr. Reza Malek-Madani - Dean of Research and Director of the Office of Research and Scholarship at USNA, provided funds to purchase copies of “Python Programming and Visualization for Scientists” by Alex DeCaria for all participants as part of USNA's on-going data science initiative. 

The “book club” model of collaborative learning has proven to be successful. Learn more about the project on the Unidata Blog >> 

Category: Academics, Research

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