[Numpy-discussion] numpy grant update

Nathaniel Smith njs at pobox.com
Thu Oct 19 01:24:11 EDT 2017

Hi all,

I wanted to give everyone an update on what's going on with the NumPy
grant [1]. As you may have noticed, things have been moving a bit
slower than originally hoped -- unfortunately my health is improving
but has continued to be rocky [2].

Fortunately, I have awesome co-workers, and BIDS has an institutional
interest/mandate for figuring out how to make these things happen, so
after thinking it over we've decided to reorganize how we're doing
things internally and split up the work to let me focus on the core
technical/community aspects without getting overloaded. Specifically,
Fernando Pérez and Jonathan Dugan [3] are taking on PI/administration
duties, Stéfan van der Walt will focus on handling day-to-day
management of the incoming hires, and Nelle Varoquaux & Jarrod Millman
will also be joining the team (exact details TBD).

This shouldn't really affect any of you, except that you might see
some familiar faces with @berkeley.edu emails becoming more engaged.
I'm still leading the Berkeley effort, and in any case it's still
ultimately the community and NumPy steering council who will be making
decisions about the project – this is just some internal details about
how we're planning to manage our contributions. But in the interest of
full transparency I figured I'd let you know what's happening.

In other news, the job ad to start the official hiring process has now
been submitted for HR review, so it should hopefully be up soon --
depending on how efficient the bureaucracy is. I'll definitely let
everyone know as soon as its posted.

I'll also be giving a lunch talk at BIDS tomorrow to let folks locally
know about what's going on, which I think will be recorded – I'll send
around a link after in case others are interested.


[1] https://mail.python.org/pipermail/numpy-discussion/2017-May/076818.html
[2] https://vorpus.org/blog/emerging-from-the-underworld/
[3] https://bids.berkeley.edu/people/jonathan-dugan

Nathaniel J. Smith -- https://vorpus.org

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