Episode 32: RStudio's Big Move and Kevin Ushey

Posted on Thursday, Feb 6, 2020 | Category: Podcast
rstudio::conf 2020 has officially come to a close, and the R-Podcast brings you the first of multiple episodes covering this huge event! In this episode, I share my perspective on the big news made by RStudio and my take on where this could lead open-source data science. In addition, I am joined by RStudio software engineer Kevin Ushey to discuss his path to joining RStudio, the feature of the RStudio IDE he is most proud of, and the adventures of developing packrat and renv to manage package dependencies. Lastly, I share a new audio series that led to my first mobile Shiny app. Thank you for listening and I hope you enjoy this episode!

Show Notes


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Episode Timestamps

00:00:00.000 Intro
00:01:25.000 RStudio PBC
00:14:50.000 RWeekly Curators Unite!
00:18:45.000 RStudio's Kevin Ushey
00:42:26.000 Residual Snippets
00:47:52.000 Wrapup

Music Credits


Kevin Ushey

Kevin Ushey

I am a software engineer at RStudio, and previously worked as as a statistical programmer at the rglab within the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. I am a tool builder – I enjoy developing computational tools that help researchers and scientists to achieve their analytic goals.

I completed an MSc in Statistics at the University of British Columbia, under the supervision of Jenny Bryan. My thesis (PDF) involved the study of gene-gene and gene-Rx interaction effects, and statistical assessment of these epistatic effects in yeast growth curves.


Eric Nantz

Eric Nantz

Eric Nantz is a principal research scientist at a large life sciences company, creating innovative analytical pipelines and capabilities supporting study designs and analyses. Outside of his day job, Eric is passionate about connecting with the R community as the creator/host of the R-Podcast, Shiny Developer Series, and a curator / podcast host for the R Weekly project. Plus, he likes to share his adventures with R and general computing on Twitch livestreams at twitch.tv/rpodcast.