Dr. Abhijit Dasgupta will present on using Python for data analysis and modeling using the packages pandas (http://pandas.pydata.org/) and scikit-learn (http://scikit-learn.org/). These packages form an integral part of the current PyData stack (http://www.scipy.org/about.html).
More information about learning to do data science with Python can be found here (http://datacommunitydc.org/blog/2013/03/getting-started-with-python-for-data-scientists/), here (http://datacommunitydc.org/blog/2013/05/stepping-up-to-big-data-with-r-and-python/), and here (http://datacommunitydc.org/blog/2013/07/python-for-data-analysis-the-landscape-of-tutorials/).
Also: A quick 10 minute talk on functional Python by Julian Gindi.
About the speaker:
Abhijit Dasgupta is a data consultant working in the greater DC-Maryland-Virginia area, with several years experience in biomedical consulting, business analytics, bioinformatics, and bioengineering consulting. He has a PhD in Biostatistics from the University of Washington and over 40 collaborative peer-reviewed manuscripts, with strong interests in bridging the statistics/machine learning divide. He is always is on the lookout for interesting and challenging projects, and is an enthusiastic speaker and discussant on new and better ways to look at and analyze data. He is a board member of Data Community DC (http://www.datacommunitydc.org) and a founding member and co-organizer of Statistical Programming DC (http://datacommunitydc.org/blog/stats-prog-dc/) (formerly R Users DC).