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FACULTY, RESEARCH, & DEVELOPMENT OVERVIEW

The South Hub has a strong focus on impact for faculty and on the advancement of research and development across the region. The South Hub provides direct support to large and small-scale applied projects, academia-industry collaborations, and seed grant proposals.

 

IMPACT

  • $7+ Million in faculty lead projects
  • $135,000+ in early career faculty fellowships for travel and salary support to engage with industry partners
  • Over $ 100,000 in faculty training in data science for faculty at primarily teaching institutions, minority-led or -serving institutions, community colleges, and four-year liberal arts colleges

 

VIEW MORE ABOUT OUR WORK WITH FACULTY, RESEARCH, & DEVELOPMENT

The South Big Data Hub Roundtable held on January 11 in Chapel Hill, NC, provided an open discussion forum with a focus on Translational Data Analytics for Environmental Health.
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The South Big Data Hub is one of four regional big data hub partners awarded a $1.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the initial development of a data storage network over the next two years. A collaborative team will combine their expertise, facilities, and research challenges to develop the Open Storage Network (OSN). The OSN will enable academic researchers across the nation to work with and share their data more efficiently than ever before, according to the NSF announcement. 
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Data Education--Inclusivity is the Word
As organizational and societal decisions become more data-driven academic institutions, industry, and government officials continuously identify data literacy as an important skillset for individuals currently in and entering the workforce.  Unfortunately, a dearth of qualified data literate employees exists producing a need for effective data science education and training for undergraduates.  The National Academies of Sciences (NAS) formed a study committee to consider the core principles and skills undergraduates should learn and the pedagogical issues that must be addressed to build effective data science education programs.
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Krystal Geo
The proliferation of mobile devices and low-cost sensors has enabled citizens to collect timely geospatial information and contribute to scientific research and fieldwork that addresses locally relevant, global environmental issues, including disaster management, food security, and climate change. This collaborative exchange, in which citizens as well as scientists and policymakers, actively participate in the creation of new scientific knowledge, is called citizen science to contribute, together with scientists and policymakers, to address locally relevant, global environmental issues, including disaster management, food security, and climate change. This collaborative exchange, in which citizens are active participants in the co-creation of new scientific knowledge, is known as Citizen Science. If you missed the citizen science workshop or want to review the content that was presented there, SWF has posted the workshop agenda, video and links to the slides of presenters.
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Hub Group
Keeping Data Science Broad in-person workshop explored the Data Divide by convening stakeholders from teaching institutions, community colleges, tribal colleges, and minority-serving institutions to discuss challenges related to capacity building and capability. Specific issues discussed included access to data, critical thinking, designing curriculum and assessment, data literacy, diversity, ethics, resources and staffing, building collaborations, and the pipeline to higher education from K-12. Recent education-enabling projects were showcased at the event.
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Wendy Nilsen
Each day countless devices—from monitors in hospitals to diagnostic tests to Fitbits—capture huge amounts of health data. That data could change how patients and doctors interact, how diseases are diagnosed and treated, and the amount of control individuals have over their health outcomes.
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Workshop part of its Keeping Data Science Broad: Bridging the Data Divide series. Each webinar highlighted programs and experiences in data science education as well as some of the challenges involved in creating and implementing educational programs in a field that is still very new and in the process of being defined.
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Mobile Health Workshop sparks ideas for future research
Participant recap of the mHealth Workshop, held in Chapel Hill, NC in May 2017. The workshop was supported by the South Big Data Hub and the National Consortium for Data Science (NCDS). Wenbin Zhang is a first-year PhD student in the department of information systems at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He attended the South Big Data Hub/NCDS Mobile Health Workshop in May with travel support from the South Hub.
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Reflections on the South BD Hub mHealth Workshop in May 2017. Chenzhang Bao was a student at the University of Texas at Dallas majoring in information systems. He was one of several students who the South Big Data Hub supported to attend an mHealth Workshop in May. The Conference was held in Chapel Hill and sponsored by the South Big Data Hub and the National Consortium for Data Science in collaboration with the Institute for the Future.
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On Friday, June 9, 2017, more than 75 people from across sectors and disciplines—academia, government, nonprofits, and industry—met at the Microsoft Chevy Chase Pavilion near Washington, DC, to assess the progress of the South Big Data Hub, and shape its future.The recent 2017 South Hub All-Hands meeting allowed several Hub stakeholders, members, partners, and funded projects, called “spokes,” to convene and report on progress and upcoming activities. It also was a forum for members to connect with colleagues across disciplines to form collaborations as new hopefuls for the next round of "spokes" funding. Vire the post to learn more about the meeting, speakers, and outcomes.
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