Southern Region and Communities

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SOUTHERN REGION & COMMUNITY OVERVIEW

The South Hub pursues community input to create positive impacts on people and their communities. The solicitation of community input has led to the development of inclusive programming, expansion of data science education, and society-improving projects.

 

IMPACT

  • 150 virtual and in-person events that have attracted over 5,400 participants
  • 200+ All hands Meeting attendees
  • 6 South Hub supported multidisciplinary Spoke projects
  • 6 seed grants provided by the S.E.E.D.S Program totally $250,000
  • Over $6 Million in multidisciplinary Spoke projects

 

VIEW MORE ABOUT OUR WORK WITH THE SOUTHERN REGION & COMMUNITY

This project brings together scientists from a dozen institutions in academia, government, and industry to translate big data into meaningful knowledge that supports research and education in environmental sustainability. The project will focus on the Encyclopedia of Life (EOL), the world’s largest database of biological species, and other biodiversity data sources. This project has repurposed VERA to model the effect of social distancing on the spread of COVID-19, including the SIR model of epidemiology. VERA enables a user to build conceptual models and agent-based simulations, and conduct "what if" virtual experiments. We believe that this interactivity should be a significant boon for learning and education.
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Participant Recap: Federal Data in Action Summit in Washington, DC. co-hosted by a team that included the National Science Foundation, the four Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs, and the Department of Homeland Security. The focus of the day – to “share lessons learned and best practices for building data science capacity” – is of great relevance to organizations and the U.S. economy. Participant is Tim J. Gabel, @timgabel Executive Vice President, RTI International.
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Microsoft Research understands that taking full advantage of big data and new data technologies requires more than developing new tools and technologies.
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Representatives of the South Hub including Principal Investigators Srinivas Aluru and Stan Ahalt, and Co-Executive Directors Renata Rawlings-Goss and Lea Shanley met in Washington, D.C. for congressional briefings to educate staff on the importance and impact of data science, as well as on the activities of the South Big Data Hub.  
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This project brings together six universities to design and construct a patient-focused and personalized health system that addresses the fractured nature of healthcare information and the lack of engagement of individuals in their own healthcare. As its first pilot, the researchers will focus on African Americans and Hispanics/Latinos diagnosed with cardiovascular disease.
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The Data Science for Social Good- Atlanta (DSSG-ATL) program brought together nine graduate students from various southern states to participate in a ten-week paid internship experience. The program has engaged student interns with diverse academic backgrounds including computer science, statistics, digital media, public policy, civil engineering, industrial engineering and urban planning, as well as diverse demographic backgrounds including underrepresented groups. View the post to learn more about the program and the student projects.
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If you have announcements or information that you would like to submit for next month’s newsletter or if you would like to contribute a guest post to the South Big Data Hubbub! blog, please use our submission form or email announcements@southbdhub.org.
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On August 26 and 27, programmers and software engineers convened in Orlando to push the boundaries of creativity, innovation, reality, and technology to build solutions and concepts that have the potential to make a difference in the Orlando community. Called the Orlando Smart Cities Hackathon, the event aimed to support the city of Orlando in its efforts to become a smart city and also to demonstrate the city’s capabilities as it works to earn the title of “The Smartest City.” Orlando received two smart cities grant awards and is pursuing a variety of additional funding opportunities for smart cities initiatives that would help to enhance transportation citywide and beyond. In these pursuits, the city continues to move forward with building a data-driven infrastructure that will support safer, cleaner, and more efficient travel and an improved quality of life. 
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Successful workforce diversity efforts don’t stop with hiring people of different ages, races, genders, and sexual orientations. View this post for tips for building a strong and diverse data science workforce.
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PyData Carolinas 2016 brought together hundreds of professionals, researchers and students interested in data analysis to discuss how best to apply Python tools to meet challenges in data management, processing, analytics and visualization.  Among the attendees was Clarence White, one of two students from North Carolina A & T who was sponsored by the South Big Data Hub to attend. The Hub was also a silver sponsor of PyData Carolinas. Read to learn more about the conference form a participant's point of view.
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