Mobilizing the Hub Community

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MOBILIZING THE HUB COMMUNITY OVERVIEW

The South Hub accelerates academic, industry, and community engagement in big data and data science by enabling networking and dialogue among stakeholders to assess their needs and increase the sharing of success stories, lessons learned, and best practices. In addition to the development of the Southern Region Data community, the South Hub also actively participates in the creation of a light-weight national coordination body through a National Coordination Committee (NCC) that allows the Hubs as a collective to respond to opportunities and scale insights across common goals.

 

IMPACT

  • 113+ yearly events and opportunities included in the newsletter by Hub partners
  • 150 virtual and in-person events that have attracted over 4700+ participants
  • 200+ All hands Meeting attendees

 

VIEW MORE ABOUT HOW WE MOBILIZE THE HUB COMMUNITY

Two groups with a keen interest in data science have teamed up to produce a report that examines what the Tar Heel state needs to do to be a leader in the emerging data economy.
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​On January 19, MetiStream hosted our meetup: The Washington DC Apache Spark Interactive and held a State of the Union Panel Discussion on Apache Spark Big Data Innovation. A fitting topic given the transition of power in Washington that happened the next day. We firmly believe that a consistent focus on big data powers innovation and keeps America strong and distinctive.Our technology meetups shepard this innovation by bringing the community together to learn and share knowledge, network, and find opportunities for our members. Yes, we may be a roomful of geeks...but this is what we do. This is fun for us! Intel, the South Big Data Hubs, and WeWork sponsored the meetup.  Much credit goes to them for a fabulous evening with great food and interesting discussions!  
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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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With the end of the first grant, Dr. Lea Shanley has stepped down from her role as co-Executive Director of the South Hub. Dr. Renata Rawlings-Goss will continue her leadership of the South Hub as Executive Director. Shannon McKeen will join the South Hub leadership team as Deputy Director.
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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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South Big Data Hub is partnering with Data Science for Social Good- Atlanta to bring nine graduate students from various southern states to participate in a ten-week paid internship experience.
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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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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. Ashok Krishnamurthy, PhD, moderated the discussion, which included panelists Andy May, PhD, an assistant professor in the department of civil, environmental, and geodetic engineering at The Ohio State University, Ayaz Hyder, PhD, assistant professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences at Ohio State’s College of Public Health, David Peden, PhD,  a distinguished professor at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine, and Paul Kizakevich, PhD, a senior research engineer in the bioinformatics program at RTI International. VIew the post for more.
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Microsoft Research has been a partner with the Big Data Hubs since last June and has committed $3 million in cloud computing credits to support Hub Spokes and Planning projects and other research important to the Hubs. The partnership is part of Microsoft’s Azure for Research program, which helps researchers utilize the company’s Azure cloud computing platform to enable and accelerate their work. So far, about $600,000 in cloud computing credits have been used by Hub researchers in fields such as healthcare, genomics, precision agriculture, transportation, and education.
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The deadline has been  extended for early career faculty, research scientists and postdocs interested in doing summer 2016 research visits with our industry partners, UnitedHealthcare and McKesson. View interest areas for each company here: http://www.southbdhub.org/pepi.html
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