South Big Data Hub links talented students with tech startups through DataStart program

DataStart provides real-world experiences for students while helping entrepreneurial companies

Graduate students from six universities in the southern U.S. will spend the summer working on data challenges important to the success of new and growing technology companies thanks to a program called the Southern Startup Internship Program in Data Science (DataStart).

DataStart interns will address a wide range of data-related business problems, including spotting trends in the diversity of people included in clinical trials, developing methods for using sensor data to detect loads on wind turbines, and the challenges of cleansing and standardizing data to extract more knowledge from it.

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Lea Shanley joins as new co-Executive Director at the UNC-CH Location

Reposted, original post on Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Dr. Lea Shanley has joined our South BD Hub team as co-Executive Director based at RENCI at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Lea will work closely with Dr. Renata Rawlings-Goss, the new South BD Hub co-Executive Director at Georgia Tech, to implement the vision and strategic direction of the South BD Hub and manage Hub activities.  Continue reading

Renata Rawlings-Goss joins as new co-Executive Director at the Georgia Tech Location

Reposted, original post on Monday, Febrary 29, 2016

Renata comes to us with rich experience in Big Data technology and policy from the National Science Foundation and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. During her tenure, she co-led inter-agency Big Data initiatives and led the formation of the National Data Science Organizers group. She is a biophysicist and her scientific work, at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, was focused on biophysics, bioinformatics and next-generation genomics research.  Continue reading

Articles – Features and Editorials

We will be posting articles of interest to our community.

Beginning end of summer, we will be featuring the work of hub members and ideas of our community experts.

We can also link out to content that is valuable and of broad interest to our members. If you read something and find it to be very useful or insightful, let us know about it.

Invitation to Complete Survey April 2016

Beyond Spokes: A Message from the Co-Executive Directors of the South Big Data Hub
Friday, April 8, 2016

Congratulations! We have completed the first round of NSF Big Data Spokes Project and Planning Grants! Many of you have engaged with the Hub, defined great ideas, brought together multiple stakeholders from industry, academic and government, assembled multi-state teams, and built collaborative projects to “Automate the Big Data Lifecycle,” “Enable Access to Important Data Assets,“ and “Solve Societal Grand Challenges.”

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Opportunities List May 2016

Extended Deadline for the Program to Empower Partnerships with Industry (PEPI) (May 6th, 2016)
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:

South Big Data Hub Working Groups and Theme Community Meetings are Being Scheduled

Theme Community Calls
Health and Big Data – Today (May 3rd) 3:00 – 5:00 pm EST
The Big Data in Health theme community is an open forum to discuss data solutions and issues facing modern Healthcare.
To Join the Call: Click Here
Optional dial-in number: 404-947-8273. No PIN needed.
To View the Agenda and Add to the Discussion: Visit our Interactive Wiki

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Opportunities List April 2016

DataStart: Student internships with industry
The Southern Startup Internship Program in Data Science (DataStart) provides graduate students from the 16 states that comprise the South Big Data Regional Innovation Hub (South BD Hub) the opportunity to work with data-related startup companies on data-intensive business challenges important to the company. Students will be paid for their work through a grant to the startup company, and it is up to the students to identify their proposed host company. The program is designed to facilitate academic-industrial connections and enhance the entrepreneurial culture in the South. The application deadline is May 1, 2016. For more information, visit

PEPI: Connecting early career faculty with industry
The Program to Empower Partnerships with Industry (PEPI) supports early career (pre-tenure) faculty members and postdocs, from the 16 states that comprise the South Big Data Regional Innovation Hub (South BD Hub). Summer exchange visits will be sponsored to data-related industry partners. The overarching goals of the program are to support early career faculty in developing industry relationships, increase the capacity of early career faculty to mentor and prepare students for the workforce, and create a diverse Big Data pipeline from university research through to real-world impact. Applicants can apply with our without an identified industry partner. If without, the South BD Hub will attempt to provide matchmaking services for strong proposals. The application deadline is May 1, 2016. For more information, visit  Continue reading

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Welcome to the blog for the South Big Data Hub. We created this to provide you with the most up-to-date information in the following categories:

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