August Opportunities & Events

The following opportunities and events went out to all of our mailing list subscribers:

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South Hub Working Groups:

Data Sharing and Infrastructure Working Group

The South Big Data Hub Community Engagement Working Group will be meeting for the second time in August. If you would like to participate, please fill out the doodle poll by Monday, August 8th: The Data Sharing and Infrastructure working group is developing a vision for shared cyberinfrastructure, services, and resources across the Hub, and is initiating an asset mapping and needs assessment effort. Initial calls will be open. The first working group call provided presentations by Reagan Moore (UNC RENCI) on the NSF DataNet Federation Consortium, Jason Coposky (UNC RENCI) on the iRODS consortium, Mike Conway (UNC RENCI) on NSF-sponsored CyVerse, Len Fishman on Data.World, and Victor Hazlewood on JICS and XSEDE. For the notes from the first meeting held on July 13th, please visit: To join the working group, please contact Lea Shanley at

Community Engagement Working Group

The South Big Data Hub Community Engagement Working Group met for the second time on August 4th. Members from more than a dozen institutions participated in the call, to develop “use cases” as an essential way to educate and help new entrants to data science or HPC navigate the decisions surrounding which cyber-infrastructure tools are appropriate for a given project. The working group is seeking to collect tangible use cases from different domains, forms of cyber-infrastructure, and software tools to implement across hub activities, create resources, and do data science community outreach.  The Community Engagement Working Group is engaging directly with the Hub Executive Team to act across hub activities, create resources, and do asset mapping around data science community outreach.  Initial calls will be open. Now is the time to get involved and add your value to the discussion. For notes on this topic and past meetings, please visit: To join, contact Renata Rawlings-Goss at

To view all working groups, please visit:

Hub-Sponsored Events

South Hub Workshop Series: The South Hub is sponsoring several workshops this fall. Participants will come from academic research institutions across the 16 states that comprise the South Hub and industrial partners across the country. Some workshops will have limits concerning attendees due to space, and there are also a limited number of travel awards available. Learn more and register for any of the workshops below by visiting our Fall 2016 Workshop Series page at

  • “Data Infrastructure for Materials and Advanced Manufacturing,” an industry-academia workshop, will be held at Georgia Tech, on August 25, 2016 from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm (EDT).
  • “Applications of Analytics and Machine Learning in Energy,” an industry-academia workshop, will be held at Georgia Tech on September 6, 2016 from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm (EDT).
  • “Data for Good Day with DataKind and Teradata Cares” workshop will be at the Georgia World Congress Center on September 10, 2016 from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM (EDT).
  • “High Impact Applications of Data Science in Precision Medicine, Health Analytics, and Health Disparities,” an industry-academia workshop, will be held at Georgia Tech on September 19 and 20, 2016, from 8:00 am – 6:00 pm (EDT).
  • “The South Big Data Hub DataStart Workshop & Reception” will be hosted by the South Big Data Hub @ UNC RENCI, and will be held at the American Tobacco Campus in Durham, NC on September 27, 2016 from 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM (EDT).

Community Events

The National Consortium for Data Science DataBytes Webinar series is hosting a webinar with Reagan Moore, PhD, of the iRODS Consortium on Tuesday, August 16 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 pm for a discussion on Policy-based Data Management for Distributed Data Collections. Register for the event at

The IEEE Workshop on Big Data Metadata and Management (BDMM ‘2016), is being held in Washington DC, in conjunction with the 2016 IEEE International Conference on Big Data, in early December 2016, and sponsored by IEEE Big Data Initiative (BDI). For more, please see the website located at

Opportunities & Announcements

Job Announcement: NumFocus: NumFOCUS is seeking to hire a full-time Projects Director to develop and run a sustainability incubator program for NumFOCUS fiscally sponsored open source projects (ones we know and love, such as Jupiter, iPython, pandas, NumPy, ROpenSci, Software Carpentry….) The position is in Austin, TX but is flexible to work remotely and has a competitive salary. For more information, visit

Awards for Young Professionals Contributing to Smart and Connected Health and Attending 2016 IEEE EMBS Annual Conference: The deadline for this is quickly approaching–5pm PDT Aug. 8th, 2016 (Firm Deadline). The 38th IEEE Annual International Conference of the Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society will be held at Disney’s Contemporary Resort in Orlando, Florida during August 16-20, 2016. The theme of the conference is “Empowering Individual Healthcare Decisions through Technology” ( An award of $500 will be provided to each of 30 top selected students or young professionals attending EMBC2016. Awardees will be required to present a 2-minute, 2-slide flash talk at the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program Info Session, Aug. 19th, 2016. For more information, see

Fellowship – Federal Highway Administration Research Opportunity on Virtual and Augmented Reality: A large group of research opportunities from several agencies are available at: One of these is with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) examining road user behavior with virtual and augmented reality in McLean, VA. This research is envisioned to plan, design, and implement experiments and collect data using VR or AR to demonstrate an innovative means to study the behavior of road users. More information on this featured project is available at If you are interested in this project, please contact David Yang at

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