2020 South Hub SEEDS – Southern Engagement and Enrichment in Data Science Awardees & Cohort

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2020 South Hub SEEDS – Awardees

Proposals Awarded: 6 

Proposal Types: Small (3), Medium (2), Large ( 1),  Unique Institutions Involved: 24 

States Represented: 10 of the 16 states; FL, VA(3), MD(3), AL, NC(2), GA (3), DC, TX(5), TN, DE 

Communities Served: 4-year colleges (3), HBCUs (2), STEM HS (1).

Proposal Disciplines Represented: Computer Science (1), Engineering (1), Data Science (1), Finance and Economics (1), Mathematics (1), Urban Affairs and Public Policy (1). 

Aligned South Big Data Hub Priority Areas: Data Science and Education (3), Data Sharing and CyberInfrastructure (2), Health Disparities (2), Smart Cities  and Communities (3)

2020 Cohort – Large & Mid-scale Awardees

Large: HBCU Data Science Consortium (HBCU-DSC) – Six University Leads 

This HBCU Data Science Consortium (HBCU-DSC) seeks to provide an accessible and beneficial platform within the HBCU community that will promote collaboration and support the “cross-pollination” of data analysis tools, data, and ideas across the HBCU community, which is overwhelmingly located in the southern region.

Project Goals:

  1. To build a network of HBCU researchers focused on development of resources,
    collaborations and initiatives centered around data science
  2. To increase possibility of securing funding and research awards in data science by HBCU
    Consortium members

Partners: Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL; Norfolk State University, Norfolk, VA; Bowie State University, Bowie, Alabama A&M University, Normal, AL; Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte, NC; Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA

Mid: Data4Kids: Virtually Teaching Kids about Data Science – Eight Partners

At the primary and secondary levels, there are few resources that specifically teach data science (we use the term data science to include data analysis and data visualization). Facing the COVID pandemic that forced many people into remote work, in March 2020, we launched the Data@Urban Digital Discussion series, a daily video conversation with leaders in the data science field. In May 2020, the Digital Discussion series focused exclusively on four days teaching data science to children including how to create data visualizations, code online, design map projections, and how to collect and analyze data. More than 200 children from around the world attended these one-hour live sessions. Given the success of this series, we propose to launch a website that contains guides, videos, and other content to assist educators and instructors on teaching data science to their students.

Partners: The Urban Institute, Washington,DC + Seven K12 Organizations (UTeach Outreach, TX; K12 Education Manager, ESRI, VA; GoodGeo.BuenMundo SC; K-12 Education Strategy, Policy, and Services, Texas and Georgia; Launch Years Course Programs Texas and Georgia; University of Memphis, Tennessee; Pathway.ai, Texas

Mid: Evaluation and Demonstration of Open Data Portal Technology for Smart Cities and Data Science for Social Good – Two Universities 

The proposed project will provide open opportunities to learn about and evaluate a number of open data portal technologies for publishing data for smart cities and data science for social good. The proposed work will build on the Baltimore Data Science Corps NSF HDR project and will develop a number of use cases for serving open data for smart city and urban data applications. The use cases will then be demonstrated on a set of open data hub technologies such as the ESRI Open Data Portal, CKAN, DKAN, and DataVerse. The project will establish criteria to evaluate technology to publish open data and through established use cases that aligned with the South Big Data Hub priorities, technologies will be implemented and tested on their ability to provide end-to-end support for smart city and urban data science problems.

Partners: University of Baltimore, Towson University  

2020 Cohort – Small Awardees

Small: North Carolina Data Science Panel Series 

The goal of the NC Data Science Panel Series is to showcase the different educational pathways that high school students can take to become a data scientist and highlight the variety of career opportunities available in this field. Through a series of conversations and Q&A, students and teachers will have the opportunity to hear from real data scientists about their work and individual backgrounds.The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM) will host the NC Data Science Panel Series events, attract participants, and reach out to their business/university connections to recruit speakers for the events.

Partner: North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (K12 11th and 12th graders) 

Small: Homeless Data for the State of Delaware by Reducing Uncertainty in Risk Projections for Statewide Hospital Capacity in COVID-19  

There are two prongs to this project. The first is to study homeless data for the State of Delaware; the second is to model demand for beds in the statewide hospital capacity in response to COVID-19 data from Delaware. Prof. RJ Braun, director of the MS in data science at UD, will be the overall mentor for the projects, and will coordinate the efforts led by Profs. Metraux and Dobler.

Partner: University of Delaware

Small: Visualization and Data Reuse Challenge – Digital Rocks Portal 

Partner: The University of Texas at Austin and Virginia Tech

2020 South Hub SEEDS – Southern Engagement and Enrichment in Data Science Cohort

Total Proposals Submitted: 38 

Total Proposals: Small (11), Medium (13), Large (8) 

Total States represented: 10 of the 16 states in the South Hub region

Total Communities Served: 4-year colleges (24), HBCUs (7), HSI(2), Community Colleges (0)

Total Proposal Disciplines Represented: Computer Science (14). Engineering (8). Data Science, Informatics Studies (2). Business, Mathematics, Peace and Conflict Studies, Geography, Finance and Economics (1).Urban Affairs and Public Policy (2). Cybersecurity and Forensics (1). Information and Library Science (1).  

Total South Big Data Hub Priority Areas: Data Science and Education (25), Data Sharing and CyberInfrastructure (22), Health Disparities (12), Smart Cities and Communities (4), Materials and Advanced Manufacturing (5)

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