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 was an awardee of the 2020 South Big Data Hub SEEDS Program - Southern Engagement and Enrichment in Data Science. It is one of two awards funded in the Seed Grant's mid-range category of >$50,000. The PIs seek to launch a website that contains guides, videos, and other content to assist educators and instructors on teaching data science to their students.
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This project was an awardee of the 2020 South Big Data Hub SEEDS Program - Southern Engagement and Enrichment in Data Science. It is one of two awards funded in the Seed Grant's mid-range category of >$50,000. The PIs seek to build a consortium that provides an accessible and beneficial platform within the HBCU community.
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Just how Big is Big Data? It’s difficult to wrap our heads around it. We now carry in our pockets computers (a.k.a. smartphones) that have 1 million times more memory than NASA’s Apollo Guidance Computer, which was used to land the first human beings on the moon. The world’s most powerful supercomputer is the Summit housed at the Oakridge National Laboratory. It can perform 200 quadrillion (1 x 1015) calculations per second.
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The series garnered community input into pathways for keeping data science as a discipline broadly inclusive. We gathered input from data science programs in any region across the nation, either traditional or alternative, and from a range of institution types including minority-serving institutions, community colleges, liberal arts colleges, tribal colleges, universities, and industry partners. The series consists of webinars, workshops, and programs exploring the future of data science education and workforce at institutions of higher learning that are primarily teaching-focused.
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COVID-19 continues to spread across the country and around the world. The current strategy for managing the spread of COVID-19 is social distancing, and a new white paper from Georgia Tech applies the use of an interactive Artificial Intelligence (AI) tool to conceptualize the impact of social distancing on the spread of COVID-19.
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The NSF Spoke Project ‘Using Big Data for Environmental Sustainability: Big Data + AI Technology = Accessible, Usable, Useful Knowledge’ 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.
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SBDH19 All Hands Meeting
The SBDH All Hands Meetings are organized to bring together the SBDH community in order to foster new and support existing data science collaborations, share best practices, and resources for data and data science related projects in the priority areas for the southern region.
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As part of the DataUp program, University of Puerto Rico- Rio Piedras (UPRRP) held 35 learners on August 18. Learners gained valuable skills beneficial to the development of their current and future research while UPRRP witnessed the institutional interest regarding data science and genomics.
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On September 28 – 29, the DataUp program hosted a 2-day workshop at Texas A&M University – Kingsville, a historically Hispanic serving institution in Southern Texas. No matter the level of coding expertise, each learner noted how the workshop and the utilization of JupyterHub will benefit their future research and project opportunities.
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As part of the DataUp program,Johnson C. Smith University held a workshop on Oct 18-19, 2018 to introduce shell, git, R, Matlab and the JupyterHub. The learners from both the humanities and natural sciences began to think about how an interactive notebook could benefit their disciplines and create collaborative projects on their campus.
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