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 aims to increase our understanding of the merged data collected from physical systems in order to better understand how energy flows through grids, how to prevent emergencies such as blackouts and brownouts, and how to improve asset management and increase energy efficiency.
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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 organizers laid out their objectives for defining standards that will enable federation of cloud services. Presentation topics ranged from concepts to implementation examples to use cases that present opportunities and obstacles for cloud federation.  In addition to overviews of current standards efforts by the committee chairs and technical leaders, the workshop included sessions on current federation projects, Data Access and Mobility, Identity Federation, Resource Federation, and Networking.
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The South Hub September Newsletter contains a listing of news, events, and opportunities in data science, analytics, engineering, and policy.
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This project brings together scientists from a dozen institutions in academia, government, and industry to translate big data into meaningful knowledge that supports research and education in environmental sustainability. The project will focus on the Encyclopedia of Life (EOL), the world’s largest database of biological species, and other biodiversity data sources. This project 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. We believe that this interactivity should be a significant boon for learning and education.
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Participant Recap: Federal Data in Action Summit in Washington, DC. co-hosted by a team that included the National Science Foundation, the four Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs, and the Department of Homeland Security. The focus of the day – to “share lessons learned and best practices for building data science capacity” – is of great relevance to organizations and the U.S. economy. Participant is Tim J. Gabel, @timgabel Executive Vice President, RTI International.
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Microsoft Research understands that taking full advantage of big data and new data technologies requires more than developing new tools and technologies.
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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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This project brings together six universities to design and construct a patient-focused and personalized health system that addresses the fractured nature of healthcare information and the lack of engagement of individuals in their own healthcare. As its first pilot, the researchers will focus on African Americans and Hispanics/Latinos diagnosed with cardiovascular disease.
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