September* Opportunities and Announcements

[*September and beyond]

Dear South Big Data Hub Community,

This post contains the content that went out in our monthly newsletter–a listing of news, events, and opportunities in data science, analytics, engineering, and policy. If you have announcements or information that you would like to submit for next month’s newsletter or if you would like to contribute a guest post to the South Big Data Hubbub! blog, please use our submission form or email

The South Big Data Hub Team

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South Hub Goes to Washington!

Left to right: Lea Shanley, Srinivas Aluru, Fen Zhao, Renata Rawlings-Goss, Dan Stazione, Stan Ahalt, Melvin Greer

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.   Continue reading

South Hub Sponsors a Fall Workshop Series

The South Hub is sponsoring several workshops this fall, and registration for these events is now open. Participants come from academic research institutions across the 16 states that comprise the South Big Data Innovation 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. View more about all of these workshops by visiting   Continue reading

South Big Data Hub DataStart fellow reflects on lessons learned

By Jonathan Ortiz, DataStart Fellow,, Austin, Texas

Jonathan Ortiz trying his hand at the slackline.

As the summer semester passes its halfway point, I take a moment to reflect on just what an amazing summer it has been and think ahead to what is in store for the second half. I am a Data Analytics and Big Data student at The University of Texas at Austin, and this summer I have had the exciting opportunity to work with, an Austin data startup, through a DataStart fellowship managed by the South Big Data Hub with support from the Computing Community Consortium and the National Science Foundation. is a data platform that helps people work together to solve important problems faster. I believe, as the good folks at believe, that the barriers that divide data and people are artifacts from a less-connected era. In a time when more and more open data is created every day, only a tiny fraction—less than 1%—of all the data that gets collected and stored is ever analyzed, according to an IDC report.   Continue reading

South Hub Working Groups and Theme Communities

Working Groups (WGs) engage directly with the Hub Executive team to implement and participate across hub activities. These groups are distinct from Rings in that they would be a select group assisting the Hub in the development and administering of services to the members as a whole. We invite you to participate in an upcoming call, or catch up on what is in progress. By visiting the “Community” navigation tab at, you can listen to previous calls, view our Wiki, and join upcoming calls. Initially, calls begin as exploratory meetings of the community facilitated by the hub, permitting the community to set goals, define and participate in leadership roles, and chart the path forward for the WG.  Continue reading

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