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September 2022 | @westbigdatahub | #BDHubs

Community Spotlights

National Workshop on Data Science Education Featured Multiple Hub Talks
By: Kimberly Bruch

Organized by UC Berkeley's Division of Computing, Data Science, and Society, with support from Microsoft and the West Big Data Innovation Hub, the Summer 2022 National Workshop on Data Science Education offered an array of insight about current data science education initiatives across the academic spectrum, from high school to undergraduate and graduate level programs as well as adult learners.

Workshop organizer Eric Van Dusen, outreach and technology lead for the Data Science Undergraduate Studies program, speaks during a panel discussion. (Photo/ KLCfotos)

The latter two days of the workshop focused on national perspectives and programs for data science education, including student driven data science communities of support and learning. The National Science Foundation (NSF) Big Data Innovation Hubs hosted two panels alongside a program of presenters that discussed topics such as investigating the ethics behind algorithms, incorporating Python into statistics and computer science classes, and the latest developments in data science education and community building.
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Ashley Atkins Reflects on Her West Hub Leadership Role and Future Direction
By: Ray Chen, Research Experience for High School Students, San Diego Supercomputer Center 

The West Big Data Innovation Hub recently announced Ashley Atkins as executive director. Prior to working with the West Hub, Atkins worked as a research scientist at New Mexico State University’s New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute, where her work focused on understanding the interconnections between social and hydrologic systems, particularly for transboundary groundwater regions. Earlier in her career, Atkins was awarded a Fulbright grant to conduct research on the water resources shared between Bulgaria and Greece. She said that she is utilizing lessons learned from her past experiences with use-inspired research and management to lead the West Hub.

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Learning and Doing Data for Good: A conference for academics and their partners | September 9-11

We invite you to join us for the Learning and Doing Data for Good Conference on September 9-11, 2022, co-hosted by the University of Washington's eScience Institute and the West HubAt this forum, current students and alumni of university-based data for good programs will have the opportunity to present their work alongside past partners and data science professionals. We hope this will be a space of interesting and inspiring discussions, as well as a time for connecting with colleagues and partners who are motivated to learn from and meet the needs of communities and people using data for change. In-person participation on the University of Washington campus and virtual participation are available. Please register here, and for any questions, please contact the Conference Director, Juandalyn Burke, at .

Call for Speaker Nominations: South Data Science Education and Workforce Working Group

The Data Science Education and Workforce Working Group is an open monthly professional working group for data science educators and program leaders to talk and hear from other programs around the country, as well as learn about resources for connecting with data, tools, industry partners, and research. The working group meets on the first Friday of every month at 8am PT.

The initial focus of the group is on: 

  • Experiences with project-based courses & teaching approaches
  • Highlighting funded Data Science Education Projects and Resource
  • Experiences with Assessment or Evaluation Approaches for Data Science teaching or programs
  • Best Practices in Data or AI Workforce Development, including Upskilling in Industry, Academia, or Government

If you would like to share your experience in any one of these three areas or nominate a colleague, we are accepting speakers and speaker nominations. Speakers will be given 10 min presentations plus 5 mins for questions.

2022 Big Data Neuroscience Workshop | Register by September 1

The Big Data Neuroscience (BDN) workshop, organized by the Advanced Computational Neuroscience Network, brings together researchers in neuroscience, computer science, statistics, computer engineering, structural biology, neuroinformatics, and related disciplines. The workshop aims to bring together a transdisciplinary set of speakers to educate trainees and faculty on tackling society's biggest challenges in critical areas of interdisciplinary strength, including health & well-being and technology & society. The BDN workshop will be held in Austin, Texas, September 15-16, 2022

Data Sharing and Cyberinfrastructure Working Group |
September 2 & October 7

Join us on Friday, September 2, and Friday, October 7 from 10-11am PT. The Data Sharing and Cyberinfrastructure Working Group is a collaboration across all four of the Big Data Innovation Hubs.  Each month, the working group brings together data scientists and cyberinfrastructure professionals to learn about topics of common interest.  Areas covered include data management and analytics tools and frameworks, and use of data science to solve real-world problems in areas such as transportation, water quality, public health and disaster response. Learn more here.
Transboundary Groundwater Resiliency Research Network Annual Workshop | September 28-29

Join us September 28-2from 8-10am PT/9-11AM MT for the Transboundary Groundwater Resiliency Research (TGRR) Network's first annual workshop. TGRR is an NSF-funded project that connects hydrology, social science, data science, and systems science networks to establish a novel approach to water research. Register here for this free workshop. 
2022 COVID Information Commons Student Paper Challenge | September 30

The COVID Information Commons (CIC) invites students from higher education institutions around the world to leverage CIC resources and to participate in the 2022 CIC Student Paper Challenge. Students will have the opportunity to join the scientific research community addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. 

CIC also invite STEM and healthcare researchers, professors, or professionals to participate in this challenge as Mentors and Judges. Interested individuals should complete the
 Mentors and Judges Call for Participation
The Indigenous Connectivity Summit | October 24-28

The 2022 Indigenous Connectivity Summit (ICS) will be held in-person in Winnipeg, Canada, on October 24-28. The Indigenous Connectivity Summit brings together Indigenous community members, leaders, network operators, researchers and policymakers with a common goal: to connect Indigenous communities to fast, affordable and sustainable internet.

Sign up to receive an alert when registration is live. We welcome leaders in the internet access community from Arctic Canada to Hawai’i and everywhere in between. As in previous years, there will be a series of online workshops for participants in the lead up to the Summit. These will include technical training focused on building and operating sustainable community networks and introductory sessions on broadband policy, advocacy, and funding opportunities. Participants will lead a Summit session on crafting policy recommendations, which will guide advocacy efforts through the coming year.
Call for Submissions:
Data Science Journal

Throughout 2022, the Data Science Journal invites submissions related to the evolution and future directions of data science (broadly defined), including recent advances, retrospective analyses, and community inspirations and provocations. Learn more here
In Case You Missed It #ICYMI
TGRR Seminar Series: Freshwater below the ocean floor and how to find it

Roslynn King, a PhD candidate within the Marine EM Laboratory at Scripps Institution of Oceanography located at the University of California, San Diego, presented at the August Transboundary Groundwater Resiliency Research Seminar Series. Her research focuses on the use and development of marine controlled-source electromagnetic (CSEM) tools toward mapping and characterizing a variety of resources of geologic or anthropogenic origin located on the continental shelf. 

Her presentation, Freshwater below the ocean floor and how to find it, covered recent developments in marine controlled-source electromagnetic technologies toward mapping submarine aquifers progressing from known aquifers offshore New Jersey to previously unidentified water sources offshore California. This talk addressed how these data can be used to better understand how offshore aquifers form, influence their environment, and can potentially be used as a resource. 
You can access a recording of the presentation here. Learn more about upcoming TGRR Seminar Series events here.
Roslynn King preparing to map offshore aquifers using marine controlled-source electromagnetic tools.
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