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February 2022
We want to amplify your work!
The West Big Data Innovation Hub is now accepting Community Spotlights from researchers and stakeholders based in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. 
Recent spotlights include Advancing the Study of the Body’s Metabolic Systems through Bold App and NSF HSI National STEM Resource Hub Offers Virtual Workshops in February and March. Spotlights will be featured on the West Hub's website, newsletter, and social media. Questions? Contact Kim Bruch, West Hub Science Writer, at Submit your Community Spotlight at the link below for consideration. 
Submit your lead here
Hub Activity Highlight
The West Big Hub recently hosted an online workshop on Data Science Training and Collaboration in partnership with the HSI STEM Hub and the UW eScience Institute. The workshop introduced participants to modern tools and methods that are used to teach data science, as well as to considerations in planning and incorporating data science ideas into an existing curriculum. The program covered topics such as data science curriculum and tools, The Carpentries, data science for social good, and cloud computing. The program had 32 participants joining from 27 institutions across nine states and Puerto Rico, representing a diverse range of STEM fields and disciplines. 
You are invited!
Join Executive Director Ashley Atkins for an informal networking session on the second Wednesday of every month from 9:00-10:00 a.m. PT. The next session will take place on Wednesday, March 9, 2022, from 9:00-10:00 a.m. PT. Meet colleagues, ask questions about the Hub, discuss potential collaborations, and let us know what you are working on. We look forward to seeing you there!
Join the session!
Call for Applications: 
Carpentries Instructor Training 

Together with The Carpentries, the West Big Data Innovation Hub is excited to host a hands-on training workshop for community members to become certified Carpentries instructors. Preference will be given to residents of the West Region states (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming). Recipients of the training will be expected to host an online workshop for their local geographic region, in collaboration with the West Hub and The Carpentries by December 2022. Join us to improve your data skills and apply what you'll learn in your community!

Why Become an Instructor?
Carpentries workshops are focused on teaching fundamental data skills. Participants, who often have little computational background, leave these workshops with newly-acquired, often transformative, tools and skills to apply to their work. After participating in the instructor training, you will be certified to teach these workshops in your organization, as well as participate in instruction elsewhere. In addition, participants in the West Hub instructor training will have workshop organization fees waived for one workshop.

Who Should Apply?
Preference will be given to anyone in the West Region states (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming). Teams of 3-4 participants who can then serve as a workshop host in their local geographic area are preferred. For help with finding other interested participants from your area, please contact Each team member should complete the application form. Applicants from all disciplines, sectors, backgrounds, and geographic locations in the West are encouraged to apply. Given the online setting of the workshop this year, we recognize that differences in connectivity may affect participation and access. If you are concerned that your connectivity will impede your ability to fully participate in this workshop, please make a note on your application form and contact us at We may be able to provide you with additional resources.

When is the Training?
The Instructor training will take place online from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. PT on March 21 - 24, 2022 via Zoom. There are a few remaining slots, so
APPLY NOW if interested. Each team member should complete the application form. 

Women in Data Science (WiDS) Datathon
The datathon is LIVE on Kaggle until February 26, 2022. The WiDS Datathon (Phase I) aims to inspire women worldwide to learn more about data science, and to create a supportive environment for women to connect with others in their community who share their interests. Learn more and register here.

The Excellence in Research Award (Phase II) will be open from March 8 - June 30, 2022. Registration will open at that time. Learn more about Phase II here. 
Big Data Innovation Hubs:
Monthly Working Group Meetings
Data Science Education and Workforce Working Group
March 4, 2022, 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. PT 

Data Sharing and Cyberinfrastructure Working Group
Tagbio: Self-service Data Science Platform presented by Sanjay Padhi
March 4, 2022, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. PT
COVID Information Commons:
Research Lightning Talks and Q&A
Meet the scientists seeking new insights on COVID-19. Every month, the COVID Information Commons brings together a group of researchers studying wide-ranging aspects of the current pandemic to share their research and answer questions from our community. Learn more about their work on Friday, March 4, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. PT. Learn more and register here.
Call for Community Participation:
Mini Gateways 2022

The Science Gateways Community Institute will be offering a free online conference this Spring, in addition to an in-person conference in San Diego, CA later this Fall. The conference is an opportunity to learn about technologies and communities, as well as build future connections. The conference will include tutorial sessions, panels, presentations (as lightning talks), and an open forum for wider discussion. Registration is free. Submission of abstracts (500 words) related to science gateways are open for peer review as either a lightning talk, panel, or tutorial. Open forum topic abstracts (200 words) are also open for submissions. Abstracts are due by March 7th, 2022. More details here.
Collaboration Cafe on NSF CAREER program
The Midwest Big Data Innovation Hub Collaboration Cafe webinar on March 17, 2022, at 1 p.m. PT will be focused on the NSF CAREER program that provides funding for early-career researchers. Join the call to understand the program requirements, hear from prior awardees about their experiences, and talk with an NSF program director about the opportunity. Open to researchers across the U.S. Click here to learn more. 
Call for Proposals: 
Scientific Computing with Python Conference 
The 21st annual Scientific Computing with Python Conference (SciPy 2022) will be held in person on July 11-17, 2022, in Austin, TX. Early bird registration rates end May 1, 2022, and the full schedule will be available later in May. Scholarships are also available and applications are due by March 13th. The conference will include two days of sprints focused on developing and maintaining open-source Python software, and the Mentorship Program will be available with focused topics like “Careers in Data Science." Register and learn more here.
From Outlier to Insider: 
A Networking Event with Data Science Professionals
The National Consortium for Data Science will hold its annual networking event, “From Outlier to Insider” on March 16 at 1 p.m. PT (2 p.m. MT) virtually on Airmeet software. This event connects employers directly with top-tier job candidates across different colleges, programs and degree levels looking for a career in the data science and analytics fields. The NCDS team encourages companies interested in filling open positions with the next generation of data science talent to register to host a booth at the event. Early registrants will receive a resume book. Please register here or contact Shannon McKeen at ( with questions.
Call for Applications:
Grantsmanship Mini-Workshops
The NSF HSI National STEM Resource Hub is offering virtual half-day Grantsmanship Mini-Workshops for HSI faculty and staff during Spring 2022. Workshops are free and limited to 24 attendees to encourage small group discussions and networking opportunities. They will convene between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. PT. Please submit applications here. Separately, the NSF has issued a new HSI Program Solicitation (22-545) and is posted here.
The following workshop is still available: 
Pilot Datathon for Women of Color
The South Big Data Hub will join HerWILL (Women Inspired in Life and Leadership) for the “First Ever Datathon for Women of Color,” a competition preceded by four weeks of Data Science Basic workshops on Machine Learning, Databases, Data Scrubbing, and Data Science Opportunities with some of the top industry leaders in innovation, business, and technology from local, national, and international arenas. The event will include pre-datathon workshops and a Datathon. The first workshop takes place on March 21, 2022, and the Datathon runs from April 23, 2022-April 25, 2022. Learn more here
Call for Members:
Transboundary Groundwater Resiliency Research Network
Are you a data scientist interested in collaborating with water scientists, systems scientists, and stakeholders to work towards a more resilient water future? We invite you to join the Transboundary Groundwater Resiliency Research Network! Be part of an international network identifying key data and system drivers to make significant progress towards producing research that catalyzes transformative change for transboundary groundwater systems.
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