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June 2022 | @westbigdatahub | #BDHubs

Community Spotlights

Applying Big Data to Restore Nevada’s Walker Lake
By: Kimberly Bruch
To assist in monitoring Nevada's Walker Lake Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) and overall streamflow conditions in the Walker River Basin, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Nevada Water Science Center, in cooperation with the Walker Basin Conservancy, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the Walker River Irrigation District, and the Walker River Paiute Tribe, recently developed an innovative real-time mapping tool to inform agricultural and ecological restoration stakeholders.
“The Walker Basin Hydro Mapper is a societally impactful application of data science that makes use of USGS’ vast, publicly available data,” said Ashley Atkins, West Big Data Innovation Hub Director. “It serves as an example that communities around the West Hub region facing similar challenges can look to and learn from.”
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Featured Opportunity 
Join the Midwest Big Data Hub team!

Apply now to join the Midwest Hub's team as an Outreach and Engagement Specialist. This position will help build a diverse, cross-sector data science community in the Midwest. Applications close on June 21.
Apply here
National Science Foundation (NSF) Regional Innovation Engines | June 30

NSF released a Regional Innovation Engines (RIE) solicitation through the new Technology, Innovation, and Partnerships (TIP) Directorate. RIEs will receive up to $160 million in funding to "support the development of diverse regional coalitions to engage in use-inspired research and development, translation of innovation to society, and workforce development — with the goal of growing and sustaining regional innovation ecosystems throughout the U.S." RIE concept outlines are due on June 30.

Learn more about RIEs at the NSF-hosted webinar series, which began on May 17

The West Hub welcomes requests for collaboration from our community. Reach out and let us know how we can work together and best support you on this solicitation.
CloudBank now available to NSF PIs with active CISE awards

CloudBank, an initiative funded by the National Science Foundation that provides access to and managed services for public cloud resources for research and education, was launched as a pilot program in 2020. CloudBank founding partners include the eScience Institute at the University of Washington, UC San Diego, UC Berkeley and Strategic Blue, a private sector partner that specializes in multi-cloud contracting and financial operations. The NSF recently announced that the CloudBank program is expanding to make it easier for users to gain access to its resources, as well as streamline the process for cloud requests. CloudBank serves as an integrated service provider to the research community through a comprehensive set of user-facing and business operations functions. These services span the spectrum from novice to advanced cloud users, including front-line user support, cloud solution consulting, training and assistance in preparing proposals that include cloud resources. Learn more here and apply here.
SMART-DART: Health Equity: Supporting Minority and Regional Training in Data & AI for Researchers of Tomorrow: Health Equity Cohort | June 3

The South Big Data Hub will join CODATA-RDA, AIM-AHEAD Southeast Hub at Morehouse School of Medicine, and Microsoft Research to host a 10-week Researcher Data Science Training through a mix of virtual and in-person instruction. This will be the first CODATA-RDA School run in the United States and research teams from universities with the AIM-AHEAD Southeast Hub, the South Hub DataUp program and their expanded network would be invited to apply. The SMART-DART: Health Equity Cohort will focus on growing the competence of Health Equity researchers in accessing, analyzing, visualizing, and publishing data. It is open to participants from minority serving institutions (MSIs), described in eligibility below. This activity will cover topics on principles and practice of Open Science, research data management and curation, use of a range of research compute infrastructures, large scale analysis, statistics, visualization and modeling techniques, automation and scripting. Learn more here and register by June 3.
Data Science Education and Workforce Working Group | June 3

This Big Data Hubs working group meets on the first Friday of every month at 8am PT. Learn more here
Data Sharing and Cyberinfrastructure Working Group | June 3

This Big Data Hubs working group meets on the first Friday of every month at 10am PT. Learn more here
COVID Info Commons: Research Lightning Talks and Q&A | June 10

Every month, the COVID Information Commons brings together a group of scientists 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, June 10, at 11:30am PT. Register here.
2022 National Workshop on Data Science Education | June 27-30

Learn about data science education and meet educators involved in shaping data science at the undergraduate level. The first two days will cover what UC Berkeley is doing in the space, including its open-source curriculum and data science major. The latter two days will focus on national and international perspectives and host panels led by a diverse group of data science educators.  

Participation in the workshop is free both for in-person and online participants. Learn more here and register here. Contact conference organizers at

The workshop is sponsored by the NSF Big Data Innovation Hubs and Microsoft.
Women in Data Science (WiDS) Datathon | June 30 deadline

The Excellence in Research Award (Phase II) is open until June 30. Participants in Phase II will have the opportunity to choose to explore one dataset among several, spanning sectors including healthcare, energy, and environmental protection. Participants will also have opportunities to take deeper dives into their dataset and tackle a range of impactful real-world tasks. Teams will submit a research report at the end of Phase II. Learn more and register
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
Call for Volunteers: 
Transboundary Groundwater Resiliency Research (TGRR) 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 our growing team of TGRR Network volunteers! 

Volunteers will be engaged in and learn about the coordination of international, cross-disciplinary research collaboration. Students and early-career researchers will be prioritized for volunteer positions, and TGRR specifically encourages participation from underrepresented groups in academia. We will fill the open volunteer positions on a rolling basis and work with the volunteers to ensure that their position aligns with their career goals. Learn more and apply
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