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January 2022
West Hub Community,

I hope your year is off to a great start! I began my position as Executive Director of the West Hub on November 15, 2021, and I am thrilled to be part of this team. I look forward to getting to know each of you and determining together how we can build on existing work to make this community’s efforts even more inclusive and impactful. The West Hub is your Hub. I want to know how you think it can better serve you and the west—not just today—but for years to come. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have questions or feedback, want to tell us about what you are working on, or have ideas for collaboration.


Ashley Atkins 
Executive Director
You are invited!
Join the Executive Director for an informal, morning networking session on the second Wednesday of every month from 9:00-10:00 AM PT. The first session will take place on Wednesday, February 9, 2022, from 9:00-10:00 AM 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!
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Call for Proposals and Student Applications:
UW Data Science for Social Good 2022

The UW Data Science for Social Good program is now accepting student fellow applications and project proposals for the 2022 summer session. Fellows will work with academic researchers, data scientists, and public stakeholder groups on data-intensive research projects that will leverage data science approaches to address societal challenges in areas such as public policy, environmental impacts, and more. Student applications are due February 14th - learn more and apply here. DSSG is also looking for project proposals from academic researchers, public agencies, non-profit entities, and industry who are looking for an opportunity to work closely with data science professionals and students on focused, collaborative projects to make better use of their data. Learn more and submit a proposal here.
Call for Sessions:
SciDataCon 2022, part of International Data Week

In conjunction with International Data Week, SciDataCon 2022: Data to Improve our World is opening a call for proposals for sessions related to this year’s theme of “Data to Improve our World”, the deadline for submission is February 14th, 2022. SciDataCon is part of International Data Week 2022, to be held virtually and on-site in Seoul, Republic of Korea. The main conference will take place on June 20-23, 2022 and there will be colocated, hybrid, and virtual events both before and after these dates. SciDataCon is a conference for peer-reviewed research and practice presentations, which covers all aspects of the role of data in research, society and policy. As well as the core themes of data science and data stewardship, Open Science, and FAIR data and services, SciDataCon shares high-level themes with International Data Week including Data to Improve Our World; the State of Open Science Globally; Research Transparency, Accountability, and Reproducibility; Data Research and Industry; Science and Society; and Empowering and Enabling Society. Additional details may be found here.
Women in Data Science (WiDS) Datathon

The datathon is NOW LIVE on Kaggle! The WiDS Datathon 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.

This year’s WiDS Datathon, organized by the WiDS Worldwide team, Harvard University IACS, and the WiDS Datathon Committee, will tackle a key way to mitigate the effects of climate change with a focus on energy efficiency. The WiDS Datathon Committee is partnering with experts from many disciplines at Climate Change AI, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and MIT Critical Data. WiDS Datathon participants will analyze regional differences in building energy efficiency, creating models to predict building energy consumption. 

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 8am and 1pm PT. Please submit applications here. Separately, the NSF has issued a new HSI Program Solicitation (22-545) and is posted here.

The following workshops are available: 
Feb 11, 2022. Preparing an NSF CAREER application (for junior faculty)
MLCommons releases People’s Speech and Multilingual Spoken Words
The mission of MLCommons is to accelerate machine learning innovation and increase its positive impact on society, which includes building large and publicly available datasets. On December 14th, they publicly released two speech datasets: the People’s Speech and the Multilingual Spoken Words Corpus (MSWC).  The People’s Speech dataset includes over 30,000 hours (and growing!) of English speech recognition and is licensed for academic and commercial usage. The Multilingual Spoken Words Corpus (MSWC) is a dataset of spoken words in 50 languages, collectively spoken by over 5 billion people. Members of the MLCommons community are encouraged to download the datasets and use them, or encourage friends or colleagues to use them. Users may help amplify the reach of these datasets via LinkedIn (People’s Speech, MSWC) or Twitter (People’s Speech, MSWC).
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.
Request for Proposals:
Catalyst Grant Program
The Urban Institute and the Microsoft Justice Reform Initiative are excited to share the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the next round of the Catalyst Grant Program.  The program aims to help local nonprofit organizations in the United States use data and technology to advance racial equity and fairness in the criminal justice system. More details on eligibility and topics, as well as how to apply, can be found on the program application website. Applications are due on February 18, 2022, at 5:00 PM PT/8:00 PM ET.
COVID Information Commons:
Unlocking COVID-19 Insights with Data Science

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 and hear from the CIC Team about our CIC-Extension grant news on Friday, February 4th, 2:30-4:00 PM (EST). Learn more and register here.
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