Northeast Big Data Hub Newsletter | March 3, 2021
  • Data Boot Camp Series - March 2 & March 16
  • All Hub Cyberinfrastructure Working Group - March 5
  • Women in Data Science Worldwide Conference - March 8
  • Women in Data Science New Jersey Conference Virtual Event - March 12
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology's Institute for Data Science Spring 2021 Seminar Series - March-April
  • Privacy, Ethics & Trust in Connected Healthcare Workshop - April 28
  • BARI Conference 2021: Building Back Smarter - April 30
  • COVID Information Commons Student Paper Challenge: Mentors and Judges - Due March 15
  • Workshop Application for Joining the Data Revolution: Big Data in Education and Social Science Research
  • Instructional Faculty Position in Data Science
  • Transition Announcement and Thank You
  • Northeast Student Data Corps: Inaugural Data Science Career Panel Recap
  • COVID, Chocolate, and Collaboration: Researchers Discuss Their Work in February CIC Community Webinar
  • 2021 CIC Community Webinars to Resume in April


Data Boot Camp Series

The RIPL Data Boot Camp Series is a free webinar series which is open to anyone. It features five sessions from the 2020 Research Institute for Public Libraries (RIPL) event held December 14-16, 2020, remade into 90-minute live webinars and 60-minute follow-up recorded lessons for those who want to dive deeper into the topics. 

These will NOT be webinars where you listen to a talking head the whole time; instead, please come ready to participate in a variety of interactive learning activities, some of which will occur in small groups in breakout rooms.

View the full schedule here to learn more about each webinar and register:

March 2 (2:00-3:30 ET/11:00-12:30 PT): Meaningful Metrics for Your Organization

March 16 (2:00-3:30 ET/11:00-12:30 PT): Evaluation + Culture = Change

All webinars will be recorded

All Hub Cyberinfrastructure Working Group
Date: Friday, March 5 | 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. ET | Virtual 

Chris Lenhardt | Domain Scientist, Environmental Data Science and Systems, RENCI
Putting the “Infrastructure” in Cyberinfrastructure: The HydroShare Example

WebCast Connectivity:
JOIN THE MEETING | Join by phone: 1-877-853-5257
Meeting ID: 464 161 845  
Women in Data Science Worldwide Conference

Date: March 8, 2021

You are invited to register now for the inaugural 24-hour virtual  Women in Data Science Worldwide conference on March 8, International Women’s Day. Women in Data Science (WiDS)  will follow the sun bringing you speakers and sessions from around the world. All are welcome and discounts are available for students, PostDocs, academia (faculty & staff), non-profits, and government. 
Women in Data Science New Jersey Conference Virtual Event

Date: March 12, 2021 10:00 AM -1:00 PM 
Register here for the WiDS New Jersey Conference 
WiDS New Jersey, a virtual conference showcasing women in data science to share knowledge, inspire, and educate people interested in data scienceWiDS New Jersey is an independent event that is organized by Forough Ghahramani, Rashmi Ketha, and Vaishali Lambe WiDS as part of the annual WiDS Worldwide conference organized by Stanford University and an estimated 150+ locations worldwide, which features outstanding women doing outstanding work in the field of data science. All genders are invited to attend all WiDS Worldwide conference events. 

The conference will feature speakers from academia and industry, to talk about the latest data science-related research in a number of domains, to learn how leading edge companies are leveraging data science for success, and to connect with potential mentors, collaborators and others in the field. 
Featured Speakers and Panelists
Opening Keynote:“Data Science for Sustainable, Healthy, and Equitable Cities”
Anu Ramaswami, PhD
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, and the High Meadows Environmental Institute
Swani ’87 Professor of India Studies
Princeton University
Industry Panel:
Rashmi Ketha (Panel Moderator), AI/ML Engineer, Verizon
Radha Sankaran, Executive Director of Advanced Analytics, Verizon
Paige Bailey, Principal Product Manager (DevDiv), Microsoft  
Laila Rehan, Client Partner, IQVIA, The Human Data Science Company 
Research Presentations:
“Data Science in the Humanities”
Meredith Martin, PhD, Director of the Center for Digital Humanities, Princeton University
“Statistical Methods Accelerating Research”
Zoe LeBlanc, PhD, Research Associate, Princeton University
Closing Keynote: "Data Science Across Multiple Disciplines"
Wind Cowles, PhD
Director, Office of Research Data and Open Scholarship, Princeton University
Event Organizers: 
Forough Ghahramani, AVP for Research, Innovation, and Sponsored Programs, NJEdge
Rashmi Ketha, AI/ML Engineer, Verizon
Vaishali Lambe, Consultant – Digital Practice
New Jersey Institute of Technology's Institute for Data Science Spring 2021 Seminar Series
New Jersey Institute of Technology's Institute for Data Science invites you to their Spring 2021 seminar series, held Wednesdays at 4 PM Eastern Time. The series includes data science thought leaders from academia and industry.

The schedule of events and speakers is as follows:

March 3 - Vipin Kumar, University of Minnesota
March 10 - Cynthia Rudin, Duke University
March 24 - Michael H. Merrill, Department of Defense 
March 31 - Danai Koutra, University of Michigan
April 7 - Charles Leiserson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
April 14 - Aydin Buluc, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
University of California, Berkeley
April 21 - Tina Eliassi-Rad, Northeastern University
April 28 - Joseph JaJa, University of Maryland

You can find out more information about the series here.
Follow the series on Eventbrite here
Subscribe to the YouTube channel here
Global Connected Healthcare Cybersecurity Risks and Roadmap Workshop

Date: April 28, 2021, 11:00am–2:00pm ET

The Global Connected Healthcare Cybersecurity Virtual 2021 Workshop Series is presented by the IEEE SA , IEEE/UL P2933™ Standards Working Group, and the Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub headquartered at Columbia University. We will convene a community of leaders in healthcare, technology, and policy to develop mutual understanding and recommendations to address the risks in connected healthcare cybersecurity, and envision a roadmap for standards and actions to improve connected healthcare cybersecurity. 

The next workshop in the series will focus on 
Privacy, Ethics and Trust in Connected Healthcare

Visit the event page to keep updated with upcoming registration details.

BARI Conference 2021: Building Back Smarter

Date: April 30

Over the last ten years, BARI’s annual conference has been a unique forum for sharing how greater Boston’s civic data community is advancing a more equitable, just, and democratic society–and setting an agenda for what we need to do now. In 2021 this mission is more critical than ever. As the world builds back from a crippling pandemic and grapples with revelations of racial injustice and inequities, BARI wants to highlight efforts where data and technology are catalyzing recovery as the world looks toward the future. 

To find out more, please visit the conference page here.


COVID Information Commons
Undergraduate Student Paper Challenge


We invite you to participate in and spread the word about the newly announced COVID Information Commons Student Paper Challenge. We are still looking for researchers who can be mentors and judges. 

The COVID Information Commons (CIC) is an NSF-funded research collaboration and knowledge hub designed to facilitate knowledge sharing and collaboration across various COVID research efforts. The CIC Student Paper Challenge is an opportunity for undergraduate students to leverage the CIC NSF Award search tools and the global COVID-19 resources the CIC offers to learn how the scientific research community is working to address the widespread impacts of the pandemic and offer their own insights on the next steps for COVID-19 research.For full details about the Challenge, please visit the CIC Student Paper Challenge webpage

Student Papers are due April 1, and Judges will review submissions in April.

We invite you and your colleagues to share your COVID-19 research expertise as a mentor and/or judge. Mentors will hold virtual sessions in January, February, and March to coach students on their paper ideas. Please visit the Challenge webpage for more information and to access the participation forms for students and judges/mentors.

We hope you will join us in this exciting effort to inspire the next generation of researchers. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact

Joining the Data Revolution: Big Data in Education and Social Science Research 

June 1-11, 2021 | Online workshop
Application Deadline: March 22

The Institute for Research on Innovation and Science (IRIS) is taking applications for a week-long workshop this summer on using big data resources and tools to advance education and social science (ESS) research. Applications are open, and the deadline to apply is March 22.

The workshop is being hosted by the ICPSR Summer Program. This is an introductory-level course for researchers in education and social science fields interested in gaining experience working with large-scale restricted-use data. No experience in quantitative data analysis is required, although some pre-workshop reading will be required. Datasets on post-secondary educational opportunities, employment outcomes, and the makeup of research teams will be featured in the workshop. In this hands-on class, participants will work in teams using large-scale datasets to achieve a better understanding of the research questions that can be answered with big data. Participants will acquire skills to enable them to pursue external funding for ESS research using big data. In addition to technical skills, participants will work with established investigators to develop and present ideas for projects that might be submitted to NSF grant competitions. Please visit here for a full description and information on registration.

Contact with any questions.
Goergen Institute for Data Science at the University of Rochester: Instructional Faculty Position in Data Science
Spring 2021


Transition Announcement and Thank You
Dear Hub community members and friends:

After five years as the first operations manager of the Northeast Big Data Hub, I’ve had the unique and invaluable opportunity to work with so many of you in building a dynamic and inclusive network of data science collaborators across the Northeastern United States and beyond. It’s been a tremendous, rewarding experience for me to build the Hub’s entire operations and communications from the ground up - which is why it’s both exciting and a little bittersweet to announce I am moving on this month, to a new role at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications.

I’m proud to have left the Hub even better than I found it - having played a part in its growth from a small initial team of stakeholders to a multi-platform community of over 3000 individuals at nearly 800 organizations to date around the world. Your ideas, engagement, and feedback have helped us grow and evolve into an organization that truly builds, strengthens, and uplifts partnerships in the data world. I’ve witnessed our impact firsthand as countless individuals found valuable peers and collaborators though the Hub whom they might never have connected with otherwise. We’ve all worked together to build exciting new programs with tangible impact, like the COVID Information Commons, the Northeast Student Data Corps, and all of the many Spokes over the years. The four Big Data Hubs came together to spearhead new national initiatives that all can participate in. And even during the pandemic, our network remained resilient: so much of our growth and so many of our achievements have occurred over the past year as we continued our community-building remotely. I’m very proud of the work we’ve done, and confident that even sunnier days are ahead.

I want to extend my thanks to Jeannette Wing, Florence Hudson, the Hub leadership, and our stellar team of student leaders, who are keeping the Hub on its upward track. My deepest thanks go out to you, our community, as well! You make the Hub shine. 

I’ll continue to stay engaged with the Hub in several working groups, in my work as a science communicator, and as a champion of all the great work it does. Don’t hesitate to stay in touch!

With appreciation and gratitude,

Katie Naum

We all want to thank Katie for her invaluable leadership and support for the Northeast Hub and the community of Hubs and collaborators over the past five years. From the projects she has enabled, including being the leader of the COVID Info Commons community webinars, to the team she has built of student project leaders for the Hub, to the many community members she has collaborated with, it's been such a pleasure having Katie on the team. 

We will miss you Katie, and are delighted you will keep in touch as you go and grow to new heights!! 

We thank you and wish you all the best, always.

Florence Hudson, Executive Director, Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub
Northeast Student Data Corps: Inaugural Data Science Career Panel Recap

On February 19th, 2021, more than 280 students, educators and data science enthusiasts gathered for the Northeast Student Data Corps (NSDC)’s Inaugural Data Science Career Panel, where an esteemed panel of invited speakers shared their experiences and advised the attendees on potential opportunities in Data Science. The session also saw the launch of the Learner Central and Educator Central pages on the NSDC web portal and the first NSDC Chapter. Read more about this exciting event here
 COVID, Chocolate, and Collaboration: Researchers Discuss Their Work in February CIC Community Webinar

Thank you to all of the participants and speakers who attended the February CIC Community webinar! During February’s COVID Information Commons (CIC) webinar, researchers, students, and non-profit leaders gathered to discuss and collaborate on research about COVID. The webinar featured talks from seven scientists from across the nation who shared insights on their NSF-funded research.

2021 CIC Community Webinar: Lightning Talks and Q&A

The COVID Information Commons webinars are expected to resume in April following the Hub's site review. If you would like to join us for our next round of lightning talks and Q&A as a presenter please email We look forward to convening again soon to learn more about researchers' ongoing efforts in the fight against COVID-19 and opportunities for collaboration.

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Thank you, and be well — Katie Naum, Operations Manager
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