Northeast Big Data Hub Newsletter | January 6, 2021
  • EdgeCon 2021
  • Virtual Genomics & Precision Medicine Conference
  • January's COVID-19 Research Lightning Talks
  • COVID Information Commons Student Paper Challenge
  • Instructional Faculty Position in Data Science
  • New EdgeDiscovery Virtual Magazine Issue
  • Fall 2020 CNI Virtual Meeting: Northeast Student Data Corps Presentation
  • Data Science for Good Talk at Iona College
  • December CIC Community Webinar Recap


EdgeCon 2021

Date: January 6 - January 8, 2021 
Presentation from Northeast Big Data Hub Executive Director Florence Hudson: Jan 8 at 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM EST

Click here to learn more and register. 

Edge is a research and education network community headquartered in New Jersey supporting research connectivity, collaboration, and partnerships. This year's EdgeCon is a virtual gathering where leaders from Higher Education and K-12 will come together to discuss technology breakthroughs and best practices. With a theme of “Vision to Value,” the conference will provide insights to help you execute on the promise of innovation and transformation through technology.

The conference will run partial days from Wednesday, January 6 to Friday, January 8. Tune in to the conference on Friday, January 8 from 11: 30 AM to 12:15 PM to see our Executive Director Florence Hudson represent the Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub, discuss our current initiatives that span across our four focus areas, and promote further participation and partnerships with other leaders of the conference.
Virtual Genomics & Precision Medicine Conference

Date: Saturday, January 9, 2021 11:00 AM in every time zone
Click here to learn more and register. 

Genomic technologies are transforming our approach to biology and medicine. This virtual conference brings together scientists, practitioners, regulators, and students to learn, discuss and shape the future of genomics. The virtual Genomic Frontiers Conference, hosted by Duke University, will be held on January 9, 2021, starting at 11 AM in every time zone.

With over 2000 expected attendees from academic medical centers, universities, and industry, the conference will provide an in-depth view of the current state of genomics and precision medicine from some of the leading practitioners in the field. It will also feature a training track of sessions that cover the basics of NGS, genomic analyses, and precision medicine.

The conference and all materials will be available for 2 weeks so you don’t need to be available on that day. Free advance registration and details on the conference agenda are at

January COVID Information Commons Community Webinar:
Lightning Talks and Q&A

Date: January 13, 2021, 12:00 - 1:00 PM ET. Click here to learn more and register.

Join us for our next round of lightning talks and Q&A on Wednesday, January 13, 12-1 pm ET. Learn more about these researchers' ongoing efforts in the fight against COVID-19, including opportunities for collaboration. We will also present more information about the COVID Information Commons Undergraduate Student Paper Challenge, including a demo of resources available for student use - see further details below under Opportunities!

Featured Speakers:

David Mendonça, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute: EAGER: Joint Hazard Mitigation in the Era of COVID-19: Implications for Engineered Structures and Services. Funded by NSF Engineering / Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation.

Mauricio Terrones, Penn State: EAGER: Portable device for rapid and label-free identification of COVID-19 using an ultra-miniature handheld Raman spectrometer. Funded by NSF Office of the Director / Office of Integrative Activities.

Tracy Van Holt, New York University: RAPID Collaborative: Networks and Spatial Dynamics of the US Food Supply Chain amid the COVID-19 Pandemic. Funded by NSF Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences / Division of Behavioral & Cognitive Sciences.

Michel Boufadel, New Jersey Institute of Technology: RAPID: Scaling, causality, and modulation of the spread of COVID-19. Funded by NSF Engineering / Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental & Transport Systems.

Jamie Hestekin, University of Arkansas: RAPID: Sprayable Cellulosic Nanoparticle Coatings for Covid 19. Funded by NSF Engineering / Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental & Transport Systems.

Wai-Yim Ching, University of Missouri-Kansas City: RAPID: Structural Refinement and Intramolecular Binding in SARS-CoV-2 Spike Protein. Funded by NSF Mathematical & Physical Sciences / Division of Materials Research.

Rabindra Tirouvanziam, Emory University: EAGER: Coronavirus infection of human lung epithelium and leukocytes: mechanisms and treatment. Funded by NSF Engineering / Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental & Transport Systems.

If you would like to present your research at a future CIC community event, please contact the project team.


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 looking for students to participate, as well as 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 and how students can get started, please visit the CIC Student Paper Challenge webpage. Undergraduate students of all backgrounds and interests are encouraged to participate in this Challenge. Winning papers will be published on the CIC website and shared widely through our network, and authors will have the opportunity to present their insights at a future CIC community event.

In addition to sharing this Challenge with undergraduate students who might be interested, 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. Judges will review submissions in April. 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

Goergen Institute for Data Science at the University of Rochester: Instructional Faculty Position in Data Science
Spring 2021


New EdgeDiscovery Virtual Magazine Issue

The Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub was highlighted for “Building a Collaborative Community to Drive Data Science Innovation” in the EdgeDiscovery Fall 2020 issue published by Edge, the research and education network community headquartered in New Jersey supporting research connectivity, collaboration and partnerships.

Florence Hudson, the Northeast Hub’s executive director, discussed the focus areas of the Hub, and how 2020 has brought new challenges to address. She shared the development of the COVID Information Commons (CIC), discussed the development of a connected healthcare cybersecurity workshop series, and described the new world of big data.

To read the full interview, visit EdgeDiscovery’s Fall 2020 issue,  pages 6-9.

Fall 2020 CNI Virtual Meeting: Northeast Student Data Corps Presentation

The Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) Fall 2020 Virtual Membership Meeting held last month convened members of the over 200 organizations in CNI's network to explore new technologies, content, and applications; further collaboration; analyze technology policy issues; and catalyze the development and deployment of new projects.

Presenting at this meeting, Northeast Student Data Corps Founding Committee members Florence Hudson, Leslie LaBarte, Jennifer Oxenford, and Yusuf Danisman shared the aspirational outcomes, updates, and next steps for the new community initiative. 

Read watch the full presentationCNI's abstract for the NSDC, and check out the presentation slides to learn more about this initiative and ways to get involved. 

Data Science for Good Talk at Iona College

On October 13, 2020, Executive Director Florence Hudson spoke at the Careers in Science program at Iona College. She discussed leveraging data to identify new insights that can help members of society make better decisions, as well as her own career trajectory in science. Representing the current strides and efforts of the Northeast Big Data Hub, Florence mentioned current Hub initiatives that span our four focus areas— Education + Data Literacy, Health, Urbam to Rural Communities, and Responsible Data Science— and presented on the vast resources available at the COVID Information Commons website.

                    Watch the recording and read our blog post on the event. 

December CIC Community Webinar Recap

Thank you to all of the participants and speakers who attended the November CIC Community webinar! The webinar included talks from six NSF PIs as well as an announcement of the new CIC Student Paper Challenge, an opportunity for students to learn about and contribute their unique insights about COVID-19 research.
Check out the December webinar!
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