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Northeast Big Data Hub Newsletter | June 25, 2020
  • Introducing New Executive Director Florence Hudson
  • Message from the Executive Director
  • Hub Strategic Plan Released
  • Updates on Steering Committee Leadership
  • Website Relaunch
  • NSF Convergence Accelerator Expo 2020 - July 1 & 2
  • New Monthly Webinar Series Beginning July 15
  • Coming Soon: Northeast Big Data Hub Seed Fund

News

Introducing New Executive Director
of the Northeast Big Data Hub, Florence Hudson
The Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub is excited to announce Florence Hudson as our new Executive Director. Florence has been engaged with the Northeast Hub since its founding as a Steering Committee member, special advisor for Next Generation Internet, and a member of the Northeast and All Hubs Strategic Working Groups. As an aerospace and mechanical engineer, specialist in information and communications technology, and champion for diversity and inclusion in STEM, she has served as an engineer at Grumman Aerospace Corporation and NASA, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at IBM, and Senior Vice President & Chief Innovation Officer at Internet2. She is currently a special advisor for Trusted CI, the NSF Cybersecurity Center of Excellence at Indiana University, as well as a leader on numerous national and international committees for data science innovation.
 
As an engineer and community leader, Florence understands the power of leveraging data and cross-sector capabilities to address complex societal issues. As Executive Director of the Northeast Hub, she brings her scientific and leadership experience to the mission of enabling stakeholders across the Northeast data science ecosystem to align their knowledge and resources to amplify success in four focus areas: health, responsible data science, urban to rural communities, and education and data literacy.
 
Message from the Executive Director:
I am delighted to be the new Executive Director for the Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub. Working together across our community of academic, industry, government and not for profit collaborators is inspiring and invigorating.  We look forward to our continued efforts as a community convener, collaboration hub, and catalyst for data science innovation in the Northeast Region, and with colleagues across the nation and around the world. Please join us in collaboration to leverage data science for good.
 
- Florence
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The Data Science Institute at Columbia University recently spoke with Florence about her background experience and vision for the Hub's future. Read the full interview here.
Hub Strategic Plan Released
 
The Hub's Strategic Plan was released on June 1, 2020. This document provides an essential overview of the Hub's mission, goals, objectives, four focus areas, community engagement efforts, management and staffing plan, and project governance. You can read the strategic plan by visiting our website and clicking "Strategic Plan" under the About menu item.

Many, many thanks to the Steering Committee leadership team who provided invaluable insight in the development of this plan.
Steering Committee Updates
 
The Hub would like to extend our deepest gratitude to outgoing Steering Committee members Vasant Honavar (Penn State) and Andrew McCallum (UMass Amherst), upon the completion of their service to the Committee. Both have contributed tremendously in bringing the Hub to where it is today. While Honavar and McCallum will continue to stay involved as co-PIs of the Northeast Big Data Hub, they will step down on June 30 to welcome in new Committee members from across our region. Going forward, Honavar will also represent the Northeast Hub as a member of the four Big Data Innovation Hubs' National Coordination Committee.

We are very happy to welcome new Steering Committee members Laura Dietz (University of New Hampshire), Carsten Eickhoff (Brown University), and John Goodhue (Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center) to the Steering Committee. Goodhue has been engaged with Hub activities since its early days, including most recently representing the Northeast Hub in working with the Open Storage Network, and serving on our Advisory Board. Dietz and Eickhoff each bring fresh perspectives to the leadership team.

Visit our leadership page to learn more about our new Steering Committee members!
Website Relaunch
I'm delighted to announce a relaunch of nebigdatahub.org. Corresponding with the announcement of our strategic plan on June 1, the site has been redesigned to better reflect the full range of community projects across our four focus areas, to highlight the successes of our many collaborators, and to welcome participation across the board. 
 
Learn more about the relaunch here. - Katie Naum, Operations Manager

Events

NSF Convergence Accelerator Expo 2020

July 1-2, 2020
Online
Click here to learn more and register


The NSF Convergence Accelerator program, an effort to leverage partnerships among academic and non-academic stakeholders to accelerate use-inspired multidisciplinary research in areas of national importance, is hosting its inaugural Expo 2020 on July 1-2. This virtual meeting will provide an opportunity for the 41 FY 2019 teams in Track A: Open Knowledge Network and Track B: AI and Future of Work to share their findings from Phase 1 and their goals for Phase 2. Each project will have a virtual booth, and registration is open to all.
 
Save the Date: New Monthly Webinar Series

We're excited to premiere a new monthly webinar series next month that will highlight exciting initiatives from our community and opportunities for engagement throughout the Big Data Hubs network. Our first webinar  launches on July 15, from 3-4pm ET. Registration information will be communicated by early July.

During this first event, we will introduce the COVID Information Commons. This initiative is funded through NSF award #2028999 and developed by the Northeast Big Data Hub in collaboration with our partners at Columbia University Libraries, Columbia University Information Technology, and the other three Big Data Innovation Hubs. The initial web portal, which launches in July, will help researchers explore the hundreds of NSF RAPID awards addressing COVID-19, with the goal of fostering new research collaborations in the fight against this pandemic. Our team will demo how to use the different functions of the website, including the COVID Research Explorer, which organizes and visualizes the scope of COVID-19 research through machine learning maps.

Further details including registration will be shared in a special announcement - stay tuned! Contact info@covidinfocommons.net for more information about this initiative.

Opportunities

New Seed Fund Program, Coming Soon
 
The Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub Seed Fund will be launching by this fall to support data science activities within our community. We are pleased to announce David Bader as Chair of the Seed Fund Steering Committee. Bader is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Computer Science and inaugural Director of the Institute for Data Science at New Jersey Institute of Technology, and a leading expert in solving global grand challenges in science, engineering, computing, and data science. Our full Seed Fund Steering Committee met for the first time earlier this month, and is hard at work developing and executing on this exciting new community program.

Visit our webpage to keep up to date as we unveil more details about the Seed Fund and how to apply, and stay tuned for further updates in future issues!
To suggest items for an upcoming newsletter, please email contact@nebigdatahub.org. We welcome news, events and opportunities from across the Northeast and beyond!

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