Northeast Big Data Hub Newsletter | November 8, 2020
  • This Friday 11/13! November's COVID-19 Research Lightning Talks
  • CIC Session - Coalition for Networked Information Fall 2020 Virtual Membership Meeting
  • CIC Session - International FAIR Convergence Symposium
  • ERN Broadening the Reach: Virtual Workshop and Survey
  • IEEE Call for Papers: Special Issue on Intelligent Optimization Algorithms in Genomics and Precision Medicine
  • Let's Make It Count: National Census Data Competition for High School Students
  • Industry Resources for Academia and IBM Partnership
  • Northeast Student Data Corps Founding Committee Formed
  • October CIC Community Webinar Recap


November COVID Information Commons Community Webinar:
Website Demo, Lightning Talks and Q&A

Date: November 13, 2020, 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET. Click here to learn more and register.

Join us for our next round of lightning talks and Q&A to learn more about these researchers' ongoing efforts in the fight against COVID-19, including opportunities for collaboration. During this event, we will also demo the COVID Information Commons's new NSF COVID Awards & PI Database, providing details on over 900 COVID-related NSF awards. 

Featured Speakers:

Debra Laefer, New York University: RAPID: DETER: Developing Epidemiology mechanisms in Three-dimensions to Enhance Response. Funded by NSF Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences / Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences.

Niema Moshiri, University of California San Diego: RAPID: Real-time phylogenetic inference and transmission cluster analysis of COVID-19. Funded by NSF Biological Sciences / Environmental Biology.

Branden Johnson, Decision Science Research Institute: RAPID: Media Exposure, Objective Knowledge, Risk Perceptions, and Risk Management Preferences of Americans Regarding the Novel Coronavirus Outbreak. Funded by NSF Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences / Social and Economic Sciences.

Ying Zhong, University of Southern Florida: RAPID: COVID-19: Sterilization Mechanism of Corona Discharge for Masks and Environment. Funded by NSF Engineering / Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems.

Leila Hedayatifar, New England Complex Systems Institute: RAPID: Modeling COVID-19 in the context of optimizing quarantine policy. Funded by NSF Biological Sciences / Environmental Biology.

Xifeng Yan, University of California Santa Barbara: RAPID: Interventional COVID-19 Response Forecasting in Local Communities Using Neural Domain Adaptation Models. Funded by NSF Computer and Information Science and Engineering / Information and Intelligent Systems.
If you would like to present your research at a future CIC community event, please contact the project team.

CIC Session - Coalition for Networked Information Fall 2020 Virtual Membership Meeting

Date: Thursday, November 12, 4-5 pm ET. Click here to learn more.

Tune in for a discussion of the COVID Information Commons with Florence Hudson of the Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub and Jeremiah Trinidad-Christensen of Columbia University Libraries. This session is part of the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) Fall 2020 Virtual Membership Meeting, which convenes 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.

CODATA International FAIR Convergence Symposium

Date: November 30 - December 4, 2020. 
COVID Information Commons Session: Nov 30 at 15:00-17:00 UTC / 10am to 12pm ET.

Click here to learn more and register. 
Florence Hudson, Executive Director of the Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub, will lead a session on the COVID Information Commons on Monday, November 30, 10am - 12pm ET, as part of the International FAIR Convergence Symposium organized by CODATA and GO FAIR. This virtual event, taking place from November 30 to December 4, will convene a global community with an interest in combining data across domains for a host of research issues – including major global challenges, such as those relating to the SDGs or the COVID-19 pandemic. Outcomes will directly inform the CODATA Decadal Programme ‘Making data work for cross-domain grand challenges’ and the GO FAIR community’s convergence towards bottom-up development of the Internet of FAIR data and services globally. As part of the CIC session, researchers who have spoken at CIC Community webinars will present lightning talks on their projects. If you would like to present your research at a future CIC community event, please contact the project team.

Click here to learn more about the Symposium and register. Participation is open to all researchers, data experts, funders, and science policy makers.
ERN Broadening the Reach: Virtual Workshop and Survey

Date: Thursday, December 10 to Friday, December 11, 2020, 9 am- 5 pm ET

The Eastern Regional Network's (ERN) Broadening the Reach (BTR) workshop is bringing together representatives (including CIOs and/or VPRs, researchers, educators, and technical support staff) from the small, mid-sized, and under-resourced schools in the Northeast, including MSIs, HSIs, HBCUs, and EPSCoR institutions, along with regional (and national) cyberinfrastructure experts with the goal of improving the Eastern Regional Network’s understanding of how best to support under-resourced academic institutions in the region. To participate in the workshop, please register here. 

The workshop organizers also invite interested parties to participate in the pre-workshop survey by November 15, 2020. The survey is designed to help identify perceived challenges and opportunities at participating institutions, and to use the knowledge from the survey to serve as a baseline framework for workshop discussion sessions. Only members of the ERN Broadening the Reach working group will have access to the information provided in response to survey questions, and individual responses will be kept private and secure. Participants will have the opportunity to remain anonymous.


IEEE Call for Papers: Special Issue on Intelligent Optimization Algorithms in Genomics and Precision Medicine
Deadline: December 1, 2020


IBM Partnership through Industry Resources for Academia

We are excited to be partnering with IBM as our first industry collaborator for the launch of our new Industry Resources for Academia page, a curated collection of data science resources for researchers, educators, and learners of all ages. Browse these resources to explore software, try free cloud services, take courses on tech topics, access remote learning tools, and keep up with the latest industry news. As we continue to develop this page, we invite collaborators to join the effort to further data science education and innovation. If you have resources you would like to share, please fill out our brief collaborator form or email us at

Northeast Student Data Corps Founding Committee Formed
Following a robust response from the community, we are delighted to announce the formation of a Founding Committee for the Northeast Student Data Corps (NSDC). The NSDC is a community-developed initiative that teaches data science fundamentals to students across the northeastern United States, with a special focus on underserved institutions and students. The Founding Committee will work in partnership with the Northeast Hub to plan, design and launch Northeast Student Data Corps activities.

Learn more about the NSDC and our Founding Committee members at our new website for the program: Watch this space for future updates! If you are interested in learning more, reach us at
October CIC Community Webinar Recap

Eight scientists presented their research at the second CIC Community Lightning Talks and Q&A Webinar, covering a diverse scope of topics including bridging the cognitive decline amongst older adults, developing wireless sensor technology to decontaminate n95 masks, defining data utility at the intersection of necessary COVID-19 information and data privacy, and leveraging molecular biology and genomics to understand the microscopic determinants and variable effects of COVID-19. Although their research ranged from societal to molecular, these investigators shared a common goal not only to advance common knowledge on the pandemic but also to pose practical and deployable solutions for vulnerable populations.
Check out the October webinar!
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