West Hub Supports Workshop Showcasing the Use of the Commercial Cloud for Research

Organized by the CloudBank project partners at the University of Washington (UW), UC Berkeley, the University of California San Diego and co-hosted by the West Big Data Innovation Hub, the inaugural Research Running on Cloud Compute and Emerging Technologies workshop (RRoCCET21) recently took place with university participants, commercial cloud providers, federal agencies and the private sector. Shava Smallen (SDSC) demonstrates …

University of Montana’s Dr. Ruth Plenty Sweetgrass-She Kills Shares Insight for Increased Indigenous Inclusion

For more than 45 years, the Society for Advancement of Advancing Chicano/Hispanic and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) has supported an array of activities related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) inclusion programming. Recently, Dr. Ruth Plenty Sweetgrass-She Kills presented at the SACNAS “Achieving True Diversity in STEM” webinar and the West Hub was fortunate to participate and gain …

Data in Action Spotlight: Advancing the Study of the Body’s Metabolic Systems through Bold Approaches in Data Repository Management

Have you ever wondered how the “normal” resting heart rate for your age group, used by your doctor, was determined or how the American Diabetes Association established the “normal” fasting glucose value? Establishing these “normal” ranges for metabolic data has presented challenges for medical researchers, practitioners, and those that share the information with the public for many years. Understanding these …

Using Machine Learning to Improve Urban Mobility and Transportation

An Yan, who received her doctorate degree in information science at the University of Washington (UW) earlier this year, and Bill Howe, UW Information School faculty member and West Hub co-principal investigator, recently presented EquiTensors: Learning Fair Integrations of Heterogeneous Urban Data at the 2021 International Conference on Data Management. Howe and Yan shared results from their studies on increasing …

Big Data Spotlight: Oregon Scientists Publish Novel Watershed Findings

This piece was written by: Taruni Manam, Research Experience for High School Students, West Hub Intern, San Diego Supercomputer Center, UC San Diego – Researchers from Oregon State University recently published their latest findings regarding Stream Temperature and Environment Relationships in a Semiarid Riparian Corridor in the Land journal. Specifically, OSU Ecohydrology Professor Carlos Ochoa led a team that installed …

West Hub Affiliates at Arizona State University Pave Way for FAIR Models with CoMSES.Net

Around this time last year, in May 2020, West Hub affiliate Michael Barton and colleagues published an open letter in Science that urged worldwide scientists to share their COVID-19 models and openly publish their code so that it was Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (FAIR). While it’s difficult to prove that this letter stimulated epidemiologists to make their work more …

West Hub Community Spotlight: Alaska Projects Focused on Data-Driven Environmental Systems

Chris Turner, who has been working on an array of National Science Foundation-funded data science projects in Alaska for many years, recently spoke with West Hub science writer Kim Bruch about his management of environmental systems data, strategies on implementing FAIR (Findability, Accessibility, Interoperability, and Reusability) data principles, and how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted his work. Chris is a …

Making it COUNT: Celebrating All Participants

As we wrap up the Let’s Make it COUNT initiative, we wanted to take the opportunity to celebrate the winning entries and ALL the participants who made this effort such a rewarding experience.  When we first started this journey, we set out to partner with the Census Bureau’s Statistics in Schools program, and create a Data Competition for High School …