New Mexico State University Shares Lessons Learned from Resilience Conference

While higher education institutions throughout the world went to online learning formats due to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, New Mexico State University (NMSU) was no different. This West Big Data Innovation Hub affiliate, however, did one thing differently from many universities: they held a conference to better determine how to ensure that their most vulnerable students were able to continue …

West Big Data Innovation Hub Spoke Project Spotlight: Stanford Research Team’s Large Data Efforts Expand Neuroimaging Capabilities

For more than two decades, Russell Poldrack has dedicated his career to studying the human brain – including the analysis of detailed brain imaging coupled with clinical, psychological, and genetic datasets. Poldrack has recently started working with the West Big Data Innovation Hub on a project that enables collecting, sharing, and analyzing very large datasets. Building upon the OpenNeuro project, …

Call for Applications: Participate Online to Become a Carpentries Instructor

Together with The Carpentries, the West Big Data Innovation Hub is excited to host a hands-on training workshop for community members to become certified Carpentries instructors. This opportunity is open to residents of the West Region states (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming). Recipients of the training will be expected to …

COVID-19 Data Challenge Sponsored by West Big Data Innovation Hub & Border Solutions Alliance

While researchers race to develop a COVID-19 vaccine, communities along the U.S.-Mexico border have been hard hit by the pandemic. The West Big Data Innovation Hub recently collaborated with the Border Solutions Alliance to conduct a COVID-19 Data Challenge. Three dozen faculty members and community partners supported the effort, holding office hours, giving lightning talks, and judging the pitch competition. …

West Big Data Innovation Hub Spoke Project Spotlight: Promoting Big Data Among the Underserved

–Cal State LA and City of Los Angeles Collaborate on Summer Scholar Programs– This summer, the City of Los Angeles Data Team worked with Community Partners and California State University Los Angeles (Cal State LA) College of Natural and Social Sciences to continue their efforts to promote big data literacy among local college students and underserved communities. The community-driven activities …

West Hub Science Writer: Call for Applications by April 1, 2020

Guest blogpost by Christine Kirkpatrick, West Hub Deputy Director The West Hub is seeking a science writer. This individual will apply their skills and experience writing about science for the general public.  They will identify and follow up on leads for science stories that feature and promote the activities, programs, and initiatives of the West Hub community, key datasets, reproducible …

Ready, Set, Go! WiDS Datathon Launches Today

The 2nd Annual Women in Data Science (WiDS) Datathon is launching today, January 29, 2019! In advance of the March 4, 2019 Global WiDS Conference, the Global WiDS Team, the West Big Data Innovation Hub, and the WiDS Datathon Committee have been working with Planet and Figure Eight to bring a dataset of high-resolution satellite imagery to participants, building awareness about deforestation and oil palm plantations. We invite you …

Join us! Virtual Chat with our Directors 12-1pm PT today, All Hands Meeting Registration Now Open + more

Greetings, West Hub community!  We encourage you to join all three of our Directors TODAY Thursday July 26 between 12-1pm PT for a Virtual ‘Fireside Chat’. Please considerRetweeting the coordinates or sharing the announcement on Facebook, particularly with anyone who could benefit from the reflections on data science education, training, and career paths. For the full set of #CAWaterDataChallenge updates, we welcome you to join the …