HSI-STEM Hub Announces Grant Writing and Faculty Professional Skills Workshops

For several years, the West Big Data Innovation Hub has partnered with the HSI-STEM Hub to encourage underrepresented faculty, staff, and students to participate in STEM education and research. Recently, the HSI-STEM Hub has announced several workshops of interest to the community: Spring 2021 Jumpstart Grantsmanship Webinars. On April 9, May 7, June 4, and July 9, facilitators Dr. Martha …

Big Data as a Force for Equity

West Big Data Innovation Hub writer Kim Bruch recently sat down with Dr. Khadija Monk and Dr. Theodoric (Ted) Manley to reflect on Black History Month and the role of big data in their research and lifes’ work. Monk and Manley, participants with the California State University—Los Angeles Spoke Project entitled Big Data to Promote Community Learning and Impact, have …

Big West Affiliates Collaborate for New NSF Life Science Data Science Award

Multiple universities throughout the western U.S. have recently teamed for a four-year National Science Foundation (NSF) project focused on detailed simulations for an array of life science research efforts. Led by the University of Wyoming, the project has been designed to build and test computational models representing an array of biological processes. Additional participants hail from the University of Montana …

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 …