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May 6th Updates and New Opprotunities

Dear South BD Hub Community, This email contains a listing of monthly opportunities that we are distributing on behalf of our hub community. We plan to release these on the first week of each month, and grow our monthly email into a newsletter. The items in our Opportunities section come from our hub members. To learn more about how to have an item listed among our opportunities next month, please scroll to the far bottom section of this email.


Extended Deadline for the Program to Empower Partnerships with Industry (PEPI) (May 6th, 2016) 

The deadline has been  extended for early career faculty, research scientists and postdocs interested in doing a summer 2016 research visit with our industry partner, UnitedHealthcare (UHC). View interest areas for UHC at:


South Big Data Hub Working Groups and Theme Community Meetings are Being Scheduled


Theme Community Calls

Health and Big Data – Today (May 3rd) 3:00 – 5:00 pm EST  

The Big Data in Health theme community is an open forum to discuss data solutions and issues facing modern Healthcare.

To Join the Call: Click Here 

Optional dial-in number: 404-947-8273. No PIN needed.

To View the Agenda and Add to the Discussion: Visit our Interactive Wiki


Energy and Big Data – Upcoming 

Indicate your interest and availability here


Materials and Manufacturing – Upcoming 

Indicate your interest and availability here


Working Groups

Working groups engage directly with the Hub Executive team to implement across hub activities. These groups are distinct from Rings in that they would be a select group assisting the Hub in the development and administering of services to the membership as a whole. If you are interested in participating in a working group, please fill out the Beyond Spokes Survey.


Education Working Group 

(Identify and maximize Hub education opportunities in data science.)


Community Engagement Working Group 

(Assist in the creation and implementation of Hub community engagement initiatives.)


Data Sharing and Infrastructure Working Group 

(Establish a collection of platforms and services the hub can offer to its members.)

South Related Upcoming Events and Announcements 

Register Now for XChange SLED : May 24 –25, 2016 

XChange SLED is the largest independent gathering of integrators, consultants, contractors, suppliers, customers and vendors in the public sector IT channel.  Industry professionals converge to learn about emerging technologies and burgeoning market opportunities from leading vendors, industry experts and peers looking to make new connections. For full details, see

Register Now for Data Matters™ Short Course Series

Those interested in data science education courses can find course descriptions, registration forms and more information by going to


iRODS Consortium Extends Invitation to Annual User Group Meeting

Users and those who are curious about the integrated Rule Oriented Data System (iRODS) can register for the annual iRODS User Group Meeting (to be held June 8 and 9) by going to

Featured Article: 10 Questions for the first US Chief Data Scientist

DJ Patil reflects on his first year as chief data scientist in the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Beyond Spokes: A Message from the co-Executive Directors of the South Big Data Hub

Congratulations! We have completed the first round of NSF Big Data Spokes Project and Planning Grants! Many of you have engaged with the Hub, defined great ideas, brought together multiple stakeholders from industry, academic and government, assembled multi-state teams, and built collaborative projects to “Automate the Big Data Lifecycle,” “Enable Access to Important Data Assets,“ and “Solve Societal Grand Challenges.”


The Hub and Spoke opportunity from NSF has sparked a ground swell of activity across the nation and the momentum need not stop with Spoke proposals. Many members have expressed excitement to get started and get moving with projects now.

Therefore the South Hub is offering a survey for groups and individuals that would like to engage “Beyond Spoke Proposals.” The survey reflects on your Hub experience thus far, outlines several ways for individuals and groups to be involved, and gives us the opportunity to highlight your team’s success stories. We encourage Spoke leads to forward the survey all team members and let’s get started together.   All the Best, South Big Data Regional Innovation Hub   Renata Rawlings-Goss, Ph.D.                          Lea Shanley, Ph.D.  Co-Executive Director                                       Co-Executive Director

Please complete the survey at


Send in Your Opportunities!

Do you have an announcement or opportunity that would be of interest to our community? Please provide a paragraph description and a URL if available to link out to more information. Send your item to If your item is of broad appeal but has a short fuse and can’t wait until next month to be announced, we can post it to our website in our “Opportunities” section