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March CIC Webinar Poster

COVID Information Commons: Lightning Talks (March 2022)

Guest Post:  Kenia Pujols Keywords: Pandemic, virtual reality, health, data science, mandates, government, collaboration, diagnostics, depression, social isolation, learning, COVID-19. A recording of this event is available on the Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub’s YouTube Channel and the COVID Information Commons website at covidinfocommons.net. The COVID Information Commons is an […]


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NSDC Office Hours – November 2021

Every month, the National Student Data Corps answers a question from our community with the help of a data scientist. To submit your data science question to the NSDC, ask our team via this Form or post it in the NSDC Slack‘s #Office-Hours channel. We may feature your query in […]


Solving Health Tech Challenges Lies with Females: Meet the Women Leading Global Standards Development

Guest post: Macy Moujabber, Student Assistant, Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub On September 14, 2021, the 24th session of the Wearables and Medical IoT Interoperability and Intelligence (WAMIII) Virtual Talk Series: Solving Health Tech Challenges Lies with Females: Meet the Women Leading Global Standards Development gathered women leaders in the health […]

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Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub Extending its Northeast Student Data Corps to a National Program

New York, NY – October 6, 2021 The Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub announces a new rebranding initiative for the National Student Data Corps (NSDC). Formerly known as the ‘Northeast Student Data Corps’, the NSDC is a community-developed project that teaches data science fundamentals to students across the United States […]


National Science Foundation (NSF) Awards $2 Million for COVID Information Commons Extension for Pandemic Recovery (CIC-E) 

New York, NY – October 5, 2021 The COVID Information Commons (CIC) project, a program led by the Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub in the Data Science Institute at Columbia University, in collaboration with the Midwest Big Data Innovation Hub, the South Big Innovation Data Hub, and the West Big […]

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August 2021 Northeast Student Data Corps Data Science Career Panel

Guest post: Brian Buckley, Boston University; Volunteer Program Assistant, Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub             On Friday, August 20, 2021, four established data scientists shared insights into the data science career world and provided anecdotes from their own experiences. Haleigh Stewart (Project Coordinator, Columbia University), Florence Hudson (Executive Director, Northeast […]

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April 2021 Northeast Student Data Corps Data Science Career Panel

After the launch of the Northeast Student Data Corps (NSDC)’s Data Science Career Panel Series, the NSDC hosted a second Data Science Career Panel featuring data scientists from academia, government, industry, and nonprofits. Forough Ghahramani, Northeast Student Data Corps Outreach Co-Leader and Associate Vice President for Edge, one of the […]

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Screenshot February CIC Lightning Talks

Chocolate to Reduce COVID Spread? Researchers Discuss Their Work in February Webinar

During February’s COVID Information Commons (CIC) webinar, researchers, students, and non-profit leaders gathered to discuss and collaborate on research about COVID. The webinar featured talks from seven scientists from across the nation who shared insights on their NSF-funded research. Speakers included Naomi Senehi from Rice University, Nicola Sochacka from the […]


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2021 Kicks off with New Insights by COVID-19 Researchers and the Undergraduate Student Paper Challenge

On Wednesday, January 13, 2021, seven scientists from across the nation joined us as part of the ongoing COVID-19 Research Webinar series organized through the COVID Information Commons. During the event, each researcher shared their work, providing new insights regarding the global pandemic and revealed some of the unexpected implications […]


New EdgeDiscovery Virtual Magazine Issue

The Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub was highlighted for “Building a Collaborative Community to Drive Data Science Innovation” in the EdgeDiscovery Fall 2020 issue published by Edge, the research and education network community headquartered in New Jersey supporting research connectivity, collaboration and partnerships. Florence Hudson, the Northeast Hub’s executive director, discussed the focus […]

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Announcement of Student Paper Challenge and shared insights amongst COVID-19 researchers at the December COVID Information Commons webinar

Over 80 people convened for this month’s COVID webinar, as six NSF Rapid Response Research investigators from across the United States shared their research topics and findings regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, and the new COVID Information Commons Student Paper Challenge was announced. This month’s presenters included Foad Hamidi (University of […]


Researchers share new insights and opportunities for collaboration at October’s COVID Information Commons Webinar

Eight scientists spoke with an enthusiastic community at the second COVID-19 Research Webinar organized by the COVID Information Commons on October 16, 2020. Presenters who shared their latest research findings regarding the current pandemic included Rachel Wu (University of California-Riverside), Sara Rampazzi (University of Michigan), Sarah Bowman (Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research […]

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Researchers from NYU Tandon release 3-D data tracking human interactions outside of coronavirus hotspots

Study to set groundwork to build machine learning models that rapidly analyze how a virus spreads In April when New York City was under a strict lockdown, a team of 16 student researchers from New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering commenced a National Science Foundation Rapid Response Research (RAPID) […]


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CUAHSI has been selected to be the Coordinating Hub for the Critical Zone (CZ) Collaborative Network

Guest post by Jerad Bales, Executive Director, CUAHSI The Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI) located in Cambridge, MA, has been selected to be the Coordinating Hub for the National Science Foundation’s Critical Zone (CZ) Collaborative Network. The 5-year cooperative agreement became effective September 1, 2020. The […]


Water Data and Software Services to Support Discovery, Reproducibility, and Collaboration in the Water-Resources Domain and Beyond

Guest post by Emily Clark, Project Manager, CUAHSI The mission of the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI) is to enable interdisciplinary collaboration in the water sciences, provide critical cyberinfrastructure, and promote water science education at all levels. CUAHSI’s services can be especially useful in […]

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5 Questions with COVID Researchers: Debra Laefer, New York University

We tried to understand to what extent people coming from a COVID-19-infected environment interact with the built and natural environment. Specifically, we wanted to understand in three dimensions what people touched, how much they touched, and where they went coming out of hospitals and urgent care facilities at the peak of the COVID-19 outbreak.


5 Questions with COVID Researchers: Amy Pickering, Tufts University

The role of contaminated surfaces (fomites) in community transmission of SARS-CoV-2 has been debated. Our team is sampling high-touch public surfaces during the ongoing pandemic to improve understanding of the risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection when the public accesses essential businesses such as grocery stores, pharmacies, and gas stations.

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