December 2020 Newsletter


Take a look at our December 2020 Newsletter with updates from the Ken Kennedy Institute.

Member of the Month, Dr. Farès el-Dahdah, is a Professor and Director of the Humanities Research Center and an Affiliated Professor in the School of Architecture.

How do you explain your research in one sentence?
Integration and visualization of diverse data formats at the intersection of time and space.

What is your favorite aspect of your research?
The flush of pleasure that new ideas trigger... Making the unseen visible... Traveling back (and forth) in time...

What is a favorite experience with the Ken Kennedy Institute or describe a time the Ken Kennedy Institute supported you in the past?
It was thanks to a Ken Kennedy Institute "ERIT" grant, back in 2013, that I was able to begin developing projects in the area of data visualization.
Ken Kennedy Institute Seed Funding Opportunity for
Humanities Projects
The goal is to fund humanities projects that demonstrate a clear institutional benefit and can demonstrate a clear potential for external funding. We are looking for proposals that promote the mission of the Ken Kennedy Institute, support community building efforts with a potential high return on investment. Proposals that demonstrate potential for long‐term impact and position researchers for being competitive for obtaining external funding are strongly encouraged.

Please submit 1 page proposals to

Data Science Coast to Coast Seminar Series
Date: December 15 at 2:00 PM CDT

Speaker: Jeanne Holm works at the cross-section of civic innovation, open data, and education. She is the deputy CIO and Mayor's Senior Tech Advisor at the City of Los Angeles, working on issues ranging from homelessness to digital equity technology innovation, data and analytics, and public-private partnerships.
Visit for details.

Hosted by: NYU Center for Data Science, Ken Kennedy Institute, Stanford Data Science, Berkeley Institute for Data Science, Michigan Institute for Data Science, and the eScience Institute

Missed Last Month's Data Science Coast to Cast Seminar?

If you missed last month's talk with Dr. Alex Szalay as part of the Data Science Coast to Coast Seminar Series, click here to watch. Dr. Szalay presents "From Sky Surveys to Cancer: Spatial Data Everywhere." The talk describes a 25 year journey leading from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey to a wide range of projects in data science.

More Events

"See Below the Skin" Webinar with Dr. Rebecca Richards-Kortum

Time: Dec 4th at 1:00 PM CDT
Dr. Richards-Kortum will be presenting "Biophotonics Solutions to Global Health Challenges." This talk will examine the challenges of designing and translating new biophotonics technologies to solve real clinical needs, drawing from examples to improve early detection of cervical cancer for women in Texas and Latin America, to improve point-of-care diagnosis of COVID-19, and to improve newborn survival in African hospitals.

Click here to register.

D2K Virtual Showcase

Time: Dec 9th at 5-7:00 PM
Student teams from the D2K Capstone program and other data science programs present their end of semester findings, answer questions and compete for awards. Click here to register.

Society of HPC Professionals Annual Meeting

Time: Dec 10 & 11 from 9 AM-1 PM
This year's meeting will be virtual due to COVID-19. We know Zoom fatigue is real, so this year we will have two great half-day sessions. You don't want to miss this year's Society of HPC Professionals annual meeting to hear from the great lineup of speakers from the HPC Community. It's free for members and early registrants will receive a box of swag.

Sponsored by: Ken Kennedy Institute, Red Hat, GigaIO, HPE Data Science Institute at University of Houston.

Click here to register and view the full program.
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