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Brown Bag Lecture: Big Data Innovation Hubs: Building Public-Private Partnerships to Advance Data Science Applications

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Friday, September 15
12:00 PM
Speaker: Lea Shanley, Co-Executive Director, South Big Data Innovation Hub

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Dr. Lea Shanley is the co-Executive Director of the South Big Data Innovation Hub, based at the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Prior to this, she served as a Presidential Innovation Fellow at NASA, where she developed open innovation strategies and a new funding program for engaging the public in scientific research and problem solving, and worked with the White House and US Federal government agencies on technology policy issues. She also was the chief organizer and co-founder of the Federal Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science Community of Practice, which has grown to more than 200 federal staff from 35 federal agencies. Previously, Shanley served as the founding director of the Washington-based Wilson Center Commons Lab, which analyzes emerging technologies, networks, and methods that mobilize public participation in science, technology, and policy, and as an American Association for the Advancement of Science/ASA-CSSA-SSSA Congressional Science Fellow. While at the University of Wisconsin, Shanley conducted research and engaged local, state, and tribal governments in the development of GIS-based decision support systems for city planning, environmental monitoring, coastal management, and disaster response. Shanley serves on the Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC) User Working Group (UWG), which is a data center in NASA's Earth Observing System Data and Information Systems operated by CIESIN at Columbia University, the Macrosystems GELON Research Coordination Network Steering Committee, the Board of the Citizen Science Association, and the advisory boards of the European Union's Big Data Value Association and the Crowd & the Cloud, a 4-hour series for public television focusing on citizen science. She holds a PhD in Environment and Resources, with a focus on Geographic Information Science and remote sensing, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.‚Äč