View this email in your browser
Greetings, IDIES community! We hope that every one of you is staying safe and healthy. IDIES continues to be fully operational while we are continuing our work off campus during this time. If our staff can help or assist with any of your project’s data or proposal needs, we are available for consultation.

This season's newsletter is an exciting one that shares our rapidly evolving efforts assisting with COVID-19 research, and the official list of 2020 seed funding awardees. We are especially excited for our first class of undergraduate student fellowship awardees! This group of researchers will work alongside an IDIES faculty advisor on a data-intensive computing investigation.

We are pleased to introduce a new Featured Member series starting with this issue, to share the work of our IDIES members with the community. Please let us know if you wish to share your work in upcoming issues. Our first featured member is Leonardo Collado-Torres.

Last, but not least, we would like to share a few of the key areas that IDIES will be focusing on in 2020. These are a result of the Strategic Planning that we completed last year. We are excited to move forward with a more defined purpose and strategy. We welcome your suggestions and feedback.

How is IDIES Helping with COVID-19 Research?

Drs Winston Timp (Biomedical Engineering, WSE) and Stuart Ray (Infectious Diseases, SOM) Understanding the genetic variability of virus genomes has many public health and basic research priorities. With the immediate impact of social distancing and insight into vaccine development. Genetic characterization of viral pathogens requires specialty expertise from many disciplines, including molecular biology, virology, computational biology, and epidemiology.  

By combining efforts across JHU, we are establishing a pipeline to sequence virus research using the ARTIC method for broad genetic characterization of SARS-COV-2, the virus which causes COVID-19. Specifically, we are:  

  1. Working to identify the genetic diversity of the virus in the Baltimore/DC area. 
    The initial introduction of the virus, and how it changes over time and with the implementation of social distancing measures. 
  2. Measuring strains in individuals and how it correlates to the diseases’ 
    state/virulence, an individual’s immune response, and pharmacological resistance. 
  3. How strains move among the population - i.e. what is the flow from broad to fine scale: (nation, state, city, neighborhood) using sequence evolution to identify and track and predict a community’s transmission. 

IDIES is helping to house databases and data volumes, organize and analyze this data, making it accessible on the back end to computational analysis and on the front-end through web servers to our group and other researchers throughout the Johns Hopkins family. 

IDIES is actively seeking to assist any and all project groups that may require data-based research tools and techniques that can contribute to the study and eradication of COVID-19. Please reach out to us today if we can help with your project. 

CLICK HERE to email IDIES for more info

2020 IDIES Seed Awardees

The Institute for Data Intensive Engineering and Science (IDIES) is pleased to announce
its 2020 IDIES Seed Funding Program (SFP) Awardees. 
An Artificial Intelligence Approach Towards Predicting Recurrence of Atrial Fibrillation in Patients Undergoing Pulmonary Vein Isolation 
PI: Natalia Trayanova (Biomedical Engineering, WSE) 
Co-I: David Spragg (Cardiology, SOM), Nikhil Paliwal (Alliance for Cardiovascular Diagnostic and Treatment Innovation) 

Towards the Development of Scale-Dependent, Non-Local, Turbulent Closures in Rotating Stratified Flows 
PI: Thomas Haine (Earth & Planetary Sciences, KSAS) 
Co-I: Charles Meneveau (Mechanical Engineering, WSE) 
Postdoc: Miguel Jimenez-Urias (Earth & Planetary Sciences, KSAS)
Development of Tools to Automate and Harmonize Spatial Open Source Urban Data 
PI: Marc Stein (School of Education, BERC) 
Co-I: Julia Burdick-Will (Sociology, KSAS), Gerard Lemson (IDIES) 

Machine Learning and Computer Vision for Malaria: Disentangling the in vivo Effects of Antimalarial Drugs using an Automated Malaria Microscopy Algorithm  
PI: Rene Vidal (Biomedical Engineering, WSE) 
Co-I: Benjamin Haeffele (MINDS), Matthew Ippolito (Medicine, SOM)
CLICK HERE for a complete description of the IDIES Seed Funding program,
including a summary of each awardees research proposal.

The goal of this initiative is to provide seed funding for data-intensive computing projects that (a) will involve areas relevant to IDIES and JHU institutional research priorities; (b) are multidisciplinary; and (c) build ideas and teams with good prospects for successful proposals to attract external research support by leveraging IDIES intellectual and physical infrastructure.

2020 IDIES Summer Student Fellowship

The Institute for Data Intensive Engineering and Science (IDIES) is pleased to announce its inaugural 2020 Summer Student Fellowship Program Awardees.
Using Machine Learning to Design Highly Stable, Biologically Active Proteins 
Gina El Nesr
Mentor: Doug Barrick (Biophysics,KSAS) 

Who’s to blame: Insights from Atmospheric Data and High-Performance Computing on Greenhouse Gas Emissions from the US Natural Gas Industry 
Olin Shipstead
Mentor: Scot Miller (Environmental Health & Engineering, WSE) 

Data-Driven Differential Diagnosis of Common Pulmonary Diseases in the ICU 
Zherui Xuan  

Mentor: Stuart Ray (Health Sciences Informatics, SOM) 

Hunting for Metal-Poor Main Sequence Stars in Spectroscopic Surveys 
Vedant Chandra 

Mentor: Kevin Schlaufman (Physics and Astronomy, KSAS) 
CLICK HERE for a complete description of the Student Fellowship program,
including a summary of each awardees research proposal.

IDIES is hosting its inaugural Summer Student Fellowship program! This program will offer awards of $6,000 to support a summer research project lead by undergraduate students with the guidance of an IDIES faculty member mentor. These projects are meant to provide an opportunity for students to participate in a 10-week (June – August) full-time data science focused research project in collaboration with an IDIES faculty member.

Member Spotlight

IDIES Member, Leonardo Collado-Torres has co-authored, Recounting the FANTOM CAGE-Associated TranscriptomeIn which Recount2 researchers propose a new regulatory mechanism governing glioma cell temozolomide (TMZ) sensitivity by regulating long-range chromatin interactions. 
    Recount2 is hosted on SciServer, a collaborative research environment for large-scale data-driven science. It is being developed at, and administered by, the Institute for Data Intensive Engineering and Science (IDIES) at Johns Hopkins University.
Read More About it Online ]

IDIES Strategic Planning Updates

In 2019, IDIES asked its staff and some of their IDIES faculty members to participate in strategic planning sessions as we looked forward to the next phase of IDIES. Outcomes of this work included a new mission and vision statement, and four strategic focus areas. 

Mission Statement 

To enhance the JHU mission of “Knowledge for the world” by providing intellectual leadership in data driven science: 
  • Research and Education in adaptive disruptive technologies 
  • Technical and domain expert guidance via collaboration and consultation 
  • Open and sustainable long-term access to high-value datasets Vision Statement 

IDIES will lead the translation of data science & technology to real world problems across the University. 

Strategic Focus Area #1: Internal Operations 

To streamline communications and project management, the IDIES management team has been reviewing our internal organization structure, workflow processes, and project and resource tracking tools. Over the past year, we’ve implemented a new communication and order processing workflow, and began expanding our use of Zenhub project management tools to all IDIES projects, including the implementation of putting memorandums of understanding (MOUs) in place for all new customer projects. 

Strategic Focus Area #2: Marketing and Communications 

In February, IDIES hired a new communications specialist who will work with our management team and educational outreach to create a unified marketing and communications strategy. This will include updating our website, enabling analytics, and improving current and creating new communications to encourage and increase engagement from our members. 

Strategic Focus Area #3: Financial Stability 

The IDIES management team is looking into diversifying its sources of funding to ensure stable support for IDIES staff and ensure continued expert support for our users. This will be a primary focus for 2020. 

Strategic Focus Area #4: The Future of Data Science 

A focus for 2020 will be expanding the involvement of industry partners and working with other data science community members to explore the future of data science and how IDIES can identify and develop innovative technologies and tools.

Copyright © 2020 IDIES at Johns Hopkins University, All rights reserved.

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list.

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp