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Ph.D. Student Vanessa Fry Addresses Social Change with Big Data

Vanessa Fry, assistant director of the Public Policy Research Center, and Kimberly Gardner, a graduate assistant with the center, attended the inaugural All Hands Meeting of the West Big Data Innovation Hub (WBDIH) in early May. Steve Cutchin, associate professor of computer science at Boise State, also attend the meeting. The gathering brought together data enthusiasts looking to share resources, launch collaborations and strengthen the big data community. Participants included the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, The White House, local and state government, industry, nonprofits and academia.

The WBDIH is one of four regional hubs funded by the National Science Foundation to address societal challenges through big data innovation. The hub strives to build public/private partnerships with academia, industry, government and nonprofits throughout our region.

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