UH a part of consortium awarded $10M NSF alliance supporting knowledge science in Hawaiʻi, Pacific

The John A. Burns College of Medication

The Nationwide Science Basis (NSF) has awarded $10 million to a consortium of establishments, together with the College of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa John A. Burns College of Medication (JABSOM), to concentrate on constructing capability and workforce for knowledge analytics throughout Hawaiʻi and the U.S.-affiliated Pacific area. The consortium is led by Chaminade College, and consists of the East-West Heart and Texas Superior Computing Heart.

The award, “Alliance Supporting Pacific Influence by way of Computational Excellence (ALLSPICE/),” is made attainable by way of NSF’s INCLUDES (Inclusion Throughout the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science) program as a part of a $39-million effort to handle range, inclusion and participation challenges in STEM at a nationwide scale.

“This award will critically help additional growth of information science in Hawaiʻi and the Pacific, empowering stakeholders, creating a workforce that is aware of the utility and energy of utilizing knowledge, and subsequently enhancing knowledge knowledgeable decision-making talents throughout a number of industries, domains and disciplines,” mentioned co-principal investigator Alex Stokes, JABSOM assistant professor in cell and molecular biology and member of the Hawaiʻi Knowledge Science Institute.

Stokes was additionally just lately awarded a $1.5-million NSF S-STEM program grant that may present coaching and tuition scholarships to proficient low revenue undergraduate and graduate college students with a concentrate on organic software of information science.

“Knowledge science schooling supplies alternatives for college kids to qualify for a variety of nice jobs which are in excessive demand in all places in a number of private and non-private sector organizations,” mentioned UH President David Lassner. “ALLSPICE will allow us to serve college students and communities all through Hawaiʻi as we additionally prolong our commitments into the Pacific in a important space of want.”

The consortium companions are Chaminade College’s new United Nations CIFAL Heart (PI Helen Turner); the Texas Superior Computing Heart; the UH-Knowledge Science Institute and JABSOM (co-PI Alex Stokes); and the East-West Heart (co-PI Mary Perez-Hattori).

This system may even work intently with UH Hilo’s “Islands of Alternative” NSF Alliance which engages schools and universities throughout the U.S.-affiliated Pacific Islands.

ALLSPICE co-PI Kelly Gaither, director of well being analytics at Texas Superior Computing Heart and a professor in maternal well being on the Dell Medical College at UT Austin, mentioned, “Knowledge science is a non-negotiable twenty first century talent set each for people and complete communities. Knowledge may be each a supply and an answer for injustice and inequity. I’m delighted that each associate on this Alliance shares the values of constructing knowledge analytics capability to empower Hawaiʻi-Pacific communities to handle their very own challenges resembling poverty, ecosystem decline and well being disparities, and to take action in a manner that’s inclusive and moral.”

The ALLSPICE Alliance will start providing programming and alternatives on September 1, 2022.

Learn extra on the JABSOM web site.

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