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June 23, 2022 | More than Numbers

  • Accessible Visualization via Natural Language Descriptions: A Four-Level Model of Semantic Content: 
  • Apache cTAKES™: A natural language processing system for extraction of information from electronic medical record clinical free-text.
  • Augmenting Visualizations with Interactive Data Facts to Facilitate Interpretation and Communication: 
  • CHIP (Carolina Health Informatics Program): The Carolina Health Informatics Program (CHIP) is an interdisciplinary research and training program that plays a key role in fulfilling UNC-Chapel Hill’s commitment to improving human health through health informatics research, data sharing, development, and education.
  • Danielle Szafir’s Research Site
  • Snigdha Chaturvedi’s Research Site
  • VACLab (Visual Analysis and Communications Laboratory): The Visual Analysis and Communication Laboratory (VACLab) conducts research at the intersection of interactive visualization, human-computer interaction, and machine learning. Led by Dr. David Gotz, the VACLab develops new methods of interactive visualization to support more efficient, effective, and intuitive information analysis and communication. Some notable projects include:
  • VisuaLab: VisuaLab explores the intersection of data science, visual cognition, and computer graphics. Our goal is to understand how people make sense of visual information to create better interfaces for exploring and understanding information. We work with scholars from psychology to biology to the humanities to design and implement visualization systems that help drive innovation. Our ultimate mission is to facilitate the dialog between people and technologies that leads to discovery.

May 26, 2022 | Improving Health Outcomes

  • ROBOKOP: Robokop is a biomedical reasoning system that interacts with many biomedical knowledge sources to answer questions. Robokop is one of several prototype systems under active development with NIH NCATS.
  • Obesity Creativity Hub: The Obesity Creativity Hub is a large collaborative project with 27 faculty from 16 departments, six schools, and five centers and institutes focused on understanding why two people who consume the same diets and exercise equally can have very different susceptibility to weight gain, with the aim of developing treatment approaches that go far beyond the “one-size-fits-all” approach that is so common.
  • Opioid Data Lab: The Opioid Lab is a collaboration between the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Kentucky in Lexington and the University of Florida aimed at studying opioid analgesics, stimulants, and heroin-fentanyl. The Opioid Lab collaborates with pain patients and people who use drugs to answer research questions with real-life implications.
  • UNC Street Drug Analysis Lab:  The UNC Street Drug Analysis Lab is a public service of UNC-CH involving public health drug checking by mail. Results are typically returned in a week and samples are kept completely anonymous.
  • Opioid Data Lab GitHub: Check out the Jupyter Notebooks, Data, and Code shared publicly by the Opioid Data Lab. Datasets contain no personally identifying information and are either used with permission or only contain public data. Each set of code listed below is provided for public use, with the author’s consent. Each code set contains a license that details sharing and reuse permissions. Code is written in SAS, Python, Stata, and/or R. These materials are open for use for anyone with an interest in reducing the harm from prescription opioids and heroin.
  • PurIST GitHub Repo: This is the public GitHub repository that contains the R package for the Purity Independent Subtyping of Tumors (PurIST) algorithm.
  • runPURIST GitHub Repo: Check out the public repository that contains the GUI for technicians to run the PurIST algorithm with their data.

March 24, 2022 | Transforming Youth Advocacy

  • QuantCrit: education, policy, ‘Big Data’ and principles for a critical race theory of statistics: Quantitative research enjoys heightened esteem among policy-makers, media, and the general public. Whereas qualitative research is frequently dismissed as subjective and impressionistic, statistics are often assumed to be objective and factual. The paper’s authors argue that these distinctions are wholly false; quantitative data is no less socially constructed than any other form of research material.
  • Anthony, Noah, Gabriel and beyond: How to fix L.A. County DCFS: In the long, troubled history of L.A. County child abuse cases, certain names stand out as avatars of how the system can go terribly awry. Anthony Avalos. Gabriel Fernandez. Noah Cuatro. L.A. County has seen a focus towards intense scrutiny on what a number of racial justice advocates and elected officials say is an implicit bias that may make some Department of Children and Family Services workers more prone to regard poor families and parents of color as unfit to raise their children.

February 24, 2022 | Tackling Underrepresentation in Data Science

  • On the Books: Jim Crow and Algorithms of Resistance is a collections as data and machine learning project of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries with the goal of discovering Jim Crow and racially-based legislation signed into law in North Carolina between Reconstruction and the Civil Rights Movement (1866/67-1967).
  • PIEGraph (Twitter account needed to use tool): This tool was developed to study and promote fact-based information consumption practices. It tracks news, political, and media sources that appear in your Twitter feed (your “Personal Information Environment”) and provides a visual representation (a “Graph”) of their political leaning and factual content scores based on ratings from Media Bias/Fact Check.
  • Big Data, Precision Medicine, Research and Resilience in Southeast Indian Country symposium – March 24, 2022: Join leading Indigenous health leaders and scientists as they discuss the ethical use of Native genetic, microbiome, biological, and cultural data. A one-day virtual symposium featuring a renowned Indigenous keynote speaker, leading Native scientists and health experts, conversation with Tribal leaders, and a Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) event for graduate, undergraduate and high school students. This is a Native designed program. The event is organized and led by Southeast Native American Health Data (SENAHD) and the Native BioData Consortium, and supported by the Odum Institute.

January 26, 2022 | Series Kickoff: Usual and Unusual Suspects in Data Science

  • Desert Networks Project: “Desert Networks” is a scientific research project funded by the European Research Council. The project focuses on the physical, economic and social networks that have linked the Egyptian Eastern Desert and have enabled people to survive in a hostile environment and to exploit its resources for almost two millennia, from the mid-second millennium BC until the late third-early fourth century AD.
  • Digital Athens (Vrysaki) Project: The Digital Athens Project began in the fall of 2014. The initial aim of this project was to produce a comprehensive digital map in ArcGIS of the archeological remains of ancient Athens uncovered both in systematic and rescue excavations. ​​The next phase of the project, which began in the summer of 2020, is focused on the history of excavations in the Athenian Agora, initiated in the 1930s under the auspices of the ASCSA.
  • Setting the Art World Ablaze | Endeavors: Upon discovering a series of political cartoons mocking artists in 18th– and 19th-century France in 2010, UNC-Chapel Hill art historian Kathryn Desplanque couldn’t stop searching for them. Now, she has amassed more than 500 and is using them to redefine how we think about art and the artist in modern-day society.


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