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Katy Börner, Distinguished Professor of Information Science at the School of Informatics and Computing, was part of the most recent Commerce Data Advisory Council meeting in Washington, D.C., in late October. U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker delivered the opening remarks.

Börner was part of a lightning talk discussing the new Bureau of Economic Analysis’ beaR system, which allows data scientists to search, sort, and analyze data about such things as the growth of the components in the United States’ gross domestic product or the growth of regional economies to dive into the statistics available using the R open source programming language. As part of the same session, the R library was demonstrated as a novel means to provide access to comparable datasets from the EU and the US.  

Börner was a discussant on a presentation about the Commerce Data Academy, which is offered through the Commerce Data Service and aims to help educate and empower employees within the Department of Commerce to make...

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Katy Börner, the Victor H. Yngve distinguished professor of information science at the School of Informatics and Computing, and Cassidy R. Sugimoto, an associate professor of informatics, were among a group of prestigious presenters who spoke at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Blue Sky 2016 Forum Sept. 19-21 in Ghent, Belgium.

The OECD Blue Sky Forum is held once every 10 years and engages the policy community, data users, and providers in an open dialogue to review and develop its long-term agenda on science, technology, and innovation (STI) data and indicators. It is designed to be an open and unconstrained discussion on evidence gaps in science and innovation, and on initiatives the international community can take to address data needs in this area.

Börner presented in a panel that discussed new models and tools for measuring the impact of science and innovation. She presented a paper titled “Modelling Science, Technology, and Innovation” that she co-authored with associate professor...

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In 2015, Indiana University’s Bicentennial Strategic Plan called on the university to identify a grand challenge in which IU had the greatest potential to make a significant contribution in addressing major and large-scale problems facing society.

The initiative selected is grand indeed.

IU president Michael McRobbie announced in June that the Precision Health Initiative, which will be a research initiative focused on patient-centered precision medicine therapies, would be the first recipient of funding under the $300 million Grand Challenges Program. The PHI will create a collaboration with the IU School of Medicine, IUPUI, and multiple entities on the IU Bloomington campus, including the School of Informatics and Computing. The goal: Nothing short of curing cancer.

How’s that for grand?

The PHI proposal features a number of bold goals.

“Cure one cancer, cure one childhood cancer, and make progress in one chronic disease and one neurodegenerative disease,” said Predrag Radivojac, a professor of computer science...

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