Kirk Borne, Physics, Astronomy, and Computational Sciences, presented an invited talk in June at the NIST Big Data Workshop in Gaithersburg, Md. He was also an invited speaker and guest advisor at the U.S. Library of Congress Workshop “Charting the 2037 Global Network Society” in July in Washington, D.C. He presented an invited lecture on “Big Data” at the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope workshop in August in Tucson, Ariz. He gave an invited presentation in August to the U.S. Networking and Information Technology Research and Development Big Data Senior Steering Group on the topic of “Big Data and Data Science Education Programs at George Mason University.” In June, he was selected by the Executive Council of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) as a founding member of the new AAS Astroinformatics and Astrostatistics Working Group. In August, he was elected vice president of the new International Astrostatistics Association (IAA), whose initial membership spans at least 25 countries. In August, at the International Astronomical Union (IAU) General Assembly in Beijing, he was nominated vice president of the new Working Group in Astrostatistics and Astroinformatics of the IAU; elections will be held within the next month.
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