The Borne Identity: There’s No Running from Big Data

LSST e-News October 2012

Kirk Borne, right, discusses Big Data with LSST Informatics and Statistics Science Collaboration colleague G. Jogesh Babu (Pennsylvania State University) during a break at the 2012 LSST All Hands Meeting in August 2012. (Image Credit: Emily Acosta)

Kirk Borne is used to operating on large scales. Once an avid 40-miles-per week runner, the LSST Informatics and Statistics Science Collaboration chair has finished several marathons, run in exotic locales around the world, and captained the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) running team to victory in several corporate challenge running events. Injuries forced Kirk to give up running in 1996, which is appropriate since there’s no running from the rising tide of Big Data in astrophysics.