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SCINet and AI COE Fellows Conference 2021

Postdoctoral Research Fellows funded by SCINet or the AI Center of Excellence through the ORISE Program bring a fresh perspective to the ARS scientist community, while allowing these Fellows to learn through hands-on research under our top scientists. Fellows are funded for two-year terms with the goal to support unit and collaborative research using high performance computing and computational science skills. The SCINet and AI COE Fellows Conference was held on November 9-10, 2021. This conference featured research presentations from the Fellows as well as Fellow-moderated panel conversations on promoting collaboration opportunities.

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Michael Alcorn
Ph.D. in Computer Science and Software Engineering (Minor in Mathematics), Auburn University, CV
AI COE Mentors: Deb Peters & Brian Stucky
Conference Presentation: Deep learning approaches for modeling spatiotemporal dynamics of a livestock disease
Keywords: Machine learning and artificial intelligence algorithms
Research Presentation Recording
Jennifer Chang
Ph.D. in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology minor in Statistics, Iowa State University, CV
SCINet Mentor: Andrew Severin
Conference Presentation: TBA
Keywords: Bioinformatic workflow developer
Research Presentation Recording
Keo Corak
Ph.D. Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, CV
SCINet Mentor: Amanda Hulse-Kemp
Conference Presentation: Breeding Insight OnRamp: Lessons from the first five months
Keywords: Breeding informatics
Research Presentation Recording
Alicia Foxx
Ph.D. in Plant Biology and Conservation, Northwestern University, CV
SCINet Mentor: Adam Rivers
Conference Presentation: Variability accounting methods in metagenomic and amplicon meta-analyses
Keywords: Plant microbiome
Research Presentation Recording
Kerrie Geil
Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences, University of Arizona, CV
SCINet Mentor: Deb Peters
Presentation: Selecting climate projections for your research based on climate model performance metrics
Keywords: Climate modelling
Research Presentation Recording
Lucas Heintzman
Ph.D. in Biology, Texas Tech University, CV
SCINet Mentor: Deb Peters
Conference Presentation: Examining land cover dynamics of Chihuahuan Desert rangelands using imagery
Keywords: Ecological connectivity modelling and spatial statistics
Research Presentation Recording
Amy Hudson
Ph.D. in Natural Resources, University of Arizona, CV
SCINet Mentor: Deb Peters
Conference Presentation: Drivers of continental climate and resulting dynamics in agro-ecosystems and vector-borne diseases
Keywords: Climate science, phenology, disease ecology
Research Presentation Recording
Melanie Kammerer
Ph.D. in Ecology, Pennsylvania State University, CV
SCINet Mentor: Sarah Goslee
Conference Presentation: Putting flowers on the map: quantifying landscape floral resources for bees
Keywords: Pollinator and spatial ecology
Research Presentation Recording
Andrew Oliver
Ph.D. Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, University of California Irvine, CV
SCINet Mentor: Danielle Lemay
Conference Presentation: Diet, lifestyle, and microbiome predictors of antimicrobial resistance in a healthy US cohort
Keywords: Nutrition and the human microbiome
Research Presentation Recording
Shawn Taylor
Ph.D. in Ecology, University of Florida, CV
SCINet Mentor: Dawn Browning
Conference Presentation: Deep learning models for identifying crop and field attributes from near surface cameras
Keywords: Phenology and image processing
Research Presentation Recording