NLM Associate Director Valerie Florance to speak on workforce and research needs for biomedical big data

September 14, 2015

Valerie Florance, Associate Director of the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, will deliver a talk titled, “Data Science–Workforce and Research Needs for Biomedical Big Data,” on Sept. 25 at 2 p.m. at the Carolina Club, Alumni Hall III, George Watts Hill Alumni Center.

With the appointment of its first assistant director for data science in 2013, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) launched a multimillion dollar initiative, Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K), that is funding research and training in the area of biomedical big data science. More recently, a working group of the advisory committee to the NIH director developed a vision for the future of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), proposing that it become the “epicenter of data science at NIH.” 

This talk will explore some of the opportunities for biomedical informaticians, computer scientists, librarians and other information specialists in this unfolding scenario, and seek insights from the audience about the next steps.

Valerie Florance, Ph.D., has overall responsibility for extramural research and resource grant programs in biomedical informatics and information sciences at the NLM. She guides the NLM’s highly-regarded university-based informatics training program and its ground-breaking informationist grant supplement program. She is a member of the executive committee of the NIH BD2K initiative and serves as lead science officer for PIC-SURE, one of eleven BD2K Centers of Excellence.

Florance's talk, which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science (SILS), the North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute (NC TraCS), and the Carolina Health Informatics Program (CHIP).