HONOLULU — The National Science Foundation awarded Chaminade University nearly $8.5 million for its Alliance Supporting Pacific Impact through Computational Excellence program.
The ALL-SPICE program focuses on developing data science capacity to help the Hawaii-Pacific region progress toward the United Nations’ development goals. Chaminade leads the program with partners at the University of Texas Austin, Texas Advanced Computing Center and the University of Hawaii.
The funding comes via a five-year cooperative agreement.
The program will build educational and research capacity in data science curriculum for online delivery in rural Hawaii, neighbor islands and U.S.-affiliated Pacific Islands.
As described by ALL-SPICE, “The development of a robust data science infrastructure, regional expertise in analytics, and strong linkages to decision support cyber infrastructure will empower Hawaii-Pacific communities to provide Pacific perspectives rooted in Pacific experiences and epistemology in global opportunities for STEM, data science and policymaking.”
The program is expected to help with workforce development and employment pathways in data science for people in Hawaii and the USAPI.
Michael Tsai covers local and state politics for Spectrum News Hawaii.