Big Problems? Big Data. – Matt Harding

Wednesday, April 27 2016

Matt Harding, associate director at iiD, shares how Big Data can help solve public policy challenges like rising global energy demands and our expanding American waistline.

New Collaborative Seed Grant Program Gives Eight Awards (Duke Today)

Friday, April 8 2016

iiD is a supporter of a new program aimed at fostering interactions between researchers in the Duke School of Medicine and the campus. The program awarded its first round of seed grants to eight project teams.

Supercomputer Simulates Whole-Body Blood Flow (

Friday, April 8 2016

Duke BME and iiD faculty member Amanda Randles talks about her work with a computer simulation of blood moving around the human body, which compares well with real-world flow measurements.

Ways to Exercise, Rain or Shine

Friday, March 18 2016

This article from Duke Today highlights a yoga class conducted at Gross Hall, home of iiD. 

Lemurs and Big Data: Learning to Use Big Data in Research

Monday, March 14 2016

Everybody loves lemurs. Some people love lemurs and data. Thanks to one of Duke’s Information Initiative Data Expeditions projects, a group of Duke evolutionary anthropology students recently learned a lot more about lemurs, and how data can be a powerful research tool.

NSF Award for Vivienne Foroughirad

Wednesday, February 24 2016

Congratulations to Duke University Marine Science and Conservation PhD student – and iiD Data Expeditions participant – Vivienne Foroughirad. She’s been awarded a National Science Foundation grant to pursue research that seeks to understand the evolution of complex social and cognitive traits in wild bottlenose dolphins via next-generation sequencing of the mitochondrial genome.

The Innovators

Monday, February 22 2016

Duke Today features Guillermo Sapiro and the team's work on the "Autism & Beyond" app that resulted from iiD's Information, Child Mental Health, and Society project.

Central Appalachia Flatter Due to Mountaintop Mining

Thursday, February 11 2016

A Duke study shows 40 years of mountaintop coal mining have made parts of Central Appalachia 40 percent flatter than they were before excavation. The researchers collaborated with a Data+ project team to develop web-based app to help people visualize the change. 

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Extra Effort: Finishing the Job on Data+

Monday, January 25 2016

Some of our Data+ projects don’t end at after summer—the students keep the work alive out of a passion for the subject they worked on.

From the Deputy Director: The Importance of Where the (Big) Data Came From

Monday, January 4 2016

A few weeks ago I participated in an expert meeting hosted by the National Academy of Sciences and sponsored by the U.S.