CHAPEL HILL, NC and SANTA BARBARA, CA – A unique training course that will take place simultaneously on both U.S. coasts will get underway July 21 at RENCI headquarters in Chapel Hill, NC, and at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Open Science for Synthesis (OSS) is aimed at early career scientists who want to learn new software and technology skills needed for open, collaborative, and reproducible synthesis research. The three-week intensive program will run through August 8, with 45 participants who completed a competitive application process participating in the program.
During the three-week, bicoastal training, OSS participants will receive hands-on guided experience from a dynamic group of instructors assembled to provide a mixture of instructive lectures, discussions forums, exercises, and real-world application of skills to collaborative group synthesis research projects.
Participants who complete the program will gain direct experience and a greater understanding of best practices in the technical aspects that underlie successful open science and synthesis—from data discovery and integration to analysis and visualization. They will also learn techniques for collaborative scientific research, including virtual collaboration over the Internet.
Congratulations to all participants, who will travel to both course locations from sites around the globe.
- Annie Adelson, Stanford University
- Olivia Burge, University of Canterbury
- Benjamin Carr, Boston University
- Tony Chang, Montana State University
- Jonathan Duncan, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- Emma Fuller, Princeton University
- Tian Gan, Utah State University
- Kelly Garbach, Loyola University Chicago
- Edgar Gonzalez, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico
- Monica Granados, McGill University
- Elizabeth Kalies, University of Missouri/NC Museum of Natural Sciences
- Ingrid Knapp, University of Hawaii, Manoa
- Nina Lany, Dartmouth College
- Marissa Lee, Duke University
- Silvia Lomascolo, Universidad Nacional de Tucuman
- John Lovette, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- Vanessa Michelou, University of Hawaii, Manoa
- Pamela Reynolds, University of California, Davis
- Zahra Samadi, University of South Carolina
- Kes Schroer, Dartmouth College
- Michael Treglia, Texas A&M University
- Tyson Wepprich, North Carolina State University
- Georgina Adams, Imperial College London
- Timothy Assal, USGS/Colorado State University
- Leah Bremer, Stanford University
- Julia Buck, Sam Houston State University
- Mary Donovan, University of Hawaii
- Debora Drucker, EMBRAPA
- Vicken Hillis, University of California, Davis
- Megan Jennings, San Diego State University
- Suzanne Langridge, University of California, Santa Cruz
- Sparkle Malone, Rocky Mountain Research Station
- Rachael Orben, University of California, Santa Cruz
- Antonio Jesús Pérez Luque, University of Granada
- Katherine Renwick, Colorado State University
- Annie Schmidt, Point Blue Conservation Science
- Paul Selmants, University of Hawaii, Manoa
- Diego Sotomayor, York University
- Brian Stock, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego
- Lynn Sweet, University of California, Santa Barbara
- Christopher Trisos, South African Environmental Observation Network
- Mirela Tulbure, University of New South Wales
- Sara Varela, Charles University
- Lynn Waterhouse, Scripps Institution for Oceanography, University of California, San Diego
- Jennifer Weaver, University of California, Berkeley
CHAPEL HILL, NC – REACH NC, a Web portal that connects businesses, developers, government officials, other researchers and citizens to thousands of experts working in higher education and research institutions throughout North Carolina now helps users find university assets and resources across the state through a new tool called the REACH NC Resource Finder.
Powered by the eagle-i open-source tool from Harvard University (funded by Harvard Catalyst, The Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center [grant number 1UL1 TR001102-01]), the Resource Finder allows users to locate facilities such as wet labs and service labs, and resources such as scientific instruments, clinical trial participation opportunities, and open source software. The Resource Finder is the first statewide implementation of its kind and was developed through a partnership with UNC General Administration, the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) and The North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences (NC TraCS) Institute at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
RENCI teams up with Duke University researcher to use visualization to understand disease risk factors and symptoms.
The age of big data presents both great opportunities for new knowledge as well as challenges in figuring out how to interpret, organize and use such large quantities of data. Data analysis and management are especially important hurdles to overcome in medicine, where data can help physicians better understand and treat disease.
RENCI Senior Visualization Researcher David Borland, Ph.D., works with Ed Hammond, Ph.D, director of the Duke University Center for Health Informatics, to develop ways to improve physicians’ access to, and comprehension of, large sets of medical information by transforming the data into easy-to-understand visual formats.
This image shows results of a query of the Duke Medical Center Electronic Health Record (HER) system. The squares represent the top two users of the system and circles represent the queries they initiated—the bigger the circle the more the term was queried. Light red lines connecting query terms show the strength of the relationship between those terms. The green section shows terms used by both users. This visualization was used on existing data to better understand the kinds of queries made by users and see how queries relate to each other so that future visualizations could aggregate data in meaningful ways.
A nationwide team that includes researchers from RENCI (Renaissance Computing Institute at UNC Chapel Hill) and North Carolina State University will demonstrate how innovative cyber-physical systems can be used to prevent cyber attacks on power grids as part of the SmartAmerica Challenge and Expo, June 11 in Washington, D.C.
The event will showcase how cyber-physical systems and the “Internet of things” can boost American competitiveness, create new business opportunities and jobs, and improve the quality of life. Twenty-four teams, including the NC State-RENCI team, will show the potential benefits of integrated systems of cyber and physical technologies: for example, vehicles that can make their own way through a battlefield to pick up the wounded, or disaster response systems that can coordinate human first responders, robots and dogs.
Business managers, data analytics specialists, academic researchers, data center administrators and anyone else who grapples with big data are the target audience for a weeklong workshop series on data issues sponsored by the National Consortium for Data Science (NCDS), the Odum Institute for Social Science Research at UNC Chapel Hill, and the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI). Read more
A full house for the NCDS Big Data Career Event
As a leader in the growing and evolving field of data science, the National Consortium for Data Science (NCDS) works to share knowledge and recruit a new generation of data researchers to innovate and solve challenges in organizing and managing data. Read more
Chapel Hill, NC, April 2, 2014 – The iRODS Consortium today announced the release of iRODS 4.0, a sustainable and production-oriented version of the iRODS (integrated Rule-Oriented Data System) data management platform. Read more
A doctor at Boston Children’s Hospital checks on a young epilepsy patient during
treatment. Photo credit: Katherine C. Cohen, Boston Children’s Hospital
CHAPEL HILL, NC – For patients with epilepsy and their doctors, determining the best treatment plan often involves playing “medical detective.”
Non-routine visits to the doctor often take place after the patient has endured a seizure, and patient and doctor must piece together what happened just before the seizure, its length and severity, and possible triggers in an effort to determine whether treatments or medications need to be changed. If a clinician wants to compare a patient’s latest seizure to his or her medical history or to historic data in Electronic Medical Records (EMRs), they often must wade through reams of paper to see relationships and find correlations that could lead to better treatments.
The VISR will include equipment much like this rack of high performance servers.
RENCI and the UNC-Chapel Hill Odum Institute for Research in Social Science are combining their expertise in technology and the social sciences to begin development of a Virtual Institute for Social Research (VISR). The VISR will be a multifaceted high performance data and computing research environment that brings together researchers from across the world to collaboratively address the challenges facing social science.
“VISR will enable collaborative social science research of unprecedented scope and scale,” Odum Institute Director Tom Carsey said. “Launching VISR at UNC will capitalize on our historic strengths in social science, the incredible partnership we have between Odum and RENCI, and should help to position UNC at the forefront of computational social science and the big data revolution in social science.”
The proposed VISR will include a large-scale cyberinfrastructure designed for researchers in social science, computer science, statistics, information science, environmental science, health science, and related domains to work together to address the social, political, and economic challenges of the 21st century. VISR will provide high performance computing resources and access to data and software in a secure computing environment to any researcher with Internet access. Ultimately, VISR may include education and training materials, outreach programs, and initiatives to promote collaboration with industry and government partners.
CHAPEL HILL, NC, and SANTA BARBARA, CA – Open Science for Synthesis is a unique bi-coastal training opportunity offered for early career scientists who want to learn new software and technology skills needed for open, collaborative, and reproducible synthesis research.
UC Santa Barbara’s National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) and University of North Carolina’s Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) will co-lead the three-week intensive training workshop with participants in both Santa Barbara, CA, and Chapel Hill, NC.
The workshop will run July 21 – August 8, 2014.