Three Duke research teams selected for new campus info viz program

Visualization of the construction of Francesco a Folloni, Campania, Italy. What began as a class project will expand through the RENCI@Duke Applied Scientific and Information Visualization program.

DURHAM, NC–RENCI experts in visualization, visual analytics, and data mining and management will work with three Duke University research teams—one in the School of Medicine and two in art, art history, and visual studies—on projects to improve treatments for prostate cancer and to document the evolution of historic places, artwork, and art markets.

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Storm Surge 2010

GREENVILLE, May 28—RENCI@ECU’s Inundation Animation Portal features animations created by faculty, students, and staff that attempt to provide a greater understanding of the devastating effects of storm surges related to coastal storms and hurricanes.

NSF names Alan Blatecky acting head of cyberinfrastructure office

Alan Blatecky, far left, with UNC Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development Tony Waldrop, School of Government Dean Mike Smith, and former Chancellor James Moeser.

WASHINGTON, D.C., — Alan Blatecky, the former Deputy Director of  RENCI and Interim Director from December 2007 – September 2009, was named Acting Director of the National Science Foundation’s Office of Cyberinfrastructure (OCI) this week by NSF Director Arden Bement.   Read more

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A particle of difference

Uma Shankar and Alexis Zubrow know all too well that what you breathe can be hazardous to your health. The two are research associates at the Institute for the Environment at UNC Chapel Hill who study atmospheric pollutants such as particulate matter and ozone and how technology tools can be used to help decision makers understand their properties and make informed decisions related to human health and environmental quality. With help from RENCI, they are now able to “see” microscopic pollutant particles (particulate matter, or PM) and examine how PM populations are distributed in size and how their physical characteristics change over time. Read more

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IHSS funding to help RENCI evaluate, improve biometric recognition systems used by Department of Homeland Security


Concept image of possible future biometric identification system.

CHAPEL HILL, NC, May 18, 2010—RENCI experts in informatics and computational performance will work with Cambridge Intelligent Systems (CIS), a Raleigh-based technology company that specializes in intelligent image analysis technologies, to improve biometric systems used to track and identify suspected terrorists as they enter and leave the U.S. Read more

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Symposium brings global computational wind engineering community to Chapel Hill


CHAPEL HILL, May 19, 2010–The Fifth International Symposium on Computational Wind Engineering ( CWE2010) will bring more than 300 experts from over 30 countries to Chapel Hill to discuss computational wind engineering issues that impact homeland security, sustainable energy, building design, large bridge design, urban design, mitigation of severe storms, and a host of other issues. Read more

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RENCI to host computational science summer courses


Note: Enrollement for the Many-core Processors course is now closed.

CHAPEL HILL, NC—Graduate students, post-docs and faculty and industry professionals can participate in summer programs offered by the Virtual School of Computational Science and Engineering (VSCSE) free of charge at RENCI (the Renaissance Computing Institute), 100 Europa Dr., Chapel Hill. Read more

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Evidence-based medicine


Your medical history—and the histories of patients with similar conditions—can help you.

That’s the foundation of a RENCI project to build an easy-to-use data analysis and visual dashboard to help doctors quickly determine the best treatment options for their patients. Read more

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Launch Pad participants rise to the challenge


It didn’t take long for, one of the new ventures that are part of RENCI’s 2010 Carolina Launch Pad program, to get noticed.   Read more

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RENCI chief scientist wins DHS award


Rick Luettich’s ADCIRC model showing storm surge on the North Carolina coast.

Rick Luettich, RENCI chief scientist for coastal studies and director of the Center of Excellence for Natural Disasters, Coastal Infrastructure and Emergency Management at UNC Chapel Hill received the 2010 Science and Technology Impact Award from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

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