RENCI’s MRR heads for the hills

CHAPEL HILL, NC, July 10, 2008 – Rainfall varies greatly across the mountains of North Carolina, falling as everything from light rain to torrents that cause landslides and widespread flooding. To learn more about the rainfall patterns in the mountains and how elevation effects rainfall amounts, RENCI has partnered with Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Asheville on a field research project funded by NASA. Read more

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RENCI Teams with UNC on Innovative Botany Curriculum

CHAPEL HILL, NC, June 27, 2008 – RENCI will be part of a UNC Chapel Hill team that launches a new curriculum designed to recruit, educate and retain nontraditional students in the study of botanical science.  The curriculum, which will be introduced to students this summer,  weaves together four key themes – botany, environmental conservation, the use of social technologies and metadata literacy. Read more

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NC-EONS observation platform nears completion

CHAPEL HILL, NC, June 18, 2008 – The North Carolina Environmental Observation Network System (NC-EONS) is nearly operational as RENCI engineers continue to install the power and communications infrastructure for the platform in the Pamlico Sound off the North Carolina coast. Read more

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RENCI at ECU teams with Dare County Schools during Hurricane Awareness Week

GREENVILLE, NC, June 12, 2008 – Faculty and graduate students from RENCI’s engagement center at East Carolina University hit the road in the RENCI Outreach Vehicle for Education and Research (ROVER) to discuss the weather at several Dare County schools during the last week in May. Read more

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LEADing cyberinfrastructure for science and society

Each year across the United States, floods, tornadoes, hail, strong winds, lightning and winter storms—what meteorologists call mesoscale weather events—cause many deaths, routinely disrupt transportation and commerce, and result in annual economic losses greater than $13 billion. Read more

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RENCI to show the power of visual communications at lunchtime Bistro

CHAPEL HILL, NC, June 2, 2008 – The Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) invites the public to the latest in its Renaissance Bistro series of lunchtime demonstrations and lectures from noon to 1 p.m. in the Showcase Dome room at the RENCI engagement center at UNC Chapel Hill on Thursday, June 26.   Read more

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Grad students named Masters Fellows by RENCI at ECU

GREENVILLE, NC, May 19, 2008 – East Carolina University students Robert Howard, geological sciences, and  Christopher Betancourt, biology, will become the first RENCI at ECU Masters Fellows. The one-semester fellowships for fall 2008 provide support for students’ thesis work. Read more

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UNC students use Social Computing Room for ‘illuminating’ experience

CHAPEL HILL, NC, May 19, 2008 – The Social Computing Room at RENCI’s UNC Chapel Hill engagement center isn’t your typical classroom, but it was the perfect environment for final exams for a class in the UNC Chapel Hill art department. Read more

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This ROVER does some amazing tricks

ASHEVILLE, NC, May 6, 2008 – The teachers who make science an up close and personal experience for children in Western North Carolina have an impressive new tool to use, thanks to an outreach education van offered by Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) at UNC Asheville. Read more

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Three NC counties win weather stations through RENCI competition

CHAPEL HILL, NC, May 5, 2008 – Three counties in North Carolina will soon have detailed information about the weather patterns in their region and new classroom curricula that uses real-time weather station information as a result of the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) Weather Web competition. The winners are Yancey, Hyde and Alexander counties. Read more

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