Tracking the story of the ENIAC programmers

Jean Jennings Bartik (left), and Frances Bilas Smith in 1946 with ENIAC, the world’s first all-electonic computer. Photo credit: Computer History Museum

Six women who changed computing finally get their day in the spotlight.

More than 70 years ago, six brilliant mathematicians came to Philadelphia to take part in a secret U.S. Army project designed to help the Allies win World War II. These young pioneers of the computing age learned to program using only logical diagrams and their considerable talents—no programming languages or tools existed to help them.  Read more…

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Women to show their data science chops at 2018 WiDS conference

The Women in Data Science (WiDS) Conference returns for a third year to Stanford University on March 5. This one-day, technical conference features world-class speakers discussing a wide array of data science, machine learning, and artificial intelligence research and applications, from computational finance, to astrophysics, to cybersecurity, and much more. All genders are invited to participate in the conference, which features exclusively female speakers.  Read more…

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South Big Data Hub, NCDS help sponsor Southern Data Science Conference; registration now open

The 2018 Southern Data Science Conference (SDSC 18) will bring experts and researchers from top companies and research institutes to Atlanta on April 13 and 14 for two days of sharing best practices and discussing the latest issues, challenges, and trends in data science.  Read more…

RENCI makes an impact at fall AGU meeting

Chris Lenhardt (left), and Howard Lander with their poster at the AGU fall meeting.

Why was New Orleans inundated with scientists during the week of December 11 – 15? They were in the Big Easy for the fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), a conference that attracts about 24,000 Earth and geoscientists from across the nation and around the globe. Read more…

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RENCI’s Claris Castillo strengthens her leadership muscles through BRIDGES

Claris Castillo, a senior computational and networked systems researcher at RENCI, recently completed the BRIDGES program that promotes academic leadership among women. The four-week program targets women in higher education institutions seeking to strengthen their academic leadership skills and advance their careers in academia.  Read more…

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Educators offer tips on making sense of the data revolution

“We are creating every 10 minutes what we were creating every 2,000 years, and that’s the problem.”

This statement, by panelist Arcot Rajasekar, succinctly sums up one of the many challenges stemming from the modern big data environment discussed at “A Citizen’s Guide to Big Data.” Read more…

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RENCI scientist set to join the ranks of Climate Reality Leaders

As the Climate Reality Project website says: Ordinary people face challenges. Climate Reality Leaders embrace them.

RENCI’s Chris Lenhardt, an environmental data science and systems expert, will join the ranks of these leaders when he attends three days of training Oct. 17 – 19 to become part of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps. The Leadership Corps is a global network of individuals committed to tackling the climate crisis and solving what is far and away the greatest challenge of our time. The Leadership Corps is part of the Climate Reality Project launched by former Vice President Al Gore to increase awareness about climate change and to support efforts at all levels aimed at reducing carbon emissions. Read more…

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Data Fellows project aims to make storm surge predictions faster and more accurate

By Nelson Tull

Note: Nelson Tull is a graduate student in the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at North Carolina State University. His faculty advisor, Casey Dietrich, is an NCDS Data Fellow conducting research to improve hurricane and storm surge guidance to emergency managers in North Carolina’s coastal counties. Dietrich’s Data Fellows research builds on previous work supported by the North Carolina Sea Grant program. Other collaborators are Rick Luettich, head of the Institute of Marine Sciences at UNC-Chapel Hill, Brian Blanton, a senior research scientist and oceanographer at RENCI, and Jason Fleming of Seahorse Coastal Consulting. To learn more about this research, tune into the September 2017 NCDS DataBytes webinar.

When lives are on the line, minutes count but so does accuracy
Storm surge model forecasts are a critical tool used by coastal emergency managers to plan and make decisions. These models must be both accurate and fast to give reliable information in a timely manner as a storm moves toward the coast. The forecast guidance must also be visualized in a way that is meaningful to those who need this vital information. Read more…

NSF-funded undergraduate researchers get a taste of life at RENCI

A panel of RENCI employees talks to NSF REU students during a recent visit.

On July 21, RENCI hosted 11 students and two professors from the National Science Foundation’s Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program. The program allows undergraduates to actively participate in research in any of the areas of research funded by the NSF. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program. As a part of their REU experience at North Carolina A & T State University, a group of undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds and several universities came to RENCI for an educational tour.  Read more…

SAA award winning book has RENCI, UNC connections

The Waldo Gifford Leland Award is presented annually by the Society of American Archivists (SAA) to an author or authors in recognition of “writing of superior excellence and usefulness in the field of archival history, theory, or practice.”

It’s an achievement worth bragging about, and this year, bragging rights belong to Philip C. Bantin, director of the archives and records management specialization at Indiana University, as well as to multiple chapter authors, including a team from RENCI, UNC-Chapel Hill and Harvard University. Read more…

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