RENCI-SILS CI-BER project cited in White House “Big Data” announcement

CHAPEL HILL, NC – On March 29, 2012, the White House announced the “Big Data Research and Development Initiative.”

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Carolina Launch Pad seeks campus entrepreneurs for 2012-2013 program year

CHAPEL HILL, NC—Faculty, staff, and student entrepreneurs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are encouraged to apply for a spot in the Carolina Launch Pad, the pre-commercial technology business accelerator located at RENCI. Read more

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Researchers forecast 150% rise in developed land in Triangle/Rocky Mount region by 2040

A study by researchers RENCI at UNC Charlotte researchers shows 570 percent increase in developed land since 1976.

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Renowned historian and cyberinfrastructure pioneer to speak March 29

Orville Vernon Burton, a Clemson University history professor and renowned expert on Abraham Lincoln, the Civil War era, race relations and the history of the American South, will speak from 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., Thursday, March 29, in room 141 of the Frederick P. Brooks, Jr. Building, 201 S. Columbia St., Chapel Hill. A short reception will follow the talk. Read more

RENCI seeks proposals for Duke visualization program

Screenshot of the prostate cancer treatment planning tool developed by researchers at Duke University Medical Center and RENCI

RENCI is seeking two new Duke University research teams to participate in the RENCI at Duke Faculty Engagement Program in Applied Scientific and Information Visualization.

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Computer scientist and pioneer of high-speed molecular dynamics simulations to speak at Carolina

David E. Shaw’s special-purpose supercomputer could help researchers understand malfunctions underlying many diseases. Read more

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Coastal flood risks, present and future


Scientists can’t control coastal flooding caused by storm surge. But they can help government agencies and the public understand the risks from storm surge and wind waves in vulnerable areas like North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Read more

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RENCI at UNC Charlotte studies Charlotte neighborhoods and the Great Recession

Researchers at RENCI’s UNC at Charlotte Engagement Center find that recession hits harder in neighborhoods with lower quality of life scores.

Read the full story here: http://ui.uncc.edu/story/charlotte-neighborhoods-recession-quality-of-life

Modeling the Perfect Fluid


This visualization starts with particles from a nuclear collision that are compressed and heated up to create a Quark-Gluon-Plasma (QGP), which looks like a “blob” in the video. Once the QGP expands and cools down, it decays again into particles that can be measured by the research team’s experiments. This is a so-called “hybrid’ model, that basically uses the Ultrarelativistic Quantum Molecular Dynamics model (UrQMD), a microscopic model used to simulate (ultra)relativistic heavy ion collisons, to model very early and late reaction stages in the process. The model has been combined with a relativistic fluid dynamics calculation to depict the formation and evolution of a Quark-Gluon-Plasma.


Duke University physicist Steffen A. Bass uses big chunks of computing time to study the behavior of some of the universe’s most fundamental particles—quarks and gluons, which existed in an unbound state up until about a micro-second after the Big Bang. Read more

RENCI, Duke to build experimental networking infrastructure

CHAPEL HILL, Dec. 9, 2011–RENCI at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and Duke University in partnership with IBM will lead a new project to build a nationwide test bed for networking and networked cloud computing. Read more

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