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RENCI team tackles the challenge of securing sensitive medical research data

For medical researchers, clinical data means opportunities and risks: Opportunities for experiments and analyses that will lead to new knowledge about human diseases; and risks because the burden of keeping personal medical data secure usually falls on the shoulders of the researchers. Read more

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NSF campus bridging workshop report now available online

A new report includes recommendations to help campuses create cyberinfrastructure that allows seamless collaboration and data sharing.

The organizers of a campus bridging workshop held last October in Anaheim, CA, have released a final workshop report that includes recommendations to help campuses create cyberinfrastructure that allows seamless collaboration and data sharing across a campus, across multiple campuses and on the national and international levels. Read more

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Catch a wave

Where can North Carolina find alternative sources of energy to generate new economic opportunities as well as electrical power?

A research team led by the University of North Carolina’s Coastal Studies Institute (CSI) is looking east to the waters off the North Carolina coast for answers. Read more

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Emerging company showcase presents 12 startups from UNC

Twelve startup companies based on innovations at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will present at the annual Emerging Company Showcase on May 3.

The new scientific and technology firms are poised to market discoveries such as devices for diagnosing and treating cancer, gaming that encourages more physical activity by children, and technologies for better managing academic research laboratories. Read more

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RENCI at ECU announces Visualization Challenge winners

The Visualization Challenge hosted by RENCI at East Carolina University (ECU) drew excellent presentations again this year.

Cal Scheinert, undergraduate winner, and Thad Wester, graduate winner, as well as Hillary Huffer, first runner up, were recognized at the 2011 Research and Creative Week Luncheon at ECU on April 8. Read more

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Sea Change

Researchers use computer modeling to understand rising seas and coastal risks.

Laid back beach communities, fragile wetlands perfect for canoeing or kayaking, and iconic lighthouses come to mind when picturing North Carolina’s coast. Read more

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Journal article by RENCI researcher and UNC partners explores properties of microRNAs

One of biology’s most talked-about breakthroughs of the past decade involves microRNAs—small, non-coding strands of RNA—and their prevalence in all living cells. Read more

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Carolina Launch Pad invites applications from UNC entrepreneurs

Russell Taylor, Ricky Spero and Richard Superfine of Rheomics, a Carolina Launch Pad firm.

CHAPEL HILL, NC, March 14, 2011—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 the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI).

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RENCI Brown Bag Lecture – Rheomics, Inc.

Also available via teleconferencing at the Health Sciences Library Collaboration Center, 227 HSL

Rheomics, Inc.: Diagnosing cancer using mechanical biology

Speaker: Ricky Spero, vice president of product development, Rheomics, Inc.

For the past decade, UNC Prof. Richard Superfine (physics and astronomy) has been studying the role physics plays in a wide range of diseases, from cancer to blood clotting disorders. His lab’s discoveries led to exciting new technology that Rheomics, Inc., a new UNC spinout and participant in the Carolina Launch Pad at RENCI, is working to turn into a next-generation cancer diagnostic. Ricky Spero, the company’s VP of product development and a post doctoral associate in the physics and astronomy department, will discuss the business, the product and how RENCI is helping the company get started.

*Free and open to the public*

RSVP (if you plan to attend at RENCI) to: Karen Green

Benefits of BEN

RENCI’s Breakable Experimental Network means new research opportunities at UNC

CHAPEL HILL–A laboratory can be a physical space—such as the Networking Laboratory in the computer science department at UNC Chapel Hill. Or it can exist in cyberspace, like RENCI’s Breakable Experimental Network (BEN), a regional optical network test bed for experiments with disruptive networking technologies.

Combine BEN with the expert faculty and resourceful students in the aforementioned Networking Lab and you’ve created a recipe for cutting-edge research that could transform the Internet and its ability to transport ever-increasing loads of data. Read more

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