RENCI, National Weather Service to hold decision support and technology summit


CHAPEL HILL, NC–Leaders from the National Weather Service, meteorological researchers from RENCI and  North Carolina campuses, and community decision makers will convene Oct. 29 and 30 to discuss decision support, technology trends, and how technological tools can improve forecasts, severe weather warnings and communication with the public on weather issues. Read more

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University, community leaders welcome RENCI to downtown Asheville


Demonstrations on the 20-foot visualization wall were featured at the opening of RENCI’s new downtown Asheville center.

ASHEVILLE, NC — Community and university leaders celebrated the opening of the new downtown location of RENCI at UNC Asheville on Oct. 1. The event featured a ceremonial ribbon cutting and messages of support for the Asheville center from Erskine Bowles, president of the University of North Carolina System, UNC Asheville Chancellor Anne Ponder and Asheville Mayor Terry Bellamy.

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Mock trial, virtual world, real learning

The judge, jury, witnesses and lawyers were all in the courtroom on September 25 for a mock trial conducted by University of North Carolina School of Law students and faculty. But for the first time, attendance in the courtroom didn’t require being in the same physical location. Read more

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Seminal NC urbanization study expands to Asheville, Triad and Triangle

CHARLOTTE, NC–Researchers at the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) at UNC Charlotte will expand their study of development patterns in North Carolina to rapidly-growing counties in western North Carolina as well as the Triad and Research Triangle regions of the Piedmont. Read more

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Carolina Launch Pad seeks new crop of university entrepreneurs

CHAPEL HILL, NC, September 15, 2009—Carolina Launch Pad, the pre-commercial technology business accelerator located at the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) will soon begin its second year and is seeking a new class of aspiring IT entrepreneurs from the UNC Chapel Hill community. Read more

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Break this network

To the uninitiated, dark fiber sounds a bit mysterious, maybe even daunting.

But to network researchers dark fiber means an environment removed from the demands of a production network; a place in cyberspace where they can conduct experiments and explore the future of networking removed from the demands of a commercial network and partitioned off so that one experiment won’t interfere with another. Read more

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Collaboration tool makes statewide meeting possible in tough times


Using SmileTiger software on a PC allows emergency managers to attend meetings and receive training without travel.

The challenge: how to assemble emergency managers from 100 counties across North Carolina for an important meeting at a time when budgets are so tight that  traveling is not an option.

The solution: gather the managers for a virtual meeting made possible by the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) and a collaboration tool called SmileTiger, a product of SmileTiger Software Corporation. Read more

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Botany camp offers non-traditional students Web 2.0 curriculum

Students from across the state took part in BotCamp 2009 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Students from across the state took part in BotCamp 2009 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill June 19 and July 24-25. BotCamp offered a new innovative curriculum, called Bot 2.0, designed to educate, recruit and retain non-traditional students in the study of botanical science. Read more

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Renaissance Computing Institute Names New Director


CHAPEL HILL, NC — Stanley C. Ahalt, will become the new director of the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI), the multi-campus research center with its home base in Chapel Hill, UNC-Chapel Hill Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development Tony Waldrop announced today. Read more

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NLR’s TelePresence Exchange shows future of video conferencing


Image above shows the National Lambda Rail stretching across the United States.

Cypress, Calif. – August 10, 2009 –  National LambdaRail (NLR), the cutting-edge network for advanced research and innovation owned by the U.S. research and education community, in collaboration with AARNet, Australia’s Academic and Research Network, and Cisco, arranged for the first, international Cisco TelePresence sessions over a research and education network between multiple physical locations.

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