Grid-enabled virus hunting


3D replica of senecavirus, a pathogen discovered several years ago by researchers in Pennsylvania. UC San Francisco researcher Eric Delwart and his colleague Chunlin Wang of Stanford University use the RENCI-developed TeraGrid Science Gateway to access grid computing resources in their search for new viruses. (Credit: Institute for Animal Health, UK)

DNA sequencing and sequence analysis happens daily in many biological sciences laboratories, but analyzing large sets of genetic data increasingly requires computing resources beyond the capabilities of most labs.

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RENCI Helps Dare County Schools promote hurricane safety


Michelle Covi, RENCI at ECU outreach coordinator, shows students at Nags Head Elementary School how to track the course of a hurricane during a hurricane awareness presentation by RENCI and National Weather Service staff. (photo: S. Daniel Siepert, RENCI at ECU)

Donna Kain, outreach director at RENCI at East Carolina University (ECU),  and Michelle Covi, outreach coordinator at RENCI at ECU, recently traveled to Nags Head Elementary School on the Outer Banks to promote Hurricane Preparedness Week in Dare County.

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RENCI to Participate in New NOAA Institute to Study Climate Change


COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) is one of 16 partners in a new climate research project led by the University of Maryland called the Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites (CICS). Read more

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RENCI's Asheville Center Featured in TV Special on Climate, Technology and the Environment


ASHEVILLE, NC–RENCI at UNC Asheville Director Jim Fox and media artist and co-founder of design and engineering firm The Elumenati David McConville were featured in a half-hour program that aired on Asheville’s educational channel twice a day from May 12 to May 19. Read more

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RENCI provides Visual History Archive to assist researchers


Carolinians, historians, and students will soon gain a better understanding of Holocaust survivors who reside in North Carolina. Read more

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RENCI, ITS Research Computing Establish Tar Heel Grid


Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have a new distributed computing resource through the efforts of the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) and Information Technology Services’ Research Computing. Read more

Incredible Journey

For R. Jude Samulski, viruses are the good guys.

With minimal energy and great efficiency they deliver genetic material from outside sources to the nuclei of cells. If programmed correctly, the DNA sequences they carry can change the genetic information in cells, turning diseased cells into healthy ones. Read more

Hurricane Hunter

Hurricane Awareness activities at RDU

RALEIGH, May 6, 2009—The plane on display at Raleigh-Durham International Airport’s General Aviation Terminal was a veteran of storms well known to North Carolinians: Isabel, Floyd and Fran. Read more

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Stanly County teachers win RENCI Weather Web Competition

CHAPEL HILL, NC, April 29, 2009 – Stanly County will soon have detailed data about local weather conditions and new weather-related projects for school children thanks to the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) Weather Web competition.

The county is the latest in the list of North Carolina counties awarded a weather station through Weather Web, which aims to enhance weather-related K-12 education and improve the quantity and quality of weather data in under served areas of the state. Read more

New website shows live local weather conditions

ASHEVILLE, NC–As a possible April snowstorm approaches, eyes are turned to the sky. Now weather buffs won’t have to look out the window to get a glimpse of regional weather, thanks to a new weather watching website created by staff and student researchers at the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) at UNC Asheville. The Web site,, gives viewers access to images from dozens of local webcams, showing nearly real time weather in more than 100 locations across North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia.

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