RENCI at Duke Presents Informational Bistro on Hurricanes and Disaster Planning

Chapel Hill, NC, August 15, 2008 – To attain a better understanding of hurricanes and their effects on North Carolina, the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) will present another informal informational Renaissance Bistro on Thursday, Sept. 11, at its new RENCI at Duke University Engagement Center. Read more

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Pioneering female computer scientists to be topic of next RENCI Distinguished Lecture

CHAPEL HILL, NC, August 7, 2008 – It has been over 60 years since the world’s first all-electronic programmable computer, the ENIAC (or Electronic Numerical Integrator And Computer), was developed during World War II. A group of skilled mathematicians programmed the machine, but they were overlooked in the annals of computer history for one primary reason: they were women. Read more

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RENCI Selects Infinera for “Breakable” N.C. Research Network

Sunnyvale, CA, July 21, 2008 – The Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) has selected Infinera (Nasdaq: INFN) to support its research on the experimental network testbed dubbed BEN (Breakable Experimental Network), which links RENCI to sites at three universities in North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park. Read more

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Visualization 2.0

Multi-touch visualization wall is the focal point of RENCI’s new Duke engagement center

What could be better than the world’s favorite smart phone?

Imagine this: an iPhone-like, touch-sensitive screen that allows users to interact with data through an almost endless array of touches and gestures and that displays information at six times the resolution of high definition on a screen about 1,500 times larger than an iPhone display. Read more

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Katrina Visualization Wins SciDAC “OASCR”

CHAPEL HILL, NC, July 18, 2008 –It wasn’t quite an Oscar, but a RENCI visualization by Steve Chall and Theresa-Marie Rhyne of RENCI’s NC State engagement center won top honors at the annual meeting of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing (SciDAC) program held in Seattle July 13 – 17. Read more

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RENCI’s MRR heads for the hills

CHAPEL HILL, NC, July 10, 2008 – Rainfall varies greatly across the mountains of North Carolina, falling as everything from light rain to torrents that cause landslides and widespread flooding. To learn more about the rainfall patterns in the mountains and how elevation effects rainfall amounts, RENCI has partnered with Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Asheville on a field research project funded by NASA. Read more

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RENCI Teams with UNC on Innovative Botany Curriculum

CHAPEL HILL, NC, June 27, 2008 – RENCI will be part of a UNC Chapel Hill team that launches a new curriculum designed to recruit, educate and retain nontraditional students in the study of botanical science.  The curriculum, which will be introduced to students this summer,  weaves together four key themes – botany, environmental conservation, the use of social technologies and metadata literacy. Read more

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NC-EONS observation platform nears completion

CHAPEL HILL, NC, June 18, 2008 – The North Carolina Environmental Observation Network System (NC-EONS) is nearly operational as RENCI engineers continue to install the power and communications infrastructure for the platform in the Pamlico Sound off the North Carolina coast. Read more

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RENCI at ECU teams with Dare County Schools during Hurricane Awareness Week

GREENVILLE, NC, June 12, 2008 – Faculty and graduate students from RENCI’s engagement center at East Carolina University hit the road in the RENCI Outreach Vehicle for Education and Research (ROVER) to discuss the weather at several Dare County schools during the last week in May. Read more

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LEADing cyberinfrastructure for science and society

Each year across the United States, floods, tornadoes, hail, strong winds, lightning and winter storms—what meteorologists call mesoscale weather events—cause many deaths, routinely disrupt transportation and commerce, and result in annual economic losses greater than $13 billion. Read more

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