Three NC counties win weather stations through RENCI competition

CHAPEL HILL, NC, May 5, 2008 – Three counties in North Carolina will soon have detailed information about the weather patterns in their region and new classroom curricula that uses real-time weather station information as a result of the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) Weather Web competition. The winners are Yancey, Hyde and Alexander counties. Read more

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RENCI introduces technical reports series

RENCI researchers and their collaborators are continually producing technical results as a result of projects with collaborators in high performance computing, grid computing, networking infrastructure development and other areas.

As a way to share results with its key audiences, RENCI introduced a Technical Reports series in 2008. The reports show interim and final results of long-term research projects and address a wide range of issues in technical fields.
Technical reports will be listed by year and number. Check out the first two reports at

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New RENCI location engages Duke campus community

Chapel Hill, NC, April 25, 2008 – RENCI at Duke, the engagement center on the Duke University campus, will open its doors in May, expanding the RENCI virtual organization to eight facilities in six locations across North Carolina. Read more

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RENCI sensor network research seminar April 25

CHAPEL HILL, NC, April 18, 2008 – Sensor network research will be the focus of an informal research seminar at the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) on Friday, April 25. James Horey, a researcher at the University of New Mexico (UNM), will be the speaker. He will present his talk, “Beyond the Lab: Sensor Networks in the Real World” at 3 p.m. in the Biltmore Conference Room at RENCI (in the new 590 suite). Read more

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Open Science Grid launches effort to build new cyber communities

CHAPEL HILL, NC, April 15, 2008—The Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI), an Open Science Grid partner, will lead an effort to involve more university research teams and more campuses in using cyberinfrastructure (CI) as a tool for research and discovery. Read more

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RENCI visualizations show rapid expansion of urban areas by 2030

At RENCI at UNC Charlotte, the new engagement center that involves UNC Charlotte’s Center for Applied Geographic Information Science, the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute and the Charlotte Visualization Center, researchers are developing visual models to illustrate the impacts of urban growth. Read more

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RENCI at Duke to present workshop on human-computer interaction

CHAPEL HILL, NC, April 3, 2008 – A two-day, invitation-only workshop at Duke University’s R. David Thomas Executive Conference Center will bring together a select group of thought leaders from government, industry and academia to develop a guiding vision and cross-cutting research agenda for human-computer interface and interaction design over the next decade. Read more

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RENCI offers “food for the mind” at informational ‘Bistros’

CHAPEL HILL, NC, March 27, 2008 – The public is invited to feed their minds—as well as their stomachs—at the Renaissance Computing Institute’s (RENCI) Renaissance Bistro. RENCI’s informal informational bistro session will focus on the University of Southern California Shoah Foundation Institute Visual History Archive (VHA) and how to use it for personal and professional research. Read more

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RENCI tools for disaster management featured at NCEMA spring conference

CHAPEL HILL, NC, March 18, 2008 – The 2008 North Carolina All Hazards Conference, the semi-annual meeting of the North Carolina Emergency Management Association (NCEMA), featured a variety of projects and programs of the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) aimed at helping emergency managers.

Emergency managers and researchers from across the state attended the conference, held March 2 -5 at Sunset Beach. RENCI, in collaboration with emergency management partners at the state and county levels, conducted two sessions about deploying Web-based tools and prototypes of new technologies for disaster planning and response. RENCI also set up an exhibitor’s booth to showcase and demonstrate its various disaster management tools. Read more

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‘Spectacular Justice’ uses art and technology to examine the death penalty

CHAPEL HILL, NC, March 13, 2008 – It’s easy to separate yourself from the raw emotions associated with the death penalty when you read about a far off execution or hear a 30-second news sound bite.

Artist Joyce Rudinsky, an associate professor of communications studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, wants to force you to get close–uncomfortably close–to the human side of the death penalty issue. Her interactive media installation Spectacular Justice, created in collaboration with the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI), uses video, audio and electronic tracking to personalize an issue from which most of us would prefer to distance ourselves. Read more

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