RENCI begins new chapter as Dan Reed heads to Microsoft

CHAPEL HILL, NC, Nov. 8, 2007–The Renaissance Computing Institute, launched in 2004 to build partnerships and apply advanced technologies to complex, multidisciplinary problems, enters a new stage in December as founder Daniel A. Reed joins Microsoft Research and Deputy Director Alan Blatecky takes the helm as interim director.

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RENCI SC07 booth to highlight broad impact of computing and collaborative technologies

CHAPEL HILL, October 31, 2007—Integrated models for disaster planning and management, virtual environments for research and decision support, and computing and visualization to reveal the functions of proteins and gene mutations linked to cancer are among the presentations that will be featured in the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) booth at SC07 in Reno.

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eScience: It’s really about people

Even though the buzz about eScience often focuses on massive hardware, user interfaces, storage capacity and other technical issues, in the end, the ability of eScience to serve the needs of research teams boils down to people: the ability of infrastructure builders to communicate with scientific communities and understand their needs and the realities of their work cultures.

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Dan Reed to discuss NITRD program recommendations at SC07 BoF

A Birds of a Feather session at SC07 will examine U.S. research initiatives, their focus and how they need to change in order to ensure that important scientific questions are answered and that the nation maintains a global leadership position science and technology.

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New RENCI center at UNC Charlotte to focus on urbanization and regional growth

CHAPEL HILL, NC, October 24, 2007–The Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) today announced a partnership with the University of North Carolina at Charlotte to create a new RENCI engagement center focused on forecasting urban growth and its impacts.

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RENCI, NCSA collaboration wins conference award

A scientific paper written by a research team from RENCI and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) was named the best application paper at the recent IEEE International Conference on Bioinformatics and Bioengineering (BIBE 2007).

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Computational Matchmaking

Brian Kuhlman is always on the lookout for resources that can make it simpler and quicker to study the innumerable shapes and sequences proteins can adopt. Read more

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Presidential advisors report on federal Networking and Information Technology R&D Program

WASHINGTON—The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) today delivered its report Leadership Under Challenge: Information Technology R&D in a Competitive World. The report assesses global U.S. competitiveness in networking and information technology and provides recommendations aimed at ensuring that the Federally funded Networking and Information Technology R&D (NITRD) Program is appropriately focused and implemented. Read more

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Flood sensors to aid county in evacuation planning

Chapel Hill, NC, September 5, 2007 – A hybrid network of flood and weather sensors to be installed over the next two months will give Brunswick County emergency managers advance warning about how fast water is rising along critical flood-prone roads in the county.

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

Chapel Hill, NC, August 17, 2007 – The public is invited to feed their minds—as well as their stomachs—at the Renaissance Computing Institute’s Renaissance Bistros. RENCI has scheduled two bistros, informal informational sessions to discuss RENCI focus areas, in September, which will focus on disaster research, including collaborations with the state of North Carolina on hurricane and storm surge prediction and disaster planning and mitigation. Both bistros are free and open to the public.

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