UC San Diego CyberLink Publishes May 2012 Issue

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San Diego, May 21, 2012 -- UC San Diego CyberLink is a monthly digest of news and events related to cyberinfrastructure from San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), Jacobs School of Engineering, UC San Diego Libraries, Administrative Computing & Telecommunications (ACT), and the Center for Research in Biological Structures (CRBS). If you have news regarding cyberinfrastructure-related research, applications, or activities on the UC San Diego campus, please send them to cyberlink@sdsc.edu. This is the May edition of CyberLink:

Cyberinfrastructure News from the University of California, San Diego                                 May 2012


LYRASIS to Serve as Home Base for ArchivesSpace
ArchivesSpace project partners UC San Diego, New York University, and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have announced that LYRASIS, the largest regional membership organization for libraries and information professionals in the U.S., will serve as the organizational home for the ArchivesSpace open-source archives management system. 

New Software Tools for Humanities Researchers
With support from a $477,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, UC San Diego researchers in Calit2’s Software Studies Initiative will develop software for analyzing large visual data sets and integrate the capabilities into a technology platform widely used by researchers in the humanities. 

Cubic and UC San Diego to Collaborate on Next Generation Intelligent Travel Research
Cubic Transportation Systems and the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering have entered into a collaborative partnership to research the next generation of intelligent travel technologies for cities. Cubic will contribute $500,000 over five years to fund research done by faculty, students and Cubic Transportation Systems staff.

Wireless Pregnancy Monitoring Project
Bioengineering professor Todd Coleman is leading an innovative global health and development research project at the intersection of information technology and medicine entitled “Epidermal Electronics for Continuous Pregnancy Monitoring.” The project is a Grand Challenges Explorations winner, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

SDSC Announces Summer Supercomputing Program for Undergraduates
SDSC has announced a 10-week computational science program to provide a limited number of undergraduate students with paid, hands-on experience using Gordon, the center’s new data-intensive supercomputer.

ACT Launches Payroll Predictions 3.0
UC San Diego’s Academic Computing and Telecommunications (ACT) division has unveiled Payroll Predictions 3.0, a completely redesigned Web application which is available as part of the FinancialLink suite of online tools. ACT worked with campus leaders to improve the user experience by enhancing the user interface, streamlining workflows, and adding new reporting capabilities.

Game-Powered Machine Learning
Machine learning, big data and the cyberinfrastructure behind it all converge in research aimed at developing a “Google for Music” technology. The latest results are published in the prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Scientists Uncover Strong Support for Once-Marginalized Theory on Parkinson’s Disease
UC San Diego scientists have used powerful computational tools and laboratory tests to discover new support for a once-marginalized theory about the underlying cause of Parkinson’s disease. The new results conflict with an older theory that insoluble intracellular fibrils called amyloids cause Parkinson’s disease and other neurodegenerative diseases.

ACT Upgrades Cost Sharing System
ACT has launched a Cost Sharing System 2.0. A campus-wide team effort, the new system is more flexible and user-friendly, while maintaining adequate controls and compliance standards. Cost sharing is done to meet sponsored research project objectives and requires UC San Diego to manage, report and track campus commitments.

CRCA Reflects Distinguished Past at 40th Anniversary Celebration
Researchers who do work at the intersection of the arts and computing, including experts in game design and audio spatialization, participated in the 40th anniversary of the Center for Research in Computing and the Arts (CRCA), UC’s oldest arts research center. Topics addressed during the day-long celebration included culture and cyberinfrastructure, digital cinema over ultra-broadband networks, video games and virtual reality.

First Heralded Single-Photon Generation from a Silicon Chip
Cyberinfrastructure powered by quantum computing and communications seems that much closer, following the announcement that a team led by Jacobs School of Engineering electrical engineering professor Shayan Mookherjea generated so-called heralded single photons from a silicon chip. The tiny device operates at room temperature in the near-1550-nanometer infrared wavelength – similar to the wavelength bands used in today’s optical fiber networks.

SDSC’s Trestles Supercomputer Speeds Clean Energy Research
A team of Harvard University researchers has been allocated time on SDSC’s Trestles to perform computational calculations with the goal of creating the next generation of organic solar cells as an inexpensive and efficient source of energy.

Getting the Bigger and Fuller Picture
UC San Diego experts in 3D imaging, led by Calit2 research scientist Jürgen Schulze, refine virtual-reality devices to generate detailed and reliable models of spaces, people and objects.

ACT Publishes ‘Social Media and Security’ and Other Security Documents
Administrative Computing and Telecommunications (ACT) has published several helpful security documents on UC San Diego’s campus site, Blink. In addition to Social Media and Security, other newly-posted publications include Cloud Security and Your Data, Secure Your Mobile Devices,and DMCA and You.

Cyberinfrastructure Research on Display at Research Expo 2012
Many of the 230 graduate student posters on display at Research Expo 2012 highlighted breakthroughs in cutting-edge areas of information technology that are paving the way for tomorrow’s cyberinfrastructure advances. Browse all poster abstracts here.

UCSD, Clarke Foundation Collaboration Creates Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination
UC San Diego and the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation have agreed to establish a center to span a wide range of disciplines and collaborations in fields such as technology (including cyberinfrastructure), education, engineering, health, science, industry, environment, entertainment and the arts.

SDSC Announces ‘Center of Excellence’ for Predictive Analytics
SDSC is launching a new "center of excellence" aimed at leveraging the center’s data-intensive expertise and resources to help create the next generation of data researchers by leading a collaborative, nationwide education and training effort among academia, industry, and government. Seed funding for the program, called PACE for Predictive Analytics Center of Excellence, will come from SDSC.

Workshop Convenes Best Minds in Data Storage to Break Computing Bottlenecks
Storage is a core foundation of cyberinfrastructure, and the third annual Non-Volatile Memories Workshop was a prime opportunity for more than 200 academics and industry representatives to present their research and stretch this continually evolving NVM technology to the limit.

...for these upcoming, cyberinfrastructure-connected events and training sessions. All events will be held at UC San Diego (except where noted otherwise). 

May 23, 4:30pm – 6:30pm
San Diego County Office of Education, Joe Rindone Regional Technology Center
6401 Linda Vista Road, San Diego, CA 92111
TeacherTech Computer Science Workshops for High School Educators
High school educators are invited to attend a special TeacherTECH workshop series focused on AP Computer Science Principles and bringing computer science principles into the classroom. Seven informative sessions of hands-on learning are being presented by Beth Simon, Director of the Center for Teaching Development at UC San Diego. Registration is free. Space is limited. Please contact Ange Mason at 858-534-5064 or amason@ucsd.edu to reserve your space. If responding by email, please indicate your school affiliation.

May 19, 9:00am – 3:00pm, SDSC Training Room 279
I'm a Galileo Educator [and So Can You] - Teaching the Nature and Process of Science through Hands-on Astronomy Activities
Become a Galileo Educator through this professional development opportunity for grade 4-9 teachers. The NASA Galileo Educator Network workshop emphasizes inquiry-based strategies and the process of science. Learn strategies for teaching science inquiry and space science content with NASA resources. Each workshop participant will receive the new best-selling astronomy teaching resource guide. The Universe at Your Fingertips 2.0, on DVD (retail $29.95), a Galileoscope (retail $49.95), and NASA resources for use in the classroom. Presented by Phil Blanco, Grossmont College, Project ASTRO. Registration is $10.00 payable at the door. Space is limited. Please contact Ange Mason at amason@ucsd.edu to reserve your space.

May 24 – 25, 8:30am-5pm (Fri), 8am-noon (Sat) – CMRR Auditorium
Center for Magnetic Recording Research Spring Research Review
Topics slated to be discussed during the 1.5-day review include: tribology and mechanics; dynamic modeling and servo technology; design and fabrication of nanomagnetic materials; magnetic films and nanostructures; tape-head interface; micromagnetic modeling and recording physics; signal processing and coding; non-volatile, solid-state memory; and novel memory devices. By invitation only.

June 4, 11am-noon – Room 1202, CSE Building
Sense and Sensibility for Wireless Networks
MIT Fujitsu Professor of Computer Science Hari Balakrishnan will describe three different cross-layer designs for achieving high throughput over time-varying wireless networks: sensor-augmented protocols; a richer abstraction between the physical and higher-level layers (SoftPHY); and a new class of rateless codes (spinal codes).

June 15, 10am – 11am, Biomedical Library Computer Classroom
Data Management Plan Workshop -- Writing Data Management Plans for NSF Grant Applications
Learn the basics of how to write Data Management Plans (DMPs) for your NSF grant applications. Discover resources available to help you develop and execute your DMPs. This workshop will describe NSF-recommended components of a DMP and introduce you to data management services and tools currently available for UCSD researchers. Limit 20 people per workshop.

July 9 – 20, SDSC
2012 UC-HiPACC International Summer School on AstroComputing
SDSC and UC's High-Performance AstroComputing Center (UC-HiPACC) will host a two-week summer school designed to help the next generation of astronomers manage the ever-increasing amount of data generated by new instruments and digital sky surveys. More than 40 graduate students will be participating in the program.

July 11, All day, Rady School of Management
UC San Diego SysAdmins Campus LISA Conference
ACT, ACMS, and the Rady School of Management have partnered to offer this one-day conference, Campus LISA, to provide training, updates and information helpful to campus SysAdmins. UC San Diego technical staff and invited guests will offer relevant talks on emerging technologies, campus networks and IT services, and useful how-to sessions. Lunch included.

July 18, 7:30am – 12Noon, Atkinson Hall, Calit2 Auditorium
Biomedical Data Sharing: Ethical, Legal, and Policy Perspectives
Biomedical Data Sharing: Ethical and Legal Perspectives is a half-day workshop at UC San Diego's Calit2/ Atkinson Hall Auditorium and hosted by the UCSD Division of Biomedical Informatics. The workshop will assemble specialist in bioethics, privacy policy and law, as well as stakeholders from government, healthcare institutions, research, and patient advocacy groups to explore and help clarify core issues in biomedical data sharing from ethical, legal and technological perspectives.

August 6 – 10, SDSC
SDSC’s Summer Institute: Big Data Supercomputing 
SDSC is expanding upon its successful Gordon Summer Institute program to include both its Gordon and Trestles supercomputers. This is a unique opportunity for participants to focus on specific challenges in their research, such as optimizing a computationally intensive piece of code to make the best use of SDSC’s HPC resources. Current/potential users of SDSC resources are invited to apply. Experience working in a UNIX/Linux environment is essential. The registration fee is $150. Scholarships available to cover on-campus room and board for participants from U.S. academic and non-profit institutions, but not travel to or from the UC San Diego campus. Applications submitted prior to June 8 have priority for scholarships; notification of acceptance will be provided by June 15. Applications submitted after June 8 will be reviewed and accepted based on availability.

August 6 –10, SDSC
The Ninth Cyberinfrastructure Summer Institute for Geoscientists (CSIG’12)
Funded by the NSF, the theme for CSIG’12 is “Geoinformatics Education and Training for the 21st Century Geoscience Workforce”, reflecting the emphasis on preparing geoscientists for a future of cyber-enabled research and education. This year, CISG'12 will include an emphasis on the NSF's EarthCube initiative, whose goal is "transform the conduct of research by supporting the development of community-guided cyberinfrastructure to integrate data and information for knowledge management across the Geosciences."

Media Contacts

Doug Ramsey, 858-822-5825, dramsey@ucsd.edu

Related Links

San Diego Supercomputer Center
Jacobs School of Engineering
Administrative Computing and Telecommunications