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      2014/08/19
    KSU Hosting Comp Sci Recruit Day
    Last Changed by Kate Adams, Aug 19, 2014 08:46

    What: KSU is hosting a computer science graduate student recruitment day.

    Where: KSU, Manhattan, KS at Nichols Hall Atrium

    When: October 11, 2014, 10am - 4pm CDT

    For more info, contact Ami Ratzlaff, amiable@ksu.edu, (785) 532-6353

    Saturday On Campus at KSU.pdf

    Posted at Aug 19, 2014 by Kate Adams 0 Comments
      2014/08/06
    GPN Discount for Merit SELinux Introduction Class
    Last Changed by Kate Adams, Aug 06, 2014 12:09

    Merit's Hands-on SELinux: A Practical Introduction will be held September 16 and 18 from 5:00 - 8:00 pm CDT on line.  This class costs $299 for GPN members, a $50 savings off the regular price.

    From Merit:

    This short course is designed as an intensive, hands-on introduction to Red Hat SELinux, a technology that adds mandatory access controls to the Linux kernel and can stop buffer overflow and other malicious attacks. The focus will be on understanding the SELinux theory, components, installation, configuration and log records, and how to secure applications both by configuring existing SELinux policies and by creating new policies. You'll come away from this course with the SELinux skills to secure your platform running your own applications. 

    This course is a hands-on experience with demonstration, student labs and a focus on understanding the function of SELinux policies. It is valuable for system administrators, advanced Linux users and others who need expertise in SELinux. The course can serve as a primer for a novice or a refresher for experienced SELinux users. 

    Topics to be covered include:

    • Brief Linux Review
    • Role-Based Access Control: Subjects, Objects & Policies
    • Introduction to SELinux: Identities, Roles, Types, Domains & Contexts 
    • SELinux Components & Modes
    • SELinux Logs & GUIs
    • Lab: Track a policy violation
    • Dynamic Policy Modification & Enforcement 
    • Writing SELinux Policies
    • Policy Creation Tools
    • Lab: Create and deploy a policy
    • Introduction to Multi-Level Security 
    Posted at Aug 06, 2014 by Kate Adams 0 Comments
    Grants of Interest part 2
    Last Changed by Kate Adams, Aug 06, 2014 11:47

    Name of Grant: CISE Research Infrastructure (CRI), Program Solicitation NSF 14-593

    What: The CISE Research Infrastructure (CRI) program drives discovery and learning in the core CISE disciplines of the three participating CISE divisions by supporting the creation and enhancement of world-class research infrastructure that supports focused research. 

    Institutional Infrastructure (II) awards support the creation of new (II-NEW) CISE research infrastructure or the enhancement (II-EN) of existing CISE research infrastructure to enable world-class CISE research opportunities at the awardee and collaborating institutions. ($250,000-$750,000)

    Community Infrastructure (CI) awards support the planning (CI-P) ($50,000 - $100,000) for new CISE community research infrastructure, the creation of new (CI-NEW) CISE research infrastructure or the enhancement (CI-EN) of existing CISE infrastructure to enable world-class CISE research opportunities for broad-based communities of CISE researchers that extend well beyond the awardee institutions. Each CI award may support the operation of such infrastructure, ensuring that the awardee institution(s) is (are) well-positioned to provide a high quality of service to CISE community researchers expected to use the infrastructure to realize their research goals. Except for CI planning, CI awards will be in the $500,000-1,000,000 range.

    Posted at Aug 06, 2014 by Kate Adams 0 Comments
      2014/07/08
    DOE Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) Small Business Innovation Research
    Last Changed by Kate Adams, Jul 08, 2014 11:10

    What: DOE Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) Small Business Innovation Research Workshop

    When: August 6-7, 2014

    Where: Chicago, IL

    More Details: https://sites.google.com/a/lbl.gov/sbir/

    From Linda Winkler, Argonne National Laboratory:  DOE participates in the congressionally mandated SBIR program.  The Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) program office spends over $12M annually on this program and we have a topic specifically targeting the development and commercialization of a wide range of optical components that could be used either inside a computer (silicon photonics) or in a network  (optical transceivers).  

    We are in the process of organizing a workshop in the Chicago area for Aug 6-7, 2014. The objective of the workshop is bringing together interested parties, raising awareness and stimulating interest in applying to DOE's SBIR program. On August 6, we will discuss the HPC component. On August 7, we will discuss network/optical components.  

    Here is a flyer for the workshop.

    ASCR_SBIR_Workshop_Flyer (1).pdf

    Posted at Jul 08, 2014 by Kate Adams 0 Comments
      2014/07/02
    SANS Security Training Discount Opportunity
    Last Changed by Kate Adams, Jul 03, 2014 09:36

    From Doug Pearson, Technical Director of REN-ISAC:

    SANS and REN-ISAC (Research and Education Networking Information Sharing and Analysis Center) are partnering to bring exceptional security and technical training to the education community at a huge discount.

    The special pricing is available to staff, faculty, and undergraduate students at higher education institutions, and K-12 teachers and students. Details about the program can be found at the REN-ISAC web pages: http://www.ren-isac.net/programs/sans.html And for those ready to request a quote or place an order: http://www.sans.org/partnership/education Questions can be directed to secretary@ren-isac.net

    The special pricing is available during a purchase commitment window, June 1 through July 31 for: 

    • SANS OnDemand Technical training & GIAC Certification  
    • SANS Securing The Human End User Awareness training  
    • SANS Securing The Human Developer training 
    • SANS Securing The Human Phishing  
    • SANS NetWars interactive technical skills challenges 
    OnDemand Technical Training & GIAC

    This provides a choice from more than 40 SANS courses that can be accessed from a PC or iPad, such as:

    • SEC401: Security Essentials Bootcamp Style 
    • SEC504: Hacker Techniques, Exploits & Incident Handling 
    • SEC560: Network Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking 
    • FOR508: Advanced Computer Forensic Analysis and Incident Response 
    • MGT414: SANS +S Training Program for the CISSP Certification Exam 

    Each course is taught by one of the top SANS instructors using a mix of slides, video demonstrations, interactive labs and assessment tests. The student will have four months of access to the OnDemand course. During this window, the price for a SANS OnDemand course is $2,150 and the GIAC exam price is $599 when bundled with a course (minimum order $6,450).

    Securing the Human End User Awareness

    This provides extensive employee security awareness training that targets today's weakest link in enterprise security – the human. Online training modules cover topics such as social engineering, using e-mail safely, smartphone security and FERPA. The special pricing is a limited-time opportunity. During this window, the price is $1.75 per user for a 1-year license (minimum order $2,100) or $3.00 per user for a 2-year license (minimum order $3,600).

    Securing The Human Developer

    This provides training for those involved in the software development process and addresses numerous issues including injection flaws, cross-site scripting, cross-site request forgery, transport layer protection and more - there are currently 13 modules in all. During this window, the aggregate-purchase price is $250 per person for a 1-year license (minimum order $2,500).

    NetWars

    This is a hands-on, interactive learning environment that enables information security professionals to develop and master the skills they need to excel in their field through a series of challenge exercises. During this window, the price for NetWars is $1,350 per person when bundled with an OnDemand order.

    Posted at Jul 02, 2014 by Kate Adams 0 Comments
      2014/06/24
    Merit's Project Management Class and Cloud Class
    Last Changed by Kate Adams, Jun 26, 2014 11:23

    Project Management Fundamentals

    GPN members can take Merit's Project Management Fundamentals at a discount.  

    Where: Online, attend from anywhere.

    When: July 15-17

    Cost: $1795 (Regular price is $2195)

    In this comprehensive course, you will learn the fundamentals of project management: how to initiate, plan, and execute a project that meets objectives and satisfies stakeholders. Project Management Fundamentals will be held online July 15-17, 2014. 

    Aligned with the Project Management Institute (PMI®) Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), this course provides a step-by-step guide to planning and executing a project. Working through case studies with real-world scenarios, you will interact with fellow students to learn and apply the methodologies and good practices of formal project management. 

    Cloud Essentials

    GPN members can take Merit's Cloud Essentials for a $200 discount.

    Where: Online, attend from anywhere

    When: August 5-6

    Cost: $1195 for GPN members

    In this course, you will gain perspective on the business and technical aspects of cloud computing, learning how to adopt, operate and govern the cloud. 

    Through scenario-driven learning, you will learn to apply the principles in a realistic setting. Role-play activities present a real-world connection using situations that can occur in your day-to-day life. The course materials are accredited by the Cloud Credential Council, marked as CompTIA approved quality content and registered with the Project Management Institute. 

    In this course you will learn:

    • Common terms and definitions of cloud computing
    • Business benefits and considerations of cloud computing
    • Cloud computing from a technical perspective and the various techniques, methods, challenges, and types of clouds
    • Impact and changes of cloud computing on IT service management
    • Steps that lead to the successful adoption of cloud computing and the implications for organizations
    • Compliance, risk, and regulatory consequences of cloud computing and its financial and strategic impact

    This course will help you successfully complete the associated CompTIA Cloud Essentials exam to become CompTIA Cloud Essentials certified. The web-based certification exam will be offered on the last day of class.

    Posted at Jun 24, 2014 by Kate Adams 0 Comments
    Grants of Interest part 1
    Last Changed by Kate Adams, Jun 24, 2014 16:37

    This is a new feature to this blog.  Every day or so I get emails listing grants.  I'll put a link to those that might be of interest to our membership. These will generally be HPC, networking, stressing collaboration between different institutions, or of special interest to one of our member universities.

    Posted at Jun 24, 2014 by Kate Adams 0 Comments
    LCI 2014 Registration Open
    Last Changed by Kate Adams, Jun 24, 2014 10:35

    Registration is open for the 2014 LCI (Linux Cluster Institute) workshop! http://www.linuxclustersinstitute.org/workshops/register.html

    When: August 4-8

    Where: University of Illinois, National Center for Supercomputing Applications in Urbana, Illinois

    Early bird cost: $325

    What is the LCI Workshop?  From the press release:

    The LCI workshop is a hands-on workshop that will cover the fundamentals of setting up and administering a high-performance computing (HPC) cluster. Offered by the Linux Clusters Institute, this workshop will be led by some of the world's leading HPC experts and will be held Aug. 4-8at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications in Urbana, Illinois.

    LCI is the premier international forum to share information on management, administration, and scientific computing techniques for high-performance computing. Topics at the August workshop will include Intro to HPC, Build-A-Cluster, Condo Model, and Remote Visualization.

    Expert instructors will include: Neil Bright, Georgia Tech; Ryan Cox, Brigham Young University; Stephen Harrell, Purdue University; Brian Haymore, University of Utah; Wayne Hoyenga, NCSA; Henry Neeman, University of Oklahoma; Preston Smith, Purdue University; Jenett Tillotson, Indiana University; and George Turner, Indiana University.

    Discounted registration of $325 is available through July 20; starting July 21, registration will be $375. Attendees should have experience as an administrator of a Linux system. 

    Questions? Contact Kandace Turner-Jones ktrnrjns@ncsa.illinois.edu. For more information, visit linuxclustersinstitute.org.

    Posted at Jun 24, 2014 by Kate Adams 0 Comments
      2014/06/18
    Merit's Certified Penetration Testing Engineer
    Last Changed by Kate Adams, Jun 20, 2014 16:28

    GPN Members get two more chances for a discount on one of Merit's classes, the Certified Testing Engineer Class.

    Where: Online!  Attend from anywhere.

    When: June 23-27 or September 22-26

    Cost for GPN members: $2700 (the regular price is $3000)

    Description of class from Merit: In this course, you will obtain real-world security knowledge that will enable you to recognize vulnerabilities, exploit system weaknesses and help safeguard against threats. You will learn the art of ethical hacking with a professional edge. 

    CPTE's foundation is built firmly upon proven penetration testing methodologies. The course presents information based on the five Key Elements of Pen Testing: Information Gathering, Scanning, Enumeration, Exploitation and Reporting. The latest vulnerabilities will be discovered using these tried and true techniques.

    More information and registration is at Merit's site.

    Posted at Jun 18, 2014 by Kate Adams 0 Comments
      2014/06/05
    Merit's Project Management Class Online
    Last Changed by Kate Adams, Jun 05, 2014 11:18

    Do you need to learn some project management skills?  GPN members get a discount for Merit's Project Management Fundamentals

    When: July 15-17, 2014

    Where: Online!

    Cost: $1795 for GPN members.  ($2195 is the regular price.)

    More Details from Merit:

    In this comprehensive course, you will learn the fundamentals of project management: how to initiate, plan, and execute a project that meets objectives and satisfies stakeholders. 

    Aligned with the Project Management Institute (PMI®) Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), this course provides a step-by-step guide to planning and executing a project. Working through case studies with real-world scenarios, you will interact with fellow students to learn and apply the methodologies and good practices of formal project management. 

    Posted at Jun 05, 2014 by Kate Adams 0 Comments
    2014 Annual Meeting Presentations Online
    Last Changed by Kate Adams, Jun 06, 2014 11:54

    The GPN/GWLA Annual Meeting was held last week in Kansas City, MO.  The presentations from the meeting and the Big Data Summit are now up online in PDF format.  Others will be added as they are sent in.  If you don't see your presentation, let me know and I'll add it.  Pictures are on the Facebook Community page.

    Big Data Summit Presentations

    Annual Meeting Presentations

    Posted at Jun 05, 2014 by Kate Adams 0 Comments
      2014/05/19
    Beocat extends reign as largest academic supercomputer in Kansas
    Last Changed by Kate Adams, May 19, 2014 10:14

    Beocat extends reign as largest academic supercomputer in Kansas

    By Daniel Andresen
    Reprinted from the May 19, 2014, edition of K-State Today.

    The K-State research computing cluster Beocat is currently the largest academic research cluster in Kansas. Through recent contributions totaling more than $200,000 from faculty in agronomy, biology, chemical engineering and plant pathology, Beocat has grown to approximately 600TB of storage and ~2500 processor cores on machines ranging from dual-processor Opterons with 8GB RAM to six 80-core Xeons with 1TB RAM connected by 40Gbps QDR Infiniband.

    Use of Beocat is free for professors and students in the state of Kansas. In addition to many users across the K-State campus, Beocat also is a resource for users from Washburn University, Bethany College, Pittsburg State University, the University of Kansas and other [Kansas] institutions. Beocat is supported by National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Department of Energy and  university grants.

    For more information contact Daniel Andresen, director of the institute for computational research in engineering and science, dan@k-state.edu.

    Posted at May 19, 2014 by Kate Adams 0 Comments
      2014/05/09
    NSF CNS Program Director from KSU Appointed
    Last Changed by Greg Monaco, May 09, 2014 10:54

    Gurdip Singh, the head of Kansas State University's Department of Computing and Information Sciences has been appointed to serve as a program director with NSF's Computer and Network Systems Division that is part of the CISE Directorate.  Singh's responsibilities will be for Cyber-Physical Systems.

    You can read more at http://www.k-state.edu/media/newsreleases/may14/singhnsf5814.html.

    Posted at May 09, 2014 by Greg Monaco 0 Comments
    Karen Burg from Clemson Appointed VP for Research at KSU
    Last Changed by Greg Monaco, May 09, 2014 10:47

    Kansas State University took a major step today in advancing toward a 2025 goal for being a top tier public research university by appointing Karen Burg of Clemson University as the new Vice Provost for Research, replacing Ron Trewyn who will serve as liaison between KSU and the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF).  I watched the presentations of all candidates for the position, and I found Karen Burg's to be the most forward-looking and to reflect a well-thought out plan for advancing KSU.  All of the individuals that I contacted at Clemson spoke highly of her contributions, there, and indicated that they would prefer to see her remain at Clemson.

    You can read more at http://www.k-state.edu/media/newsreleases/may14/burg5814.html.

     

    Posted at May 09, 2014 by Greg Monaco 0 Comments
      2014/05/07
    NAS Elects New Members for 2014
    Last Changed by Greg Monaco, May 07, 2014 16:52

    In recognition of their achievements in original research, the National Academy of Sciences announced the election of 84 new members and 21 foreign associates.  This brings the total number of active members to 2,214 and the total number of foreign associates to 444.

    Among the newly elected members is Joseph Lutkenhaus, University Distinguished Professor, Department of Microbiology, Molecular Genetics, and Immunology, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas.

    Learn more at http://www.nasonline.org/news-and-multimedia/news/april-29-2014-NAS-Election.html

    Posted at May 07, 2014 by Greg Monaco 0 Comments
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