SAVE THE DATE!
Linux Cluster Institute (LCI) Workshop
Mon May 18 - Fri May 22, 2015
University of Oklahoma, CCE Forum, Norman OK
If you are a linux system administrator new to HPC, this is the workshop for you!
In just five days you will:
- learn HPC system administration concepts and technologies and how to apply them;
- get hands-on skills building a small test cluster in lab sessions;
- hear real-life stories and get to ask experts questions in panel discussions.
For more information, see the LCI website:
From Greg Smith, CIO of Missouri University of Science and Technology:
We are hosting the Teaching and Learning Technology Conference, TLT, March 12-13 here at the Missouri University of Science and Technology campus in Rolla, MO. This conference brings together many innovative professors in higher education along with their Instructional Designers, Developers and Technologists, plus many from K-12 who want to make sure their students are properly prepared for college. TLT does carry some Missouri S&T STEM influence but it only strengthens how EdTech is applied to the liberal arts community: An exciting area of development in the last year has been with the preparation of virtual labs for chemistry and biology.
The Keynote Speakers:
Robbie K. Melton, Ph.D. --- Associate Vice Chancellor of Mobilization Emerging Technology; Tennessee Board of Regents, “The Emergence of Mobile and Smart Devices: Is Your Device Smarter than You?”
Jeff Schramm, Ph.D. --- Associate Professor of History & Political Science; Missouri S&T, “MOOC’s, LMS, ELI, PRR, CB&Q and EMD: What the history of technology can teach us about the future of higher education.”
Deep Medhi, Chair is pleased to announce that UMKC is hosting DRCN (International Conference on the Design of Reliable Communication Networks) March 24-27, 2015* *in Kansas City at the UMKC campus. The web-site is www.drcn2015.org. March 1 is the deadline for early registration.
The conference will have three keynote speakers:
- Biswanath Mukherjee, University of California-Davis
- Hiroshi Saito, NTT Labs, Japan
- Robert Doverspike, AT&T Labs-Research, NJ
- Four tutorials March 24 (two in morning, two in afternoon)
- 40 papers presented in single-track sessions
- Poster session and a panel.
The conference will be held at UMKC's Student Union, 5100 Cherry St, KCMO. Watch [the website] for a detailed program.
GPN is a sponsor for this meeting.
The University of Arkansas in Fayetteville is looking for a new CIO. UARK is a great place to work and has a terrific team of folks who have been involved in GPN since its inception. To learn more about the position and to apply or recommend a candidate, visit http://its.uark.edu/CIO/index.php.
From Amy Metzger - IT Manager, Information Technology Services @ University of Nebraska, Lincoln:
Information Technology Services at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is investigating a proposal to our campus of two scheduled testing days per year for the practice of the recovery of our IT services.
We are curious if any other campus has adopted and implemented this idea. If you could please have a representative from your campus fill out this short survey and submit it back to me by February 10. 2015, I would really appreciate it.
Thank you for your participation!
GPN and GWLA promote graduate student scholarly research and graduate and undergraduate attendance at the Annual Meeting. See https://ksuconferences.com/gpn-gwla/.
This year there are two categories of awards that cover the cost of student registration and two nights hotel stay (shared accommodations) for the Annual Meeting 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri.
- Research Awards: Research awards acknowledge outstanding graduate student research projects in a cyberinfrastructure or data science related field. (Some example are: physics, chemistry, computer science, biology, genetics, engineering, library science, or geology.) Recipients are first author and will make either a 15 minute oral presentation or a poster presentation at the annual meeting.
- Volunteer Awards: Volunteer awards are for graduate or undergraduate students who are majoring in a cyberinfrastructure or data science related field. (Some example are: physics, chemistry, computer science, biology, genetics, engineering, library science, or geology.) Recipients will attend and assist with running of a portion of the conference.
- To apply, submit either a Research Statement or a Volunteer statement and a reference letter.
- Award winners have their registration fee waived and two nights paid for at the InterContinental Hotel in Kansas City, MO.
- Eligibility: Graduate and undergraduate students from GPN and GWLA member institutions who are enrolled in the Spring 2015 semester. Two Research Awards for Outstanding Merit will be announced at the Annual Meeting. These award recipients will receive an additional stipend.
Research currently under review for publication or ‘in press’ may be submitted. Work with multiple authors may be submitted, as long as the applicant primarily designed and conducted the research. The reference letter (see below) must address this issue.
Applicants must submit a 500 word summary of their research with the following sections:
- Project Significance/Theoretical Context
- May include three figures and/or tables with concise captions
This 500 word cap doesn’t include literature cited, figures, or tables. The statement doesn’t have to use all 500 words.
The Annual Meeting Program Committee has members from different cyberinfrastructure backgrounds, so applicants should write for a broad, scientifically literate audience and avoid excessive jargon or technical terms.
To apply for the volunteer award, applicants submit a 500 word statement of interest in attending the Annual Meeting. This statement should also include a summary of accomplishments and career goals.
A major professor or advisor must submit a reference letter to email@example.com. This letter should be submitted separately from the rest of the application. Beyond comments concerning the student’s general strengths, the letter must address the following:
- Research Award: If the student can present the research project at the Annual Meeting; and the student's role in designing and conducting the research, especially in the case of collaborative research.
- Volunteer Award: If the student can assist at the Annual Meeting and how attending will benefit the student.
Members of the Program Committee will review and rank applications based on originality, quality, and presentation of the research and the advisor’s letter of support. The proposals with the highest overall ranking will be awarded. Two research proposals will be selected for special recognition with an additional financial award, announced at the Annual Meeting.
Submit your research/volunteer statement in PDF format, electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org by 11:59 p.m. Central Time on March 15th. Applications that do not meet the above requirements or are received after the deadline will not be considered. Applicants will be notified of the committee's decision around April 15th. Questions should be directed to email@example.com.
GPN will be presenting several webinars on NSF's CC-DNI program, beginning with an overview of the solicitation on Friday, January 30, at 10AM Central and followed by two proposal preparation webinars on Tuesday, February 3, and Thursday, February 5. The latter two webinars will also be at 10AM Central time.
You may learn more about each of these webinars and register to attend them at the GPN Event Catalog website: https://events-na12.adobeconnect.com/content/connect/c1/1282664749/en/events/catalog.html.
The presentations will be done by me, Greg Monaco, and will be recorded for later availability.
There are additional valuable presentations that are coming up and will be helpful to those preparing proposals for this program.
On behalf of Steve Wolff, Internet2:
NSF has funded Internet2 to lead site visits to non-research-intensive institutions that are actual or potential participants in NSF Campus Cyberinfrastructure programs.
Site visit teams will be able to consult with campus representatives on technical topics such as creation and implementation of a campus cyberinfrastructure plan or deployment of facilities (such as a Science DMZ) to support data-intensive scholarship. Non-technical topics such as developing relationships with data-intensive scholars on campus or preparing a competitive cyberinfrastructure NSF proposal can also be covered.
A site visit will be tuned to the campus’ specific needs. We shall send you a questionnaire asking broadly what you hope the visit will achieve. On the basis of the returned questionnaire we shall select community members with the requisite skills to make up the team. Before the visit, there will be a conference call between appropriate campus representatives and the visiting team, to refine further the visit agenda.
This invitation is extended to all institutions eligible to receive a Campus Cyberinfrastructure award from NSF. Actual receipt of an award is not required. Internet2 membership is not required. NSF is supporting up to 30 site visits; if there are more than 30 requests Internet2 will select campuses to visit according to criteria agreed by NSF, but NSF will not be otherwise involved in the decisions. Visits will normally be for 1 1/2 days and be at no cost to the campus.
If you wish to request a site visit (or if you have questions) please write to Internet2 Research Support <rs@internet2>.
To help us in scheduling, please send your visit request by 31 March 2015. However, if you are planning to respond to NSF’s CC*DNI solicitation (deadline 24 March) and would like a site visit before submitting your proposal, please let us know before 09 February and we will try to oblige.
Applications for DataQ Editorial Team Due January 30th!
Applications for the DataQ Editorial Team are due January 30, 2015. If you are interested in becoming a DataQ Editor, please fill out the application form here: http://bit.ly/DataQApp.
Information about the DataQ project: The University of Colorado Boulder Libraries, the Greater Western Library Alliance, and the Great Plains Network are excited to announce that we have received funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to develop an online resource called DataQ, which will function as a collaborative knowledge-base of research data questions and answers curated for and by the library community. Library staff from any institution may submit questions on research data topics to the DataQ website, where questions will then be both crowd-sourced and reviewed by an Editorial Team of experts. Answers to these questions, from both the community and the Editorial Team, will be posted to the DataQ website and will include links to resources and tools, best practices, and practical approaches to working with researchers to address specific research data issues.
DataQ Editor responsibilities: DataQ Editors will be responsible for helping to identify initial content, providing expert feedback on questions from DataQ users, and developing policies and procedures for answering questions. The Editorial Team will participate in regular virtual meetings and attend one in-person meeting in Kansas City, MO in late May. Each Editor will receive a $1000 stipend to help cover travel costs and time contributed to the project. The initial term for each Editor will last until October 31, 2015 when the grant period ends, but there may be opportunities to continue serving beyond the life of the grant based on the outcome of the project.
Additional opportunities to contribute to DataQ will be announced soon. For all of the latest information about DataQ, please follow @ResearchDataQ on Twitter. Please send any questions about DataQ to the project Co-PIs Andrew Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org and Megan Bresnahan at email@example.com.
NOVA on PBS recently broadcast a program, entitled The Big Bang Machine. The program is a great introduction to
- Large-scale research collaborations,
- Development of the Large Hadron Collider,
- Higgs field and its relevance to understanding mass of particles,
- Why finding the Higgs boson mattered,
- Role of the LHC in discovering the Higgs boson.
The producers have packed a lot of detail into the one-hour program, with explanations of how the LHC works and why it matters. They also recount the short-circuit disaster that occurred nine days after the LHC went online, releasing five tons of helium and frying 50 of the LHC magnets that make the accelerator work.
Since the collider is built to crash protons into one another, it's remarkable to learn that most of the time the protons whiz pass without event. Melissa Franklin of Harvard explains that the out of billions of opportunities there are only about 20 crashes.
The producers also do a very nice job of explaining why it's so hard to find Higgs and the properties of the LHC that are necessary to discover particles that have short life spans and unknown characteristics.
In the section of the program on announcing the discovery of the Higgs boson, it becomes apparent how the CMS and Atlas detectors complement one another and produced mutually confirming results.
The last 15 minutes of the program take up super-symmetry and the question of "Why is there matter, at all?"
If you missed it, you can watch the program at http://video.pbs.org/video/2365402221/.
This week Kate Adams and Greg Monaco traveled to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to hold the first GPN proposal preparation workshop for NSF's recently announced CC-DNI program. CC-DNI stands for Campus Cyberinfrastructure: Data, Networking, and Innovation. The event was co-hosted by the South Dakota Board of Regents' and the REED Network.
The workshop was held at the University Center complex -- a state of the art administration and learning facility that is officially the South Dakota Public Universities and Research Center. Sioux Falls is the largest city in South Dakota, and University Center offers degree programs from six universities in the Sioux Falls area.
- An overview of the CC-DNI Program
- How to structure an infrastructure proposal
- Writing for reviewers
- Solicitation - specific requirements
- Networking considerations
- Network tools and performance
- Using review criteria to your advantage
- Solicitation - specific review criteria
- Writing a Cyberinfrastructure Plan
- Writing a Data Management Plan
There were previous awardees from South Dakota State University and the University of South Dakota who shared their experiences and expertise with the participants. They also shared examples from their successful proposals.
The plan is to conduct additional workshops like this one in other states prior to the March 24, 2015, proposal submission deadline.
If you are interested in co-hosting a workshop in your area, please contact Greg Monaco or Kate Adams at GPN.
This activity is part of the Great Plains Network ENCITE Project: ENabling CyberInfrastructure through Training and Engagement. ENCITE is funded by National Science Foundation Award #1440774.
GPN is hosting a series of webinairs on using network technology to help scientists and those who need to move large amounts of data. This is part of our ENCITE (Enhancing Cyberinfrastructure by Training and Engagement) grant. These webinairs will explain:
- Why you need to know about the network even if you're not a researcher
- How network engineers and those who use the network can communicate effectively
- Build a Science DMZ, even on a budget
- How to tune your network for transferring large amounts of data
- An introduction to Software Defined Networking (SDN)
- perfSonar and network monitoring
These start January 16, 2015. Registration coming soon! Registration is limited to 100 during the live presentation, but the sessions will be recorded and available afterwards.
January 16, 2015: Science Engagement: Bridging the Technical Divide by Jason Zurawski of ESnet
Science Engagement, a process of bridging the gap between the scientists who use the network and the engineers who maintain that network, is necessary as science advances. This talk will focus on how scientists and network engineers can communicate effectively and highlight success from the U.S. Department of Energy and affiliated campus researchers.
Jason Zurawski is a Science Engagement Engineer at the Energy Sciences Network (ESnet) in the Scientific Networking Division of the Computing Sciences Directorate of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He is a founding member of several open source R&E software developments, including perfSONAR, OWAMP, BWCTL, NDT, and OSCARS.
ENCITE grant information: National Science Foundation Award #1440774 to Kansas State University.
One of the suggestions from GPN’s recent strategic planning meeting was to produce a booklet of the great things that are happening around the region. For this, we need your help! We’re looking for interesting things your campus is doing! This is a great way to highlight your school's research and accomplishments. These booklets will be handed out at national meetings that Kate, Greg, and Bill attend and a pdf version will be online. If you have an idea, let Kate or Greg know. Kate and Greg can write up ideas then send them to you for approval.
These stories can be research using the network, new tools or software developed, or something similar that highlights your school.
In the Fall of this year (2014), GPN began gathering input for strategic planning for the next 3 to 5 years. In early November, GPN representatives, Executive Council members and other interested parties gathered near the Kansas City airport to discuss the future of GPN. It was an exciting meeting and there was a great deal of interesting discussion about the accomplishments of and the future role for our organization.
We are now entering the next phase of planning--to review the input gathered this Fall and be sure we heard you correctly. For that reason, we are scheduling a series of phone calls during the week of January 5, 2015. Some of those calls will be for those who attended the Kansas City meeting. Other calls will be for those who were not able to make it to that meeting. During these calls we will review the discussion thus far and ask for your input to help us refine the strategic plan.
If you attended the meeting at the Kansas City Airport Embassy Suites in November, we invite you to attend one of the following conference calls:
- Monday Jan 5 - 10AM
- Tuesday Jan 6 - 2PM
- Thursday Jan 8 - 2PM
If you were not able to attend the Kansas City meeting, we invite you to attend one the following calls:
- Monday Jan 5 - 2PM
- Wednesday Jan 7 - 2PM
- Thursday Jan 8 - 10AM
Please mark your calendar to attend.
The DataQ project is a collaborative effort among the University of Colorado, GWLA and GPN, and it is described in more detail, here. - Greg
The University of Colorado Boulder Libraries, the Greater Western Library Alliance, and the Great Plains Network are excited to announce that we have received funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to develop an online resource called DataQ, which will function as a collaborative knowledge-base of research data questions and answers curated for and by the library community. Library staff from any institution may submit questions on research data topics to the DataQ website, where questions will then be both crowd-sourced and reviewed by an Editorial Team of experts. Answers to these questions, from both the community and the Editorial Team, will be posted to the DataQ website and will include links to resources and tools, best practices, and practical approaches to working with researchers to address specific research data issues.
We are currently seeking applications for our Editorial Team. If you are interested in becoming a DataQ Editor, please fill out the application form here by January 30, 2015: http://bit.ly/DataQApp.
DataQ Editors will be responsible for helping to identify initial content, providing expert feedback on questions from DataQ users, and developing policies and procedures for answering questions. The Editorial Team will participate in regular virtual meetings and attend one in-person meeting in Kansas City, MO in late May. Each Editor will receive a $1000 stipend to help cover travel costs and time contributed to the project.
The initial term for each Editor will last until October 31, 2015 when the grant period ends, but there may be opportunities to continue serving beyond the life of the grant based on the outcome of the project.
Additional opportunities to contribute to DataQ will be announced soon. For all of the latest information about DataQ, please follow @ResearchDataQ on Twitter. Please send any questions about DataQ to the project Co-PIs Andrew Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org and Megan Bresnahan at email@example.com.