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Be a Mentor at PEARC17 and Make a Difference!

March 27, 2017

Make a difference in the lives of next-generation scientists and science leaders at PEARC17—Practice & Experience in Advanced Research Computing 2017 in New Orleans, July 9-13. As a mentor, you will give students the opportunity to learn from your expertise as they explore a variety of related issues, such as differing specialties, postgraduate training, and work/life balance; plus enjoy Monday’s complimentary student-mentor dinner. Many mentorships turn into lifetime friendships and have countless benefits.

Check “I want to be a mentor” when you register for the PEARC17 conference, which will take place in New Orleans, July 9-13. The conference is open to professionals and students in advanced research computing. Registration for the conference and hotel are now open.

PEARC17—Practice & Experience in Advanced Research Computing 2017—unites the high-performance computing and advanced digital research communities, addressing the challenges of using and operating advanced research computing within academic and open science communities. Being held in New Orleans July 9-13, PEARC17 offers a robust technical program, as well as networking, professional growth and multiple student participation opportunities. See for more information, and follow us PEARC on Twitter at (PEARC_17) and on Facebook (PEARChpc).

Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs: Establishing Spokes to Advance Big Data Applications (BD Spokes)

March 17, 2017

NSF has recently released solicitation NS 17-546: Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs: Establishing Spokes to Advance Big Data Applications (BD Spokes)

This solicitation replaces NSF 16-510 and calls for new BD Spoke proposals to be awarded in FY 2018. Collaborating with BD Hubs, each BD Spoke will focus on a particular topic that requires Big Data approaches and solutions. The set of activities managed by a BD Spoke will promote progress towards solutions in the chosen topic area. The regional BD Hub Steering Committee will provide general guidance to each BD Spoke and will assist the BD Spoke in coordinating with the national BD Hub network, with other BD Spokes, and with the broader innovation ecosystem.

The Big Data activities of a BD Spoke will be guided by the following broad themes:

  • Accelerating progress towards addressing societal grand challenges relevant to the regional and national priority areas defined by the BD Hubs (information on priority areas can be found on each Hub’s website listed in the Introduction section below);
  • Helping automate the Big Data lifecycle; and
  • Enabling access to and spurring the use of important and valuable available data assets, including international data sets where relevant.

There are two proposal categories: Small and Medium BD Spokes. All (SMALL or MEDIUM) BD Spoke proposals submitted in response to this solicitation must include a Letter of Collaboration from a regional BD Hub. Proposals not including a Letter of Collaboration from a BD Hub will be returned without review. No exceptions will be made.

Total Anticipated Funding Amount: 10,000,000
Small BD Spoke Proposals – funded at $100,000 – $500,000 total for up to three years.
Medium BD Spoke Proposals – funded at $500,000-$1,000,000 total for up to three years.
Estimated Number of Awards: 10 to 20

Deadline for full proposals: September 18, 2017

Job: Doane University in Crete, NE Seeks Systems & HPC Specialist

March 16, 2017

Systems and HPC Specialist

Doane University, named a 2016 “Great College to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education, invites applications for the position of Part-time Systems HPC Specialist at its nationally recognized undergraduate campus in Crete, Nebraska.

This is a 20 hour/week position that will work as part of the ITS team to provide
systems support specific the learning environment, training and computational expertise for High Performance Computing (HPC) and data intensive applications used in coursework and the research activities for the Math and Sciences division.

The position will be physically located in the Lied Math and Sciences building to
facilitate the timely resolution of incidents and requests for support. This is a grant funded position with duration of 2 years; with the opportunity of up to 5 years, pending review.

Job Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree in a related technical, scientific, or engineering discipline; at least 3 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Knowledge of high performance computing systems; scalable, parallel architectures; and basic aspects of the UNIX operating system.
  • Knowledge of advanced data storage technologies and high-speed network interfaces.
  • Ability to make technical design decisions involving software or hardware implementation strategies.
  • Ability to monitor system usage and performance statistics and to understand the impacts of operating system tuning parameters.
  • Working knowledge of one or more high-level programming languages suchas C, C++, or Java.
  • Expert knowledge of one or more scripting languages such as csh, Bash, perl,Python, etc.
  • Skill in the installation and configuration of operating systems and application software.
  • A comprehensive knowledge of Linux operating system internals and multiple high performance computing architectures.
  • Knowledge of advanced problem resolution procedures, testing and evaluation methods, programming tools, and system network security.
  • Ability to assist Faculty and Network Services director in gathering user requirements and planning and designing computer systems.
  • Ability to define proper methods and procedures for the integration, testing, and installation of system modifications.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet firm deadlines when evaluating technical requirements and providing recommendations and solutions.
  • Ability to analyze complex problems, interpret operational needs, and develop integrated, creative solutions.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills.

Doane University is an Equal Opportunities Employer and actively seeks candidates who reflect the diversity of the nation.

Mini-grant Funding Opportunity in Digital Agricultural

March 14, 2017

March 2016 the Division of Computer and Information Systems and Engineering (CISE) of the National Science Foundation (NSF) established four Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs as part of its investment in the 2015 Big Data Research and Development Initiative. The Midwest Big Data Hub (MBDH) – led by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Michigan, Iowa State University, Indiana University, and the University of North Dakota – has identified Digital Agriculture as a primary focal area.

The NSF recently awarded a Midwest “Big Data Spoke” project award to investigators from the University of North Dakota, Iowa State University, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Kansas State University to advance Big Data management and analysis essential to sustainable global food security. One of the objectives of this award is harmonizing and automating big data lifecycles in plant sciences, phenomics, and genomics.

To that end, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Iowa State University are launching a mini-grant funding opportunity to address data challenges associated with digital agriculture.

This opportunity will fund teams to pursue projects of one year in length with one or more of the following expected outcomes:

1. Improved democratization of data

2. Interoperability among projects and resources

3. Reuse of agricultural data sets, databases, and computational resources

We anticipate awarding four awards per year for two years, funding a total of eight teams with grants of up to a maximum of $5,000 each.

Preferred Reporting Outputs:

Refereed publications, white papers, a competitive grant submission, and YouTube How-to Videos.

Two-page Proposal Content:

1. Team Members: Name, title, affiliation, and contact information for each member of the requesting project team.

2. Target Problem: A description of the specific research question(s) that the resources requested will be used to answer and the scientific and societal impacts of the proposed work.

3. Solution Approach: A brief outline of the research approach and how the Big Data Spoke objective of harmonizing and automating big data lifecycles in plant sciences, phenomics, and genomics is integral to the efforts. Include reporting outputs to be crafted.

Additional Required Documents: (not included in the two-page proposal limit)

1. Abstract of your proposal for public posting

2. NSF formatted bios of project team PI/Co-PIs

3. References cited

4. A one-year budget sheet (maximum of $5,000) with brief budget justification. F&A is not allowed for these grants.

Combine all required documents into a single pdf file and submit your proposal at

For questions, contact: Dr. Jennifer Clarke (UNL), jclarke3 at or Dr. Joe Colletti (ISU), colletti at