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Science Gateways Bootcamp in Chicago, August 2018

June 19, 2018

What Science Gateways Bootcamp

Where:  Chicago, IL

When:  August 13-17, 2018

Free Bootcamp Application deadline: June 29

The Bootcamp is offered at no cost to selected participants. Breakfast, lunch, and some dinners will be provided. Attendees will need to pay for travel, hotel, and remaining dinners.

Apply here

Want to learn gateway-building, from start to finish?

Our Incubator-organized Bootcamp is a week-long, intensive workshop for leaders of gateways who want to further develop and scale their work. Participants will engage in hands-on activities to help them articulate the value of their work to key stakeholders and to create a strong development, operations, and sustainability plan. Workshop participants will work closely with one another and, as a result, have the opportunity to network and establish relationships with people who are engaging in similar activities. There is no cost to participate in the Bootcamp, but you must apply before the deadline.

Who should apply?
Teams of project leaders are strongly encouraged to apply. Teams should include both the project “owner” and the tech lead. The person attending as the “owner” may be the project’s Principal Investigator, or the business owner or entrepreneurial lead. Having a technical background is not required. If there is a third person you would like to include, please include this in your application.

Virtual Residency Summer Workshop on INTERMEDIATE Research Computing Facilitation

June 15, 2018

Does your institution have lots of researchers and educators who want to use advanced computing, but need some help learning how?

You or someone at your institution can learn to be more effective at helping researchers and educators use Research Cyberinfrastructure (CI)!

REGISTRATION COST: FREE (You AREN’T REQUIRED to have taken an Introductory workshop from 2015, 2016 or 2017 to take the 2018 Intermediate workshop.)

When: Sun Aug 5 (dinnertime) – Fri Aug 10 (dinnertime) 2018
Where: University of Oklahoma Norman campus, LIVE onsite OR LIVE remotely via videoconferencing!


Contact: Henry Neeman (

Please feel free to forward this to anyone who may be interested and appropriate.

This is a great way to get better at a career in helping researchers use research computing.

It’s also a great way to meet a community of fellow research computing facilitators.

Taking into account the Introductory workshops in 2015, 2016 and 2017, and a couple of mini-workshops run separately by the U California system, the Virtual Residency workshops have already served 188 institutions in 51 US states and territories and 5 other countries, including:

  • 27 Minority Serving Institutions;
  • 32 non-PhD-granting institutions;
  • 58 institutions in 24 of the 26 EPSCoR jurisdictions;
  • 130 of 251 Campus Champion institutions;
  • in the US News rankings of national universities:
    •  7 of the Top 10 (70%),
    • 17 of the Top 25 (68%),
    • 32 of the Top 50 (64%),
    • 57 of the Top 100 (57%),
    • 84 of the Top 150 (56%),
    • 97 of the Top 200 (48%).

Clarifying, since this question has come up in the past:

You *DON’T* have to any affiliation with the Clemson-led ACI-REF/CaRC effort, in order to participate in the 2018 Virtual Residency — though of course anyone in that group is welcome to apply!

The workshop will begin Sunday evening with a a welcome/introductory session. We’ll then run all day each day for the full week, finishing Friday around suppertime.



Objectives: Intermediate VR workshop participants will develop the
following skills and capabilities:

1. In-depth CI expertise in areas of rapidly changing technology,
because effective CI Facilitators need to stay abreast of emerging
trends in computational technologies, techniques, and applications.

2. CI leadership, because these Facilitators are, or will soon be,
taking institutional CI leadership roles.

3. Funding acquisition skills, because (a) the Facilitators will be
better able to support their PIs due to having experience with, and
therefore an understanding of, a key component of the research process,
and (b) such skills will position them to move into CI leadership roles.

4. Outreach strategies, techniques, and skills, because of the need
to reach and serve an ever-growing and increasingly diverse population
of STEM (and non-STEM) researchers.

5. Communication skills, because understanding researcher and team
needs drives CI Facilitator success.

Content: (corresponding to the Objectives, above)

1. CI Expertise: Visualization; high performance filesystems;
debugging and tuning parallel software; containers; resource planning;
data protection; national CI ecosystem (XSEDE, OSG, NERSC, etc).

2. CI Leadership: Strategic thinking; visioning; recruitment and
retention; management; team-building; motivation; advocacy; community
development; contribution at the national level.

3. Budgeting & Grantsmanship: (i) Internally by learning effective
budget justification/cost saving measures and establishing strategic
partnerships; (ii) externally by exploring the landscape of funding,
funding agencies, and strategies for proposal success.

4. Outreach: Identifying target populations and broadening the
constituency; crafting pitches that appeal to particular stakeholders;
methods for reaching specific populations; use of social media.

5. Communication: Interpersonal skills; collaboration; negotiation;
assessing researcher needs and concerns; developing success metrics.

Annual Meeting Pictures

June 5, 2018

Easan Sylvan, Bryan Kinnan, and Bryan Fitsgerald gave a panel
“ITAR in the Cloud, It Can be Done.”

Brian Moore’s “HPC themed REU at South Dakota State University”

James Deaton at the GPN Research Platform BoF

Scott Chevalier taught at Friday’s FIONette Workshop.

George Robb III taught and did a lot of work for Friday’s FIONette Workshop

NSF DCL: Scalable Cyberinfrastructure to Accelerate Data-Driven Science and Engineering Research

May 21, 2018

More information:

In 2016, NSF unveiled a set of “Big Ideas” – 10 research ideas that identify areas for investment at the frontiers of science and engineering. Among them was the Harnessing the Data Revolution for 21st Century Science and Engineering (HDR).

Through this Dear Colleague Letter (DCL), the Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC) encourages submission of proposals to the Cyberinfrastructure for Emerging Science and Engineering Research (CESER) program for scalable data-driven cyberinfrastructure (CI).

Successful exemplars will demonstrate capabilities that:

  • Address one or more major identified science and engineering research challenges, particularly in support of NSF Big Ideas;
  • Capitalize upon existing NSF investments in data CI, NSF MMURF, and data research;
  • Have the potential to rapidly expand or scale capacity and impact within 18 months; and
  • Substantially augment scientific impacts within the period of the award.

Examples of potential topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Incorporating streaming data, intelligent data delivery, and real-time feedback loops between data collection and processing to enable design of smart infrastructures and provision of real-time information for better analysis, visualization, and discovery; and
  • Enriching scientific value of community data via integration of diverse and distributed datasets from multiple instruments in novel ways to enhance processing, analysis, sharing, and new science pathways.