NIH Announces Additional Funding Opportunities under BD2K

by Ann Drobnis April 24th, 2014
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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has announced three additional funding opportunities focused on training under the Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Initiative.  The BD2K Initiative is a new major trans-NIH initiative that aims to support advances in data science, other quantitative sciences, policy, and training that are needed for the effective use of Big Data in biomedical research. The new […]

National Science Foundation Research Traineeship Program has a Focus on Data Science

by Ann Drobnis April 22nd, 2014
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The National Science Foundation (NSF) has revamped the Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) Program.  It is now called the National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program.  Like IGERT, NRT programs are supposed to develop graduate STEM training programs which will give students the skills, knowledge and competencies needed for a full range of STEM careers.  One key […]

High Performance Computing System Acquisition: Continuing the Building of a More Inclusive Computing Environment for Science and Engineering

by Shar Steed April 21st, 2014
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The National Science Foundation has issued a new program solicitation for High Performance Computing System Acquisition: Continuing the Building of a More Inclusive Computing Environment for Science and Engineering. “The intent of this solicitation is to request proposals from organizations willing to serve as Resource Providers within the NSF eXtreme Digital (XD) program.  The current solicitation is […]

CCC Council Member Mark Hill featured in NSF video

by Ann Drobnis April 18th, 2014
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Computing Community Consortium (CCC) Council Member Mark Hill was featured by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in their “Discoveries”.  Hill’s work on the efficiencies in computer architecture is described in the article titled Shaving Nanoseconds from Racing Processors. The computer is one of the most complex machines ever devised and most of us only ever interact with its simplest features. […]

MIT’s Alex Pentland on Big Data in The New York Times

by Ann Drobnis April 16th, 2014
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In an article published on The New York Times’ website yesterday, the newspaper’s technology writer Steve Lohr discusses Alex Pentland’s new book, “Social Physics: How Good Ideas Spread – The Lesson From a New Science.” Pentland is the Director of the MIT Human Dynamics Laboratory which pioneered the idea of a society enabled by Big Data. One of the key lessons in his book […]

Exciting College Courses

by Ann Drobnis April 14th, 2014
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This weekend, The New York Times had an article titled 10 Courses With a Twist by Laura Pappano.  Pappano describes that institutions of higher education are changing their models and putting more emphasis on teaching, making the learning experience not just be for the sake of the course, but applicable to life. Students still file into lecture halls and […]