March 5, 2021

March 2021 Newsletter


*Using Mathematics to Forecast the Spread of Infectious Diseases

David Wong and Alexander HoffmannUCLA mathematician and physicist Mason A. Porter and his colleagues authored an expository article for teenagers and preteens to introduce them to mathematical modeling of epidemics and to discuss its applications to COVID-19.

The article explains how the results of analyzing mathematical models can influence government policies and human behavior, such as by encouraging mask wearing and physical distancing to help slow the spread of a disease.

"The current COVID-19 pandemic illustrates the importance of the mathematical modeling of infectious diseases. Mathematical and computational approaches allow people to make progress toward reducing the spread of a disease while researchers develop vaccines and treatments. They also help efforts to design interventions and vaccination programs."  is one of the important points that is mentioned in the article.

* The text clarifies that it is an expository article for teenagers and preteens - sincere apologies for the mistake. 


Multiple Imputation in R
Monday, March 8 @ 1:00 - 4:00 pm

All times listed are in PST


Penn State Institute for Computational and Data Sciences - Symposium on Data Science and Diversity

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This symposium is being organized by Penn State’s Institute for Computational and Data Sciences (ICDS), and co-sponsored by Penn State’s Office of the Vice Provost for Educational Equity and the Center for Social Data Analytics.
ICDS Symposium: Harnessing the Data Revolution to Enhance Diversity
March 16-17
1:00-3:30 p.m. ET
Virtual Symposium
Registration required
Ten speakers from around the U.S. will give 15-minute presentations about a range of topics, including several programs designed to increase diversity in areas including faculty promotion and tenure, student retention, and more.

QCB Collaboratory Interactive Workshops

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The Institute for Quantitative and Computational Biosciences Collaboratory presents interactive workshops tailored for life science and biomedical researchers of all backgrounds and levels. These workshops are free of charge to UCLA faculty, staff, affiliates, and students. 

Furthermore, UCLA graduate students are eligible for course credit via the Applied Bioinfo Course
Mar. 9 -10 @ 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

MathWorks Webinars
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Join MathWorks for their series of live webinar event

Utility Asset Condition Monitoring and Predictive Maintenance Using Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence
Mar 2 @ 5:00 PM
WLAN Physical Layer Modelling with MATLAB
Mar 11 @ TBD
Raytracing 5G Multi-user Simulation
Mar 11 @ TBD
Developing DC-DC Converter Controls
Mar 11 @ TBD
Linking the Species to Grow Dynamic Population Models with MATLAB
Mar 15 @ 6:00 PM

All times listed are in PST

PEARC21 Conference - Call for Participation

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Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) is hosting the Practice and Experience in Advanced Research Computing (PEARC 21) conference series virtually from July 18-22, 2021. 

The ACM PEARC21 Technical Program Committee (TPC) invites you to submit technical content proposals.
Submissions may address any topic related to advanced research computing and data, but topics consistent with one or more of the following three technical tracks are of particular interest.

These conferences will explore the current practice and experience in advanced research computing including workforce development, training, diversity, applications and software, and systems and software. 



Current Opportunities

Learn about grant and funding opportunities on the IDRE and OVCR (Office of the Vice Chancellor of Research) websites.

Agencies included on the IDRE grants and funding opportunities webpage:

Upcoming Grants Due:


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