Volume 2, Issue 1, January 15, 2014
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IDRE Executive Committee Member Alexander Hoffmann to Lead UCLA 'Big Data' Institute

Alexander HoffmanA new research institute at UCLA may eventually provide doctors with tools to more accurately tailor medicines for individual patients, which could both improve the quality of care and minimize the side effects associated with today's medicine.

The Institute for Quantitative and Computational Biosciences, led by Alexander Hoffmann, will employ multidisciplinary research to study how molecules and genes interact. Its goal: unlocking the biological basis of health and disease by tapping the power of big data and computational modeling. Read the full story.

News & Publications


Feedback Requested: National Academy of Science Report on the Future of NSF Advanced Computing

At NSF’s request, the National Research Council published an interim report on the Future of NSF Advanced Computing for Science and Engineering. The interim report is available online and public comment is requested by Jan 31, 2015. Both the report and the public feedback form are available here. XSEDE encourages its user community to contribute to this important discussion.

Graduate Fellowship Opportunity from Blue Waters

Graduate fellowship opportunity from Blue Waters:
  • The Blue Waters Graduate Fellowship is designed to support PhD students who are engaged in a program of study and research that is directly relevant to the use of the Blue Waters supercomputer. Fellowship recipients will receive a stipend of $38,000 for the year-long fellowship and up to a $12,000 tuition allowance.
  • Fellowship applicants should be in the second or third year of their PhD program and engaged in research that can take advantage of the Blue Waters supercomputer. Applicants must be U.S. Citizens or landed immigrants. The application deadline is February 4, 2015.  
To learn more, please click here

Center for Accelerated Application Readiness: Call for Proposals

The Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF) is now accepting proposals for Center for Accelerated Application Readiness (CAAR) partnership projects. The CAAR will establish eight partnership teams to prepare computational science or engineering applications for highly effective use on the OLCF system to be named Summit that will become available to users at the OLCF in 2018. Proposals for CAAR partnerships are due February 20, 2015 and should be sent electronically to Please see this page for the requirements for proposal elements. 


IDRE-related Lectures, Seminars & Colloquia

James Bamford

James Bamford Presentation

In celebration of the UCLA Board on Privacy and Data Protection's 10th anniversary, the Board is hosting an afternoon presentation and reception with expert and decades-long chronicler of the NSA, James Bamford. January 21, 2015 from 2:00 - 5:00 pm in Young Research Library (Main Conference Room YRL). RSVP here. 
Data Protection Seminar

Data Protection Seminar

The seminar will consist of a series of presentations that will cover several topics, including:
1) An overview of campus response to breaches of personal information,
2) Protecting data, devices, and infrastructure
3) Balancing various privacy interests

February 10, 2015 from 8:00 am - 12:00 pm in UCLA Faculty Center (California Room). RSVP here. 

IDRE-related Workshops & Events


EndNote Training

EndNote is the industry standard software tool for publishing and managing bibliographies, citations and references on the Windows and Macintosh desktop. Start the new year right by joining Software Central on January 22, 2015 from 10:00 am - 12:30 pm in the OIT Portal (5628 Math Science Building) for EndNote training.
TITAN supercomputer

National Leadership Class Computing Resources and Opportunities for UCLA Researchers

The aim of this presentation is to explain the capabilities of various leadership class computing facilities in USA. Also it will introduce the opportunities and resources available to UCLA researchers in terms of knowledge base, allocation process as well as in terms of scaling or optimizing their software to better utilize such compute resources.

February 3, 2015 from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm in the OIT Portal (5628 Math Science Building). RSVP here.
Hoffman2 Cluster

Using the Hoffman2 Cluster

This 2-hour session is an introduction on how to use Hoffman2 Cluster. Topics include:
  • Overview of computational resources accessible to the UCLA campus community
  • How to access and log into the Hoffman2 Cluster 
  • How to complete various computational tasks on the Hoffman2 Cluster
  • How to efficiently submit and run jobs on the Hoffman2 Cluster 
February 24, 2015 from 2:00 - 4:00 pm in the OIT Portal (5628 Math Sciences). RSVP here.

Introducing the SIMULIA Academic Suite

Highlights from the SIMULIA Academic Suite, which includes new research and teaching packages with dramatically increased capabilities, will be presented.
February 19, 2015 from 9:00 - 11:00 am in the OIT Portal (5628 Math Sciences Building). RSVP here.
Machine Learning

Machine Learning for Many-Particle Systems

This workshop aims to create novel synergistic collaborations between researchers in two different fields: modeling of many-particle (quantum and classical) systems and machine learning. February 23-27, 2015 at IPAM.
Symmetry and Topology in Quantum Matter

Symmetry and Topology in Quantum Matter

This interdisciplinary workshop will bring together theoretical physicists and mathematicians to discuss symmetric topological phases and TQFTs, with a goal of forging productive new interactions between these communities. January 26-30, 2015 at IPAM.

Grant & Funding Opportunities

Open Funding Opportunities
Google Doc highlighting open grant and funding opportunities applicable to the IDRE community.
Archived Funding Opportunities
Google Doc of archived grant and funding opportunities applicable to the IDRE community.
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