October 1, 2020

October 2020 Newsletter


Recent Developments in Archaeology with Willeke Wendrich 

This month we catch up with Willeke Wendrich, HASIS Committee member, on some of the technology, developments, and highlights in the field of Archaeology.

Wendrich is editor in chief of the UCLA Encyclopedia of Egyptology (UEE), an online database for archaeologists. She also serves as Director of the Cotsen Institute of Archeology

According to Wendrich, both archeological recording and reconstruction techniques have been made increasingly more digital. Thanks to new technology, there has been an overall shift away from destructive archaeology.

But it doesn’t stop there. She also notes that there is a cultural shift in how archeology is conducted.

Subsequently, Wendrich explains that there’s also an active effort to stimulate researchers away from the impressionist way of description to a more dynamic and data-centric publication of archeology.

“We want authors to not think of a publication as something that is fixed but something that's that should be used. We do that by making spreadsheets, databases, and interactive mapping available online as part of our publications”, Wendrich remarks.


Read the full article on IDRE's website.


Search for new IDRE Director

UCLA logoThe University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) invites nominations and applications for the next director of the Institute for Digital Research and Education (IDRE). 

The director of IDRE is a part-time appointment structured similarly to other campus leadership positions that also include chairing a large campus board.

For full consideration, applications should be received by October 9, 2020. Candidates will be expected to submit a cover letter, a current CV, and brief statements on research and teaching accomplishments related to digitally enabled research and education, priorities for IDRE, and past, present, or planned commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.

Interested faculty can reach the IDRE leadership team directly at or fill out this form

Read the full details on the IDRE website.

One Day at a Time: A UCLA Oral History

Empty Campus

Annelie Rugg, HASIS Committee member, commented on her experience during the pandemic with UCLA newsroom. 

"The pandemic opened eyes to the possibilities of technologies, where in the past there were other priorities. We, as staff,... have to do the best we can and give each other permission to figure it out and to be human. Though we’re dispersed, we’re getting to know each other better as people than we did when we were all in the office", Rugg said. 

Read the full UCLA newsroom article.

Professors collaborate U.S. border humanitarian group documentary

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With their short film “Águilas", Kristy Guevara-Flanagan, a documentary filmmaker and professor at the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television, and Maite Zubiaurre, HASIS Committee member, put a spotlight on the U.S. border humanitarian group. 

Guevara-Flanagan recently spoke to UCLA newsroom about the film and the work of the organization.

Read the full UCLA newsroom interview.

UCLA added to AMD COVID-19 HPC fund

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AMD teams up with Penguin Computing to gift high-performance computing (HPC) systems for pandemic research at research institutions. 

Part of this donation from AMD will be hosted at IDRE’s Hoffman2 shared cluster. 

"UCLA is grateful for the generous gift from AMD, which will make an important impact on our research at UCLA. We have numerous research groups working on diverse aspects of the Covid-19 problem, from epidemiology to molecular studies aimed at developing therapeutics and vaccines", said Todd Yeates, director of the UCLA-DOE Institute for Genomics and Proteomic. 

Read the full article at AMD.

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QCB Collaboratory Interactive Workshops

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
Registration for workshops is now open!

Intro to Unix Oct 6 - 8 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Intro to Python Oct 6 - 8 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Using NGS Analysis Tools Oct 13 - 15 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Advance Python Oct 13 - 15 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Intro to MATLAB Oct 20 - 22 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Intro to R Oct 27 - 29 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Library Prep for NGS Oct 27 - 29 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

All times listed are in PST. 

For more workshops, check out QCB workshops page. 

TACC HPC on Frontera Training Series 

This October, Texas Advanced Computing Center is offering training on High Performance Computing (HPC) and parallel programming for Frontera on three separate days. 

Day 1 (10/15) - Parallel programming with OpenMP. 
Day 2 (10/22) - MPI
Day 3 (10/29) - Parallel I/O, HPC tools, debugging, profiling, and best practices on TACC machines

Each day will have a hands-on component (lab) that will be conducted on Frontera. These training sessions will be available to remote attendees via webcast. 

For registration, check out the TACC learning portal. 

MathWorks Webinars

Join MathWorks for their series of live webinar events:

Regulatory Compliance and V&V Workflows for Hearing Aid Development
Oct 1 @ 1:00 AM
Static Analysis for Security and DevOps with Polyspace
Oct 1 @ 3:00 AM
MATLAB for Open Science
Oct 13 @ 2:45 AM
Virtual Commissioning using Simulink – Part 2: Virtual Commissioning
Oct 13 @ 6:30 PM
Solving ODEs and PDEs in MATLAB
Oct 15 @ 2:45 AM
Dealing with Cyber Security Challenges in Embedded System Designs
Oct 15 @ 3:00 AM
Bridging the Gap Between Systems Engineers' Architecture Models and Model-Based Design
Oct 15 @ 6:00 AM

Analyzing Experimental Data and Making Pretty Plots in MATLAB
Oct 19 @ 2:45 AM
Algorithm Design for Hearing Aid Development
Oct 20 @ 1:00 AM
Build Something - MATLAB and Simulink for Hardware Projects
Oct 20 @ 11:00 AM
Image Processing Made Easy
Oct 21 @ 11:00 AM
Rapid Prototyping for Hearing Aid Development
Oct 22 @ 1:00 AM
Assessing your Requirements-Based Testing according to ISO 26262
Oct 22 @ 11:00 AM
RF Transceiver Design and Antenna Integration
Oct 23 @ 11:00 AM
Deploy Deep Neural Networks to NVIDIA GPUs and CPUs from Simulink using GPU Coder
Oct 27 @ 11:00 AM
Transforming the Process Industries Through AI
Oct 27 @ 7:00 AM
Systems Engineering – Design and Analyze System and Software Architectures
Oct 28 @ 2:00 AM
Advanced Statistics and Optimization
Oct 28 @ 2:45 AM
Using Simulink to Develop Grid-Tied Solar Inverter Controls
Oct 28 @ 11:00 AM
Coding standard compliance - faster and more efficient with Polyspace
Oct 29 @ 4:00 AM


October 15 @ 10:00 AM
October 19 @ 1:00 - 4:00 PM
October 20 @ 2:00 - 4:00 PM
October 20 @ 10:00 AM

All sessions are in PST. 
October 26 @ 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Oct 27 @ 10:00 AM
Oct 29 @ 9:00 - 11:00
Oct 29 @10:00 AM




Current Opportunities

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