November 2, 2020

November 2020 Newsletter


Come join the first UC-Wide GIS week long event!

The UC GIS Week committee is proud to announce the first UC-wide GIS Week. Join us for a 3-day virtual conference which celebrates the GIS work of the University of California faculty, staff, students, and alumni. The University of California system is holding an inaugural UC GIS Week on November 17th – 19th, 2020.

We will celebrate all things mapping and geospatial. In light of the challenging times, we are coming together virtually to share our work with our community. Researchers, students, industry partners, alumni, and community mappers, will share their accomplishments and inspire others through their mapping. For the full details about this event, visit the UC GIS Week page.

For additional information, visit the event page.


IDRE and Social Sciences Computing to release the HateCrimeMap 

Screen image of the hate crimes map created by the UCLA American Indian Studies CenterAfter 2 years long years of work, the American Indian Studies Center (AISC), in partnership with IDRE and Social Sciences Computing, are proud to release the interactive HateCrimeMap.
This tool has been created to assist in collecting reports and statistics for hate-based assault and crime.
The map was designed by Albert Kochaphum, Campus GIS Coordinator. He supervised the work of Chris Lam, an undergrad programmer for the UCLA College Social Sciences computing department. Research assistants were also hired by AISC combed through online news databases to compile the original dataset.


UCLA pioneer faster, cheaper COVID-19 testing

Covid Testing

Collaboration between UCLA researchers and a UCLA-founded startup has developed new COVID-19 testing technology. Designed for scale, SwabSeq can test nasal and oral COVID-19 testing samples and return results in 12 - 24 hours. 

“SwabSeq is highly scalable because it leverages two decades of advances in genomic sequencing technology,” said Eleazar Eskin, IDRE Board member, who was part of the research team that the developed the new platform. “Using SwabSeq, a relatively small lab can process tens of thousands of samples per day.”


Study suggests enhanced common blood test could predict adverse pregnancy outcomes

Blood test
This collaborative study which involved Matteo Pellegrini, IDRE Board member, has discovered a blood test commonly used to detect fetal genetic abnormalities can be modified to help predict complications associated with pregnancy before any symptoms develop.

If confirmed, this may help identify issues in the placenta as an indicator of a healthy mother and fetus leading to improved future testing and screening for all women. 



COVID-19 Fact Check: Origins of "2 Millions Saved" 

False Politifact meterPresident Donald Trump has repeatedly claimed to have saved 2 million lives from COVID-19 through his actions to combat the disease. However, this is false. 

Andrea Bertozzi, IDRE Board member, explained that this figure was derived from a modeling scenario that would almost certainly never happened — which is that neither the government nor individuals would change their behavior at all in light of COVID-19.

The study didn’t mean to say 2.2 million people were absolutely going to die, but rather to say, “Hold on, if we let this thing run its course, bad things could happen,” said Bertozzi. 




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

For more workshops, check out QCB workshops page. 

Registration for workshops is now open!

Nov 3, 4, and 5 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM   
Digital Imaging Processing with Python 
Nov 9, 10, and 12  9:00 AM - 12:00 PM 

Single-Cell RNA-Seq with Python
Nov 9, 10, and 12  1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Metagenomics Analysis with Python and R
Nov 17, 18, and 19 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Intro to Modern Statistics with R
Nov 17, 18, and 19 @ 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Careers in Computational Biology 
Nov. 20 @ 2 PM   

DNA Methylation Analysis with R and Unix
Nov 23, 24, and 25 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

RNA-seq I Analysis – Measuring gene expressions from RNA-seq data
Nov 23, 24, and 25 @ 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM


MathWorks Webinars
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Join MathWorks for their series of live webinar event

All times listed are in PDT 

Nov 3 @ 1:45 AM
Nov 4 @ 2:00 AM
Nov 4 @ 6:00 AM
Nov 4 @ 8:00 AM
Nov 5 @ 1:00 AM
Nov 5 @ 1:30 AM
Nov 5 @ 5:00 AM
Nov 6 @ 1:30 AM
Nov 7 @ 1:30 AM
Nov 9 @ 5:30 PM
Nov 10 @ 2:00 AM
Nov 10 @ 6:00 AM
Nov 11 @ 1:30 AM
Nov 11 @ 6:00 AM
Nov 11 @ 8:00 AM
Nov 12 @ 7:00 AM
Nov 13 @ 11:00 AM
Nov 17 @ 11:00 AM
Nov 18 @ 3:00 AM
Nov 18 @ 7:00 AM
Nov 18 @ 7:00 AM
Nov 19 @ 1:00 AM
Nov 19 @ 1:45 AM
Nov 19 @ 2:00 AM
Nov 19 @ 11:00 AM
Nov 19 @ 8:00 AM
Nov 20 @ 11:00 AM
Nov 23 @ 1:45 AM
Nov 24 @ 11:00 AM
Nov 24 @ 7:00 AM
Nov 25 @ 1:30 AM
Nov 25 @ 6:00 AM
Nov 25 @ 6:00 AM
Nov 26 @ 1:00 AM
Nov 26 @ 1:30 AM
Nov 28 @ 1:30 AM


Monday, November 2 @ 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Monday, November 2 @ 10:00 - 12:00pm
Tuesday, November 3 @ 10:00 AM
Thursday, November 5 @ 10:00 AM
Monday, November 9 @ 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Tuesday, November 10 @ 10:00 AM
Thursday, November 12 @ 10:00 AM
Tuesday, November 17 @ 2:00 - 4:00 PM
Tuesday, November 17 @ 9:00 AM
November 17, 2020 - November 19, 2020
Tuesday, November 24 @ 9:00 AM

All sessions are in PST. 



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:

11/2/2020 - Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Research Initiation Initiative

11/2/2020 - NASA Space Technology Graduate Research Opportunities – Fall 2021

11/4/2020 - NSF/VMware Partnership on The Next Generation of Sustainable Digital Infrastructure

11/6/2020 - Advancing HIV/AIDS Research through Computational Neuroscience FOA

11/8/2020 - Development of Innovative Informatics Methods and Algorithms for Cancer Research and Management

11/10/2020 - PFE: Research Initiation in Engineering Formation

Subscribe to other IDRE mailing lists to stay up-to-date with the latest news and research opportunities:

11/12/2020 - Harnessing the Data Revolution: Coordination Hub 

11/12/2020 - Computer and Information Science and Engineering: Core Programs

11/12/2020 - Scientific Infrastructure Support for Consolidated Innovative Nuclear Research

11/12/2020 - Genomic Data Analysis Network: Genomic Data Center

11/12/2020 - Multi-disciplinary Machine-assisted, Genomic Analysis and Clinical Approaches to Shortening the Rare Diseases Diagnostic Odyssey

11/12/2020 - University Student Research Challenge

11/16/2020 - Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering

To submit events, resources, funding opportunities or other news for possible inclusion in the next newsletter, please email

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