February 4, 2021

February 2021 Newsletter


UCLA awarded grant from the National Institutes of Health

David Wong and Alexander Hoffmann
UCLA has been awarded a grant of more than $1.6 million from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, a division of the National Institutes of Health.

The five-year grant will enable UCLA to expand its Bruins-in-Genomics Summer Undergraduate Research Program (BIG) to conduct research and learn the latest data analysis techniques and skills.

"The 21st century has seen a huge surge in the pace at which data is being collected in all areas of life sciences. Life scientists are unlocking the biological basis of health and disease by tapping the power of big data and computational modeling," said Alexander Hoffmann, IDRE Board member. 

Hoffmann initiated BIG Summer in 2015, and since the beginning of the program, he has worked with Matteo Pellegrini, IDRE Board member, and Hilary Coller, professors of MCDB; Jeanette Papp, adjunct professor of human genetics; and Eleazar Eskin, IDRE Board member.

Google workers unionize, a watershed in Silicon Valley activism

Google headquartersMore than 400 workers across Google and other units of Google’s parent Alphabet Inc. have signed up for the union, which has been quietly in the works for about a year, people involved or familiar with its organization said. 

"It would probably be difficult for employees in a company as large as Google to reach a critical mass of workers and hold elections for a traditional union straight away," said Toby Higbie, HASIS Committee Member.

“These minority unions only pan out if they’re member driven,” he said. “If people in the workplace see the organization as valuable to them as a representative, that’s the thing that will drive the union forward," he added. 


Using Anaconda to manage packages on Hoffman2 Cluster
Feb 4 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Retiring Statistical Significance: Interpreting and Reporting P - Values and Confidence Intervals 
Feb 8 @ 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Feb 8 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
All times listed are in PST
Monday, March 1 @ 2:00 - 4:00pm 
Introduction to Photogrammetry and Mobile LiDAR Scanning
Tuesday, March 2 @ 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Multiple Imputation in R
Monday, March 8 @ 1:00 - 4:00 pm


XSEDE Workshops

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XSEDE (Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment) offers training classes to teach users how to maximize their productivity and learn new technologies for using XSEDE services.

These training classes focus on systems and software supported by the XSEDE Service Providers. Below you will see a course catalog of current and future courses.

XSEDE Webinar: Performance Tuning and Single Processor Optimization
February 18 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM PST
March 3, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM PST 

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

Advanced Cytoscape 

Feb. 2- 4 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Single-Cell RNA-Seq with Python 
Feb. 9-11 @ 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Metagenomics Analysis with Python and R 
Feb. 16-18 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Intro to Modern Statistics with R 
Feb. 16-18 @ 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
DNA Methylation Analysis with R and Unix 
Feb. 23-25 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

RNA-seq I Analysis 
Feb. 23-25 @ 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Mar. 2 - 3 @ 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Mar. 2 - 3 @ 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Mar. 9 - 11 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

MathWorks Webinars
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Join MathWorks for their series of live webinar event

Software Design for Medical Devices
Feb 2-4 @ TBD
Improving PWM Resolution for Real-Time Power Electronics
Feb 23 @ 1:30 PM
Deep Learning and Machine Learning for Signal Processing Applications
Feb 24 @ 1:30 PM
Real-Time Testing & Hardware-in-the-Loop with MATLAB/Simulink
Feb 25 @ TBD
RF Power Amplifier Behavioral Modeling using MATLAB
Feb 26 @ 1:30 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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