Volume 3, Issue 1, January 21, 2016
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Computational Tools Could Change the Way Sleep Apnea is Treated
Imagine that before performing surgery doctors could consult software that would determine the actual effectiveness of the procedure before even lifting a scalpel. With the use of a computational model of the human airway being developed by Dr. Jeff D. Eldredge, a professor at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at UCLA, for people who suffer from sleep apnea such a scenario may be more than just an imagining.

Previously, Eldredge had been working on creating models that simulated the interactions between blood and vessel walls with Dr. Shao-Ching Huang from the UCLA Institute for Digital Research and Education (IDRE), which funded development of the computational tools for the project. He said that previous work was the impetus for his current work, which focuses on the problem of sleep apnea,  or the repetitive or partial obstruction of the airway during sleep that can lead to problems including high blood pressure, stroke, and heart failure. Read the full story here

Dr. Eldredge of the UCLA School of Engineering and Applied Sciences developed tools that map the upper airway of patients and could help treat sleep apnea. 

News & Publications

Volunteers Needed! Tech Speed Dating for Data Privacy Month 

In celebration of Data Privacy Month, BruinTech has partnered with the Office of the Chief Privacy Officer to put on a privacy-themed Tech Speed Dating Event. The event will take place on Thursday, February 11, 2016 from 10-12 PM in YRL, Main Conference Room

For those who are not familiar with the Tech Speed Dating format, it is an event aimed at enhancing IT literacy and innovation amongst UCLA Staff. Staff are introduced to collaboration and productivity tools in 10-minute intervals that will help save them hours in their daily work. Volunteers will have 10 minutes to explain what a particular productivity tool can do, give a brief demo, and show people how to get started. 

Please let me know if you are able to come demo any of the tools in the following Doodle poll: Feel free to check multiple tools if you don't have a preference on what to present. 

A description of the tools is below: 
  • Password Management (Lastpass). Show people the password management tool Lastpass. 
  • Social media settings. Show people how to change their privacy settings on LinkedIn/Facebook.
  • Ad blockers. Talk to people about Adblockers such as Disconnect, a tool compatible with Chrome, Firefox, Opera and Safari that aims to keep you in control of your personal info by blocking all tracking requests. 
  • Browser settings. Show people how to change their browser privacy settings. 
  • Setting up a VPN at UCLA
  • Laptop theft recovery. Talk to people about Front Door software. 
  • Smartphone settings. Show people how to change the privacy settings on their smartphones. 
  • UCLA cloud service offerings. Talk about privacy and allowable data storage on cloud services, like Box and Google Apps. 
Please fill out the poll by next Friday, January 29th. I will send out a confirmation with the list of volunteers and tools after they have been selected. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. 

Stefanie Pietkiewicz
Project Manager, Community Partnership Programs 
UCLA Office of Information Technology 
IDRE-Related Lectures, Seminars & Colloquia

Partial Order: Mathematics, Simulations and Applications

Partially ordered materials, between the conventional solid and liquid phases of matter, are ubiquitous in nature. Examples include liquid crystals and complex fluids, glassy matter, the cell cytoskeleton, and vibrated granular media. The theory of partial order not only presents cutting-edge mathematical challenges but can also be transformative for materials science and nano-technology. This workshop has three central themes: the mathematics, modeling, and simulation of (i) liquid crystals and complex fluids, (ii) bio-materials, and (iii) nano-materials and will feature invited talks in equilibrium and non-equilibrium phenomena for these materials, their singularities, numerical methods, and new experiments. As such, the workshop promises to be a unique platform for consolidating new and exciting ideas from different research communities in the field and formulate new plans for long-lasting collaboration. 

This workshop will include a poster session; a request for poster titles will be sent to registered participants in advance of the workshop. 

January 25-29, 2016 at the UCLA Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics.
IDRE-Related Workshops & Events

High Performance Computing Courses

We are excited to announce the following free courses for the Winter Quarter 2016: 

Using Hoffman2 Cluster:

  • February 2 from 2-4 p.m. in 5628 Math Sciences, IDRE Portal

Computing Environment on Linux - I:

  • February 4 from 1-3pm in 5628 Math Sciences, IDRE Portal  

Computing Environment on Linux - II:

  • February 16 from 1-3pm in 5628 Math Sciences, IDRE Portal  

Profiling - Code clinic session:

  • February 24 from 1-3 pm in 5907 Math Sciences 

National Leadership Class Computing Resources and Opportunities for UCLA Researchers

  • March 1 from 1-3 pm in 5628 Math Sciences, IDRE Portal

To RSVP for the courses or more information, please go to the IDRE calendar page here. 

SCaLE 14X Expo

TheSCaLE 14X is the 14th annual Southern California Linux Expo taking place on January 21-24, 2016 at the Pasadena Convention Center. As the first-of-the-year Linux/Open Source software expo in North America, SCaLE 14X expects to host 150 exhibitors this year, along with nearly 130 sessions, tutorials, and special events. 

SCaLE is the largest community-run open-source and free software conference in North America and is held annually in Los Angeles.

Notable keynote speakers this year include Cory Doctorow on Friday, January 22nd and Mark Shuttleworth on Saturday, January 23rd. Register here

January 21-24, 2016 at the Pasadena Convention Center.

IDRE Stat Consulting Group 

The goal of the UCLA IDRE Statistical Consulting Group is to help UCLA faculty, staff, and graduate students perform top-notch research, with the greatest emphasis on data analysis related to grants and publications, but also including dissertation research. We provide advice and resources to enable you to develop and/or extend your statistical computing skills, helping you to independently use common statistical packages for the analysis of your research.

Walk-in consulting is in Math Sciences 4919. See our online schedule for days and hours.

Grant & Funding Opportunities

UCLA Office of Information Technology
Institute for Digital Research and Education
310-825-6635 |
5308 Math Sciences
Box 951557, Mail Code 155705
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1557

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