Volume 1, Issue 5, May 13, 2014
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Research Hits Close to Home
for GIS Expert Yoh Kawano

Yoh Kawano presents research“If you’re passionate about a cause, an event, something in your life that has had a profound impact on you, you should try to see if there’s a good research agenda to that,” said Campus GIS Coordinator Yoh Kawano, when asked to give his best piece of advice to young researchers beginning their careers.

Kawano has undoubtedly followed his own guidance. A native of Japan, Kawano was deeply and personally affected by the Great Tohoku Earthquake, which struck his homeland in 2011. After the disaster, Kawano shifted his research focus to the East Asian island nation he calls home. He began investigating how Japanese citizens utilized social media to cope with the crisis and retrieve critical information. He was also inspired to jump on board a research project initiated by Niigata University to monitor radiation levels in the area impacted by the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant. ​

Click here to read the full story and learn more about Kawano's research in Japan.

News & Publications

Data Intensive Summer School

The Data Intensive Summer School focuses on the skills needed to manage, process and gain insight from large amounts of data. This course, hosted virtually by UCLA-IDRE, is free for UCLA researchers/students. June 30 - July 2, 2014 in 5628 Math Science Building.

XSEDE HPC Summer Bootcamp

This 4 day event will include MPI, OpenMP, OpenACC and accelerators. We will conclude with a special hybrid exercise contest that will challenge the students to apply their skills over the following 3 weeks and be awarded the First Annual XSEDE Summer Boot Camp Championship Trophy. June 24 - June 27 in 5907 Math Sciences.  Sign up here.

Mobility and Modern Web Conference

The second annual Mobility and Modern Web Conference will take place September 17-19, 2014 at UCLA. Hosted by the UCLA Office of Information Technology, it will feature two days of exciting sessions, followed by a day of hands-on workshops, covering the latest trends of the modern web, including modern web technologies, interoperability, data collection, and gamification.

UC ReX: A UC Shared Data Resource

UC Research eXchange and its UC ReX Data Explorer tool have launched, now providing researchers and specialists access to cohort counts derived from de-identified clinical data collected at the point of care to improve medical care and advance research. Follow the link for informational webinar and eligibility.

UCLA Software Central - Discounted Software

Software Central manages UCLA-wide agreements for discounts on the software products and services commonly used in support of teaching and research. The first place to check for your software needs.



HPC and Statistical Computing Class Materials

Did you miss one of our workshops in high performance computing or statistical computing? Check out the lecture slides to get the information you missed:

Intro to Parallel Computing and OpenMP
Introduction to MPI
Running Parallel Jobs Efficiently

IDRE-related Lectures, Seminars & Colloquia

Training: Introduction to Bioinformatics

Training: Introduction to Bioinformatics

UCLA Computer Science professor Eleazar Eskin will: 1) Give an overview of genomic research 2) Discuss the basic concepts of computational genetic techniques and 3) Offer a roadmap of resources for learning more about and conducting genomic studies. May 20 from 1:30 - 3:00 pm in the Hollywood Video Conference Room (CHS 17 - 187). Register for 'Intro to Bioinformatics' talk.
Training: Machine Learning

Training: Advanced Topics & Machine Learning

Corey Arnold PhD and William Hsu PhD will introduce machine learning, describe natural language processing, and offer practical tools for predictive modeling. May 27 from 1:30 - 3:00 pm at the UCLA Hollywood Video Conference Room (CHS 17-187).
Training: Data Collection & Analysis

Training: Data Collection & Analysis

David Elashoff Ph.D. and Sitaram Vangala MS will:
  • Discuss considerations prior to entering data collection phase
  • Describe how REDCap can be used to facilitate data collection
  • Demonstrate how patient cohorts can be found using UC Rex
May 22 from 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm in the Hollywood Video Conference Room (CHS 16-145).
Training: Machine Learning

The R User Conference 2014

The annual useR! international R User conference is the main meeting of the R user and developer community. Its program consists of both invited and user-contributed presentations. The 2014 conference will be held at UCLA from June 30-July 3. The registration deadline is May 25.
Training: Machine Learning

Harness the Power of GPU's: Introduction to GPGPU Programming

Harness the Power of GPUs, an Introduction to GPGPU Programming is a mixture of lectures and labs and introduces all levels of parallelism as well as common approaches for parallelization. This course, hosted virtually by UCLA-IDRE, is free for UCLA researchers/students. June 16 - June 20 from 1:30 - 3:00 pm at the Visualization Portal (5628 Math Science Building).

IDRE-related Workshops & Events

Hack Day

A hackathon-inspired event, but without any of the rules! Bring your own project to work on, show other people what you've done, ask for help and collaborate with others. Hack day is all about collaborating rather than winning. May 17 from 12:00 - 5:00 pm at 4760 Boelter Hall.

GIS Trainings and Workshops

IDRE's GIS team offers hands-on training and workshops on a variety of geo-spatial topics. Currently these workshops are offered on a per request basis. Find out what topics are offered, and request a workshop tailored to your needs.

Past Statistical Consulting Classes Available Online

Past statistical consulting workshops and classes, covering topics such as Stata, SAS, SPSS, R, Multilevel Modeling, Survey Data Analysis, Power Analysis and SUDAAN, are available online.

CTSI Drop-In Statistical Consulting

Faculty, clinical instructors, fellows, postdocs, students, research staff and residents welcome. Drop by for assistance with data analysis consultation, clinical-data-management consulting study design & power analysis, and software (SAS, R, SPSS) database help. Wednesdays from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm in 16-111 CHS.

Pipeline to Leadership Class Facilities - Kickoff Meeting

May 21 from 9:30 am - 1:00 pm in the Visualization Portal (5628 Math Sciences). RSVP HERE.

Advanced Databases for Humanists

Humanistic data presents special challenges when we’re designing databases: database software is created to store information that can be described precisely, while humanities data is fuzzy and complex. Database software is targeted toward the present, while humanistic data often explores the distant past. This workshop will introduce designing fuzzy, complex databases. We will explore the special problems that humanistic data present and look at a number of case studies to see how we can approach these problems with better data design. May 13 from 2:00 - 3:00 pm at UCLA CDH Rolfe Lab, Rolfe 2118.

IDRE Walk-in Statistical Consulting

Walk-in statistical consulting is offered Monday through Thursday from 1:00 to 4:00 pm in the DCP/Stat Lab, 4919 Math Sciences. Email consulting is also available.

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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