Volume 3, Issue 7, July 29, 2016
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IDRE Research Fuels Tech for U.S. Smart Manufacturing Institute

Last month, President Obama announced that the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC), the nationwide non-profit organization co-founded at UCLA, was chosen to lead the new Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy. The Institute is the ninth manufacturing hub awarded by the Obama Administration.
The Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute will be headquartered in Los Angeles and bring in over $140 million in public-private investment from leading universities and manufacturers to address industry challenges and build a supporting education and workforce pipeline.
UCLA’s Vice Provost and SMLC’s Chief Technology Officer Jim Davis, whose role as the university’s Chief Academic Technology Officer includes executive leadership of the Office of Information Technology and the Institute of Digital Research and Education, will serve from the university as the interim executive director of the Institute.
 Read the full article here.

News & Publications

MMWCon Early Bird Non-Profit Rate Ends Soon

September 14-16, 2016
UCLA California NanoSystems Institute

The Early Bird Non-Profit Rate for the fourth annual
Mobility and Modern Web Conference (MMWCon) ends on July 31st! All UC faculty and staff are eligible for this discounted rate. MMWCon is an event for developers, educators, researchers, and innovators who are part of the disruption revolution and interested in the latest trends of mobile and the modern web. This year's conference themes include: 
  • Sensors, wearables, and accessibility applications 
  • Mobility, personalization, and the high-touch frontier of apps and the web
  • mHealth, machine learning, and blending data into dashboards 
  • Open communities, standards, and collaborative technologies
  • Learning analytics and digital credentialing 

UCLA Advancing Women in Technology Conference 

August 12, 2016
UCLA Pauley Pavilion Club

As the demand for talent increases while the number of women decreases, the gender gap grows ever wider. The second annual Advancing Women in Technology Conference on August 12, 2016 at the Pauley Pavilion Club will be an engaging day of keynotes, breakout sessions, and open discussions on the topic of women in the tech sector. Hear from innovation leaders such as:
  • Buzzfeed CEO Jonah Peretti
  • Virtual reality pioneer Nonny de la Pena
  • Chief Technology Officer for the City of Los Angeles Peter Marx.
The conference features two concurrent break-out sessions tailored to participants' organization size and interests, along with keynotes and networking opportunities. Learn more on our website, and follow WIT on social media for the latest updates.

IDRE-related Lectures, Seminars & Colloquia

NSF Funding for Startups: A Customer Development Based Approach

August 5, 2016
9:00 - 10:30 am
Kinross Building Ste. 210

Mel Bulu-Taciroglu
NSF I-Corps Instructor; Economist, Lecturer, UCLA HSSEAS

The UCLA Office of Intellectual Property (OIP-ISR) and the UCLA VC Fund co-host a monthly educational series and mixer called UCLA FirstFridays. Join them for coffee, bagels and networking the first Friday of the month. Space is limited, RSVP here.

IDRE-related Workshops & Events

Free Workflows Workshop

August 9 & 10, 2016
8:00 am – 3:00 pm
5628 Math Science, IDRE Portal

Registration is now open for a free Workflows Workshop to be held August 9-10, 2016 at multiple institutions across the country including UCLA-IDRE. Sponsored by the Blue Waters sustained-petascale computing project, this workshop will provide an overview of workflows and how they can enhance research productivity. A general session on the value of workflows will be followed by presentations and hands-on sessions with six different workflows. The objective is to assist the community in understanding the capabilities of these various workflows and to get people started with their usage. These include:

• General overview of workflows; Why use them?, presented by Scott Callaghan, University of Southern California
• Copernicus, presented by Peter Kasson, University of Virginia
• Galaxy, presented by Dave Clements, Johns Hopkins University
• Makeflow/WorkQueue, presented by Nicholas Hazekamp, University of Notre Dame
• Pegasus, presented by Karan Vahi and Mats Rynge, Information Sciences Institute
• RADICAL Cybertools, presented by Shantenu Jha, Rutgers University
• Swift, presented by Mike Wilde, Argonne National Laboratory

The presentations will be followed by a question and answer period to address questions from the community. Additional information on the workshop is available at

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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