Volume 3, Issue 2, February 18, 2016
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UCLA Professor Combines Film Analysis and Technology for Deeper Understanding
During the 1960s, UCLA cinema and media studies professor Stephen Mamber pioneered an education for himself that did not previously exist. While completing an undergraduate degree in math at UC Berkeley, Mamber fell in love with movies. UC Berkeley had no formal film program and only a handful of film courses so he ended up drifting down to UCLA the summer after his junior year for a deeper look into film. He returned to Berkeley that fall and added drama to his studies and graduated with a double major. 

When his interest in film began, he thought his studies in math would quickly be left by the wayside, but IDRE HASIS Committee member Mamber said the opposite soon proved true. 

"When I went into film, I thought math was just going to be left behind and I would be making a complete switch," Mamber said. "But somewhere along the way the whole desktop computer revolution came along and I started getting really interested in doing stuff with movies on computers and it sort of came in handy that I knew some stuff about math." Read the full story here.

A still from Professor Stephen Mamber's ClipNotes application. 

News & Publications

UCCSC Proposal Submissions Are Now Open 

This year's University of California Computing Services Conference (UCCSC) will be held at UC Santa Cruz. The conference will open Sunday, July 10 with a welcome reception and closing after lunch on Tuesday, July 12. From the conference planners:

Proposal submissions are now open! Our theme is In IT Together. We will be exploring grass-roots technology, i.e. technology built from the ground up. New to this year's conference- we will focus a full session track on health technology to best support integrating the medical centers into our UCCSC community.

We invite you to submit a proposal idea that highlights creative and collaborative solutions. Ideas might include health technology, user support tools, sustainability, data management, privacy/security, collaborative tools/social media, student success/experience/diversity, and service management.

All we need is your idea- a session title and a short description- by March 31. Please submit your proposal using the following form at:

The Planning Committee will review all proposals. Acceptance is based on availability, relevance, interest, and other factors. 

Visit the UCCSC website for updates:

UC Santa Cruz
UCCSC 2016 Planning Committee

IDRE-related Lectures, Seminars & Colloquia

Profiling -- Code Clinic Session

The purpose of this session is to describe a few basic profiling techniques and to help researchers in gaining more insight into how well their application code runs on Hoffman2 or other computer systems. In particular the focus is on: profiling techniques that are available on Hoffman2 and hands-on exercises using an example code. Bring your own software. Prerequisite: user account on Hoffman2 (apply here if you don't have one) and your software on Hoffman 2. 

Laptop requirements: bring your own laptop to access the Hoffman2 cluster remotely.

Wednesday, February 24 from 1-3 PM at 5626 Math Sciences (IDRE Visualization Portal). Sign up here.

Multiple Imputation in Stata 

This workshop will discuss commonly used techniques for handling missing data and common issues that could arise when these techniques are used. The focus of this workshop will be multiple imputation, as it is one of the most commonly used modern methods for handling missing data. The workshop will cover multiple imputation using the multivariate normal and imputation by chained equations as well as imputation diagnostics. 

Thursday, February 25 from 9-12 PM, 5626 Math Sciences (IDRE Visualization Portal). Sign up here.

IDRE-related Workshops & Events

Algebraic Geometry for Coding Theory and Cryptography

FCoding theory and cryptography are important in everyday life, because they form some of the building blocks of e-commerce. Error-correction via coding theory protects information as it is stored or sent and efficient error-correction may provide significant benefits and cost-savings for enterprise. Cryptographic systems are necessary to secure information in storage, transmission, and interaction, and provide both confidentiality and authenticity guarantees. While there has always been significant and fruitful interaction between algebraic geometry and both coding theory and cryptography, new directions in coding theory such as locally decodable codes, codes for distributed storage systems, and network coding, suggest the possibility of new connections with algebraic geometry. This workshop will focus on questions such as: what new practical problems arising in applications lead to new questions or directions in algebraic geometry? How can new results in algebraic geometry advance the state of applications and practice in error-correction and cryptography?

Participants will spend one week working together in small groups on one of six projects related to the them of the workshop. Instead of the more typical workshop structure where participants watch presentations of established results, participants will begin generating new results in collaboration with other participants. For more information.

Monday, February 22 through Friday, February 26 at 12 PM at UCLA Institute of Pure and Applied Mathematics.

UCLA Digital Humanities Infrastructure Symposium

The digital humanities represent the cutting edge of humanities research and instruction, but they also represent a fundamental shift in the paradigm of humanities, from the model of the lone scholar to that of the interconnected team; and from the model of the durable paper publication to that of the digital ephemeral product. Since the infrastructure (including staff, resources and services) necessary to support these new models are very different from those required by the old models, academic partners are being challenged to evolve rapidly to support those scholars, in ways that are efficient and sustainable.

The DH Infrastructure Symposium hosted by the UCLA Center for Digital Humanities and held on the UCLA campus on Friday, February 26, will gather together the people who are the DH infrastructure of various universities, colleges, libraries, and other scholarly organizations across California, to discuss different approaches to these challenges. Our goal is to learn from each others successes and galvanize further advances at our own institutions.

Friday, February 26 from 9 to 5 PM at Young Research Library. Sign up here.

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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