Volume 3, Issue 9, September 28, 2016
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Visualizing the Cost of Incarceration in LA

Policing and mass incarceration are two issues that have sent currents of activism, debate, and calls for change from the American public. Perhaps a lesser known fact is that the heart of mass incarceration in the United States lies in Los Angeles County, which runs the largest jail system in the country.

Million Dollar Hoods, a visualization project that shows the financial and social impacts of incarceration on L.A. communities, was created through the efforts of UCLA Associate Professor of History and African-American Studies Kelly Lytle Hernandez, IDRE GIS technologists Yoh Kawano and Albert Kochaphum, and UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment fellow Robert Habans. Read the article 

News & Publications

RSVP for UCLA FacTech

October 5, 2016
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
UCLA Faculty Center

Calling all UCLA faculty members! FacTech is a free event that introduces faculty to a variety of productivity and collaboration tools that will help them save hours in their teaching and research. UCLA IT professionals volunteer their time to demo free or site-licensed software as well as tools for: Data & Document Storage, Analysis & Visualization, Statistical Analysis, Project Management, Cloud Services, and Password Management. Tools include:
  • Trello 
  • Box
  • LastPass
  • Google Apps 

IDRE-related Lectures, Seminars & Colloquia

Music2020 - Creating the Future of Music Together

October 20, 2016
Skirball Cultural Center

Music 2020 is hosted by Dr. Gigi Johnson, Executive Director at the UCLA Center for Music Innovation at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. This day-long series of sessions will dig deep in forward trends and future scenarios. We will wrestle with how new tech, time, place, data, connectivity, rights politics, live events, global trends, and oligopolies may change the way we create, collaborate, share, and live off of music revenue streams — and how we can cooperate to shape possible futures together.

To learn more and register, visit their website.

IDRE-related Workshops & Events

Introduction to Stata

October 3, 2016
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
CLICC Classroom B

Introduction to Stata, October 3: Stata is a powerful and yet easy-to-use statistical package that runs on Windows, Macintosh and Unix platforms. This class is designed for people who are just getting started using Stata. The students in the class will have a hands-on experience using Stata for statistics, graphics and data management. 

Using Hoffman2 Cluster

October 6, 2016
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
5628 Math Science Building

This session is a general introduction to how to use UCLA Hoffman2 Cluster. The objective is to familiarize current and potential cluster users with the Hoffman2 Cluster, so they can make the best use of UCLA computational resources. The following topics will be covered:
  • How to access and login to the Hoffman2 Cluster, primarily in terminal/command-line mode.
  • Exploration of how to run various computational tasks on or from the Hoffman2 Cluster, illustrated by hands-on example transcripts.
  • A brief introduction to Univa Grid Engine (UGE) commands and how to achieve more control over resources. 

Introduction to SAS

October 10, 2016
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
CLICC Classroom B

Introduction to SAS, October 10: SAS is a powerful statistical package that runs on many platforms, including Windows and Unix. This class is designed for people who are just getting started using SAS. The students in the class will have a hands-on experience using SAS for statistics, graphics, and data management.

Job Scheduling on Hoffman2 Cluster

October 12, 2016
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
5628 Math Science Building

We will discuss how to effectively run jobs on Hoffman2 cluster. Hoffman2 cluster serves a wide spectrum of user applications and is heavily loaded, many of which impose conflicting goals in terms of job scheduling. We will first overview the structure of Hoffman2 cluster, the shared cluster model, followed by fundamentals of using it’s job scheduler, Univa Grid Engine. Then a number of use cases will be discussed in details and examples given. The materials covered in Using Hoffman2 cluster is highly recommended, but not strictly required, prior to attending this class. Specifically, we will discuss:
  • Single-CPU jobs
  • Multi-CPU, same-node jobs
  • Multiple-node (MPI-style) jobs
  • Job arrays
  • Techniques to inspect and fix stuck jobs

Introduction to MPI

October 13, 2016
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
5628 Math Science Building

MPI (message passing interface) is the de facto standard for distributed-memory parallel scientific computing. While the entire MPI API is quite extensive, this class will cover a number of key ingredients commonly used in practice. This class is useful for those who plan to start writing MPI code, and for those who would like to know how MPI works in order to operate an existing MPI code. Working knowledge of C and Fortran programming languages will be very helpful to follow the class materials. Specifically, we will discuss:
  • MPI basics
  • One-to-one communication examples
  • Collective communication examples
  • Running MPI programs

Computing Environment on Linux - I

October 18, 2016
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
5628 Math Science Building, Visualization Portal

Part-I session of Computing Environment on Linux class is aimed to help researchers who are new to Linux system. This two hour session will introduce basic Unix/Linux commands, shells, as well as a few editors available on most of the flavors of Linux operating system. The user should be able to log in to a Linux system and use it to do normal tasks after going through this session.

Computing Environment on Linux - II

October 20, 2016
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
5628 Math Science Building, Visualization Portal

The second session of the Computing Environment on Linux is about the use of the Linux system for computation. It will describe the compilation and execution procedures for a given source program. A sample software code will be used to demonstrate the computing tools, such as makefile, debugger, and profiler, available on most flavors of the Linux environment.

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

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