Daily Archives: April 20, 2011

Workshop on presenting data professionally

The NC TraCS Institute, in collaboration with Greensboro AHEC, is co-sponsoring a series of free workshops on research topics. The next one is “Presenting Data Professionally,” which will introduce the basic concepts of presenting data at professional conferences and in professional journals. Presenters will discuss the considerations of presenting data professionally, including guidelines for writing an abstract, and effective presentation strategies. This workshop is not focused on dissemination of data. Instead, this workshop focuses on key components for poster and oral presentations of your data.  The workshop will be held on Monday May 2, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Wesley Long Education Center, 501 North Elam Avenue.  Details and online registration are on the institute website.

Summer food and agriculture research internship

Here’s an opportunity to pass along to students with an interest in environmental and agricultural policy: The WorldWatch Institute in Washington has an internship that involves refining and organizing information for a project on sustainable agricultural innovations.  The position is unpaid; the location is Washington, but the group is open to having the intern work remotely.  Details are in this PDF and at this link.

NSF multi-directorate program announcement: Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation

The NSF has announced a major new cyberinfrastructure initiative.  Details are here.  Proposal deadline is July 18. Background:

“Computation is accepted as the third pillar supporting innovation and discovery in science and engineering and is central to NSF’s vision of a Cyberinfrastructure Framework for 21st Century Science and Engineering (CIF21) as described in http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10015/nsf10015.jsp). …

“In order to nurture, accelerate and sustain this critical mode of scientific progress, NSF has established the Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation (SI2) program, with the overarching goal of transforming innovations in research and education into sustained software resources that are an integral part of the cyberinfrastructure. SI2 is a long-term investment focused on catalyzing new thinking, paradigms, and practices in developing and using software to understand natural, human, and engineered systems. SI2‘s intent is to foster a pervasive cyberinfrastructure to help researchers address problems of unprecedented scale, complexity, resolution, and accuracy by integrating computation, data, networking, observations and experiments in novel ways. It is NSF’s expectation that SI2 investment will result in robust, reliable, usable and sustainable software infrastructure that is critical to achieving the CIF21 vision and will transform science and engineering while contributing to the education of next generation researchers and creators of future cyberinfrastructure.”

UNC-CH, Yankaskas reach settlement

UNC-CH has settled a case in which it was attempting to fire a faculty member over the the hacking of a cancer research database.  Dr. Bonnie Yankaskas has agreed to retire, and the university has agreed to restore her rank and salary, which were reduced in the wake of the hacking of her project’s database.  The UNC-CH campus newspaper reported this week that the settlement was announced last Friday.  In 2009, it was discovered that the personal information of some 180,000 patients and research subjects had been exposed when a hacker successfully attacked the database of the Carolina Mammography Registry. Yankaskas, as the PI on the project, was held responsible.  She contended that the security of her database wasn’t her responsibility.