UCR Research and Economic Development Newsletter:  January 30, 2016

Michael Pazzani

Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development

http://research.ucr.edu

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·         Go to Washington (or Arlington or Bethesda)

·         High Performance Computing Facility

·         Faculty Networking Lunches

·         National Endowment for the Humanities: Match your Project

·         Slides of Recent Talks: NSF, ARO, and DOE

·         Amy Litt:  NSF Bio Workshop, Thurs., 2/4/16 at 11:00 in UOB 210

·         Cyber Security Awareness Training

·         American Robin and Cedar Waxwing

 


 

Go to Washington (or Arlington or Bethesda)

 

On Thursday, I was in Arlington with UCSD’s best funded faculty member discussing a collaborative project with NSF and I ran into Rutgers best funded faculty member.   Visiting federal agencies when you are formulating an idea for a proposal is a good way to increase the chances of finding by talking about your work aligns with agency priorities.   That’s why my office funds faculty trips to federal agencies.  It can work three ways:

 

1.      You are in the DC area on a panel review or study section and want to spend an extra day.  Research and Economic development will pay for an extra night’s hotel and meals.

2.      You want to make a special trip just to meet with a program director.  Research and Economic development will pay for your entire trip. 

3.      A group of faculty, typically assistant professors, with related interests want to visit several programs or agencies to learn more about funding.  Research and Economic development, working with Kaitlin Chell in government relations can set up an itinerary, go to DC with you and will pay for your entire trip. 

 

There isn’t a form; just send me a brief email with your plans. I ask that faculty be frugal so that we can afford to send more people.

 

 

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High Performance Computing Facility

 

Did you know that, Bioinformatics has the largest HPC facility on campus with over 70 labs / PIs using it from various colleges and departments of UCR including many not involved in bioinformatics work? 

The UCRs High-Performance Computing / Bioinformatics Facility is part of the Institute for Integrative Genome Biology (IIGB) in the Genomics building that provides access to high-performance compute resources, data analysis and programming expertise. The resources serve the scientists at UC Riverside and to the external institutes / industry to master the informatics needs of their research in a proficient and cost-effective manner. The following services are offered:

§  Development and maintenance of a high-performance informatics hardware and software infrastructure for the research community,

§  Instruction  and  hands-on tutorials  and  workshops on  a  wide  variety  of  informatics  topics.  Extensive manuals for these tutorials are available on our manual page,

§  Custom data analysis and consultation services for bioinformatics and cheminformatics projects,

§  Establishment of research collaborations with experimental scientists from different departments.

Services and rates

1.  Annual Subscription / Access to HPCC: $1000 / lab / year for UCR or any UC-system lab; $1120.35 for external domestic academic institutes; and $1518.23 for commercial and foreign educational institutes. The annual registration fee gives all members of a registered lab  access  to  our  high-performance computing infrastructure; see details at http://biocluster.ucr.edu/~rkaundal/Documents/Recharge_Rates.pdf.

 

2.  Data storage: The facility provides storage options in the increments of 100GB or 4TB. A user may opt for as many units as they want.

§  BD (bigdata) storage: $1000/4TB/year for UCR or any UC-system labs, $1070 for external domestic academic institutes, and $1450 for commercial / foreign educational institutes,

§  GB storage: $100/100GB/year for UCR or any UC-system lab, $157.35 for external domestic academic institutes, and $213.24 for commercial / foreign educational institutes.

 

3.  Programming and Data Analysis: $52 / hour labor time for UCR or any UC-system lab, $105.99 for external domestic academic institutes, and $143.64 for commercial / foreign educational institutes.

 

4.  Owned nodes/storage: Labs can also purchase their own nodes / disk storage units and have them attached to the cluster as long as they match the specifications supported by the facility.

§  Cluster: (a) One-time set-up fee / node: $520 (10 hours labor time @ $52/hour)

(b) Annual maintenance / node: $260 (5 hours labor time @ $52/hour)

(c) Compatibility requirements: As of now, we recommend 2 options; (i) AMD 64 cores with 512GB RAM (~$14K/node), or (ii) the new Intel Haswell 72 core node with 1024GB RAM (~$25K/node). For details, users can visit Thinkmate website to get some tentative quotes (http://www.thinkmate.com/).

§  Storage: 2 labor hours / TB @ $52/hour; i.e. $104/TB for owned storage / year.

 

 

For more details, please visit http://facility.bioinformatics.ucr.edu/ or support@biocluster.ucr.edu

 


New Faculty Networking Lunches – 2/22/16 & 3/28/16 – 12:00pm-1:15pm

 

Two additional faculty networking lunches have now been scheduled. The complete list is below.

 

Diabetes Research on 2/8/16 (register here: http://diabetes-research.eventbrite.com)

Health Disparities on 2/22/16 (register here: https://health-disparities.eventbrite.com)

Water Research on 3/7/16 (register here: https://water-research.eventbrite.com).

BRAIN Initiative-Related Research 3/28/16 (register here:  https://brain-initiative.eventbrite.com).

 

The goal is get faculty with common interests to meet each other in an informal setting and discuss possible collaborations.  The food is catered by a local Thai restaurant and includes vegetarian and gluten-free options.

 

All lunches are held in UOB 210 from 12:00pm – 1:15pm.  PLEASE CONTACT ME IF YOU HAVE AN IDEA FOR A TOPIC that you think 8-12 other faculty will be interested in.

 

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National Endowment for the Humanities: Match your Project

 

NEH has a web site that helps faculty find funding for projects. (http://www.neh.gov/grants/match-your-project). A portion is replicated below.

 

I want to host a program for faculty, scholars, or practitioners to expand their knowledge of a topic.

·         Summer Seminars and Institutes

·         Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities

·         Humanities Initiatives at Institutions at Hispanic-Serving Institutions

·         Preservation and Access Education and Training

 

I am organizing a scholarly conference.

·         Collaborative Research

 

I am a scholar with formal ties to an institution looking for research support for my project.

·         Summer Stipends

·         Fellowships

·         Fellowships for Advanced Social Science Research on Japan

·         Collaborative Research

·         Awards for Faculty at Historically Black Colleges and Universities

·         Awards for Faculty at Hispanic-Serving Institutions

·         Awards for Faculty at Tribal Colleges and Universities

·         Public Scholar Program

 

I want to create a scholarly edition or reference volume.

·         Scholarly Editions and Translations

·         Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

 

I am seeking support for an archaeological project.

·         Collaborative Research

·         Fellowships

 

I want to preserve a collection and/or make it easier for people to access.

·         Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions

·         Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

·         Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

·         Humanities Open Book Program

 

I want to develop or put on an exhibition or cultural program.

·         Museums, Libraries, and Cultural Organizations: Planning Grants

·         Museums, Libraries, and Cultural Organizations: Implementation Grants

 

I want to develop or produce a radio show or television documentary.

·         Media Projects: Development Grants

·         Media Projects: Production Grants

·         Bridging Cultures through Film: International Topics

 

I want to build the capacity of my home institution to support humanities activities.

·         Challenge Grants

·         Humanities Initiatives at Historically Black Colleges and Universities

·         Humanities Initiatives at Institutions at Hispanic-Serving Institutions

·         Humanities Initiatives at Tribal Colleges and Universities

·         Awards for Faculty at Historically Black Colleges and Universities

 

I want to combine digital technology with the humanities.

·         Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

·         Collaborative Research Grants

·         Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

·         Scholarly Editions and Translations

·         Digging into Data Challenge

·         Media Projects: Development Grants

·         Media Projects: Production Grants

·         Digital Projects for the Public

·         Humanities Open Book Program

 

I want to create a website with humanities content.

·         Media Projects: Development Grants

·         Media Projects: Production Grants

·         Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

·         Scholarly Editions and Translations

·         Museums, Libraries, and Cultural Organizations: Planning Grants

·         Museums, Libraries, and Cultural Organizations: Implementation Grants

·         Digital Projects for the Public

 

I want to develop or refine a humanities course or curriculum.

·         Enduring Questions

·         Humanities Initiatives at Institutions at Hispanic-Serving Institutions

·         Humanities Initiatives at Tribal Colleges and Universities

·         Awards for Faculty at Hispanic-Serving Institutions

 

I want to develop or produce a reading and discussion program.

·         Museums, Libraries, and Cultural Organizations: Planning Grants

·         Museums, Libraries, and Cultural Organizations: Implementation Grants

 

I want to interpret a historic place for the public.

·         Museums, Libraries, and Cultural Organizations: Planning Grants

·         Museums, Libraries, and Cultural Organizations: Implementation Grants

 

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Slides of Recent Talks: NSF, ARO, and DOE

 

Here are the presentations from recent talks at UC Riverside or from a meeting I attended in DC.

 

Army Research Office:  https://www.dropbox.com/s/kyuap8v71mduin9/AROOverviewUCRJan2016.pdf?dl=0

(Dr. Steven Taulbee material research, Open campus Initiation)

 

Department of Energy https://www.dropbox.com/s/vmypuhjydspx3eg/DOE-URA%20Murray%20Final%20as%20Presented%202016.pdf?dl=0 (Dr. Cherry Murray, Office of Science Priorities)

 

NSF: https://www.dropbox.com/s/030ix4j3othdal0/NSF-Okamuru-Riverside%202016%20Funding%20Opportunities.pdf?dl=0   (Dr. Diane Okamuru, NSF BIO)

 

 

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Amy Litt:  NSF Bio Workshop, Thurs., 2/4/16 at 11:00 in UOB 210

 

Amy Litt, a professor in Botany and Plant Science and former NSF BIO program officer will lead a workshop focusing on funding from the NSF BIO Directorate.  Based on her experience as a program director at NSF, she will give suggestions as to how to craft a successful grant proposal to NSF.  Although focusing on BIO, there are similarities between NSF directorates and anyone interested in NSF is welcome to attend.

 

Since she is no longer at NSF, Amy may be able to tell you things Diane Okamuru could not.

 

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Cyber Security Awareness Training

 

If you have not done so, take the required Cyber Security Awareness Training today.

 

You can help keep UC Riverside out of the news, unlike my alma mater.

 

·         UCLA break-in puts data on 800,000 at risk: For more than a year, an intruder has been accessing private information on students and staff, among others, the university says. http://www.cnet.com/news/ucla-break-in-puts-data-on-800000-at-risk/

 

·         Former UCLA Medical Center employee receives jail time for looking at private medical files http://dailybruin.com/2010/05/05/former-ucla-medical-center-employee-huping-zhou-se/

 

·         UCLA Medical Center agrees to settle HIPAA violation charges for $865K http://www.computerworld.com/article/2510066/data-privacy/ucla-medical-center-agrees-to-settle-hipaa-violation-charges-for--865k.html

 

·         UCLA Health Targeted in ‘Criminal’ Cyber Attack; 4.5 Million Potentially Affected. http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2015/07/17/ucla-health-targeted-in-criminal-cyber-attack-4-5-million-affected/

 

·         UCLA and Ashley Madison: This Year of the Data Breach
http://www.netlib.com/blog/application-security/UCLA-and-Ashley-Madison-This-Year-of-the-Data-Breach.asp

 

 

The online training module can be accessed at http://ucrlearning.ucr.edu/ and will take less than an hour to complete.  (It is required by Sunday, Jan 31)

 

 

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American Robin and Cedar Waxwing

The American Robin and Cedar Waxwing are occasional visitors to my yard, eating the toyon or pyracantha berries.  In spite of competing for a food source, they seem to get along, although both birds below seemed a little surprised to be sharing a bath.

 

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(Click to enlarge)

 

Toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia), a native California shrub, is commonly called Christmas Berry. It is drought tolerant and provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds.

 

In the last newsletter, the photo was of a painting of a bird by Ed Ruscha Angry Because it's Plaster, Not Milk.   The painting can be seen at the Broad Museum is LA, which is highly recommended and free (but has a reservation system for tickets). Kaitlin Chell, Jeffrey Bachant, Stan Fletcher, Miguel Angel Aragon Calvo , Misty Madero and Lorraine Castro all correctly identified the painting (but I suspect several used Google Image search vs. their art history background).

 

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Michael Pazzani

Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development 

Professor, Computer Science & Engineering

University of California, Riverside

200 University Office Building

Riverside, CA 92521

pazzani@ucr.edu

 

Assistant:  Linda Bejenaru

Email: VCREDadmin@ucr.edu

951-827-4800

 

 

 

Michael Pazzani

Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development

Professor,  Computer Science & Engineering

University of California, Riverside

200 University Office Building

Riverside, CA 92521

pazzani@ucr.edu

 

Assistant:  Linda Bejenaru

Email: VCREDadmin@ucr.edu

951-827-4800