Archive for October, 2012

Making Beautiful Maps in ArcGIS (Really?)

Wednesday, October 24
1:00 – 2:00pm
Campbell Hall, Room 105
University of Virginia Grounds

Session repeats on
Thursday, October 25
3:00 – 4:00pm
Alderman Library, Room 421 (New Electronic Classroom)

Most designers can’t wait to export layers out of ArcGIS so beautification can begin.  In this one-hour hands-on session we won’t do that.  Instead, we’ll make a beautiful map using free datasets and ArcGIS tools.  Doubters welcome.

Memory Technology Scaling and Big Data

SPEAKER:                 Hillery Hunter

TOPIC:                       Can We Really Have That Many Bits? Memory Technology Scaling As It Collides With The Big Data Era

DATE:                        Wednesday, October 24

TIME:                         2:00 p.m. (Light refreshments after the seminar – Rice Hall 4th floor atrium)

PLACE:                      Rice Hall Auditorium (Room 130), University of Virginia

Abstract:  As computer architecture and system design move past the initial phases of the multi-core and virtualization eras, another hurdle is arising: Big Data.  Driven by ubiquitous data generation, from our smart phones and social media postings to security cameras and traffic sensors, Big Data means not just having but also analyzing large amounts of information.  The workloads of this new era will add stress to the main memory system, right around the time that technology scaling encounters new hurdles.  The “End of Scaling” has been declared numerous times — is this time any different?  From the lens of Big Data, this talk will take a look at memory technology scalability, discuss the opportunities of 3D stacking and new memory technologies, highlight key server requirements, and pose important areas for research in the coming era.

Bio: Hillery Hunter is the Systems Memory Strategist and Manager of the Systems Technology and Architecture Department at IBM’s T.J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY.  Her current work focuses on integrated approaches to solving the memory challenges of future computing systems.

Stair Climbing Wheelchair

Japanese Researchers Develop Robotic Wheelchair That Can Climb Stairs.

Popular Science (10/17, Boyle) reports, “Wheels are the most efficient way to get around, but they can’t take you everywhere.” A “new robotic wheelchair designed in Japan can go almost anywhere, however–it can swivel its axles up and down to climb up stairs, onto curbs or over obstacles.” Popular Science explains, “All the user has to do is move a joystick to point it in the desired direction, and the robo-chair figures out what to do. Sensors on its feet detect the distance to nearby obstacles and determine their size. The chair will stabilize itself in the best position to hoist one of its front wheels, like a rider straddling a horse.”

Reposted from the 10/17/12 ASEE First Bell.

Presidential Research/Scholarship Poster Competition

University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan recognizes the central role of knowledge creation and dissemination in the life of a great comprehensive university.  To recognize research and scholarship as a central part of the UVa mission during the Presidential Inauguration, we held a Pan-University Research Poster Competition to highlight high-impact and innovative growth areas for UVa research.  Due to this event’s popularity with faculty, students, and external visitors, we decided to hold it as an annual event.  The Third Annual Presidential Research/Scholarship Poster competition will be held on May 3, 2013.  Submissions will be due, uploaded to the website, by Monday, March 18, 2013. Please see the website for additional information.


Eligibility: Open to all post-docs, graduate, and undergraduate students.

Postdocs: This includes all postdoctoral fellows, research assistants and research associates at UVA

Graduate Students: Includes any student working on a degree of any type that is beyond an undergraduate degree at UVA

Undergraduate: You are currently registered as an undergraduate student at UVA

We strongly encourage faculty involvement, while we are not running a separate track for faculty, we are hopeful many of our faculty will participate through their students and postdocs.  Faculty may be named on posters, but students must be /first author and submit it.

We will select 3 “finalists” in each of the categories. We will have two separate tracks: postdocs/graduate and undergraduate students.

Three finalists in each Postdoc/ Grad & UG category and ultimately one winner for each:

e.g.        Physical & Environmental Sciences- 3 Grad/Post doc finalists -> 1 Graduate/Post doc winner

Physical & Environmental Sciences- 3 Undergraduate finalist -> 1 UG winner


Research Award Categories

Physical & Environmental Sciences


Biosciences & Health

Humanities, Social, Behavioral, & Economic Sciences

Law, Business, Policy, & Education

Translational & Applied Research

Performing & Fine Arts & Architecture


All submissions will be on the VPR website.  After the judging session on Friday, May 3rd  all the posters will be on view in the Rotunda for the entire week of May 3-12, 2012, so that thousands of visitors can view them.


If your poster is chosen as a finalist you must to attend the judging poster session on May 3rd  and entertain discussion/questions from the “judging committee”. Each presenter will give a 1 min summary of their project to President Sullivan. This session is open to the public and we encourage you to attend even if your poster is not selected as a finalist.  All posters will be featured on the poster website. The previous posters are all available on the website.


PRIZES:  $500 travel funds to each winner. These funds will be transferred to a PTAEO in your home department to be spent on travel within the next 12 months. If the winner is graduating or leaving the university they are still eligible to receive the funds as scholarly travel reimbursement/fees.  If the winner does not want to use the funds they may elect to leave the funds for the department to use for scholarly travel of another person.  Funds must be spent or returned to the VPR office by May 31, 2014.


Posters due in PDF format by March 18, 2012, uploaded to the website:


Finalists will have poster presentations with President Sullivan & prizes awarded on May 3, 2013. Announces Spanish Version

Washington D.C – Science agencies across the U.S. federal government announced today the launch of the Spanish version of, provides the same breadth and depth in science search as does, covering over 200 million pages of authoritative U.S. government science information including research and development results from 17 organizations within 13 federal science agencies. Free access is provided to over 55 scientific databases and more than 2,100 selected scientific web sites. Integrating Microsoft’s Translator, Spanish-language queries to initiate searches of U.S. databases and web sites with results appearing in Spanish. This represents an innovative use of existing commercial technology to broaden public access to federal science information.

In addition to offering expanded access to the Spanish-speaking public, now includes new multimedia content and additional features to help users find the science information they need. For the first time, R&D video is available from the Department of Energy (DOE), MedlinePLUS (NIH), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, (NASA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). Images from the Library of Congress have been added to the image search that is now integrated under a new multimedia tab on the results page. Search enhancements include visual representations of topical information in an easy-to-use touch and dial format.

Dissertation Peer Writing Group Workshop

Are you struggling with writing your dissertation? Feeling lost and needing a collaborative environment to offer feedback?  Would you like to join a dissertation writing group, but don’t know how?  If you answered “yes” to any of these questions then come join us for the first-ever Graduate Dissertation Peer Writing Group Workshop on Monday, October 15, 2012 from 5-7pm at the OpenGrounds space on the Corner.   [Corner of Main Street and 14th Street, Charlottesville, VA adjacent to the University of Virginia Grounds]
Sponsored by the Graduate Studies Office, this workshop is an opportunity to facilitate the formation of small dissertation writing groups for advanced graduate students actively writing their dissertations. The workshop will be divided into two parts. During the first part, students will be divided into groups based upon their broad discipline (humanities, social sciences, etc.) and each student will deliver a short “three minute thesis” in which they will orally present a synopsis of their dissertation project to the other group members in three minutes or less. After this exchange, each student will be asked to rank, in order, the top six people he/she would be interested in working with. Following this portion, there will be a short presentation by Ms. Deandra Little from the Teaching Resource Center and Mr. Phillip Trella from the Office of the Vice-President for Research which deals with with how to face the dissertation writing process, how to get the most out of your dissertation group, and other helpful resources.

Refreshments and snacks provided!

If you are interested in this workshop and would like to attend, please take a minute to fill out the survey below so that we may send you additional information.

If you have any questions, please email Morgan Fisher (Humanities Representative – or Juan Lopez-Ruiz (Engineering and Science Representative –

We hope to see you there!

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Linda Hall Library Fellowships

Linda Hall Library, Kansas City, MO, is pleased to announce that resident fellowships for 2013 are now available. Though the Library is open to anyone who wishes to use the collections, fellowships up to $3,500 per month will assist scholars in financing a research visit.

Resident fellowships are offered for the duration of 1 to 9 months in support of research projects in science, engineering, and technology; in the history of science, engineering, and technology; or in interdisciplinary topics that link science or technology to the broader culture. Applications from U.S. and international scholars are welcome.

Recipients of fellowships are expected to work full time on their research projects while at the Library, to engage with other resident scholars, and to offer a presentation on their work to the general public.

Doctorate-seeking scholars, post-doctorate scholars, and independent scholars who can demonstrate similar professional or academic experience are eligible to apply.

Application Information:
The application deadline for 2013 fellowships is January 3, 2013. Recipients will be notified in early spring 2013. Please see the Linda Hall Library Fellowships webpage for more information and application instructions:


Donna Swischer
Director, Fellowship Program
Linda Hall Library
5109 Cherry Street
Kansas City, MO 64110

Cooperative Patent Classification System

The USPTO and EPO have released the new Cooperative Patent Classification system ahead of the January 1, 2013 implementation date.  (The USPTO will phase in the CPC over the next couple of years.)  Details are available at the CPC website.  Documentation includes the entire CPC scheme, an initial set of definitions and CPC concordances.

There’s also the inaugural issue of the CPC News newsletter.

The EPO has started to integrate some of the USPTO cross-reference art collections and digest into Espacenet.

(The above reposted from the ASEE Engineering Libraries listserv, 10/3/2012)

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