Archive for September 13th, 2013

Knovel University Challenge 2013

Knovel Challenge

 

 

 

 

NOTE:  The UVa Library has a subscription to many of Knovel’s resources.  See http://www.knovel.com/

Are you smarter than an engineering professor?

The Questions – Test your engineering know-how. This year, Knovel asked engineering professors to help us develop questions that would test students’ knowledge while providing real-life examples of problems sets assigned to STEM students.

The Prizes – You could win Roku 3 Media Players, Pebble Smartwatches, Samsung Chromebooks and a $500 Pizza Party for the entire school!

What is it: Every year, the Knovel University Challenge allows students to compete for prizes while learning how to use the research tools they’ll need to complete assignments and ultimately succeed in the workplace. Student answer a series of questions on STEM-related topics like finding “the density of ASTM grade 12 titanium alloy”. This year the Challenge will begin on September 9, 2013 and end on December 1, 2013.

Go here to start playing:  http://www.knoveluniversitychallenge.com/

Free Computational Short Courses

The University of Virginia Alliance for Computational Science and Engineering (UVACSE) is again offering free Computational Short Courses.

All are welcome but the courses might be particularly useful to graduate students, faculty, and post-docs.

This Fall UVACSE is offering:

 

  • Introduction to Unix – 3 Oct 2013 – 4:00-6:00 pm
  • Bash Shell Scripting – 8 Oct 2013 – 4:00-6:00 pm
  • Introduction to Parallel R – 8 Oct 2013 – 4:00-6:00 pm
  • Introduction to the ITS Linux Clusters – 10 Oct 2013 – 4:00-6:00 pm
  • Parallel Computing in Mathematica – 14 Oct 2013 – 5:00-7:00 pm
  • Introduction to Python – 15 Oct 2013 – 4:00-6:00 pm
  • Parallel Computing in Matlab – 21 Oct 2013 – 5:30-7:30 pm
  • NumPy, SciPy, and Matplotlib – 22 Oct 2013 – 4:00-6:00 pm
  • Exploring Visualization with Matlab – 29 Oct 2013 – 4:00-6:00 pm

 

 

Registration is available online:

  • Go to the UVACSE webpage at: http://www.uvacse.virginia.edu/
  • Select the EVENTS tab at the top of the page.
  • On the EVENTS page, go to the month of October (Oct 2013), which will provide you with the schedule of the courses
  • Select the Short Course you wish to take.
  • This will take you to the BOOKINGS/EVENT page
  • Complete the booking for the short course at the bottom of the page

Early Notice: Research Data and Technology Fair

You are invited to the UVa Health Sciences Library’s Research Data and Technology Fair on Friday October 25th in Jordan Hall Conference Center.

Two nationally known speakers will explore Big Data and its impact on biomedical research.  The half-day event will also include exhibitors from UVa research and data service providers, innovative initiatives at UVa, and free lunch!  See our full agenda.

The Fair’s events include:

Keynote speakers Atul Butte, MD, PhD, Stanford University, and Michael Huerta, PhD, NIH’s Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K):

“Translating a trillion points of data into therapies, diagnostics, and new insights into disease”

Dr. Butte, a bioinformatician and pediatric endocrinologist, will highlight his lab’s work on using publicly-available molecular measurements to find new uses for drugs including drug repositioning for inflammatory bowel disease, discovering new treatable inflammatory mechanisms of disease in type 2 diabetes, and the evaluation of patients presenting with whole genomes sequenced.

“Exa, Zetta, Yotta: More Data – More Progress”

Dr. Huerta will provide an overview and status report of the NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) initiative, including: findings from a series of recently held workshops, synopses of funding opportunities and a vision of the manner in which BD2K will affect the scientific landscape in biomedicine.

Refreshments with UVa research and data support services:  Discover what is available to you as a researcher by visiting with our UVa exhibitors.  Find out about statistical consulting services, technology-enabled learning spaces, data visualization, bioinformatics resources, and new tools and services to help you navigate the research landscape on Grounds.

Innovations Panel:  Hear from UVa faculty about how innovations in technology and collaboration are impacting biomedical research at UVa.

For a full agenda, speaker information, list of exhibitors, and registration information, visit the Fair web site at http://guides.hsl.virginia.edu/research-fair.

Maker Workshop: 3D Modeling

Tuesday, September 24
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Alderman Library, Room 421
University of Virginia

3D Modeling

In this workshop, we’ll help participants get acquainted with tools and techniques for 3D modeling objects and spaces. We’ll primarily focus on photogrammetry as an approach for modeling. Though not required, participants should bring a laptop, a digital camera of some kind (a camera on a smartphone should be fine, but bring a fancy DSLR if you want), cords or other paraphernalia for transferring pictures from a camera to a computer, and any objects they might want to use to create a model. This will be a pretty open workshop in terms of structure. We’ll go through basic camera usage, and strategies for taking pictures for 3D modeling. We’ll cover a couple of different software options for creating and modifying your models.

Instructors: Jeremy Boggs and Wayne Graham

Science Fair Mentors Needed

Dear Chairs, Faculty, Postdoctoral Trainees, and Graduate Students:

We, the University of Virginia scientific community, have a significant outreach opportunity that can have a powerful impact on local and regional students interested in the sciences. Our U.Va. community is filled with potential mentors (faculty, postdocs, and graduate students), and we have a chance to encourage and inspire the next generation of scientists. Mentoring student research for the science fair is part of many other STEM outreach activities U.Va. is undertaking to broaden our impacts and engage our local community, such as the High School Science, Technology, and Engineering Research Program (HooS-STER, http://www.virginia.edu/hoosster.)

Mentors will be asked to make 2 or 3 visits to local schools during which they will offer feedback and advice to students who are developing science fair projects. In the past, this kind of mentorship has helped students not only place well in the fair, but accomplish good science and learn about the research process. A small donation of your time can help U.Va. play a vital role in helping build a better future for the world through science education. If you are interested in making a difference, please contact Michelle Prysby, A&S Director of Science Education and Public Outreach (mdp4u@virginia.edu, 243-4292) and Daniel Gioeli, PhD at dgg3f@virginia.edu.


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