ICS@PSU: Institute for CyberScience

ICS Events

  • June 29, 2017 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

    Globus Workshop at Penn State

    208 Business Building

    Globus is a research data management service used by over 50,000 researchers at institutions in the US and abroad. This workshop will introduce the service to those new to Globus. System administrators and developers will learn about advanced features of Globus and will be able to discuss specific use cases with Globus staff. Seating is limited; register here.

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  • June 6, 2017 - June 9, 2017 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

    XSEDE HPC Summer Boot Camp

    118 Wagner Building (Days 1 and 4); 223 Computer Building (Days 2 and 3)

    This 4-day workshop on Hybrid Computing will cover MPI, OpenMP, OpenACC and accelerators. Participants should bring their own laptops. Familiarity with Linux and either Fortran or C is assumed. Computer Building is a controlled access facility; visitors must check in at the security desk in the lobby and present a valid government or PSU ID. Read the agenda here. Register here.

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  • May 22, 2017 - May 23, 2017 11:00 am

    Penn State Energy Days

    Penn Stater Hotel

    Energy Days is an annual conference (May 22–23, 2017) that brings together leaders from across the energy realm, including members of industry, government, non-profits, and academia. The purpose is to identify and discuss the regional, national, and global energy challenges facing society. Ultimately, the conference looks to create outcomes that provide innovative solutions to energy challenges. Register here.

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  • May 18, 2017 - May 19, 2017 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

    XSEDE HPC Monthly Workshop: Big Data

    118 Wagner Building

    This workshop will focus on topics such as Hadoop and Spark and will be presented using the Wide Area Classroom(WAC) training platform. The workshop will include sessions on machine learning with Spark and deep learning with Tensorflow.  Read more and register here.

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  • April 19, 2017 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

    ICS-ACI User Social: “Recent Cybersecurity Events and Future Research Directions,” Robert Mitchell

    HUB 134

    Cyber attacks are becoming increasingly frequent and sophisticated, using novel platforms and tactics. We need relevant, impactful, and transferable cybersecurity research projects to address this problem. Join Robert Mitchell to learn more about last year’s most influential cyber attacks, the cybersecurity research topics that most urgently need investigation, and the most effective research techniques in this field. RSVP by April 12.

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  • April 18, 2017 - April 19, 2017 11:00 am

    XSEDE HPC Monthly Workshop: MPI

    223 Computer Building

    ICS will be hosting a free XSEDE workshop on MPI programming. Participants should bring their own laptops. To register, you will need to have a free XSEDE User Portal account, which you can obtain here. Once you have an account, use this link to register for the workshop. If you have questions, please contact Penn State’s XSEDE Campus Champion, Chuck Pavloski, at cfp102@psu.edu. Please note that access to Computer Building will require a PSU ID.

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  • April 17, 2017 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

    ICS Cohire Social: “Gravitational Wave Astronomy’s Next Frontier in Computation,” Chad Hanna

    320 Whitmore Lab

    One of the biggest scientific discoveries of this century is the detection of gravitational waves. Join Chad Hanna for a discussion of how computation helped to pave the way to present-day gravitational wave astronomy. Hanna will identify areas in which the field is ready for a paradigm shift in computation and mention projects that can take advantage of future exascale computing resources. Seating is limited; please register by April 10.

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  • April 11, 2017 5:30 pm

    4/11: “Flank Displacement at Reunion Island,” Valerie Cayol

    240 Deike Building

    Volcanologist Valerie Cayol will be giving a talk discussing her work studying the volcanoes in Reunion Island. Dr. Cayol is a CNRS Research Fellow at the Laboratory of Magmas and Volcanoes (LMV) at Blaise Pascal University in France. If you are interested in attending the talk, please contact Christelle Wauthier at cuw25@psu.edu.

  • March 30, 2017 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

    XSEDE HPC Workshop: GPU Programming using OpenACC

    223 Computer Building

    ICS will be hosting a free XSEDE workshop on compiling GPU-capable codes using OpenACC. Participants should bring their own laptops. To register, you will need to have a free XSEDE User Portal account, which you can obtain here. Once you have an account, use this link to register for the workshop. If you have questions, please contact Penn State’s XSEDE Campus Champion, Chuck Pavloski, at cfp102@psu.edu. Please note that access to Computer Building will require a PSU ID.

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  • March 30, 2017 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

    Forum on Driving Digital Innovation

    180 Burke Building, Penn State Behrend

    Penn State’s efforts in Driving Digital Innovation, a key part of the University’s strategic plan, will be discussed in a public forum at Penn State Behrend. The forum will include an overview of the ongoing Strategic Plan implementation process and ideas and initiatives under consideration that relate to “Driving Digital Innovation.” Institute for CyberScience Director Jenni Evans and Associate Director Vasant Honavar will both be panelists. To participate in a live-stream, or learn more about the event, click here.

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  • March 23, 2017 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    Workshop on NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Awards

    319 Walker Building

    Antoinette WinklerPrins, the NSF Program Director of Geography and Spatial Sciences, will lead a workshop on applying for Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement (DDRI) awards from the National Science Foundation. This workshop can be specifically helpful to students applying for DDRIs from Geography and Social Sciences Program (GSS), but will also provide tips and pointers helpful to any student applying for NSF funding.  Space is limited; register here.

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  • March 22, 2017 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

    ICS-ACI User Social: Conrad Tucker on Virtually Merged Clinics

    HUB 233A

    How can humans and robots learn from each other in service of a common goal? Join Dr. Conrad Tucker to discover how statistical sampling and machine learning algorithms can help robots understand how humans perform tasks and enhance human performance. Seating is limited. Please RSVP by March 17. Refreshments will be served!

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  • March 16, 2017 4:40 pm - 5:30 pm

    Global Risks 2035: The Search for a New Normal

    112 Walker Building

    Dr. Mathew Burrows of the Atlantic Council will present on his recent report, “Global Risks 2035: The Search for a New Normal,” and the recently released report from the U.S. National Intelligence Council, “Global Trends: Paradox of Progress.” The objective of the reports is to encourage leaders to see beyond current crises.

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  • February 22, 2017 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

    ACI User Social: Anne McKenna, “Data: Risks, Responsibilities, and Rights”

    HUB 233A

    Have you ever considered the legal implications of your research data use? Come to this month’s ICS-ACI User Social to learn about data and privacy laws, as well as changing attitudes toward data practices associated with the new presidential administration. Seating is limited! Please RSVP by February 17.

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  • February 10, 2017 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

    XSEDE HPC Workshop: Big Data

    118 Wagner Building

    ICS will be hosting a free XSEDE workshop on Big Data (Hadoop and Spark). Workshops are open to all Penn State faculty and students. Participants should bring their own laptops. Space is limited for this workshop. To register, you will need to have a free XSEDE User Portal account, which you can obtain here. Once you have an account, use this link to register for the workshop. If you have questions, please contact Penn State’s XSEDE Campus Champion, Chuck Pavloski, at cfp102@psu.edu.

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  • February 10, 2017 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

    “Getting to Know the Institute for CyberScience and Exploring Hurricanes through Computers”: Coffee Hour with Jenni Evans

    112 Walker Building

    Join Jenni Evans, Professor of Meteorology and Director of ICS, as she discusses how the high-performance computing power supplied by ICS-ACI is used for hurricane research. This lecture is part of a series of events co-sponsored by the Department of Geography and ICS. The talk begins at 4:00 p.m.; refreshments will be served at 3:30 p.m.

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  • February 3, 2017 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm

    Big Data Social Science Speaker Series: Jay Yonamine (Google)

    B001 Sparks

    “Data Science in Industry”

    Jay Yonamine is Head of Data Science for Global Patents at Google, and has previously held data science positions at Bottlenose, RPX, and Allstate. Yonamine completed his PhD in Political Science at Penn State University in 2013, and was an Affiliate of the Big Data Social Science IGERT in its first year, 2012-13.

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  • February 3, 2017 - February 5, 2017 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

    Geospatial Data Science Workshop 2017

    Walker Building and IST Building

    GDS 2017 is an opportunity to learn the skills needed to process, analyze, and visualize large spatial datasets, skills that are becoming increasingly demanded by academia, industry, and government. The workshop consists of a colloquium seminar, multiple hands-on tutorials, and poster presentation session. Participants should bring their own laptops for hands-on sessions. Register for the workshop here.

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  • February 3, 2017 - February 4, 2017 9:15 am - 12:00 pm

    City, Energy, Information Symposium and Workshop

    101 Stuckeman Family Buildings

    The “City, Energy, Information” symposium will provide new insights on how the proliferation of data and novel urban experiments enable innovative technology-driven responses to overcome wider energy and information issues in cities. This symposium is hosted by the Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (SALA), Stuckeman Center for Design Computing (SCDC), and the Institute for the Arts and Humanities (IAH). Learn more and RSVP here.

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  • February 3, 2017 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

    “SKOPE: A CyberGIS Approach for Understanding Past Environments,” Geography Coffee Hour with Jonathan Rush

    112 Walker Building

    Jonathan Rush will introduce a cyberGIS-enabled project to better understand past interactions of human and natural systems. Rush is the education, outreach, and training coordinator for the CyberGIS Center for Advanced Digital and Spatial Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The talk begins at 4:00 p.m. in 112 Walker; refreshments will be served at 3:30 p.m. in 319 Walker. Read more about the speaker series here.

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  • January 27, 2017 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm

    Big Data Social Science Speaker Series: Aylin Caliskan

    B001 Sparks

    “A Story of Discrimination and Unfairness: Bias in Word Embeddings”

    Aylin Caliskan is a Postdoctoral Research Associate and a CITP Fellow at Princeton University. She currently works on big-data-driven discrimination and inference through machine learning.

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  • January 25, 2017 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

    ICS Co-hire Social: Eric Ford

    W203 Millennium Science Complex

    Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics Eric Ford will discuss how statistical and computational methods help astronomers take advantage of the most recent exoplanet-detecting instruments. Come meet other ICS co-hires and learn about how research in other fields might impact your own. Refreshments will be served. RSVP to Louise Troxell at slt29@psu.edu.

  • January 23, 2017 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    The Conversation Research Communication Presentation

    Foster Auditorium, Pattee/Paterno Library

    Editors from The Conversation, a media site written by faculty for the public, will be on campus next week. You’re invited to a presentation on research communication and media opportunities. Come learn how you can share your research with the media and the general public. RSVP: YES, I’D LIKE TO ATTEND

  • January 17, 2017 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

    XSEDE HPC Monthly Workshop: Introduction to OpenMP

    118 Wagner Building

    Interested in improving your high-performance computing skillset? The Institute for CyberScience will be hosting a series of free monthly XSEDE workshops on HPC topics. These workshops are a great way to learn about the latest HPC techniques and technologies.

    The first workshop in the series will be a hands-on introduction to OpenMP programming.

    DATE/TIME: Jan. 17, 2017, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

    LOCATION: 118 Wagner Building

    Workshops are open to all Penn State faculty and students. Participants must bring their own laptops and should possess basic experience working in a Linux-based HPC environment.

    Space is limited for this workshop. To register, you will need to have a free XSEDE User Portal account, which you can obtain here. Once you have an account, use this link to register for the workshop.

    Questions? Please contact Penn State’s XSEDE Campus Champion, Chuck Pavloski, at cfp102@psu.edu.

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  • December 6, 2016 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

    ICS Co-Hire Social: Michael Hallquist

    130 Moore Building

    Curious about what cyber-enabled research looks like in different disciplines? Come to the next ICS Co-Hire Research Social, one of a series of events in which ICS co-hires explain their research and usage of high-performance computing to non-specialists. Meet researchers from other fields and find out how their work might intersect with your own. Refreshments will be served.

    DATE/TIME: December 6, 2016, 4:00-5:30 pm

    LOCATION: 130 Moore Building

    SPEAKER: Michael Hallquist, Assistant Professor of Psychology

    TOPIC: “Understanding the Development of Personality Problems in Adolescents and Young Adults: A Decision Neuroscience Perspective”

    ABSTRACT: Difficulties with emotion regulation and impulsivity are especially pronounced in adolescence and young adulthood, reflecting changes in neurobiology and the social landscape. At the extreme, maladaptive developmental changes in socioemotional and neurobehavioral systems have been linked with risky behaviors, suicide attempts, and self-injury in young people. In this talk, I will review how neural circuits implicated in value-based decision-making and emotion regulation change from adolescence to adulthood. I will then describe a decision neuroscience perspective of borderline personality disorder (BPD) and how computational phenotyping and intensive interpersonal assessment can aid in understanding both brain and behavior in BPD.

  • December 2, 2016 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    Speaker: Dynamic Networks in a Cyber-Mediated World

    102 Walker Building

    This fall, the Institute of CyberScience is co-sponsoring a series of four talks on topics that are at the intersection of Earth science and high-performance computing. This is the third talk of the series.

    December 2nd, 4:00 – 5:00 PM, 102 Walker Building (Refreshments at 3:30)

    Dr. Kathleen Carley, Carnegie Mellon University

    Tentative Title: “Dynamic Networks in a Cyber-Mediated World.”

    Co-Sponsored with the Department of Geography

  • November 28, 2016 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

    ICS-ACI Users Social

    129 A-B HUB-Robeson Center

    You’re invited to the Institute for CyberScience’s first-ever ICS-ACI Users Social! Enjoy some refreshments, meet the ICS staff, and learn about funding opportunities for your research.

    DATE/TIME: Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, 1:30-3:00 pm

    LOCATION: Room 129 A-B, HUB-Robeson Center

    SPEAKER: Dr. Vasant Honavar
    Associate Director, Institute for CyberScience

    TOPIC: “Funding Opportunities for Cyber-Enabled Research”

    Please RSVP to Louise Troxell (slt29@psu.edu) by November 23, 2016. 

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    November 11, 2016 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    Speaker: Results from fusion of RADAR and optical remote sensing

    102 Walker Building

    This fall, the Institute of CyberScience is co-sponsoring a series of four talks on topics that are at the intersection of Earth science and high-performance computing. This is the second talk of the series.

    November 11th, 4:00-5:00PM, 102 Walker Building (Refreshments at 3:30)

    Dr. Barry Haack, George Mason University

    Tentative Title: “Results from fusion of RADAR and optical remote sensing.”

    Co-Sponsored with the Department of Geography

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    November 9, 2016 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

    Speaker: Gridded Probabilistic Forecasts of Weather Parameters with an Analog Ensemble

    102 Walker Building

    This fall, the Institute of CyberScience is co-sponsoring a series of four talks on topics that are at the intersection of Earth science and high-performance computing. This is the first talk of the series.

    November 9th, 3:30 – 4:30 PM, 102 Walker Building

    Dr. Stefano Alessandrini, NCAR

    Title: “Gridded Probabilistic Forecasts of Weather Parameters with an Analog Ensemble.”

    Co-sponsored with the Department of Meteorology

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    November 4, 2016 - November 13, 2016 5:00 pm

    2016 Military Appreciation Week Events

    Penn State Military Appreciation Week, Nov. 4 – 13, 2016

    Join Penn State and the local community in supporting our country’s military service members, veterans and their families!  During Penn State’s Military Appreciation Week, November 4th – 13th, 2016, many events are scheduled to promote awareness and show gratitude for the sacrifices made by our military, both past and present. See attached flyer or visit http://military.psu.edu/ for more details. We hope you can join us in recognition and celebration of our military!

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    October 29, 2016 9:30 am - 5:30 pm

    Sci-Comm Saturday: An Incubator on Science Communication

    Land and Water Research Building Morning Workshop – Science Communication: Research and Practice, 9:30-1:30

     

    The morning session of this SciComm incubator will focus on research collaboration and team-building, with the end goal of building collaborative relationships between communications researchers and biophysical scientists. Researchers can explore how communications research can facilitate broader impacts and improved public understanding and acceptance of their science. STEM and biophysical researchers will have the chance to walk the interdisciplinary talk and brainstorm with communication research faculty from within College of Communications, as well as faculty from Communication Arts and Sciences, Psychology, Sociology and Arts and Architecture. Any researcher (faculty or postdoc) seeking to better understand how to communicate with the public is encouraged to register; in fact, Penn State departments with existing relationships with the College of Communications include Geography, Geosciences, Agricultural Sciences, and Earth and Mineral Sciences. Researchers from health areas are also encouraged to apply.

    Proposals that result from the events may be eligible for seed grants of $5,000 to $10,000. Details on the proposal submission and evaluation process will be announced prior to the event.

    Saturday Keynote: “Communications Research as Broader Impacts Research”

    Lauren Feldman, Associate Professor of Journalism and Media
    Rutgers School of Communication and Information

     

    Broadly, Dr. Feldman’s research focuses on the effects of news and political media on political knowledge, attitudes, and behavior. She is particularly interested in understanding the media’s contribution to political polarization around climate change and in developing and testing message strategies to help reduce partisan and ideological divides.

    Afternoon Workshop – Communicating your Science without “Dumbing it Down”, 2:30-5:30

     

    Following a networking lunch, join us in t he afternoon workshop from 2:30-5:30 p.m. to learn general principles for engaging an audience in complex material without “dumbing it down.” We will discuss approaches for interpreting technical information for a general audience, including the use of clear language, vivid examples, and analogies to connect your audience with unfamiliar topics. We will practice how to craft clear, conversational statements about what you do and why your work matters. Participants will be actively engaged in explaining scientific material to lay people. Then use an actual Penn State research topic and practice your newfound skills on real, live people! In Part 2, participants will get to experience Improvisation for Scientists, a workshop pioneered by science advocate, Alan Alda. Learn how and why this approach can help you better connect with your audience. Practice of some basic improvisation exercises that require focusing closely on others, taking responsibility for the needs of the listener, and connecting more directly and spontaneously with different audiences.

    There is no cost to participate, but all attendees must preregister; the workshop is limited to 40 participants. We will keep a waiting list and your spot will be confirmed via email. Lunch is provided for confirmed all-day registrants at University Park.

    Please find the most up-to-date information, additional links and resources, as well as the online registration form at scicomm.psu.edu.

     

     

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    October 28, 2016 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

    Workshop – Interest-Based Negotiation and Multi-Party Stakeholder Engagement

    Land and Water Research Building

    Lara Fowler, Penn State Law & Institutes of Energy and the Environment

    Explore interest-based negotiation and working with multiple stakeholders. This hands-on workshop is limited to 20 people and will involve role plays to practice skills. Participants will leave with a better understanding of what interest based negotiation is and how to build a framework for working with multiple parties in a constructive fashion, including running an effective meeting that allows for different voices to be heard. This workshop is based on 20+ years of experience working on water and energy issues, including as a facilitator and mediator.

    Note: There is no cost to participate, but pre-registration is required. Limited to 20 participants. We will keep a waiting list, please visit scicomm.psu.edu to add your name.

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    October 24, 2016 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Penn State Security Day

    Heritage Hall, HUB-Robeson Center, University Park Campus

    In an effort to foster further collaboration in the area of security research and teaching at Penn State, a faculty working group (membership below) has developed a set of recommendations aimed at enhancing the University’s performance and reputation in this area. Before the recommendations are finalized, we would like to get feedback from Penn State faculty, staff, and administrators who work in the field of security (broadly defined) and incorporate your perspectives into the final recommendations.

    You are invited to join the working group for Penn State Security Day from 9:00 a.m. to noon on Monday, Oct. 24, in Heritage Hall in the HUB-Robeson Center on Penn State’s University Park campus. The agenda includes a welcome by Executive Vice President and Provost Nicholas P. Jones, an overview of the faculty working group’s recommendations, breakout sessions to discuss individual recommendations, and a plenary session to discuss feedback and next steps.

    After the event, we will revise the recommendations based on the feedback we receive.

    To register for Security Day, please visit pennstatelaw.psu.edu/security-day. Additionally, please feel free to circulate this invitation and the Security Day flyer to your Penn State colleagues who work in the field of security. If you have any questions, please contact Russ Shaffer at rls80@psu.edu or Wyatt DuBois at wed112@psu.edu.

    List of Faculty Working Group members:

    Deanna Behring (Agricultural Sciences); Wayne Figurelle (Institute of Cyberscience); Scott Gartner (School of International Affairs); Peng Liu (Information Sciences Technology); Patrick McDaniel (Computer Science and Engineering); Colonel Gene McFeely, U.S. Air Force (representing all ROTC units); Sascha Meinrath (Communications); Allan Sonsteby (Applied Research Lab); Karen Pollack (World Campus); Alexander Siedschlag (Homeland Security); Eric Silver (Liberal Arts); Dave Titley (EMS/PSIEE)

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    October 24, 2016 4:00 pm

    Seminar – ADRI: Integrating Arts and Design Research with Science and Technology

    Foster Auditorium, Pattee/Paterno Library

    The College of Arts and Architecture established the Arts and Design Research Incubator (ADRI), the goal of which is to help get high-impact arts and design research projects off the ground and in the public eye. Operating within the Arts and Architecture Research Office, ADRI provides seed funding, technical support and workspace to projects that, although often in their initial stages, have a strong probability of attracting future external funding. In keeping with goals outlined in the college’s strategic plan, ADRI projects are typically collaborative and interdisciplinary in nature, push methodological boundaries, link research and teaching, make innovative use of technology, engage with University-wide research initiatives and priorities, and have the potential to garner national and international recognition.

    Andy Belser will be delivering the seminar. Belser is ADRI Director and Director of FaceAge: A Trans-Disciplinary Template for Research and Engagement.

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    October 21, 2016 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

    CCMA Distinguished Lecture Series: Mini-Workshop and Group Discussion

    114 McAllister

    You are invited to the Center of Computational Mathematics and Applications (CCMA) distinguished lecture series which will be given  by Dr. James Demmel, Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science, UC, Berkeley. Dr. Demmel is known for his work on LAPACK and more generally for research in numerical algorithms combining mathematical rigor with high-performance implementation.

    All lectures will take place in 114 McAllister at the times listed below. See the attached poster for additional details.

    Lecture 1: Communication Avoiding Algorithms for Linear Algebra and Beyond
    October 19th, 2016: 11:10 am — 12:00 pm (public lecture for a general audience; lunch will be provided)

    Lecture 2: Implementing Communication Avoiding Algorithms 
    October 19th, 2016: 4:00 pm — 5:00 pm (with tea starting at 3:30 pm)

    Lecture 3: Communication Lower Bounds and Optimal Algorithms for Programs that Reference Arrays
    October 20th, 2016: 11:10 am — 12:00 pm

    Mini-Workshop and Group Discussion
    October 21, 2016: 10:00am — 12:00pm

    Abstracts are available on https://ccma.math.psu.edu/seminars/distinguished-lecture/.

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    October 20, 2016 11:10 am - 12:00 pm

    CCMA Distinguished Lecture Series: Communication Lower Bounds and Optimal Algorithms for Programs that Reference Arrays

    114 McAllister

    You are invited to the Center of Computational Mathematics and Applications (CCMA) distinguished lecture series which will be given  by Dr. James Demmel, Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science, UC, Berkeley. Dr. Demmel is known for his work on LAPACK and more generally for research in numerical algorithms combining mathematical rigor with high-performance implementation.

    All lectures will take place in 114 McAllister at the times listed below. See the attached poster for additional details.

    Lecture 1: Communication Avoiding Algorithms for Linear Algebra and Beyond
    October 19th, 2016: 11:10 am — 12:00 pm (public lecture for a general audience; lunch will be provided)

    Lecture 2: Implementing Communication Avoiding Algorithms 
    October 19th, 2016: 4:00 pm — 5:00 pm (with tea starting at 3:30 pm)

    Lecture 3: Communication Lower Bounds and Optimal Algorithms for Programs that Reference Arrays
    October 20th, 2016: 11:10 am — 12:00 pm

    Mini-Workshop and Group Discussion
    October 21, 2016: 10:00am — 12:00pm

    Abstracts are available on https://ccma.math.psu.edu/seminars/distinguished-lecture/.

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    October 19, 2016 4:00 pm

    COMPASS Plenary – Journalist Discussion Panel

    Foster Auditorium, Pattee/Paterno Library

    Don’t miss the chance to hear directly from leading journalists covering science and technology. COMPASS brings reporters and writers to Penn State to discuss how the media is changing and what it means for communicating science to the public and policymakers. They will share their personal perspectives on how to get your stories told and what makes a good science story, and “do’s and don’ts” of dealing with journalists. This lively session will encourage Q and A. Come early for the best seats!

    Panelists:

    Jon Hamilton – NPR
    Mark Fischetti – Scientific American
    Kate Sheppard – Huffington Post
    Zack Colman – Christian Science Monitor
    Amy Matthews Amos – COMPASS Trainer
    Megan Gilley – COMPASS Trainer

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    October 19, 2016 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm

    Workshop – One Minute to Impress: Grad Student & Post- Doc Message Box Training

    233A HUB

    This COMPASS science communication training will help graduate students and post-docs share what they do, what they know – and most importantly, why it matters – in clear, lively terms. Grounded in the latest research on science communication, this training is designed to help participants find the relevance of their science for the audiences they most want to reach — journalists, policymakers, the public, and even other scientists. Participants will be introduced to The Message Box-COMPASS’ most fundamental tool no matter who you are preparing to communicate with. The Message Box is a powerful tool to help distill what you know and why it matters for your particular audience. There will be time for hands on practice with your peers, and an interactive exercise practicing your “elevator pitch” to explain to others what you do in 30 seconds.

    Pre-registration required! Register online: scicomm.psu.edu

    There is no cost to participate, but all attendees must preregister; the workshop is limited to 50 participants. We will keep a waiting list and your spot will be confirmed via email. Lunch is provided for confirmed registrants from noon to 12:30. The workshop will then be held from 12:30-2:30 p.m.

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    October 19, 2016 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    CCMA Distinguished Lecture Series: Implementing Communication Avoiding Algorithms

    114 McAllister

    You are invited to the Center of Computational Mathematics and Applications (CCMA) distinguished lecture series which will be given  by Dr. James Demmel, Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science, UC, Berkeley. Dr. Demmel is known for his work on LAPACK and more generally for research in numerical algorithms combining mathematical rigor with high-performance implementation.

    All lectures will take place in 114 McAllister at the times listed below. See the attached poster for additional details.

    Lecture 1: Communication Avoiding Algorithms for Linear Algebra and Beyond
    October 19th, 2016: 11:10 am — 12:00 pm (public lecture for a general audience; lunch will be provided)

    Lecture 2: Implementing Communication Avoiding Algorithms 
    October 19th, 2016: 4:00 pm — 5:00 pm (with tea starting at 3:30 pm)

    Lecture 3: Communication Lower Bounds and Optimal Algorithms for Programs that Reference Arrays
    October 20th, 2016: 11:10 am — 12:00 pm

    Mini-Workshop and Group Discussion
    October 21, 2016: 10:00am — 12:00pm

    Abstracts are available on https://ccma.math.psu.edu/seminars/distinguished-lecture/.

    Read More [PDF]
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    October 19, 2016 11:10 am - 12:00 pm

    CCMA Distinguished Lecture Series: Communication Avoiding Algorithms for Linear Algebra and Beyond

    114 McAllister

    You are invited to the Center of Computational Mathematics and Applications (CCMA) distinguished lecture series which will be given  by Dr. James Demmel, Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science, UC, Berkeley. Dr. Demmel is known for his work on LAPACK and more generally for research in numerical algorithms combining mathematical rigor with high-performance implementation.

    All lectures will take place in 114 McAllister at the times listed below. See the attached poster for additional details.

    Lecture 1: Communication Avoiding Algorithms for Linear Algebra and Beyond
    October 19th, 2016: 11:10 am — 12:00 pm (public lecture for a general audience; lunch will be provided)

    Lecture 2: Implementing Communication Avoiding Algorithms 
    October 19th, 2016: 4:00 pm — 5:00 pm (with tea starting at 3:30 pm)

    Lecture 3: Communication Lower Bounds and Optimal Algorithms for Programs that Reference Arrays
    October 20th, 2016: 11:10 am — 12:00 pm

    Mini-Workshop and Group Discussion
    October 21, 2016: 10:00am — 12:00pm

    Abstracts are available on https://ccma.math.psu.edu/seminars/distinguished-lecture/.

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    October 17, 2016 4:00 pm

    Keynote – From Ocean Outlaws and Glue Workers to Fracking and Clean Coal: Perspectives on Communicating Science from NY Times Investigative Reporting and Narrative Story Telling

    Foster Auditorium, Pattee/Paterno Library

    Ian Urbina, reporter with the New York Times, is giving a keynote address on communicating science. Urbina has been an investigative reporter with The New York Times since 2003. He became a senior investigative reporter for the National Desk in 2010, where he wrote a series in 2011, Drilling Down, about the oil and gas industry and fracking.

    His investigations most often focus on worker safety and the environment. He has received a Pulitzer, a Polk, and various other journalism awards. Several of his stories have been made into feature films. His most recent and ongoing series, “The Outlaw Ocean,” explores lawlessness on the high seas. He holds degrees in history from Georgetown and the University of Chicago.

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    October 10, 2016 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

    Seminar – Rethinking Slide Design in Scientific Presentation: The Assertion-Evidence Approach

    Foster Auditorium, Pattee/Paterno Library

    A small, but growing, revolution is occurring in the way that scientists design their presentation slides. This revolution advocates alternatives (based on multimedia learning principles) that challenge PowerPoint’s default structure of a topic-phrase headline supported by a bullet list of subtopics. One such alternative is the assertion-evidence structure, in which a sentence headline states the main message of the slide. That message assertion is then supported not by a bullet list, but by visual evidence.

    Seminar delivered by Michael Alley, Associate Professor of Engineering Communications

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    October 5, 2016 - October 6, 2016 1:00 pm

    Research Penn State 2016

    Research Penn State 2016 is a two-day event providing a glimpse into the diverse research capabilities across five university-wide themes: materials science, cyber science, energy and the environment, social science, and the life sciences.  At Penn State these themes are represented through broad-based institutes that cross the disciplinary boundaries of colleges and departments and are organized under the Office of the Vice President for Research.

    This event encompasses and expands the Materials Research Institute’s annual Materials Day, and is a prelude to Invent Penn State, the new entrepreneurial initiative that kicks off as Research Penn State 2016 draws to a close. Materials Day will return as usual in fall 2017.

    This year’s event will feature speakers on each broad-based theme, focusing on coping and competing with change in its many forms. An expanded poster session with more than 200 interactive posters will highlight Penn State’s broad research expertise, and tutorials will introduce the institutes’ varied insights around the theme of rapid change. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to cross the boundaries of science at one of the world’s great research universities.

    WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5th
    Tools & Tutorials
    Keynote Speaker
    Reception and Industry Mixer

    THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6th
    Technical Presentations
    Interactive Poster Sessions

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    October 3, 2016 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

    Seminar – Everyone Needs an Elevator Pitch: Strategies to Engage Non-Technical Audiences on Technical Research Topics

    Foster Auditorium, Pattee/Paterno Library

    Skilled scientists and engineers must be equipped with not only technical expertise, but also with communication skills that can get others interested in their areas of research. This could mean the difference between success or failure in launching a new business, gaining a grant, or garnering support from the community at large regarding why your work matters. Learn strategies from a business communications expert to condense your key message into a “pitch” that can be given in the duration of a typical elevator ride. Seminar is 1hr 15min.

    Seminar delivered by Andy Gustafson, Smeal College of Business.

  • September 1, 2016 9:00 am - 2:30 pm

    OVPR and Institute Blood Drive

    N201 Millenium Science Complex

    The Office of the Vice President for Research and the Institutes (SSRI, MRI, Huck, PSIEE, and ICS) are sponsoring an American Red Cross Blood Drive at the Millennium Science Complex, Thursday September 1!

    This drive is part of the Red Cross “2016 Bleed Blue Blood Drives”—-Come to donate at our drive and enter a drawing to win a Penn State Football Home Game package for the 2016 PSU home games:  Temple (1), Minnesota (1), Maryland (1), Ohio State (2), Iowa (1) and Michigan State (1)!

    The event will occur Thursday, September 1, 2016, 9:00 AM-2:30 PM,  at the Materials Research Institute (N201 Millennium Science Complex). Donation is easy and should take no more than one hour of your time (1.5 hours for double-red donations).

    Summer means a lot of people on vacation, which both increases the potential need for blood and decreases the number of people available to donate–so every possible donor is needed! With the support of the VP for Research and the Institutes, our last blood drives on June 9 and 13 surpassed their goals–thank you to all who came to donate!!  Let’s make our Sept. 1 drive a success as well–make an appointment to donate today!

    Appointments are strongly encouraged, although walk-ins are also welcome. Staffing for the drive is based on how many appointments are made prior to the drive, so while walk-ins will be accommodated, the drive is more likely to stay on schedule if the majority of donors have appointments.

    To make an appointment, go to http://www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code ‘PSU’ (or zip code 16802) in the ‘Find a Blood Drive’ field on the upper right. A list of blood drives in the area will come up; choose ‘Millennium Science Complex’ on September 1. Click to schedule an appointment on the left; you will need to create a username and password the first time. For subsequent donations, you will be able to log in to your own page and go from there. Click the time you want for your appointment, and you will receive a confirming email. You may also call the blood drive coordinator, Joanne Aller, at 814-865-2896, or email her at jam28@psu.edu; she will be able to make an appointment for you.

    Both whole blood and double-red donations will be accepted. To donate blood, you must be at least 17 years old, weigh 110 lbs. and be in good health.  To make a Double Red Cell donation, certain other height and weight criteria must also be met. Go to http://www.redcrossblood.org/donating-blood/eligibility-requirements, or call 866-236-3276, for more eligibility information.

     

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    August 31, 2016 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

    Immigration Issues after U.S. v. Texas: A Community Dialogue

    Room 201, Municipal Building, 243 S. Allen Street, State College, PA

    Join a community dialogue on immigration issues featuring perspectives from law, local government, faith, and community. Mark your calendar and RSVP to centerforimmigrantsr@law.psu.edu.

    This event is being co-sponsored by Penn State Law, the Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic, the Penn State College of the Liberal Arts, the School of Labor and Employee Relations, the Centre County Women’s Resource Center, the Borough of State College, and the Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition.

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  • August 18, 2016 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    Round-Table Discussion on Science Policy with Congressman Glenn Thompson

    W201 Millenium Science Complex

    Come join Congressman Glenn Thompson, U.S. Representative for Pennsylvania’s 5th District, for a round-table discussion on science policy. Rep. Thompson earned his B.A. from Penn State University and a master’s degree from Temple University. He has represented the PA 5th District since 2008. He currently serves on the Committee on Agriculture, the Committee on Education and the Workforce, and the Committee on Natural Resources.

    This event is being hosted by Penn State’s Science Policy Society. Visit the SPS facebook page here for more information:

    https://www.facebook.com/PSU-Science-Policy-Society-622519504537319/

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    July 21, 2016 4:00 pm

    From Astrophysics to the AAAS: A Talk with Dr. Josh Shiode

    W201 Millenium Science Complex

    Please join the Penn State Science Policy Society for a conversation with Dr. Josh Shiode, Senior Government Relations Officer with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Dr. Shiode will talk about his experience transitioning into science policy and his workload as a Government Relations officer for the AAAS. Come learn how to put your science training to use in a public advocacy career! The event will be on July 21st at 4PM in W201 Millenium Science Complex.

    Dr. Shiode earned a Ph.D. in astrophysics from UC Berkeley and then joined the American Astronomical Society as a John N. Bahcall Public Policy Fellow. He joined AAAS in his current role in 2015.

    After the talk, there will be a happy hour at Liberty Craft House.

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    July 19, 2016 - June 21, 2016 7:00 am

    Gravitational Wave Summer Camp

    The Institute for CyberScience and the Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos will host a three-day summer camp for Centre Region high school students to learn about searching for gravitational waves. There will be hands-on experience building and operating a miniature high throughput computer cluster. In addition, students will participate in informal lectures on gravitational wave astrophysics, data analysis and computing.

    Qualifications

    • Be enrolled as a student in grade 9-12 from a school within the Centre Region

    • Submission of statement on why you are interested in attending and what you hope to learn

    Registration and Cost

    There is no cost to attend the summer camp. We anticipate accepting approximately 10 students from grades 9-12 and we encourage a diverse climate among our participants. Applicants meeting the qualifications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

    The deadline for registration is June 27, 2016.

    For more information and registration visit: http://gravity.psu.edu/events/gravwavecamp/

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    June 6, 2016 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    Dealing with an excess of zeros in disease mapping: Some insights into ZIP and hurdle Poisson models

    327 Thomas Building

    Speaker:  Miguel A. Martinez-Beneito, PhD. Foundation for the Promotion of Health and Biomedical Research (FISABIO), Valencia, Spain

    Abstract: Zero-inflated data are observations that contain a large proportion of zeros. Spatial zero-inflated data are common in ecology and disease modeling. In particular, geographically referenced mortality datasets are typically zero-inflated, which can pose considerable modeling and computational challenges, especially when these data sets are large. The zero-inflated Poisson (ZIP) model has been commonly used for such data in  disease mapping. The use of hurdle  models, which offer an alternative to zero-inflation models, has been relatively rare in disease mapping. In this talk we show that a careful treatment of the zeros is often required for achieving an appropriate fit in disease mapping studies since otherwise geographical units with lower expected counts are oversmoothed toward neutral risks. Although zero-inflation alleviates the excess of zeros, it does not do it well enough, yielding, at the very least, biased estimates (underestimates) of the number of zeros. On the other hand, we find that some specific implementations of hurdle models yield an improved fit in terms of the number of zeros estimated by the model. Moreover, some specific implementations of hurdle models correct the aforementioned oversmoothing of risks in the smallest units, depicting a less conservative left-tail of the distribution of risks, which is more suited to the available data. We will apply these models to a large mortality dataset. We will compare their performance on 46 different causes of mortality in the Valencian Region during the period 1986-2013, a region of Spain with over 5 million inhabitants.

    This talk is being co-sponsored by the Department of Statistics and the Institute for CyberScience.

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    April 15, 2016 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

    War in the 21st Century: Cyberterrorism, Cybersecurity, and the Law of War

    Sutliff Auditorium, Lewis Katz Building

    The Penn State Journal of Law and International Affairs presents its 2016 symposium:

    War in the 21st Century: Cyberterrorism, Cybersecurity, and the Law of War

    The way war is fought is an evolving process, and cyberattacks have become an increasingly important aspect in waging war. One of the main reasons for the rise in cyberattacks stems from the flexibility in the ways such attacks may be carried out. The flexibility of cyberattacks allows both individuals as well as governments as a whole to act and provides the ability to affect a large number of people and cause widespread damage. It also allows minimally capable militaries to level the playing field with more sophisticated conventional military powers.

    The consequences of not being prepared can be devastating to our nation, both to national security and economic order, and the United States should be wary of falling into the trap of “fighting the last war.” It is with this in mind that the Penn State Journal of Law and International Affairs invites you to its 2016 symposium, “War in the 21st Century: Cyberterrorism, Cybersecurity, and the Law of War.”

    For more details see pennstatelaw.psu.edu/war-21st-century

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    April 13, 2016 11:10 am

    Faculty Co-Hire Candidate

    202 IST Building

    Siddhartha Jonnalagadda

    Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning Applications in Biomedicine

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    April 6, 2016 11:10 am

    Faculty Co-Hire Candidate

    202 IST Building

    Arjun Krishnan

    Bringing big genomic data into focus for understanding multicellular function and disease

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    April 5, 2016 9:15 am - 4:30 pm

    Free COMSOL Multiphysics Workshop

    206 Smeal College of Business

    COMSOL will give a free multiphysics modeling
    workshop at the Penn State University, where you will get
    hands-on experience with COMSOL Multiphysics®, Heat Transfer and Fluid Flow.

    Who should attend? Anyone interested in simulating and optimizing
    engineering phenomena based on PDEs, such as structural mechanics,
    heat transfer, electromagnetics, fluid flows, etc. Applications of
    the software are found in virtually every area of science and
    engineering.

    AM Session
    9:15am – 9:30am Registration
    9:30am – 11:00am Introduction to COMSOL Multiphysics
    11:00am – 11:15am Coffee Break
    11:15am – 12:00pm Application Builder and COMSOL Server™

    12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch, provided by COMSOL

    PM Session 4
    1:00pm – 1:30pm Optimization
    1:30pm – 2:00pm Guest Speakers
    2:00pm – 3:00pm Fluid Flow & Heat Transfer
    3:00pm – 4:30pm Hands-On Tutorial

    Registration: http://www.comsol.com/events/id/71441/

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    April 4, 2016 11:10 am

    Faculty Co-Hire Candidate

    202 IST Building

    Hai Phan

    YesiWell: Human Behavior Modeling in Health Social Networks

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    April 1, 2016 10:00 am

    Faculty Co-Hire Candidate

    202 IST Building

    Xiang Zhang

    Scalable, Robust, and Integrative Algorithms for Analyzing Big Network Data

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    March 30, 2016 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    CTSI co-sponsors presentation on Rigor & Reproducibility – new NIH grant requirements

    218 BBH and 116 Henderson

    See the attached PDF for information regarding this event.

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    March 23, 2016 11:10 am

    Faculty Co-Hire Candidate

    202 IST Building

    Sunghoon Ivan Lee

    Mobile and Connected Health:
    Towards a Proactive and Patient-centered Healthcare System Using Wearable Sensors and Networks

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    March 22, 2016 - May 24, 2016 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    Ben Franklin’s TechCelerator program

    Ben Franklin’s TechCelerator @State College is inviting area entrepreneurs, graduate students, or researchers to participate in their next 10-Week Boot Camp. If you have a new, tech-based business idea that you’ve been eager to implement, check out this program. The programs is providing up to $1,000 toward startup costs plus the chance to pitch your business idea to a panel of entrepreneurs at the completion of the course.  The top team will receive $10,000 in seed funding to help get the business off the ground. Business mentoring from Ben Franklin’s Transformation Business Services Network and Penn State’s Small Business Development Center staff will be available at no cost.  You’ll come away from this experience with a viable business model in addition to a list of networking contacts and a path forward.  But, perhaps the most important thing you will gain is the confidence that comes from knowing if it’s the right time for you to start your own tech-business – or not. The Boot Camp is free of charge, but space is limited. Contact Don McCandless at 814-865-2040 orDLM74@psu.edu<mailto:DLM74@psu.edu>.  The deadline for applications is March 4, 2016. Read More [PDF] More Information
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    February 12, 2016 - March 27, 2016 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

    The Environmental Protection Agency’s 2016 TRI University Challenge

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) program is excited to continue the TRI University Challenge! Through the 2016 Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) University Challenge, the EPA is challenging the academic community to find innovative ways to use TRI data to promote more informed decision-making and action on the part of communities, manufacturers, and government.

    The TRI Program publishes data on the disposal or other releases of over 650 toxic chemicals from thousands of U.S. industrial and federal facilities. It provides information about how facilities manage those toxic chemicals through recycling, energy recovery, and treatment. One of TRI’s primary purposes is to inform communities about toxic chemical releases to our environment. This year, the top priorities will be proposals that promote broader use of TRI data by academics and other external users and those that use TRI to measure program effectiveness.

    In addition to the focal areas above, students and professors are encouraged to submit innovative project proposals that increase the knowledge, use, and understanding of TRI data and other related information. Institutions whose project proposals are selected will serve as 2016 TRI University Challenge partners. Partners will receive direct, non-monetary support from EPA TRI staff experts, and, depending on the outcome of their project, may receive national recognition for their project as well as speaking opportunities at conferences and events including the 2016 TRI National Training Conference.

    Application Deadline

    EPA will be accepting 2016 TRI University Challenge applications between February 12 and March 27, 2016. Award applications must be submitted electronically to TRIUniversityChallenge@epa.gov by midnight onMarch 27, 2016, to be considered. Applicants will be contacted regarding their application status by June 1, 2016.

    Take Action!

    –  Sign-up to receive TRI University Challenge event details and important reminders in your inbox

    –  Visit the TRI University Challenge webpage to learn more about the Challenge

    –  Attend an informational webinar at 12:00 Eastern on February 24 to learn more about TRI, the University Challenge, what makes a winning proposal, and how you can join the movement

    –  Contact Caitlin Briere, the TRI University Challenge lead, with any questions about participating

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    January 28, 2016 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    ICS Day

    HUB Heritage Hall

    ICS invites you to the upcoming ICS Day event on 28 January from 3-5pm in the HUB Heritage Hall. This event serves to showcase our outstanding ICS co-hires and to update the research community on current events at ICS.

    The ICS co-hires demonstrate exciting new directions in cyber- and data-enabled research. We will have brief talks from Michael Hallquist (Psychology), Timothy R. Brick (HDFS), and Bruce Desmarais (Political Science), followed by a poster session with our speakers and Guido Cervone (Geography), Edward P. O’Brien (Chemistry), Xiaofeng Liu (CEE), Reuben Kraft (MNE), and Steven Greybush (Meteorology). Come discuss their research with them and learn about their labs and projects.

    Vice President for Research Neil Sharkey will introduce Jenni L. Evans (Meteorology) as the new Interim Director of ICS. As the announcement from Neil’s office explains, “Jenni is taking over for Padma Raghavan who is stepping down as the founding Director of ICS to become Vice Provost for Research at Vanderbilt University.  Evans will assume responsibilities for the management and direction of ICS while we conduct a national search for the next permanent director of this vitally important Penn State Institute.” Jenni will speak briefly about her new role. This will be an excellent opportunity to welcome Jenni as the new Director and to talk with her about ICS. We will also provide some information about our plans for the coming year.

    After the ICS day event, Neil will host a reception for Padma as she prepares for her move to Vanderbilt. We will convene in the same space from 5-6pm. This will be a chance to express our gratitude for everything Padma has done for Penn State and to wish her the best in her new role.

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    January 28, 2016 10:00 am - 11:00 am

    Mechanistic Aspects of Resting-State Functional Connectivity

    210 Hallowell Building

    Live video stream viewing available at: W310 Millennium Science Building

    Xiao Liu, PhD

    Neuroimaging Research Fellow

    National Institutes of Health

    Resting-state functional Magnetic Resonance Image (rsfMRI) signal correlation has been widely used for mapping brain connectivity. Empirical findings from a large number of rsfMRI studies have revolutionized our understanding of the organization of large-scale brain networks and their abnormalities in many brain diseases. However, the neurophysiological basis underlying this images-base measure remains elusive. In this seminar, I describe three research projects that aimed at promoting mechanistic understanding of the resting-state fMRI connectivity. Combining multimodal recordings from animals and humans under various brain conditions, these projects suggest the neural origin of the resting-state connectivity under deep anesthesia, provide insight into the dynamic nature of the resting-state connectivity, and reveal the electrophysiological correlates of network-specific and global non-specific components of fMRI correlations, as well as their behavioral relevance.

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    December 3, 2015 9:00 am - 10:00 am

    Sponsored Talk: Introduction to Hyperspectral Imagery and Analysis

    319 Walker

    This lecture provides an overview of the basics of hyperspectral imagery and its analysis methods. The lecture begins with a discussion of the collection geometry of the sensor and scene and progresses into the radiance equation and the physical basis of the collected spectra and the generated imagery. The discussion of analysis methods focuses on understanding the interrelated spectral and imagery information and how that information is used for mapping or direct material detection applications. Graduate level discussions will explore the newest challenges in spectral imagery collection and its impacts in future Big Data analysis.

    Bio: Dr. Mark Salvador is president of Zi Inc.  He worked as Chief Architect of Hyperspectral Systems at Harris (previously Exelis) from 2013 to 2015.   Previously he worked as Deputy Director of Technology at Logos Technology from 2008 to 2013.  He holds a Ph.D. of computational sciences and informatics from George Mason University.  He works on the development of remote sensing hyperspectral cameras, and the analysis of the collected data.

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    November 20, 2015 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    NSF Big Data Spokes Solicitation

    201A Information Sciences and Technology Building

    We will hold a meeting on Friday, November 20 at 12 noon in room 201A Information Sciences and Technology Building for sharing information about the NSF Big Data Spokes Solicitation with Penn State faculty who might be interested in responding to the solicitation.

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    November 13, 2015 10:05 am - 11:00 am

    ICS Sponsored Talk: Towards the Science of Cyberinfrastructure

    327 Thomas

    Dr. Shantenu Jha,  Rutgers University

    In the first part of the talk we will discuss how we are laying the
    foundations for the design and architecture of the next-generation of
    distributed cyberinfrastructure.  In the second part of the talk, we
    will introduce RADICAL-Cybertools — a standards-based,
    abstraction-driven approach to High-Performance Distributed
    Computing.  RADICAL Cybertools builds upon important theoretical
    advances, production software development best practices and
    carefully analyzed usage and programming models.  We will discuss
    several science and engineering applications that are currently using
    RADICAL Cybertools to utilize DCIs in a scalable and extensible
    fashion.  We will conclude with a discussion of the connection
    between the two challenges and thus the first steps towards the
    “Science of Cyberinfrastructure”.

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    November 6, 2015 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

    ICS Sponsored Talk: Identifying power outage using remote sensing data

    319 Walker

    Dr. George Panteras

    This work will discuss the detection and monitoring of power outages in India using nighttime lights satellite data. Dr. Panteras’ research interests are focused in GIS, remote sensing, crowdsourced geospatial data, and data mining. More specifically his research involved spatial scene similarity, fusion of satellite data and crowdsourced data for the case of natural hazards, and spatio-temporal analysis of social media data (twitter, flickr).

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    October 23, 2015 10:10 am - 11:10 am

    Integer Programming Models for Feature Selection and Supervised Learning

    327 Thomas

    Dr. Giovanni Felici, Istituto di Analisi dei Sistemi ed Informatica Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Roma (Italy)

    We describe a machine learning method based on the use of integer and logic programming models. First, we show how the extraction of separating formulas from data can be achieved via the iterative solution of a number of minimum cost satisfiability problems. Next, we show how good separating features can be extracted from very large data sets using mixed integer programming models based on a set covering formulation solved with an ad-hoc randomized meta-heuristic. We present several examples of applications to biomedical data, as well as software tools based on our approach.

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    October 19, 2015 - October 20, 2015 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

    Workshop on Sustainable Electric Power Systems

    Nittany Lion Inn

    Full details available at http://www.energy.psu.edu/cseps/?q=seminars.html.

    Dates: 10/19 from 12pm to 8pm and 10/20 from 8am to 6pm

    Synopsis:

    This single-track workshop is expected to bring together a broad collection of researchers from within and without Penn State with two explicit purposes: (i) the identification of key challenges in the design, operation, and management of power system and markets from the macro to micro scale; and (ii) the prescription of the needed advances in systems/models/theory/algorithms to address these challenges, necessitating the development of broad and inter-disciplinary teams. We would like this to be a single panel conference with three plenary speakers and a set of talks and discussions that are aligned with each of these speakers, with the hope of leaving significant time for open discussion.

    Conference chairs: Uday V. Shanbhag and Mort D. Webster

    Registration: http://www.energy.psu.edu/cseps/?q=registration.html

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    October 15, 2015 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

    DNA Barcoding for Species Classification: Methods, Algorithms and Results

    519 Wartik

    Dr. Giovanni Felici, Istituto di Analisi dei Sistemi ed Informatica Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Roma (Italy)

    We present alternative supervised learning approaches for the automated recognition of species through the analysis of DNA samples. We compare different methods based on the use of the “barcode” extracted from the CO1 region (648 base-pairs in the mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase 1 gene) of several animal species, methods based on conserved non-coding sequences, and methods based on full-genome alignment-free analysis of bacteria.

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    June 12, 2015 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Distinguished Lecture Series, Dr. Christopher G. Chute

    102 Chemistry Building

    Big Data Meets Healthcare: The case for comparability and consistency

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    June 12, 2015 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

    Distinguished Lecture Series, Dr. Michelle Dunn

    102 Chemistry Building

    Data Science at the National Institutes of Health

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  • May 22, 2017 - May 23, 201711:00 am

    Penn State Energy Days

    Energy Days is an annual conference (May 22–23, 2017) tha…

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  • May 18, 2017 - May 19, 201711:00 am - 5:00 pm

    XSEDE HPC Monthly Workshop: Big Data

    This workshop will focus on topics such as Hadoop and Spark …

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