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Indiana University Pervasive Technology Institute News May 2015
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NSA DSA Logos IU earns cybersecurity designations from NSA and Homeland Security

The National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security have renewed IU's designations as a Center for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense Education and Center for Academic Excellence Information Assurance/Cyber Defense Research through academic year 2021. The NSA's Lynn Hathaway said the university's "ability to meet the increasing demands of the program criteria will serve the nation well in contributing to the protection of the national information infrastructure." The IU Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research, a research center affiliated with the Pervasive Technology Institute, and the School of Informatics and Computing distinguish IU as a leader in cybersecurity.

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IU Logo 15 teams to share $1M in grants

Research teams representing 21 departments from eight schools on three IU campuses will share $1M in grants through the IU Collaborative Research Grants program. IU Vice President for Research Jorge José says the program "continues to increase the capacity for our investigators to do meaningful and innovative work through new partnerships."

Read more about these grant awards

Operation Icebridge IU on board for NASA Operation IceBridge

Research flights are underway in Thule, Greenland, for the Spring 2015 campaign of NASA's Operation IceBridge mission. IceBridge is the largest airborne survey of Earth's polar ice ever flown. IU created the Forward Observer to support data capture and processing while NASA's radar plane is in flight. Recent research shows that seabed topology underneath the Totten Glacier of East Antarctica is contributing to the Glacier's melting at higher-than-before-thought rates.

Watch the latest Operation Icebridge video

Vertebrate image IU Cyberinfrastructure: Unlocking the secrets of vertebrate evolution

Using Quarry, a supercomputer at Indiana University, two professors arrived at a compelling new explanation for why snake skeletons are so different: Vertebrates like mammals, birds, and crocodiles evolved additional skeletal regions independently from ancestors like snakes and lizards.

Read more about these findings

Beth Plale IU informatics professor is at the forefront of innovations in data research

Beth Plale is a professor in IU's data science program, director of IU's Data to Insight Center, and science director of the Pervasive Technology Institute, founder and co-director of the HathiTrust Research Center, a collaborative research center founded by IU and the University of Illinois, and the HathiTrust Digital Library.

Click here to read more about Dr. Plale

Conferences and Events

Ready Set Robots Robot It's time for Ready, Set, Robots!

IU's popular summer camp for teens begins June 5. Kids in grades 7-12 learn about IT and have lots of fun as they work alongside IU's technology professionals. Sign up for one of three camps. The 1st and 2nd camp require no experience; the 3rd camp requires experience in computer programming or LEGO® Mindstorms®.

First camp: June 4–5 (for grades 7-12; no experience needed)
Second camp: June 25−26
Advanced camp: July 16−17

Cyberinfrastructure Building
2709 E. 10th Street, Bloomington.

Questions? Email:

Click here for more information and to register

IU Logo Town Hall Meeting: Grand Challenges at IU Bloomington

When: May 11, 2015, 2:30-4pm
Where: Whittenberger Auditorium, Indiana Memorial Union, Indiana University Bloomington

Provost Lauren Robel and Interim Vice Provost for Research Rick Van Kooten invite you to a Town Hall Meeting about Grand Challenges at IU Bloomington. Grand Challenges are research initiatives that attack big questions whose answers lie beyond current bounds of knowledge and often require cross-disciplinary collaboration.

IEEE Logo Call for Papers: Campus Bridging: Reducing Obstacles on the Path to Big Answers IEEE Cluster 2015

Workshop: Campus Bridging: Reducing Obstacles on the Path to Big Answers at IEEE Cluster 2015

September 8, 2015, Chicago, IL
Submissions Deadline: May 25, 2015

Participants will situate campus bridging in the context of cluster computing. We will discuss issues that campus bridging attempts to resolve and some projects the XSEDE Campus Bridging team have completed in aiming to mitigate those challenges.

Conference website - Workshop Info - Submissions

Learning Opportunities

LCI Logo Linux Clusters Institute in May

May 18-22, 2015
University of Oklahoma
Norman, Oklahoma

If you are a Linux system administrator new to HPC, this workshop is for you. In five days you will:

  • Learn HPC system administration concepts and technologies
  • Get hands-on skills building a small test cluster in lab sessions
  • Discuss with experts  
Click here for more info and registration

Azure Logo Using Microsoft Azure Workshop

When: Wednesday, May 20
Location: IUPUI Campus Center 420 University Blvd Indianapolis, IN 46202

Faculty, researchers, IT decision-makers and practitioners who support the R&E community: Learn how faculty and researchers use Microsoft Azure for analytics, business intelligence, machine learning, teaching and learning, research and more. This session is presented by Microsoft and Internet2.

Click here for more info and registration

Consulting icon Thursdays at the Scholars' Commons with UITS Research Technologies

Herman B Wells Library, 10am-6pm

One-on-one consults. Topics:

  • May 7: Campus bridging – connecting to local/national resources / Data storage
  • May 14: Visualization services
/ Grant support
/ Science gateways
  • May 21: Biomedical, biological, & health-related research
/ Education, outreach, and training
  • May 28: Computation
/ Analysis software delivery and support

Get more information.


RT HPC Logo Retirement of PFTP/Kerberized FTP for Scholarly Data Archive

Research Technologies is announcing the retirement of the PFTP/Kerberized FTP service to access the Scholarly Data Archive. There are just four users that have used this client in the last 18 months, and therefore, due to low usage, we are retiring it on August 2, 2015.

Read more about the PFTP Retirement

PTI events calendar
More conferences and events:

Systems Administration
Maintenance windows:

  • Big Red ll: First Tuesday each month, 7am-7pm EDT
  • DC2/DCWAN: First Tuesday each month, 7am-7pm EDT
  • Mason: First Tuesday each month, 7am-7pm EDT
  • Quarry: First Tuesday each month, 7am (EDT) for 24 hours
  • RDC: First Tuesday each month, 8am-5pm EDT
  • Scholarly Data Archive/Research File System: Sundays, 7-10am EDT
  • Emergency downtimes: See IT Notices:

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