21
Apr
2017

Politico Magazine features the Data Science for Social Good project with the City of Syracuse using data to predict water main breaks  so that the city can make proactive repairs rather than responding to catastrophe.

19
Apr
2017

The electric cars, manned spacecraft, and must-have devices of tomorrow will all be built with discoveries made today in materials science. But to find the alloys, nanomaterials, and polymers that will enable these future technologies requires scaling up how researchers store, share, analyze, and sift through the surge of materials data from academia, national facilities, and industry.

17
Apr
2017

From its beginning, the Globus vision was to make research easier for scientists, taking on the burden of the annoying and tedious data tasks to make more time for the actual science. Gradually, the service has increased its toolbox from transfer and sharing to analysis and discovery, tapping the potential of the cloud to handle the tricky business of research data management. At Globusworld 2017, the spotlight was appropriately on “labs” -- both the internal working on new features and the external using Globus services to boost their science.

06
Apr
2017

Renovations beginning this spring will provide a vibrant new home in the John Crerar Library building for the Department of Computer Science and the Computation Institute. Included as well are renovated library spaces to provide a range of research services for faculty and students on campus. Combined, these efforts will transform the building into an exciting campus hub for collaboration, instruction, research and support, especially around computing and data science.

03
Apr
2017

Reader preferences for liberal or conservative political books also attract them to different types of science books, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Chicago, Yale, and Cornell. The result supports observations that the divisiveness of politics in the United States has spread to scientific communication as well, endangering the role of science as politically neutral ground.

15
Mar
2017

The most vulnerable individuals in society often struggle with long-lasting, multi-faceted challenges such as mental illness, substance abuse, chronic health conditions, and homelessness. Individuals experiencing these difficulties tend to interact with public services and departments frequently, yet many communities struggle to identify them and meet their needs in meaningful and cost-effective ways. Read how Data Science for Social Good and the Center for Data Science and Public Policy are working with a Kansas county on data-driven strategies to intervene earlier with those in need of comprehensive assistance.

09
Mar
2017

As more researchers turn to whole genome sequencing, the data challenges increase.  A new $1.58 million award from the National Institutes of Health equips Globus Genomics to develop new tools and services that help geneticists overcome these obstacles and unlock new discoveries.

07
Mar
2017

Personal computers and smartphones have democratized computing around the world, giving regular people access to technology capable of conducting billions of calculations per second. But a significant computing gap remains between consumer technology and the high-performance computers used in national laboratories and universities, and not just because of the state-of-the-art supercomputers that only these institutions can afford to run.

Chicago Magazine
01
Mar
2017

Most people don't want to imagine an earthquake or deadly disease outbreak hitting their city, but for a team at Argonne National Laboratory, envisioning the worst is their job. Chicago Magazine recently profiled Argonne's Global Security Sciences division, including the Social and Behavioral Systems group led by CI Senior Fellow Chick Macal, which uses agent-based modeling techniques to simulate various types of disaster scenarios.

13
Feb
2017

What does the field of science look like? Is there a metaphor that can accurately describe millions of scientists in hundreds of countries, simultaneously collaborating, competing, and crawling towards new discoveries? In his talk at the Computation Institute on February 3rd, UCLA’s Jacob Foster proposed one humble comparison -- the complex communities of ants.