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Former NASA astronaut and UTEP alumnus Danny Olivas, Ph.D., will join UTEP President Diana Natalicio and Ann Gates, Ph.D., director of UTEP’s Cyber-ShARE Center of Excellence and professor and chair of the Department of Computer Science, for an announcement about his new partnership with the University regarding space initiatives.

UTEP is home to the Center for Space Exploration Technology Research (cSETR), a NASA-affiliated University Research Center that promotes research and education in propulsion and energy engineering. cSETR actively conducts a wide range of analytical, experimental and computational research, which includes the study of liquid methane, a new form of green fuel that could power space shuttles, and the construction of bricks using moon dust to create structures on the moon.

In addition, the University is home to a NASA Science, Engineering, Mathematics and Aerospace Academy (SEMAA) and Aerospace Education Lab (AEL) to enhance opportunity and excitement in science, technology, engineering and math in K-12 students.

The announcement will be made in the Chemistry Computer Science Building courtyard at 9:30am on Tuesday August 13.


Discovery Informatics Symposium:
AI Takes a Science-Centered View on Big Data

November 15ñ17, 2013, Arlington, VA (USA)
AAAI Fall Symposium Series


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Discovery Informatics focuses on intelligent systems aimed at accelerating discovery, particularly in science but also from any data-rich domain. It is a generalization of scientific informatics work (e.g., medical-, bio-, eco- or geo-informatics) that seeks to apply principles of intelligent computing and information systems in order to understand, automate, improve, and innovate any aspects of discovery processes. A range of AI research is directly relevant including process representation and workflows; intelligent interfaces; causal reasoning; machine learning; knowledge representation and engineering; semantic web; advanced visualization toolkits and social computing. The proposed symposium builds on two prior successful meetings held in 2012: an NSF workshop and a AAAI Fall Symposium.

The application of AI approaches to assist in scientific discovery is an open ended knowledge-driven challenge with a very high potential impact. Following the delineation of three important areas of interest at previous meetings: (1) social computing for discovery; (2) computational support of discovery and (3) possible new models and data, we now seek to include ëBig Dataí approaches in our view of discovery informatics, which provides the theme of this symposium.


This symposium will provide a forum for researchers interested in understanding the role of AI techniques in improving or innovating scientific processes. We encourage submissions that: (1) build on success stories that provide a contextual understanding of why certain approaches worked in scientific domains; (2) push the envelope of discoveries in big data; (3) characterizes the act of discovery as a computing challenge for intelligent systems.

Specific topics of discussion include, but are not limited to:

ï What are the broad AI challenges in discovery in big data?
ï How can we support the way scientists approach big data?
ï How do we get to big data from smaller data through automated or assisted integration and aggregation?
ï What integrated AI capabilities are needed to tackle big data in science?
ï How can we improve our understanding of science and discovery processes and the role of AI in the context of those processes?
ï How can we capture science processes and open them to scientists in other disciplines and the broader public?
ï Can AI be effective in facilitating insights and looking for knowledge gaps using big data?

The symposium will be organized around thematic sessions. Each session will include paper presentations and in some cases invited speakers, followed by discussions.

Submissions should be up to 6 pages, using the AAAI style files. Submissions shall be made through the EasyChair website : https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=dis2013.


Gully APC Burns, University of Southern California
Yolanda Gil, University of Southern California
Yan Liu, University of Southern California
Natalia Villanueva-Rosales, University of Texas at El Paso

Program Committee:
Jose Luis Ambite, University of Southern California
Yigal Arens, University of Southern California
Paolo Ciccarese, Harvard University
Kevin B. Cohen, University of Colorado
Roxana M. Danger Mercaderes, Imperial College London
Helena Deus, DERI Ireland
Michel Dumontier, Carleton University
Anita de Waard, Reed Elsevier
Tudor Groza, University of Queensland
Paul Groth, VU University Amsterdam
Melissa Haendel, Oregon Health & Science University
Yongqun He, University of Michigan
Deana Pennington, University of Texas at El Paso
Pedro Szekely, University of Southern California
Karin Verspoor, National ICT Australia


New Submission deadline: June 7, 2013
Notification to authors: July 5, 2013
Camera-ready due: September 2, 2013
Registration deadline: September 20, 2013
Symposium: November 15-17, 2013

SACNAS National Conference 2013
October 3-6, 2013
San Antonio, Texas

Poster Submissions

Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to participate in the Poster Session. Submit an abstract through the SACNAS submission website on or before April 3, 2013, click here to vist.

A second submission opportunity will be opened for undergraduate students attending undergraduate summer research programs (i.e., NSF-REU, NIH-R25). This deadline for is July 3, 2013.

Students must submit a travel scholarship application through the SACNAS website, click here to visit.

Process for CAHSI Students*

1. Notify Dr. Nestor J. Rodríguez (nestor@ece.uprm.edu) when you have submitted your abstract and application for the travel scholarship. Please let Dr. Rodriguez know if you plan to submit during the summer submission period.

2. Do the following when submitting your abstract and travel scholarship application:
o Discipline: select “Computer/Information Sciences.”

o This selection will trigger the question: “Are you a CAHSI (Computing Alliance of Hispanic-Serving Institutions) student?” Select YES.

This will help to secure your funding as a CAHSI student, improve the mentoring/abstract review process, and increase your visibility at the SACNAS National Conference.

*CAHSI Institutions: California State University at Dominguez Hills, California State University at San Marcos, Florida International University, Miami Dade College, Navajo Technical College, New Mexico State University, Northeastern Illinois University, Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico, University of Houston Downtown, University of El Turabo, University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo, University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras, University of Texas at El Paso, University of Texas Pan American, Texas A&M at Corpus Christi, and Youngstown University.

Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS)

Open Until: 02/15/2013

The Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS), centrally located in Washington, D.C., is a consortium of over 100 US universities dedicated to the operation of science facilities for the acquisition, management, and distribution of seismological data. IRIS programs contribute to scholarly research, education, earthquake hazard mitigation, and verification of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty.
We have a need for a Data Quality Specialist/Scheduler. In this new position, the Data Quality Specialist will play a key role in supporting the Ocean Bottom Seismograph Instrument Pool (OBSIP). The Data Quality Specialist is responsible for performing quality assurance for all Ocean Bottom Seismograph Instrument Pool data, developing software tools, documenting OBSIP data analysis and maintaining the schedule for OBSIP facility operations.

Additional responsibilities include:

Performs quality assessment of all OBSIP data and takes appropriate action to resolve data collections problems
Reviews past and present data deliveries, metadata, and instrument responses
Develops higher-level data products as required, including horizontal component orientations
Develops and implements new quality assessment methods and tools
Prepares reports highlighting activities related to OBSIP data operations
Ensures OBSIP data are uploaded to the IRIS Data Management Center in an accurate and timely way

The ideal candidate will possess the following abilities, attributes, experience and skills:

Bachelor’s degree, preferably Master’s in science or engineering
Excellent organizational and interpersonal and communication skills
Extensive understanding of seismology or experience with seismic time series data
Computer programming experience: MATLAB
Desired Skills:

Experience with OBS data corrections (clock drift analysis and correction, horizontal component orientation)
Operationally fluent in the UNIX environment. UNIX shell programming experience.
Familiarity with relational database systems
Computer programming experience: C, Python, SQL, HTML
Knowledge of data management techniques and experience using database management systems

IRIS offers excellent benefits to our employees:

Paid Time Off
Medical benefits
403(b) Retirement Savings Plan & generous employer contributions
One block from Metro Center
Commuter Benefits
To Apply:

Candidates seeking an exciting new opportunity are encouraged to apply to April Jones at hr@iris.edu

The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network (PNSN) at the University of Washington in Seattle has immediate openings for two Research Scientists to join our team implementing earthquake early warning in Cascadia.


The research focus of these positions is the development of real-time systems for detecting and characterizing large earthquake ruptures in progress based on seismic and GPS observations, for the purpose of delivering early warnings of imminent strong ground shaking. The successful candidates will have advanced programming skills, excellent understanding of real-time seismic and/or GPS data acquisition systems, and strong knowledge of computational and theoretical seismology and/or geodesy. The successful applicants will demonstrate familiarity and facility with seismic databases. We are looking for an enthusiastic person to participate in this ongoing project. This position includes opportunities for fieldwork across Cascadia as part of the larger organization.


Ph.D. in Seismology or a closely related geophysical field plus two years of relevant experience or an equivalent combination of education/experience.
Excellent knowledge of general seismic network operations including operations and uses of data from strong-motion and broadband seismic sensors and data loggers; knowledge of computer programming languages such as C, C++, Python, Java, and Perl in Unix-like environments; familiarity with seismological databases; excellent professional and personal communications skills.

Valuable supplementary skills and knowledge include: Advanced skills in object-oriented programming. Experience with Oracle database systems. Understanding of the seismotectonics of subduction zones, especially Cascadia. Knowledge of seismic data acquisition systems. General knowledge of Pacific Northwest seismicity and tectonic geology.

To Apply:

Candidates seeking an exciting new opportunity are encouraged to visit www.uw.edu/jobs and search for Req # 91118.

Review of applicants will begin February 1, 2013 and continue until the position is filled.

Dear Cyber-ShARE PhD Students,

Sandia National Laboratories' Scalable Algorithms Department seeks multiple postdoctoral researchers to conduct innovative research in the areas of:

1. High performance numerical linear algebra, including parallel iterative solvers and/or multilevel preconditioners, algorithms for multicore and heterogeneous architectures, and development of object-oriented scientific software libraries.

2. Enabling solver technology within computationally challenging advanced simulations such as UQ via stochastic PDEs, data-driven inverse problems, PDE-based optimization, and sophisticated multi-physics systems.

3. Application-driven analysis and development of core solution methodologies within areas such as frequency domain linear elasticity, semiconductor device modeling, porous media flow, or ice sheet modeling.

4. Combinatorial scientific computing algorithmic research and software development, including dynamic partitioning for heterogeneous architectures, data layout and ordering for NUMA architectures, and graph- and hypergraph-based algorithms.

For details and to apply, see either
or job posting 641929 at http://www.sandia.gov/careers/index.html.

Erik Boman (egboman@sandia.gov)
Karen Devine (kddevin@sandia.gov)
Jonathan Hu (jhu@sandia.gov)
Ray Tuminaro (rstumin@sandia.gov)

Dear Cyber-ShARE PhD Students,

Please find below another Post-Doc opportunity:

At the Institute for Broadening Participation (supported by NSF and NASA) we are gearing up for our reminder to students and their mentors about post doctoral openings. As you know, IBP is dedicated to helping students successfully pursue careers in the sciences-- particularly underrepresented students. We post openings on http://www.pathwaystoscience.org/Postdocs_portal.asp at www.pathwaystoscience.org, and contact several thousand students from our student directory to remind them to apply for appropriate openings.

To post a new opening that is not yet listed, or any changes to current listings you can fill out our online program form here: http://www.pathwaystoscience.org/programform.asp

You can see all the listings we have for your institution here: http://www.pathwaystoscience.org/Institution.asp?sort=Institution&subsor...

If you’re not sure whether your opportunity should be posted, first please read our posting criteria: http://www.pathwaystoscience.org/whatwepost.asp

Please feel free to contact us through the update form or by emailing me directly. We try to get the word out in general announcements to faculty, staff and students as well as reminders to students to apply over the next few weeks before the holiday season. Soliciting your updates is the first step in that process.

Thank you for helping us get accurate information out to members of the academy.


This opening for a “Geophysical Researcher / Computer Engineer” will support our operations at Patrick AFB, FL.

The following link will take you to the detailed job posting on our career website:


After reviewing the position if it is of interest to you please submit your resume via the site; if you are not interested but know somebody that may be please feel free to forward this email on to them.

*Please note that we are going to have more openings for this location in the future so please continue to visit our career site (www.baesystems.jobs) periodically. If you are not interest in opportunities at Patrick AFB, FL please keep in mind that we have locations worldwide.

Dear colleagues,

The UTRC (University of Texas Research Cyberinfrastructure) initiative has deployed 10PB (PetaBytes) of raw storage -- there are 5PB in Austin at Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) and 5PB in the Arlington Data Center that mirror/replicate the 5PB in Austin. As a UT System researcher you can obtain 5TB (mirrored) storage free of charge and can purchase more for $250/TB per year. Such storage space is essential to implement data management plans for funding agencies such as NSF and NIH. If you have need for such storage, please contact me.

In addition to providing this, TACC will have a training session entitled "Using Corral for Research Data Management" on 25 October 2012 from 1pm to 4pm Central in Austin. This training session will be webcast as well. The webcast will be from 1pm to 3pm Central and there will be one-on-one training and consultation with TACC staff from 3pm to 4pm. More details follow.

Let me know if you have questions.

Sincerely, Pat

Patricia J. Teller, Ph.D.
Director of Research Computing
Professor, Computer Science
The University of Texas-El Paso
915.747.5939 pteller@utep.edu

TACC Training: Using Corral for Research Data Management

Using Corral for Research Data Management
October 25, 2012
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
J.J. Pickle Research Campus
ROC 1.900
10100 Burnet Rd.
Austin, TX 78758
This class will be webcast.

Corral is the research data storage resource provided by TACC as part of the UT System Research Cyberinfrastructure initiative.

In this training, current and prospective users will receive a brief overview of the system followed by detailed discussion of some of the common usage modes, examples of how to perform tasks such as uploading data, changing access permissions, and using graphical client tools to manipulate data on Corral.

We will demonstrate both basic file system access and the iRODS data management system, which provides additional metadata management and data collections features for users with complex collections of data, and we will also discuss important topics such as open vs closed web access, sharing of data, and incorporation of Corral into data management plans for NSF and NIH.
The class will consist of a roughly 2-hour presentation and webcast, followed by an opportunity for one-on-one training and consultation with TACC staff.

Please submit any questions that you may have via the TACC consulting system:

Undergraduate and graduate students who participate in the following NSF programs are invited to submit abstracts for the 2013 Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference in STEM:

***Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP);
***Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST);
***Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP);
***Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP);
***LSAMP-Bridges to the Doctorate;
***Research in Disabilities Education (RDE);
***Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs);
***Tribal Colleges and Universities Program (TCUP); and

This conference is cosponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Education and Human Resources Programs (EHR) and the NSF Division of Human Resource Development (HRD), within the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR).

The conference will be held in Washington, D.C., on February 28 - March 2, 2013. All student poster and oral presentations will be scheduled for Friday, March 1, 2013 or Saturday, March 2, 2013.

The conference is designed to help students to enhance their science communication skills; better understand how to prepare for science careers in a global workforce; and, to find out about summer, graduate school and employment opportunities. Towards this end, the general format for the 2-1/2 day conference will include:

*** Undergraduate poster and oral presentations;
*** Graduate student poster and oral presentations;
*** Plenary sessions and professional development workshops; and
*** Exhibitors from the academic, government, and business sectors.

Please review the abstract submission guidelines online at: http://www.emerging-researchers.org/files/2012/09/ERN-Abstract-Submissio...

To submit your abstract, please access the following link: http://www.cvent.com/d/5cqw6h

A limited number of student conference travel awards will be provided. Travel awards will cover transportation, hotel, and the conference registration fee. (Information regarding ERN travel awards is available on the conference website at http://www.emerging-researchers.org/travel-awards/.)

The conference registration fee is $400 per person. This fee covers the cost of conference meals. (Complete conference registration information will be forwarded at a later date.)

Key dates related to abstract submission and travel awards
*** The deadline for poster and oral abstract submissions is November 5, 2012.
*** Notification of abstract acceptance will be sent by December 2, 2012.
*** Information regarding ERN travel awards is available on the conference website at http://www.emerging-researchers.org/travel-awards/.
*** The deadline to submit travel award applications is November 5, 2012.
*** Travel awards will be announced on or before December 2, 2012.

For a copy of the tentative conference agenda, please access the following link: http://www.emerging-researchers.org/files/2012/09/2013-ERN-Conference-Te....

For complete conference information, please visit the ERN Conference in STEM website http://www.emerging-researchers.org.

For questions regarding the online abstract submission process, please contact Donna Behar at dbehar@aaas.org.

ERN Conference Staff