Students Capitalize on Computational Genomics Research using AWS

Amazon Web Services at Illinois gives students and faculty the opportunity to explore and optimize data analysis.

Thanks to the campus contract between Amazon Web Services (AWS) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, both faculty and student researchers have access to Amazon’s cloud computing platform, and they’re already doing amazing things.

Katherine Kendig, a research coordinator and partner with Public Affairs at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), reports that students are capitalizing on the partnership to optimize data analysis in computational genomics research. To learn more about this exciting work,visit

Free Software Carpentry Instructor Training

Software Carpentry and Data Carpentry workshops focus on practical computational “lab skills” for practicing researchers. This two-day class is designed to prepare you to be a Software Carpentry instructor, introducing a handful of key research findings and showing how they can be used to help people learn better and faster. Classes are Dec. 14 at 9 a.m. and Dec. 15 at 4 p.m.

Register to attend.

Image of Research Competition

Graduate and professional students at Illinois are invited to submit images of their research, creative or scholarly work for the fifth annual Image of Research competition. Entries will be judged by a multidisciplinary panel for connection between image, text, and research; originality; and visual impact. Deadline is Jan. 22, 2018.

For more information visit the Image of Research Competition website.

Webinar: Writing a Successful XSEDE Allocation Proposal

Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center will host a webinar on December 7 from 2-4 p.m. CST to share tips on writing a successful XSEDE allocation proposal. This webinar will introduce users to the process of writing an XSEDE allocation proposal, and cover the elements that make a proposal successful. This webinar is recommended for users making the jump from a startup allocation to a research allocation, and is highly recommended for new campus champions. Please promote this webinar to interested people in your network via this link.

Text Mining Workshop, Part 2 – Practice

Friday, Dec 8h from 11am-12pm

314 Main Library

In this workshop, we will use MALLET, a java based package, to construct and analyze a topic model. Topic models are a computational method of identifying and grouping interrelated words in any set of text. This workshop will focus on how to correctly set up the code, understand the output of the model, and how to refine the code for best results. No experience necessary. You do not need to have attended Part I in order to attend this workshop.