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Congratulations: Gary McGilvary wins competition at CERN

Congratulations to Gary, who as his hard-won internship in CERN approaches its end, has won a prize in the lightening presentations given by the 20 interns at CERN yesterday. His talk "The Implementation of OpenStack Cinder and Integration with NetApp and Ceph" was one of the three talks awarded a prize:

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Professor Mark Parsons

Congratulations to Mark Parsons,, on his promotion to a professorship.

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Applications invited for OSDC PIRE workshop

The second OSDC PIRE workshop will be held in the Informatics Forum from 17 to 21 June 2013. Applications are invited from researchers in the SICSA member institutions as a result of sponsorship from SICSA and CISA The first ten suitable applicants to register at will be accepted.

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Gary McGilvary selected as an CERN openlab summer student 2013

Gary McGilvary has succeeded against considerable competition in obtaining a position on the CERN openlab Summer Student Programme.

CERN openlab is a unique public-private partnership between CERN and leading ICT companies. Its mission is to accelerate the development of cutting-edge solutions to be used by the worldwide LHC community. The openlab Summer Student Programme gives students the chance to work with some of the latest hardware and software technologies and see how advanced IT solutions are used in high energy physics.

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The first VERCE project newsletter!

Issue 1 of the VERCE on...

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Congratulations to Fan Zhu

I am delighted to report that Fan Zhu's external examiners were pleased with his thesis and his spirited viva defense. They have recommended a pass with a few minor corrections. A big thank you to Professors Gary Green and Richard Baldock.

Brain Perfusion Imaging - Performance and Accuracy

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2nd UK NI Node Congress: 26-28 March 2012

The UK Node is holding its biennial conference at the Informatics Forum, University of Edinburgh, from 26th to 28th March 2012.
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Vacancy at CNRS-INSU (Paris): Scientific Software Research Engineer - VERCE project (Applications by February 10th, 2012)

The Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique – Institut National des Sciences de l’Univers (CNRS-INSU) is looking for a new R&D Scientific Software Research Engineer to assist in the VERCE project ( Details attached, as well as available from the VERCE website.

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EDIM1 related: "Astronomers reach new frontiers of dark matter"

AWS Research Grant Award

Gary McGilvary has secured 10,000 USD from the Amazon Web Services Research grant programme to aid in his research of determining the optimal cloud configuration parameters for a computational job running on Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). This includes the number of instances, their type and size as well as the number of cores and processes per instance and the minimum allocations of memory, storage and network performance. More information can be found here

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Congratulations: Dr Jano van Hemert appointed to the RSE Young Academy of Scotland

The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE), Scotland’s National Academy, is delighted to announce that it has today chosen the first members of the new “RSE Young Academy of Scotland”. This exciting development is the first of its kind in the UK. It will be part of a growing movement of Young Academies across the world.

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Fife firm Optos eyes Daytona scanner launch in USA

Fife-based eye specialist Optos is poised to launch a hi-tech retinal scanner on the American market after winning clearance by regulators.
Optos is now preparing for full product launch in the US in the first quarter of 2012.
The ultra-wide field retinal scanner is much smaller than the company's alternative devices.

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Our student Martha Axiak wins the Informatics Prize for Outstanding Performance in MSc Informatics

We are pleased to announce our student Martha Axiak has been awarded the 2009/2010 Informatics Prize for Outstanding Performance in MSc Informatics. She received a first class honours with her MSc project Parameter fitting of cosmological models using billions of galaxies and the results from her project are in a paper under review with the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

The prize is presented at the Winter Graduation Reception, which will be held on Wednesday 24th November from 4pm-6pm in the Informatics Forum, Mini-Forum 2.

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Dr Jano van Hemert is awarded an Honorary Fellowship from the University of Edinburgh

Dr Jano van Hemert received an Honorary Fellowship from 1 October 2010 until 30 September 2013 in the College of Science and Engineering of the University of Edinburgh in recognition for his work in the School of Informatics.

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Next Generation Embryology goes live

NG Embryo aims to create an educational repository of developmental biology models that is:
- Accessible to researchers, teachers and students
- Searchable via annotated images rather than keywords and free text
- Able to map results onto 3D models of developing embryos
- Updated and enhanced with materials from researchers and lecturers throughout the world
- Free and available online

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