Welcome to Booster!
Volume 14  April  2014
Message from the Director
It is hard to believe that another semester is drawing to a close and students are graduating, It is a natural time for us all to reflect on the value and importance of education and the critical role we play in it. With specific regard to VACCINE, it is a great time to highlight the diversity of our educational efforts  -- from our internationally leading innovation in visualization and analytics education at the graduate and undergraduate levels, to our work on introducing visual analytics into community college/professional education curriculums. We are proud to offer college teacher workshops on visual analytics to teach the teacher, focusing on MSI faculty programs and cohorts. Furthermore, we are pleased to offer short-courses and training programs for our end-user communities, workshops on research and education challenges, and outreach to engage new communities in visual analytics (from policy making to psychology to finance).
Enjoy the remainder of your semester as we all slowly transition to summer.
Education Highlight:
High School Engineering Class Visits VACCINE
More than twenty students from Lafayette Jefferson High School in Lafayette, Indiana visited the VACCINE lab on April 14th, 2014. Teacher Brian Bettag brought his "Principles of Engineering" class to VACCINE to learn more about the field of visual analytics and to see some active project demonstrations. In the photo below, VACCINE lab member and Ph.D. student Abish Malik is shown presenting to the class. Following the tour of the VACCINE lab, the students also toured the VIPER video and image processing lab directed by Purdue Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Ed Delp. The VIPER lab is equipped with state-of-the-art technology to digitize, store, process, stream, and display digital images and video. VIPER supports research in areas such as the development of new image analysis techniques, new image and video compression methods, the development of new surveillance and detection methods, new media and wireless streaming technologies, and creating multi-media material for use in indexing, storage, and retrieval. Albert Parra, a student in Delp's lab, served as their host. It was a highly engaged and inquisitive group who got to see first hand how the fields of visual analyics and engineering are used to enhance our nation's homeland security efforts.
Below: VACCINE lab member and Ph.D. student Abish Malik addresses students from Lafayette Jefferson High School's "Principles of Engineering'" class.
Professor Ed Delp Receives 2014 Morrill Award
Purdue University Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Ed Delp was recognized with the Morrill Award. The award honors West Lafayette faculty members' outstanding career achievements and is Purdue's highest career achievement recognition for a faculty member.
The Office of the Provost gives Morrill Awards to faculty members who have excelled as teachers, researchers and scholars, and in engagement missions. The awards are named for Justin Smith Morrill, the Vermont congressman who sponsored the 1862 legislation that bears his name and allowed for the creation of land-grant college and universities.
Each Morrill Award was accompanied by a $30,000 prize, which may be used as discretionary funds or as salary supplements.
Opportunity Update:
The Oak Ridge National Laboratory in conjunction with the Computer Science Mathematics Division is seeking outstanding recent Master’s graduates interested in systems programming and distributed systems to work in extreme scale computing. Students can help enable the best and most productive use possible of emerging exa-scale high-performance computers and develop revolutionary approaches to reducing time-to-solution of extreme-scale computing and computational science problems. Below are links to the two specific job postings that are available:
Post Master’s Research Associate in Systems Programming, Click here.
Post Master’s Research Associate in HPC Networking, Click here.
Mayor Robert Dixon of Greensburg, Kansas and Purdue University Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Professor Tim Filley visited the VACCINE lab on April 1st, 2014. Mayor Dixon received a demonstration of VACCINE's social media analysis tool, ScatterBlogs.
-VACCINE hosted Sheelagh Carpendale April 9th-11th, 2014. Carpendate is a Computer Science professor from the University of Calgary in Canada.
-VACCINE Managing Director Kaethe Beck presented to representatives from John Deere on April 9th and April 28th, 2014 during the company's visit to Purdue University to continue discussions on how to expand the university's working relationship with them. Beck presented as a part of John Deere Tech Day with regard to agronomic decisions via social media and ag decision support.
-Purdue University Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Ed Delp, student Khalid Tahboub, and Kaethe Beck traveled to Cleveland on April 21st and 22nd, 2014 for meetings with ALERT.
-Kaethe Beck attended the 10th anniversary celebration of the CREATE Center at USC on April 24th, 2014 to show support for VACCINE's fellow DHS Center of Excellence.
-Heather Connell, VACCINE Engagement and Transition Manager, presented a case study on the VALET (Visual Analytics Law Enforcement Toolkit) project at the DHS Transition Workshop held at Texas A&M in College Station, Texas on April 29th and 30th, 2014.
-Dr. Ed Delp and Kaethe Beck met with Google's ATAP division on April 16th, 2014.
-VACCINE Director Dr. David Ebert visited FEMA on April 30th, 2014 to explore its use of the Center's technologies.
-VACCINE hosted American Red Cross Disaster Assessment Manager Bob Atlhauser on April 17th, 2014. Althauser received multiple VACCINE project demonstrations and is considering use of VACCINE's social media analysis tool, ScatterBlogs, to assist in the organization's disaster response efforts.
-VACCINE will be hosting an Evaluation of Visual Analytics Workshop at the University of California, San Diego on May 20th and 21st, 2014.
-VACCINE has a position opening for an Education Program Manager. This position will oversee and coordinate the educational mission of the VACCINE center, facilitate education work plans, implement strategic goals, lead and coordinate multi-institution research activities, and coordinate the center’s Minority Serving Institution programs. If interested, visit  www.purdue.edu/hr/careers/.
-VACCINE will be hosting an MSI faculty workshop at Morgan State University in July 2014. Watch next month’s newsletter for the confirmed dates and registration details.

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