September People Network & RCD Community Calls

Greetings to all members of the Campus Research Computing Consortium (CaRCC) People Network! We hope you and yours are safe and well during these stormy days! Please mark your calendars for these upcoming People Network Calls (Zoom details at the end). For handy calendar entries, please try the CaRCC Events Calendar.

We’d also like to highlight other calls from our RCD Ecosystem partners and collaborators, as these events touch many, if not all, in our community.

Finally, we have brief information about CaRCC and the People Network. If you’re not on our mailing lists, please fill out our Join the People Network form and join our Slack channels.

CaRCC People Network Calls:

Data-Facing Track (first Tuesdays)
The Data Science Lifecycle Ethos – Infusing Ethics into the Research Process, discussion facilitated by Steve Van Tuyl, ADSA
Tuesday, September 7, 1p ET/ 12p CT/ 11a MT/ 10a PT

As an emerging field, data science, and data scientists, have the opportunity to reframe how we think about ethics in the research process. This presentation presents a set of tools, developed through the Academic Data Science Alliance’s Ethics Working Group, to build ethical considerations into each step of the research process, rather than address ethics ex post facto. These tools provide a case-study based framework, with conceptual lenses through which to consider the ethical questions presented at each stage of the research lifecycle. Working group members have been piloting the tools in the classroom and are looking for adopters, additional case studies, and new applications of the tools.  

Researcher-Facing Track (second Thursdays)
Bridging the Gap: Reaching Underrepresented Research Domains for Large-Scale Computing
Jacalyn Huband, Computational Research Support Specialist, University of Virginia
Francis Steen, Associate Professor, Communication Studies, UCLA,
Thurs, September 9, 1p ET/ 12p CT/ 11a MT/ 10a PT

What research groups, disciplines, or communities are underrepresented in the world of research computing? If these groups have work that would benefit from advanced research computing resources, how do we identify them, what do they need to get there, and how does that differ from other disciplines? Some underrepresented groups include Business, Economics, and the Social Sciences more broadly. Join us for a call from researchers and facilitators in these fields to talk about their experience in navigating the resources and culture of research computing. 

Emerging Centers Track (third Wednesdays)
PEARC21 Workshop, ‘Refining Your Research Pitch’, revisited
A discussion facilitated by Jane Combs, Rich Knepper
Wednesday, August 15, 2021, 12p ET/ 11a CT/ 10a MT/ 9a PT/ 7a HT

Join us for an abbreviated version of the very popular PEARC21 workshop, ‘Refining Your Research Computing Pitch’, where we will share the insightful recommendations for ‘best practice’ communications as well as some surprising realizations that may impact how you share information.  Make your communications more effective by having them peer reviewed during the session.

Who should attend? Everyone!!  

  • Anyone who was unable to attend the PEARC21 workshop but needs help either updating your documents, creating brand new ones or sharing handouts that have been successful.
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  • Workshop attendees who have more to add, want to help others, or have actually shared information to new faculty recently and have new insights.

Bring a new faculty member from your institution to provide input and you may win a prize or at least the undying gratification of your peers!

Systems-Facing Track (third Thursdays)
Managing an NVIDIA DGX SuperPod at UF, discussion facilitated by Eric Tomeo, Thursday September 16, 2021, 12p ET/ 11a CT/ 10a MT/ 9a PT

The University of Florida’s HiPerGator AI supercomputer has been named one of the most powerful worldwide, according to rankings just released by TOP500, the most referenced global ranking of high-performance computing systems. The rankings mean UF is home to the most powerful university-owned supercomputer in the nation. This also means that maintaining the availability and reliability of these systems is paramount. This talk will review how the University of Florida Research Computing staff plan to monitor and maintain these valuable resources.

And please also note these additional community opportunities (in no particular order):

Office Hours for The Research Computing and Data Capabilities Model
September 8, 14, 28; 2p ET 4th Tuesdays, and 11a ET 2nd Wednesdays.
Have questions about how to get started? Or are you already working with it and just want to discuss the process, or a particular aspect of the assessment tool? Join us to get help, ask your questions, and share your experiences!

US Research Software Engineers Monthly Community Call. September 16th, 2pm ET (3rd Thursdays). Please see their Upcoming Events page for more information.

CaRCC Calls and Zoom:

Please contact the event organizer for Zoom details.

CaRCC and the People Network:

Interested members of the People Network need not subscribe to a particular track to participate in calls. Additional details for track members, including notes documents and any pre-call activities, will be distributed ahead of the call via the email lists and other communication channels within each track.

The CaRCC (Campus Research Computing Consortium) People Network, aims “to foster, build and grow an inclusive community (termed the ‘People Network’) for campus CI, research computing and data professionals.” If you have received this email NOT via CaRCC’s People Network, and you would like to join the People Network, which includes Researcher-facing, Data-facing, Systems-facing, Emerging-Centers, and other tracks, please fill in our mailing list request form.

And you can also join us on Slack!