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9 Illinois researchers selected for NCSA Fellowships

Nine researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have been selected to receive fellowships with research support that will enable them to pursue collaborative projects with the researchers and computer technology experts at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). Fellows play an important role at NCSA as the center implements its “big research, big data, big compute” strategy to develop long-term research activities within its interdisciplinary, collaborative, and computational environment that will leverage and extend the facilities and expertise at NCSA toward the solution of complex grand challenge-scale problems across science, engineering, humanities, and the arts.

“I’m excited about the challenging projects and the intellectual energy that these fellows and their students will bring to NCSA,” says NCSA director Ed Seidel. “I hope that these fellowships will launch new and lasting partnerships and connections between NCSA and other University of Illinois research leaders.”

2014-2015 NCSA Fellows

  • Scott Althaus, professor, Political Science and Communication: Building a Non-Consumptive Global News Observatory for Data Science Research
  • Narayana Aluru, professor, Mechanical Science and Engineering: Nanopore Genome
  • Rosa M. Espinosa-Marzal, associate professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering: Critical Molecular Interactions Underlying Biomineralization
  • Matthew Hudson, associate professor, Bioinformatics and Genomics: Development and Deployment of a Sequencing and Bioinformatics Pipeline for Rapid Detection of Structural Variations in Crop Genomes
  • Iwona Jasiuk, professor, Mechanical Science and Engineering: Multiscale Modeling of Bone Fracture and Strength
  • David LeBauer, research scientist, Institute for Genomic Biology: Coupling meteorology, plant biology, and economic engineering models within a CyberGIS framework
  • Taras Pogorelov, senior research scientist, School of Chemical Sciences/research assistant professor, Chemistry/Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology: An Open Environment for Automation of Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Membrane-Active Host Defense Peptides
  • John Toenjes, associate professor/music director, Dance: Laboratory for Audience Interactive Technologies
  • Daniel Work, assistant professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering: Improving the Efficiency of Taxi Systems Through Real-time Seek Time Prediction

NCSA’s fellowship program is directed by Gabrielle Allen, NCSA associate director.

For abstracts of these projects and more information about the NCSA Fellowship program, visit:

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