National Effort Prioritizes Advancing Cyberinfrastructure and Research Readiness Among Minority-Serving Institutions

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. and WASHINGTON, Dec. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The Minority Serving-Cyberinfrastructure Consortium (MS-CC), in collaboration with Internet2, is leading a national effort to help minority-serving institutions identify the science, engineering, health, social science, and humanities education and research priorities that call for increased access to and use of data management and computing resources by the higher education community.

A key component of this collaboration is supporting the dissemination of a survey among presidents, administrative leaders, IT groups, faculty, and staff at nearly 485 historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), Hispanic-serving institutions (HSIs), and minority-serving institutions (MSIs) to collect a critical data set aimed at guiding priorities and enabling collaborative initiatives in support of cyberinfrastructure improvements. To date, a survey alert message was sent to more than 5,000 individuals to raise awareness among potential participants. The survey will remain open until December 11, 2020.

“The consortium is a

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The pros and cons of advancing forensic technology to solve cold cases in northern Ontario

Police have been laying charges in historic homicides in Ontario recently, and investigators have hinted that advances in forensic technology may have played a key role. 

A flurry of charges have been laid in northern Ontario relating to the Sudbury murder of Renee Sweeney and last week, Ontario Provincial Police laid a first degree charge in the 40-year-old cold case of Micheline St. Amour in East Ferris, near North Bay.

Michele Bobyn, a lecturer with the Department of Forensic Science at Laurentian University, says the developments aren’t surprising.

Especially, she said, after Toronto police recently identified in October, the killer of nine-year-old Christine Jessop, who was abducted from Queensville, Ont., before being raped and killed in 1984. The case resulted in a years-long wrongful conviction of Guy Paul Morin.  

In July of 1980, 20-year-old Micheline St. Amour was found dead in an East Ferris Township home after being stabbed. (Submitted
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CZI awards $4.7 million for open source software and organizations advancing open science


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Today, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) announced $3 million in funding for open source software projects representing some of the strongest computational foundations of modern biomedicine, as well as $1.7 million in funding to three distinct organizations advancing reproducibility practices and support for open research infrastructure.

As part of the third cycle of the Essential Open Source Software for Science (EOSS) program, CZI awarded $3 million for 17 new grants. These awards bring the total number of funded proposals to 67 projects and the EOSS program’s total commitment to funding scientific open source to $11.8 million. View the full list of grantees.

Open source software is crucial to modern scientific research, advancing biology and medicine while providing reproducibility and transparency. Yet even the most widely-used research software often lacks dedicated funding. These grants will enable software maintenance, growth, development, and

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Chicago Quantum Exchange Welcomes Six New Partners Focused on Advancing Research, Building a Quantum Economy

Leading quantum research hub expands to more than 20 partners, includes additional Chicago-based organizations

The Chicago Quantum Exchange, a growing intellectual hub for the research and development of quantum technology, has added to its community six new partners in technology, finance, manufacturing, and consulting that are working to bring about and primed to take advantage of the coming quantum revolution. New corporate partners are Discover Financial Services (NYSE: DFS), Hamamatsu Photonics, Protiviti, Quantum Machines, and The Chicago Quantum Exchange has also partnered with P33, a private sector led non-profit dedicated to driving innovation leadership for the Chicago region.

Several of the new partner organizations —Discover, Protiviti, and P33— have locations in Chicago, further emphasizing the city’s commitment to quantum information science and technology.

“P33 leverages Chicago’s key strengths – its diverse economy, strong system of universities and research centers, and burgeoning start-up ecosystem – to catalyze the growth

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How Accenture’s CIO Is Advancing Digital Transformation In The New Now

If there is one thing Penelope Prett, the CIO of Accenture, is passionate about, it’s demonstrating that every IT worker can harness technology to change the world.

Even before COVID-19, Accenture’s global IT organization was at the forefront of innovation, providing the infrastructure and services to meet the needs of over 500,000 employees around the world. Working remotely has always been natural in consulting, and the company has been continuously investing in emerging technologies, infrastructure and a collaborative culture over the years.

Having adopted an “anytime, anywhere” approach to how people work and how to serve clients, Accenture was already well positioned when the pandemic forced the rest of the world to set up millions of home offices with just a week or two notice.  What the COVID-19 pandemic did was increase the demand for scale to reach across continents and into individuals’ homes to create a new normal.


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Align Technology to Award Research Programs Advancing Orthodontic and Dental Patient Care

2021 Grant Application Process Now Open for Up to $300,000 in Funding

SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 02, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Align Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALGN) today announced the opening of its 2021 Research Award Program to support clinical and scientific dental research in universities across the globe. This year, up to $300,000 will be awarded to university faculty for scientific and technological research initiatives to advance patient care in the fields of orthodontics and dentistry.

Through its Research Award Program, Align Technology has funded approximately $2 million in research awards since its inception in 2010, providing insights that include intra-oral scanning and patient experience, quality of life changes, as well as insights into the biochemical markers of bone metabolism during early orthodontic tooth movement with clear aligners.

“As a company, our brand promise is to change lives by transforming smiles, and we are pleased to offer our support to

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