Joanne Whittaker is a Research Fellow at the School of Geosciences in the University of Sydney. She conducts research investigating Earth-ocean system phenomena including understanding interactions between upper mantle convection patterns and the manner with which they interact with the newly forming lithosphere of ocean basins.
Nicky Wright is fascinated by the earth’s geologic history. She is currently researching paleogeography throughout the Phanerozoic and combines GPlates, an open source plate tectonic software, with the online global Paleobiology Database to reconstruct past environments. "I am learning how to unravel the secrets of past worlds..."
Sabin Zahirovic is a PhD candidate at the School of Geosciences in the University of Sydney conducting research on the plate tectonic history and evolving geography of our planet through geological time. Sabin has studied the history of the collision between the Indian and Eurasian continent that was responsible for the uplift of the Himalayas and Tibet.
Maria Seton is an Australian Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Geosciences, University of Sydney. She works in the field of plate tectonics and geodynamics, reconstructing the configurations of the continents and ocean basins over hundreds of millions of years using GPlates, a Virtual Geological Observatory prototype.
Dr Shelley Wickham is a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School in the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Working in Associate Professor William Shih’s lab, the entire lab uses an open-source electronic lab book. Shelley shares her research story.
Associate Professor Martin Sevior performs experiments with the world's highest intensity and energy particle accelerators in Japan and at CERN in Switzerland. He shares his research story.
Izabela Ratajczak-Juszko is a Research Fellow at the Climate Change Adaptation Programme of the Global Cities Institute at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. She shares her research story.
As a final year veterinary student, Chairman of the NeCTAR project Board, Dr Graham Mitchell AO wrote an essay on the thymus gland - and has been hooked on immunology ever since. Today he is one of Australia's top biological scientists and holds an Order of Australia.
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NeCTAR sponsored a larger booth at this year's eResearch Australasia 2013 conference, Brisbane October 20-25 enabling NeCTAR software tool and virtual laboratory projects to give brief demonstrations as to research impacts and all the new apps and software for researchers. Check out the photos. Do you recognise anyone?
Meet the NeCTAR projects at eResearch Australasia, heat up the developer lounge, come to the disruptive technologies un-conference. Don't miss all the eResearch Australasia 2013 action.
NeCTAR is proud to announce the full release of the new Virtual Geophysics Laboratory (VGL). For geophysicist Dr Carina Kemp it is a game changer. “The speed at which we can now carry out our geophysical inversions was not possible before... using the VGL, it does the cropping and any pre-processing, like re-projecting the data, on the fly and we can complete our work in a matter of hours, instead of months."
In June 2013, Monash University and Queensland (QCIF) joined the NeCTAR Research Cloud, increasing the University of Melbourne cloud node capacity. The federated NeCTAR Research Cloud is believed to be a world-first.
Dr Roger Proctor, Director of the IMOS eMarine Information Infrastructure, says the NeCTAR Research Cloud is providing IMOS with new abilities to access data worldwide, in real time and with interoperability. “The scale of the NeCTAR Research Cloud means we are not constrained by resources. This is an entirely different way of working and thinking."
NeCTAR is building eResearch infrastructure for Australian researchers in four areas: Virtual Laboratories; eResearch Tools; Research Cloud; A secure and robust hosting service (National Servers Program). Australian researchers are invited to use the software tools and virtual laboratories the NeCTAR projects are creating. In addition, if you have a great software idea why not host it on the NeCTAR Research Cloud? Collaborate with your research communities and software support experts to see what is possible.
The NeCTAR Research Cloud is located at eight different organisations around Australia, yet operates as one cloud system.
Researcher Lauren Gawne has just completed a linguistics PhD thesis. She is not necessarily a technical person, yet has embraced the technologies of the NeCTAR cloud and by doing so, says it has created many online benefits, cost savings, efficiencies and collaborations.
The Australian Synchrotron, in Melbourne, is the largest and most sophisticated facility of its type in the Southern Hemisphere. Recent NeCTAR funding has updated software of the Synchrotron's beamlines, leading to world-first discoveries and real time advantage.
Oceanographer Dr Erik Van Sebille is using the NeCTAR cloud to host his software tool http://www.adrift.org.au which tracks plastic rubbish in the ocean. He says: “The plastic joins other rubbish ... and is eaten by thousands of sea animals, birds and fish who mistake it for food.
Can the Research Cloud support high-end computation? That’s the question recently discussed by around 30 members of the NeCTAR Community during a workshop hosted on 22 April 2013 by the CSIRO Mathematics, Informatics and Statistics Division in North Ryde, Sydney.
The NeCTAR funded project Quadrant recently released their new cloud-based eResearch tool. Free to use until June 2014 http://www.quadrant.edu.au Quadrant is built especially to create efficiencies for participant-based researchers in the disciplines of health, humanities, social science, politics, marketing and so forth.
On April 14, 2013, the world celebrated the 10th anniversary of the United States led Human Genome Project researching the estimated 20-25,000 human genes that make up human DNA. Australia is also active in genomics research, and the NeCTAR funded Genomics Virtual Laboratory is connecting Australian Genome researchers with computational infrastructure.
NeCTAR's cloud architect, Tom Fifield, has just returned from Austin Texas where he has been collaborating with a team of experts to write a book about designing, maintaining and building an OpenStack cloud.
The NeCTAR projects have started to release early infrastructure to researchers. Take a look at what is on offer: OzTrack http://oztrack.org a free animal tracking tool for Australian researchers and CATAMI version 1 classification scheme http://catami-australia.blogspot.com.au/2013/02/release-of-catami-classi... - just to name a few. Read more.
Lucy Guest takes us on a journey exploring the amazing features of the revolutionary NeCTAR supported e-Research tool called Drishti, empowering us to view the unseeable, such as explore the intricate internal components of ancient fossils or the human body.
Dr Tu Nguyen is from the Department of Pathology at The University of Melbourne. She is using NeCTAR's Research Cloud to investigate and sequence breast cancer susceptibility genes. Her discoveries could significantly improve cancer diagnostics and add years to patients’ lives. New video released by Dr Steven Manos, head of University of Melbourne, ITS Research.
There are currently 1504 people using NeCTAR's Research Cloud and 409 have Virtual Machines in the cloud. Users of NeCTAR's Research Cloud have been filmed around Australia and made into short videos. These stories are growing in number. To view the vox pops go to: https://nectar.org.au/vox-pops-people-using-nectar-cloud
LinkedIn is a business oriented social networking site – helping people connect with like-minded others. NeCTAR now has a group on LinkedIn thanks to NeCTAR contracts manager Mr Andrew Stahmer, who is managing this communications channel. Please join http://www.linkedin.com/groups/NeCTAR-Project-4523781 If you have stories or for more information please contact: email@example.com Also connect through NeCTAR's community forum https://www.nectar.org.au/connecting-sharing-collaborating