People of SGCI: John Gentle

John Gentle Research Engineering Scientist Associate II Texas Advanced Computing Center   What is your role within SGCI and what do you do? My primary role within SGCI is as an EDS (Extended Developer Support) consultant in which I assist project teams that are developing web-portals to serve as an interface for utilizing high-performance computing systems by researchers, scientists and various members of the SGCI community. How did you come to be a part of SGCI, and...

PlantingScience Community Doubles in Size After Consultation With SGCI

PlantingScience worked with SGCI user experience consultants to design new interfaces that would give their users more control. As a result, the users, who are teachers, are not only happier with the experience of using the website, but it has also meant that the PlantingScience staff spends less time helping them. Thanks to these changes, the PlantingScience team doubled the number of teachers and student teams in the program and can look forward to supporting even more growth in the future.

People of SGCI: Nancy Maron

Nancy Maron Incubator Consultant Founder, BlueSky to BluePrint What is your role within SGCI and what do you do? I joined the team as a consultant to support the Incubator. I’ve helped to develop the week-long, intensive Science Gateways Bootcamp program, and I am one of its instructors. In addition, I offer business consulting services as part of the Incubator. I love working with creative people who have a terrific idea or even a well-developed Gateway and figuring out ways...

Gateways 2017 Student Blog: Travel Award Recipient Thomas Johnson

Each year, SGCI offers travel support for the annual Gateways Conference series. We are pleased to be able to offer an opportunity for students and future science gateway developers to attend. This year, we offered travel support to 13 students, 2 educators from Minority-Serving Institutions, and an additional 10 attendees. One of the students we funded was Thomas Johnson, a student at Elizabeth City State University. We asked him to share with us his experience of traveling to Ann...

SGCI Client Chem Compute Meets Goals

The Chem Compute science gateway had humble beginnings as a small classroom operation but, after engaging with SGCI, it can now serve many more undergraduate students simultaneously. The work that was completed dramatically reduced queue times (from minutes to seconds), which was important for the gateway's undergraduate audience.

Gateways 2017 Guest Blog: a Presenter from Australia

By Sarah Richmond Hailing all the way from Queensland Australia, I landed in Detroit and jumped in a taxi towards Ann Arbor for the Gateways 2017 conference. I was there to represent the Australian-born Biodiversity and Climate Change Virtual Laboratory (BCCVL) , an initiative of the Nectar Virtual Labs scheme. Nectar Virtual Labs are rich domain-oriented online environments that draw together research data, models, analysis tools and workflows to support collaborative research...

Gateways 2017 Conference

The Gateways 2017 conference took place in October on the campus of the University of Michigan. The conference was attended by 102 people, and participants joined from 20 states and 3 countries, traveling to Ann Arbor from as far away as Australia. The first day of the conference was dedicated entirely to tutorials, while the second and third days offered a packed conference program.

Report from October 2017 Science Gateways Bootcamp [now Gateway Focus Week]

The second Science Gateways Bootcamp of 2017 took place in October in Indianapolis, IN. Eight teams participated in this intensive, week-long workshop to gain the skills needed for developing, operating, and sustaining gateways. As was the case with attendees of the inaugural Bootcamp in April 2017, participants balanced intensive learning and hands-on work with fun evening gatherings and opportunities for networking with their cohort and instructors.

People of SGCI: Juan Martinez

Juan Martinez Java Web Developer Texas Advanced Computing Center    What is your role within SGCI and what do you do? My role is within the Scientific Software Collaborative service area of SGCI as a Java Web Developer. I’m part of the Web and Mobile Applications group (WMA) at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) . My activities include supporting and developing software for a wide array of tools and applications while utilizing good software...

SGCI Client Cosmic^2 and Its Use of Globus

This success story highlights the work that SGCI consultants completed on the COSMIC^2 science gateway, which offers an easy, web-based platform for structural biologists to determine macromolecular structures using cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM). Our EDS consultants integrated a federated identity management service called Globus Auth as well as Globus Transfer, which makes terabyte-sized data transfers possible.

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