UCSD FRMI Center to be Created

The Salk Institute will collaborate with UCSD to create a $13.5 million UCSD Center for Functional Magnetic Resonance Training. The center is expected to be the largest facility of its kind in the Western United States and will house four powerful imaging devices that will study the brains of humans and animals. The devices will be available to researchers throughout the country.

The facility is expected to measure 6,500 square feet. Construction will begin Nov. 6. The facility will be located next to the School of Medicine.

The primary focus of the work to be done at the new center will be neuroscience applications in human subjects involving researchers from the UCSD departments of psychiatry, psychology, neuroscience, cognitive science and radiology. The center will also support research looking into the heart, lungs and muscles.

San Diego Supercomputer uses newly created software

To accelerate the deployment of high-performance commodity clusters, the National Partnership for Advanced Computational Infrastructure has released version 1.0 of its NPACI Rocks software, a set of open-source enhancements for managing Linux-based clusters. NPACI rocks have been used to build and install the new Meteor cluster at the San Diego Supercomputer Center as well as several other clusters at UCSD, forming the start of a campus cluster grid.

NPACI Rocks is a set of open-source enhancements to Red Hat Linux. Rocks adds an extensible management style specific to clusters, some important augmentations to the Red Hat installation, a bootable CD-ROM, a cluster configuration database and a number of cluster-specific packages. Rocks is aimed at tightly coupled clusters and directly supports low-latency interconnects, including Myrinet and ServernetII.

UC Science Delegation to participate in climate meeting

Ten of the top experts at the University of California and other institutions involved in aspects of global climate change research will participate in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Conference of the Parties will take place in the Hague, Netherlands from Nov. 13 to Nov. 24.

The scientists will be a part of a formal nongovernment organization accredited to the negotiations process to provide objective science input and to address scientific questions that may arise within national delegations, media groups and other participating organizations.

The delegation will make presentations designed to provide scientific research to policy makers, delegates and science advisors participating in ongoing, international climate change negotiations. The presentations will include a special event titled “”Science and the Negotiations: Carbon Sinks, Greenhouse Gases,

Faculty Mentor Program seeks applicants

Climate Modeling and Uncertainties.””

The Faculty Mentor Program is offering research experience to juniors and seniors who have at least a 2.7 GPA, an interest in research and who want to prepare themselves for graduate or professional school.

Participants in the program will have the opportunity to conduct research with a faculty member for at least 10 hours a week for two quarters, earn 8 units of 199 Independent Study credit, learn how to write a research proposal and paper, receive graduate school and fellowship information and present their research at the annual Faculty Mentor Program Research Symposium.

Applications are available at the Academic Enrichment Programs office.