August, 2006

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August, 2006

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    MS eScience Workshop Keynote talks

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    Below are the list of Keynote talks for the MS eScience Workshop at JHU - also the registration is now open....

    The Microsoft eScience Workshop at the Johns Hopkins University

    October 13-15, 2006

    http://www.mscs06.net

    This workshop will provide a unique opportunity to share experiences, learn new techniques and influence the domain of scientific computing. It will explore the evolution, challenges and potential of computing in scientific research, including how the latest tools, web services and database technologies are being applied to scientific computing. By providing a forum for scientists and researchers to share their experience and expertise with the wider academic and research communities, this workshop aims to foster collaboration, facilitate the sharing of software components and techniques, and influence the development of Microsoft technologies for data-intensive scientific computing.

    Specific areas of interest include:

    • Novel scientific applications using information technologies
    • Web Service-Based Applications
    • Science data analysis, mining, and Visualization
    • Smart Clients and novel user interfaces for scientists
    • Healthcare Informatics
    • Scientific Workflow Management
    • eScience Interdisciplinary Curriculum Development
    • Innovations in publishing scientific literature, results, and data

    The following distinguished speakers will keynote:

    Dr. Leroy Hood, President, Institute for Systems Biology (ISB)

    (http://www.systemsbiology.org/Scientists_and_Research/Faculty_Groups/Hood_Group/Profile)

    In 2000, Dr. Hood co-founded the Institute for Systems Biology in Seattle, Washington to pioneer systems approaches to biology and medicine. Most recently, Dr. Hood's lifelong contributions to biotechnology have earned him the prestigious 2004 Association for Molecular Pathology (AMP) Award for Excellence in Molecular Diagnostics.  He has published more than 500 peer-reviewed papers, received 14 patents, and has co-authored textbooks in biochemistry, immunology, molecular biology, and genetics, and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the American Association of Arts and Sciences, and the Institute of Medicine. Dr. Hood has also played a role in founding numerous biotechnology companies, including Amgen, Applied Biosystems, Systemix, Darwin and Rosetta.

    Dr. Jim Ostell, Chief of the Information Engineering Branch at the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) at the National Institutes of Health (http://www.nist.gov/director/NIH/ostell.htm)

    Dr. Ostell was one of only twelve tenured NIH scientists to be appointed in 1996 to the Senior Biomedical Research Service. Under his direction, the NCBI Information Engineering Branch has produced a central computer infrastructure for biomedical information, covering the published literature, DNA and protein sequences, three-dimensional structures of biological molecules, assemblies of complete organism genomes, human genetics and phenotypes, and more.   More that 2 million unique users a month use the NCBI on-line services and the NCBI user community has grown from a base of molecular biology researchers to include physicians, educators, and the general public. Some of the best-known resources provided by NCBI include GenBank, Entrez, PubMed, BLAST, dbEST, UniGene, dbSNP, LocusLink, RefSeq, Human Genome Resources, and many others.

    Dr. Alexander Szalay, Alumni Centennial Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, The Johns Hopkins University

    (http://www.sdss.jhu.edu/~szalay/)

    Dr. Alexander Szalay spent over ten years working on the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) -- the most ambitious astronomical survey ever undertaken. When completed, it will provide detailed optical images covering more than a quarter of the sky, and a 3-dimensional map of about a million galaxies and quasars. As the survey progresses, the data are released to the scientific community and the general public in annual increments.  His interests are theoretical astrophysics and galaxy formation. His research includes: Multicolor Properties of Galaxies, Galaxy Evolution, the Large Scale Power Spectrum of Fluctuations, Gravitational Lensing, and Pattern recognition and Classification Problems.

    Dr. Tony Hey, Corporate Vice President for Technical Computing, Microsoft

    (http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/exec/tonyhey/default.mspx)

    Dr. Hey is one of the pre-eminent researchers in the field of parallel computing, most recently as director of the United Kingdom’s ambitious e-Science Initiative.  He reports directly to Craig Mundie, Microsoft chief technical officer and senior vice president for Advanced Strategies and Policy, and works across the company to coordinate Microsoft’s efforts to collaborate with the scientific community worldwide.   He is a fellow of the U.K.’s Royal Academy of Engineering and has been a member of the European Union’s Information Society Technology Advisory Group. He also has served on several national committees in the U.K., including committees of the U.K. Department of Trade and Industry and the Office of Science and Technology. In addition, Hey has advised countries such as China, France, Ireland and Switzerland to help them advance their scientific agenda and become more competitive in the global technology economy.

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    Windows Live Writer Beta

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    Windows Live Writer Beta is available for download, which I'm testing out, so far I really like it...especially the preview since I've had issues w/ font sizes in the past. 

    More info: Windows Live™ Writer is a free, downloadable program that will help you include rich content in your blog posts and know exactly what your blog will look like before you publish it to the Web.

    What it gives you

    WYSIWYG editing: Edit using the style of your blog, including fonts, colors, line spacing, margins, etc.

    Rich content: The ability to insert and customize rich content like photos, maps and more

    Offline editing: Support for offline editing to compose posts even when you're not connected to the Internet

    Blog preview: Rich HTML and source-code previewing of your blog post before you upload it

    Smart image publishing : Smart image publishing directly to your blog automatically links your thumbnails to larger images with more detail

    Compatibility: Support for publishing to Windows Live Spaces, as well as Blogger, LiveJournal, TypePad, WordPress, and many other servicesChange the size of your graphics, and add borders and other effects

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    SQL Server Web Tools

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    SQL Server Web Tools available on CodePlex

    SQL Server Web Tools is a Web-based Administration tool to manage SQL Server databases. With SSWT, you can administer accounts, manage databases and tables, write and run queries and Stored Procedures, and much more.

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    Interesting articles and links - 8/14/2006

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    Links

    What's New in the Microsoft Robotics Studio August 2006 CTP?

    • New Simulation Features
    • New Robot Services
    • New Authoring Support
    • New Tutorials  

    Articles On MSDN

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    ConferenceXP 4.0 beta available

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    The beta of the latest MSR ConferenceXP release is available

    ConferenceXP is an initiative of Microsoft Research. We're exploring how to make wireless classrooms, collaboration, and distance learning a compelling, rich experience by assuming the availability of emerging and enabling technologies, such as high-bandwidth networks, wireless devices, Tablet PCs, and the advanced features in Microsoft® Windows® XP.

    The ConferenceXP research platform enables researchers and developers to create distributed applications that take advantage of ConferenceXP technology as well as Tablet PCs and wireless networks. It also enables them to develop the collaborative tools and applications they need without having to build them from the ground up. By partnering with research organizations and universities, the ConferenceXP project combines the academic community's expertise in the learning sciences with Microsoft's expertise in technology.

    Also ConferenceXP has moved their main site to http://research.microsoft.com/conferencexp/ and the newsgroups are now at http://forums.microsoft.com/MSR/

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    eScience Workshop 2006 – Call for Presentations

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    Call for Presentations

    Microsoft eScience Workshop 2006

    Microsoft Computational Science Workshopat Johns Hopkins University

    October 13 - 15 2006

    At the Bloomberg Center,Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland

    http://www.mscs06.net

     

    This workshop will provide a unique opportunity to share experiences, learn new techniques and influence the domain of scientific computing using Microsoft’s tools. Attendees will learn first hand from early adopters using Microsoft technologies such as .NET, SQL Server, Office 2007, and web services to advance their research as well as explore in depth how modern database technologies are being applied to scientific computing. By providing a forum for scientists and researchers to share their experience and expertise with the wider academic and research communities, this workshop aims to foster collaboration, facilitate the sharing of software components and techniques, and influence Microsoft technologies for data-intensive scientific computing.

    We are looking for contributions in the following areas:

    • Novel scientific applications using information technologies
    • Web Service-Based Applications
    • Science data analysis, mining, and Visualization
    • Smart Clients and novel user interfaces for scientists
    • Healthcare InformaticsScientific Workflow Management
    • eScience Interdisciplinary Curriculum Development
    • Innovations in publishing scientific literature, results, and data

    Scientific talks will be 30 minutes, and there will also be sessions devoted to short demonstrations and posters. If you would like to present, please provide the following information:

    • Title of Presentation
    • Abstract (300 words)
    • Contact Information
    • Short Biography (150 words or less)
    • Audio/Visual/Connectivity Requirements

    Please send your information or questions to mscs06@microsoft.com. The deadline for abstract submission is September 11th 2006.

    All applicants will be notified of acceptance of their presentation by September 22nd, 2006; those abstracts not selected for verbal presentation may be presented as posters.

    There will be no charge for conference registration.

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    MS eScience Workshop 2006 – Hold the date

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    Okay – it’s actually called the Microsoft Computational Science Workshop at Johns Hopkins University, but I’m still partial to the eScience Workshop title from last years workshop. Here’s the actual announcement – the registration should be available soon.

    Announcing the Microsoft Computational Science Workshop at Johns Hopkins University

    October 13-15, 2006

    This workshop will provide a unique opportunity to share experiences, learn new techniques and influence the domain of scientific computing using Microsoft’s tools.  Attendees will learn first hand from early adopters using Microsoft technologies such as .NET, SQL Server, Office 2007, and web services to advance their research as well as explore in depth how modern database technologies are being applied to scientific computing.  By providing a forum for scientists and researchers to share their experience and expertise with the wider academic and research communities, this workshop aims to foster collaboration, facilitate the sharing of software components and techniques, and influence Microsoft technologies for data-intensive scientific computing.

    Topics to be covered include:

      • Novel scientific applications using information technologies
      • Web Service-Based Applications
      • Science data analysis, mining, and Visualization
      • Smart Clients and novel user interfaces for scientists
      • Healthcare Informatics
      • Scientific Workflow Management
      • eScience Interdisciplinary Curriculum Development
      • Innovations in publishing scientific literature, results, and data
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    Office Open XML formats – No license needed

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    Good blog entry by Brian Jones on No license needed to use the Office Open XML formats – that should answer any questions….

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