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A free, interactive virtual learning environment, WorldWide Telescope enables your computer to function as a virtual telescope. Through its interactive dashboard, you can browse high-resolution imagery from the best ground and space-based telescopes, giving you a visually powerful perspective of the size, scale, and features of the universe. Curtis Wong, principal researcher for Microsoft Research eScience and co-creator of WorldWide Telescope, demonstrated some of the capabilities of this versatile technology at TEDxCaltech on January 14, 2011.
—Curtis Wong, Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research eScience
February is a time when many of us seek ways to improve and change for the better while refining elements that already work. The spirit of evolution doesn't have to stop at the individual level, however. I'm pleased to announce that, starting today, our organization will go by a name that better reflects who we are: Microsoft Research Connections.
While our name is changing, our commitment to our previously established charter remains strong. Microsoft Research Connections is dedicated to supporting those who dream the impossible—inventing a better world one idea at a time. We build partnerships with the world's leading computer scientists and researchers. In the computer science world, we collaborate with the academic community in critical fields that will shape the future of computing-including parallel programming, software engineering, and natural user interfaces.
Microsoft Research Connections will continue to:
We are committed to doing all this and more in the coming year. But now, our name truly reflects who we are, what we do, and where we are going in the future.
—Tony Hey, corporate vice president of the Microsoft Research Connections Division of Microsoft Research
We recently posted a preview of the Microsoft Biology Foundation (MBF) for development evaluation purposes. Now, we're following up with a special, free, one-day MBF workshop on March 11, 2011, in Redmond, Washington, hosted by the Microsoft Biology Initiative. The workshop includes a quick introduction to Microsoft Visual Studio 2010, the Microsoft .NET Framework, C#, and the MBF Object Model. Plus, our hands-on lab will give you the opportunity to write a sample application that employs the file parsers, algorithms, and web connectors in MBF.
We will also cover some MBF training modules throughout the day, including:
We hope you will join us for this free one-day event. Whether your goal is to get trained on MBF or simply to evaluate MBF and its Microsoft .NET model, you can expect to get a tremendous return on your time investment.
For complete details about the day, or to register, please see the MBF Workshop website. We look forward to meeting you on March 11 in Redmond.
—Beatriz Diaz Acosta, Senior Research Program Manager, Health and Wellbeing, Microsoft Research Connections