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Veterans will be the ultimate winners in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs-Department of Energy (DOE) Big Data Science Initiative, a collaborative research effort that casts Argonne National Laboratory in a prominent role. Argonne’s extensive track record of successes with big data and big computers make it the quintessential partner of this multi-faceted research team to improve healthcare for millions of veterans, advance supercomputing and solve some of the nation’s biggest scientific challenges. A team led by the Computation Institute's Rick Stevens, associate laboratory director for Computing, Environment and Life Sciences at Argonne, was instrumental in moving the effort from concept to reality.

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As more researchers turn to whole genome sequencing, the data challenges increase.  A new $1.58 million award from the National Institutes of Health equips Globus Genomics to develop new tools and services that help geneticists overcome these obstacles and unlock new discoveries.

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The ATLAS experiment at CERN is one of the largest scientific projects in history, with thousands of scientists from around the world working together to analyze the torrents of data flowing from its detectors. A new analytics platform built from open source tools by CI scientists at the ATLAS Midwest Tier Center 2 will make those experiments more efficient.

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A new instrument to detect dark matter, one of the biggest mysteries of the universe, goes live 1400 meters underground in Italy. CI scientists will help help build the computing center and analyze the data for this unprecedented, international collaboration.

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You may not realize it, but network analysis is a daily part of your life.

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Climate change is a global process that affects everyone on Earth. However, until recently, the tools used for climate change research and the data driving and produced by those studies was accessible to only a small portion of the population. Last week, as part of RDCEP’s Discovery Engines: Under the Hood workshop series, David Kelly and Michael Glotter taught an audience of researchers and students how they can use new available climate data and tools. 

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To encourage building owners to assess and reduce their energy usage, the City of Chicago passed the Building Energy Use Benchmarking Ordinance in 2013, requiring certain properties to report energy data. Late last year, that mandate produced the first Building Energy Benchmarking Report, containing insight and visualizations produced in part with the CI’s Urban Center for Computation and Data (UrbanCCD).

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The greatest scientific challenges of our time aren't contained by national borders.

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The theme for the 2014-15 Computation Institute Inside the Discovery Cloud Speaker Series is "Catalyzing Collaboration," placing the spotlight on the unique, multidisciplinary research partnerships

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As of today, the Data Science for Social Good fellowship is one-third of the way done. In their downtown Chicago headquarters, 48 fellows from around the world are hard at work with project partners from the non-profit and government sectors, helping them solve problems and get the most value out of their data. On the Data Science for Social Good website, the first round of projects have been announced with a small blurb describing the summer goals of each team. Topics this year range from education to energy efficiency, worldwide corruption to natural conservation, reducing lead exposure to reducing homelessness, and enrolling those without health insurance to connecting patients with services outside of the health care system. Here are three samples of the Data Science for Social Good projects, visit their projects page or the DSSG blog to read about the rest.