GEON organized a special session at SACNAS

GEON Session "Cyberinfrastructure: What Is It?"    Friday, September 30th, 9:45-11:45am

SACNAS GEON organized a special session titled "Cyberinfrastructure: What Is It?" at the Society for the Advancement of Chicano and Native Americans in the Sciences (SACNAS) National Conference, September 29-October 2, 2005, in Denver, Colorado. This session was held on Friday, September 30th, from 9:45 - 11:45 a.m.

GEON also hosted the GEON booth (#447) to demonstrate more about the cyberinfrastructure being developed in support of the Geosciences.

Session Description:

According to a National Science Foundation Blue Ribbon Panel, "A new age has dawned in scientific and engineering research, pushed by continuing progress in computing, information, and communication technology, and pulled by the expanding complexity, scope, and scale of today's (scientific) challenges. The cyberinfrastructure initiative is the response to this new age and will affect all young scientists."

Session speakers and topics:

  • Chaitan Baru: Cyberinfrastructure - background and the computer science perspective (view slides)
  • Randy Keller: Cyberinfrastructure - A geoscience perspective and examples (view slides)
  • Ann Gates: Examples of work done by UTEP Computer Science students (view slides)
  • Chris Andronicos: An example of science aided by cyberinfrastructure - Geodynamics of the Himalaya (view slides)
  • Aaron Velasco: The role of a knowledge base in seismology (view slides)

The mission of SACNAS (Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science) is to encourage Chicano/Latino and Native American students to pursue graduate education and obtain the advanced degrees necessary for science research, leadership, and teaching careers at all levels.

For more information view the Preliminary Conference Program (PDF) or the National Conference page.