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Cyberinfrastructure Day 2018

Cyberinfrastructure Day 2018

Cyberinfrastructure Day 2018: Innovative Technology

RCCI would like to invite the campus research community to attend and participate in the Cyberinfrastructure Day 2018 event.

Friday, April 13
Wolstein Auditorium
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM


RCCI's fourth annual Cyberinfrastructure Day event will feature distinguished speakers: Robert Kirsch, Timothy Beal and Jill Barholtz-Sloan.

In addition to speakers, RCCI is also introducing flash talks and poster sessions to encourage graduate and undergraduate students to showcase their work that has made use of the campus cyberinfrastructure. For submission of Flash Talks and Abstracts visit: Flash Talks 2018

Breakfast and Lunch will be provided.

Sponsored by: Dell and CDW



Cyberinfrastructure Day 2018: Agenda

8:30 am - 9:00 am Breakfast
9:00 am - 9:05 am Opening Remarks: Roger Bielefeld
9:05 am - 9:40 am Timothy Beal
9:40 am - 10:15 am Flash Talks - Session 1
10:15 am - 10:30 am RCCI Talk
10:30 am - 11:00 am Break
11:00 am - 11:35 pm Robert Kirsch
11:35 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch and Poster Session
1:00 pm - 1:05 pm Sue Workman
1:05 pm - 1:40 pm Jill Barnholtz-Sloan
1:40 pm - 2:00 pm External resources (OSC, XSEDE, etc.)
2:00 pm -2:30 pm Flash Talks - Session 2
2:30 pm - 2:45 pm Poster Award

About Our Speakers:

Robert Kirsch, PhD
Chairman, Department of Biomedical Engineering

Contact Information:
Office Location: Room 340A Wickenden Building
Phone Number: 216.368.4063

Dr. Robert F. Kirsch, Ph.D. is the Allen H. and Constance T. Ford Professor and Chair of Biomedical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University and the Executive Director of the Department of Veterans Affairs Rehabilitation Research and Development Service “Center for Functional Electrical Stimulation”. He is the Principal Investigator of the Case-Coulter Translational Research partnership, a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), the Chair of the national BME Council of Chairs (2017), the Director of a NIBIB T32 training grant and a member of advisory boards for a number of biomedical engineering departments, research centers, and training grants across the US and internationally.

His research focuses on the restoration of arm movements to individuals with complete paralysis of arm muscles due to spinal cord injury or other neurological disorders using functional electrical stimulation (FES), as well as high performance user command interfaces such as brain computer interfaces and advanced prosthetic user interfaces. He received a BS in electrical engineering (University of Cincinnati) and the MS and Ph.D. in biomedical engineering (Northwestern University), and completed post-doctoral research (McGill University).

Jill S. Barnholtz-Sloan, PhD
Sally S. Morley Designated Professor in Brain Tumor Research
Professor & Associate Director for Bioinformatics/Translational Informatics
Case Comprehensive Cancer Center and Institute for Computational Biology
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio

Dr. Jill Barnholtz-Sloan’s research focuses on genetic/molecular epidemiology of complex diseases, with a particular focus on brain tumors.  She is multi-disciplinary trained in biostatistics, population genetics, and human genetics.  Her role in team science has been essential for the success of multiple multi-disciplinary research projects. She is the PI of the Ohio Brain Tumor Study (OBTS), which has served as a multi-site tissue source site for The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA).  She is also the scientific PI of the Central Brain Tumor Registry for the United States (CBTRUS) where she collaborates on interpreting and disseminating brain and central nervous system tumor US-wide cancer registry data. She has been a consortium PI on the NCI funded GLIOGENE studies.  

As the Associate Director for Bioinformatics at the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Associate Director for Translational Informatics for the Institute of Computational Biology at CWRU, she is responsible for managing Bioinformatics analysis of high throughput “omics” data and implementing and maintaining a translational informatics solution for research.   She is the Director of the Case GI SPORE Biostatistics and Informatics Core and the co-Director of the CWRU BETRNet Patient Registry-Virtual Biorepository Core.  Hence she has extensive experience in hypothesis development, study design and statistical analysis for studies of various phenotypes in humans and animals and analysis of all types of high throughput “omics” data and clinical outcomes.  

Dr. Barnholtz-Sloan is funded by multiple additional grants of various cancer types and other diseases either as local site Principal Investigator or collaborating Biostatistician.   

Timothy Beal
Florence Harkness Professor of Religion; Chair, Department of Religious Studies

Contact Information:
Office Phone: 216.368.2221
Office Location: Tomlinson Hall 243F

Timothy Beal is the Florence Harkness Professor of Religion and chair of the Department of Religious Studies at Case Western Reserve University. He is the Editor-in-Chief of The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and the Arts (also on, which was named the Best Print Reference in the Humanities for 2015 by Library Journal. He has published twelve books, most recently Revelation: A Biography, forthcoming from Princeton University Press with support from a Public Scholar Award from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Other books include The Rise and Fall of the Bible: The Unexpected History of an Accidental Book (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011), Biblical Literacy: The Essential Bible Stories Everyone Needs to Know (HarperOne, 2009), Religion in America: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2008), Roadside Religion: In Search of the Sacred, the Strange, and the Substance of Faith (Beacon, 2005), and Religion and Its Monsters (Routledge, 2001). In addition to scholarly articles, Tim has written popular essays on religion, Bible, media, and culture for The New York Times, The Washington Post,, The Christian Century, and The Chronicle of Higher Education, among others.

Since 2015, Tim has developed a passion for natural language processing and machine learning as they related to the academic humanities. He recently completed the five-course series taught by Charles Severance (University of Michigan via Coursera), on the programming language of Python, and is collaborating with scholars at Iliff School of Theology, the University of Denver, and his own university on projects involving unsupervised machine learning and text generation (“bots”), neural machine translation (NMT), and Markov chain processes. Check out his @KJVBot (generates at tweets King James Version-like biblical verses based on the KJV Bible) and @EmilyMarkovson (a poetry bot that generates and tweets four line poems based on Emily Dickinson’s complete works).
Tim was born in Hood River, Oregon and grew up near Anchorage, Alaska. He now lives between Cleveland and Denver. He and his wife Clover have two grown kids, Sophie and Seth.