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Student work shines at Research Services Expo

Research Technologies event featured Peebles Memorial Lecture speaker, information tables, and student poster displays

Research and discovery May 14, 2019

School may be out for the summer, but the 2019 Research Services Expo was in full swing Friday, May 10, 2019, at the Herman B Wells Library.

UITS Research Technologies hosted the event, which kicked off with a lunch and the Peebles Memorial Lecture in Information Technology. The lecture series commemorates decades of service given to IU by Christopher S. Peebles, former associate vice president for research and academic computing and dean for information technology.

Congratulations, students!

The winners of the Inaugural Research Technologies Student Poster Expo were (left to right): Eliza Foran, Nicholas Brunk, Alexandra Bailey, and John Clere.

Photo by Lucy Wotell.

Dr. Beth Plale, program officer at the National Science Foundation and professor in the Department of Intelligent Systems Engineering at IU, spoke on the topic, “Open Science is Good (Data) Science.”

Following the lunch and lecture, the expo featured information tables with representatives from Research Technologies, the IU Libraries, the Pervasive Technology Institute, and other entities across IU. Attendees had the opportunity to visit consultants to discover the different resources—supercomputers, big data storage, social science research support, and more—IU has to offer.

New this year, the Inaugural Research Technologies Student Poster Expo gave students an opportunity to show their work to fellow students, faculty, and staff. Participants were selected from IU Southeast, IU Kokomo, and the Bloomington campus to present their research in poster form.

Making her point

Dr. Beth Plale, program officer at the National Science Foundation and professor in IU’s Department of Intelligent Systems Engineering, delivered the Peebles Memorial Lecture on the topic, “Open Science is Good (Data) Science.”

Photo by Lucy Wotell.

After judging, the following winners were selected in three categories:

  • Best use of high performance computing—Alexandra Bailey, IU Kokomo, School of Sciences. Bailey’s poster, “Examining the Schönberg-Chandrasekhar instability,” focused on the Schönberg-Chandrasekhar limit (SC-limit), when a star becomes a red giant and the limit of how far that could expand. She used the Big Red II supercomputer to run her simulations.
  • Best visualization—Tie between Eliza Foran, IU Bloomington Department of Biology; and Nicholas Brunk, IU Bloomington, Department of Chemistry. Foran’s poster, “Developing a workflow for bioacoustic recording devices and frog call analysis within Jetstream,” explained how she created a workflow to transfer recorded frog callings to the IU-managed Jetstream cloud computing system. Brunk’s winning poster was “Self-assembling ordered arrays of virus-like particles (VLPs) mediated by linkers.” He used IU’s supercomputers to perform simulations for his poster submission.
  • Best overall poster—John Clere, IU Southeast, journalism undergraduate. His poster, “Floyd County history now in 3D: Supercomputing and photogrammetry increase understanding of artifacts,” focused on photogrammetry, the process of using photos to turn physical objects into 3-D models. His work involved taking 3-D photos of historical significance from New Albany, Ind., which can now be preserved for researchers. Clere used IU’s Karst supercomputer to process the images.

For more information about the services provided by Research Technologies or to view the archived talk by Dr. Beth Plale, visit

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