The Fourth Duke Research Computing Symposium will take place the afternoon of January 22, 2018, in the Penn Pavilion on Duke’s West Campus. The symposium will highlight collaborative research initiatives that use information technologies and digital (sometimes even “big”) data to forge new directions in research.

Two prominent Duke faculty and leaders of successful initiatives will speak about their work and how digital data fits into the broader picture of their efforts. The program will include a recounting of progress made in the past year and plans and a vision for future work in research computing. Of course, the symposium will also have its poster session that is open to the entire Duke community, and once again this year the Scholars&Duke visualization challenge will take place. (Refreshments, too, will accompany the usual collegial exchanges.)

Registration is open, so please do!

Integrating information technologies into research can add to the depth of scholarship and science within a field of study. And information technologies can also provide a framework for relating fields, in effect enabling collaboration. The speakers at this year’s symposium have had such experiences within their diverse fields of study.

Geoffrey S. Ginsburg, MD, PhD, is Professor of Medicine, Pathology, Biomedical Engineering, and Professor in the School of Nursing. He serves as the founding director of the Center for Applied Genomics and Precision Medicine and also directs MEDx (Medicine and Engineering at Duke), which spans medical and engineering disciplines, especially drawing from Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering and the School of Medicine. His research interests are in the development of novel paradigms for developing and translating genomic information into medical practice and the integration of personalized medicine into health care.

In addition to his work at Duke, Ginsburg has been a member of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs Advisory Council on Genomic Medicine and the National Advisory Council for Human Genome Research at NIH. He currently serves as an international expert panel member for Genome Canada, a member of the Board of External Experts for the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Roundtable on Genome-Based Research to Human Health, and a member of the External Scientific Panel for the Pharmacogenomics Research Network. He recently was appointed to the World Economics Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Personalized and Precision Medicine.

Paul B. Jaskot, PhD, recently came to Duke from DePaul University where he was Professor of Art History and the National Gallery of Art where he served as Andrew W. Mellon Professor at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (2014-2016). At Duke, he serves as Professor of Art, Art History, and Visual Studies and Director of the Wired! Lab for Digital Art History and Visual Culture. He teaches courses on architectural history, modern architecture and urban planning, and German art with a particular emphasis on National Socialist Germany. His scholarship focuses on the political history of Nazi art and architecture as well as its postwar cultural impact. His work has used digital tools — especially GIS (Geographic Information System) — to explore relationships of space, culture, art, and architecture. He contributed three co-authored essays to Geographies of the Holocaust (2014), the first book to address the analysis of Holocaust spaces with GIS. Currently, he is continuing his collaborative work in an analysis of the spaces of the Nazi ghettos of Occupied Europe as well as a solo-researched project on the history of the construction industry in Germany, 1914-1945. He was president of the College Art Association from 2008-2010.

Top photo: By Ziko van Dijk (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons