February BEAR newsletter

Welcome to the BEAR Newsletter, bringing you the latest news from the BEAR team (Birmingham Environment for Academic Research), as well as other relevant computing and data-related news from both within the University of Birmingham and outside. Every two years we run a survey to establish the IT needs of researchers, and this enables us … Continue reading “February BEAR newsletter”

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R User Group Event – Data Visualisation Seminar!

In this month’s R User Group meeting, with speakers Laura Bravo Merodio and Jack Sullivan, we look at data visualisation with ggplot2, and tips and tricks for making plots accessible to all. Date Tuesday 6 February 2024 Time 12:00 – 13:00 Location HybridIn-person: Elm House, G08ONLINE: Teams Meeting Link AgendaChair: Katy IvisonTalk 1: “An Introduction To … Continue reading “R User Group Event – Data Visualisation Seminar!”

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Bringing to BEAR – Creating a Challenge for the BEAR Challenge

This year June came around again and it’s BEAR Challenge time! This is an event we hold every year to try and introduce University of Birmingham undergraduates and masters’ students to the world of High-Performance Computing (HPC). This year we attracted ten groups of students from across the university from computer science, physics, maths, and … Continue reading “Bringing to BEAR – Creating a Challenge for the BEAR Challenge”

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Digital Research Conversations – Love your Code/Software

Software is increasingly important for researchers, with both research staff and students finding themselves needing to write and develop their own software to produce data (e.g. through simulations) or analyse their results. There is a need to understand how to manage software used in research, including its curation, citation and how to store and share … Continue reading “Digital Research Conversations – Love your Code/Software”

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Using BlueBEAR to estimate the global impact of climate change on agriculture

In this case study, we hear from Allan Beltrán Hernández (Assistant Professor of Environmental Economics), who has been making use of BlueBEAR to enable his research into estimating the impact of climate change on agriculture at the global level. I work with colleagues at Yale University and the National Autonomous University of Mexico on estimating the impact … Continue reading “Using BlueBEAR to estimate the global impact of climate change on agriculture”

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Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) – Special Interest Group rebooted

Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) is used in a variety of engineering disciplines, including civil, railway, river, coastal, tidal, meteorological, and chemical engineering. There are a variety of CFD packages commercially available including ANSYS CFX, ANSYS FLUENT and the open source software OpenFoam. Bruno Fraga, the chair of the CFD Special Interest Group is inviting you to be part of this group. Bruno has organised … Continue reading “Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) – Special Interest Group rebooted”

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Statistical modelling to map and measure crimes against women and children

In this case study, we hear from Dr. Rowland Seymour (Mathematics), who has been making use of help from the BEAR software group to enable his research into safeguarding women. I’m an Assistant Professor in Mathematics and my research involves developing statistical tools to map and measure crimes, such as human trafficking and violence against women … Continue reading “Statistical modelling to map and measure crimes against women and children”

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Call for Carpentries Trainers & Helpers

You may be aware that the BEAR team runs Software Carpentry courses on Python, Git, MATLAB and R with the assistance of a number of trained instructors from across the university. We would like to encourage more people to get involved as both trainers and course helpers. Carpentry Instructors Do you have experience of R, Python, Git, … Continue reading “Call for Carpentries Trainers & Helpers”