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By Mike Jackson, Software Architect and Kostas Kavoussanakis, Group Manager, EPCC, The University of Edinburgh; Edward Wallace, Sir Henry Dale Fellow, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Edinburgh A multi-disciplinary team of biologists, bioinformaticians and research software engineers based at EPCC and The Wallace Lab at University of Edinburgh, The Shah Lab at Rutgers University and The Lareau Lab at University of California, Berkeley will enhance and extend a software suite, called RiboViz to extract biological insight from "ribosome profiling" data and drive forward understanding of protein synthesis.

By Andrew Stewart, University of Manchester and Software Sustainability Institute Fellow. Over the last month or so I’ve been fortunate to have given invited presentations to early career psychologists at the universities of Keele, Staffordshire and Lancaster. The combined Keele/Staffordshire Psychology Postgraduate Research Conference gave me the opportunity to provide some (recent) historical context to the current ‘replication crisis’ in the biosciences.
By Louise Chisholm, Jeremy Cohen, Jonathan Cooper, and Simon Hettrick. Most people who are looking to forge a career in research software engineering will come across barriers that are the result of outdated university policies put in place before software was such a critical element of research.

News

Applications are now open for the SC19 Early Career program. ​​​​​​​The program provides a one-day series of special sessions for early-career researchers, educators, and technical professionals, on Monday November 18 2019 at SC19 in Denver, Colorado. This includes academic, industry, and laboratory postdocs and staff within the first five years of a permanent position. It aims to help participants secure a better understanding of the issues and challenges faced while navigating a successful research career.
As part of the Sage Ocean Speaker Series Neil Maiden, Professor of Digital Creativity at the University London, will talk about “Digital support for more creative science journalism”on 16 July 2019 in London.  At this talk, Neil will present and explore the features of the AI-powered tool INJECT, as well as a new project, QUEST (Quality and effectiveness in science and technology communication).

The web server hosting the SSI website will be undergoing maintenance between 8:30am and 9:30am BST on Tuesday 2nd July 2019. Please accept our apologies for any unavailability of the website during this time.

Events

In affiliation with The Carpentries, The Software Sustainability Institute is organising the first European CarpentryConnect event in Manchester from 25th to 27th June 2019.

Collaborations Workshop 2019 (CW19) will take place from Monday 1st to Wednesday 3rd April 2019 at Loughborough University in the West Park Teaching Hub. The Software Sustainability Institute’s Collaborations Workshop series brings together researchers, developers, innovators, managers, funders, publishers, leaders and educators to explore best practices and the future of research software.
The Gateways Conference will take place from Tuesday through Thursday, 25th – 27th September 2018 at the University of Texas, Austin. Science gateways connect components of advanced cyber-infrastructure behind streamlined, user-friendly interfaces. Join gateway creators and enthusiasts to learn, share, connect, and shape the future of gateways.

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