Council on Academic Computing
March 16, 2005
Hagai Meirovitch discussed the School of Medicine’s newly created Department of
Computational Biology. The department,
one of the first of its kind in the country, was built around the School’s
Center for Computational Biology. Ivet
Bahar chairs the department, and Professor Meirovitch is one of the seven
members of its faculty. Professor Bahar
was recruited to the University four years ago to head the aforementioned
Computational biology brings together several disparate
fields, including biology, computer science, physics and chemistry, and the
mathematical sciences. The National
Institutes of Health has identified computational biology as one of the fields
necessary to accelerate scientific discovery and to translate these discoveries
into practical applications.
The mission of the department is to create computational
models that both enhance our understanding of human biology and disease
processes and lead to the development of new therapies. The department will focus upon computational
structural biology, computational genomics, and systems biology. Additional information on the department is
located in Professor Meirovitch’s powerpoint presentation.
Computing Services and Systems Development
Jinx Walton, Director of Computing
Services and Systems Development (CSSD), discussed music file copyright
infringements. The University has
received several copyright infringement notices from the recording
industry. When it receives a notice, CSSD
identifies the relevant IP address and its owner, supplies the information to
the company involved, and notifies General Counsel of its actions. Any remaining issues are then resolved
between the named individual and the recording industry.
Several other issues were addressed:
- Firewalls will be installed
in the residence halls. The
firewalls will not affect music-file downloads, but they will prevent
- The University now possesses
four IMAP servers. Intermittent
delays in service appear to be a software problem.
- CSSD is still searching for
an individual with the appropriate skills to help develop PITTGRID.
- The portals will be upgraded
in August. The portals will support
browsers other than Internet Explorer.
The National Science Foundation is reorganizing its K-12
educational programs. Some of the funds
from these programs will be transferred to the Department of Education.
Other issues were also addressed:
- Future speakers for the
Council’s speakers program.
- A second program on modeling
- Department of Homeland
Security Centers of Excellence.
- Multidisciplinary research
- The annual Washington, D.C., funding trip.