Presentation on QUBES and Hubzero given at the Seventh International Symposium on Biomathematics and Ecology: Education and Research 2014, Claremont, CA
The Quantitative Undergraduate Biology Education and Synthesis (QUBES) Consortium has a mission to connect educators across biology and mathematics with each other and with the latest research, to improve interdisciplinary teaching. To support that mission, they are creating an online “hub” for the community based on the HUBzero® Platform for Scientific Collaboration. HUBzero is an open source software platform used to create Web sites for research, education, and scientific collaboration. So far, HUBzero has been used to create more than 60 such hubs across a wide range of scientific disciplines, including nanotechnology, bio-fuels, environmental modeling, volcanic activity, earthquake mitigation, microelectromechanical systems, cancer research, pharmaceutical engineering, and STEM education, to name a few. Together, these sites have served more than 1,500,000 visitors from 172 countries worldwide during the past year alone. In June 2011, the US National Science and Technology Council’s Materials Genome Initiative for Global Competitiveness highlighted one of these hubs, nanoHUB.org, as an exemplar of “open innovation” that is critical for global competitiveness. In August 2011, HUBzero won the Campus Technology Innovators Award for IT Infrastructure and Systems. This talk will provide an overview of the HUBzero project and show how various features within the platform can be used to create a thriving community for QUBES.
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