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Domain Consultant positions as a career stepping-stone for graduate students

Former BRC domain consultant Deb McCaffrey

Research IT offers opportunities for students at all levels to develop skills applicable to both academic and non-academic careers. Research IT’s domain consultant program for graduate students has begun to have a visible impact as former domain consultants have moved on to full-time careers in research facilitation.

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Legal scholars mining millions of bankruptcy case pages

Professors Ken Ayotte (Berkeley Law) and Jared Ellias (UC Hastings School of Law)

Large corporate bankruptcy cases don’t easily lend themselves to empirical research, according to UC Berkeley Law Professor Ken Ayotte, because “sample sizes are small, and the financial data that’s available on the company leading up to bankruptcy is usually sparse and unreliable. We know when the company files, we have some basic background information about it, and we see whether the company reorganizes or liquidates at the end of the case, but we know very little about what happens during the case to drive those outcomes.”

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Climate Impact Lab: measuring the social cost of climate change

Floodplain for Miami, FL (map); Hsiang, Kopp, Jina, Rising, et al. (2017)

How might one measure the social cost of carbon? This is the question that brought more than 20 climate scientists, economists, data analysts, engineers, and researchers together at the Climate Impact Lab (CIL). With members from UC Berkeley, the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago, the Rhodium Group, and Rutgers University, the Lab formed out of an assessment that it is critically necessary to understand how climate change affects the United States in social and economic terms.

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2017 Binder workshop at UC Davis

Binder (screenshot)

UC Berkeley’s Research IT group was invited to participate in the 2017 Binder workshop hosted at UC Davis in October of last year. The workshop’s goal was to “enhance and extend the functionality of the binder notebook computing platform,” and specifically “ to brainstorm and prototype support for credentials so that private resources can be used to source and execute binders (on, e.g., AWS accounts and private repositories).”

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Success stories from BRC’s undergraduate ops internship program

A new team of undergraduate interns joined the Berkeley Research Computing (BRC) team this fall, and quickly became an indispensable part of Savio cluster operations. The BRC Ops Intern Program was conceived as a pilot for a BRC undergraduate fellowship program, currently in development, that will provide UC Berkeley students with hands-on experience in HPC system operations, user support, and software engineering.

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