Congratulations to Sudha Ram & Sue Brown on the iPlant Collaborative NSF Award
January 30, 2008
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a University of Arizona–led team $50 million dollars to create a global center and computer cyberinfrastructure within which to answer plant biology's grand challenge questions, which no single research entity in the world currently has the capacity to address. The project will unite plant scientists, computer scientists and information scientists from around the world for the first time ever to provide answers to questions of global importance and advance all of these fields.
The five-year project, dubbed the iPlant Collaborative, potentially is renewable for a second five years for a total of $100 million.
“This global center is going to change the way we do science,” says UA plant sciences professor and BIO5 member Richard Jorgenson, PhD, who is the lead investigator and director of the iPlant Collaborative. “We’re bringing many different types of scientists together who rarely had opportunities to talk to one another before. In so doing, we’ll create the kind of multidisciplinary environment that is necessary to crack the toughest problems in modern biology.”
Principal Project Personnel includes the MIS Department’s Sudha Ram (as Co Principal Investigator and Cyberinfrastructure Development, Integrated Solutions Team co-leader) and Sue Brown as Social Networking lead.
See the television coverage here:
KUAT (PBS): http://tv.azpm.org/kuat/segments/2008/1/30/kuaz-bio5-institute/
KOLD (CBS): http://www.kold.com/Global/story.asp?S=7796573
For more in-depth information on this project, view the iPlant Collaborative website here.
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