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Longleaf Mentioned in White House National Microbiome Initiative Announcement


On May 13, 2016, Longleaf was mentioned by name in The White House OSTP announcement of a new National Microbiome Initiative (NMI). It said:

“UNC-Chapel Hill is also investing $790,000 in a new computational cluster (Longleaf) to accommodate the expanded computational and information processing needs of UNC’s diverse microbiome disciplines.”

“The University of North Carolina (UNC)-Chapel Hill is investing $4.9 million to create a new interdisciplinary hub for microbiome research, establish seven new faculty and staff positions, and support a number of new research projects. UNC-Chapel Hill’s new MμNC hub will foster collaboration among the more than 60 UNC-Chapel Hill faculty and staff engaged in plant, human, nutritional, and environmental microbiome and bioinformatics research. The hub will sponsor on-campus seminars and partner with Research Triangle Park institutions to host intellectual exchange events for microbiome scientists in the area. The hub will also pilot a data-science training program to groom graduating life-science students as graduate scholars who can provide bioinformatics support to UNC-Chapel Hill microbiome researchers. To support the hub, UNC-Chapel Hill will add five new tenure-track faculty positions in various microbiome disciplines, and will hire two bioinformatics engagement officers to supporting UNC-Chapel Hill’s microbiome scientists. The establishment of the hub and the seven new faculty positions together represent a $3.4 million commitment. UNC-Chapel Hill is also investing $790,000 in a new computational cluster (Longleaf) to accommodate the expanded computational and information processing needs of UNC’s diverse microbiome disciplines; $743,125 to expand its environmental microbiome lab space, add new equipment, and double the square footage of its existing Microbiome Core Facility; and $50,000 to support a marine microbiome research expedition in the Galapagos Archipelago and investing.”

Longleaf perfectly suits the workload typical of the microbiome community. That the microbiome community notices this does not mean that Longleaf is suited only to them. Quite the contrary, this kind of generalized cyberinfrastructure resource enables forward-looking research pursuits across many disciplines—it has become the norm.

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