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September 2013

In this issue, we emphasize research on FluoRender, which is an interactive tool for confocal microscopy data visualization. Confocal microscopy is an important imaging technique in biology used to study three-dimensional (3D) structures of biological samples. Together with biologists, Professor Charles Hansen and his graduate student Yong Wan (who successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation in April 2013) designed and developed FluoRender. In addition to being a useful visualization tool for biologists, FluoRender has been used to create stunning images that have garnered awards in international biology image competitions.

I am pleased to draw attention to one of my very successful Ph.D. students and early SCI members, Han-Wei Shen, who is now a Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the Ohio State University. Han- Wei continues to perform cutting-edge visualization research and educate new visualization researchers. Professor Shen founded and leads the Graphics and Visualization Study (GRAVITY) research group at OSU. Han-Wei is also an amazing educator, having graduated 12 Ph.D. students, which means I have 12 more "academic grandchildren", and several M.S. students. He received the Department’s Outstanding Teaching Award twice.

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fresh-tracks-1-13January 2013

2012 was another exciting year, culminating in our second successful SCIx Open House. Hundreds of people took advantage of the event to learn more about SCI Institute research and hear SCIx keynote speaker Alan Kay, a Turing Award recipient give an enlightening and entertaining presentation. SCI Institute faculty garnered a number of prestigious research awards in 2012. Jeff Weiss received the Van Mow Medal, Miriah Meyer was named a Microsoft Faculty Fellow and a TED Fellow, Chuck Hansen was elected as an IEEE Fellow, and Valerio Pascucci was inducted as a DOE Fellow. Tolga Tasdizen received an NSF CAREER Award and the College of Engineering Distinguished Teaching Award. I was honored to receive the 2012 IEEE IPDPS Charles Babbage Award.

In this issue, we highlight a research collaboration between our NIH Center for Integrative Biomedical Computing (CIBC) and Dr. Christopher Butson of the University of Wisconsin. This collaboration emphasizes computational modeling, simulation and visualization of deep brain stimulation (DBS) planning, a therapy used in the treatment of movement disorders such as Parkinson's. Optimization of DBS electrodes is accomplished using our ImageVis3D Mobile software on an iPad.

In 2013, we welcome Dongbin Xiu as the 15th tenure-track faculty member within the SCI Institute. Dongbin, a Professor of Mathematics, is one of the most recognized names and highly cited researchers in the area of uncertainty quantification.

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