Intersect News #97 April 2022

Lyndsay Kosidlo
28 Apr 2022

Intersect making waves with powerful tech, research and training contributions

Intersect is off to a great start to the year! To kickstart our exciting news we have our second-ever Interviews with an eRA segment, featuring Australian Catholic University eResearch Analyst, Aidan Wilson, and his thoughts on the inherent rewards of research and a number of projects that he has worked on as an eRA.

In other exciting news, the 2nd Collaborative Graduate Course is officially underway! With a brand new topic, HPC and Data in Drug Design and Delivery, envisaged to be delivered as a live online event by an array of internationally renowned professors and scientists from the end of August to the end of November this year. Before then, the 2nd joint Showcase between Intersect and NCI titled AI and ML in Drug Design and Delivery is scheduled to run on the 26th of May. Four peak presentations will showcase state-of-the-art research activity in this fast-evolving field. Register HERE. Read more in the flyer HERE.

The 2022 Australia and New Zealand REDCap Forum, hosted by Helix, Monash University, was held on March 24th and 25th. Intersect contributed to the meeting with six presentations across the two days delivered by eRAs and REDCap Administrators Aidan Wilson (ACU) and Dr. Sam Ryan (La Trobe University), covering a multitude of topics.

Our tech team has been hard at work on many projects this year. Intersect and NCI’s HPC contribution with the University of South Australia is officially underway. Our Technology team is executing this fast and intensive project, in order to identify UniSA’s complex research experiments and migrate them to Gadi, Australia’s most powerful supercomputer. In addition to this, ARDC has recently provided funding for the expansion of our Nectar Node with new GPU and large memory compute servers! Read more below.

The ARDC Leadership Series kicks off on the 3rd of May! The new event series provides leaders, influencers and decision-makers in academia, government and industry with an opportunity to work through the big data challenges impacting researchers in Australia. Key topics include managing human data, digital skills for Australian research, and the translation of research into commercial benefits for Australia.

Our amazing eRAs have conducted some great work at our member universities, with Aidan Wilson assisting at ACU by utilising REDCap to manage software licences. Over at Deakin University, Dr. Andrew Goh was instrumental in the design and implementation of the rapid, automated analysis to generate and send the tailored reports for Deakin’s Work Readiness Scale project: An online assessment for work readiness in career education.

In Intersect Training news this quarter, we have become one of the first providers supporting and utilising the DReSA national training portal to share and promote hundreds of training events to the wider research community. Additionally, this year, Intersect has created a Training Report to summarise and provide analytics on the Research Digital Skills Training Program of 2021, as well as insights on historical trends. Intersect is looking forward to the continuation of this program in 2022!

Read below for all of the Intersect articles and featured Case Studies from the last quarter.

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