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ARE NOW HAPPENING IN-BETWEEN FIELDS, IN COLLABORATION
WITH OTHERS FROM DIFFERENT FIELDS AND BY COMBINING CONCEPTS.
SO IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE NOW HAVE SCIENTISTS WHO CAN THINK
BEYOND THE BOUNDARIES OF THEIR OWN TRAINING."
bioinformatics student, Jason Aten, is using $200,000 in IGERT funds
to construct a low-cost, super-computing system by stringing together
clusters of PCs. With the power of cluster computing, says Aten,
who trained as a computer scientist and a molecular biologist, bioinformaticians
will be able to simulate complex models to solve problems —
an advance that will greatly accelerate the research programs of
those involved in the field.
LINKS to so many faculty from different areas and the ability
to chart their own research course leaves students like neuroengineer
Irazoqui-Pastor pinching themselves. “Here I am, a 22-year-old
graduate student, and I get to come up with my own research project,
creating something from zero. It’s amazing,” he says.
matter what you come up with, there’s bound to be some expert
on this campus working in that field. So you can have collaboration.
It’s a lot of responsibility, and it’s really tough,”
Irazoqui-Pastor says. “But we have the chance here to do the
kind of research that many graduate students don’t ever have
an opportunity to do.”