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The New Scientists
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"DISCOVERIES 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."

Another 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.

HAVING 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.

“No 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.”

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