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Dan Reed
Iowa City, Iowa
Vice President for Research and Economic Development, University of Iowa
Interests: university futures, bioinformatics, innovation policy, multidisciplinary fusion, technology policy, spectrum and communication, innovation, clouds, geek toys, cloud computing, multicore processor architecture, science policy, computing education, international competitiveness, research tools and techniques, multidisciplinary collaboration, large-scale data centers, exascale computing, technology strategy
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From Uber for X to Mom as a Service (MaaS), "me too" followers abound. Continue reading
One way to drive the flippers and anticipate how the silver pinball of university futures may bounce and move is via war games Continue reading
Resist unnecessary conformity; seize opportunity; pursue your dreams; heed the distant drummer; live your own life. Continue reading
We now risk killing the very thing that has given the U.S. an enormous national security and economic advantage Continue reading
Some of the most valuable lessons are the practical ones, best learned via experience. Continue reading
If it disagrees with experiment, it’s WRONG. In that simple statement is the key to science. Continue reading
Abraham Flexner: A poem, a symphony, a painting, a mathematical truth, a new scientific fact, all bear in themselves all the justification that universities, colleges, and institutes of research need or require. Continue reading
Reality must take precedence over public relations, for nature cannot be fooled. Continue reading
Research universities have three critical, irreducible functions: knowledge creation, education, and engagement. Each sustains the others. Continue reading
Let’s begin with the fundamental question. As scholars, why do we write? Continue reading
My time as NCSA director was exhilarating and exciting, as an incredible team invented the future. That is – and always will be – NCSA’s mission. Continue reading
Our longing for a better world is why Star Trek has lived long and prospered. Continue reading
An amazing teacher named Joel Martin is a major reason why I’ve been privileged to spend my life as a researcher. I will always be in his debt. Continue reading
Cloud computing is transformational. Yet in public perception, the cloud is more like a fog, a vaguely understood and amorphous thing. Continue reading
HPC and machine learning are not goals, they are enablers. Continue reading
A commencement ceremony is neither the time nor the place to risk heat stroke and dehydration with an extended pageant in a basketball arena-cum-auditorium or sun-drenched football stadium. Continue reading
If the Anthropocene defines human impact on the Earth’s ecosystems, then the Information Age defines computing’s impact on our own interactions. Continue reading
Seeing the invisible web of intellectual connectedness that binds as a community of scholars is the first step in embracing the consilience of knowledge. Continue reading
The undying need for respect, to make a difference and to matter, regardless of circumstance, crosses cultures and generations. It was just a cherry pie, but it was much, much more. Continue reading
By its nature, research is a long game, for basic research and scholarship expand the collective body of human knowledge. Continue reading
Few issues are so simple as to be reduced to a 140 character précis. Long-form oratory once defined public debate, and in the hands of a skilled and informed speaker, it still can. Continue reading
Research, scholarship and creative expression -- they define us as humans and as scholars. Continue reading
When did our utopian dreams stagger into an alleyway, drunk on hubris, only to be mugged by our diminished expectations? Continue reading
Since reading Jacob’s memoir a decade ago, I have been pondering his poignant reflections on creativity and human motivations. I still believe the future can be brighter than the past. Like Jacob, my food is anticipation; my drug is hope. Continue reading
Although not fast by today’s parallel computing standards, Raspberry Pi clusters allow students to construct complete parallel systems Continue reading