May 2021 Newsletter
Published: May 23, 2021
In this bi-monthly newsletter, we share recent, current, and planned activities of the US-RSE Association, and related news that we think is of interest to US-RSE members. Newsletters are also available on our website alongside the growing resources and information on the US-RSE Association. A sign-up option for our newsletter is available here.
In this issue:
- Updates on Working Groups
- 2021 US-RSE Virtual Workshop
- US-RSE Open Collective 501(c)(3) created
- US-RSE Community Calls
- Interesting Events
- Upcoming CFP: RSE-HPC-2021 workshop at SC21
- Recent Job Postings
- Community News
- Interesting Reads
- US-RSE Outreach
- Get Involved
Updates on Working Groups
Education & Training: This working group is for those that are interested in regular discussions about education & training for RSEs with a goal of developing concrete deliverables. The group meets on the first Monday of the month at 12:00 Eastern. Thus far, we have begun describing the types of people who work as RSEs and what their training needs might be and we are working on defining the list of skills often needed by RSEs. If you would like to join the conversation, please join the #education-training channel on the US-RSE Slack. You can post a message there if you would like to be invited to the next meeting.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI): We are organizing a book club / discussion group. The first book we’re going to discuss is “Better Allies: Everyday Actions to Create Inclusive, Engaging Workplaces’’ by Karen Catlin. We invite anyone interested to please sign up and join us on Tuesday, May 25 from 12:00 PM -12:50 PM ET for a discussion of “Part One: Watching and Observing as an Ally’’ (pages 1-55). We’re also planning the next event in our Speaker Series and finalizing an update of the US-RSE mission statement to better address DEI issues. Join the effort at the #dei-discussion channel on Slack.
Website: The website working group is working on a new design for the us-rse.org website. The group is meeting bi-weekly and a beta version of a new website is in development. The new site promises to have better functionality and usability while still retaining the international RSE community feel. If you’d like to contribute please join the #website channel in the US-RSE Slack to join in the conversation.
2021 US-RSE Virtual Workshop
Following the success of the 2020 US-RSE Virtual Workshop, the event this year is also virtual due to the ongoing pandemic. The 2021 US-RSE Virtual Workshop will be held on two non-consecutive half days: May 24 and 27, 2021, 1 - 4 pm ET, 12 - 3 pm CT, 11 am - 2 pm MT, 10 am - 1 pm PT.
The theme of the workshop is “A Path Forward for Research Software Engineers.” The workshop will feature talks, community events, and working group sessions. It will be held via Zoom and some parts, such as the talks, will be recorded and available after the workshop via the US-RSE YouTube channel. The workshop is free but registration is required, here.
You can still submit breakout sessions by Monday before the workshop! See more details here.
US-RSE Open Collective 501(c)(3) created
US-RSE has formalized its membership in the Open Collective Foundation (OCF) fiscal host entity. OCF provides us an open platform for transparently managing the US-RSE long-term finances. Next steps will include a blog post that describes the sorts of things this could facilitate, and a breakout discussion at the 2021 US-RSE Virtual Workshop on possible fiscal priorities for the US-RSE.
US-RSE Community Calls
We will have our next community call on June 10, 2021 at 12-1pm ET. Have a look nearer to the date in the slack channel #communitycalls to vote for a topic! You can find the videos from past community calls in our YouTube channel. Here is the one from April. We did not have a call in May since we will have the Second US-RSE Virtual Workshop on Monday and Thursday (May 24 and May 27). See above for more information.
The Research Software Engineer Stories podcast has eight more episodes. Check them out below!
- Daniel S. Katz - Sustaining People
- Paul Richmond - Working with you rather than for you
- Ron Rahaman - The Software Engineering Challenge
- Mark Turner - From Engineer to Manager
- Daniel Nüst - Are You Interested in Riddles?
- Frank Loeffler - It’s a process
- Edd Salkield - Dreaming Spires
- Mark Abraham - Career Structures for RSEs
Some other events coming up that may be of interest to RSEs include:
- Internet2 has a virtual series of events with some of interest for the RSE community. You can see the overview of upcoming events here. July 1 will be a panel discussion moderated by Sandra Gesing on sustainability of science gateways, for example. Registration is required and free of charge.
- SciPy 2021 will be held July 12 -18 2021. Registration is open, and you can apply to receive financial support through May 31.
- The deadline for HICSS 2022 is on June 15. HICSS has a Software Technology track with several minitracks, for example, a minitrack on Software Sustainability and a minitrack on Smart (City) Application and Data Streaming Development.
- PEARC21 will take place July 19-22 2021, and the program will be published in June. PEARC21 has a student program to help fund registration fees for US university students.
Upcoming CFP: RSE-HPC-2021 workshop at SC21
Research Software Engineers in HPC (RSE-HPC-2021) has been accepted as a workshop at SC21 in November! Details of the call for papers are being finalized and will be announced in early June, with a submission deadline in early August.
Recent Job Postings
These opportunities were recently posted to the RSE Careers page:
- Senior Machine Learning in Medical Imaging Research Software & Systems Engineer: Oxford Biomedical Image Analysis Laboratory, Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford, UK
- Neutron Data and Computing Program Manager: Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN
- Senior Research Software Engineer: Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
- Research Software Engineer: Brown University, Providence, RI
- HPC Applications Performance Engineer, Hewlett Packard Enterprise: Various locations
- Software Engineer: Benioff Ocean Initiative at University of California, Santa Barbara, CA (currently remote)
- Daniel S. Katz and Neil Chue Hong are editing a special issue of PeerJ CS on software citation, indexing and discoverability, so if you are doing any work in this area, please consider submitting it to this special issue.
- DHTech, a community of people doing technical work in Digital Humanities, are conducting a survey to gauge the interest for a technical mentorship program. If you work in Digital Humanities, please consider filling out the survey!
Items you may have missed on the blog and Slack:
- The 10 Best Practices for Remote Software Engineering, by Vanessa Sochat in Communications of the ACM
- The Institute for Research and Innovation in Software for High Energy Physics (IRIS-HEP) published an article by Eoin O’Carroll on building a career path for research software engineers.
- Implementing FAIR for research software: attitudes, advantages and challenges, part one and part two, by Leyla Jael Castro, Diego Alonso Álvarez, Stian Soiland-Reyes, Markus Löning, Sam Harrison, Faruk Diblen, Abhishek Dasgupta, Morane Gruenpeter and Paula Andrea Martinez, from the Software Sustainability Institute’s Collaborations Workshop 2021 speed blog series.
Do you have a meeting, event, or community that might be interested in hearing more about US-RSE? We are happy to come talk to your group! Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or reach out via @sc on slack.
There are lots of ways to get involved with the US-RSE community. Of course, you can join us on Slack or volunteer for an interview with the RSE Stories podcast. But we’re also looking for ideas and help in many other places. See our list of projects and let us know how you’d like to help. Help with things like the Website Committee, Social Media, and Community Engagement are all needed.