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Moving to new HUBZero environment in support of SIMIODE

Currently our technical folks are working behind the scenes (and some of their work can be scene up front as well) to install HUBZero 2.0. This is the latest version of the platform on which SIMIODE resides. The good folks at Purdue University, where HUBZero was developed with NSF funding and is richly supported, have been very helpful.

Nevertheless, transitions are stressful times for all and we are anxiously waiting for the SIMIODE Hub to come to full, ready, rich, and stable state.

SIMIODE has much promise with conference talks by members, Minicourses at MathFest 2016 and Joint Mathematics Meetings 2017; incoming modeling scenarios from developer workshop personnel who worked up materials in summer workshops in summer 2015; user comments and blogs on materials and their use; additional resources coming on board through annotated reviews and content; and much more.

Many folks see something, but do not say something - to paraphrase the airport security phrase. If there is something that is in your life that involves change and you are curious about it then it might merit investigation and modeling. If it involves change then chances are it will involve a differential equation. We all just might have some of these notions in the background and SIMIODE will give us a reason to bring them front and center to offer up a Modeling Scenario so others can discover your efforts. It just might be that others preceded you in your line of inquiry or it might be a whole new fresh line or approach.

Here is an example.  Trevis Litherland, Class of 1993, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and mathematics major was a former student of mine. Trevis has a PhD in mathematics from Georgia Tech and works for Equifax. He wrote the following in an email of 9 March 2015.  

``We're all about statistical models in our industry, so getting students to think in terms of how to cast real-world problems into a mathematical or statistical framework is key. After 25 years, it's so second nature to me now that I have to recall how hard it was for me (relatively speaking) to start to actually do this as a young person. I remember coming to Rose thinking about my `Shampoo Problem.' Back then I actually had to unscrew the cap on the shampoo bottle and set it to the side. As I was washing my hair, of course, a lot of water would spill into the open bottle, diluting the shampoo. How could one describe the amount of the original shampoo in the bottle over time? To me now it's obviously just a geometric thing, end of story, but back then, before I'd heard of difference equations and the like, I just didn't know how to get started on it. So getting students over that initial hump is a challenge worth putting effort into, so I'm happy you are doing so.''

We worked this up into a Modeling Scenario for SIMIODE with Trevis' help. You can find it at 6-35-S-Shampoo -  https://simiode.org/resources/615.

So let your imagination ponder the change around you and explore the possibilities. Then report to SIMIODE with a Modeling Scenario we can all share and which can help students who also have the same inquisitive nature, a nature we are developing at SIMIODE.

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