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NERSC Staff Participate in Regional Science Bowl

February 5, 2013


NERSC's Elizabeth Bautista moderates DOE Science Bowl Competition at Berkeley Lab.

High School students from all corners of the San Francisco Bay Area flocked to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) on Saturday, February 2, 2013 to battle in the Department of Energy’s Regional Science Bowl—an academic competition that tests students' knowledge in all areas of science.

After a day of intense competition, the team from Palo Alto High School emerged as the overall winners. The Palo Alto team will travel to Washington D.C. in April to compete in the national competition. First runner up was San Francisco’s Lowell High School, followed by Albany High School and Walnut Creek’s Northgate High School.

A number of staff from DOE’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) participated in Saturday’s event as moderators, scientific judges, timekeepers and scorekeepers, including: Elizabeth Bautista, Shane Canon, Isaac Ovadia, David Skinner and Jay Srinivasan.

DOE created the National Science Bowl in 1991 to encourage students to excel in mathematics and science and to pursue careers in these fields. More than 225,000 students have participated in the National Science Bowl throughout its 22-year history, and it is one of the nation’s largest science competitions. Saturday’s event was hosted by Berkeley Lab’s Center for Science and Engineering Education. Other regional high schools going to DOE’s 2013 National Science Bowl include Mountain View High School and San Francisco’s University High School.

For more information: http://science.energy.gov/wdts/nsb/

About Computing Sciences at Berkeley Lab

The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) Computing Sciences organization provides the computing and networking resources and expertise critical to advancing the Department of Energy's research missions: developing new energy sources, improving energy efficiency, developing new materials and increasing our understanding of ourselves, our world and our universe.

ESnet, the Energy Sciences Network, provides the high-bandwidth, reliable connections that link scientists at 40 DOE research sites to each other and to experimental facilities and supercomputing centers around the country. The National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) powers the discoveries of 7,000-plus scientists at national laboratories and universities, including those at Berkeley Lab's Computational Research Division (CRD). CRD conducts research and development in mathematical modeling and simulation, algorithm design, data storage, management and analysis, computer system architecture and high-performance software implementation. NERSC and ESnet are Department of Energy Office of Science User Facilities.

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory addresses the world's most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Lab's scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the DOE’s Office of Science.

DOE’s Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States, and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information, please visit science.energy.gov.