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InTheLoop 01.05.1998

January 5, 1998


Arie Shoshani will give "An Overview of Scientific Data Management" starting at 2 p.m. Tuesday, January 6, in Bldg. 50B, room 4205. In this talk, Arie will discuss the approach being taken by the Scientific Data Management Group to address the specialized needs of scientific applications while taking advantage of available commercial software. He will describe in some detail examples and progress in the areas of Genome Databases, High Energy and Nuclear Physics (HENP) databases, and Statistical Databases.

Over the last several years, members of the Scientific Data Management Group have identified specific difficulties that scientists encounter in dealing with scientific data. This led the group to address three important areas for managing scientific databases: 1) support for object-oriented data models on top of commercial (relational) database management systems, 2) data organization for efficient retrieval of very large datasets, and 3) data structures and operations for scientific applications.

All interested employees are invited to attend.


Twelve of 15 proposals submitted by Lab scientists for computing time on the recently installed Cray T3E-600 supercomputer have been awarded a total of 50,000 hours. The three proposals not awarded time were all made by scientists who have already been awarded time on the more powerful T3E-900. One of the aims of adding the T3E-600 machine is to boost computational science at the Lab.

Those awarded time on the new machine are Ali Belkacem, Chemical Sciences; Nancy Brown, Environmental Energy Technologies (EET); William Fawley, Accelerator Fusion Research; Stephen Holbrook, Structural Biology; Arlon Hunt, EET; Jonathan Koomey, EET; William Lester, Chemical Sciences; Steven G. Louie, Materials Sciences; John Morris, Materials Sciences; Garrison Sposito, Earth Sciences; Albert Thompson, Materials Sciences; Chin-Fu Tsang, Earth Sciences; Michel Van Hove, Materials Sciences; Don Vasco, Earth Sciences; and Ganquan Xie, Earth Sciences


The Department of Energy's "National Education Strategy to Prepare the Next Generation of Scientists," which was announced Dec. 4 by Secretary Federico Pena during a visit to Oakland, is looking to recruit 1,000 scientists, engineers, and technicians from DOE and the national labs to act as on-line mentors with students and teachers in grades K-12 via the Internet. These mentors will answer questions science teachers might have about basic science and technology, energy use and efficiency, environmental studies, engineering, computer science, and mathematics.

"It is our obligation as parents, teachers and elected officials to give our children the tools they will need to take us into the 21st century," Secretary Pena said when announcing the program. "We need to get our children excited and motivated about science and math so they can compete in a world where technology is at the forefront of the global marketplace."

If you're interested in volunteering or learning more about the program, send your name, title, organization, phone number and e-mail address to Cindy Musick at cindy.musick@oer.doe.gov or fax the info to her at (202) 586-0019. The initiative is being implemented in partnership with the National Science Teachers Association.


Send your questions, comments, suggestions or news items to JBashor@lbl.gov or call editor Jon Bashor at 5849.