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InTheLoop | 10.24.2005

The Weekly Electronic Newsletter for Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences Employees

October 24, 2005

New DOE Program Managers Announced for NERSC, ESnet

The following announcement is from ALD Horst Simon:

“Last week Michael Strayer, AD for OASCR, announced the following reassignments with the Office for Advanced Scientific Computing Research at DOE. Effective this week, Barb Helland will be Program Manager for both Leadership Class Computing and for NERSC. Also effective this week, Dan Hitchcock will assume overall responsibility for networking and will be the Program Manager for ESnet. All issues relating to the affected programs should be directed to Barb and Dan, respectively. Please join me in welcoming Barb and Dan to these new responsibilities and in providing them with your full support.”

Computing Sciences Staff Contribute to Success of Diversity in Computing Conference

The 2005 Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference, held last week in Albuquerque, was the most successful in the history of the event and included contributions from three Computing Sciences staff members. The conference, held every other year, drew 345 registered participants this year.

The first day was devoted to a Doctoral Consortium, an intensive program for invited grad students designed to give them tools and techniques to ensure they complete their doctorate degrees. Tony Drummond of CRD's Scientific Computing Group helped organize the session and also presented. While the 2003 session was made up mainly of younger students, this year's consortium attracted students who were typically older and more academically experienced. This led to a greater interchange of ideas and livelier discussions, Tony said.

Unmil Karadkar, a Ph.D. student at Texas A&M University, said the Doctoral Consortium was extremely valuable, citing the extensive preparation by Tony and other presenters, who read materials submitted in advance by the participating students. "It's amazing to see how much work was done in advance and that they were ready with comments," Karadkar said. "It's been great."

Raquel Romano of CRD's Visualization Group was invited to give a presentation on her work entitled "Anomaly Detection in Scientific Data: Applications in Microscopy, Astronomy and Climate Modeling" in the session on Applications.

CS Communications Manager Jon Bashor has served as the public relations chair for the conference since summer 2004. Jon said that the biggest challenge was reaching students to inform them about the conference opportunities and that this led to finding new ways to get the information out, above and beyond the typical newsletters and news releases. "But through a strong team effort and word of mouth, we drew about 100 more attendees than in 2003. It was really gratifying to talk with students from small towns who had never attended a conference before, and some of them had never even flown on a plane. Their interest and enthusiasm is really refreshing."

Job Posting: Comprehensive Epidemiologic Data Resource Program Seeking Computer Systems Engineer

The IT Division's Comprehensive Epidemiologic Data Resource (CEDR) program has an opening for a Computer Systems Engineer (CSE II position #018469). The job description has been posted at http://jobs.lbl.gov/LBNLCareers/details.asp?jid=18469&p=1. Contact HR's Bernadette Cu (BCu-Todd@lbl.gov, x5327) for more information and recruiting services.

LETS Reminder: Enter Your Time by Noon TODAY

The LETS sweep for the month of October 2005 will be today, Mon. Oct. 24, at noon. Please enter your time in LETSLite for this period before the sweep. To enter time, use your LDAP username and password to sign on to LETSLite at https://lets.lbl.gov.

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.