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InTheLoop | 12.24.2005

The Weekly Electronic Newsletter for Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences Employees

December 24, 2005

Annual Property Inventory Begins, First Focus is on Office Equipment

LBNL is currently in the midst of its annual property inventory, in which all items being inventoried must be accounted for. CS employees who have Lab-owned equipment for offsite use are being sent the appropriate inventory form via email. The deadline for completing the form is Monday, Feb. 11. Completed forms, with the required signatures, are to be returned to the CS Facilities office in Bldg. 50A, room 0143A or by Lab mail to MS50A1148. Questions? Contact Bill Iles or Parisa Farvid.

Safety Tip: Watch Your Step and Avoid Bad Trips

Accidents can happen anywhere, anytime, as a CS employee recently learned while taking the stairs in Bldg. 50A. The result was a painful fall. Remember that many of the walkways and stairs at the Lab may have settled or worn down over the years. "The lovely hillside terrain and aging infrastructure at the Lab can present a challenging environment for walking," said Ginny Lackner, the EH&S liaison to Computing Sciences. "Please walk carefully on uneven surfaces, and in particular use caution on stairs and in sloping areas. Do not run or rush, use banisters if available, wear appropriate footwear, and report any needed repairs to your supervisor."

Reminder: Today Is Last Day to Participate in Library Survey on Critical Journals

ITSAD and the Computing and Communications Services Advisory Committee (CSAC) are asking all Lab scientific and technical staff to complete an online survey to help determine which journal subscriptions should be maintained by the Library. The survey, which can be found at http://isswprod.lbl.gov/survey/journal/login.asp ends at 5 p.m. today (Jan. 24). Budget constraints have led the library to consider eliminating some subscriptions and input from the survey will be used to help determine how best to use the available funding.

Reminder: SLAC's Richard Mount to Give Jan. 27 Talk on Scientific Data Management

Richard Mount, director of the SLAC Computing Center, will be the next speaker in the Computing Sciences Seminar Series. Mount will discuss "A Leadership-Class Facility for Data-Intensive Science: Vision and First Steps" in a presentation starting at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27, in Bldg. 50A, Room 5132.

Here is his abstract:
"Science is increasingly data-intensive. Future discoveries and scientific revolutions will require facilities and techniques that allow the agile analysis of vast volumes of complex data. I will draw on the 2004 Office of Science Data Management Workshops to illustrate the scientific challenges, and then outline SLAC's April 2004 proposal for a Leadership-Class Facility for Data-Intensive Science. Finally I will describe the first steps that are being taken to develop a facility aimed at a 'huge-data-memory' architecture."

Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference Issues Call for Participation

The 2005 Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference has issued a call for participation seeking submissions for papers, panels, workshops, posters and birds-of-a-feather sessions for the three-day conference. Tapia 2005, the third in the series, will be held Oct. 19-22, 2005, in Albuquerque under the theme "A Diversity of Scholars — a Tapestry of Discovery."

While the program will cover technical areas, the conference is aimed at providing a supportive networking environment for under-represented groups across the broad range of computing and information technology, from science to business to the arts to infrastructure. Tapia 2005 is co-sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery and the IEEE Computer Society, in cooperation with the Computing Research Association.

Researchers are invited to submit papers to Tapia 2005 in the following areas of interest:
* Collaborative and Emerging Technologies
* Computational Mathematics and Science
* Multidisciplinary Activities in Computer Science

Proposals are also invited for panels focusing on technical areas or issues related to increasing diversity in the field of computing. Panel proposals should be no more than one page, single-spaced in 12-point type size. Finally, proposals are invited for workshops focusing on issues related to increasing diversity in the field of computing. Workshop proposals should be no more than two pages, single-spaced in 12-point type size.

Details about electronic submission can be found on the conference Web site at: http://www.ncsa.uiuc.edu/Conferences/Tapia2005/cfp.html. Extended abstracts should be submitted by Friday, March 4, 2005. Authors will be notified of acceptance decisions by May 6, 2005.

For more information about the Tapia 2005 conference, visit the Web site at http://www.ncsa.uiuc.edu/Conferences/Tapia2005/.

New Worm Embeds Itself in Message That Looks like CNN Headlines

A new mass-mailing worm called Crowt.A appears to be a headline newsletter from CNN. This worm generates a variety of subject lines, message content and attachment names based on recent news headlines on the CNN web site. Windows users who open an infected attachment not only infect their systems, but also open themselves to identity theft because Crowt.A also installs a keystroke logger to capture all keystrokes entered on infected systems. Windows users, update your system's anti-virus software every day and avoid opening any attachment that you are not expecting.

Enrollment Still Open for Feb. 17 Security Basics Course

Enrollment is still open for the free Security Basics Course to be taught from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, in room 50B-4205. Go to http://www.lbl.gov/cyber/services/course-catalog.html#user1 for a course description. Enrollment is limited. Visit https://hris.lbl.gov/ to enroll.

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.