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InTheLoop | 05.15.2006

The weekly electronic newsletter for Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences employees

May 15, 2006

NERSC Announces Two New Appointments

David Skinner, a member of NERSC's User Services Group and the main contact for scientists receiving large allocations under DOE's INCITE program, has been named head of NERSC's new Open Software and Programming group, effective today.

David, who was the lead NERSC consultant for the Seaborg system, has been involved in studying performance issues on new architectures such as Blue Planet, Blue Gene and parallel vector systems. He is the author of IPM, a portable profiling infrastructure designed to help users assess the performance of their codes on parallel systems.

David joined NERSC in 2000, shortly after he earned his Ph.D. in chemistry at UC Berkeley.

Craig Lant, who left Computing Sciences to lead the Campus System and Network Security Office at UC Berkeley, is returning to LBNL as a member of NERSC's Networking, Security and Servers Group. Craig starts his new job on June 12.

Craig has more than 10 years of experience in a variety of computer security positions, with four years at LBNL and six years with UC Berkeley. His expertise includes firewalls, network intrusion detection systems, detecting compromised systems, and securing Internet accessible production systems, along with experience in incident response and network-based analysis to reconstruct intrusion attempts to develop appropriate defenses. At Cal, Craig also chaired the Campus Information Security Committee which developed, reviewed and oversaw the deployment of information security policy.

Job Posting: Administrative Assistant for Computational Research Division

CRD has a posting for an administrative assistant to provide a comprehensive range of specialized administrative services and support to multiple group leads, PIs and department heads. Among the duties are assessing inquiries and requests and responding as appropriate; maintaining on-line calendar programs and electronic and hardcopy filing systems; scheduling appointments for staff, which may include complex travel arrangements; reminding staff of appointments and meetings; preparing materials and agendas for research meetings and serving as minutes recorder using knowledge of research projects and current issues addressed at these meetings; analyzing contents of meetings and preparing minutes; scheduling group meetings and seminars, which will require planning and coordinating arrangements such as space, communication with participants and attendees, catering, parking, lodging, transportation, and travel; using various PC programs to create, edit, and store complex documents including correspondence, reports, charts, tables, and technical manuscripts. For more information, see http://www.lbl.gov/CS/Careers/OpenPositions/CR19014.html.

Reminder: ERIP Referral Program Rewards Employees for Finding New Hires

Computing Sciences is currently looking for candidates to fill more than a dozen open job postings, and employees are reminded that the Lab's Employee Referral Incentive Program (ERIP) is still in effect. ERIP pays $1,000 (net) to employees who refer successful candidates. Award payments are made within one month after the successful referral reports to work. Full-time and part-time employees are eligible to participate.

For ERIP details, including information on how to submit candidates, go to http://www.lbl.gov/Workplace/HumanResources/ERIP/index_erip.html.

A list of current job openings in Computing Sciences is at http://www.lbl.gov/CS/Careers/OpenPositions/.

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.