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InTheLoop | 11.20.2006

The weekly electronic newsletter for Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences employees

November 20, 2006

Applicants Sought for AIP and APS Congressional Fellowships

Members of the physics community who want to spend a unique year learning about the inner workings of the federal government while getting involved on a personal level should consider applying to the American Institute of Physics and the American Physical Society Congressional Science Fellowship programs. For physicists who want to apply their knowledge and skills beyond the lab bench, and who believe there is a need for technical advice and analysis in the conduct of national policy, the Congressional Fellowships are an opportunity to make a difference. Scientists of all ages and career levels are encouraged to apply.

After a two-week orientation in Washington, Fellows work with congressional offices to select an assignment in the office of a member of Congress or for a Congressional committee. Recent Fellows have contributed their talents to issues as diverse as energy efficiency, nuclear waste and power safety, digital music copyrights, homeland security, Native American issues, and judicial misconduct. Many former Fellows have gone on to help craft Administration science policy by serving in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy or in federal S&T departments and agencies. Others return to academia or industry, while some accept permanent staff positions on Capitol Hill.

All application materials for the 2007-2008 AIP and APS Congressional Science Fellowships must be postmarked by the January 15, 2007 deadline for the fellowship term starting in September 2007. For more information on applying for the Fellowships, see http://www.aip.org/gov/cf.html.

Safety Tip: Watch Where You Are Going

Winter is coming, and that means wet weather and slippery roads. At Berkeley Lab, many injuries happen when employees slip, trip and fall. Accidents can occur even when people are walking indoors. Please remember to do the following:

  • Pay attention to where you are treading. Pine cones, acorns or fallen tree branches can camouflage uneven pavements.
  • Take an alternative route to your car after dark if the lights on the path you usually take are broken. Please report the outage to the Facilities Work Request Center at ext. 6274.
  • Some crosswalks don’t have clearly posted signs to warn drivers to slow down. Please watch for cars before crossing.
  • Use handrails in stairwells. Report missing or faulty handrails to the building management or directly to Facilities.

Job Postings: NERSC Mass Storage Group Seeking Software Developer, Engineer

The NERSC Mass Storage Group (MSG) has recently posted two job openings:

The HPC Software Developer will work as a member of the group under the direction of the MSG leader, developing software for a highly reliable, high performance, large capacity archival storage system which is utilized by DOE research scientists worldwide. Details of the position can be found at http://jobs.lbl.gov/LBNLCareers/details.asp?jid=20040&p=2.

The Computer Systems Research Engineer will participate in a five-year Petascale Data Storage Institute collaboration project, which is funded under DOE’s SciDAC program. The holder of the position will evaluate different approaches to proactively assess storage system dependability and reliability issues; develop tools and perform I/O workload characterization of petascale applications involving archival storage to establish petascale storage performance benchmarks; and support the MSG in evaluating and deploying new storage software and hardware technologies. More info can be found at http://jobs.lbl.gov/LBNLCareers/details.asp?jid=20032&p=1.

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.