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InTheLoop | 12.11.2006

The weekly electronic newsletter for Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences employees

December 11, 2006

CRD's Paul Concus Receives AIAA Space Processing Award

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) has announced that Paul Concus, a member of the Mathematics Department in Berkeley Lab's Computational Research Division, is the recipient of the 2007 AIAA Space Processing Award. The award is presented for significant contributions in space processing or in furthering the use of microgravity for space processing. Concus is being honored “for outstanding fundamental contributions to the understanding of gravitational effects on liquid/vapor interface behavior.” The award will be presented in a public ceremony on January 9, 2007, during the 45th Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada.

In Friday's View: CRD's Michael Wehner's Hobby Is Hands-On History Lesson

Michael Wehner, a climate modeling expert in the Scientific Computing Group and also an avid collector of coins and tokens, will be featured in the Friday, Dec. 15, issue of The View, LBNL's newspaper. The article, written by Ucilia Wang, begins:

“During the giddy days of the California Gold Rush, the playground for pleasure seekers and those looking for luck of a different sort was a slice of San Francisco called Barbary Coast. Rowdy gambling halls, bars, and bordellos lined the streets of what are now Chinatown, North Beach, and Financial District.

“Today, a piece of this colorful history can be found in tokens—issued by saloons and other businesses a century ago—in Michael Wehner's collection. Wehner, a Computational Research Division scientist at Berkeley Lab, is the head of the San Francisco Coin Club and president-elect of the Pacific Coast Numismatic Society. Founded in 1915, the numismatic society is the oldest organization on the West Coast for collectors of coins, bills, tokens, and other forms of money.”

CRD's Raquel Romano Is New Leader of Lab's Latino and Native American Association

Raquel Romano, a postdoc in CRD's Visualization Group, is the new leader of the Lab's Latino and Native American Association (LANA) and is seeking new members to help with various activities. Membership is open to any Lab employees interested in supporting the Latino and Native American community both at the Lab and in our more general community. Romano has scheduled the first organizational meeting of the new fiscal year for noon on Monday, Dec. 18, in Bldg. 2, room 100B.

“In addition to creating and maintaining a sense of cultural awareness through social events, our primary goal is to help Native American and Latino students seeking higher education through a scholarship fund that is generated solely from proceeds raised via our social events,” according to Romano.

The group meets several times a year to plan or participate in fund-raising events, such as dining or entertainment, and the scholarship-granting procedure (distributing applications, reading submissions, etc.). Romano is also updating the LANA Web site at http://vis.lbl.gov/~romano/lana/. For more information, contact her at romano@hpcrd.lbl.gov

Job Posting: NERSC Seeks High Performance Computing Technician

NERSC's Computer Operations and ESnet Support Group has a new job posting for a high performance computing technician. The position involves performing first line support for NERSC and ESnet, including monitoring supercomputers, the mass storage system, general servers, network routers and switches, and some user support. Work will be performed from 7 a.m.-3 p.m., including rotating weekend shifts, at the Oakland Scientific Facility in downtown Oakland. More information can be found at http://www.lbl.gov/CS/Careers/OpenPositions/NE20101.html.

All current Computing Sciences job postings can be viewed at http://www.lbl.gov/CS/Careers/OpenPositions/index.html.

Greenpeace Founder to Talk on Nuclear Energy on UC Berkeley Campus Today

Patrick Moore, a co-founder of Greenpeace and a leader in the international environmental field for over 30 years, will give a talk on “Searching for a Sustainable Energy Future” at 4 p.m. today (Dec. 11) in the Sibley Auditorium of the Bechtel Engineering Center on campus. The presentation is hosted by the UC Berkeley Department of Nuclear Engineering. Moore, who served for nine years as president of Greenpeace Canada and seven years as a director of Greenpeace International, will give a brief review of the history of Greenpeace and comments on the present day environmental movement, followed by a discussion of global energy consumption and climate change issues, concluding that in combination, renewable energies plus nuclear energy is the only way to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels while still satisfying global demand for energy.

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.