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InTheLoop | 09.10.2007

The weekly newsletter for Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences

September 10, 2007

Homer Walker Joins ASCR as Applied Math Program Manager

Homer Walker, a professor in the Mathematical Sciences Dept. at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts, has joined DOE’s Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research as the program manager for the Applied Mathematics program. A math professor since 1973, Walker is familiar with the national labs, having spent time as a visiting researcher at both Sandia and Lawrence Livermore labs. His research interests include numerical analysis and applied mathematics.

Walker can be contacted at 301-903-5800 or walker@ascr.doe.gov.

Lab to Host Sept. 18 UC Women’s Forum on Staff Career Advancement

Employees are invited to share their thoughts on the advancement of women staff at Berkeley Lab during a forum from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 18, in Perseverance Hall. Dessert will be provided. RSVP by visiting http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/president/campusvisits.html and check the boxes that say “LBNL” and “staff” by Sept. 14.

Associate President Linda Williams and Presidential Staff Fellow Amy Levine from UC Office of the President are visiting all the UC campuses, UCOP and labs to solicit ideas and collect information on innovative local programs that address the challenges faced by women in the UC system. The forum will look at these questions: What does it take to succeed at Berkeley Lab? What are some best practices already in place? What more is needed?

This project is part of a system-wide Creating Change Initiative that develops a strategic platform focused on career advancement issues for women in the University of California. The purpose of the visits is to gather information on current practices regarding advancing the professional career development of UC’s women, determine which practices can be replicated, and assess whether a system-wide approach to these issues would be useful.

Next NERSC Users’ Group Meeting, Training to Be Held Sept. 17–20 at OSF

Registration is open for the next NERSC Users’ Group (NUG) meeting September 17–20 at Berkeley Lab’s Oakland Scientific Facility. All NERSC users are invited to attend either at Berkeley Lab or remotely via a live webcast and teleconference. Please register and indicate your location if you plan to attend. Meeting information and registration is available from https://www.nersc.gov/about/NUG/meeting_info/Sep07/. The NUG business meeting on Monday, Sept. 17, will include an update from DOE, discussions of NERSC’s status and plans, and science highlight talks from NERSC users. NERSC, along with Cray, will offer training on the new Cray XT4 system, Franklin, on September 18–20.

Reminder: CS to Host Sept. 20 Pizza & Grill Party for All Staff

All CRD and NERSC staff are invited to attend a pizza and grill party from 4–6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at the Oakland Scientific Facility (OSF, Building 943) parking lot. Pizza (including the vegetarian kind) from Zachary’s and a variety of grilled sausages will be served.

OSF is located at 415 Thomas L. Berkley Way, Oakland (cross street: Franklin). No parking is available at the building, but a variety of public garages can be found within close walking distance. Please see http://www.douglasparking.com/Kaiser_Center.73.0.html for information on nearby lots. OSF is also located right next to the 19th Street BART station. Area maps and other info can be found at https://www.nersc.gov/about/visitor.php.

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.

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