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InTheLoop | 12.09.2013

December 9, 2013

Final Girder Tops CRT's Heavy Construction Phase

The final steel girder of the Computational Research and Theory facility was hoisted into place Friday in a "topping off" ceremony. As tradition dictates, the beam was decorated with an evergreen and American flag and signed by both the builders and some of the eventual occupants, including Kathy Yelick, Associate Lab Director for Computing Sciences, and division directors Sudip Dosanjh (NERSC), David Brown (Computational Research), and Greg Bell (Scientific Networking).

Some wags included messages with their signatures. "Computer goes here," wrote NERSC's Shane Cannon with an arrow pointing down.  David Skinner, also of NERSC added, "MPI_FINALIZE." »Read more.

NERSC's David Skinner Joins Online Discussion on Teaching Data to High Schoolers

An inaugural online forum for teachers on "Teaching Data" held Thursday, Dec. 5, featured NERSC's David Skinner as one of four panelists. Skinner joined representatives from the San Diego Super Computer Center, Indiana University, and the American Institutes for Research in a discussion of "Big Data: What's In It for High School Students?" The invitation stemmed from ongoing outreach efforts between Computing Sciences and computer science teachers at Albany High School. In his comments, Skinner said he would encourage teachers to make students aware of the importance of math in understanding data – and to be skeptical when analyzing data. He added that students should understand the role of data in their lives, as well as the ability to use it as a method for social change.

The program was organized by the CS10K project, and was designed to help teachers of Exploring Computer Science (ECS) and Computer Science Principles (CSP) classes, both aimed at broadening participation in computer science by appealing to a broader group of students. The CS10K community is sponsored by the National Science Foundation and is being developed by the American Institutes for Research, in partnership Forum One Communications, through the U.S. Department of Education's Connected Educators initiative. 

Dec. 10 Potluck to Wish Chris Diesch Well in New Role with Berkeley Lab Institute

Chris Diesch, who has served as the HR manager for Computing Sciences for 15 years, has accepted a new position with the Berkeley Lab Insitute, the lab's internal training organization. A potluck lunch for Chris will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, December 10, in 50F-1647. CS staff are invited to bring a dish and help wish Chris the best in her new position. For more information, contact Maria Maroudas, mmaroudas@lbl.gov.

NERSC Simulations Help Reveal Electronic Structure of Promising Carbon Capture Material

A unique inside look at the electronic structure of a highly touted metal-organic framework (MOF) as it is adsorbing carbon dioxide gas should help in the design of new and improved MOFs for carbon capture and storage. A team led by Jeff Kortright of Berkeley Lab's Materials Sciences Division combined first-principles calculations performed at the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) and the Molecular Foundry with experiments conducted at Berkeley Lab's Advanced Light Source (ALS), where they used X-ray spectroscopy technique known as Near Edge X-ray Absorption Fine Structure (NEXAFS) to obtain what are believed to be the first ever measurements of chemical and electronic signatures inside of a MOF during gas adsorption. » Read more.

'Enlighten Your Research' Competition Winners Announced

A consortium of the world's leading national research and education networks, including ESnet, have announced the selection of four major research collaborations to participate in the first ever "Enlighten Your Research Global" (EYR-Global) program. The winning projects—spanning a wide array of research domains, including two global climate projects, a biophysics and neuroscience project, and computer science project—will receive network resources from group members for at least one year. »Read more.

Berkeley Institute for Data Science Launch: Dec. 12, 11am-3pm

The Berkeley Institute for Data Science (BIDS) will help researchers harness the full potential of the data-rich world that today characterizes all fields of science and discovery. BIDS will build on existing campus strengths to facilitate and enhance the development and application of cutting-edge data science techniques in the biological, social, physical and engineering sciences. The new Institute will launch its initial programs on December 12, 2013, and will move into its new location in the Doe Library at the center of campus in spring 2014. The event is open to all. » Learn more and RSVP.

DOE Solicits Public Comment on Draft Strategic Plan

The DOE is seeking comment from the public on its new draft strategic plan. Once completed, the DOE Strategic Plan shall be a matter of public record and will be published on the DOE website at http://energy.gov/about-us/budget-performance »Learn more. »Download a copy of the plan (PDF| 951KB)

DOE's American Energy Data Challenge Open for Voting

From Nov. 3 - Nov. 29, the American Public submitted ideas in three categories for how to use energy data to solve some our nation's most pressing challenges. While our judges review all the entries, we invite the public to vote on and discuss the ideas they think are the best. You can vote on as many ideas as you like. The top vote-getters in each category will receive a "popular choice" prize.  »Learn more.

No Computing Sciences Seminar This Week

Seminars scheduled later in the week will be announced via email and posted to the CS Seminars calendar on the Computing Sciences web site. »View the CS Seminars calendar.

Link of the Week: Grace Hopper Gets Google Doodle

Grace Hopper, known as "the first lady of software," is celebrated for her computer genius today with a Google Doodle on what would have been her 107th birthday. For Hopper's many achievements, NERSC named one of its systems in her honor. »Read more about the Google Doodle (LA Times).

InTheLoop Archive has Moved to New CS Web Site

An index of past InTheLoops (from 2010 on) is now on the new Computing Sciences website at: http://cs.lbl.gov/news-media/intheloop/ . Issues from 1997 to 2009 will be moved over as time permits.