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December 22, 2014

Berkeley Lab Develops Neuroscience Data Standard

Thanks to standardized image file formats, you can easily share selfies and other pictures with anybody connected to a computer, mobile phone or the Internet. Nobody needs to download any special software to see your picture. That's not the case in neuroscience, where sharing data has become even more critical due to President Obama's BRAIN initiative.

BrainFormat is a neuroscience data standardization framework developed at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) that has emerged as a strong contender to help shape data format and storage standards for the neuroscience research community. »Read more.

Register Now for Cross-Connects Workshop on Managing Cosmology Data

Registration is now open for a workshop on “Improving Data Mobility and Management for International Cosmology” to be held Feb. 10-11 at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California. The workshop, one in a series of Cross-Connects workshops, is sponsored the by the Dept. of Energy’s ESnet and Internet2.

Early registration is encouraged as attendance is limited and the past two workshops were filled and had waiting lists.

Renowned cosmology experts Peter Nugent, Senior Scientist and Division Deputy for Science Engagement in the Computational Research Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and Salman Habib will give keynote speeches at the workshop.  »Read more.

CRD Staff Present Research, Expertise at 2014 American Geophysical Union Meeting

Last week, nearly 24,000 Earth and space scientists, educators and students convened in San Francisco for the 2014 Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union. The meeting was held Dec. 15-19 at the Moscone Convention Center.

Among the presenters were a number of Computational Research Division staff highlighting their research in invited talks, technical presentations, posters and discussions. »Read more.

Encouraging Girls of Color to Code

As a volunteer instructor with Black Girls Code, scientist Daniela Ushizima of Berkeley Lab’s Computational Research Division (CRD) helped give girls of color some practical, hands-on experience with coding during the "Build a Web Page in a Day" in Oakland on Nov. 8, and at the “Robot Expo” at UC Berkeley’s Bechtel Hall on Dec. 13.
The Robot Expo was held during Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 8-13), an annual program dedicated to showing K-12 students the importance of computer science education. "Contributing to the Computer Science Education Week was important to me because knowledge can work as a powerful tool for durable and needed changes in our society," says Ushizima, who is also a fellow of the Berkeley Institute for Data Science (BIDS) at UC Berkeley. »Read more.

PopSci  'Year in Ideas' Features ESnet's Transatlantic Extension

Popular Science has named ESnet's transatlantic extension one of the most important science stories to expect in the coming year. As part of its annual "Year in Ideas" package published in the January 2015 issue, the magazine explains: "Large files that rocket across ultrahigh-speed fiber-optic networks, like the Department of Energy’s 100 gigabit­-per-second (Gbps) ESnet, bottleneck in slow underwater lines. But by the end of January, ESnet’s transatlantic extension will provide 340 Gbps transfer speeds between U.S. and European labs, changing the pace of global collaboration." It goes on to quote ESnet Director Greg Bell as saying: “Our job is to make geography irrelevant."

Although at the time Bell was interviewed the new links were expected to go live at the end of January, the project was completed a month and a half ahead of schedule. The four connections went live on Dec. 12.  »Read more.

InTheLoop Returns in 2015

Berkeley Lab will shut down for the winter holidays at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 23 through Jan. 1, 2015. The Lab reopens on Friday, Jan. 2, 2015. The next issue of InTheLoop will be published the first Monday of resumed operations in 2015, Jan. 5.

Happy holidays from the Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences Communications team: Jon Bashor, Kathy Kincade, Linda Vu and Margie Wylie.

This Week's CS Seminars

»CS Seminars Calendar.

Exploring the Digital Library

Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, 9-10am, NERSC OSF, Conf. Rm 943-238
Cory Snavely, University of Michigan

Snavely, who leads the infrastructure group within Library IT at the University of Michigan, will address some major technological features of the digital library environment—notably, the HathiTrust digital library, now just over 13 million volumes in size and some 90 partner-institutions strong. The speaker will also give a peek under the hood of some of the underlying systems, and discuss the range of roles he has fulfilled along the way: architect, implementer, strategist, diagnostician, and perhaps most of all, collaborator.

Link of the Week: Santa Tracker Started with a Typo

With the Internet in nearly everyone's pockets, there's hardly a web site that doesn't feel compelled to put a beacon on the Jolly Old Elf this time of year. Santa surveillance, however, is much older than the Internet. An NPR story explains how NORAD got into the business of tracking Santa in 1955 as recounted by the children of the man who started it all: Colonel Harry Shoup.  »Read more.