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Poster Session Culminates a 12-Week's Work with Computing Sciences' Staff

August 3, 2018

Margie Wylie, mwylie@lbl.gov, +1 510.486.7421

On Wednesday, Computing Sciences’ summer students wrapped up their programs by presenting posters outlining the dizzying array of research they’ve conducted at Berkeley Lab since May. 

Photo of Yun Tech Lee and Osni Marques

Yun Tech Lee of Idaho State University (left) discusses his poster with Osni Marques, chair of the Computing Sciences Summer Student program. (Photograph: Paul Mueller for Berkeley Lab) 

The annual poster session is the culminating event for the 90-plus student and faculty researchers invited to team up with the Computational Research Division (CRD), Energy Sciences Network (ESnet) and National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) staff over the summer.

This year’s event featured 48 posters presented by 55 summer researchers, many who had never created or presented a scientific poster before.  

»View a gallery of photos from the day

“It was a great first experience,” said Nicholas Pavini, a student from American River College in Sacramento. Pavini spent the summer investigating how deep learning could be used to discover new drug candidates.  “It was good to be able to present in an atmosphere that promotes growth and is supportive,” said Pavini, whose Berkeley Lab mentor was CRD’s Silvia Crivelli.

Photo of Sara Nasab presenting her research.

Sara Nasab of UC Santa Cruz (center) discusses her research on modeling very small features of clouds. (Photo: Paul Mueller for Berkeley Lab)

Sara Nasab of UC Santa Cruz worked with CRD’s Andrew Meyers and Ann Almgren to resolve micro-scale physics in cloud models. With a diverse crowd of scientists and students from many different schools and disciplines attending the session, Nasab was asked a lot of unexpected questions: “It made me think ‘maybe I should know that answer.’ ” 

University of Texas at Austin’s Sean Carney agreed: “Presenting your work to someone who hasn’t even considered your field, much less thought about it for the last three months every day, really forces you to take a step back and answer some broader questions,” said Carney, who worked with CRD's Andy Nonaka and John Bell on modeling the hydrodynamics of electrolytes. “It was a really good exercise. I think it will serve us well,” he said of the poster presentations.

CRD’s Osni Marques chairs the Computing Sciences Summer Program. Teresa Montero coordinates all the program's activities, including the poster session.

About Computing Sciences at Berkeley Lab

The Computing Sciences Area at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory(Berkeley Lab) provides the computing and networking resources and expertise critical to advancing Department of Energy Office of Science (DOE-SC) 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. NERSC and ESnet are both Department of Energy Office of Science National User Facilities. The Computational Research Division (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.

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