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Colleges, Labs Develop STEM Core Curriculum

The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) is developing a core curriculum to prepare junior college students for technical jobs at California’s national labs. The initiative is being undertaken by a consortium of community colleges, national labs, and nonprofit educational institutes, and will emphasize science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses to prepare women, minorities, veterans, and other underserved populations for tech jobs. The consortium recently met at the Livermore Valley Open Campus to structure a common STEM educational standard for use by col...

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Stanford to Host 100-Year Study on Artificial Intelligence

Stanford University will spearhead a century-long initiative to study and predict the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) in all aspects of people's lives. The One Hundred Year Study on Artificial Intelligence (AI100) has started with the formation of a committee tasked with choosing an expert panel to begin a series of periodic studies of AI's implications for automation, national security, psychology, ethics, law, privacy, democracy, and other issues. "Given Stanford's pioneering role in AI and our interdisciplinary mindset, we feel obliged and qualified to host a conversation about ...

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New Wind-Farm Computer Simulations Unlock Increased Power Generation: SDSC’s Trestles Supercomputer Used in Detailed Flow Analyses

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University (JHU) have developed high-resolution computer simulations, done on the Trestles supercomputer at the San Diego Supercomputer Center at the University of California, San Diego, that take into account how the air flows within and around a wind-farm in unprecedented detail. The study, published recently in the Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, challenges conventional wisdom that suggests the highest power output comes when the turbines are arranged in a checkerboard pattern. As it turns out, the highest power results when t...

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Upcoming Training: SDSC PACE Data Mining Bootcamp 1

February 10-11, 2015 – La Jolla, California

While modern databases can contain massive volumes of data, researchers are confronted with a virtual obstacle course in order to extract meaningful predictive information from within these records. During the two-day PACE Data Mining Boot Camp participants will receive the basic training to learn effective predictive analytic strategies associated with the growing discipline of data mining, a process that uses a variety of data analysis tools to discover patterns and relationships in data that may contribute to valid...

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CODE2040 Helps Tech Plan for a Non-White-Majority USA

USA Today

By the year 2040, the United States will have a non-white majority, a demographic trend that is spurring technology companies to increase the diversity of their workforces. "If you're a smart company, you'll want an ethnically diverse team empathetic about the needs of your diverse consumers," says CODE2040 co-founder Tristan Walker. CODE2040 wants to help Silicon Valley companies make the tech industry as a whole more diverse. The nonprofit organization, founded in 2012, provides college-age African-American and Latino students who have shown an interest in c...

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NSF Awards $6.6 Million to IU, TACC and Other Partners for Self-Service Cloud

The National Science Foundation (NSF) today announced "Jetstream," a new self-service cloud to increase participation in advanced computing for researchers who need flexible, reproducible, powerful and easy-to-use computing. "Jetstream will serve as a cloud computing facility for scientists and engineers across the whole portfolio of disciplines supported by the National Science Foundation," said Craig Stewart, Indiana University Pervasive Technology Institute executive director and associate dean for research technologies at Indiana University. "It will allow researchers to create a cust...

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Women in Tech: Change the Conversation

EE Times

The G20 Summit in mid-November included a Women in Leadership conference in which leaders pledged to reduce the gender gap in workforce participation 25 percent by 2025. 1-Page CEO Joanna Weidenmiller wants to inspire more women to participate in the tech industry by highlighting their inherent skills and the field's ample opportunities. "This will be biggest job creation opportunity ever, and if you don't know tech in the next 10, 20 years you will be obsolete," Weidenmiller warns. She also says the government and school systems should incentivize businesses t...

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Deadline Approaching: Call for Papers: Fifth International Workshop on Advances in High-Performance Computational Earth Sciences

June 1-3, 2015 - Reykjavik, Iceland
Paper Submission Due - February 1, 2015

This workshop will provide a forum for presentation and discussion of state-of-the-art research in high-performance computational earth sciences. Emphasis will be on novel advanced high-performance computational algorithms, formulations and simulations, as well as the related issues for computational environments and infrastructure for development of high-performance computational earth sciences. The workshop facilitates communication between earth scientists, applied mathematician...

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Call for Papers: The Science of Cyberinfrastructure: Research, Experience, Applications and Models (SCREAM-15)

June 15-16, 2015 - Portland, Oregon
Submission Deadline – February 13, 2015
in conjunction with HPDC'15

There is a need for comprehensive, balanced and flexible distributed cyberinfrastructure (DCI) in support of science and engineering applications.  The SCREAM workshop generally aims to address this gap, and specifically aims to understand, through a combination of experience, application requirements, and conceptual models, how to best to create a conceptual framework for the objective design and assessment of distributed...

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PRACE to Publish Magazines Dedicated to Women in HPC

In 2015, PRACE, in collaboration with Women in HPC, will publish 2 magazines entirely dedicated to Women in HPC: the first one in the run-up to PRACEdays15 in May 2015 where a special satellite event with Women in HPC will be organized, and the second one as a special edition of the PRACE Digest to be launched at SC15 in Austin in November 2015. The cover of at least one of these magazines will include a mosaic or collage of pictures of women working in HPC in Europe, and we need to collect as many photographs as possible. PRACE invites all women working in HPC in Europe to send a photo o...

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Applications Due February 6 for Blue Waters Graduate Fellowships

Applications are due Feb. 4 for the Blue Waters Graduate Fellowship program, which provides graduate students from across the country the opportunity to immerse themselves in a year of focused high-performance computing (HPC) research. Fellows will receive a stipend of $38,000, up to a $12,000 tuition allowance, and up to 50,000 node-hours on the petascale Blue Waters supercomputer to support their research. The fellowship is designed to support PhD students who are engaged in a program of study and research that is directly relevant to the use of Blue Waters. Preference will be given to ...

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