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CSTA’s Faces of Computing Competition Guidelines

In honor of CSEdWeek, CSTA will be hosting its annual video competition. This year's theme will be "Computing for the Common Good." We are encouraging entries to show groups of students showcasing how computing is used to better the world. The video could promote their schools' computer science program and the ways it works to teach computing for good; it could demonstrate a potential or completed computer science project that exemplifies the theme; or it could highlight existing ways that computing is a force for good in any field. Another area to consider is volunteering in a way that i...

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XSEDE16 Call for Participation

 July 17-21, 2016 – Miami, Florida
Submission Deadline - April 1, 2016
Notification – April 29, 2016

XSEDE16, the 5th annual conference, will showcase the discoveries, innovations, challenges and achievements of those who use and support XSEDE resources and services, as well as other digital resources and services throughout the world. This year's theme is DIVERSITY, BIG DATA, & SCIENCE AT SCALE: Enabling the Next-Generation of Science and Technology. The XSEDE16 conference is designed to engage and di...

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Leveraging Distributed Databases in CyberGIS Workshop Approaching

December 4, 2015 – Urbana – Champaign, Illinois

This course focuses on the technologies for Big Data management by introducing a suite of state-of-the-art distributed databases, specifically, MongoDB, Cassandra and Redis. In particular, we will discuss what distributed databases are, when and how to use them, and what are the key differences among them. We will showcase the functionalities of these distributed databases with a focus on their applications for geospatial Big Data. In addition, through the crafted hands-on sessions, participants will learn ho...

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Energy-Efficient Reaction Drives ORNL Biofuel Conversion Technology

A new study from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory explains the mechanism behind a technology that converts bio-based ethanol into hydrocarbon blend-stocks for use as fossil fuel alternatives. Scientists have experimented for decades with a class of catalysts known as zeolites that transform alcohols such as ethanol into higher-grade hydrocarbons. As ORNL researchers were developing a new type of zeolite-based conversion technology, they found the underlying reaction unfolds in a different manner than previously thought. The researchers’ analysis found that this...

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NIMBioS: New Approaches to Assess Science Education and Research Efforts

What works in science and what doesn’t and how do we know? As the academic community faces greater scrutiny from external funders as to how and why research or education programs work, the need for external evaluation has never been more apparent. The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) is now offering evaluative services to aid scientific research and education efforts. The newly formed NIMBioS Evaluation Services was established to provide independent, rigorous and transparent formative and summative evaluations of both research and educational progr...

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HPC Research and Education News for the Week of November 16, 2015 Sponsored by XSEDE

HPC in the News

Toni Collis’, a HPC Reasearcher at EPCC, Work with Women in HPC

Access’ Elizabeth Murray spoke with Toni Collis, applications consultant in HPC Research and Industry at Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre (EPCC) at the University of Edinburgh, about her work with Women in HPC, a network dedicated to women in the field. My role involves working with academics and industry partners to develop and improve software for supercomputers. I specialize in software used f...

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Brad Wheeler Named Interim Dean for IU School of Informatics and Computing

Bradley C. Wheeler, Indiana University vice president for information technology and chief information officer, has been appointed interim dean of the IU School of Informatics and Computing effective Nov. 1, subject to approval of the Board of Trustees. Wheeler, who will also continue in his current position, succeeds Robert B. Schnabel, who steps down as dean Oct. 31. The university is conducting a broad-ranging search to find a permanent successor. A member of IU's information technology leadership team for the past 14 years, Wheeler has led university-wide IT services for IU's eight ca...

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XSEDE Powers Polymer Research at MIT

Researchers at MIT are using XSEDE resources to study polymers, the chemical compounds used to make plastic, rubber, and more. Details of the project are contained in the paper “Tube Curvature Slows the Motion of Rod–Coil Block Copolymers through Activated Reptation.” Wang and Brad Olsen, project principal investigator and assistant professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at MIT, in collaboration with Alexei Likhtman, professor of mathematical physics at the University of Reading in the U.K., performed fundamental research on what are called rod–coil block cop...

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Many fields of research are seeing changes in how that research is conducted thanks to advances in technology. Plant science is one of those, and NCSA is playing a role in two large projects. Historically, successful trait selection in plant breeding has involved manual measurement of individual plants. This requirement limits the number of plants that can be evaluated, and the scope of properties that can be measured. A new grant from the Department of Energy to researchers at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center and multiple partner institutions, including the University of Illinois...

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Solution for the week of November 2, 2015:

The "Langton's Ant in C and X11 solution C file" at the bottom of the
challenge contains a solution.

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HPC Research and Education News for the Week of November 9, 2015 Sponsored by XSEDE

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