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Rice University Receives $1.1M Grant from NSF

A $1.1 million National Science Foundation grant to two Rice University computer science groups will allow them to build cloud-computing tools to help analyze evolutionary patterns. With the three-year grant, Christopher Jermaine and Luay Nakhleh, both associate professors of computer science, will develop parallel-processing tools that track the evolution of genes and genomes across species. Even those who have access to mainframes may find it easier to go to the cloud. The programs will be able to run parallel analyses on thousands of computers, with results that may not only be faster ...

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Big Data Needs Big Funding: NSF's Jahanian Makes the Case

Farnam Jahanian, out-going U.S. National Science Foundation assistant director for the Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate, recently discussed the ways society will come to rely on a massive surge of new data that will require significant investments in cyber infrastructure to maintain. Speaking at the 2014 Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment conference in Atlanta earlier this month, Jahanian shared an anecdote about a visit to the U.S. Department of Agriculture to highlight how widespread the U.S.'s future reliance on mass data is likely to be. ...

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2014 Annual HPCwire Readers’ Choice Awards

Each year the HPCwire Readers’ Choice Awards are determined by our readers across the HPC community, to recognize the most outstanding individuals and organizations in the industry. The nomination period is over, and many great entries have been submitted. Voting for the HPCwire Readers’ Choice Awards has begun and will run through the month of September. The announcement and final presentation of these prestigious and highly anticipated awards will take place live during SC ’14 in New Orleans, Louisiana. For complete information, please visit

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Paul Messina Named Argonne Distinguished Fellow

High-performance computing pioneer Paul Messina has been named an Argonne National Laboratory Distinguished Fellow, the laboratory’s highest scientific and engineering rank. Comparable in stature to an endowed chair at a top-ranked university, the Argonne Distinguished Fellow title rank recognizes sustained outstanding scientific and engineering research and can also be associated with outstanding technical leadership of major, complex, high-priority projects. Paul, an applied mathematician and computer scientist, first joined Argonne’s Applied Mathematics Division in 1973 to manage t...

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XSEDE Seeking Partner Institutions to Offer Course in Applications of Parallel Computing

The XSEDE project and the University of California, Berkeley are offering an online course on parallel computing for graduate students and advanced undergraduates and are seeking other university partners that are interested in offering the course for credit to their students.  The course includes online video lectures, quizzes, and homework assignments with access to free accounts on the NSF supported XSEDE supercomputers.  Last year the course included participants from 17 different institutions with students from a variety of backgrounds that successfully completed the course...

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HPC Research and Education News for the Week of September 15, 2014 Sponsored by XSEDE

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Big Data Needs Big Funding: NSF's Jahanian Makes the Case

Farnam Jahanian, out-going U.S. National Science Foundation assistant director for the Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate, recently discussed the ways society will come to rely on a massive surge of new data that will require significant investments in cyber infrastructure to maintain. Speaking at the 2014 Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment conference in Atlanta earlier this month, Jahanian shared an anecdote about a vi...

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U.S. Department of Homeland Security-STEM Summer Internship Program Applications Available Later This Year

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) sponsors a 10-week summer internship program for students majoring in homeland security related science, technology, engineering and mathematics (HS-STEM) Disciplines. The program provides students with quality research experiences at federal research facilities located across the country and allows students the opportunity to establish connections with DHS ...

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Working towards a Healthy Pipeline: Encouraging CS Undergraduates from U.S. Institutions to Consider Graduate School and Careers in Research

CCC Blog

The CRA Education Committee’s (CRA-E) mission is to address society’s need for a continuous supply of talented and well-educated computing researchers.  The committee’s efforts include both research on the state of the “domestic student pipeline” and developing resources to maintain its health. The fraction of Ph.D. students who are domestic (U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents) has been in decline over the last several decades from around 70% in the mid-1980’s to under 50% in recent years.  A 2013

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UC Davis C-STEM Center Awarded Program Status

Professor Harry Cheng, Director of the UC Davis Center for Integrated Computing and STEM Education (C-STEM), today announced the C-STEM Center has been granted UC A-G Program Status.  This means that schools can easily add C-STEM A-G approved courses to their own school's “A-G” course lists without submitting a complete course content description and going through the traditional approval process with UCOP. In 2014-2015 academic year period, C-STEM plans to fully support the following courses: IIn May 2014, C-STEM became a UC...

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National Fellowship Program for Distinguished STEM Educators

The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship (AEF) Program provides a unique opportunity for accomplished K-12 educators in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to serve in the national education arena. Fellows spend 11 months working in a Federal agency or U.S. Congressional office, bringing their extensive classroom knowledge and experience to STEM education program and/or education policy efforts. Program applications are due November 20, 2014, and must be submitted through an online application system. Information about the Albert Einstein Di...

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Perspective: Computer Programming Is a Trade; Let's Act Like It

The Wall Street Journal

One million programming jobs in the United States could go unfilled by 2020 due to the enormous mismatch between the supply and demand for computer programmers, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Fortunately, a computer science degree is not necessary to get a job in programming. University courses in computer science favor theory rather than making websites, services, and apps that companies care about, writes Christopher Mims. Code-school founders say committed programming students are finding jobs whether or not they have a coll...

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