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February 2014 — October 2014

Journal of Computational Science Education Releases Latest Version (Oct 2, 2014)
The Journal of Computational Science Education has released the latest edition of the journal. To view the latest edition, please visit http://jocse.org/issues/. There are articles on computational science education experiences in chemistry, computer science, astronomy, and statistical analysis. The journal editor continues to seek relevant articles from faculty on their implementation of computational science in the classroom and from students describing their experiences with internship and r...
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More Women in IT Would Generate 2.6B Pounds for UK Economy (Aug 11, 2014 - Dec 31, 1969)
A recent Nominet report found that increasing the number of women working in the United Kingdom's information technology (IT) sector could generate an extra 2.6 billion British pounds a year for the economy. Women currently make up less than 20 percent of the IT workforce, and based on current trends, the IT gender gap is set to widen over the coming years. The report, which polled IT decision makers in UK-based businesses, found that 76 percent believe they lack suitably skilled staff in IT, an...
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Digital Fabrication Using Virtual Reality at Indiana University (Aug 10, 2014)
Interior designers strive to make everyday spaces effective for the kinds of activities they support. Those who can incorporate the way people experience a given space gain an edge in mapping design to experience. IU Professor Jon Racek worked with AVL staff to incorporate the Oculus Rift virtual reality system into the design toolset for his class 3D Modeling and Design for Digital Fabrication (N201). Students designed 3D sculptures to be physically realized through a CNC router fabrication pro...
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New Networking Group: Women in HPC (Aug 9, 2014)
The launch of the Women in High Performance Computing (WiHPC) network will include talks on the obstacles facing women in HPC and how to broaden participation. The launch will provide an opportunity for women working in HPC to network with other women and to shape the future of the new WiHPC network. The day will conclude with a discussion on how the network can encourage women to consider and maintain a career in HPC and a wine reception. You can follow @women_in_hpc on Twitter or just sign up ...
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Maverick at TACC Tackles Big-Scale Data Visualization (Aug 8, 2014)
TACC (The Texas Advanced Computer Center) at the University of Texas at Austin, has just deployed Maverick, a unique, powerful, high performance visualization and data analytics resource for the open science and engineering community. To view the video, please visit http://www.vizworld.com/2014/04/maverick-at-tacc-tackles-big-scale-data-visualization-interview-part-1/#sthash.dsKqpGPm.d59c2A0H.dpuf.



Chart: The Top Tech Companies for Internships (Jul 15, 2014 - Jul 17, 2014)
Glassdoor has released a list of the 25 highest rated companies, which are hiring interns this year. It also put together the map above showing where internships are geographically located right now. Thirteen tech companies make the list, including Facebook and Google, which led the group. (Of course, Google should be in the mix given that its internship program was the source of a comedy starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson). Three Seattle companies made the list: Microsoft (#7), Nordstrom (#2...
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XSEDE Seeking Partner Institutions to Offer Course in Engineering Parallel Software (Jun 16, 2014 - Jun 23, 2014)
The XSEDE project and the University of California, Berkeley are offering an online course on parallel computing for advanced undergraduates to design, implement, optimize, and verify programs to run on present generations of parallel processors. We 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 sup...
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Registration for XSEDE14 Now Open (May 26, 2014 - May 29, 2014)
Event: Atlanta, Georgia
Registration is now open for XSEDE14, the annual conference that brings together the extended community of individuals interested in advancing research cyberinfrastructure and integrated digital services for the benefit of science and society. XSEDE14 will take place at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis and will showcase the discoveries, innovations, challenges and achievements of those who utilize and support XSEDE resources and services, as well as other digital resources and services throughout th...
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High School Students Are All About Computers but Get Little Instruction in Computer Science (May 22, 2014 - May 25, 2014)
There is a significant gap between U.S. high school students' exposure to computer science and their use of computers and technology, and this gap is leading to a dearth of qualified professionals in technology and other fields. "People are realizing these are the skill sets that are going to lead to 21st-century jobs," says Microsoft executive Dan Kasun. Some Washington, D.C.-area school districts are taking the initiative to address this disparity by urging more students, especially girls and ...
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Google Announces Incentive Funding for Teachers (May 19, 2014 - May 21, 2014)
Google wants public high school students, especially girls, to discover the magic of coding. When a public high school teacher helps 4 or more female students complete an introduction to computer science course, the teacher will earn a $500 classroom funding credit to spend on whichever resources your students most need. For more information on how to apply, please visit the website.



Digital Fabrication Using Virtual Reality at Indiana University (May 16, 2014 - May 18, 2014)
Interior designers strive to make everyday spaces effective for the kinds of activities they support. Those who can incorporate the way people experience a given space gain an edge in mapping design to experience. IU Professor Jon Racek worked with AVL staff to incorporate the Oculus Rift virtual reality system into the design toolset for his class 3D Modeling and Design for Digital Fabrication (N201). Students designed 3D sculptures to be physically realized through a CNC router fabrication pro...
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Registration for XSEDE14 Now Open (May 13, 2014 - May 15, 2014)
Event: July 13-18, 2014 – Atlanta, Georgia
Registration is now open for XSEDE14, the annual conference that brings together the extended community of individuals interested in advancing research cyberinfrastructure and integrated digital services for the benefit of science and society. XSEDE14 will take place at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis and will showcase the discoveries, innovations, challenges and achievements of those who utilize and support XSEDE resources and services, as well as other digital resources and services throughout th...
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Summer 2014 Workshops Open for Registration (Apr 17, 2014 - Apr 24, 2014)
Event: Various Dates and Locations
Computation has become essential to the practice of contemporary biology. Story telling and concept maps, with the right tools, can quickly turn ideas in biology into dynamic, visual models. The storage, access, analysis and visualization of growing amounts of data, and the functional interpretation of complex biological phenomena require the use of a range of computational approaches and tools. This series of workshops aims to provide an introductory overview of computational resources and meth...
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Registration Now Open: Advanced MPI Capabilities Webinar Series (Apr 10, 2014 - Apr 15, 2014)
Event: May 6th, 2014- May 8th, 2014
The fields of computer architecture, interconnection networks and system design are undergoing rapid change enabling very large supercomputers to be built. System advances have come in the form of increased parallelism from many-core accelerators and improved communication interfaces. The MPI library is also changing with several new capabilities introduced to enable highly scalable parallel programs on such systems. This three- day webinar series introduces several of these capabilities. For mo...
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New Report Presents Recommendations and Initiatives to Address CS Education Challenges (Apr 3, 2014 - Apr 4, 2014)
A new ACM report urges states to provide more opportunities for students to gain the skills and knowledge needed to compete for high-wage computing positions. The report, "Rebooting the Pathway to Success: Preparing Students for Computing Workforce Needs in the United States," says state education professionals, business leaders, and public policy officials should collaborate in developing comprehensive computer science education and workforce development plans. The report offers suggestions to ...
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Stanford Will Start New Joint Computer Science Programs (Apr 1, 2014 - Apr 2, 2014)
Stanford University's Faculty Senate recently approved two new joint-major programs that will enable students to study English and computer science, or music and computer science, starting in the fall. Stanford professor Nicholas Jenkins says the joint-major program, called CS+X, is expected to attract humanists who want a competitive edge on the job market, computer science-minded students who want to be engaged in the humanities, and digital natives for whom computer science and the humanities...
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Want Your Computer to Go Faster? Just Add Light (Mar 29, 2014 - Mar 31, 2014)
Deadline: The Joy of Teaching Computer Science in the Age of Facebook
In an interview, Stanford University professor Mehran Sahami discussed changes in computer science education over the past three decades. He says students today understand computing's potential and are technology consumers, whereas in the past the average person did not have a computer in their house. Today, the field of computer science has broadened and numerous subareas such as human-computer interaction and computational biology have emerged. Although the number of students enrolling in comp...
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Faculty Mentors Needed for the Blue Waters Student Internship Program (Mar 26, 2014 - Mar 28, 2014)
Deadline: Submission Deadline for Intern Positions – March 28, 2014
The goal of the Blue Waters Student Internship Program is designed to provide undergraduate and graduate students a unique learning experience by immersing them in projects associated with Blue Waters and/or XSEDE. We are looking for faculty to mentor an undergraduate student in a year-long internship that involves teaching or researching the use of high-performance computing in studying problems in sciences, engineering, and/or mathematics. The internship will provide students with a $5000.00...
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XSEDE 2014: Your Invited to Submit (Mar 25, 2014)
Deadline: March 24th, 2014
Event: XSEDE 2014 July 13-18, 2014 - Atlanta, GA
Hello All, As you know XSEDE 2014 in Atlanta, GA is approaching fast. The deadline for tutorial, paper and abstract submissions for the XSEDE14 conference has been extended to March 24. You all are personally invited to share your innovations with the XSEDE and HPC communities. In doing so, you will help provoke community discourse while gaining recognition for the impact of your accomplishments. We are witnessing tremendous impacts on research, education, and society from the applications of h...
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HPC University is Now Accepting XSEDE Training Materials (Mar 10, 2014 - Mar 14, 2014)
Dear TEOS Colleagues, We would like to make you aware of two methods for sharing your training materials - 1) Sharing PDF versions of your materials with the public, and 2) sharing source materials with other XSEDE staff. Whether for a large event such as SC with multiple presentations and workshops or a standalone presentation, these are perfect solutions for sharing your materials, and provide a common place for posting and sharing XSEDE presentations. In a hurry and don’t have time for t...
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Liquid-Cooled Supercomputers, to Trim the Power Bill (Mar 8, 2014 - Mar 9, 2014)
Submerging supercomputers and servers in oil or other liquids to cool them off might offer a way to reduce massive energy consumption. Mineral oil and liquid fluoroplastics do not conduct electricity, and therefore present no risk of short-circuiting or damaging equipment as water would, experts say. Submersion technology can save a facility millions of dollars a year in air conditioning electricity expenses and reduces the need for air conditioning and filtering equipment. The institute made on...
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NIH and George Washington University Researchers Partner to Accelerate Genomics Research (Mar 6, 2014 - Mar 7, 2014)
Researchers announced today that scientists running genomic analyses at George Washington University’s Colonial One High Performance Computing Center will pilot ultra high-speed 40 Gigabit per second data transfers from the National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine (NLM) using both organizations’ new 100 Gigabit per second links to the Internet2 Network. “Biomedical researchers need high-bandwidth access to the extremely large data sets used in today’s medical resear...
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XSEDE Program Forges Industry Alliances (Feb 26, 2014 - Feb 27, 2014)
The eXtreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) is launching a new program – called the Industry Challenge – that connects industry partners with researchers from the open science community in order to enhance product designs and speed time to market. Over at the XSEDE.org website, science writer Scott Gibson details the new program, which brings together collaborative cross-disciplinary teams and provides them with access to XSEDE’s advanced computational capabilities. I...
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Girls Who Code - Apply now for Summer Teaching Opportunity (Feb 23, 2014 - Feb 25, 2014)
Girls Who Code is on the hunt for smart, inspiring and talented computer science instructors and teaching assistants for its 2014 Summer Immersion Programs. If you're passionate about computer science education and want to change lives and help close the gender gap in the tech sector, we want you. The ideal candidate is an empathetic and enthusiastic individual with a BA or BS in Computer Science and teaching experience (e.g. classroom teaching, tutoring, TAing). Interested candidates should s...
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IBM to Open New Innovation Centers in Africa (Feb 20, 2014 - Feb 22, 2014)
IBM today announced it is further expanding its operations across Africa with the opening of two new IBM Innovation Centers in Lagos, Nigeria and Casablanca, Morocco. These new centers aim to spur local growth and fuel an ecosystem of development and entrepreneurship around Big Data and Analytics and cloud computing in the region. Approximately one in every two medium to large businesses in both South Africa and Kenya already use the cloud. At the same time, organizations around Africa are looki...
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