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2015 JPBM Communications Award - Nomination Deadline - August 1, 2014

This award is given each year to reward and encourage communicators who, on a sustained basis, bring mathematical ideas and information to nonmathematical audiences. Both mathematicians and non-mathematicians are eligible. JPBM (the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics) is a collaborative effort of the American Mathematical Society, the Mathematical Association of America, the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, and the American Statistical Association. For more information, please visit http://www.am...

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Deadline Today: Code for America Seeks New Fellowship Recruits

Application Deadline – July 15, 2014

The Code for America (CfA) project is once again looking to place developers in state and local government agencies for one year to help find technology solutions to existing, offline ways of performing tasks. Founded by Jennifer Pahlka, who recently wrapped up a year-long stint as deputy CTO in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the project is now in its fifth year. CfA is looking for individuals with well-developed coding skills and project management experience, as well as soft skills. Fellows in th...

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SDSC's Outreach Program Highlighted in Local News Segment

SDSC’s StudentTECH program is featured on local San Diego news, which highlighted a college-level astronomy workshop for high school students. Entitled “Figuring Out the Universe”, this four-day workshop helped students to develop and explore their understanding of the universe by making observations and drawing their own conclusions. Much of the instructional philosophy and the curriculum is from the Astronomy by Sight module of Physics by Inquiry developed by the Physics Education Group at the University of Washington. To view the news segment, please visit

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Q&A: What Separates Women From Men in Tech Careers


In an interview, HP Cloud Services vice president of product marketing and cloud evangelist Margaret Dawson discusses the technology gender divide. Dawson says girls are directed away from computers at an early age, limiting their options over time. Although many people believe a tech career equates to being an "IT guy," there are many paths to working in computer science, according to Dawson. "People tend to think, 'I don't have a computer science degree,' or, 'I can't code,' but we need more business and g...

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Award for Impact on the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics

Application Deadline - September 15, 2014

This award is given annually to a mathematician (or group of mathematicians) who has made significant contributions of lasting value to mathematics education. Priorities of the award include recognition of:

(a) accomplished mathematicians who have worked directly with pre-college teachers to enhance teachers’ impact on mathematics achievement for all students, or

(b) sustainable and replicable contributions by mathematicians to improving the mathematics education of students in the first two years of c...

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Software Made to Allow Global Collaboration at from University of Texas at Austin

The expansion of a proposal from University of Texas at Austin (UTA) professor Kaushik De for computing large-scale, big data scientific projects is the focus of a global, multi-institutional effort to apply Production and Distributed Analysis (PanDA) software. De developed PanDA to enable large computing centers from all over the world to automatically collaborate to solve scientific challenges. As part of the big data project, De and colleagues have received U.S. Energy Department funding to incorporate networking capabilities into PanDA. Meanwhile, Russia recently gave Brookhaven Natio...

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HPC Wales Announces Launch of New Workstations


Wales’ national supercomputing network has announced the launch of 17 local access workstations installed across the country, along with the software, training and support to fully exploit them. High Performance Computing (HPC) Wales has installed the new workstations to provide access to advanced supercomputing technology to businesses suffering from poor broadband speeds and limited connectivity. The local access workstations will also allow the venture to engage with local businesses directly, providing on-site supercomputing training and support along with sophistic...

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University of Michigan to Create Simulated City to Test Future Robotic Cars

University Herald

The University of Michigan (UM) is building a simulated city center, spread across 32 acres on its North Campus, to serve as the testing ground for automated vehicles. The aim of the Mobility Transformation Facility is to ensure automated vehicles can maneuver safely on actual roadways. The facility features streets with road signs, intersections, roundabouts, and stoplights; highways, including a four-lane highway, with merge lanes; building cut-outs, and railroad crossings. Moreover, the facility contains programmable streetlights, simulated construc...

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TED AI Challenge: Could a Robot Give Its Own TED Talk?

Network World

The TED organization has partnered with X Prize to develop a competition focused on having an artificial intelligence (AI)-based robot "deliver a compelling TED Talk with no human involvement." In a posting of what the contest might look like, X Prize describes a scenario in which a group of judges devises 100 different TED Talk subjects ahead of the conference, while during the event the audience selects one of the subjects, and the competing AIs are tasked with preparing a three-minute talk within 30 minutes. A team would choose how its AI would be prese...

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SDSC Assists Researchers in Wildlife Tracking Project

A team including researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the San Diego Zoo’s Institute for Conservation Research has developed a novel methodology that for the first time combines 3D and advanced range estimator technologies to provide highly detailed data on the range and movements of terrestrial, aquatic, and avian wildlife species. A paper detailing the project, called ‘Movement-based Estimation and Visualization of Space Use in 3D for Wildlife Ecology and Conservation’, was published July 2 in the PLoS-ONE online science journal. A video of...

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