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April 2014 — February 2015

Computer Scientists at UT Austin Crack Code for Redrawing Bird Family Tree (Feb 17, 2015)
A new computational technique developed at The University of Texas at Austin has enabled an international consortium to produce an avian tree of life that points to the origins of various bird species. A graduate student at the university is a leading author on papers describing the new technique and sharing the consortium's findings about bird evolution in the journal Science. The results of the four-year effort — which relied in part on supercomputers at the university's Texas Advanced Compu...
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PSC, Johns Hopkins Computer Model Saving Lives through Details of Vaccine Supply (Feb 16, 2015)
PSC’s Public Health Applications Group, working as part of the HERMES Logistics Modeling Team with researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Engineering and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, have helped the Republic of Benin in West Africa understand and control the details related to vaccine supply of the rotavirus immunization. In a May paper in the journal Vaccine, they used their HERMES computer model to show how the Benin Ministry of Health could improve the...
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Alan Turing Institute for Data Science to Be Based at British Library (Feb 14, 2015)
The collection and analysis of big data will be the prime focus of the new Alan Turing Institute for Data Science, located at the British Library in London's new Knowledge Quarter. The center is named after the pioneering mathematician credited as the father of modern computing science, who also played a crucial role in the cracking of the Enigma code that accelerated the end of World War II. Among the 35 academic, cultural, research, scientific, and media organizations participating in the Know...
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UNSW Researchers Aim to Secure Smartwatches for e-Health (Feb 13, 2015)
The Australian Research Council has awarded a team of University of New South Wales (UNSW) researchers a $322,800 grant to conduct experiments on boosting the security of wearable technology. The researchers aim to develop technology that can be incorporated into wearable fitness devices to make them secure enough to feed their data into mainstream health systems. In addition, the wearable technology could enable doctors to remotely monitor the health of patients in their homes and provide great...
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SDSC to Start Loading the Nodes for its New "Comet" Supercomputer (Feb 7, 2015 - Feb 10, 2015)
Comet, a new petascale supercomputer designed to transform advanced scientific computing by expanding access and capacity among traditional as well as non-traditional research domains, will soon be taking shape at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego. Comet will be capable of an overall peak performance of two petaflops, or two quadrillion operations per second. Comet will join SDSC’s Gordon supercomputer as another key resource within the NSF’...
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Silicon Valley Turns Prisoners Into Programmers at San Quentin (Dec 8, 2014 - Dec 9, 2014)
Hack Reactor, a San Francisco-based programming boot camp, has launched Code.7370, a program in which inmates at San Quentin State Prison will learn the basics of computer coding. Code.7370 is one of a growing number of initiatives designed to address the challenge of helping former inmates become successful members of society. At the end of the course, inmates present their ideas in five-minute pitches to dozens of Silicon Valley investors and executives. Code.7370, believed to be the first of ...
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Why Are Women Leaving Science, Engineering, And Tech Jobs? (Nov 19, 2014)
U.S. women working in science, technology engineering, and math (STEM) fields are 45 percent more likely than men to leave the industry over the next year, according to a recent Center for Talent Innovation survey. Although 80 percent of the women surveyed say they love their work, many still report barriers to advancing their careers. "Women entering STEM fields have a much shorter runway for career takeoff than women entering other industries," the report says. Surveyed women describe the "lab...
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Data Mining Reveals How News Coverage Varies Around the World (Nov 18, 2014)
Qatar Computing Research Institute researchers Haewoon Kwak and Jisun An analyzed news agendas in different world regions to see how the coverage reflects actual international events. They developed a cartogram by forming a database of 195,000 disasters occurring in 2013 and 2014, as reported by more than 10,000 news outlets. Kwak and An noted the countries in which each outlet was based and counted stories from other parts of the world. They then created a map showing where the news was from. ...
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'Wearable Technology' Curriculum Aims to Fuel Interest in STEM (Nov 17, 2014)
Researchers at the Universities of Nebraska Omaha (UNO) and Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) are developing a curriculum that will enable students to learn the science behind "wearable technology." The three-year project will include inquiry-based activities to about 900 students in grades 4-6. Students will receive kits featuring conductive thread, light-emitting diodes, sensors, and other components found in high-tech clothing. The students also will work with microcontrollers that can be programmed to ...
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New 'Surveyman' Software Promises to Revolutionize Survey Design and Accuracy (Nov 16, 2014)
The Object-oriented Programming, Systems, Languages and Applications (OOPSLA) track of the ACM SIGPLAN conference on Systems, Programming, Languages and Applications: Software for Humanity recently honored University of Massachusetts at Amherst doctoral student Emma Tosch with its Best Paper award. The recognition came for her work on a first-of-its-kind software system designed to improve the accuracy and trustworthiness of surveys. A free and publicly available tool, "Surveyman" can identify p...
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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)
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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