Today at Berkeley Lab

Taming the Flood of Big Climate Data

Big Data, it seems, is everywhere, usually characterized as a Big Problem. But Lab researchers are adept at moving and analyzing massive scientific datasets. At a recent climate-science workshop, CRD’s Prabhat described a large-scale data analysis project to assess how well climate models predict extra-tropical hurricanes. More>

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CRD’s Chuck McParland Retiring After 41 Years of Advancing Scientific Data Collection

His far-reaching work has reached into space, Antarctica, and the South Pole. More>

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Peter Nugent Appointed CRD Deputy for Scientific Engagement

Will seek to engage divisions needing computational solutions for data-intensive science projects. More>

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Computing’s Arie Shoshani Retiring After 38 Years

Reception for 38-year veteran today at 3 p.m. in the cafeteria. More>

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Multidimensional Image Processing and Analysis in R

An esoteric, open-source programming language—called R—could pave the way for open science. More>

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Extreme Heat and Drought in Coming Decades, Says Lab Climate Expert

By the end of this century climate change will result in more frequent and more extreme heat, more drought, and fewer extremes in cold weather in the United States. Average high temperatures could climb as much as 10 or more degrees Fahrenheit in some parts of the country. These are some of the projections made by Berkeley Lab climate scientist Michael Wehner and his co-authors on the National Climate Assessment. More>

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Michael Wehner Discusses Climate Change on Pacifica Radio

The Computational Research Division’s Michael Wehner (left, with earth scientist Bill Collins) was interviewed on Pacifica Radio network show about climate modelling and climate change earlier this month. His interview followed the release of the second part of the most recent United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report. Wehner’s segment begins at around the seven-minute mark. More>

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Lab Scientists Host 12 Albany Students for Annual Job Shadow Day

For the sixth consecutive year, researchers across Berkeley Lab hosted 12 juniors from Albany High School in conjunction with the school’s annual Job Shadow Day. In advance of the event, students select areas of career interest and parent volunteers match them with mentors around the Bay Area. Ten of the students spent the morning of Thursday, April 10, at the lab, ending their visit with lunch with their mentors. Two other students gave up a day of their spring break to visit mentors on April 15 and 17. Six Computational Research Division staffers hosted seven Albany High students. Jon Bashor, Computing Sciences communications manager, organized the mentor-student match-ups. More>

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Lab Cybersecurity Experts Monitor ‘Heartbeat’ of Heartbleed Bug

[New York Times] Ever since the Heartbleed bug was exposed last week, the question everyone has been asking is: Did anyone exploit it before a Google researcher first discovered it? Security researchers at Berkeley Lab’s Computational Research Division and NERSC say that it is still possible to look for past Heartbleed exploitations by measuring the size of any messages sent to the vulnerable part of the OpenSSL code, called the Heartbeat, and the size of the information request that hits a server. More>

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CRD’s John Shalf Discusses Big Data with White House Staff

John Shalf, head of CRD’s Computer and Data Sciences Department, was one of four national laboratory representatives to meet with President Obama’s chief of staff, and members of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and other federal agencies to discuss the intersection of big data architecture requirements and exascale challenges. The March 25 meeting was held in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building next to the White House, which houses most of the White House staff. More>

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