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Apply to Summer Data Science Workshop

Graduate students and postdocs interested in pursuing a career in data science are invited to attend the CDIPS data science workshop July 9-30. The workshop includes mentors from Uber, Pandora, Square, Google and others, talks on transitioning from academia, and a closing dinner with former Amazon chief scientist Andreas Weigend. Application deadline is May 20.

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Chemistry Consortium Seeks to Understand Actinides

Bert de Jong of the Computational Research Division talks about his work to understand how to change and control an element’s oxidation state — or how many electrons an atom can shed or add or change its charge — using resources at DOE’s Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility. researchers hope to extract radioactive elements from the environment or waste storage tanks. More>

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Space Exploration: The Future is Now

The Lab’s David Bailey co-wrote an opinion piece for the Huffington Post on the future of space travel, including nanocraft to explore Alpha Centauri, plans for forming a Mars colony, and advanced propulsion technology, and the impact these developments may have on Fermi’s paradox. More>

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CRD’s Xiaoye ‘Sherry’ Li Named 2016 SIAM Fellow

The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics recognized Li for advances in the development of fast and scalable sparse matrix algorithms and fostering their use in large-scale scientific and engineering applications. More>

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Lab Scientists Contribute to NAS Report on Extreme Weather and Climate

Scientists in the Lab’s CASCADE project contributed to a National Academy of Sciences report on “Attribution of Extreme Weather Events in the Context of Climate Change.” Chris Paciorek (EEAS) is a committee member on the report. Michael Wehner and Daithi Stone (both with CRD) participated in a workshop that contributed to the report. More>

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Tool Developed to Help Manage Deluge of ATLAS Data

Researchers working on ATLAS, one of the largest experiments at the Large Hadron Collider, have benefited from an updated workflow management tool developed by computing’s Paolo Calafiura and Vakhtang Tsulaia of the Physics Division. More>

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Exploring the Dark Universe with Supercomputers

A recent Symmetry Magazine article turned to Peter Nugent of the Computational Research Division’s Computational Cosmology Center for insight into the part computing plays in the search for dark energy. More>

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Assessing the Impact of Human-Induced Climate Change

The past century has seen an increase in global temperatures and, according to the IPCC, the overwhelming source is human activities. But what precise fraction can be attributed to human influences, rather than natural climate fluctuations? A novel methodology for answering this question has now been developed. More>

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Lab Employees Participate in ‘Black Girls CODE’ Robot Expo

Last month, CRD’s Dani Ushizima (left) and Laleh Coté (Workforce Development & Education) joined forces with Black Girls CODE to support 214 girls of color (ages 7-17) at the Robot Expo. The girls participated in hands-on activities on robotics, heard from from STEM professionals, and learned about applications and uses for robots.

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Lab’s Dáithí Stone Comments on Recent Paris Climate Agreement

Carbon Brief — a website dedicated to analysis and fact checking of energy policy and climate science — spoke to a number of prominent scientists at last week’s American Geophysical Union’s meeting to get their thoughts on the new Paris climate agreement, including Dáithí Stone of the Computational Research Division.

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