Today at Berkeley Lab

Swimming Lessons: Team Follows Fish to Build Energy-Efficiency Algorithms

A research team including Lab computing postdoc Amneet Pal Singh Bhalla (now at San Diego State) developed a new approach to simulate how fluid swirls around a fish or any other solid object. With this new approach, Bhalla and his colleagues have resolved some long-standing challenges in understanding how fluids interact with solid structures. More>

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Geometry, Physics, and Machine Learning Take on Climate Research Data Challenges

Two Ph.D. students who were Lab interns back in 2016 so impressed their Lab mentors, they are now spending six months a year at the Lab through 2020. The duo is developing more effective ways to detect and characterize extreme weather events in the global climate system and developing more efficient methods for analyzing the ever-increasing amount of simulated and observational data. More>

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Berkeley Lab, BIDS Take on Big Data

This month, several Berkeley Lab-BIDS Fellows are organizing two of events to share their data-science expertise. Some are helping to organize a Machine Learning for Science (ML4Sci) Workshop, where they will train scientists to use machine learning applications on supercomputers. At the end of September, another group is hosting the California Water Data Hackathon to help address the state’s lack of access to clean water. More>

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Michael Wehner to Discuss Extreme Weather at the Alameda Public Library

Changes in the magnitude and frequency of extreme weather events — like drought, wildfire, crop failure, and species extinction — are among the most serious consequence of global warming. Understanding what the future portends is vital if society hopes to adapt to a very different world. Berkeley Lab’s Michael Wehner will discuss these topics at the Alameda Public Library at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 16. More>

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Berkeley Scientists Lead New Assessment of Bay Area Climate Impacts

California has issued its latest assessment of the many challenges the state faces from climate change, such as changes to sea levels, and wildfires, which are currently raging throughout the state. The assessment includes nine regional reports, including the San Francisco Bay Area. Among the 24 authors of this report are four researchers from the Lab: Andrew Jones, Mary Ann Piette, Alan Rhoades, and Michael Wehner. More>

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Campus Hosts ‘Distinguished Lectures in Data Science’ Series

The Berkeley Institute for Data Science is hosting a data science lecture series that features faculty who conduct visionary research that illustrates the character of the ongoing data revolution. Among the speakers is Berkeley Lab’s Deb Agarwal, who will speak on “Tales From the Front Lines of Wrangling Earth Science Data” on Oct. 30. More>

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High School Intern Is Posit-ive About Coding

Sanjana Shah is about to start her senior year in high school after completing her second summer internship with the Lab’s Computing Sciences Summer Student program. While working with Computing Sciences’ David Donofrio, she developed her own algorithms to help evaluate Posit, a new number format that has the potential to quickly and accurately crunch big data sets for simulations processed at NERSC. More>

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Meet Tess Smidt, ‘Atomic Architect’ and 2018 Luis Alvarez Fellow

To nonscientists, Tess Smidt describes herself as an “atomic architect.” And as Berkeley Lab’s 2018 Luis W. Alvarez Fellow in Computing Sciences, she’s designing a neural network that can automatically generate novel atomic crystal structures. This work is an extension of her graduate research at UC Berkeley, where she worked with Jeff Neaton’s group at the Lab’s Molecular Foundry. More>

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Computing Sciences Summer Students to Present Research at Aug. 2 Poster Session

The Lab’s Computing Sciences Summer Student program will host a poster session showcasing the work of student interns, assistants, and affiliates on Thursday, Aug. 2, from 10 a.m. to noon in Bldg. 59-3101 (Wang Hall). Light refreshments will be served. All Lab staff are invited to attend. More>

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Quantum Computing: Learning to Speak a Whole New Technology

Quantum computing, harnessesing the phenomena associated with quantum physics to give scientists a tool to solve certain complex problems using microscopic objects or other extraordinarily tiny entities – including light – to process information. “It’s a brand new technology,” said the Lab’s Bert de Jong. “It’s where we were with conventional computing 40, 50 years ago.” More>

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