Robert Budnitz of the Earth and Environmental Sciences Area, Gerbrand Ceder of the Materials Sciences Division, and Kathy Yelick, Associate Lab Director of Computing Sciences, were elected to the National Academy of Engineering in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. More>
Kathy Yelick, the Associate Lab Director for Computing Sciences, has been named to the Alameda County Women’s Hall of Fame for her leadership in science, technology and engineering. Twelve women, each representing a different field, were named as 2017 inductees. More>
For the first time, researchers have built and trained machine learning algorithms to predict defect behavior in certain intermetallic compounds with high accuracy. This method will accelerate research of new advanced alloys and lightweight new materials for applications spanning automotive to aerospace and much more. More>
Researchers and research teams from multidisciplinary backgrounds are invited to a town hall meeting to discuss “Beyond Moore’s Law,” an LDRD initiative. How can Berkeley Lab apply its unique capabilities to invent the future of computing? Join the discussion from 1 to 3 p.m., in Building 59-3101 (Wang Hall). Go here for more information, or contact John Shalf.
The storms hitting the West Coast are intense, causing massive floods and landslides — and replenishing reservoirs after historic drought. But is the drought-flood pattern tied to our planet’s warming? Lab climate scientist Michael Wehner weighs in on what is known, and what isn’t. More>
Retired Berkeley Lab mathematician David Bailey will receive the 2017 AMS Levi L. Conant Prize for the article “The Computation of Previously Inaccessible Digits of π2 and Catalan’s Constant,” along with three other co-authors. The prize will be awarded Jan. 5 at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in Atlanta. More>
Data Carpentry is organizing a three-day, hands-on hackathon aimed at developing, and later teaching, a short-course curriculum on using Jupyter notebooks for reproducible research practices. The event will be held Jan. 9 to 11 at the UC Berkeley Institute for Data Science (BIDS). More>
Since the launch of the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies Initiative, researchers have developed tools to explore the brain’s processes. But without a strategy to analyze, manage, and understand the data generated by these new technologies, advancements will be limited. The Lab’s Kristofer Bouchard assembled a team to help tackle this issue. More>
When the 48th edition of the TOP500 list of the world’s top supercomputers was unveiled at SC16, NERSC’s Cori system debuted in the number five position with a Linpack rating of 14.0 petaflops. Go here for more on the Lab’s participation in SC16.
Celeste, a statistical analysis model designed to enhance sky surveys has gotten a major upgrade that dramatically scales up the process of cataloging astronomical objects. The Celeste code implements statistical inference to build a fully generative model to mathematically locate and characterize light sources in the sky. More>