Today at Berkeley Lab

Science & Snacks Featured at Computing’s Summer Student Poster Session

Staff are invited to the Computing Sciences Summer Student program poster session from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursday, August 3, in Wang Hall (Bldg. 59) room 3101. Enjoy light snacks, recognize the work of tomorrow’s scientists, and maybe even learn something new. Computational Research Division, ESnet and NERSC staff mentor Computing summer students. More>

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‘Hindcasting’ Study Investigates the Extreme 2013 Colorado Flood

In 2013, severe storms struck Colorado, causing the Platte River to reach flood levels higher than ever recorded. Using the Weather Research and Forecasting regional model, Lab researchers “hindcast” the conditions that led to the flooding around Boulder and found that climate change attributed to human activity made the storm much more severe than would otherwise occurred. More>

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New Data Archive to Amplify Ecosystem Research Impact

As scientists move towards understanding earth systems at greater resolutions, access to needed data sets is critical. Yet much of these data are not archived, publicly available, or collected in a standardized format. With $3.6 million from DOE, Computing Sciences and the Earth & Environmental Sciences Areas are partnering on an archiving project. More>

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10 Things You Should Know About Jon Bashor

Bashor, the head of communications for the Computing Sciences Area, has met former German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt, loves driving the loneliest road in America, and got a hose turned on him as a reporter in Richmond. Go here to learn more about Bashor. Are there 10 things we should know about you, or someone you work with? If so, send an email to communications@lbl.gov.

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Kennedy High IT Students Spend a Week at the Lab Making Connections

Ten students from the IT Academy at Richmond’s Kennedy High School spent the first week of their summer vacation getting hands-on experience in high-speed networking and first-hand advice on planning their future. Go here to view an Exposure feature of their visit. More>

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Talk on Computational Approaches to Synthetic At-Scale Social Habitats

Madhav Marathe, director of Virginia Tech’s Network Dynamics and Simulation Lab, will discuss computational approaches to developing synthetic at-scale social habitats. Possible applications of such a data structure can be applied in a number of domains, including epidemiology and disaster response. The event is on June 19 at 10 a.m. in Bldg. 59-3101. View it remotely here. More>

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The Lab Welcomes 2017 Summer Students and Interns

The students and interns, over 150 in all, include undergraduates, post-baccalaureates, graduate students, researchers, and faculty from all around the country. They’ll work alongside Berkeley Lab scientists on a wide range of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) disciplines, like particle physics and computing science. Go here to view an Exposure photo feature on the interns.

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Fresh Math Approach Opens New Possibilities for Computational Chemistry

A new mathematical “shortcut” developed by Lab researchers is speeding up molecular absorption calculations by a factor of five, so simulations that used to take 10 to 15 hours to compute can now be done in around 2.5 hours. These algorithms will be incorporated in an upcoming release of the widely used NWChem computational chemistry software suite later this year. More>

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Simulations May Help Make Paper Manufacturing More Efficient, Cheaper

Lab researchers — as part of a unique collaboration with Lawrence Livermore Lab and an industry consortium — are using advanced supercomputer modeling techniques to identify ways that paper manufacturers could reduce energy and water consumption during the papermaking process. The papermaking industry ranks third among the country’s largest energy users. More>

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Kennedy High Students Learn About Berkeley Lab Computing

Twenty students and three teachers from Richmond’s Kennedy High School IT Academy spent the morning of April 26 learning about the breadth of computing at Berkeley Lab, from desktop machines to supercomputers. “It was amazing,” said Jaime, a junior, about the NERSC supercomputer room. More>

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