Today at Berkeley Lab

IT Hosts Data Carpentry Workshop June 27 and 28

The IT Division is offering a training course in Data Carpentry using Python for scientific data analytics. The course will use data sets from earth sciences and ecology domains, but the tools and methods are applicable to all fields of scientific research. No prior programming experience is required. The two-day workshop will be held in Bldg. 71B-290. Space is limited. Register here.

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Avalos Wins Safety Contest With ‘Staying Alert on Lab Roadways’ Graphic

Of the 14 “Share the Road” Safety Image Contest entries, Wendy Avalos’ illustration, which pictures the many unpredictable users of roads at the Lab, was selected by employee voters as the winner of the $100 prize. Read more about her inspiration for the winning image and her experience using multiple commute modes to get to work each day.

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Berkeley Lab’s Open-Source Spinoff Serves Science

Last year Gregory Kurtzer of the IT Division invented Singularity, an open-source solution for allowing scientists to use software containers in a high-performance computing (HPC) environment. It has caught on so quickly—institutions worldwide from Stanford to MIT are using it—that he has launched SingularityWare, LLC, to further develop it. More>

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Archiving Files and Records Workshop on June 8

Running out of space in your office, moving to a new office, or tasked with processing the records of retiring or retired scientists? Learn which files need to be kept, which can be archived, and which can be disposed of at a workshop sponsored by the Archives and Records Office on Thursday, June 8 at 10 a.m. in Perseverance Hall. Register here (ITD0508).

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Message From Director on Public Affairs, IT, and HR Reorganization

A strategic communications function has been established within the Directorate, which includes the current communications and media relations team. The Workforce Development and Education group will move to Human Resources, and Web Development, Creative Services, and Visual Communications will move to the IT Division. More>

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IT Teaches Local Second Graders About Computers

IT recently hosted LeConte Elementary School second graders to teach them about computers, including hardware, software, programming, parallel computing, networking, and tech vocabulary. They even built their own computer. “It’s great for the kids to get all this exposure to computers and programming,” said one parent. IT has sponsored this program for eight years.

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New Publication System is Live; Initial Notification Emails Issued May 9

Publications resulting from federally funded work must be publically available. To improve compliance, the Lab has deployed a new publications system which is now live. Lab authors will receive periodic emails from the system when new publications are found, inviting them to claim and upload their work. Go here for more information, including a FAQ and screencast video.

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New Publication Requirements, System Launching This Month

As required by a 2015 White House initiative, all publications resulting from federally funded work must be made available to the public. To improve compliance, the Lab is deploying a new publications system. Lab authors will begin receiving email from this system asking them to claim their publications. Go here for more information and details on April 24 and May 1 training opportunities.

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Training Opportunities in Excel, Smartsheet and More

The IT Division is offering a series of training opportunities over the next few months on introductory, intermediate and advanced Excel features, as well as Excel for Science. Other classes include “Project Management With Smartsheet,” “PowerPoint Psychology,” and various “Intro to Google” applications. Go here for more information and to register.

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Lab, Google Host Multi-Vendor Interoperability Demo of FAUCET SDN Software

In a real-time demonstration co-sponsored by ESnet, seven vendors of network equipment successfully tested the interoperability of FAUCET, an open-source SDN (software-defined networking) controller. The March 30 event was also sponsored by Google and LBLnet (Berkeley Lab’s internal network). Simeon Miteff, an LBLnet network manager in IT, was the event’s lead organizer. More>

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