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IT Offers Software Carpentry Python Course July 25 and 26

IT Division is offering a two-day course in scientific programming in Python taught by Software Carpentry. This hands-on workshop will cover basic concepts and tools, including program design, version control, data management, and task automation. Participants will be encouraged to help one another and to apply what they have learned to their own research problems. Space is limited and registration is required.

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From Winds to Wildfires: How a Climate Scientist Leverages Supercomputing to Study Wild Weather

What is the relationship between the frequency of lightning strikes and the frequency of wildfires? That’s just one of the questions researcher David Romps is trying to answer by leveraging Berkeley Lab Science IT resources such as Lawrencium to better understand Earth’s climate. More>

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Software Carpentry (Python) Course June 27-28

The IT Division is offering a two-day Software Carpentry course on scientific programming in Python. This hands-on workshop will cover basic concepts and tools, including program design, version control, data management, and task automation. Participants will be encouraged to help one another, and to apply what they have learned to their own research problems. Space is limited; registration is required.

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What Is a Computer? IT Helps Answer That Question for Local Second Graders

IT recently hosted second graders from Berkeley’s Sylvia Mendez Elementary School (formerly LeConte) to teach them about computers, including hardware, software, programming, parallel computing, networking, and tech vocabulary. They even built their own computer. The program, now in its ninth year, is part of IT’s STEM outreach efforts. The event was captured in this Exposure photo feature.

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Lab’s Alivisatos, Alvarez to Address Symposium Honoring Steven Chu

Former Lab Director Paul Alivisatos and Laboratory Chief Information Officer Rosio Alvarez are among those scheduled to speak at a symposium celebrating Steven Chu’s 70th birthday. A Nobel Prize winner, Chu formerly served as Berkeley Lab director and U.S. Secretary of Energy. The event takes place Saturday, May 19, at Stanford University. More>

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Free LaTeX Software Makes Publishing Faster and Easier

Overleaf, a flexible and powerful collaborative environment for LaTeX document creation and professional-grade document layout, is now available for free to Lab staff and affiliates. The product provides real-time interpretation of scripting to support rapid editing. More>

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IT Division Offers Free Big Data Workshop May 1-2

Supported by the National Science Foundation’s Extreme Science and Engineering Development Environment, the workshop will provide information on Hadoop, Spark, and other tools. The course runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 1 and 2. Attendance is free, but space is limited. Go here for more information and to register. Deadline is April 26.

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Archiving Files and Records Workshop

Is space in your office limited? Are you moving to a new office? Do you need to process the records of a retiree? Learn which files need to be kept or archived, and which can be tossed, at a workshop sponsored by the Archives and Records Office. The May 10 class runs from 10 to 11 a.m. in Perseverance Hall. Register here. Contact Karen Nelson (x4686) for more information.

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Genomics Data Analysis and Application Training May 3-4

The IT Division is offering a free two-day course in computational methods, taught by Data Carpentry. This hands-on workshop teaches basic concepts, skills, and tools for working more effectively with genomics data. The focus is on data management and analysis techniques for biosciences research. Space is limited and registration is required.

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‘Paperpile’ Tool Now Available for Free to Lab Staff

Paperpile, a document and citation management tool, is similar to EndNote but designed for G Suite applications. Paperpile can automatically import and export citations from BibTex, RIS, Zotero, Mendeley, and EndNote as well as automatically insert citations within Google Docs, generate LaTex citations, support citation sharing and collaboration citation folders, and more. More>

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