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Lab Makes Three Permanent Hires Through Project SEARCH

The NERSC, Engineering, and Physical Biosciences divisions have permanently hired employees through Project SEARCH, which provides job training to individuals with developmental disabilities. Lab managers interested in participating can contact the Diversity and Inclusion Office. Entry-level positions beyond administrative roles can be explored. More>

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New Catalyst Converts CO₂ to Fuel

Scientists from the University of Illinois at Chicago have synthesized a catalyst that improves their system for converting waste carbon dioxide (CO₂) into syngas, a precursor of gasoline and other energy-rich products, bringing the process closer to commercial viability. Their calculations were run at NERSC. More>

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New Project is the ACME of Addressing Climate Change

High performance computing will be used to develop and apply the most complete climate and Earth system model to address challenging and demanding climate change issues. Eight national laboratories, including Berkeley Lab, are combining forces with the National Center for Atmospheric Research and others in the new effort. More>

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SPOT Suite Transforms Beamline Science

Some science mysteries can only be explained on a nanometer scale, with the help of synchrotron light sources. But a recent deluge of data is making it harder to process and analyze data. The ALS, Computational Research Division, and National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center have teamed to help make this process more streamlined. More>

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Lab Computational Cosmologists Honored by NASA

Julian Borrill, Reijo Keskitalo and Ted Kisner have received a NASA Group Achievement Award for “outstanding supercomputing support provided to the US Planck Team.” The team was honored for their work in support of the first Planck data release. More>

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Materials Project Scientist Anubhav Jain Answers 10 Questions

EETD researcher and recipient of NERSC’s 2014 early career award for innovative use of high-performance computing, is the subject of a “10 questions” interview posted on the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR) website. Jain developed FireWorks, free, open-source software for defining, managing and executing scientific workflows. More>

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Timeline Highlights 40 Years of NERSC Achievements

The journey begins with the Atomic Energy Commission’s 1973 finding that fusion energy research would benefit from high performance computing, the computing center’s move from Livermore Lab to Berkeley Lab in 1996, the various name changes during that time, and research highlights. More>

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Ten Projects Awarded NERSC Allocations Under DOE’s ALCC Program

As part of the DOE’s ASCR Leadership Computing Challenge, 10 national lab and universities have been awarded 382.5 million hours of computing time for “high-risk, high-payoff” simulation research. More>

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Lab Engineer To Co-Workers: ‘I’m Transgender’

A few months ago, Allie Andrews sent an email to all her NERSC co-workers with some personal news: the software engineer they have known for the last 13 years as Matt Andrews is transgendered. Read the story of her coming out to her Berkeley Lab colleagues, part of the Panorama series of the Lab’s Diversity & Inclusion Initiative. More>

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Hot Plasma Partial to Bootstrap Current

Supercomputers at NERSC are helping plasma physicists create a “bootstrap” that could help reduce or eliminate the need for an external current driver and pave the way to a more cost-effective fusion reactor. If successful, fusion reactors could provide almost limitless clean energy. More>

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