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Berkeley Lab User Facilities Prominent in SSURF Annual Meeting

Representatives from the Lab’s five national user facilities attended the Society for Science at User Research Facilities (SSURF) Annual Meeting in late June. JGI Director Nigel Mouncey presented, “How Facilities Can Partner With Industry to Strengthen the Scientific Infrastructure.” The Molecular Foundry’s Alison Hatt, who also serves on the SSURF Board of Directors, moderated a session. More>

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NOvA Experiment Sees Strong Evidence for Antineutrino Oscillation

The NOvA particle physics experiment drew heavily upon the computing power at Berkeley Lab’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) in a new analysis that took a deep dive into experimental data about neutrino interactions and found evidence of antineutrino oscillation. More>

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Bike to Work Day: NERSC’s Annette Greiner Cycles for Her Love of the Bike

For Annette Greiner, who has biked to work in Ann Arbor, Chicago, San Francisco, and Berkeley, and crossed the continent on two wheels, part of her daily commute is getting into a driver’s mindset. “I’m always thinking ahead about a driver’s point of view and how visible I am to them,” she says. More>

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Lab User Facilities Participate in SSURF Capitol Hill Exhibition

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hosted a User Science Exhibition last month. The Society for the Science at User Research Facilities (SSURF) — which includes the Lab’s Molecular Foundry, NERSC, Joint Genome Institute, ESnet, and the Advanced Light Source — hosted exhibits and demos of their research and conveyed the positive impact of user facilities.

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World Water Day: The Effects of Climate Change on California Watersheds

California relies on the Sierra Nevada snowpack for a significant portion of its water needs, yet scientists understand very little about how changes in snowpack volume and timing will influence surface water and groundwater. Erica Woodburn is working on an advanced hydrologic model to study how climate change might affect California watersheds in the future. More>

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A Game Changer: Metagenomic Clustering Powered by Supercomputers

Berkeley Lab CRD and JGI researchers took one of the most popular clustering approaches in modern biology – the Markov Clustering algorithm – and modified it to run efficiently and at scale on distributed memory supercomputers. In a test, their algorithm achieved a previously impossible clustering of a 70-million-node, 68-billion-edge biological network in hours. More>

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Women’s History Month: NERSC Computers Named After Pioneering Women

Two of NERSC’s supercomputers, Hopper and Cori, were named after pioneering and inspiring women in science. Grace Hopper, a Navy rear admiral, was at the forefront of computer programming. Biochemist Gerty Cori was the first American woman to win a Nobel Prize. Two other systems, no longer in service, were also named for women: Marie Curie and Laura Bassi.

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Using NERSC to Resolve One of Cosmology’s Biggest Controversies

Astrophysicists at Berkeley Lab and the University of Portsmouth in the U.K. believe that strongly lensed Type Ia supernovae could resolve one of cosmology’s biggest controversies, which relates to the rate of the universe’s expansion. More>

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Physics Data Processed at NERSC Dramatically Cuts Reconstruction Time

In a recent demonstration project, physicists from Brookhaven National Laboratory and Berkeley Lab used the Cori supercomputer at the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center to reconstruct data collected from a nuclear physics experiment, an advance that could dramatically reduce the time it takes to make detailed data available for scientific discoveries. More>

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El Cerrito High School Students Get Hands-On Experience During Visit

Students from the IT Academy at El Cerrito High School recently took part in a special Big Data Study Trip hosted at the Lab and sponsored by Workforce Development and Education, EESA, NERSC, and CRD. They plotted characteristics and mapped patterns using water-quality data, and brainstormed on ways to collect and analyze data from San Pablo Bay. More>

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