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Idaho State University Students Awarded Lab Computing Fellowship

A team of three international researchers from Idaho State University who are using math and statistics to help better predict cloud formation and the weather have been awarded a Computing Sciences Research Pathways Fellowship to Berkeley Lab this summer. More>

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Software System Award Honors Project Jupyter Team

The team behind Project Jupyter — an effort pioneered by Fernando Pérez, a staff scientist in the Usable Software Systems Group in Berkeley Lab’s Computational Research Division and an assistant professor of statistics at UC Berkeley  — has been honored with an Association of Computing Machinery Software System Award for developing a tool that has had a lasting influence on computing. More>

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Berkeley Lab Hosts Neurodata Without Borders Hackathon

Thirty-one neuroscience experts from across the country visited the Lab April 26-27 to participate in the fifth Neurodata Without Borders: Neurophysiology (NWB:N) project hackathon. The event was locally organized by Berkeley Lab scientists Oliver Ruebel, Andrew Tritt, and Kristofer Bouchard. More>

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Jon Bashor Retires After 27 Years of Service to National Labs

Jon Bashor — communications manager for the Lab’s Computing Sciences Area — started his career at Livermore Lab in 1991, then moved to Berkeley Lab in 1997. What kept him at the job for nearly 30 years? He fell in love with the science, the people, and the mission of the national labs. He retires on April 6. More>

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COSMIC Impact: Next-Gen X-Ray Microscopy Platform Now Operational

COSMIC, a next-generation X-ray beamline now operating at Berkeley Lab, brings together a unique set of capabilities to measure the properties of materials at the nanoscale. It allows scientists to probe working batteries and other active chemical reactions, and to reveal new details about magnetism and correlated electronic materials. More>

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Women in IT Invited to Apply for WINS Program at SC18 Conference

Applications are now being accepted for the Women in IT Networking at SC (WINS) program at the SC18 conference to be held Nov. 11-16 in Houston. WINS seeks qualified early- and mid-career female candidates to join the volunteer team to help build and run SCinet, the high-speed network created at each year’s conference. The application deadline is Friday, March 23. Apply here.

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UC Berkeley Hosts ‘Love Data Week’ Feb. 12-16

Love Data Week 2018 is a nationwide campaign designed to raise awareness about data visualization, management, sharing, and preservation. UC Berkeley’s University Library, Research-IT department, and the Berkeley Institute for Data Science are hosting activities on campus. Go here for more information and to register.

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Making Blockchains Even More Robust

Blockchain – a technology used for verifying and recording digital transactions – blasted into public consciousness with the rise of Bitcoin. A team of researchers has developed a new protocol called BChain, which makes private blockchain even more robust. They are also looking to adapt the tool to support DOE Office of Science applications. More>

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The Quest to Develop Quantum Computers

A Science Magazine piece on DOE’s efforts to build a quantum computer quotes Berkeley Lab’s Wibe de Jong and Irfan Siddiqi. The machines hold great promise for some problems, researchers say, such as those that involve modeling or simulating inherently quantum mechanical processes. More>

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Lab-Led HPC Projects Honored With Innovation Awards

Two Berkeley Lab-led data science projects — Celeste and Galactos — were each honored with a 2017 HPC Innovation Excellence Award from Hyperion Research. The award honors “outstanding application of HPC for business and scientific achievements.” Celeste speeds up sky surveys for astronomy research. Galactos uses breakthrough calculations for the cosmological study of galaxies.

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