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IT’s Toledano Is Role Model for Latina Student in Nissan Video

After appearing in a video for Nissan’s diversity campaign last year, Soledad Toledano of the Lab’s IT Division suggested to the car company’s creative team the need to feature more women in STEM fields. They liked her idea and developed a new video featuring Latina high school senior Olga Hernandez. In the video Toledano shares with Hernandez her experiences as a woman working in technology, and surprises Hernandez with a powerful image of her possible future in cybersecurity.

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IT Offers Free Google Cloud Platform Class Nov. 8-9

This instructor-led class teaches participants to derive insights through data analysis and visualization using the Google Cloud Platform, and features interactive scenarios and hands-on labs where participants explore, mine, load, visualize, and extract insights from diverse data sets. Data loading, querying, modeling, optimizing performance, machine learning, and data visualization will be covered. Register here.

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IT Division Offering Free Four-Part, Python Fundamentals Workshop in November

IT’s free four-part, interactive Python Fundamentals Workshop series is a complete introduction to programming in Python for people with little or no previous programming experience. Courses will be taught by D-Lab on the UC Berkeley campus on Nov. 6, 8, 13, and 15. To register, go here.

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Free MATLAB GPU Training, Nov. 2

Large-scale simulations and data processing tasks can take an unreasonably long time to complete. You can speed up these tasks with multicore computers, GPUs, computer clusters, and cloud computing services. MathWorks parallel computing products let you use these resources from MATLAB. Mathworks will provide free training on how to program parallel applications in MATLAB, but registration is required.

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Ratmaggedon: Lab Techs Spring Into Action After Rodent Causes Outages

In the wee morning hours on Oct. 22, a night of foraging was coming to an end for a rat. So was the critter’s life. But this tragic end was no match for a group of electricians, plant maintenance technicians, HVAC technicians, electrical engineers, and a carpenter, who pitched in to get the lights back on for the 726 people who work in the Building 50 complex. Here’s a chronicle of what they did to get the Lab back up and running.

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IT Offers a Free Workshop on GPU Programming Using OpenACC

A free workshop on OpenACC will be held Tuesday, Nov.6, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration deadline is Oct. 31. OpenACC has been used with great success to accelerate real applications within very short development periods. NSF’s Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment is sponsoring the workshop.

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IT Division Hosts LabTech Event on Oct. 25

LabTech is an annual free event that focuses on computing and technology for Berkeley Lab employees. Hosted by the IT Division, LabTech features technical talks, discussion sessions, networking opportunities, demonstrations, and more. Whether you are a scientist seeking the latest tools for data management or you want to learn more about G Suite tools, LabTech has something for everyone. Register here.

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Free MPI Programming Workshop Oct. 2-3

This IT Division-sponsored workshop is intended to give C and Fortran programmers a hands-on introduction to Message Passing Interface (MPI) programming. Attendees will leave with a working knowledge of how to write scalable codes using MPI – the standard programming tool of scalable parallel computing. Attendance is free, but space is limited. Go here to register by the September 27 deadline.

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High-Energy Nuclear Collisions, Large-Scale Computing Aid Study of Early Universe

ALICE (A Large Ion Collider Experiment) is a detector in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) ring designed to investigate quark-gluon plasma, the primitive matter that filled the early universe. Berkeley Lab’s Nuclear Science Division, in partnership with IT’s Scientific Computing Group, has recently established a new site on the Worldwide LHC Computing Grid to provide a significant amount of ALICE computing and data storage. More>

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Free Big Data Workshop Sept. 5-6

The workshop — sponsored by the IT Division — will focus on topics such as Hadoop and Spark and will be presented using the Wide Area Classroom (WAC) training platform. This is supported by the National Science Foundation’s Extreme Science and Engineering Development Environment. Attendance is free, but space is limited. Registration deadline is Aug. 30.

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