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As the 10-week Computational Science for Undergraduate Research Experiences (CSURE) program from the Joint Institute for Computational Sciences came to a close recently, the students who participated in the program expressed their appreciation for the knowledge they gained.

The Darter supercomputer at the National Institute for Computational Sciences supported the most important model forecast component of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Hazardous Weather Testbed 2013 Spring Experiment, which investigated the use of convection-allowing model forecasts as guidance in the prediction of hazardous convective weather. Convection refers to rising currents of warm air. Better storm prediction leads to improved warning time.

The Keeneland heterogeneous supercomputing system, with its combination of graphics processing units and central processing units, offers the level of support that researchers need as they explore what's involved in the onset and progression of brain tumors.

Molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) is generally used as a lubricant or as a catalyst, but its semiconducting properties have yet to be exploited. With the help of the Kraken supercomputer, researchers Chris Van de Walle and Hartwin Peelaers model subatomic interactions to find new groundbreaking applications in electronics for the substance.

A novel biomass-degrading enzyme from a wood-boring marine crustacean appears promising for the biofuels industry. The Kraken supercomputer is instrumental in research focused on characterizing the enzyme.

The Computational Science for Undergraduate Research Experiences project enables students to spend the summer exploring emergent computational models and techniques applicable to a variety of research areas.

NICS computational scientist Vince Betro on June 7 at the University of Tennessee campus presented a talk about performance of the fusion code GYRO to staff members of UT's Innovative Computing Laboratory.

Academia, industry and XSEDE can be used collaboratively to solve computationally challenging problems that hinder industry today. XSEDE is accepting proposals for projects that will bring those forces together for future social and economic benefit.

NICS intern Matt Swartz has taken his off-hours passion for extreme exercise to great heights by making an elite team that will compete in the CrossFit Games Central East Regional Competition in Columbus, Ohio, on June 7–9.

Formed when massive stars collapse, black holes are extremely powerful and have a major impact on the genesis, growth and evolution of galaxies. A research team has made discoveries using computer modeling and simulations that have overturned longstanding, widely held beliefs about black holes.

Graduate students, post-docs and professionals from academia, government and industry can acquire skills for scientific computing. Virtual classrooms will be hosted at the University of Tennessee Knoxville and other sites nationwide.

Amy McGovern of the University of Oklahoma has both personal and practical experience with the challenges that females face in having academic and professional careers in computing and the sciences.

Tornadoes, the most violent of storms, can take lives and destroy neighborhoods in seconds, and every state in America is at some risk for this hazard. Dr. Amy McGovern is leading a research project designed to enhance tornado prediction and improve lead time on warnings. NICS provides an update on the project's progress.

When it comes to core-collapse supernovas (CCSNs), their death is pivotal to our existence. Their demise occurs when they violently implode on themselves, littering the universe with the elements necessary for life to occur.

High school and undergraduate students are invited to spend a day immersing themselves in computational science research during the XSEDE13 conference. Participants will have the opportunity to meet peers with similar interests, featuring a bioinformatics panel discussion with national leaders, student-focused talks, a luncheon with researchers, and a visualization showcase.

Turbulence must be considered in designing vehicles and in understanding how particles such as pollution and volcanic ashes disperse in the atmosphere. Turbulence also affects the flow inside a jet engine, a combustor or a nuclear reactor.

Many newly formed stars are surrounded by what are called protoplanetary disks, swirling masses of warm dust and gas that can constitute the core of a developing solar system. Protoplanetary disks may potentially become celestial bodies such as planets and asteroids.

The class of proteins that bind to membranes in the body is key to many of life’s vital functions. And not surprisingly, more than half of all modern medicinal drugs are directed at manipulating those proteins.

The National Institute for Computational Sciences (NICS) participated Feb. 28–March 2 in the Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics


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