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Kindling the Kindlers

Carnegie Science Award Recognizes PSC STEM Education Programs

March 30, 2016

PSC has received the 2016 Carnegie Science Center Award for Leadership in STEM Education. The award recognized three PSC staff members: Pallavi Ishwad, Hugh Nicholas and Alexander Ropelewski.

The Science Center established its annual awards in 1997 to recognize individuals and organizations in western Pennsylvania that have made outstanding contributions in science and technology. The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Education Award "recognizes an individual, team or organization that demonstrates leadership in building literacy in science, technology, engineering and math."

"We're thrilled to see Hugh, Alex and Pallavi's work recognized by the STEM Leadership award," says Cheryl Begandy, PSC's director of education, outreach and training. "Their work does more than educate students in bioinformatics; by increasing awareness of this discipline, it helps prepare young people—and our workforce—for the 21st Century."

PSC's Bioinformatics Education Team has developed and implemented bioinformatics curriculums at the graduate, undergraduate and high school levels.

Read more: PSC STEM-Ed Program Wins Carnegie Science Award

Stitching Thought Together

PSC Powers Harvard’s, Allen Institute’s 3D-Reconstruction of Excitatory Visual Neuron Wiring

March 28, 2016

Why It’s Important:

One of the mysteries of brain function is how we make sense of the jumble of images that confront our eyes. Neuroscientists have discovered that most individual nerve cells in the brain respond to specific elements in the visual environment. For example, a nerve cell may fire in response to vertical lines—another, in response to horizontal or slanted lines. Researchers suspected that the mammalian cortex amplifies this signal by having nerve cells that respond to similar elements excite each other. This mutual excitation may help those elements stand out and prime the network for their further processing. But scientists had no anatomical evidence that this actually happens.

Read more: PSC Helps Reconstruct Visual Connections in Brain

YWCA Recognizes PSC's Cheryl Begandy for Leadership in Sci-Tech

March 15, 2016

Cheryl Begandy, the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center's director of education, outreach and training, has received the 2016 YWCA Greater Pittsburgh Women Leadership Award for Science & Technology.

Awards will be presented at the 34th Annual Tribute to Women Leadership Awards Luncheon on Thursday, May 26 at noon.

Read more.

Anton 2 Supercomputer at PSC Will Increase Speed and Size of Molecular Simulations

Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016

A $1.8-million National Institutes of Health grant to the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) will make a next-generation Anton 2 supercomputer developed by D. E. Shaw Research (DESRES) available to the biomedical research community. A specialized system for modeling the function and dynamics of biomolecules, the Anton 2 machine at PSC will be the only one of its kind publicly available to U.S. scientists. The grant also extends the operation of the Anton 1 supercomputer currently at PSC until the new Anton 2 is deployed, expected in the Fall of 2016.

Read more: Anton 2 Will Increase Speed, Size of Molecular Simulations

$5-million Collaborative Grant Establishes NSF-funded Cybersecurity Center of Excellence

Jan. 15, 2016

The security of the more than $7 billion in research funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) will be significantly bolstered, thanks to a $5-million grant awarded to Indiana University, the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison for a collaborative effort to create the NSF Cybersecurity Center of Excellence.

Read more: $5-million NSF Grant Funds Cybersecurity Center of Excellence

PSC Recognized for Sixth Year in a Row in HPCwire Editor’s Choice, Reader’s Choice Awards

Nov. 17, 2015

The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center and its collaborators have once again been recognized for excellence in developing and applying HPC technologies to problems of social importance. HPCwire, the leading trade publication for the high performance computing (HPC) community, cited the center’s work for “Best Use of HPC Applications in Life Sciences” and “Best Use of High Performance Data Analytics.” HPCwire announced the awards today at SC15, the international conference of the HPC industry, with more than 12,000 attendees this year. This is PSC’s sixth year in a row of recognition from HPCwire.

Read more: PSC Nets Two HPCwire Awards

Improved Network Diagnosis and Repair Goal of NSF Grant

Nov. 12, 2015

A proposed automated system will allow users to provide network administrators with information about faulty connections, greatly speeding network diagnosis and repair. This system, to be called TestRig 2.0, is the goal of a new $300,000 NSF grant to researchers at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC).

“When researchers encounter network problems they naturally reach out to network engineers,” says Chris Rapier, PSC Senior Research Programmer and principal investigator in the grant. “However, the engineers have to rely on the user to provide them with enough information to properly diagnose the problem. This means multiple rounds of email, phone calls, tests, and often times results in significant delays.”

Read more: Grant for Improved Network Diagnosis and Repair

Genome analysis center wins National Science Foundation funding renewal

US scientists to have better access to computational tools, resources to analyze big data

Nov. 10, 2015

The National Center for Genome Analysis Support (NCGAS) at Indiana University has received $627,854 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to continue its work helping scientists analyze, understand, and make use of the vast quantities of genomic information now available. In a separate, collaborative award, the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) has received $131,987 from NSF as part of the NCGAS renewal.

The three-year grant renewal will allow the center to develop and deliver services that meet a national need for support of genome analyses that includes consulting services, software enhancements, and computation for the national community of researchers. The center currently supports hundreds of scientists working on more than 40 long-term research projects all over the US.

Read more: Genome center wins NSF funding renewal

PSC to Play role in Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub

Monday, Nov. 2, 2015

Today, the National Science Foundation announced the funding of four regional Big Data Innovation Hubs. Researchers from PSC and Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science and Mellon College of Science are part of the Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub, led by Columbia University.

Cheryl Begandy, director of Education, Outreach and Training at PSC will serve on the hub's Advisory Steering Committee. She will also serve with J. Ray Scott, director of Systems and Operations at PSC, on the hub's Data Sharing Connector Team, which will study platforms and formats for regional data sharing, including software to allow researchers to annotate and publish their own data. PSC intends to play a significant role in enabling efficient storage and analysis of the hub's large public data.

More information on CMU’s role in the Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub

NSF Announcement of Big Data Innovation Hubs