SAFE-Net Workshop Reaches Across Pennsylvania

SAFE-Net Workshop Reaches Across Pennsylvania

SAFE-Net, a program of the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, funded by the National Science Foundation, has reached across Pennsylvania to raise awareness about safe practices in use of the Internet.

PITTSBURGH, PA., February 15, 2010 - SAFE-Net, a cyber-security awareness program of the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC), recently connected a Carnegie Mellon University cyber-security expert with 75 educators at six school districts in eastern Pennsylvania via videoconferencing. Titled "The Educator's Role in Safe Computing," the three-hour interactive collaboration between PSC and the University of Pennsylvania's MAGPI Internet2 regional connector, highlighted how K-12 educators can raise awareness about cyber security and safety in the schools.

H1N1 Modeling Shows Short-Term School Closures May Worsen Flu Pandemics

H1N1 Modeling Shows Short-Term School Closures May Worsen Flu Pandemics

PITTSBURGH, PA., January 19, 2010 - Closing schools for less than two weeks during a flu pandemic may increase infection rates and prolong an epidemic, according to results from computational modeling using TeraGrid resources at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC). The findings, reported in the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, derive from a series of computer simulations based on several data sources, including U.S. census data, and indicate that schools may need to be closed for at least eight weeks in order to significantly decrease the spread of infection.

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