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February 2019 | Science Highlights, Announcements & Upcoming Events
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Science Highlights
Evolution used same genetic formula to turn animals monogamous
Why are some animals committed to their mates and others are not?
According to a new study led by researchers at The University of Texas at Austin that looked at 10 species of vertebrates, with help from an XSEDE allocation on Wrangler, found that evolution used a kind of universal formula for turning non-monogamous species into monogamous species — turning up the activity of some genes and turning down others in the brain .
"Our study spans 450 million years of evolution, which is how long ago all these species shared a common ancestor," said Rebecca Young, research associate in UT Austin's Department of Integrative Biology and first author of the study   published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences .
In many non-monogamous species, females provide all or most of the offspring care. In monogamous species, parental care is often shared. In these frogs, parental care includes transporting tadpoles one by one after hatching to small pools of water. In the non-monogamous strawberry poison frog (Oophaga pumilio, left) moms perform this task; however, in the monogamous mimic poison frog (Ranitomeya imitator, right) this is dad's job. Credit: Yusan Yan and James Tumulty
Supercomputing simulations reveal new insight on sea fog development
A recently published study by an international team of researchers has shed new light on how and why a particular type of sea fog forms, using XSEDE high-performance computing resources to create detailed simulations that provide more accurate predictions of its occurrence and patterns to help reduce the number of maritime mishaps.
The study, published in the January 1, 2019 issue of Atmospheric Research , focused on a significant sea fog event that stretched approximately 400 miles across the Yellow Sea and its surrounding land. Images captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Aqua satellite allowed the research team to better explain the sensitivity of sea fog simulations to vertical resolution. 
This image near Qingdao, from the CALIPSO (Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observations) satellite, shows the vertical cross-section of backscattering coefficients (indication of water droplets, i.e., sea fog) along the blue line AB. The red dashed line is used to roughly separate thick fog (to the north) and thin fog (to the south). Courtesy of the Center for Analysis and Prediction of Storms (CAPS), University of Oklahoma.
One-stop data shop
What if a farmer could scan a soybean leaf and discover that her crop isn't flourishing because the soil needs more potassium?
What about a scientist in Appalachia accessing sensor data from a mountain stream that indicates it's contaminated with coal ash—and alerting local householders before they get sick?
That—and other feats—is what a new NSF-funded project hopes to do. Led by computer scientist  Carol Song of  Purdue University , the  GeoEDF platform (an extension of the existing MyGeoHub science gateway connected to XSEDE) brings together many different types of geospatial data. This one-stop-shop will help scientists expand their research and public officials fine-tune policies.
This directory of geospatial data for Montana includes information about elevation, soils, wetlands, climate, population, transportation, wildlife, land use, and much more. Courtesy USDA.
Program Announcements
Q&A with Roberto Camacho Barranco, XSEDE Student Ambassador
XSEDE Broadening Participation student volunteer finds path to dream job at Google through experience with XSEDE mentorship and Computing4Change programs. Read his profile here.
Computing4Change program now accepting applications
Do you know an undergraduate student who wants not just to enhance their skillset, but also to create positive change in the community?
Computing4Change is a competition for students from diverse disciplines and backgrounds who want to work collaboratively to:
  • Learn to apply data analysis and computational thinking to a social challenge
  • Experience the latest tools and techniques for exploring data through visualization
  • Expand skills in team-based problem solving
  • Learn how to communicate ideas more effectively to the general public
The Computing4Change competition will be held at SC19 in Denver, CO, Nov. 16-20, 2019. Applications will be accepted through April 8, 2019.   Learn more and apply here .
Check out our in-depth look at Computing4Change 2018  here .
Apply by March 1 for summer 2019 XSEDE EMPOWER internships
Do you know an undergraduate interested in computation, conducting their own research, and making connections within our community? Tell them about XSEDE EMPOWER ( E xpert M entoring P roducing O pportunities for W ork, E ducation, and R esearch), an internship program where undergraduates have the chance to participate in actual XSEDE activities, like computational research and education in all fields of study, data analytics research and education, networking, system maintenance and support, and visualization. Undergraduate students at any U.S. degree-granting institution are welcome to apply. No prior experience necessary. The deadline to apply for Summer 2019 internships is March 1, 2019.
Check out this video to learn more about XSEDE EMPOWER and what two recent interns have to say about the program.
Success of diversity in XSEDE trainings highlighted in recent publication
In January, Culturally Responsive Strategies for Reforming STEM Higher Education: Turning the TIDES on Inequity, edited by the Association of American Colleges & Universities, was published.
Chapter 14, "Interventions Addressing Recruitment and Retention of Underrepresented Minority Groups in Undergraduate STEM Disciplines," authored by Morgan State University faculty and  XSEDE's Linda Akli, highlights the role of XSEDE training and education workshops on Morgan State University's successful infusion of computation throughout their STEM curriculum and the development of minors in computational and data science.
ECSS Symposium on Tuesday, February 19
Join us on Tuesday, February 19 for our Extended Collaborative Support Service's monthly symposium webinar, featuring Suresh Marru and Eric Coulter of Indiana University. Meeting coordinates can be found at the link below. Abstracts will be available on that page soon.
XSEDE Cyberinfrastructure Integration updates
The XSEDE Cyberinfrastructure Integration (XCI) team has released new documentation that summarizes all of the APIs available for XSEDE's production components. This documentation is targeted to software and service developers, such as Science Gateways developers, and provides pointers to API documentation and client coding examples. 
XSEDE HPC Monthly Workshop Series seeking satellite sites
XSEDE is pleased to announce a regular series of remote workshops on High Performance Computing topics. These hands-on workshops provide a convenient way for researchers to learn about the latest techniques and technologies of current interest in HPC. We are currently accepting satellite sites for:
  • March 5 – GPU Programming Using OpenACC
  • April 2-3 – Big Data
  • May 6-7 – MPI
You, or another representative of your institution, should contact us if you are interested in hosting a remote site. More details may be found at the link below. Address any questions regarding course content to John Urbanic ( ) and questions regarding registration to Tom Maiden ( ).
Community Announcements
PEARC19 now accepting technical paper, workshop and tutorial submissions
PEARC19 is now accepting proposal submissions for technical papers, workshops and tutorials. 
The deadline for  technical paper submissions is February 13, 2019 .
Deadline for workshop and tutorial submissions is February 20, 2019.
Presentations may address any topic related to advanced research computing, but topics consistent with one or more of the following technical tracks are of particular interest.
Technical Tracks for PEARC19 include:
  • Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence
  • Advanced Research Computing Software and Applications
  • Facilitation of Advanced Research Computing
  • Workforce Development and Diversity
Other types of submissions, such as special events, posters, birds of a feather sessions, panels, etc. will open approximately one month in advance of their deadlines, which can be found on the PEARC19 Call for Participation page at the link below.
In addition, PEARC19 will be offer a dynamic Student Program  designed to provide students with a range of opportunities to participate in both student activities and the full technical program so that they may share their research efforts and gain insights and inspiration from like-minded individuals at the conference. 
Follow PEARC19 on Facebook and Twitter for conference announcements, deadlines, and other news!
AIDR 2019 Call for Submissions
Supported by the NSF scientific data reuse initiative,  AIDR (Artificial Intelligence for Data Discovery and Reuse) 2019  is a conference aiming to find innovative solutions to accelerate the dissemination and reuse of scientific data in the data revolution.
The explosion in the volume of scientific data has made it increasingly challenging to find data scattered across various platforms. At the same time, increasing numbers of new data formats, greater data complexity, a lack of consistent data standards across disciplines, metadata or links between data and publications makes it even more challenging to evaluate data quality, reproduce results, and reuse data for new discoveries. AIDR 2019 provides a platform for AI/ML researchers, data professionals, and scientists to come together and benefit from mutual expertise to address these data challenges and to facilitate the next breakthroughs in science and technology using the power of AI and scientific data. Quality submissions from academia, industry, and other communities are all welcomed through February 22, 2019. Early bird registration is available until March 15, 2019.
AIDR is organized by PSC and the Carnegie Mellon University Libraries and will be hosted at Carnegie Mellon.  
CFP extended for inaugural meeting of the Singularity User Group
SDSC and Sylabs have teamed up to present the first ever meeting of the Singularity User Group (SUG).
The event will be hosted at SDSC,  March 12-13, 2019.  The detailed agenda is being developed – here's the current overview: 
  • Keynote presentations from SDSC researchers engaged in state-of-the-art use cases involving Singularity and supercomputers
  • Keynote presentations from the Sylabs team featuring Singularity (and CentOS) founder Gregory Kurtzer
  • Contributed presentations from the Singularity Community
  • Hands-on technical sessions to address the needs of Singularity users from the novice to the expert
  • Unique networking opportunities for users and contributors in the uniquely collaborative setting provided by the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and SDSC
Call for paper submissions has been extended until Feb. 15, 2019.
Apply by March 22 for Science Gateways Bootcamp!
Want to learn gateways, from start to finish?
Science Gateway Bootcamp, May 13 —17, 2019 in Indianapolis,  will help you learn how to develop, operate, and sustain a gateway (also known as portals, virtual research environments, hubs, etc.). This opportunity is offered at no cost  (currently participants only pay for travel, lodging, and a few meals).  Learn more about the bootcamp here and apply by March 22.
Looking for more reasons to apply?  Read blog posts about past Bootcamps that feature testimonial after testimonial (they are collected on our  FAQ page ).
This opportunity is offered by the  Science Gateways Community Institute . Questions? Please email .
Trusted CI Webinar Series is back for 2019
Trusted CI, the NSF Cybersecurity Center of Excellence, is continuing its webinar series in 2019. The goal of the series is to provide useful cybersecurity information to the NSF science community. Past webinar topics have included GDPR, the ScienceDMZ, threat intelligence sharing, and NIST-800-171 compliance programs. The typical format of the hour-long webinar is a 45-minute slideshow presentation with time at the end for questions. Webinars are presented live to an audience and published for later viewing. Webinars are held on the 4th Monday of the month at 11am Eastern time.  
GlobusWorld 2019 User Conference May 1-2, 2019
Registration and Call For Proposals are open for the 8th annual GlobusWorld User Conference, May 1-2 in Chicago. 
XSEDE users and resource providers rely on the Globus platform on a daily basis, to move and share files among XSEDE resources and as the platform for Web SSO and identity and access management. Don't miss the chance to connect with fellow users and the Globus team at this yearly gathering. Registration and event details may be found here .
Register now for Linux Cluster Institute (LCI) workshops!
May 13-17, 2019 
University of Oklahoma 
Norman, OK 
Do you have some experience as an HPC system administrator and want to expand your skills? Then this is the workshop for you!
  • Strengthen your overall knowledge of HPC system administration
  • Focus in depth on file systems and storage, HPC networks, and job schedulers
  • Get hands-on training and discuss real-life stories with experienced HPC administrators
  • Learn techniques for high performance data transfers using a ScienceDMZ
August 19-23, 2019 
Rutgers University Inn & Conference Center 
New Brunswick, NJ 
If you are a Linux system administrator new to HPC, this is the workshop for you! In just five days you will: 
  • Learn HPC system administration concepts and technologies and how to apply them
  • Get hands-on skills building a small test cluster in lab sessions
  • Hear real-life stories and get to ask experts questions in panel discussions 
Contact Leslie Froeschl at  with any questions! 
Petascale Computing Institute seeking host sites
This is an open call for sites interested in participating in Petascale Computing Institute 2019 to be held August 19‑23, 2019.
PCI‑2019 is a free week‑long distributed training event intended for people seeking to enhance their knowledge and skills for scaling their research software to petascale and emerging extreme‑scale computing systems. The organizing institutions coordinate the agenda, speakers, and broadcast of the sessions to participating sites, aka Host Sites. Host Sites recruit local audience and support them during the event by supporting Q&A with the presenters, and providing local mentors that can assist with on‑site questions during hands‑on activities.
Apply to become Host Site by Monday, March 4 at:
Upcoming Deadlines: