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November 2018 | Science Highlights, Announcements & Upcoming Events
XSEDE helps the nation's most creative minds discover breakthroughs and solutions for some of the world's greatest scientific challenges. Through free, customized access to the National Science Foundation's advanced digital resources, consulting, training, and mentorship opportunities, XSEDE enables you to Discover More. Get started here.
Science Highlights
Simulations show new phenomenon with nanopore DNA sequencing
XSEDE nanopore simulations could help improve medical diagnostics
Any truck operator knows that hydraulics do the heavy lifting. Water does the work because it's nearly incompressible at normal scales. But things behave strangely in nanotechnology, the control of materials at the scale of atoms and molecules.
Scientists discovered a surprising amount of water compression at the nanoscale by using XSEDE supercomputing resources. The findings could help advance medical diagnostics through creation of nanoscale systems that detect, identify, and sort biomolecules.
The unexpected effect comes from the action of an electric field on water in very narrow pores and in very thin materials. That's according to research by Aleksei Aksimentiev and James Wilson of the Department of Physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. They published their results in Physical Review Letters, June 2018.
Animation illustrating a 10 ns MD trajectory of a dsDNA molecule translocating through a nanopore in a graphene membrane under a 100 mV bias. Harmonic restraints were applied to the DNA molecule to maintain its coaxial arrangement with the nanopore. Graphene atoms are shown as gray spheres. Some graphene atoms are not shown to depict the location of the pore more clearly. (Aleksei Aksimentiev)
Discover More with XSEDE at SC18!
Heading to Dallas for SC18? Stop by and visit XSEDE at exhibitor booth #3935 . We'll be there all week talking with conference attendees about XSEDE-enabled science and opportunities for researchers to Discover More with XSEDE. Learn more here and join us for our two in-booth events below:
Breakfast with Champions
Tuesday, Nov. 13 from 10-11:30 a.m.
Join us as we celebrate the Campus Champions program's 10-year anniversary! Stop by and grab some breakfast, network with the Champions, and invite others to learn more about the Campus Champions community.
Discover More with XSEDE Reception
Wednesday, Nov. 14 from 4-6 p.m.
Join us for chips, salsa and a good time as we celebrate the launch of our new campaign, Discover More with XSEDE! Talk with XSEDE leadership and project staff to learn how you can get involved with XSEDE.
Seeking Nominations for XSEDE Advisory Board (XAB)
XSEDE is seeking nominations for individuals to serve on the XSEDE Advisory Board (XAB). Nominations will be accepted from October 15 through November 9, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. Central Time. Nominations should be sent to .
Additional information on the XAB and what to include in your nomination can be found at the link below.
Help engage undergraduates in the work of XSEDE! Apply for Spring 2019 XSEDE EMPOWER internships by Nov. 23, 2018
An XSEDE-wide effort is underway to expand the community by recruiting and enabling a diverse group of students who have the skills   or are interested in acquiring the skills   to participate in the actual work of XSEDE. The name of this effort is XSEDE EMPOWER ( E xpert  M entoring  P roducing  O pportunities for  W ork,  E ducation, and  R esearch).
We invite the whole XSEDE community   staff, researchers, and educators  to recruit and mentor undergraduate students to engage in a variety of XSEDE activities, such as computational and/or data analytics research and education in all fields of study, networking, system maintenance and support, visualization, and more. The program provides a stipend to students and resources for the training of those students who work on XSEDE projects for one semester, one quarter, one summer, or longer.
Application deadline for Spring 2019 participation: November 23, 2018
Globus data management service now supports protected data
Campuses should be aware that the Globus service used by XSEDE users for file transfer and sharing now offers management of protected data, including data regulated by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). With higher assurance levels for protected data, researchers using Protected Health Information (PHI) and other sensitive data can now easily manage this data and share it securely with collaborators.   Get product details   or   read the press release .
Upcoming Events
Other SC18 Events:
The PEARC19 Party
Free to all registered SC18 attendees, the PEARC Party provides an opportunity for members of the PEARC community and friends to hang out in a relaxed environment after a busy day at Supercomputing and learn more about PEARC19. We've rented out the Foundation Room at the House of Blues (just a short walk from the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center!) – show us your SC18 badge and enjoy free drinks, snacks, and networking with colleagues.  Learn more here and RSVP on Facebook .
Free Globus workshops at SC18
Globus, the file transfer and sharing service used by XSEDE users, is offering two workshops in the Stanford booth at SC18: a 45-minute introduction and a 90-minute deeper dive. It's a great opportunity for new XSEDE users to learn about Globus from the experts, for existing XSEDE users to brush up on their skills, and for any user to learn about recent new features like the new web app, HTTPS, and protected data support. Get details or reserve a set here
SGCI Monthly Webinar Series: "Your Audience Comes First: The Key to Communication and Engagement" on Nov. 7, 2018
Great opportunity to think about improving your presentations for SC18 (or any other conference)!
November 7, 2018, at 1 pm Eastern/11 am Pacific
Presented by Elyse Aurbach, Public Engagement Lead, Office of Academic Innovation, University of Michigan
Connecting people through scientific or engineering gateways requires effective communication. All gateway users – researchers, educators, public audiences – must understand the purpose, utility, and significance of the gateway if it is to be successful. Therefore, establishing effective communication practices to explain the project becomes critical to developing the gateway and ensuring its longevity. Fortunately, communication skills can be learned and practiced by anyone. Join us to get started!
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