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XSEDE IMPACT April 2016

Workshops Around The Country

The XSEDE project is pleased to announce the opening of registrations for faculty computational science education workshops for 2016. There are no fees for participating in the workshops. The workshops also cover local accommodations and food during the workshop hours for those outside of commuting distance to the host sites. The workshops are at: Oklahoma State University on May 16-18, 2016, at Boise State University on July 18-20, 2016, and at West Virginia State University on August 1-3. The Little Fe curriculum workshop will be held on June 20-22 at Shodor Education Foundation. Read more

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Nighttime Storms

The Midwestern plains of the U.S. are known for their dramatic storms: tornadoes, hail, thunderstorms. But one storm feature has mystified researchers: why does their frequency seem to peak at night? Xuguang Wang, an associate professor of meteorology at the University of Oklahoma, is part of a team working on the multi-agency PECAN (Plains Elevated Convection At Night) project, designed to advance the understanding—and prediction—of nocturnal, warm-season precipitation through improved use of data and simulation. Read more

Nighttime Storms
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Predicting Severe Hail Storms

A team based at University of Oklahoma (OU) working on the Severe Hail Analysis, Representation and Prediction (SHARP) project works to solve the mysterious ways of tornado- and hail-producing storms in the U.S. southern plains, with support from the NSF. The team has used supercomputers at NICS and TACC for their work on SHARP. Read more

Predicting Severe Hail Storms
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Early Effects

Glucocorticoids have been a healing tool for treating allergies, asthma, autoimmune diseases and even some cancers. It's a powerful family of medicines but can have strong side effects. In particular, scientists suspect the drugs may affect nerve-cell development. Don DeFranco, Uma Chandran and their colleagues at the University of Pittsburgh, working with XSEDE Campus Champion Brian Couger at Oklahoma State University, investigated how a type of glucocorticoid called synthetic dexamethasone affects which genes are turned off and on in the stem cells that give rise to the nerve cells of the mouse hypothalamus. That's the part of the brain that links with the hormonal system and affects development. Read more

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Flood of Data

David Maidment, a researcher at the University of Texas at Austin and other researchers presented NFIE (National Flood Interoperability Experiment) at the first-ever White House Water Summit in late March. The summit highlighted the importance of collaborative and creative strategies to solve water challenges nationwide. Through XSEDE's Extended Collaborative Support Service (ECSS), the researchers not only received an allocation on TACC's most powerful supercomputer, Stampede, but support from TACC research associate, Si Liu. ECSS pairs researchers with expert staff members in advanced computing to assist with issues ranging from performance analysis to code optimization to visualization. Read more

Flood of Data
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Events

XSEDE 16, July 17-21, 2016

GlobusWorld 2016 | April 20-22, 2016

SC16 - Nov. 14-17, 2016 | Booth #3631

Student cluster competition at SC16 - due Apr. 15