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May 2021 | Science Highlights, Announcements & Upcoming Events
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Science Highlights
XSEDE Resources Lead to Better Understanding of Jupiter and Saturn
XSEDE-allocated systems run thousands of simulations for orbit study
The solar system's two largest planets, Jupiter and Saturn, received worldwide publicity on December 21, 2020, as they glided closer than they've been since 1623. Visible around the globe, "The Great Conjunction" placed the two planets only 0.1 degree apart from one another.
Typically, however, Jupiter and Saturn have been known to "keep their distance" from one another. Why these two planets have so much space between them became the focus of an international research team that recently ran more than 6,000 simulations on XSEDE-allocated resources to better understand this space.
Comet provided researchers with a large number of cores so that they could run more than 6000 simulations related to the spacing of Jupiter and Saturn. They found that Jupiter and Saturn most likely formed with Jupiter making two orbits for every one of Saturn's, rather than a resonance of three Jupiter orbits for every two of Saturns, which most previous studies had assumed. Credit: NASA
Virtual Brain Injury Study Identifies Key Factors in Nerve-Fiber Damage
Initial report uses simulation on XSEDE resource for a finer-scale look at stresses leading to TBI
Whether from auto collisions, sports impacts, battlefield injuries, or other causes, traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a major cause of disability and death. More than 150 people in the U.S. die each day from injuries that include TBI, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Engineers could design better ways of protecting us from TBI if we understood better how sudden shocks to the head translate to damage to nerve fibers in the brain. 
A team led by Robert Morris University used the XSEDE-allocated Bridges platform at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) to simulate head injuries at a higher level of detail and under more conditions than before, identifying key factors in causing strain to brain tissues.
The scientists' simulation of damage-causing strain to brain tissues for sudden movements in the coronal direction (swaying the head from shoulder to shoulder). When using a measure that captured strain in any direction (MPS, in figure a), the estimated damage (red) was more extensive than a measure that took into account the direction of nerve fibers (MAS, b).
Continuing Arecibo's Legacy
The Arecibo Observatory, UCF, TACC, the University of Puerto Rico, EPOC, Globus, CICoE Pilot partner to move telescope data to XSEDE-allocated Ranch system
Millions of people have seen footage of the famed Arecibo radio telescope's collapse in December 2020. What they would not have seen from those videos was Arecibo's data center, located outside the danger zone. It stores the ‘golden copy' of the telescope's data — the original tapes, hard drives, and disk drives of sky scans since the 1960s.
Now, a new partnership will make sure that about three petabytes, or 3,000 terabytes, of telescope data is securely backed up off-site and made accessible to astronomers around the world, who will be able to use it to continue Arecibo Observatory's legacy of discovery and innovation.
The Arecibo data has helped scientists make Nobel-prize-winning discoveries about the heavens. This data move will ensure future generations of astronomers an opportunity to make new discoveries from Arecibo's data. (Credit: Arecibo Observatory).
Program Announcements
XSEDE Cyberinfrastructure Integration (XCI) Updates
The XSEDE Cyberinfrastructure Integration (XCI) team has completed the transition of the XSEDE web single sign-on (SSO) login service, used by several websites such as the Research Software Portal, Resource Description Repository, XDMoD, and Jetstream. All web SSO logins using XSEDE credentials will require multi-factor authentication (MFA). 
Join the ACSC Faculty Curriculum Development Workshop June 17-18, 2021
Join XSEDE Broadening Participation and Education Programs for the virtual Advanced Computing for Social Change (ACSC) Faculty Curriculum Development workshop June 17-18, 2021, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. ET. Faculty from diverse disciplines and backgrounds who would like to incorporate the ACSC approach to teaching data analytics and computational thinking into their curriculum or are interested in using these tools in their research are encouraged to attend. This 2-day workshop provides materials informed by the ACSC student challenge to help introduce software tools, such as R, and classroom resources for data analysis, visualization, and computational modeling. Learn more and register at the link below.
Encourage Undergraduates to Apply for C4C!
Do you know an undergraduate who wants to learn data science skills to create a positive change in their community? All undergraduate students are invited to apply for the Computing4Change (C4C) Competition, a social action-themed experience during SC21! All majors are welcome. No prior coding experience required.
The program will take place during SC21, November 12-19, 2021. The deadline to apply for C4C is August 2, 2021.
Community Announcements
Register by June 9 for Gateway Focus Week
Gateway Focus Week, offered by the Science Gateways Community Institute (SGCI), is an intensive workshop designed for innovative research teams to work together on producing a strong sustainability plan. The full Focus Week curriculum is now offered in a new format: online, over the course of two weeks. Register by June 9 to join the next session, taking place June 14-24, 2021. Attendees may choose to either attend the full workshop or attend sessions "a la carte."
PEARC21 Welcomes Student Participation!
The Student Program (SP) returns this year with five full days of professional development designed to help students envision themselves in research computing and data science (RCD) careers with academia, industry, and government. Learn more and apply by May 16, 2021, using the link below.
GlobusWorld 2021 Kicks Off Next Week
GlobusWorld 2021 is next week! Be sure to view this year's program which includes a dynamic set of guest speakers from the NIH, DOE Joint Genome Institute, University of Florida and ESnet as well as our Globus team. Register now to ensure that you get the registration link to join. As a reminder, this year's conference will be virtual and is free to attend, but you will need to register.
Upcoming Dates and Deadlines