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September 2021 | 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
Hurricane Simulations Inform State Decision-Making
Work on XSEDE-allocated systems supports Louisiana's 2023 Coastal Master Plan
Destruction of coastal habitats doesn't just affect wildlife — it endangers human lives and impacts employment and the larger economy. Working for the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA), a team of government, industry and academic scientists has used the XSEDE-allocated resources to simulate storm effects on the state's coast. The team validated that tool by simulating five historical hurricanes in the region. Predictions from further simulations will underlie the upcoming 2023 Coastal Master Plan to help state policymakers decide on risk reduction and restoration projects.
Simulation used for the Louisiana Coastal Master Plan. Inset shows the comparison of features in the Mississippi River Bird's Foot delta in the model (top right) and in satellite (bottom right).
Supercomputers Used to Illustrate Novel Methane Storage Applications
Research findings could lead to higher density carbon-neutral chemical fuels
Porous carbon is a well-established class of materials with significant potential in wide-ranging applications due to its structural tunability, robust mechanical properties, and unique electrical, chemical and even magnetic properties. Thanks to XSEDE allocations, an international team has studied a particular sub-group of porous carbon called zeolite-templated carbon (ZTC) as a gas storage material. 
Using computer-aided rationalized design of new materials, researchers can find an efficient way to develop new or optimize existing energy storage and conversion technologies. Instead of a traditional trial-and-error approach, computer modeling of chemical processes reduces product-to-market times, minimizes chemical waste, and maximizes the use of human resources and brainpower. 
This animation illustrates how an arriving methane molecule (adsorbate) and carbon surface model (adsorbent) mutually modify each other's electron density. Here, the methane molecule "lander" touches down at the carbon "moon surface," "kicking up dust" (i.e., electron density, shown in pink and green) in the process. Credit: Robert K. Szilagyi, Montana State University
Supercomputer-Generated Models Provide Better Understanding of Esophageal Disorders
Researchers use XSEDE resources to illustrate the "mechanical health" of the esophagus
According to the National Institutes of Health, gastroesophageal reflux disease, more commonly known as GERD, impacts around 20% of U.S. citizens. If left untreated, GERD can lead to serious medical issues and sometimes esophageal cancer. XSEDE allocations with multiple resources have enabled advances in imaging the swallowing process of GERD patients. This work resulted in a new computational modeling system called FluoroMech, which could help identify physio-markers for early and accurate esophageal pathologies.
Segmentation of image frames of a fluoroscopy test. Credit: Sourav Halder.
Community Announcements
SIGHPC Travel Grant Applications Open Until September 3
SIGHPC is offering up to six student travel grants to full-time students studying at any degree level at any accredited college or university throughout the world who wish to attend SC21. Applications are currently open and will close on September 3. Expenses will be reimbursed up to $600 for travel within North America or up to $1200 for travel from another continent. SIGHPC will also provide complimentary conference registration and a mentor in your field. You must complete the application and have a letter of recommendation from your advisor. See full details at the link below.
Gateways 2021 Call for Community Participation
Gateways 2021 (October 19-21) is planned as an opportunity to influence the vision and mission of the Science Gateways Community Institute (SGCI), the gateways community, and the Gateways Conference series. It will offer diverse options for sharing work and networking in the community. The format includes tutorial sessions, panels, presentations in the form of lightning talks, and working sessions.
We invite the submission of abstracts related to science gateways. Suggested topics may be found at the link below. All submissions are due on September 22, 2021.
2022 Better Scientific Software (BSSw) Fellowship Applications Open
Are you passionate about scientific software and interested in contributing powerful ideas, tools and methodologies to benefit the broader community of scientific software developers and users? Consider applying for the Better Scientific Software (BSSw) Fellowship, which will welcome its fifth recipient class in early 2022.
At least three Fellows are selected annually based on a process that includes the proposal of a funded activity promoting better scientific software. Each Fellow is awarded up to $25,000 to carry out their work — often taking the form of a workshop, tutorial, or other engaging content, with emphasis on sustainable long-term community impact. The fellowships are jointly sponsored by DOE and NSF. Deadline to apply is September 30, 2021.
Upcoming Globus Events
Please join Globus at one of the following events to hear from one of our experts:
GlobusWorld Tour (West) — Online
Sept. 15, 1:00-3:00 Pacific
Bio-IT World — Sept. 20-22
Globus Office HoursSept. 28, 3-4 CDT
SciAuth Now Accepting Applications for Student Fellows
The NSF-funded SciAuth project is now accepting applications for the SciAuth student fellows program, which pairs students from U.S. higher education institutions with mentors to collaborate on 3-month, student-led projects on the topic of authorization for scientific collaborations using JSON Web Tokens. The program supports 6 student fellows per year, with an emphasis on recruiting student participants from under-represented communities. 
Fellows are selected via a competitive application process according to the strength of the proposed project, the academic preparation of the student, and the diversity of the applicants. Fellows each receive a $1,000 stipend ($333.33 per month for 3 months) to support their research. All applications submitted by Monday, October 4, 2021 will receive full consideration.
Register Now for the 2021 NSF Cybersecurity Summit
Registration for the 2021 NSF Cybersecurity Summit, to be held online October 12–13, 15, & 18–19, is now open.
The deadline to register for the Summit is October 4.
Upcoming Dates and Deadlines