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September 10, 2013

Northwestern professor reflects on mini-sabbatical at Argonne
As the first Northwestern University faculty member to participate in the new Argonne-Northwestern mini-sabbatical program, Michael Miksis has had the opportunity to collaborate with Argonne researchers in the Mathematics and Computer Science division and make valuable connections with scientists of various disciplines.
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September 9, 2013

Tackling city's challenges with data
The first summer of the Eric and Wendy Schmidt Data Science for Social Good Fellowship, a University of Chicago program, brought 40 undergraduate and graduate students to Chicago. In partnership with non-profit organizations and government agencies, the fellows are building data-driven tools to improve city services, predict medical emergencies or crime, measure the impact of early-childhood interventions and energy-efficient buildings, and much more.
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September 4, 2013

The 2013 Influencers: Ian Foster
Expat Kiwi professor Ian Foster may be a relative unknown in his home country, but don’t mistake that for lack of influence. Along with American Carl Kesselman, Foster virtually invented grid computing, in which computer resources from multiple locations are combined to reach common goals...
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August 30, 2013

Membrane protein kit may lead to better targeted drugs
The Rhodobacter Membrane Protein Expression System received one of this year’s R&D 100 Awards. The winning invention, developed by Argonne biologists Philip Laible and Deborah Hanson, enables its users to easily generate large amounts of membrane proteins...
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August 27, 2013

Taking Cues from Nature to Develop Better Biofuel Catalysts
A research team from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado is using Mira, the ALCF’s 10-petaflops supercomputer, to conduct large-scale simulations of the physical behavior of cellulase enzymes...
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August 22, 2013

Preparing a Parallel Programming Workforce
According to ALCF director Mike Papka, code for massively parallel machines in general is not as efficient as possible due to a dearth of high-performance computing expertise to write new code and to port legacy code...
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August 21, 2013

Projects take new approach to energy efficiency
Two key projects within the US and Europe are attempting to solve the power challenge of exascale high-performance computing systems by focusing predominantly on the energy efficiency of software. One of these is a three-year US project dubbed Argo, led by Argonne’s Peter Beckman, which is a multi-institutional research project to design and develop a platform-neutral prototype of an exascale operating system and runtime software...
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August 20, 2013

A computerized hunt for cancer classifiers
In a new paper published in Cancer Research, CI senior fellow Samuel Volchenboum and his colleagues looked for smaller predictive gene combinations within the genetic signatures found for a common type of pediatric cancer, rhabdomyosarcoma, using UChicago's Midway research cluster...
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August 15, 2013

Profiling atmospheric aerosols
Knowing the vertical profile of aerosols is critical for understanding the impact of aerosols on weather and climate. Unfortunately, there is sparse observational data describing the vertical profiles of aerosols and the aerosol optical depth (AOD) as a function of altitude...
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August 15, 2013

Unlocking the Potential of Lignin
Lignin is a sturdy organic compound found in the cell walls of plants that has the potential to serve as an oil substitute for several petrochemical-based products. However, the realization of lignin’s benefits is contingent on better understanding its degradation processes and products...
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