In the News
April 1, 2012
"Pursuing protons for medical imaging"
Continuing a tradition of collaboration between particle physics and medicine, researchers from Northern Illinois University are teaming with physicists from Fermilab and Argonne national laboratories to build a new type of CT scan detector that would use protons instead of the traditional X-rays. | read more>
March 30, 2012
Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics
"SIAM Names 2012 Fellows"
Barry Smith of Argonne National Laboratory is being recognized for contributions in formulating a theoretical framework for domain decomposition, developing and implementing advanced solvers in the powerful software package PETSc, and simulating complex scientific and engineering phenomena on massively parallel architectures. He is a Senior Computational Mathematician in the Mathematics and Computer Science Division at Argonne National Lab, and his area of research includes parallel computing and the numerical solution of PDEs. An engaged member of SIAM, Dr. Smith has organized short courses and presented talks and lectures at SIAM meetings. | read more>
March 29, 2012
University of Edinburgh
"Supercomputers help explain why Universe has almost no anti-matter"
An international collaboration of scientists, including physicists from the Universities of Edinburgh and Southampton, has reported a landmark calculation of the decay of an elementary particle called a kaon, using breakthrough techniques on some of the world’s fastest supercomputers. The calculation took 54 million processor hours on the IBM Blue Gene/P supercomputer at the Argonne Leadership Class Facility (ALCF) at Argonne National Laboratory in the US. | read more>
March 29, 2012
"Secretary Chu Announces New Institute to Help Scientists Improve Massive Data Set Research on DOE Supercomputers"
Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced $5 million to establish the Scalable Data Management, Analysis and Visualization (SDAV) Institute as part of the Obama Administration's "Big Data Research and Development Initiative," which was announced this morning and takes aim at improving the nation's ability to extract knowledge and insights from large and complex collections of digital data. Led by the Energy Department's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the SDAV Institute will bring together the expertise of six national laboratories and seven universities to develop new tools to help scientists manage and visualize data on the Department's supercomputers, which will further streamline the processes that lead to discoveries made by scientists using the Department's research facilities. | read more>
March 15, 2012
European Cleaning Journal
"Fresh Air May Be a Defence Against Superbugs"
The risk of picking up a healthcare-acquired infection could be lowered by simply opening the hospital windows, according to reports.'Friendly' bacteria found outside could help to fend off the potentially deadly microbes that cause hospital-acquired infections, according to Jack Gilbert of Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago.Gilbert, who is head of the Earth Microbiome Project - a global database of microbial species - cites a study that shows how open windows influence the composition of microbial communities found on handles and surfaces. | read more>
February 24, 2012
"Not So Nerdy: Argonne Shows Girls the Fun Side of Science "
Middle school girls from around the Chicago area visited the lab Thursday to learn just how realistic such careers are during the 11th annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day. During the event’s expo, Sisterson, a climate researcher in Argonne's Environmental Sciences Division, created a mini-twister with a bathroom exhaust fan mounted on a Plexiglas box. While a cloud of dry ice vapors whirled inside the contraption, Sisterson explained how engineering helped scientists understand where tornadoes get their power. “When kids are young, they never learn about science because it’s nerdy,” he said. “They want to be doctors or lawyers. So when they go to college, their minds are already made up they’re not going to be scientists.” But engaging bright children with demonstrations such as the tornado show them all the possibilities of a career in the sciences, Sisterson said. | read more>
February 20, 2012
"Open windows could help beat superbugs, says expert "
Friendly bacteria found outdoors could be recruited to fend off the potentially deadly microbes that cause hospital-acquired infections, according to Jack Gilbert of Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago and head of the Earth Microbiome Project, a global database of microbial species. | read more>
February 19, 2012
"Open hospital windows to stem spread of infections, says microbiologist"
Jack Gilbert, a microbiologist at the US government's Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois, offers the unconventional view that unwanted microbes might gain a foothold in hospitals because they had too little competition from other organisms. | read more>
February 3, 2012
"China's Sequencing Powerhouse Comes of Age"
With new sequencing centers in Europe and the United States, BGI-Shenzhen hopes its growing clout will help deliver the benefits promised by genomics—and revenue to pay off a mounting debt. Jack Gilbert, an environmental microbiologist at the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois, collaborates with and admires BGI. Nonetheless, he worries, “If one organization dominates the market and has an agenda, this could be bad for innovation in science.” | read more>
February 3, 2012
GenomeWeb - BioInform
"UChicago Awarded $1.5M Grant to Develop Computational Framework for Studying Biomolecular Activity"
Center for Multiscale Theory and Simulation funded by $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation's. CI faculty member Greg Voth will lead research to develop a computational infrastructure for simulating and studying biomolecular activity. | read more>