Thursday, July 28, 2011

Berkeley Lab CSGF Fellows Present at Annual Conference

I get to discuss Berkeley Lab with
CSGF Fellow, Thomas Fai (right)
[2010 conference photo]
Last week, I had the fortunate opportunity to attend the 2011 DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (CSGF) Annual Conference in Arlington, VA.  The CSGF program provides outstanding benefits and opportunities to students pursuing doctoral degrees in fields of study that use high performance computing to solve complex science and engineering problems.
The program fosters a community of bright, energetic and committed PhD students, alumni, DOE laboratory staff and other scientists who share a common desire to impact the nation while advancing their science.  Fellowship students represent diverse scientific and engineering disciplines but the common thread is their use of mathematical and computing techniques for their research.
As part of the program, CSGF Fellows are required to participate in a practicum at a national laboratory site, outside their area of research.  During the conference, several fellows who participated in a practicum at Berkeley Lab made poster presentations: 

  • Edward Baskerville (University of Michigan): Modeling and prediction of feeding links using trait data
  • Carl Boettiger (UC Davis): Early warning signals of population collapse
  • Scott Clark (Cornell): ALE: An assembly likelihood evaluation framework to estimate the quality of metagenome assemblies
  • Leslie Dewan (MIT): Quantifying radiation damage to the network structure of radioactive waste-bearing materials
  • Christopher Eldred (University of Utah): WRF model configuration for seasonal climate forecasting over the Bolivian altiplano
  • Thomas Fai [pictured above] (New York University): An FFT-based immersed boundary method for variable viscosity and density fluids
  • Charles Frogner (MIT): Integrative image analysis of Drosophila in situ hybridization data
  • Virgil Griffith (Cal Tech): Superseding Venn information diagrams with partial entropy decomposition
  • Irene Kaplow (Stanford): Integrating gene expression, chromatin modification, and transcription factor binding human embryonic stem cell datasets to understand gene regulation in development
  • Eric Liu (MIT): The importance of mesh adaptation for higher-order solutions of PDEs
  • Douglas Mason (Harvard): Husimi projection in graphene eigenstates
  • Scot Miller (Harvard): Sources of nitrous oxide, an important greenhouse gas, over the central United States
  • Britton Olson (Stanford): Shock-turbulence interactions in a rocket nozzle (Best Poster Award)
  • Troy Ruths (Rice University): A sequence-based, population genetic model of regulatory pathway evolution
  • Sean Vitousek (Stanford): Towards Navier-Stokes simulations of the ocean

Additionally, a few LBNL-associated fellows gave talks. Anubhav Jain of MIT, who will be our incoming Luis W. Alvarez fellow this year, presented "The Materials Genome: An online database for the design of new materials for clean energy and beyond." Others include:

  • Eric Chi (Rice University): Robustly finding the needles in a haystack of high-dimensional data
  • Ying Hu (Rice University): Optical properties of gold-silica-gold multilayer nanoshells
  • Sarah Richardson (Johns Hopkins): Algorithms for the design and assembly of a modular, synthetic genome for yeast

I wish to personally congratulate all the incoming first year fellows and offer best wishes to the graduating fellows.  I enjoyed meeting everyone at the conference and look forward to folks at the CSGF Bay Area Gathering at Sandia National Lab.  I'm already looking forward to next year's conference!
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