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Primeur weekly 2016-08-01

Special

National Strategic Computing Initiative Executive Council to unfold Strategic Plan ...

Quantum information science is to play a key role in the U.S. National Strategic Computing Initiative ...

Focus

Lenovo is heavily investing in new HPC technology, showing its commitment to the HPC market ...

South Africa's CHPC in the picture with new Lengau supercomputer, Student Cluster Competition victory and upcoming ICRI 2016 Conference ...

Exascale supercomputing

China starts developing new-era exascale supercomputer ...

Crowd computing

IBM intensifies fight against Zika ...

Middleware

Red Hat Satellite 6.2 introduces new features to help users increase efficiency across on-premise, Cloud, and container-based environments ...

Hardware

Mellanox Technologies receives Baidu's Award for Technology Leadership, drives company to new heights in machine learning ...

Medallia deploys Mellanox Ethernet solutions to supercharge real-time analytics and achieve the efficiency of hyperscale infrastructure ...

A research project coordinated by UC3M helps reduce the cost of parallel computing ...

Supermicro shipping latest Intel Xeon Phi processor server solutions in volume with Intel Omni-Path fabric ...

Vortex laser offers hope for Moore's Law ...

Penguin Computing provides high-performance computing cluster to University of Alaska Fairbanks ...

Fifth NVM Express Plugfest participation set a record; Next event scheduled for October 2016 ...

Physicists use supercomputers to find a way of making imitation graphene from salt ...

Chip makes parallel programmes run faster with less code ...

Applications

KnuEdge and University of California San Diego to host premiere industry conference to drive next-gen machine learning performance ...

Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory and Princeton join high-performance software project ...

Red Hat unveils JBoss Data Grid 7 as platform for real-time data analytics ...

Teradata acquires Big Data Partnership consultancy and expands open source analytics services ...

PRACE to organize Women in HPC Workshop at SC16 ...

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory chemist named Howes Scholar ...

NSF commits $35 million to improve scientific software ...

Making Big Data DANCE(S): XSEDE project successfully tests scheduled networking of Big Data ...

New ALS gene NEK1 found by Project MinE researchers at University of Massachusetts and UMC Utrecht ...

New ALS gene C21orf2 identified by international research consortium Project MinE ...

FogHorn Systems secures $12 million in Series A funding ...

The Cloud

IBM Cloud ranked as leading Platform as a Service (PaaS) according to analyst firm ...

Oracle buys NetSuite ...

New Cloud-computing platform to further the analysis of microbial genomes ...

USFlash

Australian Government to make a $14 million investment in NCI's supercomputing and data storage capacity ...

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory chemist named Howes Scholar


Lawrence Livermore's Aurora Pribram-Jones (right) receives a Howes Scholar award from Jeffery Hittinger of the Lab's Center for Applied Scientific Computing. Both are alumni of the Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship Programme that confers the annual award. Credit: Image courtesy of InSight Foto Inc.
29 Jul 2016 Livermore - Lawrence Fellow Aurora Pribram-Jones is one of two recipients of the Howes Scholar award presented by the Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE CSGF) Programme at its annual programme review. The award, presented on July 26, was established to honour Fredrick Anthony Howes, who managed the DOE Applied Mathematical Science Programme during the 1990s. Each year, a recent graduate of the CSGF programme is selected for the award based on his or her demonstrated scientific achievement, leadership and service.

"On a personal level this award makes things different for me", stated Aurora Pribram-Jones, who is conducting her research with the Quantum Simulations Group at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). "Most of these people would present videos of fluid dynamics at conferences, but I do a lot of paper and pencil work. It's a big honour to receive this award. I don't quite believe it wholeheartedly yet."

Aurora Pribram-Jones uses mathematics to computationally predict the basic properties of matter. But if asked about specifics, she will tell you passionately about her interest in potential functional theory, linear response for thermal ensembles and mathematical conditions on finite-temperature exchange-correlation functionals. Her research in these areas has appeared inPhysical Review,Journal of Chemical PhysicsandAnnual Reviews of Physical Chemistry.

In addition to her work with LLNL, Aurora Pribram-Jones is a postdoctoral fellow at UC Berkeley, and she collaborates with researchers at Harvey Mudd College. Serving as a liaison between research organisations enables her to bridge gaps and further common areas of scientific inquiry.

For instance, Aurora Pribram-Jones is working with the LLNL HyMARC team, which is part of a consortium of DOE labs focused on advancing solid-state hydrogen storage. She is using calculations from Berkeley to get a focused view of how hydrogen is absorbed into specific sites in a material, and then pairing that view with wider-focused calculations from LLNL. The net result will be a more holistic, multiscale view of material behaviours.

"I love this bridging of different regimes", she stated. "I live in between worlds a lot anyway, socially. So for me to be able to do that scientifically is amazing. Connecting physics and math and quantum mechanics, that's all about bridging perceived chasms. Being able to capture parts of seemingly disparate worlds is amazing to me."

Aurora Pribram-Jones' path to a Ph.D. was not straight and narrow. She left high school at age 15 "because life got complicated" and eventually found herself working in a book store, often staying late to read and satiate her curiosity with math and science.

"I started getting really excited about the cascades that happen when something like a photon hits your retina", she stated. "I figured if I enjoyed that in my off time, I might as well go back to school."

She tested into a science programme at a local community college and met a life-changing mentor in a math teacher. A decade and a doctorate degree later, she's earning a slew of prestigious national fellowships.

Her activities in the community include co-founding a programme to help senior undergraduates and new graduate students apply for national fellowships at UC Irvine, and mentoring undergraduate mathematicians and scientists at Harvey Mudd and UC Irvine. During her final year at Irvine, she served on the Diverse Educational Communities and Doctoral Experiences Student Council as the Physical Sciences Division representative and volunteered as a teaching assistant for graduate courses.

"I love teaching, and I also hope I get to continue working with the DOE labs", she stated. "We need to give students a larger view into the labs as part of their future. I only learned about the labs because of the fellowship opportunities. Many think academia and industry are their only options. But there are of advantages to working at a national lab.

"At Livermore I'm trying to be more computational. It's such a great place to learn from experts. There's so much computation here compared to other places I've been. People are excited by it."
Source: DOE/Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2016-08-01

Special

National Strategic Computing Initiative Executive Council to unfold Strategic Plan ...

Quantum information science is to play a key role in the U.S. National Strategic Computing Initiative ...

Focus

Lenovo is heavily investing in new HPC technology, showing its commitment to the HPC market ...

South Africa's CHPC in the picture with new Lengau supercomputer, Student Cluster Competition victory and upcoming ICRI 2016 Conference ...

Exascale supercomputing

China starts developing new-era exascale supercomputer ...

Crowd computing

IBM intensifies fight against Zika ...

Middleware

Red Hat Satellite 6.2 introduces new features to help users increase efficiency across on-premise, Cloud, and container-based environments ...

Hardware

Mellanox Technologies receives Baidu's Award for Technology Leadership, drives company to new heights in machine learning ...

Medallia deploys Mellanox Ethernet solutions to supercharge real-time analytics and achieve the efficiency of hyperscale infrastructure ...

A research project coordinated by UC3M helps reduce the cost of parallel computing ...

Supermicro shipping latest Intel Xeon Phi processor server solutions in volume with Intel Omni-Path fabric ...

Vortex laser offers hope for Moore's Law ...

Penguin Computing provides high-performance computing cluster to University of Alaska Fairbanks ...

Fifth NVM Express Plugfest participation set a record; Next event scheduled for October 2016 ...

Physicists use supercomputers to find a way of making imitation graphene from salt ...

Chip makes parallel programmes run faster with less code ...

Applications

KnuEdge and University of California San Diego to host premiere industry conference to drive next-gen machine learning performance ...

Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory and Princeton join high-performance software project ...

Red Hat unveils JBoss Data Grid 7 as platform for real-time data analytics ...

Teradata acquires Big Data Partnership consultancy and expands open source analytics services ...

PRACE to organize Women in HPC Workshop at SC16 ...

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory chemist named Howes Scholar ...

NSF commits $35 million to improve scientific software ...

Making Big Data DANCE(S): XSEDE project successfully tests scheduled networking of Big Data ...

New ALS gene NEK1 found by Project MinE researchers at University of Massachusetts and UMC Utrecht ...

New ALS gene C21orf2 identified by international research consortium Project MinE ...

FogHorn Systems secures $12 million in Series A funding ...

The Cloud

IBM Cloud ranked as leading Platform as a Service (PaaS) according to analyst firm ...

Oracle buys NetSuite ...

New Cloud-computing platform to further the analysis of microbial genomes ...

USFlash

Australian Government to make a $14 million investment in NCI's supercomputing and data storage capacity ...