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Primeur weekly 2019-09-16

Focus

France is preparing to host an EuroHPC exascale system in 2022/2023 ...

Crowd computing

Purdue's nanoHUB@Home project lets anyone contribute to cutting-edge nanotechnology research - no PhD required ...

Quantum computing

ABN AMRO and QuSoft partnership to explore the power of quantum software ...

Q-CTRL leaps into the global top-10 of quantum start-ups ...

Quantum computers by AQT and University of Innsbruck leverage Cirq for quantum algorithm development ...

IBM and Fraunhofer join forces on Quantum Computing Initiative for Germany ...

Focus on Europe

GENCI to deploy new strategic plan 2019-2023 ...

IBM and SKODA AUTO University collaborate on new digital skills for students ...

Middleware

ORNL staff to highlight OpenACC's role in HPC at Annual Meeting ...

Hardware

Panasas High-performance data storage supports environmentally responsible energy exploration at Magseis Fairfield ...

Supermicro expands high-performance SuperWorkstation system portfolio with launch of new solution ...

National Science Foundation $1,4 million grant will help develop cyberinfrastructure across Midwest ...

Applications

Brain-inspired computing could tackle big problems in a small way ...

From the subatomic to the intergalactic: scientists gather in Leicester to share supercomputer results ...

Artificial intelligence helps to predict hybrid nanoparticle structures ...

Computer simulations predicted structure of gold cluster that chops carbon dioxide ...

Forging new frontiers in AI education: Diercks Hall opens at Milwaukee School of Engineering ...

AI to help drive engine efficiencies on the road ...

ANSYS and LS-DYNA creator Livermore Software Technology Corporation sign definitive acquisition agreement ...

New computing education group joins TACC ...

GPUs power GE code at OLCF hackathons ...

The Cloud

Mellanox to ship record of more than one million ConnectX adapters in Q3 2019 ...

SUSE enhances delivery of modern containerized and Cloud native applications ...

Univa expands Navops launch multi-Cloud automation to the Slurm community ...

Univa unveils Navops Launch 2.0 ...

New computing education group joins TACC


The new Expanding Pathways in Computing (EPIC) team at TACC.
11 Sep 2019 Austin - A new research and service unit has joined the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at the University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) - Expanding Pathways in Computing (EPIC) - adding to TACC's portfolio of educational programmes for students and community members of all ages.

Formed with staff from a number of successful computational training programmes at UT Austin, EPIC puts a new emphasis on training Computer Science (CS) teachers in Texas schools.

"At TACC, we see every day how critically important a computationally literate workforce is to the science and engineering research enterprise, and to the broader economy", stated TACC Executive Director Dan Stanzione. "With the addition of EPIC to our existing, student-focused programmes, we have a more holistic approach to bringing computing to the Texas workforce."

EPIC's mission is to broaden participation in kindergarten through graduate-level computing through research, outreach, professional development, and policy advocacy. EPIC is particularly committed to expanding access and opportunity for traditionally underrepresented students in computing.

"We're excited to be part of TACC", stated Carol Fletcher, EPIC's director. "We're now embedded with people that have the disciplinary expertise in areas such as supercomputing, artificial intelligence, and data visualization that will support the work that we do in computing education. TACC embraces the mission of broadening participation in computing which makes the two organizations very complimentary."

The EPIC group at TACC is committed to increasing the number of certified CS teachers in Texas through a range of online and in-person teacher professional development programmes; increasing the number of high schools across Texas that offer CS; and diversifying student enrollment to ensure traditionally underrepresented students such as women and students of colour are equally represented in CS courses and experiences.

Since 2015, the WeTeach_CS project, a component of EPIC, has helped more than 500 Texas teachers complete their certification in high school computer science. EPIC is replicating this success in other states as well.

In its goal to create a strong community of teachers, administrators, university faculty, and industry partners, the EPIC group offers the following research and service projects:

  • WeTeach_CS: Training K-12 educators in Texas and nationally to improve access to high-quality Computer Science experiences for a broad and diverse range of students.
  • ECEP (Expanding Computing Education Pathways) Alliance: Supporting a national network of CS education leaders from 22 states and Puerto Rico focused on policy change that leads to broadening participation in computing.
  • AWSM (Accelerating Women's Success and Mastery) in CS: Facilitating a networked improvement community of 23 secondary computing teachers focused on increasing access and participation of young women in computing courses.
  • Project ROCS (Rural Opportunities in Computer Science): Researching diversity in CS to develop a framework for collecting and reporting outcome measures that accurately portray equity in K-12 computer science education, especially for students in rural communities.
  • Lone Star STEM: Partnering with the Texas Education Agency, Educate Texas, and Jobs for the Future to build educator capacity in high school computer science, cybersecurity and STEM.
  • Evaluation Services: Assisting researchers and practitioners with rigorous, high-quality external evaluation services that are customized to serve the unique needs of clients in PreK-12 school systems, higher education, non-profit organizations, corporations, and government agencies.
  • Technology Services: Designing and supporting a wide variety of custom web applications to assist in operational processes needed to run an effective research, service, governmental, or non-profit organisation.

"With the launch of EPIC, TACC will expand its already impressive leadership in equity-focused CS outreach", Carol Fletcher stated. "Our team is pleased to help TACC become a national model for effective integration of high performance computing and broadening participation efforts in all educational levels."

To learn more about EPIC, you can visit the EPIC website.
Source: University of Texas at Austin, Texas Advanced Computing Center - TACC

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Primeur weekly 2019-09-16

Focus

France is preparing to host an EuroHPC exascale system in 2022/2023 ...

Crowd computing

Purdue's nanoHUB@Home project lets anyone contribute to cutting-edge nanotechnology research - no PhD required ...

Quantum computing

ABN AMRO and QuSoft partnership to explore the power of quantum software ...

Q-CTRL leaps into the global top-10 of quantum start-ups ...

Quantum computers by AQT and University of Innsbruck leverage Cirq for quantum algorithm development ...

IBM and Fraunhofer join forces on Quantum Computing Initiative for Germany ...

Focus on Europe

GENCI to deploy new strategic plan 2019-2023 ...

IBM and SKODA AUTO University collaborate on new digital skills for students ...

Middleware

ORNL staff to highlight OpenACC's role in HPC at Annual Meeting ...

Hardware

Panasas High-performance data storage supports environmentally responsible energy exploration at Magseis Fairfield ...

Supermicro expands high-performance SuperWorkstation system portfolio with launch of new solution ...

National Science Foundation $1,4 million grant will help develop cyberinfrastructure across Midwest ...

Applications

Brain-inspired computing could tackle big problems in a small way ...

From the subatomic to the intergalactic: scientists gather in Leicester to share supercomputer results ...

Artificial intelligence helps to predict hybrid nanoparticle structures ...

Computer simulations predicted structure of gold cluster that chops carbon dioxide ...

Forging new frontiers in AI education: Diercks Hall opens at Milwaukee School of Engineering ...

AI to help drive engine efficiencies on the road ...

ANSYS and LS-DYNA creator Livermore Software Technology Corporation sign definitive acquisition agreement ...

New computing education group joins TACC ...

GPUs power GE code at OLCF hackathons ...

The Cloud

Mellanox to ship record of more than one million ConnectX adapters in Q3 2019 ...

SUSE enhances delivery of modern containerized and Cloud native applications ...

Univa expands Navops launch multi-Cloud automation to the Slurm community ...

Univa unveils Navops Launch 2.0 ...