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Researchers have developed a suite of computer tools that allow them to “see” the physical processes that occur in a nuclear reactor core.
SHARP could slash nuclear reactor design costs

Researchers are using some of the world’s most powerful computers at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility to take a leap forward in nuclear reactor design, analysis and engineering.

July 1, 2012
Computation Institute scientists receive honors

Computation Institute scientists at the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory are accruing multiple honors this year, including two by CI director Ian Foster.

June 1, 2012
Beaubien Elementary's 8th Grade Math Club Visits Argonne

On May 18, the math club of Jean Baptiste Beaubien Elementary School in northwest Chicago visited Argonne National Laboratory, the Lemont-based U.S. Department of Energy lab, and met with scientists who explained how important math is in solving some of the world's greatest challenges.

May 31, 2012
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Victor Zavala, Pavan Balaji Win Early Career Research Awards

Two researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory's Mathematics and Computer Sciences Division have received 2012 Early Career Research Program awards, granted to exceptional researchers beginning their careers.

May 10, 2012
Thakur of MCS to Be Technical Program Chair of SC12

Rajeev Thakur, senior scientist in the Mathematics and Computer Science (MCS) Division at Argonne National Laboratory, will be technical program chair of the SC12 conference.

March 27, 2012
Mark Snir heads the Mathematics and Computer Science Division at Argonne.
Argonne's Snir honored as one of HPCwire's "People to Watch" in 2012

Argonne National Laboratory's Marc Snir has been named one of HPCwire's "People to Watch" in 2012.

January 24, 2012
Andrew Chien joins University of Chicago computer science faculty

Andrew Chien specializes in systems applications, software, networking, and computer architecture, an applied form of computer science. Chien holds a joint appointment in Argonne's Mathematics and Computer Science Division.

December 8, 2011
Barry Smith and Lois Curfman McInnes, winners of the 2011 E.O. Lawrence Award.
Argonne's Barry Smith and Lois Curfman McInnes Win E.O. Lawrence Award

Argonne National Laboratory researchers Barry Smith and Lois Curfman McInnes have been named winners of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award, which honors midcareer scientists and engineers for exceptional contributions in research and development.

November 29, 2011
Staphylococcus aureus is a well-known microbe, but millions of others lurk in every nook and cranny on Earth. (Image courtesy of Beltsville Agricultural Research Center.)
Earth Microbiome Project to catalogue world’s microbes

An initiative called the Earth Microbiome Project, led by Jack Gilbert at Argonne National Laboratory and including scientists all over the world, is tackling the massive task of cataloguing the DNA of all microbes. The knowledge could potentially one day help us understand climate change, increase world food production and even avoid unnecessary surgeries.

November 9, 2011
There are thousands of E. coli strains, but programs like the Argonne-developed RAST can help researchers make sense of a particular strain's genome. Photo credit Eric Erbe, digital colorization by Christopher Pooley, both of USDA, ARS, EMU.
Cloud computing and Argonne program help decode German E. coli strain

When a nasty strain of E. coli flooded hospitals in Germany this summer, it struck its victims with life-threatening complications far more often than most strains—and the search for explanation began. Thanks to a unique Argonne-developed computer program and cloud computing testbed, researchers mapped the strain's genes—and came a little closer to understanding the bacterium's secrets.

October 15, 2011