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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
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
Birth of the Universe, Direct Numerical Simulations of Cosmological Reionization

In this video from SC11, Michael Norman (SDSC), Joseph Insley (ANL), and Rick Wagner (SDSC) describe a set of ground-breaking collaborative astrophysics simulations. Essentially, the visualizations depict the formation of the first galaxies, and what happened to the surrounding intergalactic gas when they lit up.

November 30, 2011
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
Formal Analysis of MPI-based Parallel Programs

Formal methods can play an important role in debugging and verifying MPI applications. Here, we describe existing techniques, including their pros and cons, and why they have value beyond MPI, addressing the general needs of future concurrency application developers who will inevitably use low-level concurrency APIs.

December 15, 2011
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
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
Victor Zavala
Victor Zavala, Pavan Balaji Win Early Career Research Awards

Two researchers at the U.S.

May 10, 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
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