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Eckhardt's $20 million gift an investment in future of science

A major program to build new fields of scientific expertise and expand existing efforts at the University has inspired a $20 million donation to benefit the Physical Sciences Division from Chicago futures trader and alumnus William Eckhardt (S.M., ’70).

July 17, 2008
Ten Research Proposals Awarded Grants Under New Chicago Energy Initiative

The University has funded various awards to researchers at the Computation Institute and Argonne National Laboratory under the Chicago Energy Initiative, which President Zimmer launched earlier this year. The initiative fosters interdisciplinary research on the economic, environmental and geopolitical aspects of energy use.

July 17, 2008
Researchers Receive Awards for Work on Cancer Grid Infrastructure

Ravi Madduri and Stuart Martin of Argonne's Mathematics and Computer Science Division and Wei Tan of the University of Chicago/Argonne Computation Institute were honored recently for their work in the cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid (caBIG).

July 17, 2008
New TCS Building to Foster Cutting-Edge Research

The Theory and Computing Sciences (TCS) Building now under construction at Argonne. TCS is expected to be occupied in the summer of 2009.

June 30, 2008
Team Led by Argonne Gets Best Paper Award

A team of researchers from 7 different research institutes, lead by Argonne National Laboratory, gets the best paper award. The team, lead by Pavan Balaji, together with Ewing Lusk, Rajeev Thakur, Ian Foster and Susan Coghlan from Argonne, received the best paper award at the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC'08) that took place on June 18 - 20. The paper was one of two papers to be selected for the award.

June 23, 2008
The U.S. Embraces HealthGrid

Organized by Jonathan Silverstein, The University of Chicago hosted HealthGrid 2008 in early June at its downtown Gleacher Center, the first non-European venue for the conference. HealthGrid.US organized the meeting, signaling its readiness to collaborate fully with its European colleagues and begin the process of defining a roadmap.

June 18, 2008
ALCF's Blue Gene/L Retired

The IBM BG/L system housed at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) will be retired in July 2008. The system—with 1,024 dual-core nodes (2,048 processors) and 500 gigabytes of memory—has a peak performance of 5.7 teraflops. It has been instrumental in expanding the boundaries of scientific computing since February 2006.

June 18, 2008
Argonne Technology Aids Largest Metagenome Study to Date

Researchers at Argonne National Laboratory recently completed a study that compared more than 14 million microbial sequences from 90 metagenomes collected from nine different biomes or ecosystems. Unlike other metagenomic studies, this project analyzed samples that run the gamut from deep-sea samples to the bacterial communities inside the human gut.

May 12, 2008
Rob Ross Receives Outstanding Young Alumni Award

Dr. Robert Ross has received an Outstanding Young Alumni Award for 2008 from Clemson University, South Carolina.

May 12, 2008
IEEE eScience 2008 Call for Participation

Organizing committees of the 4th International IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Scalable Computing eScience 2008 Conference are now accepting papers and proposals for tutorials; posters, exhibits, and demos; and workshops and special sessions.

May 6, 2008