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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
Marc Snir appointed director of Mathematics and Computer Science Division

Marc Snir, a prominent professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), today assumed his new position as director of Argonne's Mathematics and Computer Science Division.

September 1, 2011
Exploiting Complexity in Drug Research

George Karniadakis, a professor of applied mathematics at Brown University, and Leopold Grinberg, a senior research associate at Brown, simulate blood cell movement through vessels. They are working with Joseph Insley, a senior software developer at Argonne, and Michael Papka, deputy associate laboratory director for the computing, environment, and life sciences directorate at Argonne.

September 1, 2011
Brain vasculature, coupled continuum-atomistic simulation: Platelets aggregation on the wall of aneurysm where yellow particles are active platelets, red particles are inactive platelets. Streamlines depict instantaneous velocity field. (i) Onset of clot formation; (ii) Clot formation progresses in time and space, detachment of small platelet clusters due to shear-flow is observed.
Showcasing award-winning scientific visualizations

Computer visualizations of arterial blood flow and the dynamics of early galaxy formation, both created by researchers at Argonne National Laboratory, have won OASCRs at this year's Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing program conference in Denver.

August 26, 2011
Modeling a Neural Network

Usually, Anne Warlaumont deals only with the rough computer counterpart to a brain — building "neural" networks that classify sounds from babies and emulate the way they learn to speak. But Warlaumont, a DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship recipient, saw the real thing during her summer 2009 practicum at Argonne.

August 23, 2011
Computation Institute Announces Role in NSF's XSEDE Project

The Computation Institute will be participating as a partner organization in the recently announced Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) project for advanced cyberinfrastructure and digital services, funded by the National Science Foundation.

August 23, 2011
Chicago Ideas Week Makes a Stop at Argonne

Chicago Ideas Week (October 10-16, 2011,) will bring the world's top speakers together with Chicago'ss best thinkers to create an ecosystem of innovation, exploration, and intellectual recreation.

August 23, 2011
Globus Online Surpasses 1,000-User Milestone

Globus Online, the service for secure, reliable data movement, signed up over 1000 users in its first six months of service.

August 5, 2011