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NCSA 30th Anniversary Celebration Reception

September 16, 2016, 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. NCSA building, 1205 W. Clark St., Urbana, IL 61801 Join us at the NCSA 30th Anniversary Celebration Reception as we power up for our next 30 years of shaping the future of scientific research, education, and innovation. The community celebration will include a special presentation featuring NCSA founding Director Larry Smarr, current NCSA Director Ed Seidel and other distinguished...

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NCSA Day at Spurlock March 3

Join us in celebrating NCSA's 30th anniversary at the Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory, Urbana, on Thursday, March 3. [vc_separator type="transparent" position="left" color="" border_style="dashed" width="" thickness="" up="5px" down="5px"] Take advantage of special extended museum hours of 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. to view all the museum's exhibits, including the new NCSA exhibit that even includes a Cray 2 supercomputer! [vc_separator type="transparent" position="left" color="" border_style="dashed" width="" thickness="" up="5px" down="5px"]At...

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NCSA 30 Colloquia

As part of NCSA’s 30th anniversary, the country’s preeminent academic supercomputing center will be hosting a colloquia series and museum exhibit at the University of Illinois’ Spurlock Museum. Professor Miguel Alcubierre will give a talk as part of the colloquia, and also host a talk (“Faster than the Speed of Light”) at Spurlock’s Knight Auditorium at 7 pm on March 3. Please visit for more information...

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Cybersecurity team nets four awards in 24 hours

The NCSA Cybersecurity team received four grants—two for continuing work, and two for starting new projects, all within a 24-hour period. At the beginning of September, Alex Withers, senior security engineer for the CyberSecurity team, was awarded a $499,136 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to build a tool to detect malicious activity. Designed to fit inside an existing security environment, the tool consumes security...

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Dark Energy Survey releases early data

Catalogs of galaxies and stars derived from the data collected during the Dark Energy Survey’s science verification season prior to beginning official observations have been released to the public. Astronomers and astronomy buffs can download the data from the website at NCSA, which manages the processing, calibration, and archiving of all images taken for the Dark Energy Survey. The release of these catalogs contains information for...

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Blue Waters simulates bacteria’s response to environment

A new study led by research from University of Illinois physics professor Klaus Schulten offers atomic-level details of the molecular machinery that allows swimming bacteria to sense their environment and change direction when needed. The receptors on the surface of a bacterial cell detect light, chemicals, edible things and poisonous things, and transmit that information to a deeper layer of proteins, called kinases, which interpret this...

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NCSA plays key part in Midwest Big Data Hub

To accelerate advancements in the rapidly emerging field of big data analysis, the National Science Foundation has given $5 million to establish four regional Big Data Hubs. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will lead the Midwest Big Data Hub, a consortium of public and private partners. "The BD Hubs program represents a unique approach to improving the impact of data science by establishing partnerships...

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NCSA Director Ed Seidel speaks to House subcommittee

Director Seidel speaks to House subcommittee

Congressman Darin LaHood (IL-18) welcomed Dr. Edward Seidel to Capitol Hill to testify on a review of the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program. Serving as a witness to the House Sub-committee on Science, Space, and Technology, Dr. Seidel, Director of NCSA, provided his expertise to the committee as they discuss the NITRD Program, as well as the funding for its breakthrough...

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“Solar Superstorms” documentary released

A 24-minute, high-resolution science documentary about the dynamics of the Sun that features data-driven visualizations produced by the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will debut June 30 at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum in Baton Rouge before rolling out to more than a dozen planetariums and science centers around the world. "Solar Superstorms" was produced as part...

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