Kaufmann Foundation Annual 2018 Research Grants to PA Researchers

The Charles E. Kaufman Foundation of The Pittsburgh Foundation will award annual research grants in 2018 to researchers at Pennsylvania universities to carry out fundamental research in the areas of biology, chemistry, and physics.  Guidelines can be found on the website: http://kaufman.pittsburghfoundation.org/
The deadline for the initial Letter of Intent is Friday, January 26, 2018 by 11:59 pm.  Please forward any questions to kaufmanapps@pghfdn.org or 412-394-2617. 

Three Professors Named American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellows

The American Association for the Advancement of Science has named three Pitt researchers as 2017 fellows. Karen M. Arndt, professor in the Department of Biological Science, Chandralekha Singh, professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and Rory Cooper, professor and founding director of Pitt’s Human Engineering Research Laboratories, were among the 396 individuals recognized for accomplishments nationwide. The fellows join a cohort that includes groundbreaking scientists such as inventor Thomas Edison, anthropologist Margaret Mead and biologist James Watson.

Research Assistant Professor Position in Data-intensive Applications

The Center for Research Computing (CRC) at the University of Pittsburgh invites applications for a Research Assistant Professor position (outside the tenure stream) in Data-intensive Applications. You should have a PhD in computer science, information science, bioinformatics, or a related discipline, with experience working in Big Data. We are looking for people with expertise in some of the following areas:

· Machine learning

· Hadoop and Spark

· Data exploration and visualization

· Data analytics using R, Python, SAS, Matlab

· Graph analytics

· Image analysis

· Predictive analytics in social media

CRC is dedicated to supporting and facilitating computational-based research across the University. It serves as a catalyst for collaboration, education and outreach and provides consultation and research collaboration to faculty and students in a wide range of disciplines. Primary roles for this position include contributing to evolving the vision of the Center, and assisting faculty, postdocs, and students in effectively applying our advanced computing systems for deriving insights from their data. As teaching is integral to our mission, strong verbal and written communication skills are a requirement.

Are you interested in making an impact? If so, please submit a CV and a cover letter to Wendy Janocha (wgj1@pitt.edu). The cover letter can be addressed to Ralph Roskies, Associate Vice Provost for Research Computing, and should specifically address how your background, experience, and career goals align with the responsibilities of this position. The search will continue until the position is filled. Final appointment to this position will be contingent on receipt of three strong letters of recommendation on your behalf.

University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity. EEO/AA/M/F/Vets/Disabled

Quantum Computing at the NASA Langley

NASA is planning to hold a workshop on quantum computing at the NASA Langley Research Center on November 7-8, 2017. The purpose of the workshop is to bring together experts on quantum computing to understand the latest developments and current and future challenges in algorithms and hardware. The workshop will aim to accelerate technology transition towards outstanding aeronautics problems that might benefit from quantum computations in next 10-15 years. The workshop’s goals include developing a roadmap for success towards solution strate­gies for engineering applications. More details are given at the weblink: http://Wewww.nianet.org/QuantumComputing/

Daniel Lambrecht: Course Transformation Award for Math Education for Chemistry

Congratulations to Professor Daniel Lambrecht who received the Discipline-Based Science Research Center’s (dB-SERC) Course Transformation Award. These awards are given to faculty members who seek to improve student learning outcomes by adopting evidence-based teaching practices. Dr. Lambrecht will be developing Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) activities to improve physical chemistry student’s understanding of the underlying mathematics used in the course. Throughout the course, students will break down realistic chemistry problems into manageable computer-based models, solve the models using the advanced research computers hosted by our center, validate and explore limitations in the models, and interpret the results. Dr. Lambrecht expects the class to be more engaging and enhance learning outcomes for students in their education path and future careers. The Center for Research Computing (CRC) is proud to offer Dr. Lambrecht a teaching allocation and access to our new Jupyter notebook server.


For more information about dB-SERC visit http://www.dbserc.pitt.edu. If you are interesting in teaching allocations or the Jupyter notebook server please contact CRC using https://crc.pitt.edu/contact

Hurry up and register for our workshops!


Dear students, faculty and staff,

Welcome all new and returning students, faculty, and staff to start a productive semester. We are excited to remind you about our Fall 2017 series of workshops. If you haven’t registered yet, please try to do so via http://core.sam.pitt.edu/Registration_Fall2017_Tutorial

In our upcoming workshop on Cluster Training on Wednesday 9/13, we will answer the following questions:

  • What hardware is available at Pitt?
  • How can we help your computational workflow?
  • How to access?
  • How to submit jobs?

In the meantime, please take a look at our Spring 2017 presentation on Cluster Training at https://crc.pitt.edu/workshops/. There is no pre-requirement for the workshop but if you don’t know anything about Linux environment, please take a look at the crc-cluster-usage presentation in Spring-2017-workshop folder. You can catch up by following the instructions from page 8 to 13 of the presentation.



CRC Team

Workshop on FreeFEM

The Department of Mathematics of the University of Pittsburgh will be hosting a workshop on FreeFEM++ given by Professor Frederic Hecht:
What: An Introduction to Scientific Computing using Free Software FreeFem++
Description of the workshop from Professor Hecht:
“I would like it to be possible to solve digitally, in a user-friendly way, the problems modeled by partial differential equations (PDEs) from physics, engineering, computing graphics and recently from the finance-banking sector. This problem is therefore at the interface between applied mathematics, numerical analysis, computer science and the relevant applications (fluid mechanics, electromagnetism, quantum mechanics and stock options in finance).”
Where: Thackery hall Room 427
When: August 22, 2017 (All day) – September 1, 2017 (All day)
Who: Everyone is welcome. However, the current room is not large. It would be helpful to email us (wjl@pitt.edu or Trenchea@pitt.edu) if you plan to attend so we can estimate audience size and adjust if necessary.

For more information and the detailed schedule, please visit: http://www.mathematics.pitt.edu/node/2052

Updates to H2P: Partition Changes After Testing Phase

Dear H2P Users,

The testing period for the new nodes was a success! We need to shuffle around some of the nodes in smp to accommodate the new nodes. The partitions will become:

Old NameNew NameCharging Rate
testsmp (default)0.8

We will be draining all of the nodes and moving them into new partitions. Running jobs will not be affected. Any jobs which are submitted to the test partition will need to be resubmitted. Sorry for any inconvenience.


The CRC Team


Job Opportunity for Undergrads at CRC

Center for Research Computing (CRC) at Pitt is seeking two undergraduate candidates for operations support positions in the area of user management and support at the center. The position will work closely with CRC staff.

Essential functions of this position:
Address user tickets in consultation with center staff
Assist CRC staff in routine activities
Address bugs and problems with technical systems from time to time
Analyze user experience and propose and develop improvements

Required skills and experience: Familiarity with a Linux based working environment. Strong verbal and written communication skills.

Start date: ASAP

Compensation: $10/hour

If you are interested, please email your CV to https://crc.pitt.edu/contact/


Thank you,

CRC Team