National Science Foundation (NSF)

National Science Foundation Honors Cedars-Sinai Neuroscientist

At 36, neuroscientist Tanuj Gulati, PhD, is still in the early phases of his career, but his contributions to the field of neurosciences have been nothing short of impactful. His research is so promising, in fact, that the National Science Foundation has awarded Gulati with the foundation’s top honor, the Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) award.

Computer science professor exploring log-in solutions for people with upper extremity impairment

Backed by a three-year, $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, URI Prof. Krishna Venkatasubramanian is researching computer authentication problems faced by people with upper extremity impairment with a goal of developing software that allows users to more easily access their devices. Venkatasubramanian is collaborating with TechACCESS of Rhode Island, which provides assistive technology services for people with disabilities.

University of Kentucky Researchers Awarded NSF Grant to Engineer Better Mental Health Solutions

From the limited data currently available, Wilson, Hammer and Usher found that engineering students aren’t necessarily more likely to have a mental health concern, but they are significantly less likely to seek help than non-engineering college students. This treatment gap became the basis for their National Science Foundation (NSF) grant proposal titled, “Development of a Survey Instrument to Identify Mental Health Related Help-Seeking Beliefs in Engineering Students.”

National Science Foundation Funds Development of a Science Gateway for New Materials Discovery

The National Science Foundation has awarded a $1 million Research Advanced by
Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering (RAISE) grant to a multidisciplinary team of researchers at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California San Diego, the University of Minnesota, Carnegie Mellon University, and Cornell University to create the X-ray Imaging of Microstructures Gateway (XIMG), a science gateway designed to make it possible for global material sciences researchers to study the behavior of new and existing materials using X-ray diffraction.

National Science Foundation-funded CloudBank Now Operational

The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California San Diego and its partners at the University of Washington (UW), UC Berkeley, and Strategic Blue have entered production operations of the National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded CloudBank program, which aims to simplify the use of public clouds across computer science research and education.

OpenTopography Collaboration Awarded New Four-Year Grant

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has renewed funding for OpenTopography, a science gateway that provides online access to Earth science oriented high-resolution topography data and processing tools to a broad user community advancing research and education in areas ranging from earthquake geology to ecology and hydrology.

Supercomputers Help Uncover ‘Noisy’ Neutron Star Collisions

A series of simulations using multiple supercomputers, including Comet at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at UC San Diego, suggests that when the neutron stars’ masses are different enough, the result is far noisier. The models predicted an electromagnetic ‘bang,’ which isn’t present when the merging stars’ masses are similar, according to researchers.

New CUR Board Members Elected

John F. Barthell (NSF), Donna Charlevoix (UNAVCO), Niharika Nath (NYIT), Karen K. Resendes (Westminster College), and Binod Tiwari (CSU-Fullerton) have been elected to the Executive Board of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR).

UTEP Awarded More than $1 Million from NSF to Design Engineering Leadership Academies

Meagan Kendall, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Engineering Education and Leadership at The University of Texas at El Paso, has been awarded the majority of a $2 million collaborative grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to design engineering leadership academies as part of an effort to enhance the quality of undergraduate STEM education at Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs).

Supercomputer Helps Benchmark Cancer Immunotherapy Tool

With an estimated 1.7 million new cases and 600,000 deaths during 2017 in the U.S. alone, cancer remains a critical healthcare challenge. Researchers used the Comet supercomputer at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) to evaluate their new molecular docking tool which aims to improve immunotherapy outcomes by identifying more effective personalized treatments.

Identifying the sources of salt pollution

To Nathaniel Warner, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering and recipient of a new National Science Foundation CAREER Award, a lack of available water-quality data and an abundance of potential salt polluters, such as road salting and oil and gas wastewater, makes it difficult to mitigate further contamination.

Second GPU Cloudburst Experiment Yields New Findings

Researchers at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) and the Wisconsin IceCube Particle Astrophysics Center (WIPAC) have conducted a second experimentt marshalled globally available-for-sale GPUs (graphics processing units), proving it is possible to elastically burst to very large scales of GPUs using the cloud, even in this pre-exascale era of computing.

Supercomputer Simulations Help Optimize Floating Wind Farms

The Comet supercomputer at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) and the Stampede2 supercomputer at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) were used to perform simulations that showed how floating turbine wakes are very similar those of fixed-bottom turbines, except that floating turbine wakes are deflected upward and have slightly stronger turbulence at the edge of their wakes.