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Prof. Rachel Slaybaugh optimizes next-generation nuclear reactor design on BRC’s Savio cluster

Rachel Slaybaugh

It was her inner environmentalist that lured Asst. Professor Rachel Slaybaugh to Nuclear Engineering. “I have always been an environmentalist,” she explained. “When I was a freshman at Penn State I heard about this existing, large-scale, base load electricity source that didn’t emit air pollution, and I thought -- well, that sounds like a great way to get rid of coal plants -- I’m going to do that.” What Slaybaugh had heard about was nuclear power, which led to her B.S. in Nuclear Engineering from Penn State, then a Master’s and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

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Singularity on Savio: containerized applications and mobility of computation

Singularity workflow, image credit: singularity.lbl.gov

Singularity is an emerging software tool that facilitates the movement of software applications and workflows between computational environments -- from a researcher’s laptop, to Berkeley’s high-performance computing cluster, Savio, to XSEDE’s national-scale clusters (e.g., Jetstream, Comet) or

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Sociology research on climate change reporting accelerated by AEoD virtual environments

Newspapers in a rack in Lisbon, Portugal. Photo credit: Harshil Shah, via Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons License CC BY-SA 2.0)

Increasingly, the scale of data analysis means that computation can no longer be carried out on a laptop — often the only resource easily available to researchers. And while the Berkeley Research Computing (BRC) Program offers many powerful resources to researchers, it’s not always clear where to get started.

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Thank You, Aron Roberts!

Steve Masover and Aron Roberts, 2001

With a mix of sadness and cheer, we bid Aron Roberts a fond farewell from UC Berkeley, as he retires from the university and pursues other endeavors in the private sector. For the last eight years, Aron has worked with Research IT, and its predecessor, Data Services, as an Application Programmer. Between 2013 and 2014, he served on the team that helped to establish the current identity and direction of Research IT, and provided in-depth consulting to researchers to support their research computing needs.

Notebook environments support Prof. Carl Boettiger's ecosystem modeling and data sharing

Asst. Prof. Carl Boettiger; photo credit: Paul Krichner

As a physics student at Princeton University, Assistant Professor Carl Boettiger had no intention of working with computers: he says he was essentially “pulled in by accident.” During his time as an undergraduate, Boettiger gradually broadened his interests from physics, which he believed to be the type of science done solely on a chalkboard, to biophysics and ecology.

Using rclone to transfer data to bDrive

RClone Browser screen shot

The bDrive repository offers everyone at UC Berkeley unlimited storage, strong search capabilities, and mobile access. This storage is an important data management resource for research teams. The standard web client, however, does not always work well when dealing with very large files, many files, or deep folder structures. The web client’s connection is slow, and can disconnect in the midst of a lengthy, time-consuming transfer.

ESPM postdoc crosses 150 years of observational biology with satellite data to mitigate biodiversity loss

Paul Elsen, postdoctoral scholar, UC Berkeley Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management

Graduating from UC Berkeley as a cognitive science major in 2006, conservation biologist Paul Elsen would have never guessed that he would return to Berkeley a decade later to become a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management. Following completion of his M.A. and Ph.D in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University, Elsen returned to the West Coast and is now a David H.

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