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Podcast: AI4Good Lab Empowers Women in Computer Science

In this AI Podcast, Doina Precup describes why their doesn’t need to be a gender gap in computer science education. An associate professor at McGill University and research team lead at DeepMind, Precup shares her personal experiences, along with the AI4Good Lab she co-founded to give women more access to machine learning training.

Apply Now for ISC Travel Grant and Student Volunteer Programs

Early career researchers and university students are encouraged to take advantage of the ISC Travel Grant and the ISC Student Volunteer programs. The programs are intended to enable these participants to attend the ISC 2020 conference in Frankfurt Germany, from June 21 – 25. “The ISC High Performance Travel Grant Program is open to early career researchers and students who have never been to the conference and wish to be a part of it this year. For recipients traveling from Europe or North Africa, the maximum funding is 1500 euros per person; for the rest of the world, it is 2500 euros per person. ISC Group will also provide the grant recipients free registration for the entire conference, as well as mentorship during the event. The purpose of the grant is to enable university students and researchers who are highly interested in acquiring high performance computing knowledge and skills, but lack the necessary resources to obtain them, to participate in the ISC High Performance conference series.”

Students Encouraged to Enter Math Modeling Challenge for Scholarships

Juniors and seniors throughout the United States seeking a transformative high school experience and the chance to win thousands of dollars in scholarships for college are invited to register for the MathWorks Math Modeling (M3) Challenge, the nation’s most prestigious high school math modeling competition. “In order to ensure a robust pipeline of students for future STEM careers, it is vital that we encourage students to deepen their interest in science, technology, engineering, and math. M3 Challenge has perfected the recipe for making math fun and accessible, while also encouraging students to hone their interpersonal skills and consider the possibility of a career in math and computation.”

Top 10 Things to Look Forward to at ISC 2019

In this special guest feature, Kim McMahon from Cloud Native Computing Foundation lists her favorite things coming up this week at ISC 2019 in Frankfurt. “For the third year, I am the chair of the Inclusivity Committee for the conference. This year we are expanding the message and focus. Inclusivity is more than numbers. It’s about everyone feeling welcome, without regard to gender, nationality, or sexual orientation.”

XSEDE Teams with Cal State for Advanced Computing Training

The need for more young people in STEM careers in a growing concern for the HPC community. Along these lines, more than 70 undergraduate and graduate students participated in the recent XSEDE/DIRECT-STEM training workshops at Cal State LA. “We instruct the students in scientific computing and data science,” said Paul Nerenberg, assistant professor of physics and biology and research advisor for the DIRECT-STEM program funded by NASA. “These are going to be core skills for them in their careers no matter what they do.”

Sign up for ISC STEM Student Day

Young people looking to further their careers in HPC are encouraged to sign up for the ISC STEM Student Day program. As part of the ISC High Performance Conference coming to Frankfurt in June, this program offers undergraduate and graduate students an early insight into the field of high performance computing as well as an opportunity to meet the important players in the sector.

The Computing4Change Program takes on STEM and Workforce Issues

Kelly Gaither from TACC gave this talk at the HPC User Forum. “Computing4Change is a competition empowering people to create change through computing. You may have seen articles on the anticipated shortfall of engineers, computer scientists, and technology designers to fill open jobs. Numbers from the Report to the President in 2012 (President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology) show a shortfall of one million available workers to fill STEM-related jobs by 2020.”

Interview: HPC User Forum in Santa Fe to look at Supercomputing Technology Trends

Hyperion Research will host the next HPC User Forum April 1-3 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Now in its 20th year, the HPC User Forum has grown to 150 members from government, industry, and academia. To learn more, insideHPC caught up with Steve Conway from Hyperion Research.

Apply Now for the ISC High Performance Travel Grant Program

The ISC High Performance Travel Grant Program is now open for applications. Introduced in 2017, the Grant enables university students and young researchers to be a part of the ISC High Performance conference series. For recipients traveling from Europe or North Africa, the maximum funding is 1500 euros per person, and for the rest of the world, it is 2500 euros per person. ISC Group will also provide the grant recipients free registration for the entire conference, which takes place from June 16 – 20, in Frankfurt, Germany.

NAG Awarded Chapter status by Women-in-HPC

Today the Numerical Algorithms Group (NAG) announced that it has been recognized as one of the first Chapters in the new Women in High Performance Computing (WHPC) Pilot Program. “The WHPC Chapter Pilot will enable us to reach an ever increasing community of women, provide these women with the networks that we recognize are essential for them excelling in their career, and retaining them in the workforce.” says Dr. Sharon Broude Geva, WHPC’s Director of Chapters and Director of Advanced Research Computing (ARC) at the University of Michigan (U-M). “At the same time we envisage that the new Chapters will be able to tailor their activities to the needs of their local community as we know that there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution to diversity.”