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Grid-Unlock
RefWorks Makes Bibliographies Breezy
Al Ashley Fellowship Proposal Workshop

SLAC Today

Friday - March 30, 2007

The SLAC ATLAS computing team, from left to right: Wei Yang, John Bartelt, Leonard Moss, Randy Melen, Charles Boeheim, and Booker Bense.

Grid-Unlock

In anticipation of the enormous amounts of data that will pour out of the LHC, researchers have turned to grid computing, a new way of computing that distributes resources and data among institutions around the world. But to run this vast and complex network of distributed computing, researchers need sophisticated software to match the task.

"This is the first time SLAC, the high energy physics community, and even the world are trying grid computing as the only computing model to support an experiment," said Wei Yang, a SLAC software engineer in the ATLAS collaboration. "It's a difficult task, and SLAC is collaborating with institutions around the world to make it work."

Once the LHC is up and running, computing systems will not only need to handle massive amounts of generated data, but will also have to account for simulation and analysis requests from around the world. To make this possible, LHC researchers, including those at SLAC, are working on software that shuttles tasks and data among dozens of computing facilities worldwide. This software allows researchers to apply computer science theories to real scientific problems.  Read more...

RefWorks Makes Bibliographies Breezy

A previous SLAC Today article explained how those who use the particle and particle astrophysics SPIRES database can create computer-generated bibliographies. For everyone else, a Stanford-licensed bibliography-generating service provided by RefWorks.com may be of use.

The web-available program allows a user to extract bibliographic information from a variety of databases, including INSPEC, Web of Science, and ADS—and even those unrelated to science. Selected information can then be organized and exported to a word processor in any of the hundreds of citation styles and specific journal formats Refworks uses.

In addition, the application's "write-n-cite" feature allows a writer to insert in-text placeholders, leaving the program to create footnotes and formal citations. Collaborators with accounts can grant their fellow researchers read and write access to papers, and work can be done off site using the Stanford proxy. For more information, contact SLAC Research Librarian Abe Wheeler (x4388).

Al Ashley Fellowship Proposal Workshop

Applications for the Ashley Career Development Fellowship are due June 15, 2007. To help applicants prepare their proposals, Staff Development Officer Pauline Wethington will offer a workshop on Wednesday, April 25, from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. in the Orange Room.

"I encourage potential applicants to come and learn from past successful proposals," said Wethington. "This workshop will help you prepare the best proposal you can and increase your chances of being awarded a fellowship."

The Ashley Career Development Fellowship is an opportunity for SLAC employees to further develop their careers while contributing to the mission of the lab. The one-year fellowship can help employees develop and implement programs and projects, explore new job opportunities, and take time off to further their education. This fellowship must take place between October 1, 2007 and September 30, 2008.

Workshop space is limited, so don't delay! To reserve a seat in this workshop, please RSVP to Pauline Wethington by April 20, 2007.

More information on the Ashley Fellowship...

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