PMI News

Supercomputing Experts Share ACM Gordon Bell Prize

Dallas, TX, November 15, 2018 – ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, has announced that two teams will share the 2018 ACM Gordon Bell Prize. A seven-member team affiliated with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory is recognized for their paper “Attacking the Opioid Epidemic: Determining the Epistatic and Pleiotropic Genetic Architectures for Chronic Pain and Opioid Addiction,” and a 12-member team affiliated with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is recognized for their paper “Exascale Deep Learning for Climate Analytics.”

The ACM Gordon Bell Prize tracks the progress of parallel computing and rewards innovation in applying high performance computing to challenges in science, engineering, and large- scale data analytics. The award was presented today by ACM President Cherri M. Pancake and Valerie Taylor, Chair of the SC18 Awards Committee, during the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC18) in Dallas, Texas. Prior to the awards ceremony, all of the Gordon Bell Prize finalists presented their papers during SC18.

The ORNL team includes Daniel Jacobson, Wayne Joubert, Deborah Weighill, and David Kainer (all of Oak Ridge National Laboratory); Sharlee Climer (University of Missouri-St. Louis); Amy Justice (Yale University/Department of Veterans Affairs); and Kjiersten Fagnan (US Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute).

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From the NY Times:

PANDO, the most massive organism on Earth, is shrinking.  the grove of 47,000 quivering aspen trees in Utah is being diminished by mule deer, foraging cattle and human mismanagement.

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PMI in the News:

Bruna Coutinho and PMI collaborators at UW Seattle recently published a paper on a plant-responsive bacterial signaling system that senses an ethanolamine derivative (Coutinho et al., PNAS September 6, 2018).  Her research and the UW team was recently featured in a “Science in Seattle” blog where her publication was the publication of the week.

Upcoming Meetings of Interest – 2019

The Plant & Animal Genome Conference (PAG) – 2019

The Plant & Animal Genome Conference (PAG) is designed to provide a forum on recent developments and future plans for plant & animal genome projects. Consisting of technical presentations, poster sessions, exhibits and workshops, the conference is an excellent opportunity to exchange ideas and applications on this internationally important project.

2019 Genomic Sciences Program Annual Principal Investigator Meeting 
February 25-27, 2019; Tyson’s Corner, VA.

New Phytologist Symposiums:
 43rd Symposium on Interaction Networks and Trait Evolution
July 1-4, 2019.  Zurich, Switzerland

44th Symposium on Determinants of tropical vegetation structure and function
August 7 – 9, 2019.  Accra, Ghana

ASM Microbe 2019
June 20-24, 2019.  San Francisco, CA.