• OSG council member Stefan Höche receives IUPAP Young Scientist Prize (9/30/2016) - The International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) awarded a 2016 Young Scientist Prize in Particles and Fields to Stefan Höche, a particle physicist at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and an Open Science Grid (OSG) council member, for “developing high precision Monte Carlo simulations of events at hadronic colliders.”   For an OSG research […]
  • Update on the Brain Trauma Research Center (8/29/2016) - The Brain Trauma Research Center at the University of Pittsburgh is a multidisciplinary research program funded by the NIH’s National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. The center uses the Open Science Grid (OSG) to handle the large data sets produced by their research. “We are attempting to understand, diagnose, and treat concussion,” says Donald […]
  • Where did all the antimatter go? (7/12/2016) - Dubbed the Hubble telescope of cosmic rays, a state-of-the-art particle physics detector attached to the International Space Station (ISS) is looking for a needle’s worth of antimatter in a haystack of cosmic rays. The detector is also searching for elusive evidence of dark matter.   Recent ground-breaking observations about the nature of our universe share […]
  • SBGrid uses the OSG to accelerate structural biology research (2/23/2016) - Biologists looking at the structure of molecules like proteins and nucleic acids are interested in how they acquire their structures and how alterations may affect their function. This understanding is a key factor in modern disease treatment and prevention, and computational power such as that of the Open Science Grid (OSG) has become critical in […]
  • OSG helps LIGO scientists confirm Einstein’s unproven theory (2/16/2016) - Albert Einstein first posed the idea of gravitational waves in his general theory of relativity just over a century ago. But until now, they had never been observed directly. For the first time, scientists with the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) Scientific Collaboration (LSC) have observed ripples in the fabric of spacetime called gravitational waves. […]
  • OSG computational power helps solve 30-year old protein puzzle (1/12/2016) - As computational power expands the horizons of protein research, vast new possibilities to design proteins for disease treatment are opening up. Thanks to the power of the Open Science Grid (OSG), protein researchers recently overcame an obstacle that has vexed scientists for nearly 30 years.       Photo courtesy Po-Ssu Huang The cylindrical TIM-barrel […]
  • Harnessing the OSG to better understand the brain (12/2/2015) - Using electrical information recorded outside the brain, Ricardo Pizarro at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison) is trying to estimate network models in rodent brains. This research may one day help people with artificial limbs move a robotic arm using a real-life application called a brain-computer interface. The technology is also aimed at helping those who […]
  • Using the OSG to study protein evolution at the University of Pennsylvania (10/26/2015) - Postdocs can help open new horizons. Just ask Joshua Plotkin, professor of biology, mathematics, and computer and information science at the University of Pennsylvania. After Oana Carja completed her PhD in biology at Stanford University (specializing in evolutionary dynamics), she came to Penn to work with Dr. Plotkin. His research group uses math and computation […]
  • Understanding the Ghostly Neutrino (9/18/2015) - Fermilab’s NOvA experiment relies on the massive computing power of the Open Science Grid (OSG) in its quest to see how neutrinos change over a 500 mile journey “High Energy Physics experiments are trying to understand the basic building blocks that make up our universe,” says Alex Himmel. Himmel is the newly installed computing coordinator […]
  • First exposure to the Open Science Grid (8/3/2015) - Dr. Baudilio Tejerina works as a scientific IT consultant for the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Northwestern University. His first exposure to the Open Science Grid (OSG) was this past March at the 2015 OSG All-Hands meeting, held at the Kellogg School of Management’s Allen Center at Northwestern. Tejerina attended the OSG Connect […]
  • Mu2e Simulations on the OSG (7/9/2015) - The Mu2e high energy physics collaboration received Critical Decision (CD) 2/3b from DOE in March of 2015 and is preparing for the next set of needed reviews before they are approved to completely build the experiment and take data. Before that review, the scientists will be validating and refining the existing design of the particle […]
  • Using Open Science Grid to prepare for ‘the next big thing’ at Brookhaven (6/25/2015) - In November 2014, the PHENIX (Pioneering High Energy Nuclear Interaction eXperiment) collaboration, that conducts research in heavy ion collisions, updated its 2010 proposal to upgrade the PHENIX detector at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL). The detector recorded its first relativistic heavy ion collision in 2000, and now records many […]
  • Open Science Grid Contributes to Genetic Diversity and Food Security Research (6/1/2015) - In their influential 1990 book, Shattering: Food, Politics, and the Loss of Genetic Diversity, Cary Fowler and Pat Mooney issue a warning: “Without the genetic diversity from which farmers traditionally breed for resistance to diseases, crops are more susceptible to the spread of pestilence. Tragedies like the Irish Potato Famine may be thought of today […]
  • Studying Protein Folding Benefits from Computational Power (4/23/2015) - Proteins are key to our bodies functioning properly, while abnormal modifications of proteins or improperly functioning proteins are often a cause of pathological and disease conditions. Proteins also interact with other molecules to make our bodies function properly or, at times, improperly. Professor Jinbo Xu studies protein folding—how a protein takes on its functional shape—at […]
  • Exploring the origins of mass using fermions and the Open Science Grid (4/13/2015) - Duke University Associate Professor of Physics Shailesh Chandrasekharan and his graduate student Venkitesh Ayyar are using the Open Science Grid (OSG) to tackle notoriously difficult problems in quantum systems. These quantum systems are the physical systems of our universe, being investigated at the fundamental level where elemental units carrying energy behave according to the laws […]
  • SoyKB helps improve a vital food source (2/3/2015) - Soybeans are second only to corn as a U.S. agricultural commodity. However, there has been limited soybean research over the past few decades, according to Dong Xu, James C. Dowell Professor and chair of the computer science department at the University of Missouri (MU) and one of the principal investigators for a project called SoyKB. […]
  • Catching up with GlueX (2/3/2015) - In spring 2014 the GlueX collaboration, a group pursuing physics using photon beams at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab) in Virginia, carried out their second data challenge on the Open Science Grid (OSG), and by October they were undertaking their first “commissioning” run. This winter seemed an appropriate time, therefore, to follow […]

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