National Science Foundation Showcases UT’s National Institute for Computational Sciences

NICS2The UT-led National Institute for Computational Sciences has gotten some fantastic exposure lately thanks to the National Science Foundation.

The NSF’s Science360 website hosts programs from various high-level entities around the country, and has called on content and input from NICS three times in the last few weeks alone. 

With Scientific American, the National Academy of Sciences, the National Science Teachers Association, Australia’s ABC Radio, various universities and labs and the NSF as contributors, the publicity is particularly special.

NICS’ Scott Gibson, who produced the podcasts, pointed out that each show featuring the center has debuted in the site’s top 5. He said that they have been so well-received, in fact, that the NSF has asked for more. 

“So far, the programs have pertained to our involvement with NSF’s eXtreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) cyberinfrastructure, but the plan is to produce programs that tout Joint Institute for Computational Sciences-centric activities/initiatives, too,” said Gibson. 

The three shows so far from UT are:

For Women’s History Month: How NSF-funded XSEDE supercomputing helped reveal the collective historical experiences of African-American women

Tiny zaps, big results: NSF-funded supercomputers help researchers use lasers to change materials for medical and other applications

Looking at Earth: Astronomer Wladimir Lyra describes how he uses the NSF-funded supercomputing power of XSEDE to explore the origins of the planet


David Goddard (865-974-0683,