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Dr. Kevin D. Franklin Named to Joint National Science Foundation - TeraGrid Science Advisory Board

The Joint NSF-TeraGrid Science Advisory Board has named Dr. Kevin D. Franklin to join the board.  Dr. Franklin is a veteran of the computational humanities, arts and social science (HASS) research community. He is the Executive Director of the Institute for Computing in Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (I-CHASS), a Senior Research Scientist at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), a Research Professor in Educational Policy Studies, and an Adjunct Associate Professor in African American Studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Franklins work seeks to understand and promote the blending of humanities, arts, social science and advanced computing research and education. He has directed a number of cutting-edge projects in HASS Cyberinfrastructure and has worked to build and support interdisciplinary research teams that address issues across these disciplines.   Franklin is a co-founder of the Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Advanced Collaboratory (HASTAC) and the Advanced Research and Technology Collaboratory for the Americas (ARTCA). He has also served as a Deputy Director at the University of California San Diego Supercomputer Center and Executive Director of the University of California Humanities Research Institute.  HPCwire, a major supercomputing publication, named Dr. Franklin as one of the top 12 People-to-Watch in High Performance Computing in 2010.


About the NSF-TeraGrid Science Advisory Board


The NSF-TeraGrid Science Advisory Board (SAB) provides advice to the TeraGrid Forum and the NSF TeraGrid Program Officer on a wide spectrum of scientific and technical activities within or involving the TeraGrid. The SAB considers the progress and quality of these activities, their balance, and the TeraGrid's interactions with the national and international research community, with the ultimate aim of building a more unified TeraGrid and enhancing the progress of those aspects of academic research and education that require high-end computing. The SAB provides advice on future TeraGrid plans, identifies synergies between TeraGrid activities and related efforts in other agencies, promotes the TeraGrid mission and its activities in the national and international community, and provides help in building and expanding the TeraGrid community.


About Teragrid


TeraGrid is an open scientific discovery infrastructure combining leadership class resources at eleven partner sites to create an integrated, persistent computational resource. Using high-performance network connections, TeraGrid integrates high-performance computers, data resources and tools, and high-end experimental facilities around the country. Currently, TeraGrid resources include more than 2 petaflops of computing capability and more than 50 petabytes of online and archival data storage, with rapid access and retrieval over high-performance networks. Researchers can also access more than 100 discipline-specific databases. With this combination of resources, the TeraGrid is the world's largest, most comprehensive distributed cyberinfrastructure for open scientific research.


TeraGrid is coordinated through the Grid Infrastructure Group (GIG) at the University of Chicago, working in partnership with the Resource Provider sites: Indiana University, the Louisiana Optical Network Initiative, National Center for Supercomputing Applications, the National Institute for Computational Sciences, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, Purdue University, San Diego Supercomputer Center, Texas Advanced Computing Center, and University of Chicago/Argonne National Laboratory, and the National Center for Atmospheric Research.


For additional information please contact:


Simon Appleford, Assistant Director, I-CHASS

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Founded in 2004 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, I-CHASS charts new ground in high-performance computing and the humanities, arts, and social sciences by creating both learning environments and spaces for digital discovery. I-CHASS presents path-breaking research, computational resources, collaborative tools, and educational programming to showcase the future of the humanities, arts, and social sciences.

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