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Education & Outreach Activities of the GriPhyN & iVDGL projects. Manuela Campanelli The University of Texas at Brownsville. E/O work team: UTB : Manuela Campanelli (GriPhyN/iVDGL coordinator) Joe Romano (GriPhyN investigator) Sean Morris (undergrad student)

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education outreach activities of the griphyn ivdgl projects

Education & Outreach Activities of the GriPhyN & iVDGL projects

Manuela Campanelli

The University of Texas at Brownsville

LSC Member Institution (UT Brownsville)

griphyn ivdgl e o members
E/O work team:

UTB:

Manuela Campanelli (GriPhyN/iVDGL coordinator)

Joe Romano (GriPhyN investigator)

Sean Morris (undergrad student)

Jose’ Zamora (undergrad student)

Santiago Pena (grad student)

HU:

Keith Baker (iVDGL deputy)

Ken Cecire (QuarkNet)

Howard Brown (undergrad student)

SKC:

Tim Olson (iVDGL investigator)

2 undergrad students

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All GriPhyN/iVDGL Members!

MSI and Tier3 Centers:

UT Brownsville:

Hispanic College and University

9000 students (90% Hispanic American)

LSC institution (LIGO research)

Hampton University:

Historically Black College and University

6000 students (mostly African American)

QuarkNet Center

ATLAS/COSM Center

Salish Kootenai College:

Tribal College

2000 students (80% native American)

LSC institution (LIGO research)

GriPhyN/iVDGL E/O Members

LSC Member Institution (UT Brownsville)

activities at ut brownsville
Activities at UT Brownsville
  • E/O coordination for GriPhyN & iVDGL:
    • In Fall 2001, UTB hired of a full-time tenure-track faculty member, Manuela Campanelli, to serve as GriPhyN E/O coordinator.
    • Coordinatorhelped to write the iVDGL proposal, which increases the MSI participation in grid-related activities, and will also lead the iVDGL E/O effort.
  • Development of E/O Web Site:
    • During Fall 2001, E/O coordinator developed the GriPhyN Education and Outreach Centerat http://www.phys.utb.edu/griphyn
    • To serve as reference point for E/O to several students and teachers and also journalists. The site contains basic educational material about data grids, information about the physics experiments, E/O activities etc.
    • We are now adding more technical support information (e.g., documentation, users manuals, “how-to” guides) as the VDT become ready.

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Activities at UT Brownsville
  • Construct and grid-enable UTB Linux cluster:
    • UTB completed the benchmarking and construction of 96-node Linux cluster complete in Fall 2001.
    • Primarily serving for LIGO data analysis, but also as a test bed for GriPhyN/iVDGL software (VDT) and numerical relativity simulations (CACTUS).
    • Now working with Scott Koranda (UW Milwaukee) and 2 undergraduate students, Sean Morris & Jose’ Zamora, at UTB to install and use the VDT (Condor, Globus etc). First test of VDT installation successful !
    • Hiring a new graduate student, Santiago Pena, this summer, who is very excited to do grid-related work!
    • UTB will provide help to grid enable HU and SKC clusters.
    • UTB selected as LIGO Tier 2 center. We are now working to find grants to hire a full time system administrator and I2 connection.

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Activities at UT Brownsville
  • Workshops and tutorials:
    • The “First E/O Meeting” was organized at UT Brownsville (March 1, 2002) . Several local schools and universities (e.g UTPANAM) were encouraged to participate, organizational plan discussed, inauguration of the beowulf cluster.
    • We now propose to have “All-Hands Meeting” at MSIs to get a large number of minority students directly involved. UT Brownsville is volunteering to host such a meeting in Fall 2003.
  • Spread News to Public and Media:
    • E/O Coordinator was interviewed in`Financial times’ in Germany and ‘Brownsville Herald’ in Texas.
    • E/O Coordinator wrote an article `Grid Physics, the Virtual Data Grid and LIGO’ to MOG (Patrick Brady & Manuela Campanelli) to reach a broader gravitational physics community.

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Activities at UT Brownsville
  • Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU):
    • This Fall, Manuela Campanelli plan to submit a proposal for a REU supplement from NSF to support 10 to 20 undergraduate students doing grid-related research during summer 2003 at several GriPhyN/iVDGL Institutions. In order to achieve this goal we need to know:
      • Mentoring Institutions
      • Detailed Research Projects
    • Possibly interested mentoring Institutions: iGOC, TransPAC group at Indiana U (James Williams, John Hicks), Caltech (Harvey Newman, Eric Aslakson), Fermilab (Ruth Pordes), UW Milwaukee (Bruce Allen).
    • One idea for REU projects could be to build a soft version of the VDT and simple databases to allow an easier access to students and school teachers to the grid!
  • NASA University Research Center (URC) proposal:
    • UTBRG group is in the process of submitting a proposal to NASA URC. More students involved with grid-related research and possible connection with NASA grid effort.

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Activities at UT Brownsville
  • Leveraging existing E/O programs
    • Manuela Campanelli and Joe Romano have been recently discussing with EOT-PACI leaders, Roscoe Giles and Scott Lathrop, to explore ways to link E/O activities. GriPhyN/iVDGL researchers should give talks at special E/O workshops and conferences organized by EOT-PACI.
    • Coordinatorhave been talking with Harvey Newman and Eric Aslakson to develop special challenge projects based on application sciences and grid technology. Provide interesting data sets for ThinkQuest competitions.
    • Alex Szaley and Jordan Raddick (Johns Hopkins U) have been talking to Manuela Campanelli and several schools teachers in Brownsville to use SDSS Skyserver in their classroom.
    • International: Last year, the Coordinator made contacts with heads of dissemination programs for European data grid projects, e.g. DataGrid, EuroGrid etc. Possible joint project for creating a E/O video documentary …

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activities at hampton university
Activities at Hampton University
  • E/O Deputy for iVDGL:
    • Keith Baker will help E/O coordinator to lead the iVDGL E/O effort.
  • Construction of a Linux Cluster
    • HU is currently using the BNL Linux cluster to do ATLAS/COSM research. They have I2 connection and good facility resources.
    • HU is planning to construct a small (32-node) cluster next year.
    • Howard Brown is already learning about linux cluster and participating to the iVDGL facilities telecons. HU has funds to support additional undergraduate and graduate students.

LSC Member Institution (UT Brownsville)

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Activities at Hampton University
  • Leveraging existing E/O programs
    • HU is a QuarkNet center and ATLAS/COSM center, therefore it should incorporate grid-related components into already QuarkNet and ATLAS/CMS E/O activities. Keith Baker will lead this activity with the help of a QuarkNet investigator, Ken Cecire. The aim is to target K-12 students and teachers to do grid research.
  • Workshops and tutorials:
    • HU is proposing to hold a E/O meeting or workshop in conjunction with QuarkNet activities. We need a date …
    • An undergraduate student, Howard Brown would like to participate at EOT-PACI workshop this summer.

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Activities at SKC
  • Leveraging other E/O programs:
    • Recently became a LSC institution to contribute to LIGO research.
    • This summer, Tim Olson will submit a proposal for the creation of a NISBA center for excellence in teaching. If funded, he will be able to hold summer workshops and national educational meetings at SKC, where GriPhyN/iVDGL researchers could participate by giving talks and tutorials.
    • Tim Olson is using SDSS Skyserver in his Astronomy courses.
  • Construction of Linux cluster at SKC:
    • Tim Olsonis attending iVDGL facilities telecons and participating to Linux cluster construction workshops.
    • Construction of small (32-nodes) Linux clusters at SKC is planned for January 2003. The planning of the construction will start this summer.

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Activities for All GriPhyN/iVDGL members
  • Dissemination:
    • All GriPhyN/iVDGL senior investigators should give talks at interested MSIs, Educational workshops and conferences. Please, see a list of conferences and MSIs at the E/O web site and let the E/O coordinator aware of your contributions.
    • Course development: All GriPhyN/iVDGL senior investigators could include grid concepts in the classes we are teaching.
    • Mentoring REU students during summer months.
    • Provide data samples and research projects to E/O coordinators.

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Summary of Organization and Responsibilities
  • UTB Tier 3 Center:
    • Coordination and planning (GriPhyN, iVDGL Tier 3 Centers).
    • Web Pages and CVS repositories.
    • Prepare a proposal for REU supplement.
    • Explore connection with E/O programs of LIGO and SDSS. UTB has strong interest in E/O astronomy because of the NASA URC and ENLACE programs.
    • Provide links toEOT-PACI andThinkQuest.
    • Keep in touch with other European Projects (e. g. DataGrid, EUDG etc). Possible video documentary with members of European DataGrid and PPDG.
    • Organize how-to workshops and tutorials, All-Hands at MSI and special E/O days at UTB.
    • Construction and grid-enabling Linux clusters and introducing students to VDT and grid-related research projects.

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Summary of Organization and Responsibilities
  • SKC Tier 3 Center:
    • Work in E/O of SDSS ( e.g. SkyServer, Virtualsky) and LIGO.
    • Provide links to K-12 students and teachers via the NISBA or other programs.
    • Construction and grid-enabling Linux clusters and introducing students to VDT and grid-related research projects.
  • HU Tier 3 Center:
    • Work with E/O programs of CMS/ATLAS, PPDG, and QuarkNet.
    • Construction and grid-enabling Linux clusters and introducing students to VDT and grid-related research projects.
  • All iVDGL/GriPhyN Members:
    • Give talks at other US institutions, in particular MSI (All-Hands meetings at MSI is an opportunity!)
    • Introduce grid concepts in their courses.
    • Mentoring REU students during summer months.
    • Provide data samples and research projects to E/O coordinators.

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