Sc-education-homework-1

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On Jul 23, 2006, at 10:55 PM, Scott Lathrop wrote:

Homework assignment

o       Identify top 3 best practices/resources/programs you feel can significantly contribute to workshops for faculty and students on computational science, scientific computing and grid computing education.  Please include:

1) Post-workshop follow-up, in a variety of ways.  At the simple end a periodic check-in via email from one of the instructors.  At the more involved end on-going virtual rounds for particular projects ala Henry Neeman's program at OSCER.  These would be staffed by the instructors, enabled by the AccessGrid, and supported by the SC education program.

2) Listserv per workshop flavor (parallel and distributed computing, computational chemistry, etc.).  All the instructors and anyone who taught/took a workshop would be automagically enrolled and could opt-out at their discretion.

3) BOF sessions per workshop flavor at all HPC and computational science related conferences.  In some cases it may be a general "SC Education Workshop" BOF, for larger venues one per workshop flavor may be supportable.

-       the fields of science that will benefit

All.

-       why the resources are so useful

My experience is that building a community, ala e.g. the Beowulf list, is the first and most important step towards adoption of any technology.

-       examples of who is using the resources

NA.

-       examples of the impact of the resources on learning

Testimonial letters are available on request ;)

-       pros/cons of the resources

Pro: Builds community.  Con: Cost of teleconferencing and labor to support the consultants for the rounds.

-       who could best teach the material at SC or other venues

NA.

o       Identify 3 other people/organizations in the community we should be talking with to expand the discussion of available content and/or content needs

1) Social scientists, particularly economists.

2) Biologists, population ecology and bio-informatics.

3) Environmental scientists, ground water modeling.

o       Identify 3 "nay-sayers" we need to be talking with to understand the barriers to adopting changes in the curriculum

I haven't met any, yet.

o       Identify a business/industry contact we can approach for support including financial, mentoring, internships, content, software, etc.

Stephen Wheat at Intel.
George Jones at Dell.  
Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Washington). 

o       Identify at least 1 internship opportunity for faculty and students

Google "[high performance computing || computational science] internship".

o       Identify 3 institutions (colleges/universities) whose faculty and students we should encourage to participate in the program

Any of the GLCA schools with strong science programs (e.g. Oberlin, Wooster).  A significant percentage of future faculty come from liberal arts undergraduate environments.

o       Include references, publications, etc of value to this discussion for posting on the web site

Bootable Cluster CD - http://bccd.cs.uni.edu
LittleFe - http://LittleFe.net

charlie