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Leake receives grant award to support super-computing workshop

Elizabeth Leake, director of Research Computing Services and founder of STEM-Trek Nonprofit, earned a National Science Foundation grant of nearly $50,000 to support EarthSci@SC22, a workshop that takes place ahead of the international Supercomputing Conference. The workshop helps welcomes delegates and allows conference veterans to mentor new members.

Leake served as a co-chair, or planning committee member for nine virtual research computing and data training programs since early 2020. This is the fourth in a series of themed Supercomputing Conference workshops that Leake facilitated. Previous workshops offered research computing and data training, precision agriculture and cybersecurity themes.

“We’ve assembled world-class experts who will advise and share resources, best practices and strategies,” said Leake. “Postcards from the Edge,” or first-person testimonials of edge-related technical challenges will also be collected and shared in a no-judgment zone.

A dozen U.S. delegates from ten states will participate at the pre-conference workshop; four from EPSCoR state universities and one from a minority-serving institution. Additionally, 13 virtual registrations will be awarded to delegates who are unable to travel.

Leake was assisted with planning by Boise State University cyber-infrastructure engineer Jason Watt, Boise State University high-powered computing systems administrator James Nelson, and South African Centre for High Powered Computing senior high-powered computing systems administrator Bryan Johnston.