JICS participates in UT’s “Computational Science Kickoff”

    A group of experts — including Director of the Joint Institute for Computational Sciences (JICS) Robert Harrison — gathered at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, to speak with interested students, faculty, and staff about professional and educational opportunities in computational science and engineering. At the meeting, JICS members noted their interest in expanding the university’s Interdisciplinary Graduate Minor in Computational Science (IGMCS) program.
    Currently, IGMCS is available as a minor, but there is a push to develop the program into a major area of study.
    Harrison, also a professor of chemistry, discussed the partnership between Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and UT Knoxville that established JICS more than 20 years ago — a partnership that continues to bring together internationally recognized computational research and faculty members in fields such as physics, materials science, mathematics and molecular biology.
    Graduate students majoring in applied math, a computer-related field or a domain science can apply to pursue a minor in computer science. Fifteen departments within the university are a part of the IGMCS program. A student studying in a department outside the 15 IGMCS participating departments can still apply for the minor after consulting with Dongarra. IGMCS students have worked with organizations like MathWorks, Google and Nvidia to fulfill internship requirements.
    The main facility managed by JICS is NICS, the National Institute for Computational Sciences, which facilitates 65 percent of all computational work done under funding from the National Science Foundation. Housed at ORNL, NICS enables research through three computers: Nautilus, a shared-memory machine for visualization and data analysis; Keeneland, a GPU-based hybrid machine jointly managed by the Georgia Institute of Technology, NICS and ORNL; and Kraken, the world’s first academic supercomputer capable of one quadrillion calculations per second.
    More details about the event can be found at http://igmcs.utk.edu/kickoff/.
    Information about IGMCS can be found at http://igmcs.utk.edu/.
    A JICS/IGMCS seminar series will run this fall on most Thursdays at 2 p.m. in Room 233 of the Claxton building. For more information on the seminar series, visit http://igmcs.utk.edu/seminars.

UT faculty and staff offer six Clarence Brown Theatre shows for $70


University of Tennessee faculty and staff can save even more off the already discounted individual ticket prices by purchasing a Clarence Brown Theatre six-show package for only $70.

The Clarence Brown Theatre currently offers half-price single tickets to UT faculty and staff. The six-show package discounts those prices even more. This package normally sells for $135 to the general public.

The offer is good for the six-show package, is limited to two subscriptions per purchase, and excludes Opening Night.

The Clarence Brown Theatre season opens on Thursday, Sept. 8. The following shows are included in the package:

* “Moonlight & Magnolias” — Producer David O. Selznick has shut down filming on Gone With the Wind because the screenplay isn’t working. What does he do? He fires the director, pulls Victor Fleming off the set of The Wizard of Oz, commandeers the great screenwriter Ben Hecht and locks everyone in his office for five days to act out the book chapter by chapter.

* “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” — Six lovable nerds, in the throes of puberty, battle for a spelling championship that is a perfect evening of musical F-U-N. Who knows? YOU may find yourself on stage!

* “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” — Inspired by the classic American film, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” the play is performed as a 1940s live radio broadcast in front of a studio audience. Five actors perform the dozens of characters, produce the sound effects and break for commercial. Live and On the Air! This production is returning to the Carousel Theater for its second season.

* “Fuddy Meers” — A woman whose memory is erased when she sleeps, a limping, lisping ‘brother’ who kidnaps her, an accomplice with a sock puppet, a husband with murky intentions, a gibberish-speaking mom and a foul-mouthed teenage son. A farce about aphasia, and other oddities, from the playwright of “Rabbit Hole.”

* “Black Pearl Sings” — A search for lost African-American folk music leads Susannah, an ambitious song collector for the Library of Congress, to Pearl, a woman with a soulful voice, a steely spirit and a dramatic story. Over 20 folk songs and spirituals create an American musical tapestry that unites these two different women, as they journey toward their way out of the shadows and into the light of personal freedom.

* “Kiss Me Kate” — Start with Shakespeare, add the timeless songs of Cole Porter, and you get a multiple Tony Award-winning musical. This play-within-a-play recounts the onstage and offstage romantic battles of a touring production of “The Taming of the Shrew.” Featuring songs like “Brush Up Your Shakespeare,” “Another Op’nin’, Another Show” and “Why Can’t You Behave?”

For more information or to order tickets, contact the Box Office at 974-5161.