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By GCN Staff


Securing the grid by moving tech from lab to market

Securing the grid by moving tech from lab to market

As university researchers work to prevent crippling cyberattacks on the nation’s energy infrastructure, a Pennsylvania-based company will help ensure that the solutions they develop make it to market.

As part of the $12.2 million Department of Energy’s Secure Evolvable Energy Delivery Systems (SEEDS) program, Netizen Corp. will  work with the University of Arkansas, Lehigh University, Carnegie Mellon University and Florida International University, providing expertise and commercialization options for their research on the identification and remediation of vulnerabilities across the country’s energy grid.

“We are excited to have been chosen to partner with these prestigious institutions in the development and deployment of a new generation of algorithms, devices and systems designed to protect our nation’s critical infrastructure,” said Michael Hawkins, Netizen’s president and CEO.

Posted on Nov 30, 2015 at 1:04 PM0 comments


new wang building

Berkeley Lab opens computational science facility

The Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has officially opened Wang Hall, a state-of-the-art facility for computational science.

The lab will be the new home for the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center and will become the center of operations for DOE’s Energy Sciences Network.

The 149,000 square-foot Wang Hall, also known as the Computational Research and Theory facility, is designed from top to bottom for energy efficiency, taking advantage of the region’s mild climate to cool the supercomputers and eliminating the need for mechanical cooling. Heat captured from those systems will in turn be used to heat the building, which will house two leading-edge Cray supercomputers – Edison and Cori.

The facility, which opened on Nov. 12,  was named after Shyh Wang, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and semiconductor researcher.  

Posted on Nov 18, 2015 at 12:48 PM0 comments


NGA seeks input on new, improved mapping tools

NGA seeks input on new, improved mapping tools

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is considering a configurable mapping platform that  developers can use to deploy modern, intuitive, customizable, dynamic and responsive maps on both mobile and desktop clients.

NGA wants the user-friendly mapping platform to help developers easily build and share customized maps and geo applications, visualize large geospatial datasets and perform complex graphic information system analysis, according to the request for information. Any such platform would use APIs to expose appropriate and relevant features, tools and maps, deploy and scale in a cloud hosted virtual or containerized environment, host a variety of geospatial datasets and process NGA imagery while overlaying it with other data.    

Responses are due by Nov. 30, 2015.

Posted on Nov 18, 2015 at 2:27 PM0 comments


new agency for veterans in NYC

New NYC agency to help veterans

In an effort to better serve the 220,000 veterans that live in New York City, the City Council voted to establish a New York City Department of Veterans’ Services.

According to the City Council, the department will replace its current Office of Veterans’ Affairs with the new agency that will take on an expanded role as it works with federal, state and local agencies and to inform and assist members of the armed forces, veterans and their families in matters including:

  • Educational training and retraining
  • Health, medical and rehabilitation
  • Special rights and privileges for members of the armed forces, veterans and their families.
  • Employment and re-employment services

Mayor Bill de Blasio still needs to sign the bill, but is expected do so. City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said lawmakers have earmarked about $330,000 to help start the agency.

At the federal level, multiple efforts are underway to train veterans for cyber and IT careers. GCN's sister publication, FCW, has covered some of the more notably initiatives:

Posted on Nov 11, 2015 at 1:46 PM0 comments


Congressional app challenge kicks off for student submissions

Congressional App Challenge kicks off for student submissions

The 2015 Congressional App Challenge launched Nov. 9, offering high school students the opportunity to create, code and submit original applications in an attempt to enhance student engagement in science, technology, engineering and math programs.

The challenge is co-chaired by Reps. Mimi Walters (R-Calif.) and Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.).  At launch, 116 representatives from 37 states had signed up to host student app contests within their districts.

Each district's contest is hosted on Challenge.gov. Through Jan. 15, students can submit iOS, Android and Windows applications based on original ideas and creations. The judging period runs until Feb. 15, and  winning applications will be featured in the Capitol Building and on the CAC website. 

Congress created the CAC to maintain America competiveness, build future technical talent and encourage innovation in STEM-based and computer science skills. Interested students can visit the contest site to find their congressional district and further rules for submission, and interested congressional offices can still sign up to participate.

Posted on Nov 10, 2015 at 11:07 AM0 comments