Volume 5, Number 1
MCSR at MAS Spring Meeting, 2006
MCSR again sponsored the Special Subsession on Supercomputing as part of the Mathematics, Computer Science, and Statistics Division paper and poster presentations at this year's annual meeting of the Mississippi Academy of Sciences (MAS), Feb. 22-24 in Vicksburg. One of the award-winning talks and posters from the division was a collaborative presentation by Olexandr Isayev (Jackson State University) and Taner Pirim (MCSR), on Carr-Parinello Molecular Dynamics (CPMD) Benchmark Performance on MCSR's SGI Altix 3700 Supercomputer (redwood). MCSR Graduate Research Assistant Arvinder Kang also gave a presentation, on Comparison Analysis of Human Protein Databases and Approach to Database Interoperability. Our thanks to all who presented papers and posters this year, and especially to Dr. Andrew W. Harrell, for his conscientious work in chairing the division again this year.
We would like to encourage all MCSR researchers, including and especially student researchers, to consider submitting an abstract for presentation in next spring's meeting. MAS is an excellent, low-pressure, lost-cost venue for student presentations, as well a great place get local feedback on research work in anticipation of expanding that work for publication in nationally recognized journals and conferences in the future.
In addition to participating in the poster and paper presentation sessions, MCSR staff members participated with an exhibit booth, distributing MCSR pens, brochures, and cookies, and spreading the word about the important mission that MCSR fulfills in the state. One notable visitor to our exhibit was Dr. John H. Marburger, III, the Dodgen Keynote Lecturer for the Meeting. Dr. Marburger is the Science Advisor to the President of the United States, and Director of the Office of Science and Technology. On three different occasions during his keynote lecture, Dr. Marburger highlighted MCSR as shining example of one of a number of things Mississippi is doing well to improve its competitive posture in science, research, and technology. We appreciate Dr. Marburger's attention to our project, and certainly agree with his assessment that MCSR is a "highly leveraged investment" of the Mississippi Legislature.