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Arkansas Receives $3.3 Million Grant From National Science Foundation

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September 9, 2009

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The University of Arkansas has received a $3.3 million National Science Foundation grant to build and support a cyberinfrastructure and to train students and workers in information technology (IT) systems, tools, and services.

The Cyberinfrastructure for Transformational Scientific Discovery in Arkansas and West Virginia project is part of a broader effort to create a research consortium between the two states. At the University of Arkansas, the funding will enhance supercomputing resources at the Arkansas High Performance Computing Center, which supports research in computational science, nano- and ferroelectric materials, and multiscale visualization. "Beyond the critically important goal of helping scientists discover, understand, and solve complex problems that affect our lives, this award will enhance undergraduate education, provide training for information-technology workers, and support statewide initiatives such as the Arkansas Research and Education Optical Network," says professor Amy Apon, principal investigator for the project.

The project's objectives include creating a nationally competitive environment for computation and visualization and developing hardware and software capable of creating and capturing data with the goal of enabling a broad range of research in science and engineering. The project also will provide training in cyberinfrastructure and IT to students and the work force through a network of faculty and professional staff.

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