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Orientation for new graduate students

An online welcome and orientation was held on Monday, August 17, 2020 for the department’s new masters and doctoral students. The virtual orientation was held via Zoom and featured a host of department and university affiliates, each with information the students will need in the coming years.

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Chouhan interns at national laboratory

Pankaj Chouhan, a Scientific Computing doctoral student, has been awarded a summer internship with Argonne National Laboratory. The internship is a virtual one – the experience will be carried out remotely with the use of the lab’s telecommuting technology and communication tools. There are no physical or on-site requirements at the lab to protect affiliates from COVID-19.

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Professor emeritus continues scholarship

Emeritus professor Ionel Michael Navon hasn’t missed a beat since his retirement. Each year since 2014, Navon has published a dozen or so papers, and continued his contributions to mentorship and service to the sciences. As an affirmation of his outstanding body of work, Navon was honored with Festschrift for his 50-year contribution to the sciences.

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SC Alum awarded Fulbright

Recently, a Scientific Computing doctoral alum, Evan Cresswell-Clay, received a U.S. Fulbright award. As a Ph.D. student, Cresswell-Clay selected Compartmental modeling of Calcium Dynamics in Astrocytes, for his research project. He will continue his research on astrocytes for his Fulbright project in Spain.

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FSU researchers use mechanical engineering, scientific computing and forestry to better understand prescribed burns

In the effort to mitigate destructive wildfires, wildland managers often fight those uncontrolled fires with prescribed fire — carefully controlled burns to safely eliminate the vegetation that piles up on forest floors and adds to potential fuel.

Prescribed fires are an important tool for managing fire-prone landscapes, but they come with a cost. Fire makes smoke, which carries tiny, unburnt particles through the air, lowering air quality and making breathing more difficult.

A $2.2 million Department of Defense grant will fund an FSU investigation into the dynamics of smoke from prescribed burns, giving land managers a better understanding of when and how to best use the technique.

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