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Grads, undergrads prepare for summer internships

Graduate students Feifei Xu, Ben McLaughlin, David Witman and Rui Gu held a workshop to assist undergraduate students in applying for and obtaining internships this summer. The graduate students discussed their individual experiences with applying for and obtaining internships at corporations and national laboratories. Many internships involve moving to another location, and students often receive housing assistance and a stipend.

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Erlebacher to collaborate on architecture game

Professor Gordon Erlebacher is involved in an interdepartmental collaboration to create an educational game that will increase middle students’ math skills. Along with Fengfeng Ke, an Assistant Professor in Educational Psychology and Learning Systems; Matthew Ventura, Senior Research Scientist; and Kathleen Clark, Associate Professor in the School of Teacher Education, Erlebacher will create Earthquake Rebuild, an open-source, architecture game. The game will challenge players to manage a budget and consider architectural symmetry and balance while rebuilding a virtual city after an earthquake. Dan Smith, a grad student in Scientific Computing, is one of two students who will work on the project.

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Gu presents vesicle-substrate adhesion research at 33rd SEARCDE

Ph.D. student Rui Gu recently traveled to the University of Tennessee at Knoxville to present his research on vesicle-substrate adhesion at the Southeastern-Atlantic Regional Conference on Differential Equations held September 21 - 22, 2013. In his workshop session, Gu used movies to demonstrate his model, and presented the most recent results of his research on how to solve a vesicle-substrate adhesion problem using two phase field functions. The conference was designed especially to promote education and research in the differential equations by young scholars like Gu, who are invited to present twenty-minute talks on their research.

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Zavala and Crock lead winning NASA Space Apps Team

Scientific Computing students are part of an international competition to inject energy and creativity into finding solutions to global problems

SC grad students Olmo Zavala and Nathan Crock and FSU Researcher Samuel Rustin comprised a winning team in NASA’s International Space Apps Challenge recently held in Tallahassee. The International Space Apps Challenge was held simultaneously in 75 cities across the globe. Zavala, Crock and Rustin’s award places their submission, OpenTiles, into international competition with the winning projects from each of the 75 competing worldwide Space Apps Challenge locations. The Space Apps Challenge took place on April 20-21 at Making Awesome, a Tallahassee Makerspace. Judging the competition were Dr. Greg Boebinger, Director of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory; Dr. Gordon Erlebacher, FSU Professor of Scientific Computing; and Stephen Thompson, a retired mathematician. The Department of Scientific Computing was an event sponsor.

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