In this guest post, Sultana Nahar, Ph.D., writes about how OSC resources helped her teach an atomic astrophysics workshop at Cairo University in Egypt recently. Nahar has been involved in the promotion of physics research and education in developing countries for many years and OSC has worked to help facilitate many of her workshops. 


The OhioLINK Electronic Journal Center (EJC) has undergone a rebuild in recent months and our new, upgraded version is slated to launch on Aug. 4, right around the corner. This new EJC will be a significant upgrade both in infrastructure and interface. The result is more accurate searching and an overall better experience for all of our users, as well as improved features for library staff who analyze and assess the content.  

Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk

In 1939, President Franklin Roosevelt established National Aviation Day, placing it in on the calendar to coincide with the birthday of Orville Wright on August 19. Orville and his brother Wilbur designed and built the Wright Flyer and in 1903 used it to perform “the world’s first controlled powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight.”

Carol Whitacre delivers State of Research address

I think I have the best job in America. I have the responsibility of leading the research enterprise of one of the largest universities in the U.S. – The Ohio State University. I oversee an organization that employs about 450 people who work in a variety of occupations, from climate modeler to computer scientist to fish hatchery education specialist.

An exterior view of the National Petascale Computing Facility, home to the Blue Waters supercomputer (Image: NCSA/University of Illinois)

The Blue Waters project, managed by the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois, recently announced a unique fellowship program for doctoral students who can use the Blue Waters computing system to help complete their academic research. This may be the only National Science Foundation project that funds this type of opportunity. The Ohio Supercomputer Center is under contract with NCSA to manage the fellowship program.

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The grand challenges we face in the 21st century are monumental. Solving these important national and global problems will require creative new approaches in science and technology. But responding to these 21st century challenges will prove even more difficult in light of the economic realities facing the nation and the world.