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HPC Research and Education News for the Week of October 26, 2015 Sponsored by XSEDE

HPC in the News

Nominations Closing Soon for NVIDIA Global Impact Award
Nomination Deadline – October 30, 2015

Researchers worldwide are invited to submit their innovations for the 2016 NVIDIA Global Impact Award – an annual grant of $150,000 for groundbreaking work that addresses the world’s most important social and humanitarian problems. The award will go to an institution using NVIDIA technology to achieve breakthrough results with broad impact. Among the many areas this includes are disease research, drug design & development, medical imaging, energy efficiency, natural disaster response and cyber security. Learn more about this year’s recipient, the San Diego Supercomputer Center. Chosen from among more than 26 entries, the Center uses high performance computing to understand how earthquakes occur. Researchers, nonprofits or universities anywhere in the world may apply. NVIDIA technology should play a significant role in enabling the project. Multiple submissions from institutions and researchers are allowed. If you wish to put forward a nomination or encourage a contact to do so, the application may be downloaded at

Podcast: Intel HPC Developer Conference Coming to Austin for SC15
November 14-15, 2015 – Austin, Texas

In this podcast, Intel Software Evangelist James Reinders describes the upcoming Intel HPC Developer Conference. Featuring a keynote by Jack Dongarra from the University of Tennessee. We’re going to be focused on setting the stage for all the different talks that will be going. How does one stitch together thinking about how to approach the challenge of using parallelism using modern hardware for the software that you have at hand and am hoping that the talks give a lot of practical aspects to that real world experiences. I, for one, will definitely be talking about my experiences, both working with customers and I’ve had the good fortune to work on two recent books, High Performance Parallelism Pearls. And we chose the word “pearls” in reference to something of high value. We’re very happy we relayed a lot of real-world application experiences through our two books the last couple of years, and I will relate some of anecdotes and advice based on that and then relate it to the day and a half of the conference we have. For more information, please visit

Comet: A Supercomputer for the 'Long Tail' of Science

The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego this week formally launched "Comet," a new petascale supercomputer designed to transform scientific research by expanding computational access among a larger number of researchers and across a wider range of domains. The result of an NSF award valued at roughly $24 million, including hardware and operating funds, Comet is designed to meet the emerging requirements often referred to as the "long tail" of science--the idea that the large number of modest-sized computationally based research projects represent, in aggregate, a tremendous amount of research that can yield scientific advances and discovery. Comet joins SDSC's Gordon supercomputer as another key resource within the NSF's XSEDE (eXtreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment) computer resource-sharing system, which comprises the most advanced collection of integrated digital resources and services in the world. To read more, please visit


Spotlight on Our HPC Colleagues


Berkeley Lab’s Katherine Yelick Wins Ken Kennedy Award

ACM and IEEE Computer Society have named Katherine Yelick as the recipient of the 2015 ACM/IEEE Computer Society Ken Kennedy Award for innovative research contributions to parallel computing languages that have been used in both the research community and in production environments. She was also cited for her strategic leadership of the national research laboratories and for developing novel educational and mentoring tools. The award will be presented at SC 15: the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis November 17, in Austin, Texas. Yelick’s work has improved the programmability of high performance computing (HPC) through innovations to parallel languages and runtime systems. Her contributions to compiler research and open source software were key to the success of a new parallel programming model known as partitioned global address space (PGAS), an important software innovation for developers facing the challenges of exascale computing. To read further, please visit


XSEDE News from Partners and Friends


Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing Breaks Ground on New Building, Announces $8 Million Gift

Indiana University Bloomington celebrated a groundbreaking and announced the lead donor on a new building for the IU School of Informatics and Computing today. The $39.8 million, 124,000-square-foot building to accommodate the rapid growth of students, faculty and programs at the school is expected to complete construction in December 2017. Private donations will fund at least $10 million of the building’s construction, including $8 million from former IU student Fred Luddy, a member of the dean’s advisory council at the School of Informatics and Computing and founder of ServiceNow, a Silicon Valley-based company that delivers cloud-based, automated IT help desk services.  The new building will be named Luddy Hall in recognition of the gift and in honor of the many IU alumni in the Luddy family, including Fred's mother, father, sister and two brothers. This gift counts toward the $2.5 billion campaign, For All: The Indiana University Bicentennial Campaign. To read more, please visit

Scientists Unveil Dramatic New Portrait of Jupiter

With the aid of UC Berkeley astronomer Michael Wong, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope team has produced a dramatic new video of a rotating Jupiter, its bands and famed Great Red Spot standing out among swirling Technicolor clouds. The video was created from new global maps of the planet, the first in a series of annual portraits of the solar system’s outer planets from the Outer Planet Atmospheres Legacy program (OPAL). Already, the Jupiter images have revealed a rare wave just north of the planet’s equator and a unique filamentary feature in the core of the Great Red Spot not seen previously. The two Jupiter maps, representing nearly back-to-back rotations of the planet on Jan. 19, 2015, show the movements of the clouds and make it possible to determine the speeds of Jupiter’s winds. The Hubble observations confirm that the Great Red Spot continues to shrink and become more circular. In addition, an unusual wispy filament is seen, spanning almost the entire width of the vortex. To read further, please visit

Indiana University Seeks To Inspire Future Scientists with Second Annual Science Fest

Albert Einstein and Richard Feynman will be among those helping children and people of all ages celebrate their love of science on Saturday, Oct. 24, at Indiana University Bloomington. Arriving only a week before Halloween, the famous physicists will return as family-friendly "zombies" during the second annual IU Science Fest. The event builds upon a longstanding tradition at IU to invite the public to campus to discover science with over 100 fun-filled, educational activities that will spark imaginations and ignite a desire to learn. Over 1,800 people attended last year’s inaugural event. Members of the IU Physics Club, which puts on a physics demonstration show each year, will play the "zombies." This year's theme, "Jurassic Swain," will see the famous physicists come back to stop other costumed "dinosaurs" from terrorizing Swain Hall. The show will be one of hundreds of activities taking place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the IU Bloomington buildings of Swain West, Jordan Hall, Lindley Hall, the Chemistry building and Kirkwood Observatory, plus special sign-in activities in the Student Building and IU Research and Teaching Preserve. To read more, please visit


SC15 News


SC15 Releases Latest Invited Talk Spotlight: Dr. Franklin Orr

The United States is in the midst of an energy revolution. Over the last decade, the United States has slashed net petroleum imports, dramatically increased shale gas production, scaled up wind and solar power, and cut the growth in electricity consumption to nearly zero through widespread efficiency measures. Technology is helping to drive this revolution, enabled by years to decades of research and development that underpin these advances in the energy system. The Department of Energy’s 2015 Quadrennial Technology Review (QTR) examines the status of the science and technology that are the foundation of our energy system, together with the research, development, demonstration, and deployment opportunities to advance them.To read further, please visit

SC15 Releases Latest Invited Talk Spotlight: Randal Bryant and Tim Polk

President Obama signed an Executive Order creating the National Strategic Computing Initiative (NSCI) on July 31, 2015. In the order, he directed agencies to establish and execute a coordinated Federal strategy in high-performance computing (HPC) research, development, and deployment. The NSCI is a whole-of-government effort to be executed in collaboration with industry and academia, to maximize the benefits of HPC for the United States. The Federal Government is moving forward aggressively to realize that vision. This presentation will describe the NSCI, its current status, and some of its implications for HPC in the U.S. for the coming decade. To read the Executive Order, please visit

Call for Papers and Participation


EvoMUSART 2016: 5th International Conference on Evolutionary and Biologically Inspired Music, Sound, Art and Design
March 30-April 1, 2016 - Porto, Portugal
Submission Deadline – November 1, 2015

Notification – January 4, 2016

Following the success of previous events and the importance of the field of evolutionary and biologically inspired (artificial neural network, swarm, alife) music, sound, art and design, evomusart has become an evo* conference with independent proceedings since 2012. Thus, evomusart 2016 is the fifth International Conference on Evolutionary and Biologically Inspired Music, Sound, Art and Design.  The use of biologically inspired techniques for the development of artistic systems is a recent, exciting and significant area of research. There is a growing interest in the application of these techniques in fields such as: visual art and music generation, analysis, and interpretation; sound synthesis; architecture; video; poetry; design; and other creative tasks. The main goal of evomusart 2016 is to bring together researchers who are using biologically inspired computer techniques for artistic tasks, providing the opportunity to promote, present and discuss ongoing work in the area. For more information, please visit

Flairs 2016: Special Track on Artificial Intelligence and Cyber Security
May 16-18, 2016 – KeyLargo, Florida

Submission Deadline – November 16, 2015
Notification – January 18, 2016

Cyber Security is an interdisciplinary area that focuses on maintaining and reducing risks to the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information and resources in computer and network systems. The exchange and storage of electronic information must be protected to ensure business continuity within an institution. The challenges are high because of the number of people that can be affected when a single computer system or a network are comprised. Information systems can present vulnerabilities related to various threats whose sources can be of an intrinsic nature (design, technology, etc.) or human nature (external, internal, deliberate, mistake or negligence). These vulnerabilities have been increased because of computer commoditization, complexity, and ineffective automation. The complexity of modern systems and the diversity of threat vectors both social and technical, require intelligent, adaptive, multimodal solutions for which artificial intelligence (AI) approaches are well suited.  This track will focus on identifying state of the art artificial intelligence based solutions to problems related to cyber security. For more information, please visit


Upcoming Conferences, Webinars, and Seminars  


The 15th Annual Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics: Human Language Technologies
June 12-17, 2016 – San Diego, California 

NAACL HLT 2016 will feature long papers, short papers, demonstrations, and a student research workshop, as well as associated tutorials and workshops. In addition, some of the presentations at the conference will be of papers accepted for the new Transactions of the ACL journal (  The conference invites the submission of long and short papers on substantial, original, and unpublished research in all aspects of automated language processing and creation of language resources. The short paper format may also be appropriate for a small, focused contribution, a work in progress, a negative result, an opinion piece or an interesting application nugget.  Topics of interest include, but are not limited to the study of the following language areas, tasks, genres and approaches to language analysis:

* Linguistic Areas of Study *

- Discourse: anaphora resolution, discourse relation tagging, theories and systems for text organization evaluation, methods for analysis of dialog structure (spoken or written) and discourse semantics

- Morphology

- Phonology and phonetics

- Pragmatics

- Prosody

For more information, please visit

ISC 2016: ISC High Performance 2016
June 19-23, 2016 – Frankfurt, Germany

The ISC research paper sessions provide first-class open forums for engineers and scientists in academia, industry and government to present and discuss issues, trends and results that will shape the future of high performance computing. ISC is now calling for excellent contributions in all HPC-related fields, such as computer architecture, algorithms, performance analysis, storage, extreme parallelism and software engineering. Submitted work will be reviewed by the ISC 2016 Research Papers Committee, which is headed by Prof. Jack Dongarra, University of Tennessee & ORNL, and Dr. Pavan Balaji, Argonne National Laboratory. The ISC organizers as well as the German Gauss Center for Supercomputing and PRACE, the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe, will again sponsor the call for papers with three awards for outstanding papers: the Hans Meuer Award, the GAUSS Award and the PRACE ISC Award. For more information, please visit  


Research News From Around the World


IBM Research, Carnegie Mellon Create Open Platform to Help the Blind Navigate Surroundings

Scientists from IBM Research and Carnegie Mellon University today announced the first open platform designed to support the creation of smartphone apps that can enable the blind to better navigate their surroundings. The IBM and CMU researchers used the platform to create a pilot app, called NavCog, that draws on existing sensors and cognitive technologies to inform blind people on the CMU campus about their surroundings by “whispering” into their ears through earbuds or by creating vibrations on smartphones. The app analyzes signals from Bluetooth beacons located along walkways and from smartphone sensors to help enable users to move without human assistance, whether inside campus buildings or outdoors. Researchers are exploring additional capabilities for future versions of the app to detect who is approaching and what is their mood. NavCog is now available online and will soon be available at no cost on the App Store. The app analyzes signals from Bluetooth beacons located along walkways and from smartphone sensors to help enable users to move without human assistance, whether inside campus buildings or outdoors. To read further, please visit

Michigan State University Early Career Female Scientist Receives Grant to Kick-Start Her Research

Michigan State University assistant professor Kristin Parent is one of four early-career women scientists nationwide who have received $50,000 grants to kick-start their academic research careers. The awards were presented Oct. 15 at a ceremony at the American Association for the Advancement of Science. These grants are the first presentation of the Marion Milligan Mason Awards for women in the chemical sciences administered by AAAS, with $2.2 million in funding from the Marion Milligan Mason Fund. Parent, a member of MSU’s Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology since 2013, focuses her research on an approach to understanding the processes of virus assembly and infection. One of the goals of this grant program is to help early-career researchers, like Parent, conduct initial experiments that will make them more competitive for federal and other grants. In addition to research funding, the awards program provides leadership development and mentoring opportunities. To read more, please visit

University of Illinois Launches $18.5 Million Center for Power Optimization in Mobile Electronics

A new, $18.5 million Engineering Research Center led by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is out to pack more power into less space for the electrical systems. Called P.O.E.T.S., the Power Optimization for Electro-Thermal Systems center will attack the thermal and electrical challenges surrounding mobile electronics and vehicle design as a single system. P.O.E.T.S. is funded by the National Science Foundation. France Córdova, who leads the NSF, joined industry partners and members of the Illinois congressional delegation for the center's official launch on October 15. Heat is the enemy for people designing cars, construction machinery, aircraft, and mobile electronics. When their electrical systems do more work, they get hotter. When they get too hot, they operate inefficiently, fail, or even melt. Your cordless drill won’t fire up. Bulldozer buckets don’t lift. Planes are grounded. Electric cars sit on the side of the road. The Power Optimization for Electro-Thermal Systems (P.O.E.T.S.) center will attack the thermal and electrical challenges surrounding mobile electronics and vehicle design as a single system. To read more, please visit

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Gets Boost from Alumnus

The University of Tennessee prepared Joel Seligstein for success in Silicon Valley, and now the 2006 alumnus has given back to his alma mater. Seligstein, a graduate of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, recently gave to the department’s Excellence Endowment, which is used to enhance the educational experience for students. In recognition of that gift, the department named room 323 in the Min H. Kao Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Building the Joel Seligstein Faculty Office. Seligstein had a remarkable rise through the tech ranks after graduating from UT, beginning with his first job at Facebook. There he helped lead the team that developed one of the most common communication methods in use today: Facebook Messenger. When Seligstein started with the company Facebook had 15 million users, compared to more than a billion today. He got a unique view of the company’s meteoric rise from the inside, an experience he said he was happy to use to address current students. To read more, please visit

MIT Team Genetically Engineers a Quantum Virus for Efficient Energy Transport

When MIT phenoms Seth Lloyd and Angela Belcher put their heads together to create the perfect peanut butter cup, you know we are going to be there to take a bite. Lloyd, of quantum computer fame, realized that certain features of the kinds of viruses which Belcher builds are ideally dimensioned for trying increase the efficiency of photosynthetic energy transport via quantum effects. When he mentioned that to her, she said her lab was already making them. A short time later, the team had their prize: quantum viruses genetically engineered for optimal exciton transport. What are excitons you might ask? Technically speaking, they are neutral quasiparticles consisting of an electron and an electron hole bound by an electrostatic Coulomb force. They are formed when a photon is absorbed by insulators or semiconductors, and can transport energy on the smallest of scales without transporting net charge. There is now considerable evidence that proteins, including those which harness various chromophore molecules, act as semiconductors. To read more, please visit

Tracking Air Quality from High in the Sky

NCAR scientists have demonstrated how new types of satellite data could improve how agencies monitor and forecast air quality, both globally and by region. The scientists used computer simulations to test a method that combines analysis of chemistry-climate model output with the kind of data that could be obtained from a planned fleet of geostationary satellites, each of which would view a large area of Earth on a continuous basis from high orbit. For example, with a constellation of satellites, the system could be used to measure, track, and predict the effects of pollution emitted in Asia and transported to the western U.S., or the impacts of wildfires in the Pacific Northwest on air quality in the Midwest. The NCAR team reported their test of the system's potential in a paper co-authored with a NASA scientist that appears in the journal Atmospheric Environment. Current observations are mostly taken from low-elevation, globally orbiting satellites that provide only one or two measurements over a given location per day, thus limiting critical air quality observations, such as vehicle emissions during rush hour. To read further, please visit


Educator News, Conferences, and Opportunities


Michigan State University Scholars Challenge Colleges to Reform Stem Learning

America’s colleges and universities need to transform not only how but what they teach in introductory science courses, a group of scholars from Michigan State University argues in Science magazine. Melanie M. Cooper and colleagues say college students are expected to learn too many facts that do not connect across their coursework or prepare them to apply scientific knowledge in their lives. They believe a different set of strategies taking hold in K-12 schools can be used to improve learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, during the first two years of college. The MSU team makes its argument in a Perspectives paper in the October 16 edition of Science, one of the world’s preeminent science research journals. Co-authors are Marcos D. Caballero, Diane Ebert-May, Cori L. Fata-Hartley, Sarah E. Jardeleza, Joseph S. Krajcik, James T. Laverty, Rebecca L. Matz, Lynmarie A. Posey and Sonia M. Underwood. As MSU faculty members from multiple science disciplines, the co-authors have spent the past two years doing what they recommend for institutions across the country: working together with faculty colleagues in their respective disciplines to decide what students should master in each “gateway” course. To  read more, please visit

Study Asks: Can Math Teachers Teach Coding?

An NSF Study will examine how Computer Science Shortages can best be Addressed


How do students and teachers learn math and computer science, and how can we ease the coming shortage of computer science teachers? Worcester Polytechnic Institute will partner with Brown University and Bootstrap to examine those questions. A team of computing education experts will study how students—and teachers—learn mathematics and computer science, and how those ways of learning can influence each other. The study, funded by a National Science Foundation grant of nearly $1.5 million, is of critical importance as middle schools and high schools across the country look to integrate computer science into their curricula, while at the same time grappling with a projected shortage of computer science. To read further, please visit

Discovering DNA: Middle School Biotechnology Program Through the
San Diego’s Salk Mobile Science Lab

The Salk Mobile Science Lab is a free 3-day biotechnology program serving middle schools throughout San Diego County. This program provides a unique opportunity for your students to learn about genetics and DNA from real Salk Institute scientists. The Salk Institute is a world renowned laboratory on the cutting edge of genetics research. During the three-day mobile science lab curriculum titled “Discovering DNA”, students conduct experiments designed to illustrate that traits are coded for by a set of instructions called DNA. Students not only learn about the structure and function of DNA but also the techniques that are used everyday in real labs to analyze DNA. On the first day, students look at populations of fruit flies under a microscope to learn about the uses of model organisms, the effects of genetic transmission, and mutations. On the second day, they extract actual DNA from wheat germ. Finally, students simulate techniques used to analyze DNA fragments. All the necessary equipment is brought directly to the classroom where 90-160 students practice hands-on, interactive science for three days. For more information, please visit

Project SWELL Professional Development – Water in San Diego
November 7, 2015 – San Diego, California

San Diego Coast Keeper, Pure Water San Diego, Think Blue, City of San Diego and San Diego Unified School District welcome 5th grade teachers to participate in a workshop about water in San Diego. In partnership with Pure Water, San Diego Coastkeeper developed a lesson about Water Purification for our 5th Grade Curriculum “Earth Science: Water in San Diego”. The upgraded 5th grade SWELL kit will include the materials to teach all the lessons. These STEM lessons focus on San Diego water supply, conservation, and pollution prevention. Students will learn about water from the global to the local perspective. Using Pure Water San Diego program as a real-world example of how scientists and engineers work together to find solutions to our water issues using a safe, reliable and drought-proof drinking water supply. The professional development will help teachers understand Pure Water technology and how they can implement the new lessons and correlation to standards. Teachers will get this improve 5th grade SWELL kit to get hands-on and model water distribution, conservation, runoff pollution, wastewater treatment, and the three-step water purification process. Participants will take a guided walking tour through the Advanced Water Purification Facility, where proven technology is used to purify recycled water through membrane filtration, reverse osmosis and advanced oxidation with ultraviolet light and hydrogen peroxide. Tour participants will see the equipment and resulting purified water up close and have an opportunity to compare samples of purified, tap and recycled water. Join us to understand how this technology will impact San Diego’s long-term water supply. For more information, please visit


Student Engagement and Opportunities


Apply for the 2016 Award for Aspirations in Computing
Application Deadline - November 4, 2015 (8:00 p.m. EST)

The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing honors high school women who are active and interested in computing and technology, and encourages them to pursue their passions. This multi-tiered competition includes recognition at the national level (sponsored by Bank of America) and at the local level (sponsored by Microsoft), serving all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and all U.S. overseas military bases. Each local award taps into the powerful network of NCWIT Alliance members: teams from academia, non-profit organizations, startups, and corporations come together to build a community of support for young women interested in computing. For more information, please visit

Get to Know Outdoors Creativity Contest
May 1- November 1, 2015 – San Diego, California

The Get to Know Contest is calling youth all across America to get outdoors and get to know nature! Submit art, writing, photography, video, and music inspired by the great outdoors. So whether it’s a visit to a local park in your neighborhood, a local zoo or aquarium, or a nearby National Forest or Wildlife Refuge, we want you to get outdoors and get to know your wild neighbors! Then send us your artwork and you could win big! Winners will receive wild prizes, including the chance to have their entry published in the 2016 Get to Know Contest Calendar, art prize packages from Binders Art Supplies, LUMIX cameras from Panasonic, and other exciting partner prizes. The contest opens on May 1st and runs until November 1st. For more information, please visit

Competition: San Diego Air & Space Museum wants you to Build a Flying Car!
April 23, 2016 – San Diego, California

Submission Deadline – January 27, 2016

Along with SDG&E and the Best Buy Foundation, we’re looking for students who want to build a vehicle no larger than a shoebox, launch it down a ramp, and see if it can jump a gap. It’s fun, it’s creative, and you don’t have to be a science fair genius to come up with a winning entry. We’ll give you feedback, create opportunities to talk to experts, and give away great prizes. Students from 6th through 12th grade in San Diego County are encouraged to take part. Welcome to the Flying Car competition! We are looking forward to seeing your imaginative ideas. The idea, and the rules, are simple. Build a vehicle, let it slide down a ramp, and see if it can jump a gap! For the details, please visit


Computational Science News of Interest


A7 Patent Suit Loss Could Cost Apple $862M

A United States District Court jury earlier this week found that Apple's A7 processor infringes a patent held by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, the patent management arm of the University of Wisconsin -- Madison. WARF alleged patent infringement and claimed damages of up to US$862 million in a complaint filed early last year in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin. District Judge William M. Conley rejected Apple's motion to limit damages in a separate ruling late last month. Apple has used the A7 processor in its iPhones, starting with the 5s model introduced two years ago, as well as in several iPads. The patent in question is U.S. Patent 5,781,752, better known as the "752 patent." It describes a method to speed up data processing through parallel processing. Parallel processing executes multiple instructions at the same time or in an execution order controlled either by a control dependency or a data dependency. In a control dependency, instructions after a conditional branch or jump instruction are executed properly only if that branch or jump was not taken. To read more, please visit

Hubble Spots Mother Lode of 250 Ancient Tiny Galaxies

The Hubble Space Telescope has been in operation since 1990 and it still can amaze scientists and space fans alike. A team of astronomers has used the Hubble to make a fascinating discovery that links back to the early days of our universe: a collection of over 250 dwarf galaxies. Researchers date the galaxies to an estimated "only 600-900 million years after the big bang." That sounds like a long time to us, but it's a pittance on the scale of the universe's life span. NASA notes that it took over 12 billion years for the light from the galaxies to reach the Hubble. Scientists are using the Hubble data to peek into the early stages of the universe. Let's go way, way back in time to when the universe was chock-full of thick hydrogen gas. All that gas once blocked the travel of ultraviolet light in the universe. This fog began to clear, creating what scientists call the epoch of reionization. When it cleared, ultraviolet light was able to cover great distances. NASA refers to this as the universe becoming "transparent to ultraviolet light." To read further, please visit


Social Media


Twitter Grants Kordestani $12 Million in Restricted Stock Awards

Twitter Inc. granted new Executive Chairman Omid Kordestani $11.9 million in restricted stock, according to a filing from the San Francisco-based social network. Kordestani will also receive 800,000 options to purchase Twitter shares and an annual salary of $50,000, according to the filing Friday. Kordestani, Google Inc.’s 11th employee who became that company’s chief business officer in 2014, was appointed to Twitter’s board this week. He previously built a $1.3 billion net worth by selling shares of Google, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. At Twitter, he’s taking the post that Jack Dorsey vacated when he was named chief executive officer this month. Kordestani will have an operational role, helping with recruiting and strategy. Kordestani’s role at Google was reduced when it reorganized into Alphabet Inc., the Internet search giant’s parent company. Google had awarded Kordestani $97.7 million in 2014 compensation, making him the seventh-highest-paid executive in the U.S., according to the Bloomberg Pay Index, which values awards as of a company’s fiscal year-end. He forfeited 84 percent of the equity awards in that pay package on Sept. 30, which were then valued at $115 million. The remainder had vested. To read more, please visit

The Social Good Summit Revealed Behind-The-Scenes On Instagram

The 2015 Social Good Summit brought together the biggest names in politics, activism and the arts to discuss topics on everything from ending childhood slavery to the future of humanitarian aid. Capturing all the behind-the-scenes action will be the third-annual Social Good Summit #Instacorps, a group of high-profile photojournalists and social media stars with an all-access pass to the events of the Social Good Summit and UN General Assembly Week. Timo Weiland was born in rural Nebraska and raised between Jacksonville, Florida and New York City. He expressed an early interest in fashion, and training from his mother in sewing at an early age led to the eventual creation of Timo Weiland, his New York-based women's and menswear brand. Want to get involved? Join the conversation on social media using the hashtags #Instacorps and #2030Now. Together with our partners, including the United Nations Foundation, the UNDP and the 92nd Street Y, we're poised and ready for the 2015 Social Good Summit to be bigger than ever. To read further, please visit

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