Marc-André Légaré, Rising Star of Chemistry
Calcul Québec helps students become stars!
Marc-André Légaré, who is finishing a Ph.D. in chemistry at Université Laval, was one of the recipients of the Fonds de recherche du Québec’s Étudiants-chercheurs étoiles awards in October 2015. He received the award for an article published in the prestigious American publication Science regarding his research on metal-less catalysts. Complex molecular modelling computations are at the basis of his work and these need to be carried out on a supercomputer. Our compute server Colosse, located at Université Laval, provided the computing power Marc-André needed to get these results.
Mister Jacques Beauvais, Vice-President, Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Université de Sherbrooke, has been elected as the new Chairman of Calcul Québec's board for a term of one year.
M. Beauvais has been a professor at Université de Sherbrooke's engineering faculty since 1993 and was involved in many Faculty committees and evaluation committees in several organizations over the years, including NSERC, the Fonds québécois de recherche sur la nature et les technologies, The Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI), and NanoQuébec.
As some of you may know, 40% of the operating budget for Compute Canada and it's four regional partners Acenet, Compute Ontario, Westgrid, and Calcul Québec comes from the Canada Foundation for Innovation through it's Major Science Initiatives program, while the renewal of Compute Canada's infrastructures is also financed in part by FCI through the Cybernfrasctructure Initiative program. Those two programs are part of the funding architecture that will be discussed during the CFI consultation tour that will be stopping in Québec on November 16th and 17th.
This falls theme: Foundations and Applications of Big Data
The Coast to Coast (C2C) Seminar is an hour-long presentation given on a scientific topic and is made accessible to audiences at a number of remote sites across Canada through collaboration technology. In Québec, they are available through the videoconferencing capabilities of Calcul Québec sites at Université Laval, Université de Sherbrooke, McGill University and Université de Montréal.
The fist talk of this fall's series will be this Tuesday at 2:30pm Eastern time. Professor Martin Ester, from the computing science department at Simon Fraser University, will open the season with a talk titled Recommender Systems: Exploiting Big User Feedback Data for Personalization.
Through the Mitacs Accelerate internship program, graduate students, post-docs and University professors can extend the scope of their research by teaming with private companies and put their skills and resources to work taking up new challenges.
Applications are accepted throughout the year for internships lasting a minimum four months. Each 4-month internship project receives $15,000 in direct funding. To apply, students must already have an industrial partner, but several companies have expressed interest in the program and do have research projects that they would like to find interns for. Some of these projects are related to advanced research computing. The list of these projects is available on the Mitacs website.