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Representatives from the Computational and Information Systems Laboratory at National Center for Atmospheric Research, Dr. Richard Loft, Director of the Technology Development Division and Stephanie A. Barr, Diversity Coordinator, presented a workshop titled "Introduction to Gateways/HubZero" at the Association of Computer and Information Science/Engineering Departments at Minority Institutions (ADMI) 2013 symposium. This workshop was presented on behalf of the Science Gateway Institute, a National Science Foundation program of the Office of Cyberinfrastructure. This program seeks to bring assistance to those individuals and institutions creating scientific web sites by providing resources, services, experts & ideas for creating and sustaining science gateways.
BarrStephanie A. Barr is the Diversity Coordinator for the Computational and Information Systems Laboratory (CISL) at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), received a BS in mathematics with physics minor in 2007. She is currently a graduate student in curriculum and instruction at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her research focuses on mentoring and sense of belonging as they relate to issues of access, recruitment, retention, and support of non-traditional and underrepresented populations. Ms. Barr's interdisciplinary expertise allows her to effectively build new and support existing partnerships between NCAR and several distinct partner communities: K-16, university research, minority serving institutions, community colleges, and the public. As a member of the Outreach Services Group, she plays a central role in conducting targeted visits to STEM departments to assess the potential for mutually beneficial collaborations, and supporting CISL scientists and staff as they carry out the lab's mission to actively seek, train, mentor, and integrate diverse new talent at NCAR and in STEM fields.
LoftDr. Richard Loft (Atmospheric Sciences) is Director of the Technology Development Division (TDD) in the Computational and Information Systems Laboratory (CISL) at NCAR. He is responsible for research in applied computer science, visualization and enabling technologies, and earth system modeling infrastructure. TDD operates the Earth System Grid (, a federated data system for distributing CMIP climate model intercomparison data.
Dr. Richard Loft has worked in high performance computing since joining Thinking Machine
Corporation in 1989. At SC2001 he was on a team that received a Gordon Bell prize honorable mention for developing a scalable atmospheric dynamical core called the High Order Method Modeling. Environment (HOMME), which was recently integrated as part of the widely used Community Earth System Model. In 2005, Rich was NCAR PI on an NSF project to deploy and evaluate ultra-scalable models on an IBM Blue Gene/L system.