ICS name change to better reflect mission

University Park, Pa. -- Penn State's Institute for Computational Science (ICS) has a new name. Effective July 1, the ICS will become the Penn State Institute for CyberScience. The change, which comes with the approval of Eva J. Pell, senior vice president for Research, along with support from the ICS steering committee members and affiliated deans and administrators, is being made to have the name more closely reflect the work of the institute. Padma Raghavan, who has served as director of the institute since its inception a year ago, will continue in that role.

"CyberScience is a much better fit for the mission and vision of the ICS, which encompasses computing and data, model discovery and model simulation, and both discrete (network) and continuum methods to enable discovery through computing across a variety of disciplines," said Raghavan. "Computational science is restrictive and tends to be associated with the simulation of continuum models using numerical methods."

The name change is forward-looking and maps well to funding programs at major agencies, such as the NSF Cyber-Enabled Discovery and Innovation Program, and programs on Cyber-Chemistry, Cyber-Physical Systems, etc.

The ICS was launched in July 2007 as a collaborative effort among the academic colleges, the Applied Research Laboratory, the Office of Information Technology Services and the Office of the Senior Vice President for Research. The ICS was developed to enhance Penn State’s national and international presence and stature in computational science; to develop proposals that will win new opportunities for Penn State faculty and students to pursue high level collaborative interdisciplinary research; to drive the use and understanding of computational science in graduate education; and to increase access and awareness of high-end computing facilities.

The administrative offices are located at 201 Life Sciences Building.

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Last Updated March 19, 2009