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The financial services and medical insurance industries powerfully influence the lives of people. Resources from the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) are supporting research that's exploring the dynamics of competition in those industries.

Vijay Koju, a PhD student in computational science at Middle Tennessee State University and originally from Nepal, simulated the behavior of visible light during his summer 2014 internship at the National Institute for Computational Sciences (NICS) this summer.

The SC14 Student Cluster Competition team from the University of Tennessee conducted a "mock run" Aug. 12–14 at Oak Ridge National Laboratory to assess their readiness for the 48-hour event at the SC14 supercomputing conference, Nov. 16–21, in New Orleans.

Lasers are an integral part of modern life—from supermarket checkout scanners to tools for cosmetic surgery. Researchers from the University of Virginia used Kraken (now decommissioned) to better understand how lasers interact with materials. The work is aimed at enabling intelligent design of new laser applications.

The tenth and concluding week for the 2014 Computational Science for Undergraduate Research Experiences (CSURE) program is Aug. 4–8, when the students give their final project slide and poster presentations at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.