Education: University of Texas at Austin Awards Dobie Paisano International Residency Prize

Barry Lopez

Barry Lopez, a distinguished novelist, essayist and short-story writer, has been awarded the Dobie Paisano International Residency Prize by The University of Texas at Austin. The award honors a national or international writer who has demonstrated an abiding connection to the natural world.

Along with a stipend, Lopez will receive one month of uninterrupted time to write at the 254-acre Dobie Paisano Ranch located in the hill country outside of Austin, Texas.

“Barry Lopez is a phenomenal writer,” said Marvin Hackert, interim dean of the Graduate School at UT Austin. “His books, essays and short stories have touched the lives and hearts of millions around the world. We are excited and honored to provide him the opportunity to continue his work at the Dobie Paisano Ranch.”

Winners are chosen for the residency prize by an internal committee. There is no application process.

Lopez received the National Book Award for “Arctic Dreams,” and he was a National Book Award finalist for “Of Wolves and Men,” for which he received the John Burroughs and Christopher medals. His work has been widely translated and appears in numerous anthologies.

The prize is supported by the Dobie Paisano Fellowship Program at UT Austin, the Texas Institute of Letters, the Ralph A. Johnston Memorial Foundation, the Ralph and Ruth McCullough Foundation, and the William A. and Madeline W. Smith Foundation.

Lopez is the second recipient of the Dobie Paisano International Residency Prize, and will assume the residency in 2018. He is the first American to receive the award. British writer Jim Crace was the first recipient in 2017. Joy Williams has accepted the prize for 2019.

“It was my good fortune and privilege to be chosen as the first recipient of the Dobie Paisano International Residency Prize,” Crace said. “In a 45-year-long writing career, both as a journalist and a novelist, I cannot recall a more productive period than that month spent at The Paisano. It struck me as one of the most stimulating environments I have encountered. For me, staying there has been a life-changing and life-enhancing experience.”

Lopez’s fiction, which includes “Field Notes,” “Winter Count,” “Crow and Weasel,” “Light Action in the Caribbean,” and “Resistance” has received numerous accolades. His essays are collected in two books: “Crossing Open Ground” and “About This Life.”

His most recent books are “Outside,” a collection of six stories with engravings by Barry Moser; and “Home Ground: Language for an American Landscape,” which he co-edited with Debra Gwartney.

His essays have appeared in The New York Times, Harper’s, Granta, The Georgia Review, Orion, Outside, The Paris Review and many other publications.

Lopez has been honored with numerous awards, including: the Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; the John Hay Medal; Guggenheim, Lannan and National Science Foundation fellowships; Pushcart Prizes in fiction and nonfiction; the St. Francis of Assisi Award from DePaul University; the Denise Levertov Award from Image magazine; and honors from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Association of American Geographers, the New York Public Library, the Nature Conservancy and the American Society of Magazine Editors. In 2002 he was elected a fellow of The Explorers Club

Education: Stampede2 at UT-Austin to Look at Various Science Projects

Stampede2

Supercomputers solve problems and accelerate discovery in a way that traditional experiments cannot.

These massive machines help researchers explore problems that are too vast (like black holes), too small (like DNA) and too dangerous (like hurricanes).

For more than a decade UT Austin’s Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) has led the academic world in supercomputing, continually pushing the envelope in power and speed.

In 2013, TACC deployed the first Stampede supercomputer. During its five years of operations, Stampede helped tens of thousands of researchers nationwide complete more than 8 million successful computing jobs and clocked more than 3 billion core hours of computation. Through its five-year life cycle Stampede was continually ranked by the Top500 organization as one of the world’s top 10 most powerful computing systems. It remained in the top 20 up to this year, when it was retired from operations.

LIGO

The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) used some of the world’s most precise optics that manipulated laser light to first detect gravitational waves. The Stampede project provided both computation and consulting to help optimize the software used to analyze the raw data.

“Stampede was an excellent tool for improving our understanding of the universe we live in. From the smallest scale of subatomic particles to detecting gravitational waves that have traveled a million light-years to the Earth, and a lot of exciting science and engineering in between,” said Stuart Anderson, a research manager for Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) based at the California Institute of Technology.

The 2015 discovery of gravitational waves by LIGO is one of the most important discoveries in modern science. TACC and Stampede were there as part of the team, and this is just one example of the more than 11,000 researchers who used Stampede1 to accelerate discovery.

But, supercomputers live fast and retire young. With each new generation of computer processors, they become significantly faster and less expensive to operate than the one before it.

On July 28, 2017, TACC introduced its most powerful supercomputer to date – Stampede2!

Stampede2 has already been ranked as Most Powerful Supercomputer at an Academic Institution in the U.S. – 12th in the world.
It is as powerful as 100,000 desktop computers — one for every seat in Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.

Stampede2

Stampede2 is the flagship supercomputer at The University of Texas at Austin’s Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC).

“Stampede2 represents a new horizon for academic researchers in the U.S.,” said Dan Stanzione, TACC’s executive director. “It will serve as the workhorse for our nation’s scientists and engineers, allowing them to improve our competitiveness and ensure that UT Austin remains a leader in computational research for the national open science community.”

The newest strategic resource for the nation’s researchers, Stampede2 was made possible by a $30 million award from the National Science Foundation (NSF).Experts across all disciplines can now answer new questions that could not be addressed through theory or experimentation alone.

TACC experts built the computer with support from The University of Texas System and industry partners Dell, Intel and Seagate.

Researchers have already started using the system to conduct large-scale scientific studies. Some preliminary findings from early user projects include:

  • Tumor identification from magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) data at The University of Texas at Austin.
  • Real-time weather forecasting at the University of Oklahoma that has helped direct storm-chaser trucks.
  • Earthquake predictions for the Southern California region at the University of California, San Diego that achieved a five-fold performance improvement over previously reported results.
  • Teams from Stephen Hawking’s cosmology research laboratory at Cambridge University, leveraging Stampede2, achieved unprecedented comparisons of previously performed simulations with gravitational wave data observed by the NSF-funded Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO).
  • UT Austin is collaborating with several other leading universities to enable Stampede2 including Clemson University, Cornell University, Indiana University, The Ohio State University and the University of Colorado at Boulder. Stampede2 is expected to serve the scientific community through 2021, supporting tens of thousands of researchers during this period. An additional NSF award for $24 million was recently granted to cover upcoming operations and maintenance costs for the system.

“For 16 years, the Texas Advanced Computing Center has earned its reputation for innovation and technological leadership,” said Gregory L. Fenves, president of UT Austin. “It is only fitting that TACC has designed and now operates the most powerful supercomputer at any university in the U.S., Stampede2, enabling scientists and engineers to take on the greatest challenges facing society.”

Texas News: Small Business Administration Officials to Help San Angelo Storm Victims Recover

downloadU.S. Small Business Administration officials will be in San Angelo through August 17 to assist victims of the severe storms that struck the area June 23-26 with applying for federal disaster assistance

The SBA is operating on the second floor of the Keyes Building, 113 W. Beauregard Ave., from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays through August 17. No appointment is necessary.

Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to businesses and residents who suffered damaged caused by the storms’ straight-line winds, hail and flooding. The SBA declared the event a disaster after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott asked it to do so July 24. The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in Coke, Concho, Irion, Menard, Reagan, Runnels, Schleicher, Sterling and Tom Green counties.

“SBA is strongly committed to providing Texas with the most effective and customer-focused response possible, and we will be there to provide access to federal disaster loans to help finance recovery for businesses and residents affected by the disaster,” SBA Administrator Linda McMahon said. “Getting our businesses and communities up and running after a disaster is our highest priority at SBA.”

“Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters whose property was damaged or destroyed by this disaster,” said SBA’s San Antonio District Director Anthony Ruiz. “Beginning Monday, July 31, SBA representatives will be on hand to answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program, explain the application process and help each individual complete their application.”

Businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory and other business assets. SBA can also lend additional funds to businesses and homeowners to help with the cost of improvements to protect, prevent or minimize the same type of disaster damage from occurring in the future.

For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives and most private nonprofit organizations of any size, SBA offers economic injury disaster loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. Economic injury assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any property damage.

Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property.

Interest rates can be as low as 3.215 percent for businesses, 2.5 percent for private nonprofit organizations and 1.938 percent for homeowners and renters with terms up to 30 years. Loan amounts and terms are set by SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.

Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing may call 1-800-877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

The filing deadline to return applications for property damage is Sept. 25. The deadline to return economic injury applications is April 26, 2018.

Farm & Ranch: Texas Water Smart Gazebo Dedicated in Pottsboro

pic1

The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA), City of Pottsboro and Texas Water Smart Foundation (TWS) are pleased to announce the construction of a gazebo at James G. Thompson Park.

“Pottsboro embodies the best of rural Texas,” said Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller. “The vision and focus of city and community leaders made this project possible, and their efforts will enhance the community by providing an outdoor space where educational workshops and community events can be hosted.”

Pottsboro Mayor Frank Budra said, “Pottsboro has made a long-term commitment to developing James G. Thompson Park. This project creates an open-air venue where the community can gather, and where we can host visitors. I am proud of the volunteers who have made this project possible and thank the department of agriculture and the Texas Water Smart Foundation for their support and guidance.”

The project is funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Specialty Crop Block Grant program and was implemented through a partnership among TDA, TWS, the City of Pottsboro, and community volunteers.

The City of Pottsboro was awarded a Texas Water Smart grant funded through the Texas Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help design and implement the garden. The purpose of the grant is to promote Pottsboro as a TDA Certified Retirement Community and to support water conservation awareness.

“This project is an investment in rural Texas,” Commissioner Miller continued. “The future of our communities depends on attracting business and new residents, as well as maintaining a reliable water supply. Pottsboro is working to fulfill both of these goals.”

“We are pleased to partner with TDA and the local communities to increase awareness about the nexus between healthy outdoor spaces, economic development, and water conservation,” Amy Graham, Chair of the Texas Water Smart Foundation said. “Because of the high level of engagement from the city and local volunteers, we know the garden will serve the community and carry forward the message about the importance of gardening and landscaping for years to come.”

To be eligible for the TDA-Texas Water Smart grant, participating communities must be enrolled in the TDA Certified Retirement Community program and select a project site that will help make the community more appealing to visitors and new residents. Because of the importance of maintaining an adequate water supply for agricultural users, projects must demonstrate outdoor water conservation techniques.

YouTube Marketing: From 0 to 100K Subscribers – How to Grow your Channel and Make Much More Money

YouTube Marketing: From 0 to 100K Subscribers - How to Grow your Channel and Make Much More Money by [Harris, James]

In YouTube Marketing: From 0 to 100K Subscribers – How to Grow your Channel and Make much more Money, you will learn:

How Using YouTube Can Benefit You: People who are new to this idea may not know how using YouTube can provide benefits, but we will explain this, in detail, throughout the book.

How to Get More Views: Okay, so you’ve made a channel and have a big idea, but how are you going to get people to watch your videos? Find out how to both win and keep viewers of your video content.

How to Get Subscribers: How do you get your first 1,000 subscribers and keep that growing infinitely? There are some important SEO tips to know as well as right ways to craft your page, descriptions, and more.

Earning Money with YouTube: Once you’ve got a following and an audience, how are you to earn money using YouTube marketing? Just follow our strategies to learn!

YouTube has over a billion unique viewers each and every month, which is more than almost every other website. Their audience is so huge that not taking advantage of this platform would be a dire mistake. Let us show you how to do it!

Food & Drinks: GoTexan Cowboy Trail Hash

Image result for GO TEXAN COWBOY TRAIL HASH

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb lean ground beef, pork or turkey
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 lb fresh mushrooms, chopped
  • 2 green peppers, chopped
  • 1 fresh garlic clove, chopped
  • 2 tsp Good Healthy Living Cowboy Trail Dust
  • 1 – 16oz Good Healthy Living all natural fire roasted salsa
  • 3/4 cup long grain rice, uncooked

Directions:

Cook beef, add onions, green peppers, garlic & mushrooms. Cook until veggies are beginning to get tender, stirring frequently to crumble meat – about 8 minutes. Add salsa and rice. Pour into a buttered 2-quart casserole, cover. Bake at 350º for 45 minutes, or until rice is cooked, stirring once or twice. Tossed salad, crusty bread and tall ice tea pair well with this dish. Serves 6.

Food & Drinks: GoTexan Watermelon Breakfast a Go-Go

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup low fat granola
  • 3/4 cup Texas watermelon chunks, de-seeded or seedless
  • 5 ounces low fat banana (or substitute) yogurt

To prepare: In a large, cylindrical glass, to-go cup container or plastic glass, create the following parfait:

  • Bottom layer: low fat granola
  • Next layer: small chunks of watermelon
  • Next layer: banana yogurt
  • Next layer: low fat granola
  • Next layer: small chunks of watermelon
  • Top layer: banana yogurt

Garnish:A slice of banana, toasted almonds or coconut, a wedge of watermelon, a strawberry or an orange wheel