Bridging the Gap. How you can help!
Over the last 30 years, PSC has been at the forefront of technology in its quest to provide topnotch research capabilities to scientists and engineers nationwide. We are spearheading or collaborating on several projects and programs that will have a national as well as international impact on our lives and future generations.
"This fall I am attending Marymount University located in Arlington, Virginia, as a Clare Boothe Luce Scholar.This scholarship is for women in science. The recipient is given full tuition, room and board as part of this academic scholarship. The Bioinformatics course provided by Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center helped kickstart my career and allowed me to explore options I didn't even know I had. I really do give this class all the credit and couldn't be more appreciative of the course being offered at my school." - Amanda
PSC's BEST program trains high school teachers in bioinformatics, the technology for analyzing and understanding vast amounts of biological data.This STEM program, which prepares students for 21st century careers, is now offered in 10 high schools in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Another PSC program introduces Bioinformatics at the graduate and undergraduate level and includes a summer internship program for students nationally.
About half a million kids die of rotavirus-caused diarrhea every year, particularly in Africa and South Asia.
PSC and Johns Hopkins used HERMES, a computer model, to show the Benin Ministry of Health could improve their ability to supply vaccines to their population, possibly saving $500,000 through the year 2017 and adding a rotavirus vaccine in the bargain.
Over 123,000 adults and children currently await organ transplants. Unfortunately, only about 30,000 donor organs become available each year. Every day, roughly 20 people die waiting for a “match.”
Researchers working with the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center developed software that automatically optimizes organ matches at 142 transplant centers across the country. Calculating optimum donor exchanges requires holding massive data in the computer's memory and performing many parallel computations. PSC's Blacklight supercomputer provided both of these capabilities, allowing the researchers to expand the number of donor/recipient pairs and broaden the criteria for matches.
Your gift enables PSC to pursue unique and innovative programs -- locally and nationally.