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David Lifka elected national Vice Chair of CASC

Contact: Paul Redfern
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FOR RELEASE: November 17, 2010

ITHACA, N.Y. – David Lifka, director of the Cornell University Center for Advanced Computing and director of research computing at the Weill Cornell Medical College has been elected as the 2011 vice chair of the Coalition for Academic Scientific Computation (CASC), a national organization of academic high-performance computing centers and government laboratories. The announcement was made this week at SC10, the premier annual international conference on high-performance computing, networking, data and analysis.

Other officers for this year include past chair Stan Ahalt of the University of North Carolina, chair Amy Apon of the University of Arkansas, treasurer Dan Katz of the University of Chicago, and secretary Curt Hillegas of Princeton University. Washington liaison for CASC is Sue Fratkin.

Founded in 1989, the Coalition for Academic Scientific Computation is an educational nonprofit organization with more than 60 member institutions representing the nation's most forward-thinking universities and scientific computing centers. The organization advocates the use of advanced computing technology to accelerate scientific discovery for national competitiveness, global security and economic success. It also seeks to develop a diverse and prepared workforce.

As director of the Cornell Center for Advanced Computing (CAC), Lifka and colleagues recently released the national report on Sustainable Funding and Business Models for Academic Cyberinfrastructure Facilities sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF). CAC operates a national NSF experimental resource for parallel MATLAB and develops and delivers training services for multiple federal agencies.

The Cornell University Center for Advanced Computing (CAC) is a leader in high-performance computing systems, applications, and data solutions that enable research success. For more information on CAC, visit

For information on CASC, visit