National Center for Supercomputing Applications



The following are features I wrote as an intern for the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. Part of my job was to break down complicated research into easy-to-understand articles.


NCSA computers power honey bee research

In a typical honey bee colony, young worker bees are responsible for attending to the queen and her larvae. As the worker bee ages, it progresses through different roles, ultimately landing the job of forager bee. Under irregular conditions, this natural succession can be disrupted causing the bee to prematurely adopt an advanced position within the hive. A nurse bee, for instance, will suddenly become a forager if for some reason there are not enough foragers bees in the hive. The genetic explanation for such socially regulated behavior in bees can also help in understanding the rules that influence behavior in other species, including humans.

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Risky Business

Before starting a software company in Texas, Pat Sullivan discussed with his wife the possibility of opening the firm. His wife feared the risks of starting a new business. Sullivan reassured her by telling her that in Texas, they can't take your house away, they can't take your last car, and they can't take your kids.

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Fine-tuning experiments

When two or more metals are joined by soldering, intermetallic compounds often form at the interface between the base metal and solder. The solder joints are used in a variety of applications, ranging from food packaging to electronics packaging to plumbing. With numerous possibilities and many practical problems, testing the properties and finding good candidate compound(s) in solder joints for a particular application can be an expensive and lengthy process.

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About Vince

I specialize in using digital and print media to communicate with mass audiences.

I earned a master's degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in 2013. My focus was interactive publishing.

I am currently the data visualization reporter at Eater. My mission is to use my skill set to help a forward-thinking news media organization succeed in the modern age.

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