Columbus, Ohio – The planning committee for the Ralph Regula School of Computational Science will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday, March 28, 2006, at the Ohio Supercomputer Center, 1224 Kinnear Road, Columbus, Ohio.

Among the issues the committee plans to discuss are: a description of the approved competencies for the undergraduate minor in computational science; draft documents for the policy advisory committee discussing shared curricula; a draft of the governing board and advisory committee structure; updates on school projects; and National Science Foundation reviewer comments on an ATE proposal.

The statewide virtual school – a collaborative creation of the Ohio Supercomputer Center, Ohio Board of Regents and Ohio Learning Network, with participating colleges and universities – will focus on the exciting new area of computational science.

Computational science is the use of computer modeling and simulation to solve complex business, technical and academic research problems. Businesses recognize computational science as an essential tool for innovation and use it to develop new products. Researchers do the same to expand the frontiers of knowledge.

The Ralph Regula School builds on the tremendous assets Ohio already possesses – the OSCnet and OSC’s Blue Collar Computing™ initiative – to expand computational science capabilities to small- and medium-sized companies in Ohio. Through this enhanced access, computational science education has the potential to transform Ohio’s economy as business and industry learn to employ powerful computational tools.

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