New journal promotes computational science education

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Dec 21, 2010) — 

A new online publication unveiled this week, the Journal Of Computational Science Education (JOCSE), will publish peer-reviewed articles focusing on various aspects of teaching computational science – the application of computing, especially supercomputing, to the solution of complex scientific and engineering problems.

“The journal, freely available online with the first issue in December 2010, promotes the use of computation in education through disseminating unique uses of computation in the classroom as well as research findings in computational science education, with submissions from both professionals and students,” said Robert M. Panoff, Ph.D., founder and executive director of The Shodor Education Foundation, Inc. “JOCSE utilizes internet technology and a web-based format to allow for enhanced interactivity.”

Panoff added that the on-line journal is a “real” journal and more than just a website, since the referred articles will be professional work that will give “full academic recognition to high-quality work in computational science education.”

Computational science is an increasingly important interdisciplinary field as scientists, engineers and social scientists apply modeling and simulation techniques to gain insights on the behavior of complex systems, accelerate the rate of discovery and design new approaches to a variety of problems.

“Modeling has become recognized as the third approach to scientific advancement, along with theory and experimentation,” said Steven I. Gordon, Ph.D., editor-in-chief of the journal and executive director of the Ralph Regula School of Computational Science (RRSCS), a program of the Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC). “Computational science has produced enormous advances in technological innovation and scientific inquiry, such as product prototyping, DNA sequencing, behavioral modeling, global climatic predictions, drug design, financial systems and medical visualization.”

As a result, an increasing number of institutions have begun academic programs in computational science ranging from minor and certificate programs for undergraduates to specialized undergraduate and graduate degree programs.




The Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) is a catalytic partner of Ohio universities and industries, providing a reliable high performance computing and high performance networking infrastructure for a diverse statewide/regional community including education, academic research, industry, and state government. OSC promotes and stimulates computational research and education in order to act as a key enabler for the state's aspirations in advanced technology, information systems, and advanced industries. For more, visit

The Shodor Education Foundation Inc. is a nationally recognized resource for educators and students. It helps educators through its work in creating and sharing online curriculum on its Web site, and providing customized training sessions for mathematics and science educators to effectively use these and other Web-based resources in their classrooms. For more, visit