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CMNS e-News October 2011

Vol. 2, No. 1
Please submit items to the editor, Mary Kearney.

Contents

In Memoriam

Andrew A. Dantzler (1984 B.S. Astronomy), died unexpectedly Thursday, October 13, 2011, at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He had worked at NASA from 1984 until 2006, serving as an optical engineer, Earth Observing System manager, Landsat 7 instrument manager, assistant chief of the Laboratory for High Energy Astrophysics, and director of the Solar System Exploration Division at NASA Headquarters. In 2006, he joined the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory's Civilian Space Business Area to lead the Living with a Star Missions. Dantzler was the first Solar Probe Plus program manager and was promoted to program area manager for Civilian Space in July 2009, a position that had him overseeing program management for all Civilian Space programs at APL, including the MESSENGER mission, now in orbit about Mercury, and the New Horizons mission on its way to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt.

Herbert Hauptman (1955 Ph.D. Mathematics, advisor Richard Good) died October 23, at the age of 94. Hauptman was co-winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1985 for developing mathematical methods for deducing the molecular structure of chemical compounds. After World War II, in which he served as a Navy ensign stationed in the Southwest Pacific, Hauptman began working at the Naval Research Laboratory until 1970 when he joined a non-profit biomedical research institute, the Medical Foundation of Buffalo (MFB). He became the Research Director in 1972, then President for many years. Renamed the Hauptman-Woodard Medical Institute in 1994, the Institute creates novel strategies and technologies to promote the understanding, prevention and treatment of many human diseases. Hauptman, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, received many awards including the Health Care Heroes Award for Lifetime Achievement (Business First-2000), Citizen of Distinction (City of Buffalo-1995) and the Dirac Medal for the Advancement of Theoretical Physics (University of New South Wales, Australia-1991). Hauptman was inducted into the University of Maryland's Hall of Fame in 1995, and received the President's Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2003.

Announcements

The Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science announces the addition of an undergraduate major to its educational programs. The major has been designed to teach broad based knowledge in meteorology, oceanography, climate and air pollution. The degree satisfies the requirements for federal service positions as a meteorologist or oceanographer, and also follows the American Meteorological Society's statement on bachelor's degrees in Atmospheric Science. For more information:http://www.atmos.umd.edu/education/undergraduate/undergrad_major.php

Computer Science Distinguished Lecture: Dr. Erik D. Demaine, MIT
Date and Time: Monday, November 7, 4:00p.m.-5:00p.m.
Topic: Algorithms Meet Art, Puzzles, and Magic
Location: 1115 CSIC Building, Refreshments at 3:30p.m. in the CSIC Lobby
When I was six years old, my father Martin Demaine and I designed and made puzzles as the Erik and Dad Puzzle Company, which distributed to toy stores across Canada. So began our journey into the interactions between algorithms and the arts (here, puzzle design). More and more, we find that our mathematical research and artistic projects converge, with the artistic side inspiring the mathematical side and vice versa. Mathematics itself is an art form, and through other media such as sculpture, puzzles, and magic, the beauty of mathematics can be brought to a wider audience. These artistic endeavors also provide us with deeper insights into the underlying mathematics, by providing physical realizations of objects under consideration, by pointing to interesting special cases and directions to explore, and by suggesting new problems to solve (such as the metapuzzle of how to solve a puzzle). This talk will give several examples in each category, from how our first font design led to building transforming robots, to how studying curved creases in origami led to sculptures at MoMA. The audience will be expected to participate in some live magic demonstrations.

ADVANCE Distinguished Lecture: Dr. Carla Shatz, Director, Bio-X, Professor of Neurobiology and Biology, Stanford University.
Date and Time: Wednesday, November 9, 4:15p.m.-5:30p.m., reception following.
Topic: Releasing the Brake on Synaptic Plasticity
Location: 1101 Bioscience Research Building.
Connections in adult visual system are highly precise, but they do not start out that way. Precision emerges during critical periods of development as synaptic connections remodel, a process requiring neural activity and involving regression of some synapses and strengthening and stabilization of others. We discovered unexpectedly that MHC Class I genes and an innate immune receptor, PirB, are involved in this process. In mice lacking expression of specific MHCI proteins, synapse regression in developing visual system fails to occur, synaptic strengthening is greater than normal in adult hippocampus, and ocular dominance (OD) plasticity in visual cortex is enhanced. Plasticity in mutant mice lacking PirB is also enhanced. Thus, MHCI ligands signaling via PirB receptor may function to “brake” activity‐ dependent synaptic plasticity. Together, results imply that these molecules, thought previously to function only in the immune system, also act at neuronal synapses to limit how much‐ or perhaps how rapidly‐ synapse strength changes in response to new experience. Changes in the function of these molecules may also contribute to developmental disorders such as Autism and Schizophrenia.

Bioscience Day: Next Generation Research in Infectious Diseases
Date and Time: Thursday, November 10, 12:00 noon-6:00p.m.
Location: Stamp Student Union
Bioscience Research & Technology Review Day is a special annual event that features research talks, presentations, mini-symposia, and demonstrations by University of Maryland scientists. The program provides a unique opportunity for executives and professionals in industry and government to: discover the most recent advances in bioscience and biotechnology at the University of Maryland; promote the potential for academic-industry-government collaboration; meet University scientists and interact with graduate student researchers; network with colleagues who share an interest in the promotion of bioscience and the bioscience industry and recruit employees and investigate job opportunities.

The program includes the Dr. Erik B. & Mrs. Joyce D.C. Young Lecture "Explorations of Self: Space, time, and stability in the human microbiome" by David Relman, Stanford University School of Medicine.

A Sample of Events/Themes: “Why is TB so successful?” “Infectomics” “Interleukin-7 and infectious diseases” and a Networking Panel – guiding you in your job search Poster Session with lunch – see the work done by your faculty and peers. For more information, go to: http://bioscienceday.umd.edu/

Sean Davis has been appointed the new Director of Facilities for CMNS. Sean graduated with a Bachelors of Architecture from Virginia Tech, is a registered architect, and has worked as Director of Construction Administration and as Project Architect for a variety of ground-up and renovation projects in the Northern Virginia area for the past 15 years. In his role as Director of Facilities he will be planning lab and other renovation projects with researchers, developing scopes of work, preparing working drawings, and overseeing maintenance, infrastructure, and construction projects for the College. He will be a great asset to the Physical Sciences Building move-in effort and other projects the College will be involved with in the coming years. He is located in room 3429 A.V. Williams Building, and can be reached at 301-405-4211 or at sgdavis@umd.edu.

Honors and Awards

A symposium honoring the career of Pedro Barbosa (Entomology) will be held at the Entomological Society of America’s national meeting, November 13-16, Reno, NV. “…Barbosa’s research has provided insight into the behavior and ecology of insect-plant and multi-species interactions, ranging from basic mechanisms, population processes, and community structure. Through his mentorship and fruitful collaborations, he has influenced the course of basic and applied research in insect behavior and ecology, insect-plant ecosystems, biological control, and sustainable agriculture. By example and action, his passion, integrity and generosity have shaped the careers of many young researchers and “changed the face” of Entomology.”

Rita Colwell (Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics and UMIACS) is one of three (3) recipients of the CRDF Global’s 6th annual George Brown Award for International Scientific Cooperation. Dr. Craig Barrett (former CEO and Chairman of the Intel Corporation and international co-chair of the Skolkovo Foundation Council) and Ambassador Thomas Pickering (a career ambassador at the U.S. Department of State and the former ambassador to the Russian Federation, India, Israel, El Salvador, Nigeria, Jordan and the United Nations) are this year’s other recipients. The award recognizes individuals whose life work has advanced the vision of the late California Congressman George E. Brown, Jr., and will be presented at a special dinner, November 2, at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC.

Kayo Ide (AOSC) has been selected by the CMPS Board of Visitors to receive the Board’s Junior Faculty Award. Ide studies the dynamics of atmosphere and oceans. The Award, established by the College’s Board of Visitors, recognizes particularly fine accomplishments in research and education by an assistant professor.

David Jacobs (Computer Science and UMIACS) received the 2011 Edward O. Wilson Biodiversity Technology Pioneer Award for co-inventing Leafsnap, the First Mobile App for Plant Identification. This award honors individuals who have significantly contributed to the preservation of biodiversity. The award was presented to Jacobs and his co-inventors, Peter Belhumeur of Columbia University and John Kress of the Smithsonian-National Museum of Natural History, by The American Computer Museum, the world's oldest continually operating museum of its type.

Hsiao-Ling Lu (Entomology) has been awarded one of six (6) John Henry Comstock Graduate Student Awards by the Entomological Society of America (ESA). The award will be presented at Entomology 2011, the ESA’s 59th Annual Meeting, Reno, NV, November 13-16.

Bill McDonough (Geology) has been selected to receive the 2012 Robert Wilhelm Bunsen Medal from the European Geosciences Union. Established by the Division on Geochemistry, Mineralogy, Petrology and Volcanology in recognition of the scientific achievements of Robert Wilhelm Bunsen, the medal is awarded for distinguished research in geochemistry, mineralogy, petrology and volcanology.

Gregory Nusinovich (IREAP) is the recipient of the 2012 Kenneth J. Button Prize for outstanding contributions to the science of the electromagnetic spectrum. Administered by the Institute of Physics (Britain), the prize is named after the founder of the International Conference on Infrared and Millimeter Waves and Terahertz Electronics (IRMMW-THz). Nusinovich will present the plenary lecture, and receive his medal, certificate and a monetary prize at the 2012 annual IRMMW-THz meeting, scheduled for September 23-28, Wollongong, Australia.

Emily Seldomridge (Graduate student, Geology, advisor Karen Prestegaard) received the Best Student Poster Award by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) Eastern Section meeting, Crystal City, VA, September 25-27.

Two sessions in honor of Jan Sengers (IPST) on the occasion of his 80th birthday were held at the annual meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Minneapolis, MN, October 16.

Contracts/Grants

Hector Corrada Bravo (Computer Science), Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, $142,190, “Alignment Software for Second-generational Sequencing.”

Bruce Kane (Physics and JQI), Maryland Procurement Office, $1,082,967, “Quantum Computing Research.”

Jonathan Katz (Computer Science and UMIACS), Computing Research Association, $140,000, “Postdoctoral Research Grant for Hong Sheng Zhou.”

Lauren Kolb (Entomology), USDA-National Institute of Food and Agriculture, $403,777, “The Influence of Cover Crops and Tillage on Soil Quality, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Pest Community Dynamics and Economics of Fields Transitioning to Organic Farming.”

Vincent Lee (Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics), Defense Threat Reduction Agency, $125,400, “Probing Spore Neutralization Mechanisms and Tuning Energetic Biocides.”

Zhanqing Li (AOSC and ESSIC), DOE-Washington, $142,042, “Use of ARM Mobile Facility (AMF) Data to Study Aerosol Indirect Effects in China in Comparison with those in US.”

Xin-Zhong Liang (AOSC and ESSIC), University of Michigan, $136,500, “Coupling a 1-D Diffusion Lake Model with CWRF Over the Laurentian Great Lakes.”

Charles Mitter (Entomology), US Department of Agriculture, $324,402, “National Honey Bee Disease Survey.”

Philip Resnik (Computer Science and UMIACS), Army Research Office, $458,977, “Language Evidence for Social Goals: A Linguistic Approach to Persuasion Moves in Discourse.”

Massimo Ricotti (Astronomy and JSI), NSF, $100,888, “CDI-Type II: Unraveling the Complexity of Extreme Waves: A Computational Quest.”

Ross Salawitch (AOSC, Chemistry and Biochemistry), NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center, $107,550, “Assessing and Improving Models of Atmospheric Ozone.”

Eun-Suk Seo (Physics and IPST), NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center, $185,000, “Approaching the Cosmic Ray Knee with the CREAM Balloon-borne Experiment.”

Heven Sze (Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics), DOE-Washington, $150,000, “Endomembrane Cation Transporters and Membrane Trafficking.”

What's New

The Eighth Annual Symposium of the Burgers Program for Fluid Dynamics will be held November 16, 1:00pm-5:00pm, in the Kay Boardroom (Rooms 1107 and 111), Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building. The Burgers Lecture will be given by Marie Farge, Directrice de Recherche CNRS, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris. The invited lecturers are Katepalli Screenivasan (Professor of Physics and Senior Vice Provost at NYU), Gijs Ooms (Scientific Director of the J.M. Bugerscentrum in the Netherlands) and Jutta Luettmer-Strathmann (former student of Sengers and Professor of Physics at the University of Akron). A gala reception to celebrate Jan Sengers will follow the symposium in the rotunda of the Kim building from 5-6pm.

President Lizhong Yu of East China Normal University (ECNU) traveled to the University of Maryland (UMD) on October 5th to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) agreement promoting cooperation and exchange between the two universities. Plans have been developed for a dual degree program in chemistry and biochemistry between UMD and ECNU, which will allow highly capable students who have advanced to candidacy at ECNU to apply to the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry to complete their Ph.D. research. This research may be in association or collaboration with laboratories from both institutions and funding for this is expected to be provided in part by a government fellowship that is supplemented by the research mentor at Maryland. President Yu and ECNU are interested in expanding this program from Chemistry and Biochemistry to other departments.

Tony Busalacchi (AOSC and ESSIC) gave the opening and closing remarks at the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) Conference, Denver, CO, October 24-28. Busalacchi, who was Chair of the WCRP Joint Scientific Committee, also co-organized the Panel Discussion on Climate Science in Service to Society: Private Sector Needs and Opportunities. There were over 1,900 participants from 86 countries which included 523 students plus early career scientists and 332 scientists from developing countries.

Michael Cummings (Biology and UMIACS) was Co-Director for the Workshop on Comparative Genomics: Special Session at the Smithsonian Institution, held at the National Museum of Natural History, October 3-7. There were 91 participants who came from the National Museum of Natural History, National Zoological Park, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, J. Craig Venter Institute, USDA, FDA, and several universities.

William Goldman and Richard Wentworth (Mathematics) are among the PIs directing a "Maryland hub" of a new $5M Research Network in Mathematical Sciences based around the subject of Geometric Structures and Representation Varieties (GEAR) and funded by NSF. By linking researchers from 46 nodes in the U.S., Canada and Europe, the GEAR network will facilitate research interactions, crossing traditional mathematical boundaries, and opening new possibilities for graduate student training.

Sinead Farrell (ESSIC) discussed the sea ice factories of Antarctica's Southern Ocean as part of a NASA podcast recorded for the NASA Visualization Explorer (NASA Viz) App. for the iPad. A link to the story can be found here: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10826

Zhanqing Li (AOSC and ESSIC) gave an invited talk at the 30th American Association for Aerosol Research conference in Orlando, FL, October 3-7, on the long-term impact of aerosols on cloud and precipitation.

Dionisios Margetis (Mathematics, IPST and CSCAMM) will be the plenary speaker at the Fall meeting of Washington-Baltimore Section of the SIAM, November 16, 8:30 p.m., Clipper Room, Shriver Hall, Homewood Campus, Johns Hopkins University. Margetis will present a lecture entitled "A Tale of Two Scales: From Discrete Schemes to Partial Differential Equations in Epitaxial Growth."

Raghu Murtugudde (AOSC and ESSIC) was the seminar speaker at Millersville University, Earth Science Department, PA on October 6 and at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)Boulder with the topic of Big History: Earth, Life, and Sustainability, October 13.

Robert Parks (Physics) is one of 4 panelists at this year’s Trottier Public Science Symposium, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, November 7 and 8. The panelists will be sharing their views with students, faculty and the public as they place “Alternative Medicine” under the microscope.

At the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) Conference, Denver, CO, October 24-28, Robert Adler (ESSIC) was the session convener for “Inter-annual and Inter-decadal Variations and Trends in Global and Regional Precipitation and Their Relation to Temperature and Water Vapor Changes.” Omar Muller (ESSIC, advisor Hugo Berbery) won the Best Scientific Presentation award for students and early career scientists with the poster “Using ecosystem functional types as lower boundary conditions in simulations of droughts in Southern South America” and Junye Chen (ESSIC) received an Early Career Scientist Recognition for “The Effect of Satellite Observing System Changes on MERRA Water and Energy Fluxes.” Additional oral and poster presentations were made by ESSIC scientists Phillip Arkin, Ligang Chen, Richard Cullather, Guojun Gu, Yuxiang He, Andre Molod, Li Ren and Xin-Zhong Liang (AOSC and ESSIC) with Andrew Negri manning the ESSIC display booth featuring NOAA's Magic Planet.

In The News

Rita Colwell (Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics and UMIACS) published a feature article in GEN (Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News), October 1, on safe drinking water and combating infectious disease agents.

Michael Cummings (Biology and UMIACS) was quoted regarding comparative genomics software in an article titled “Software Surfeit” that appeared in the October edition of Genome Technology.

Galen Dively (Entomology) was quoted in the Southeast Farm Press, October 20, in an article on the southward movement of the brown marmorated stink bugs.

James Drake (Physics, IPST and IREAP) was quoted in the Princeton News, October 24, in an article on the Magnetic Reconnection Experiment (MRX) conducted by the U.S. Department of Energy's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL). 

Lori Feaga and Michael A’Hearn (Astronomy) were quoted in Scientific American, October 16 and SpaceDaily, October 10, on their analysis of data on comet Hartley 2, gathered by the Deep Impact/EPOXI spacecraft during a flyby, and presented at the American Astronomical Society Division for Planetary Sciences and the European Planetary Science Congress, Nantes, France, October 2-7. The data suggests that the end pieces of the comet may have formed separately, before merging to create the odd-shaped object.

James Gates (Physics) will appear in the PBS documentary “The Fabric of the Cosmos,” a miniseries about space, time and the multiverse. The documentary will premier on November 2nd.

Shiv Krishnamoorthy, Megan Monroe (Graduate students, Computer Science), Ashok Agrawala and Adam Porter(Computer Science and UMIACS) were quoted in the Bellingham Herald, October 13, in an article on mobile apps they have created or are developing. A follow-up story appeared in US News, October 24.

Karen Lips (Biology) was quoted in Yale Environment 360, October 24, in an article on the spread of fungal diseases in amphibian, bat and bee populations, some of which are infecting humans.

Cole Miller (Astronomy) and his colleagues published an article in The Astrophysical Journal Letters, October 20, suggesting that a funnel effect accelerated black hole development. They found that gas-rich galaxies, common in the early universe, may be the key to the formation of early supermassive black holes. Cole was interviewed about this paper in New Scientist, October 13. 

Raghu Murtugudde (AOSC and ESSIC) was quoted in The Hindu, October 10, in an article on the recent launch of the Indo-French Satellite “Megha-Tropiques.” The satellite’s objectives are to improve the knowledge of the water cycle in the intertropical region and to evaluate its consequences on the energy budget; to study the life cycle of tropical convective systems over ocean and continents, the environmental conditions for their appearance and evolution, their water budget, and the associated transports of water vapor. A follow-up article appeared in the International Business Times.

M-Urgency, developed by Ashok Agrawala (Computer Science and UMIACS) and his team and in collaboration with the university’s Department of Public Safety, was featured in BBC News Magazine, October 3. The short video demonstrates how M-Urgency allows students, faculty and staff to share emergency information with dispatchers via video and audio.

Michael Raupp (Entomology) was interviewed on October 30 for an NPR-All Things Considered segment on fungal parasites. Raupp, aka “The Bug Guy,” also stars in the video, "Mosquitoes: BITE Them Before They Bite You" which was produced by the Home and Garden Information Center, University of Maryland Extension.

Roald Sagdeev (Physics and IPST) was interviewed in TakePart, October 11, on the nuclear disarmament meeting and negotiations between Presidents Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, Reykjavik, 1986. Sagdeev, who was Director of the Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences at the time, was science advisor to Gorbachev.

Ross Salawitch (Chemistry and Biochemistry, AOSC and ESSIC) was quoted in RedOrbit, October 13, in an article on chlorofluorocarbons and geo-engineering solutions. Salawitch was also quoted in ScienceNews, October 3, on this year’s Arctic ozone depletion.

Julio Serrano (Undergraduate student, Chemistry) was interviewed by Fox News (Latino), October 31, on his receipt of a Vicente Fernandez/Budweiser scholarship via the Hispanic Scholarship Fund. Each recipient has the opportunity to speak with Vicente Fernandez in person at one of his concerts. Serrano, a senior, plans to enter graduate school after graduation.

Sarah Tweedt (Graduate student, Biological Sciences) was interviewed on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, October 4 as part of a story on Portugal Cove South, Newfoundland. After the collapse of the fishing industry in the early 1990s, local residents decided to promote a couple of local attractions, including a fossil site. Mistaken Point Ecological Reserve, a contender for UNESCO World Heritage status, contains the oldest and largest known fossils of complex, multi-cellular organisms from 579-560 million years ago.

Lisa Walsh (Graduate student, Geology, advisor Aaron Martin) and her research on geologic hazards of intraplate earthquakes that threaten the east coast of the U.S. (particularly in the Washington, DC metropolitan region) were featured in the Diamondback, October 2. Walsh uses computer simulations that show where fault lines lie relative to earthquake epicenters to understand how quakes distribute pressure throughout tectonic plates.

Alumni News

President Loh’s 2011 Fall Video Message: "There are so many stories, so many people doing such amazing things, I am pleased to share some of them with you in this short video. Please see for yourself just a few examples of what makes the University of Maryland such a special place."

Penrose Albright (1982 M.S. and 1985 Ph.D. Physics, advisor Jan Sengers) has been named the new director at the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, Livermore, CA, with the appointment taking effect on December 1, 2011. Prior to joining the Laboratory as principal Associate Director of Global Security in 2009, he worked with Civitas Group, as a homeland security consultant in Washington, D.C. He has served as assistant secretary in the Department of Homeland Security, assistant director in the Office of Science and Technology Policy and, concurrently, senior director in the Office of Homeland Security in the White House. For more than 15 years, Albright served on the staff of the Institute for Defense Analyses.

Thomas Clark (1998 Ph.D. Physics) returned to campus as speaker at the Center for Applied Electromagnetics (AppEl) seminar, October 25, with a topic of “Photonic Microwave-to-Digital Subsystems.” His current research interests include the development and characterization of low-noise and ultrafast lasers, photonic systems and devices, and the application of photonics to problems in optical communications and microwave and millimeter wave systems. Clark, who works at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, is presently the chair of the IEEE Photonics Society technical subcommittee on microwave photonics.

A special session honoring the career of John Cowan (1976 Ph.D. Astronomy) was held at the ExtreMe Matter Institute EMMI-JINA Workshop, Darnstadt, Germany, October 10-12. Cowan is the David Ross Boyd Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Oklahoma. His research interests include stellar abundances and extragalactic supernovae.

Dataprise, founded by David Eisner (1990 B.S. Computer Science), has been named one of the 50 “Great Places to Work” by Washingtonian magazine (November edition). Dataprise ranked as a Top 10 winner in three categories: “Top Staff Scores For I Love Coming To Work,” “Winners with the Best Scores For Flexibility,” and “Winners With the Highest Employee Scores for Good Coffee.” Eisner, who is President and CEO of Dataprise, was named the 2010 Executive of the Year by the Tech Council of Maryland.

Tom DuBois (2008 M.S. and 2011 Ph.D. Computer Science, advisor Aravind Srinivasan) Jen Golbeck (2005 Ph.D. Computer Science, advisor James Hendler), and Aravind Srinivasan (Computer Science and UMIACS) received a Best Paper Award at IEEE Conference on Social Computing (SocialCom) 2011. The citation is: "Predicting Trust and Distrust in Social Networks."

Akito Kawahara (2007 M.S., 2010 Ph.D. Entomology, advisor Charles Mitter) has been awarded one of 6 John Henry Comstock Graduate Student Awards by the Entomological Society of America. Kawahara is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Hawaii, Manoa, researching the radiation of amphibious and carnivorous Hyposmocoma case-making moths. He co-produced an award-winning documentary about insect appreciation in Japan. The documentary, Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo, was broadcast on the PBS stations WETA on May 21 and WHUT on May 29.

Andrea Kaminski (1974 B.S. and 1977 M.S. Botany) was interviewed by The Capital Times (Madison, WI), October 16. Kaminski, a registered lobbyist and executive director of the Wisconsin League of Women Voters, is working to legally challenge the voter ID law passed by Wisconsin’s administration in May 2011.

Ji-Sun Kang (2009 Ph.D. AOSC, advisor Eugenia Kalnay) was the AOSC Seminar speaker, October 13, with a topic of ”Estimation of Surface Carbon Fluxes with an Advanced Data Assimilation Methodology.”

Carey Lisse (1990 M.S. and 1992 Ph.D. Physics, advisor Michael A’Hearn) was quoted in a BBC News article, October 27, on a report by Sun Kwok and Yong Zhang (University of Hong Kong) and published online in Nature, October 26, suggesting that chemical factories around young stars may give rise to more complex molecules than previously thought. Lisse is a Senior Research Scientist at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Research Laboratory.

LivingSocial, co-founded by Eddie Frederick (2003 B.S. Mathematics and Computer Science), has been named one of the 50 “Great Places to Work” by Washingtonian magazine (November edition). The company received high marks across areas such as pay and benefits, challenging and interesting work, work/life balance, opportunities to learn and grow, and employee recognition and respect.

Jorge Lobo (1990 Ph.D. Computer Science, advisor Jack Minker) was a keynote speaker at the IEEE Conference on Social Computing (SocialCom) 2011, Boston, MA, October 9-11. Lobo is a Research Staff Member at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center. Previously he was principal architect at Teltier Technologies, a startup company in the wireless telecommunication space acquired by Dynamicsoft, now part of Cisco Systems.

Research conducted by Justin Ma (2004 B.S. Computer Science and Mathematics) with colleague Barath Raaghavan (International Computer Science institute), was the subject of an article in New Scientist, October 26. Their research, results of which will be presented at the Workshop on Hot Topics in Networks in November, estimates that the internet is responsible for 2% of global energy usage. Using previously published research, Ma and Raaghavan estimate that the planet is home to 750 million laptops, a billion smart phones and 100 million servers, consuming between 170 and 307 GW. After graduating, Ma went on to earn his M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of California, San Diego. He is a postdoc in the Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences, UC-Berkeley.

Jamie Rappaport-Clark (1983 M.S. MEES) is the new President and CEO of Defenders of Wildlife. Clark, who was the Executive Vice President for seven (7) years, is recognized as a leading expert on endangered wildlife. Previously, under her leadership as Director at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Service worked with Congress to pass the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act (1997), which established wildlife conservation as the primary purpose of all wildlife refuges.

Jeonghee Rho (1995 Ph.D. Astronomy) and colleagues published an article in The Astrophysics Journal, Vol. 741 No. 2, on supernova RCW 86, the first recorded supernova seen by Chinese astronomers in 185 AD which lit up the sky for 8 months. The authors suggest that before exploding, a wind of material from the star blew a cavity around it, into which the supernova could expand much more quickly. The new infrared observations were from the Spitzer Space Telescope and the Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer. Media coverage included BBC News, Space.com, Daily Mail, International Business Times, Washington Post and CBS.

Lyle Roelofs (1978 M.S. and 1980 Ph.D. Physics) has been named the 9th President of Berea College, Kentucky, assuming the position in June 2012. He currently serves as provost and dean of faculty at Colgate University.

Kartik Shet (1997 M.S. and 2001 Ph.D. Astronomy, advisor Stuart Vogel) was a guest on an NSF webcast, October 3, discussing how ALMA (the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array) will contribute to our understanding of the universe. Located at a 16,500 feet elevation site in northern Chile, ALMA officially began Early Science Operations on Friday, September 30. Shet, a Research Scientist at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, also made an appearance on the video “ALMA Opens Its Eyes.”