Vol. 2, No. 12
Please submit items to the editor, Mary Kearney.
Physics Distinguished Alumnus Leopoldo Garcia-Colin Scherer (1960 Ph.D. Physics), founder of the Autonomous Metropolitan University, Mexico, died October 8. A member of The National College (Mexico) and former president of the Mexican Society of Physics, Garcia-Colin Scherer received the National Prize for Arts and Sciences from the Government of Mexico. He introduced statistical physics as a research topic in Mexico and worked extensively on science communication, writing several books in the series “Science for All.” He was 82.
Jack Murphy (1986 Ph.D. Computer Science, advisor Harold Edmundson), co-founder of Dexisive, Inc., died September 13. He was the principal architect responsible for improving the reliability and survivability of IT infrastructure for the Pentagon after September 11. Murphy, a retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel and HP Fellow Emeritus, designed and implemented some of the largest and most complex infrastructure solutions for mission critical systems for the Federal Government.
Gart Westerhout, the first Director of our Astronomy Program who guided the establishment of astronomy at UMD as Director (1962-1973), passed away on October 15. Dr. Westerhout left Maryland in 1977 to become the Scientific Director of the U.S. Naval Observatory, where he served from 1977 to 1993 before retiring. Westerhout gained international renown in the early 1950s when he helped chart the Milky Way galaxy with unprecedented precision. For more information about his career, please see his Washington Post obituary.
“The University of the Future”
Date and Time: November 8, 2:00pm, Reception immediately following
Location: Orem Hall, Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center
Norman R. Augustine, Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Lockheed Martin Corporation
A recipient of the President's National Medal of Technology and the Joint Chiefs of Staff Distinguished Public Service Award, Mr. Augustine has a long and distinguished career in the aerospace industry as well as in public service as an Assistant Secretary of the Army, Under Secretary of the Army, and later Acting Secretary of the Army. In addition to numerous corporate and non-profit board memberships, he currently serves on the University System of Maryland Board of Regents and he has served as a trustee of Johns Hopkins University, Princeton University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Future of Information Alliance (FIA) “Transforming Education: MOOCS and More”
Date and Time: November 12, 2:00pm-4:00pm
Location: Riggs Alumni Hall
Will MOOCs – “massive open online courses” – help colleges and universities wrestle with tight budgets? Will they help families face rising tuitions? Or will this innovation prove dangerously disruptive? Hear from our newest Visiting Future-ists: edX President Anant Agarwal, Coursera MOOC teacher Peter Struck, and MOOC observer Kevin Carey, moderated by the FIA'S "Future-ist in Residence" Dan Russell of Google. For more information and to register:http://www.fia.umd.edu/events/moocs.shtml
UMD Council on the Environment, Inaugural Lecture
Date and Time: November 12, Reception at 4:00pm, Lecture at 5:00pm
Location: Room 1115 Computer Science Instructional Center
Speaker: Dr. Lester R. Brown, Founder and President, Earth Policy Institute
Title: Full Planet, Empty Plates: The New Geopolitics of Food Scarcity
With food scarcity driven by falling water tables, eroding soils, and rising temperatures, control of arable land and water resources is moving to center stage in the global struggle for food security. In this era of tightening world food supplies, the ability to grow food is fast becoming a new form of geopolitical leverage. What will the geopolitics of food look like in a new era dominated by scarcity and food nationalism? More info at: http://cone.umd.edu/index.php/news-events/198-dr-lester-r-brown-inaugural-speaker-for-council-on-the
Ninth Annual Symposium of the Burgers Program for Fluid Dynamics
Date and Time: Wednesday, November 14, 2011, 1:00pm-5:30pm
Location: Kay Boardroom (Rooms 1107 & 1111), Kim Building
Burgers Lecturer: Henk Dijkstra, Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
"Science Results from the Mars Exploration Rover Mission"
Date and Time: Thursday, November 15, 4:00pm, Reception following in the Chemistry Building Atrium
Lecture Location: 1412 Physics Building
Speaker: Steve W. Squyres is the Goldwin Smith Professor of Astronomy at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. His research area is in planetary sciences, with a focus on large solid bodies in the solar system such as the terrestrial planets and the moons of the Jovian planets. Squyres is principal investigator of the Mars Exploration Rover Mission (MER). He is the recipient of the 2004 Carl Sagan Memorial Award and the 2009 Carl Sagan Medal for Excellence in Communication in Planetary Science. On October 28, 2010, Dr. Squyres received the 2010 Mines Medal for his achievements as a researcher and professor.
Bioscience Day – Understanding Life
Date and Time: November 27, 11:00am-6:00pm (Registration begins at 10:30am)
Location: Grand Ballroom, 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 "On Growth and Form – A Physical Basis for Morphogenesis” by L. Mahadevan, Lola England de Valpine Professor of Applied Mathematics and Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Core Member, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, Harvard University. For more information, go to: http://bioscienceday.umd.edu/
Michael Fisher (Physics and IPST) was awarded a Docteur Honoris Causa by the Ecole Normale Superieure de Lyon, France, on October 11 in recognition of his seminal contributions to statistical physics including critical phenomena and phase transitions. A symposium celebrating Fisher’s life-time achievements in physics, chemistry, mathematics and biophysics, sponsored by the Department of Physics, IPST and the College, was held on October 26-27.
Ben Shneiderman (Computer Science and UMIACS) received the 2012 IEEE Visualization Career Award in recognition of his contributions to and leadership in information visualization and human computer interaction. The award was presented at the VisWeek Conference in Seattle on October 16, 2012. Shneiderman's video acceptance speech, which was shown to the 1000+ attendees, thanks his graduate students and Dr. Catherine Plaisant for their contributions over many years. Key innovations include the dynamic queries for rapid visual exploration in multiple coordinated windows, treemaps for space-filling visualization of hierarchies, network analysis in NodeXL, and temporal event sequence exploration for medical histories. Shneiderman is the Founding Director (1983-2000) of the Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory, is a Member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the AAAS, ACM and IEEE.
The University of Maryland team won first place in the college division of the Maryland Cyber challenge and Conference (MDC3) at the CyberMaryland Conference, Baltimore Convention Center, October 17. The team is comprised of six students: Josh Berenhaus (Computer Science), Travis Finkenauer (Computer Science and Mathematics), Josh Kamdjou (Computer Science), Michael Kattouf (Computer Science), Srinivas Vasudevan (Computer Science and Mathematics) and David Wasser (Computer Science and Mathematics). The team, mentored by Michel Cukier (Mechanical Engineering and Director, Advanced Cybersecurity Experience for Students) and Jonathan Katz (Computer Science and UMIACS), was challenged to a 6-hour “Capture the Flag/King of the Hill” variation which consisted of hacking into machines and protecting them from other competitors’ attacks.
Kan Cao (Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics), STMD-Maryland Technology Development Corporation, $115,000 additional funding bringing the total to $230,000, "Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (iPSC) as Models of Hutchinson Gilford Progeria Syndrome."
Antonio Cardone (UMIACS), NIST, $163,838, "Standards and Methodologies for a Comprehensive Measurement Framework for Medical Applications."
Najib El-Sayed (Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics and UMIACS) and David Mosser (Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics and MPRI), NIH-National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, $644,663 additional funding bringing the total amount to $1,278,663, "Profiling the Leishmania-macrophage Host-pathogen Infectome."
Tony Farnham (Astronomy), NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center, $172,000, "Analysis of the Coma of Comet Hartley 2 and Its Interaction with the Nucleus."
John Fourkas (Chemistry and Biochemistry and IPST), NIST, $1,420,917, "UMCP/NIST Professional Research Experience Program to Undergraduates, Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Researchers."
Mohammad Hajiaghayi (Computer Science and UMIACS), MIT, $210,320, "Efficient Algorithmic Frameworks via Structural Graph Theory."
Fred Ipavich (Physics), NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center, $150,517, "Mission Operations and Public Data Provision for the CELIAS Instrument on the SOHO Spacecraft."
Lyle Isaacs, Janice Reutt-Robey and Theodore Dayie (Chemistry and Biochemistry), US Department of Education, $177,688, "UMD Chemistry GAANN."
Chuan Sheng Liu, Jao Jang Su (both Physics) and Xi Shao (Astronomy), DOE-Chicago, $150,000, "Physics & Novel Schemes of Laser Radiation Pressure Acceleration for Quasi-Monoenergetic Protons."
Wolfgang Losert (Physics, IPST and IREAP) and John Fourkas (Chemistry and Biochemistry and IPST), NSF, $168,979, "Probing the Wave-like Nature of Cell Migration and Collective Behavior."
Lee Mundy, Alberto Bolatto, Andrew Harris and Stuart Vogel (Astronomy), NSF, $247,362, "Collaborative Research: Astronomy with CARMA."
Margaret Palmer (Entomology and SeSync), University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, $175,788, "Water Science Software Institute Concept."
Wilfred Schroeder (ESSIC), NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center, $157,192, "Development and Application of Spatially Refined Remote Sensing Active Fire Data Sets in Support of Fire Monitoring, Management and Planning."
Joshua Singer (Biology), NIH-National Eye Institute, $307,505, "CRCNS: Biophysical Properties of Parallel Neural Circuits Serving Night Vision."
V.S. Subrahmanian and Dana Nau (both Computer Science and UMIACS), Army Research Office, $400,000 additional funding bringing the total amount to $900,000, "Data-driven Game Theory."
Sergei Sukharev (Biology), Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, $175,000, "Autonomic Biomolecular Materials for Sensing, Actuation, and Energy Conversion."
Dennis van Engelsdorp (Entomology), USDA-National Institute of Food and Agriculture, $1,046,067 additional funding bringing the total amount to $1,194,752, "The Bee Informed Partnership."
Dennis vanEngelsdorp (Entomology), USDA-Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, "$424,423, "National Honey Bee Disease Survey."
Andrei Vedernikov (Chemistry and Biochemistry), University of Virginia, $160,000 additional funding bringing the total to $590,000, "Center for catalytic hydrocarbon Functionalization-EFRC."
Steven Anlage (Physics) gave an invited talk "Fading Statistics in Communications – A Random Matrix Approach," at the Wave Chaos from the Micro- to the Macroscale, International Workshop, Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Dresden, Germany, October 22. Earlier he gave the invited talk "Understanding Electromagnetic Properties of Complex Metallic Enclosures by Means of Wave Chaos," at the Innovations in Wave Modeling Conference, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom, September 4, 2012.
Antonio Busalacchi (AOSC and ESSIC) was the session chair and gave the keynote address on "North Atlantic Climate Variability" at the EU-Thor and BMBF North Atlantic (European Union-Thermohaline Overturning – at Risk Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung) in Hamburg, Germany, September 24-26.
Michele Dudash (Biology) gave an invited seminar, "The diverse pollination biology of three North American Silene species: Do mutualisms have a cost?," at the Netherlands Institute of Ecology, Wageningen, September 6 and was a speaker, at the 42nd Annual Conference of the Ecological Society of Germany, Switzerland and Austria (GfÖ) in a Pollination Ecology session, "Pollinating seed predator, Hadena ectypa, of Silene stellata: Mutualism or parasitism when specialized host plants are isolated?," held at the Leuphana University of Luneburg, Germany, September 10-14.
Michael Folmer (ESSIC) who is the satellite liaison at NOAA, was interviewed by Weather Nation on October 28 on using satellites in operations. Watch the video.
Jon Froehlich (Computer Science and UMIACS) is an invited speaker at the Behavior, Energy and Climate Change Conference (BECC12), Lightning Session: Gamification, Sacramento, CA, November 13. Froehlich will speak on "Applying Iterative Design to the Eco-feedback Design Process."
The Human-Computer Interaction Lab held a special EventFlow User Group meeting, October 30, with participants from federal and state government agencies as well as universities and corporations. The meeting’s goals were to hear stories from users of EventFlow and its predecessors LifeLines2 and LifeFlow, to understand what works and what other features are needed, how to reach potential users, and how to provide effective training.
Chris Kidd (ESSIC) presented a seminar on "Precipitation Validation" at the Sixth International Precipitation Working Group (IPWG) Training Course in Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil on "New and Emerging Technologies, Sensors, and Datasets and Precipitation, October 15-19. He also chaired the IPWG session on "Validation, Verification and Uncertainty" and led the discussion on the future direction and role of the IPWG.
Art Popper (Biology) gave lectures on "The Impact of Anthropogenic Noise on Fish" and "Comparative Aspects of Fish Hearing," October 16-18 respectively, at the "Fish Hearing and Underwater Noise Impact" theme week at the Institute for Biology, Universiteit Leiden, The Netherlands.
Jeff Stehr (AOSC) gave an invited talk entitled "Weather and Climate of a Small Rock in Space" (the rock is Earth) for the Fairfax chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalists, September 27.
Raymond St. Leger (Entomology) gave a plenary talk at the 12th International Symposium on Biosafety of Genetically Modified Organisms (ISBGMO12), on "Genetically Engineered Microbes" October 2nd, St Louis, Missouri.
UMIACS hosted a "Book Reception with Dr. Jack Minker" (Professor Emeritus, Computer Science and UMIACS), October 3. Minker, who has been advocating for the human rights of scientists around the world for four decades, chronicled his correspondence with members of the global scientific community and his efforts to help them gain freedom in the recently published book "Scientific Freedom and Human Rights: Scientists of Conscience in the Cold War" (IEEE Computer Society Press, 2012). The book discusses the plight of more than 300 scientists in 13 countries around the world whose SFHR had been violated.
Drew Baden (Physics) published an article in Science Progress, Science and Society section, October 1, entitled "Of Particles and Politics: How the Hunt for the Higgs and Other Ambitious Science Projects Promote the 'General Welfare' of our Nation."
Marco Colombini (Biology) was quoted in The Washington Post, October 24, in an article on legalizing the ownership of hens in residential areas in Mount Rainier, PG County.
The American Chemical Society (ACS) released two new videos celebrating the 25th Anniversary of National Chemistry Week, October 24. One video featured Brian Eichhorn, Janice Reutt-Robey (both Chemistry and Biochemistry and UMD Nanocenter) and Chemistry Graduate student Alexandra Brozena explaining how their work in the nano-scale could lead to better fuel cells, solar cells and super-strong materials made from carbon nanotubes. View the video.
Jim Gates (Physics) gave a talk on the future of STEM education in America at the Philander Smith College, Little Rock, AK which was featured by Takepart, October 25.
Eric Haag (Biology), Cristel Thomas (2011 Ph.D. Molecular and Cellular Biology), Graduate student Gavin Woodruff with colleagues at NIH, published an article in Current Biology (online), October 25. Like humans, many animals have male and female sexes that must mate to reproduce. In some nematodes (roundworms), however, the female sex has evolved into a hermaphrodite that can fertilize her own eggs. In these species (including the widely studied Caenorhabditis elegans), this becomes the major method of reproduction, though mating through rare males still occurs. Their paper uses cutting-edge sequencing technology to uncover a fascinating consequence of this change: the number of active genes in the genomes of self-fertile species drops by about one third, amounting to thousands of genes.
Research conducted by Physics graduate student Aaron Hagerstrom, Thomas Murphy (IREAP and ECE) and Rajarshi Roy (Physics, IPST and IREAP) and published in Nature Physics, July 15 was featured in Physics Today, October edition. Their research showed that chimeras, the subject of intense theoretical investigation, can be realized in experiments using a liquid-crystal spatial light modulator to achieve optical nonlinearity in a spatially extended iterated map system.
A recent article by Richard Hansell (ESSIC) and colleagues and published in JGR-Atmospheres, investigating the longwave effects of dust aerosol during the 2008 Asian Monsoon Years (AMY) field campaign, is the topic of a NASA feature story. The story reports on work that was done using the SMARTLabs measurements from NASA to enhance our basic understanding of the longwave direct radiative effects of dust aerosol near the major source regions in Asia – the Taklamakan and Gobi Deserts.
Brigette Hesman (Astronomy) was quoted extensively in the media in articles on NASA's Cassini spacecraft tracking a massive storm on Saturn. Using an infrared instrument, Cassini discovered the storm's powerful discharge sent the temperature in Saturn's stratosphere soaring 150 degrees Fahrenheit above normal. Coverage included the LA Times, CBS News, CNN, Huffington Post, NBC News, USA Today, Fox News and Hawaii Reporter.
David Inouye (Biology) with colleagues from the University of Georgia, Emory University, University of California Merced and the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, NY published an article in Science, Perspective, October 12 on microbiomes shaping behaviors across many animal taxa.
Ted Jacobson (Physics) was mentioned in an article in New Scientist, October edition, on a laser being made out of an artificial black hole. Once complete the device could help confirm mounting evidence that black holes do emit light. In 1999 Jacobson suggested replacing 2 mirrors in conventional lasers with a black hole and its "reverse" – a white hole.
Christopher Jarzynski (Chemistry and Biochemistry and IPST) was quoted in Nature News, October 4 in an article on research conducted by Susanne Still (University of Hawaii at Manoa) and colleagues on the thermodynamics of prediction.
Nicole LaRonde-LeBlanc (Chemistry and Biochemistry), Vatsala Sagar (2011 Ph.D. Biochemistry), Graduate student Haiyun Lu, Eileen Chai (2012 B.S. Biochemistry) and with colleagues, published an article in Nature Structural & Molecular Biology (online), October 28. Their work describes how Rio2, an essential protein in eukaryotes, functions in the last maturation step of the small subunit of the ribosome. They show that Rio2, previously believed to function as a protein kinase in the process, likely functions as an ATPase, docks on the premature ribosomal subunit in a way that restricts access to the active site, and it stabilizes an intermediate state that is characteristic of ATPases. New strategies for inhibition of new ribosome synthesis (thereby blocking cellular proliferation) can now be develop through specific targeting of the Rio2 function in ribosome maturation.
Leafsnap, developed by David Jacobs (Computer Science and UMIACS), Peter Belhumeur of Columbia University and John Kress of the Smithsonian-National Museum of Natural History, was featured in the Houston Chronicle, New Jersey Today, GoMo News, and the Star Ledger, October 21. Leafsnap is a free mobile app that uses visual recognition software to help identify tree species from photographs of their leaves.
Christopher Monroe (Physics and JQI) was mentioned in Science, October 12, in an article on David Wineland and Serge Haroche, the 2012 Nobel Laureates in Physics. "...In the field of ion trapping Christopher Monroe...also made seminal contributions." Monroe was also quoted extensively in the media on the announcement of the Nobel Prize: Washington Post, Greenfield Daily Reporter, Wired, Greenfield Daily Reporter, NBC News and Fox News.
Raghu Murtugudde (AOSC and ESSIC) was quoted in the Washington Post, October 29, in an article on the foul-weather lexicon.
Don Nuss (Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics) was mentioned in an article in Nature, October 3, "Plant Science: The Chestnut Resurrection." Nuss has developed a transgenic fungus designed to spread a virus that is more effective at controlling blight in the American chestnut.
Art Popper (Biology) and his research on human-generated noise pollution on fishes were featured in AAAS Member Central, October 1. Popper is one of the world's pioneers in understanding how fish perceive and respond to sound. Popper was also interviewed by The Times (The Netherlands), Science section, October 27, on his research and his career.
Phil Resnik (Computer Science and UMIACS) was interviewed on WUSA 9, October 4 on the new platform for real-time polling from React Labs, developed by Resnik, which was launched for the first presidential debate. The mobile app allowed participants to register their moment-by-moment reactions to what candidates were saying during the debate using button taps to indicate when they agreed or disagreed, and when they thought candidates were spinning answers or dodging the question. The app instantly recorded the reactions of about 500 students on campus, plus another 10,000 college students nationwide. Media coverage included the Daily Democrat, TechZone360, KFYO AM, PhysOrg and the Daily Caller.
Christopher Reynolds (Astronomy) was quoted in The Daily Mail (UK), October 1 in an article on an international team of researchers who have, for the first time, measured the radius of a black hole at the center of a distant galaxy. Reynolds said that the group's results provide the first observational data that will help scientists understand how a black hole's jets behave.
Jacob Taylor (JQI and NIST), with colleagues at Princeton, published an article in Nature, October 18, on the successful excitation of a spin qubit using a resonant cavity. The circuit, via the cavity, senses the presence of the qubit as if it were a bit of capacitance. This result points towards the eventual movement of quantum information over "bus" conduits much as digital information moves over buses in conventional computers. Media coverage included EE Times, PhysOrg, Science Daily, Compound Semiconductor Net, and Lab Manager Magazine.
David Thirumalai (Chemistry and Biochemistry and IPST) and alumnus Changbong Hyeon (2005 Ph.D. Chemical Physics) with colleagues at the Korea Institute for Advanced Study and the Seoul National University, published an article in Nature Chemistry (online), October 7. Using concepts from glass physics and complementary clustering analysis, they provide a quantitative method to analyze single-molecule fluorescence resonance energy transfer (smFRET) data, thereby probing the isomerization dynamics of Holliday junctions, which display such heterogeneous dynamics over a long observation time (Tobs ≈ 40 s). They showed that the ergodicity of Holliday junction dynamics is effectively broken and that their conformational space is partitioned into a folding network of kinetically disconnected clusters.
Jon Callas (1980 B.S. Mathematics) is Chief Technical Officer for Entrust, Dallas, TX. Prior to joining the company, Callas co-founded PGP Corporation which specialized in email and data encryption software. Callas, the principal author of the Internet Engineering Task Force's OpenPGP standard, served as Chief Scientist at PGP Inc. and as CTO of the Network Security Division for Network Associates Technologies Inc.
Thomas Fleming (1974 M.A, 1976 Ph.D. Mathematics, advisor Grace Lo Yang) has been elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in recognition of his outstanding professional achievements in health and medicine and his commitment to public health. Fleming is a Professor in the Departments of Biostatistics and Statistics, University of Washington, Seattle.
Sheng-Chiang Lee (2004 Ph.D. Physics, advisor Steven Anlage) has been granted tenure in the Physics Department at Mercer University in Georgia, USA. He is currently developing a microwave system for Scanning Microwave Microscopy, as well as for scalar microwave characterizations of various materials.
Phil London (1973 B.S. Physical Science, 1978 Ph.D. Computer Sciences, advisor Charles Rieger) has been named Senior Vice President of Strategic and Product Marketing, SynapSense. London’s background includes academic and corporate research, product development and product marketing. Prior to joining the company, he was Vice President, Software Technology at APC.
Sujal Patel (1996 B.S. Computer Science) was featured in Geekwire, October 24. Patel, who co-founded Isilon which was later sold to EMC, spoke at the University of Washington's Industry Affiliates Annual Meeting where he gave several reasons why startups are better than big companies.
D.J. Patil (1999 M.A., 2001 Ph.D. Applied Mathematics, advisor James Yorke) was an invited speaker at NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center, Information Science and Technology colloquium Series, October 19. Patil spoke on "Science and Industry – Lessons from LinkedIn, Facebook, Google, and All those Other Companies in Silicon Valley." Patil is Data Scientist in Residence, Greylock Partners, Menlo Park, CA.
Shayan Zadeh (2002 M.S. Computer Science) with Engineering alumnus Alex Mehr, co-founded Zoosk, a romantic social network that helps members "create and share their romantic journeys." Zoosk is available in 25 languages and in more than 70 countries. Zadeh and Mehr have been spotlighted by the Alumni Association.
Jim Ulvestad (1978 M.S., 1981 Ph.D. Astronomy, advisor Andrew Wilson) was quoted in Site Selection magazine, September edition, in an article on the addition of a 14th telescope – the thirty meter telescope – on Mauna Kea, Hawaii. Ulvestad is Director of the National Science Foundation's Division of Astronomical Sciences.