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CMNS News - August 2013

Vol. 3, No. 9 August 2013
The College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences
Jayanth Banavar, Dean Mary Kearney, Editor

In Memoriam:
Honors and Awards:
What's New:
In the News:
Alumni News:


Herman Ammon, Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry, passed away on August 2, 2013. Over his nearly five decades at UMD, Ammon taught organic chemistry to thousands of Maryland students and was appreciated for his deep knowledge of organic chemistry and for his respectful attention to his students. Internationally known in the field of crystallography, he was an early pioneer in crystal structure predictions for organic compounds through the use of computational chemistry.

Andrew Pearson (2011 Ph.D. Physics, advisor Tom Antonsen) died July 25. Married to Renee Goertzen (2010 Ph.D. Physics, advisor Joe Redish), the couple had recently returned to Maryland after postdoctoral appointments at Florida International University. A Memorial Service was held August 4.

Hugh Sisler, alumnus and former chair of the Department of Botany, died August 3, 2013. After three years of military service during WWII, he enrolled in the University of Maryland, College Park on the GI Bill where he received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in plant pathology and plant physiology. He joined the Botany Department and taught graduate courses in fungal physiology and studied the effects on nucleic acid and protein in fungal cells and virus infected plants. As a leading authority in the field of fungi toxic mechanisms, Sisler authored numerous publications on metabolic inhibitions and co-edited the book, Plant Virology. After more than 40 years of service to the University he retired in 1989 with the distinguished appointment of Professor Emeritus.


Call for Research Proposals: Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services: Funding is available for up to six collaborative synthesis projects that bring together data, ideas, theories, or models to address critical socio-environmental questions at the interface of biodiversity and ecosystem services.
Deadline: October 9, 2013. Info:

Funding Opportunity for UMD Faculty: Call for Workshop Proposals: SESYNC seeks proposals for innovative interdisciplinary workshops that bring together scholars from diverse disciplines to focus on research topics related to the interdependency between humans and the natural environment.
Deadline: November 1, 2013. Info:

Opportunity for Grad Students: Socio-Environmental Synthesis Research Proposal Writing Workshop: This two-tiered program is intended to support current Ph.D. students in the natural, social, and computational sciences in their pursuit of novel, independent synthesis research at SESYNC in Annapolis, MD.
Deadline: September 20, 2013. Info:


Save the Dates:
Computer Science - 40th Anniversary, October 18
Bioscience Day – November 19
Geology – 40th Anniversary, October 19

Richard E. Prange Prize and Lecture
Speaker: David Gross, University of California, Santa Barbara and the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics
Title: Frontiers of Fundamental Physics
Date and Time: September 24, 2013, 4:00pm-5:00pm
Location: 1412 John Toll Physics Building
Nobel Laureate David Gross has been named the 2013 recipient of the Richard E. Prange Prize and Lectureship in Condensed Matter Theory and Related Areas. Working at Princeton in 1973, Gross and his Ph.D. student Frank Wilczek discovered asymptotic freedom, which holds that the closer quarks are to each other, the weaker the interaction (color charge) between them; in extreme proximity, quarks behave almost as free particles. This insight helped lead to the Standard Model of particle physics. Gross and Wilczek shared the 2004 Nobel Prize in physics with David Politzer for this breakthrough. The Prange Prize, established by the UMD Department of Physics and Condensed Matter Theory Center (CMTC), honors the late Professor Richard Prange, whose distinguished professorial career at Maryland spanned four decades (1961-2000).


Kan Cao (Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics) has been selected as the recipient of the College's Board of Visitors Outstanding Junior Faculty award. Her work is in Hutchinson Gilford progeria syndrome, cellular senescence, alternative splicing and human aging. The Award recognizes particularly fine accomplishments in research and education by an assistant professor.

Eugenia Kalnay (AOSC, IPST and ESSIC) has been appointed to the UN Secretary-General's new Scientific Advisory Board. The Board will provide advice on science, technology and innovation for sustainable development to the Secretary-General and to Executive Heads of UN organizations. The Board's functions shall also include strengthening linkages between science and policy, recommendations on priorities related to science for sustainable development, advice on up-to-date scientific issues relevant for the field, identification of knowledge gaps and specific assessment needs.

Yuqiong Liu (ESSIC) received a Scientific Achievement award from the NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center's SFC Hydrospheric and Biospheric Sciences Laboratory in recognition of her insightful analysis of the impact of snow data assimilation on hydrological models.

Atif Memon (Computer Science and UMIACS) is the recipient of the "retrospective" award for the most influential paper, "GUI Ripping: Reverse Engineering of Graphical User Interfaces for Testing," among the papers of 2003 Working Conference on Reverse Engineering. This award is selected by the program committee of WCRE 2013 as the most influential paper from WCRE 2003. He will receive the award at the conference, being held October 14-17, Koblenz, Germany, and has been invited to give a retrospective talk as part of a plenary session. Memon will also have the opportunity of writing an invited paper that will be featured in the proceedings.

Astronomy intern Mark Moretto received the National Young Astronomer Award from the Astronomical League. The award recognizes "the outstanding astronomical research achievements of high-school-age students throughout the United States." Mark received it for his work with Mike A'Hearn and Lori Feaga (both Astronomy) on a project titled "Deep Impact Spectral Observations of Naturally Occurring Mini-Outbursts." He is a student at Briarcliff High School in New York and is entering UMD this fall.

Devarajan Thirumalai (Chemistry & Biochemistry and IPST) has been named a 2014 Fellow of the Biophysical Society for "... your use of computational and theoretical models to understand the principles of RNA and protein folding, function and dynamics." The award will be presented at the 2014 annual meeting in San Francisco, February 15-19.


Antonio Busalacchi (AOSC and ESSIC), NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center, $1,213,968 in additional funding bringing the total to $7,789,484, "Collaborative Earth System Science Research between NASA/GSFC and UMCP."

Larry Davis (Computer Science and UMIACS) and Rama Chellappa (UMIACS, ECE and Computer Science), Carnegie-Mellon University, $172,620 in additional funding bringing the total to $1,077,370, "MURI: Rich Representations with Exposed Semantics for Deep Visual Reasoning."

Charles Delwiche (Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics and Biology), NSF, $162,890 in additional funding bringing the total to $640,539, "Dimensions: Collaborative Research: Can Evolutionary History Predict How Changes in Biodiversity Impact the Productivity of Ecosystems."

H. Dennis Drew (Physics), DOE-Chicago, $204,628, "Infrared Hall Effect in Correlated Electronic Materials."

Najib El-Sayed (Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics and UMIACS) and David Mosser (Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics), NIH-National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, $600,457 in additional funding bringing the total to $1,879,120, "Profiling the Leishmania-Macrophage Host-pathogen Infectome."

Nick Feamster (Computer Science and UMIACS), NSF, $144,587 in additional funding bringing the total to $427,762, "Collaborative Research: Optimizing Network Support for Cloud Services: From Short-term Measurements to Long-term Planning."

Charles Fenster (Biology), NSF, $644,734, "Collaborative: RUI: The Natural History of Mutations: Sequence and Fitness Data from Arabidopsis Thaliana Mutation Accumulation Lines."

Jeffrey Foster (Computer Science and UMIACS), NSF, $412,714, "SHF:Small: Specifying, Checking, Analyzing, and Synthesizing Framework-based Applications."

Guojun Gu (ESSIC) NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center, $134,799, "Environmental Factors Controlling Cloud Population Distributions in the Tropics."

Nick Hadley, Abolhassan Jawahery, Drew Baden, Andris Skuja, Sarah Eno (all Physics) and Douglas Roberts (Undergraduate Studies), DOE-Chicago, $601,425, "High Energy Accelerator and Colliding Beam User Group at the University of Maryland."

Mohammad Hajiaghayi (Computer Science and UMIACS), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, $144,997 in additional funding bringing the total to $355,317, "Efficient Algorithmic Frameworks via Structural Graph Theory."

Lyle Isaacs (Chemistry & Biochemistry and Maryland NanoCenter), Janice Reutt-Robey (Chemistry & Biochemistry and Maryland NanoCenter) and Theodor Dayie (Chemistry & Biochemistry), U.S. Department of Education, $178,896 in additional funding bringing the total to $356,584, "UMD Chemistry GAANN."

Lyle Isaacs (Chemistry & Biochemistry and Maryland NanoCenter) and Volker Briken (Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics), STMD-Maryland Technology Development Corporation, $100,000, "Pre-commercial Development of Acyclic Cucurbituril Molecular Containers as Reversal Agents for Neuromuscular Blocking Agents Used During Surgery."

Jonathan Katz and Michael Hicks (both Computer Science and UMIACS), NSF, $212,280 in additional funding bringing the total to $781,548, "TC: Large: Collaborative Research: Practical Secure Two-party Computation: Techniques, Tool and Applications."

Galina Korotova (IPST) and Michael Coplan (IPST), NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center, $228,000 in additional funding bringing the total to $456,000, "Multipoint Observations of Compressional Pulsations and Flux Transfer."

Samir Khuller (Computer Science and UMIACS), Fraunhofer USA, $164,817 in additional funding bringing the total to $1,388,646, "Agreement: Fraunhofer Institute-Maryland."

June Kwak (Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics), NSF, $1,270,684 in additional funding bringing the total to $5,107,775, "Transferring Research from Model Systems: Cell-type Specific Networks: Systems Analysis and Natural Variation in Brassica Guard Cell Response to Drought."

Vincent Lee and Michael Zachariah (both Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics), Defense Threat Reduction Agency, $302,357 in additional funding bringing the total to $503,148, "Probing Spore Neutralization Mechanisms and Tuning Energetic Biocides."

Zhanqing Li (AOSC and ESSIC), DOE-Washington, $196,403 in additional funding bringing the total to $580,237, "Use of ARM Mobile Facility (AMF) Data to Study Aerosol Indirect Effects in China in Comparison with those in US."

Dionisios Margetis (Mathematics, IPST and CSCAMM), NSF, $115,510 in additional funding bringing the total to $475,000, "CAREER: Thermodynamic and Kinetic Approaches for Epitaxial Material Systems."

Howard Milchberg (Physics, IREAP, IPST and Maryland NanoCenter), NSF, $210,000, "Absolute Time-and-Space-Resolved Measurements of High Field Ionization in Plasmas."

Lee Mundy (Astronomy), NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center, $912,932 in additional funding bringing the total to $30,367,428, "The Goddard Center for Research and Exploration in Space Science and Technology."

Thomas Murphy (IREAP and ECE), H. Dennis Drew (Physics and Maryland NanoCenter) and Michael Fuhrer (Physics and IREAP), Office of Naval Research, $1,425,000, "Graphene Plasmonics for THz Photonics."

Ricardo Nochetto (Mathematics), NSF, $202,041 in additional funding bringing the total to $630,970, "Adaptive Finite Element Methods for Multiscale Geometric PDE: Modeling, Analysis and Computation."

Luis Orozco (Physics and JQI), NSF, $110,000, "Quantum Optics with Cavity QED."

Luis Orozco (Physics and JQI), NSF, $113,638, "Anapole Moment Studies in Francium."

Edward Ott (Physics and IREAP) and Michelle Girvan (Physics, IPST and IREAP), Army Research Office, $100,000 additional funding bringing the total to $290,500, "The Role of Network Structure in the Dynamics of Discrete State Systems."

Min Ouyang (Physics and Maryland NanoCenter), DOE-Chicago, $126,175, "Exploring Photon-coupled Fundamental Interactions in Colloidal Semiconductor Base."

Ho Jung Paik (Physics), NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center, $178,500 in additional funding bringing the total to $325,500, "Superconducting Gravity Gradiometer for an Advanced Gravity Mission."

Bill Phillips (Physics, JQI, IPST and NIST), Chris Lobb, Chris Monroe, Glenn Solomon and Luis Orozco (all Physics and JQI), NSF, $737,059 in additional funding bringing the total to $3,616,659, Sequence 13, "Joint Quantum Institute: Processing Quantum Coherence."

Bill Phillips (Physics, JQI, IPST and NIST), Chris Lobb, Chris Monroe, Glenn Solomon and Luis Orozco (all Physics and JQI), NSF, $1,462,941 in additional funding bringing the total to $10,502,310, Sequence 15, "Joint Quantum Institute: Processing Quantum Coherence."

Steven Rolston (Physics and JQI), NIST, $2,040,000 in additional funding bringing the total to $6,530,728, Sequence 7,"The Joint Quantum Institute."

Steven Rolston (Physics and JQI), NIST, $1,705,334 in additional funding bringing the total to $7,849,230 Sequence 8,"The Joint Quantum Institute."

Surjalal Sharma and Dennis Papadopoulos (Astronomy), NSF, $100,000, "Low Frequency Waves in the Ionosphere During HF Heating and Effects on the Ground and in the Magnetosphere."

Ross Salawitch (AOSC, Chemistry & Biochemistry and ESSIC) and Timothy Canty (AOSC), NSF, $400,000, "Photochemical Modeling in Support of CONTRAST (Convective Transport of Active Species in the Tropics)."

Herman Sintim (Chemistry & Biochemistry and Maryland NanoCenter) with Gary Rubloff, William Bentley and Yi Cheng (all Engineering), NSF, $400,000, "An Integrated Approach, Using Biofabrication and Chemical Synthesis, to Study Cell Signaling."

Harry Tamvakis (Mathematics), NSF, $161,866, "Geometry, Arithmetic, and Combinatorics of Schubert Calculus."

Andrei Vedernikov (Chemistry & Biochemistry), University of Virginia, $167,786 in additional funding bringing the total to $757,786, "Center for Catalytic Hydrocarbon Functionalization-EFRC."

Richard Walker (Geology), NSF, $370,184, "CSEDI Collaborative Research: Application of Siderophile Elements to Early Earth Processes and Mantle Mixing."

Juying Xie Warner (AOSC), Cal Tech Jet Propulsion Lab, $100,000, "Continued Efforts for AIRS CO Using OE Method."

Christian Zickert (Mathematics), NSF, $157,992, "Representations of 3-Manifold Groups."


Through a long-range program initiated and funded by the Graduate School at UMD and the Rektor (President) at University of Tuebingen (Germany), a number of CMNS faculty in the areas of neuroscience, molecular biology, and bioinformatics have recently started active research and graduate education collaborations with faculty at Tuebingen. The goal of the program, which also includes faculty from other UMD colleges, is to foster international graduate training and research with a few partner universities. The program, which started on July 1, requires graduate student and/or postdoc involvement in each research project, and that each project is led by at least one faculty member from each institution. Faculty from CMNS currently leading these collaborations include: Jonathan Dinman (Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics), Michael Braun (CBBC and Biology) and Gerald Wilkinson (Biology), with Arthur Popper (Biology), Special Advisor on STEM to the Graduate School, overseeing the project.

IPST now has an additional shared instrument facility - the Light Scattering Center. The goal of the Light Scattering Center is to promote research, education, and commerce in new fields of physical and engineering sciences. The activities of the Center aim to help researchers and educators from within the University and from within the local region, by providing them with instrumentation facilities and scholarly expertise in static and dynamic light scattering technique. The Center welcomes members from Academia, National Labs, and the Industry. Their services include use of the light scattering instruments, training of students and scientists in the use of these instruments, help with data analyses and data interpretation. Trained users can carry out their measurements independently. Visit or email to learn more

Hugo Berbery (ESSIC) was a keynote speaker at the Joint Conference of the 11th AsiaFlux International Workshop, the 3rd HESSS, and 14th Annual Meeting of KSAFM "Communicating Science to Society: Coping with Climate Extremes for Resilient Ecological-Societal Systems", Seoul, Korea, August 21-24. The title of his presentation was "Droughts in Southern South America: Large-Scale Dynamics and Regional Processes."

Ben Kedem (Mathematics) will be working as a Fulbright Specialist at the New University of Lisbon, Portugal during October. Kedem will be presenting lectures on the usefulness and application of different areas of statistics and mathematics to encourage undergraduate students to enter this field of study and research. He will help graduate students to fine-tune their study and research plans, and will work with young faculty who are determining new areas of research. In addition, he will be working with faculty and administrators on faculty development and assessing curriculum and materials. This project will be a first step in future scientific cooperation between the New University of Lisbon and the University of Maryland, identifying common interests in research.

Raghu Murtugudde (AOSC and ESSIC) was an invited lecturer at the UNESCO-IOC Summer School in Qingdao, China, August 19-23 where he taught a short course on Intra-seasonal Air-Sea Interactions and Bio-feedbacks. He was the featured Climate Colloquium speaker at IIT-Bombay on August 28 and gave a lecture on "Monsoon and ENSO: Prospects for Prediction."

Arthur Popper (Biology, Graduate School) co-organized the "Third International Conference on the Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life," August 11-16, Budapest, Hungary. Funded by NSF, ONR, NOAA, and a number of international organizations and companies, almost 300 participants from over 20 countries assembled to discuss issues that have world-wide consequences for offshore energy production (e.g., wind farms) and exploration (for oil and gas), as well as for shipping and other human activities in and on the water. Popper, and his co-organizer Anthony Hawkins, FRS, will publish a book of the proceedings in 2014. Robert Dooling (Biology and Psychology) gave an invited talk on "Evaluating the effects of anthropogenic noise." Biology graduate student Kathy Willis gave an invited talk on her research on effects of sound on turtles and graduate student Sara Therrien talked about her work on underwater hearing by diving birds. Popper gave several presentations including one on his recent work on effects of seismic airguns (used in off-shore oil exploration) on fish physiology. Popper was also an invited speaker at a one-day workshop in Budapest that was organized by the Dutch government on developing noise effects criteria.

Rajarshi Roy (Physics, IPST and IREAP) was an invited speaker at the Workshop on Control of Self-Organizing Nonlinear Systems at the Institute of Theoretical Physics Collaborative Research Center in Leucorea, Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Germany, August 28-30. His talk was entitled "Nonlinear Dynamics in Optical Networks: Patterns and Synchronization."

Elaine Shi (Computer Science and UMIACS) has been awarded a Google Faculty Research Award for her proposal entitled, "Truly Practical Dynamic Proofs of Retrievability." Google Research Awards are one-year awards structured as unrestricted gifts to universities to support the work of world-class full-time faculty members at top universities around the world.

Victor Yakovenko was invited by the editors of Physics Today magazine of the American Physical Society to write a review on the book "The Physics of Wall Street: A Brief History of Predicting the Unpredictable" by James Owen Weatherall. The book review was published in Physics Today 66, August 2013, p. 50,


Tom Antonsen (Physics and IREAP) was quoted in The Huffington Post, August 14, in an article on the sequestration and the effect on science. "...The problem was not just how the lack of funding would impact graybeards like himself," said Antonsen, "but also the newcomers to the field. Young scientists who had spent 12 years studying for their Ph.D.s would find the climate inhospitable, and future generations would look elsewhere."

Jayanth Banavar (Physics) with colleagues from Universita di Padova, Northeastern University and the Budapest University of Technology & Economics, published an article in Nature, August 22 entitled "Emergence of structural and dynamical properties of ecological mutualistic networks." The researchers show that nested interaction networks could emerge as a consequence of an optimization principle aimed at maximizing the species abundance in mutualistic communities.

Dennis Bodewits (Astronomy) wrote an article on the EPOXI mission for "Zenit" magazine, the Dutch "Sky and Telescope," July-August edition.

Working with records from a long-term effort to reintroduce critically endangered whooping cranes in the Eastern U.S., a University of Maryland-led research team found evidence that these long-lived birds learn their migration route from older cranes, and get better at it with age. The researchers, William Fagan and Thomas Mueller (Biology) with colleagues from the Universitat Frankfurt, the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, the US Geological Survey and the US Fish and Wildlife Service, published their findings, based on data from an intensive effort to restore the endangered bird to its native range, in the August 30 edition of Science. The whooping crane (Grus americana), is North America's largest bird, standing five feet tall, and one of its longest-lived, surviving 30 years in the wild. Media coverage included The Guardian, NPR, National Geology, Science World Report and NBC News.

The joint U.S. and Mexican gamma ray observatory being built on the flanks of the Sierra Negra volcano in the Mexican State of Puebla has begun official operations. Led on the U.S. side by the University of Maryland, the HAWC (High-Altitude Water Cherenkov Observatory) is only about one-third complete, but already it is the largest of its type in the world. Jordan Goodman (Physics) is the Principal Investigator for the NSF HAWC construction grant, Andrew Smith (Physics) is project manager and Brian Baughman, Jim Braun and Josh Wood (all Physics) are involved in the construction of HAWC and will help lead in the analysis of data from the observatory. Media coverage includes RedOrbit and PhysOrg.

Ted Jacobson (Physics and JSI) was mentioned in Nature, August 29, in an article exploring some theories which try to explain "The Origins of Space and Time."

Sujay Kaushal (Geology and ESSIC) was the lead author of newly published study on long-term river alkalization trends in the Eastern U.S. The paper, entitled, "Increased river alkalization in the Eastern U.S.," was published in Environmental Science and Technology, August 26, 2013. Kaushal's research team, Melissa Grese (Kaushal Laboratory) and Metthea Yepsen (UMCES-Sea Grant) as well as colleagues from the Cary institute of Ecosystem Studies, University of Connecticut-Storrs, National Ecological Observatory Network and University of Virginia, Charlottesville, determined in the first survey of its kind, that human activities have altered the basic chemistry of many rivers in the Eastern U.S. The study analyzed long-term watershed records of alkalinity from 97 Eastern U.S. rivers. Two-thirds of rivers had become significantly more alkaline over time spans ranging from 25 - 60 years. Media coverage included the Nature World News, New Scientist, R&D Magazine, International Business Times, Science World Report and Global Post.

Karen Lips (Biology) and alumnus Edward Kabay (2012 M.S. Conservation) presented their research findings showing that timber rattlesnakes indirectly benefit humankind by keeping Lyme disease in check at the Ecological Society of America's annual conference, August 6. The rattlesnakes are endangered in six Eastern states and threatened in five more. "...Habitat loss, road kills, and people killing them out of fear are the big issues." Media coverage included Nature world News, Medical Xpress, Science World Report, OnEarth Magazine and Red Orbit.

Geology student John Nance was quoted in The Washington Post, August 6, in an article about the excavation of a Miocene whale skeleton from the banks of the Potomac River.

Arthur Popper (Biology) was interviewed on WYPR (88.1 FM), "The Environment in Focus," July 31. Popper discussed the Atlantic croaker, one of several species of fish that "talk" – communicate with each other by vibrating muscles next to their swim bladders. Popper is concerned that noise pollution from ship engines and construction could interfere with the ability of fish like this (including red drum, toadfish, and weakfish) to find mates and prey.

Mike Raupp (Entomology and Agricultural Extension) was interviewed on WTOP, August 20, on bagworms and their effect on evergreens. "..They are a unique and destructive kind of pest that is experiencing a resurgence this summer, possibly because of the mild winter or rainy spring that has led to luscious foliage throughout the region."

V.S. Subrahmanian (Computer Science and UMIACS) was quoted in FCW and Fast Company, August 27-28 on the development of an analytics tool, known as STONE (Shaping Terrorist Organizational Network Efficacy). "STONE was able to predict, with 80 percent accuracy, which individual would rise to take on a leadership role when a terrorist leader was removed." The research team, Subrahmanian, Francesca Spezzano and Aaron Mannes (UMIACS), presented a paper on their work at the Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining conference, Niagara Falls, Canada, August 27.

Marc Swisdak (IREAP), James Drake (Physics, IPST and IREAP) and colleague M. Opher of Boston University, published an article in The Astrophysical Journal Letters, August 14, presenting their model which indicates Voyager 1 actually entered interstellar space a little more than a year ago. Media coverage included the Huffington Post, Nature World News, The Independent, French Tribune, The Guardian, Voice of America, Christian Science Monitor and the Los Angeles Times.

Victor Yakovenko (Physics and JQI), with graduate student Sergey Pershoguba and postdoc Kostyantyn Kechedzhi, published a paper in Physical Review Letters titled "Proposed Chiral Texture of the Magnetic Moments of Unit-Cell Loop Currents in the Pseudogap Phase of Cuprate Superconductors." The paper was marked as a PRL Editors' Suggestion and covered in Physics Synopsis. Only a few papers from each issue are given such a distinction. The paper was also covered in the newsletter "Waves and Packets" published jointly by National Society of Black Physicists, African Physical Society, South African Institute of Physics, and African Astronomical Society. First author, Sergey Pershoguba, has been awarded an Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Fellowship for the fall of 2013 by the graduate school of UMD.

Michael Zachariah (Chemistry & Biochemistry and Chemical Engineering), with graduate students Guoqiang Jian, Jingyu Feng, Rohit Jacob and Garth Egan, published an article, which was also chosen as a Hot Paper, in Angewandte Chemie International Edition reporting a new aerosol spray drying method for the generation of periodate Nanoparticles than can be used in the formulation of highly reactive explosives. Media coverage included Chemistry Views, Nanowerk, PhysOrg, Innovations Report, GIT Laboratory Journal as well as several German outlets such as Schattenblick and JuraForum.


Henrique Andrade (2003 Ph.D. Computer Science, advisor Joel Saltz) with colleagues Bugra Gedik (Bilkent University) and Deepak Turaga (IBM TJ Watson) are authors of the book "Fundamentals of Stream Processing: Application Design, Systems and Analytics," one of the first books in this area. Published by Cambridge University Press, the book will be available in early September. Andrade is Vice President, Technology at JP Morgan and is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University's Department of Electrical Engineering. Previously he was a Vice President in Goldman Sachs' Securities Division (Core Strategies).

Massimo Bollasina (2010 Ph.D. AOSC, advisor Sumant Nigam), was awarded the 2013 AGU James R. Holton Junior Scientist Award from the American Geophysical Union. The Holton Award recognizes outstanding scientific research and accomplishments of early-career scientists in the field. Bollasina has accepted an Assistant Professorship at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

Russell Butler (1983 B.S. Computer Science) has been appointed Senior Vice President of Global Research and Development, MICROS Systems. In this role he will be responsible for leading development teams around the world spanning its vertical markets hotels, retail, food and beverage and eCommerce. Previously Butler was Vice President, Messaging and Collaboration at IBM. MICROS Systems provides enterprise-wide applications, services and hardware for the hospitality and retail industries.

Jason Ellis (1995 B.S. Computer Science) is a recipient of the 2013 Black Engineer of the Year Awards Career Achievement which will be presented at the annual BEY ASTEM Conference, Washington D.C, February 2014. He was profiled in Black Engineer: Profiles in Innovation, August 6. Ellis is a member of the research staff at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, where he designs, implements and studies social software including online communities, social visualization and grassroots team tools. He earned his Ph.D. in computer science from the Georgia Institute of Technology and holds five patents.

Phyllis Kolmus (1972 B.S. Mathematics) was named the President of Women in Technology, August 27. The Fairfax-based organization supports women in the DC technology community, offering a broad range of support, programs and resources to advance women in technology from the classroom to the boardroom. Kolmus is Deputy Group Director, AT&T Government Solutions.

Rick Kuhn (1985 M.S. Computer Science), recently co-authored the book "Introduction to Combinatorial Testing." Kuhn, a Project Leader, Computer Security Division at NIST, co-developed (with David Ferraiolo) the role based access control model (RBAC) used throughout industry and led the effort to establish RBAC as an ANSI standard. Before joining NIST in 1984, he worked as a systems analyst with NCR Corporation and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. For more information:

Sean Lawton (2000 B.S. and 2006 Ph.D. Mathematics, advisor William Goldman), currently Assistant Professor of Mathematics at University of Texas, Pan-American, was interviewed in the local Fox News channel in McAllen, Texas about the Experimental Algebra and Geometry Lab he founded at UTPA. Lawton and his lab were awarded an NSF grant of $100K.

Terence Milholland (1969 B.S. Physics) was profiled in The Washington Post, August 28. The article focused on Milholland's career as Chief Information and Technology officer at the Internal Revenue Service (since 2008). As reported last month, the Partnership for Public Service named him a finalist for its annual Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals.

Steve Orndorff (1979 Ph.D. Microbiology) has been named the Chief Executive Officer, MicroBiome Therapeutics (previously known as NuMe Health LLC). The company develops medical food and pharmaceutical products to improve health status by interacting with the human microbiome in specific ways. Previously Orndorff had been CEO of Ariel Pharmaceuticals.

Sarah Peitzmeier (2010 B.S. Biology and Music), with colleagues from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, UNAIDS (The Gambia), Enda Sante (Senegal) and the Network of AIDS Service Organizations (The Gambia), published an article in the International Journal of STD & AIDS, on female sex workers having a higher prevalence of HIV compared to the general Gambian population.

Michael Wasserman, (1974 B.S. Zoology) has been elected President of the Massachusetts Dental Society. A member of the MDS since 1983, Wasserman has previously served as the organization's president-elect, vice president, and as the Berkshire District Dental Society Trustee on the MDS Board of Trustees. He is also a past treasurer and chairman of the Berkshire District Dental Society. He earned his DDS degree from New York University College of Dentistry and maintains a private practice in Pittsfield, MA.




Astronomy Department – Dr. Stuart Vogel, Chair
Atmospheric and Oceanic Science Department – Dr. James Carton, Chair
Biology Department – Dr. Bill Fagan, Chair
Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics Department – Dr. Norma Andrews, Chair
Chemistry & Biochemistry Department – Dr. Janice Reutt-Robey, Chair
Computer Science Department – Dr. Samir Khuller, Chair
Geology Department – Dr. Roberta Rudnick, Chair
Entomology Department– Dr. Leslie Pick, Chair
Mathematics Department – Dr. Scott Wolpert, Chair
Physics Department – Dr. Drew Baden, Chair
CSCAMM – Dr. Eitan Tadmor, Director
ESSIC – Dr. Tony Busalacchi, Director
IPST – Dr. Rajarshi Roy, Director
IREAP – Dr. Thomas Murphy, Director
MPRI – Dr. David Mosser, Director
SESYNC – Dr. Margaret Palmer, Director
UMIACS – Dr. Amitabh Varshney, Director