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CMNS News - August 2014

Vol. 4, No. 8 August 2014
The College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences
Jayanth Banavar, Dean Mary Kearney, Editor

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


Thelma M. Williams, retired Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education (College of Computer, Mathematical and Physical Sciences) died June 26. Beginning in 1981 as Assistant to the Provost of the then Division of Mathematical, Physical Sciences and Engineering under Frank Kerr, and through her last eight years as CMPS associate dean for undergraduate education (1990-1998), Williams consistently provided strong leadership and positively influenced hundreds of individual students. Her primary operating principles set the tone, culture and reputation of the Office for Undergraduate Education: (a) students come first; (b) students will take responsibility for their academic experience and (c) always encourage academic excellence. A funeral mass was held on July 2 at Our Lady of Grace Church, Silver Spring. Memorial contributions may be made to the Thelma M. Williams Scholarship Fund at UMD. Checks can be sent to CMNS Dean's Office, 2300 Symons Hall, made out to UMCPF, and with the scholarship fund designated in the "For" line.


Sujal Bista (Computer Science and 2014 Ph.D. Computer Science, advisor Amitabh Varshney) will be honored with a Best Paper Award at the annual IEEE Conference on Scientific Visualization, to be held in Paris, November 9-14. Bista's paper on visualization of diffusion kurtosis imaging tensors for understanding the brain microstructure was chosen from 136 submissions, of which 34 were accepted for presentation at the conference.

Hal Daume, Michael Hicks, Elaine Shi (Computer Science and UMIACS) and Leah Findlater (Computer Science and iSchool) have been awarded Google Faculty Research Awards. The award program provides unrestricted gifts to support full-time faculty members at degree-granting institutions around the world.

Christopher Jarzynski (Chemistry & Biochemistry and IPST) and has been awarded the title of Distinguished University Professor. The designation is the campus' highest academic honor, reserved for those whose scholarly achievements "have brought distinction to the University of Maryland."

Diane O'Leary (Computer Science and UMIACS) has been awarded the title of Distinguished University Professor Emerita. O'Leary, who joined the University in 1978, focused her research on computational linear algebra and optimization. O'Leary also held an appointment in the University Applied Mathematics and Statistics and Scientific Computing Program.

Nick Schmerr (Geology) was awarded the Doornbos Memorial Prize by the Committee on Studies of the Earth's Deep Interior at its biennial meeting, Kanagawa, Japan, August 3-8. Awarded to a young scientist for outstanding work on the Earth's deep interior, the prize is given in honor of the Dutch seismologist, Durk Doornbos.

Philip Sprangle (Physics, ECE and IREAP) was awarded the 2014 AAC (Advanced Accelerator Concepts) Prize. The prize, awarded every two years at the AAC workshop, is awarded to individuals for outstanding contributions to the science and technology of advanced accelerator concepts.

Francesco Tombesi (Astronomy) was awarded the 2014 Astrophysics Science Division Peer Award, NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center, for "... outstanding contributions in support of the ASTRO-H mission and to the understanding of ultrafast outflows in active galactic nuclei."


Radu Balan (Mathematics and CSCAMM), NSF, $105,610, "Phaseless Reconstruction and Geometric Analysis of Frames."

Alberto Bolatto (Astronomy and JSI), NSF, $500,016, "The Role of Gas in the Evolution of Galaxies."

Volker Briken (Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics), Najib El-Sayed (Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics and UMIACS) and Roy Mariuzza (Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics), NIH-National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, $573,452, "Characterization of a Novel Signal Transduction Pathway in M. tuberculosis."

Karen Carleton (Biology), NIH-National Eye Institute, $299,233, "Evolutionary Mechanisms Controlling Opsin Gene Expression Variation."

Drake Deming (Astronomy), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, $365,805, "E-VERIFY: Participation in TESS Exoplanet Science."

Jonathan Dinman (Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics), NIH-National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, $633,014, "X-linked Dyskeratosis Congenita and Ribosomal Frameshifting."

John Fourkas (Chemistry & Biochemistry, IPST and JSI), Amy Mullin and Daniel Falvey (Chemistry & Biochemistry) and Gottlieb Oehrlein (IREAP and Engineering), NSF, $1,500,000, "Three-color Photolithography for Scalable, Large-area, Low-cost Nanomanufacturing."

Mark Freidlin (Mathematics), NSF, $210,000, "Long-term Effects of Small Perturbations and Other Multiscale Asymptotic Problems."

Jon Froehlich (Computer Science and UMIACS) and (iSchool and Education), NSF, $549,990, "BodyVis: Advancing New Science Learning and Inquiry Experiences via Custom Designed Wearable On-body Sensing and Visualization."

Alexey Gorshkov (JQI), NSF, $190,000, "Information Propagation and Entanglement Generation in Systems with Long-range Interactions."

Antony Jose (Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics), NIH-National Institute of General Medical Sciences, $286,535, "Movement of RNA between Animal Cells."

Daryl Kleist (AOSC and ESSIC) and Kayo Ide (AOSC, CSCAMM, ESSIC and IPST), NOAA, $250,000, "Accelerating 4D Hybrid EnVar Development to Improve Assimilation of High Resolution (Space and Time) Observations."

Jimmy Lin (UMIACS and iSchool), NSF, $499,852, "Hadoop NextGen Infrastructure for Heterogeneous Approaches to Data-intensive Computing."

Chris Monroe and Alexey Gorshkov (Physics and JQI), Army Research Office, $150,000, "Long Range Quantum Dynamics and Entanglement Propagation in Atomic Qubits."

Sumant Nigam (AOSC and ESSIC), NSF, $233,397, "South Asian Summer Monsoon Rainfall: Origin of Multidecadal Variability/Trends and Investigation of Seasonal Predictability."

William Phillips (Physics, JQI, IPST and NIST) and Luis Orozco (Physics and JQI), NSF, $2,295,000, "Physics Frontier Center at the Joint Quantum Institute."

Derek Richardson (Astronomy), NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center, $295,091, "Direct Numerical Modeling of Saturn's Dense Rings Informed by Cassini Data."

Joshua Singer (Biology), NIH-National Eye Institute, $411,125, "Computation at Retinal Synapses."

Katerina Thompson (CMNS Undergraduate Research & Internship Programs), Howard Hughes Medical Institute, $1,200,000, "Increasing Student Persistence and Success in the Chemical and Life Sciences."

Dennis vanEngelsdorp (Entomology), USDA-Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, $270,907, "National Honey Bee Pests and Diseases Survey."

Amitabh Varshney (Computer Science and UMIACS), Catherine Plaisant (UMIACS), Joseph JaJa (UMIACS, SESYNC and ECE) and Lee Mundy (Astronomy), $600,000, "MRI: Development of Augmentarium: High Performance Visual Computing Infrastructure with Adaptive Display."

Richard Walker (Geology), NSF, $185,426, "Application of Siderophile Elements to the Study of the Chemical Structure and Mixing History of the Oceanic Mantle."

Fred Wellstood and Chris Lobb (Physics and JQI), NSF, $150,000, "Atomic Resolution Dual-point Superconducting Phase STM."


Maryland Cybersecurity Center faculty and graduate students are leading The Build It, Break It, Fix It security contest. The contest, which evaluates participants' abilities to develop secure and efficient programs, is broken up into three rounds that take place over consecutive weekends: August 28, September 4 and September 12. The competition is supported by top cybersecurity organizations, including AT&T, Cyberpoint, Trail of Bits, Suprtek and the National Science Foundation.

The DC regional Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program is now accepting university research teams from the DC, MD and VA for the five-week Lean LaunchPad, technology commercialization and customer development workshop beginning October 9th. UMD is the lead institution running the NSF-funded program, and as such, teams from UMD will be given priority in this program. Interested teams can learn more and apply at .

Howard Elman (Computer Science and UMIACS) and colleagues published the book "Finite Elements and Fast Iterative Solvers," Oxford Science Publications, August 5. The book discusses the relations between discretization methods and solution methods for partial differential equations.

Graduate students David Harris (Applied Mathematics, advisor Aravind Srinivasan) and Vahid Liaghat (Computer Science, advisor Mohammad Taghi Hajiaghayi) have been appointed to speak at China Theory Week 2014. An annual workshop, China Theory Week has been held since 2007 under the sponsorship of Professor Andrew Chi-Chih Yao of IIIS at Tsinghua University. The workshop provides opportunity for the most accomplished Ph.D. students to meet, as well as to present and discuss their research. The workshop will take place in IIS, Tsinghua, China, September 8-12.

The Research Directorate of the National Security Agency (NSA), on August 6, named a paper by Maryland Cybersecurity Center faculty Michael Hicks and Elaine Shi, and their graduate student Chang Liu, as the winner of the NSA's second annual "Best Scientific Cybersecurity Paper" Competition. This competition was established in 2013 to recognize security papers that "best reflect the conduct of good science" in the field of cybersecurity. Their paper was titled "Memory Trace Oblivious Program Execution," and had been presented at the 2013 IEEE Computer Security Foundations Symposium.

David Inouye (Biology) began his tenure as President of the Ecological Society of America at the end of the 2014 annual meeting held in Sacramento in August.

David Levermore (Mathematics and IPST) was an invited speaker at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, August 29. His talk was titled "Coarsening of Particle Systems."

Rabindra Mohapatra (Physics and JSI) presented a plenary talk at the 22nd International Conference on Supersymmetry and Unification of Fundamental Interactions held in Manchester, UK, July 20-26. Earlier Mohapatra had presented the opening talk in the CERN workshop on neutron-anti-neutron oscillation.

Isaac Moradi (ESSIC) recently joined the board of the Geoscience Data Journal (GDJ) – an open-access platform where scientific data can be formally published, in a way that includes scientific peer-review – as an associate editor. He will serve as one of 17 total editors on GDJ's editorial board.

Kasso Okoudjou (Mathematics) is the organizer for the American Mathematical Society's (AMS) short course on "Finite Frame Theory: A Complete Introduction to Overcompleteness," San Antonio, TX, January 8-9, 2015. As well as Okoudjou, John Benedetto (Mathematics) and Radu Balan (Mathematics and CSCAMM) will be lecturing during the short course. Each AMS short course consists of a coherent sequence of survey lectures and discussions on a single theme of applied mathematics, ordinarily extending over a period of two days. Held immediately preceding the Joint Mathematics Meetings in January, the short course lecture series is directed at mathematicians seeking professional development and continuing education.

Neil Spring (Computer Science and UMIACS) was recognized with the Association for Computer Machinery Special Interest Group on Data Communication (ACM SIGCOMM) Test of Time award. The award recognizes a paper published 10 to 12 years in the past—in any SIGCOMM sponsored or co-sponsored conference—which is deemed to be outstanding, and whose contents are still vibrant and useful today. Neil was recognized for his paper, "Measuring ISP Topologies with Rocketfuel," which was published in SIGCOMM 2002 and its journal version appeared in IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking in 2004. This work has received over 1600 citations.

Aravind Srinivasan (Computer Science and UMIACS) was named editor-in-chief of the ACM Transactions on Algorithms (TALG) publication, effective September 1. Srinivasan, a noted expert in randomized algorithms, social networks and combinatorial optimization, brings considerable experience and expertise to his new role. Much of his work involves the confluence of algorithms, networks and randomness in society as they relate to the Web and to public health.


Allison Bostrom (Astronomy), Christopher Reynolds (Astronomy and JSI) and Francesco Tombesi (Astronomy and NASA), "An XMM-Newton View of the Radio Galaxy 3C 411," The Astrophysical Journal, August 20.

Florin Chelaru (Computer Science), Llewellyn Smith and Naomi Goldstein (Center for Bioinformatics & Computational Biology), and Héctor Corrada Bravo (Computer Science and UMIACS), et. al., "Epiviz: interactive visual analytics for functional genomics data," Nature Methods, August 3 online.

Héctor Corrada Bravo (Computer Science and UMIACS), et. al., "Large hypomethylated blocks as a universal defining epigenetic alteration in human solid tumors," Genome Medicine, August 26.

Sinead Farrell (ESSIC) et al., "Interdecadal changes in snow depth on Arctic sea ice," Journal of Geophysical Research-Oceans, August 22 online.

Xue Fei (Maryland Biophysics Program), Xiang Ye, Nicole A. LaRonde (Chemistry &Biochemistry) and George Lorimer (Chemistry & Biochemistry and IPST), "Formation and structures of GroEL:GroES2 chaperonin footballs, the protein-folding functional form," PNAS, August 18 online.

Margo Gebbie, Jonathan Goodson and Wade C. Winkler (Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics)et al., "A riboswitch-containing sRNA controls gene expression by sequestration of a response regulator," Science, August 22.

Nur Hasan and Rita Colwell (UMIACS and CosmosID) et al., "Longitudinal analysis of microbial interaction between humans and the indoor environment," Science, August 29.

George Helz (Chemistry & Biochemistry and Geology), "Activity of zero-valent sulfur in sulfidic natural waters," Geochemical Transactions, August 19 online.

Yong Lu and Leslie Pick (Entomology and Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics) et al., "Rapid transcriptome sequencing of an invasive pest, the brown marmorated stink bug Halyomorpha halys," BMC Genomics, August 29 online.

Sunil Mittal (JQI), Jingyun Fan (JQI), Alan Migdall (Physics and JQI), Jacob Taylor and Mohammad Hafezi (JQI) et al., Topologically Robust Transport of Photons in a Synthetic Gauge Field," Physical Review Letters, August 22.

Carly Muletz, Nicholas Caruso, Karen Lips (Biology) et al., "Unexpected Rarity of the Pathogen Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in Appalachian Plethodon Salamanders: 1957–2011," PLOS ONE, August 2014.

Dheeraj Pasham and Richard F. Mushotzky (Astronomy and JSI) with Tod Strohmayer (JSI and NASA), "A 400-solar-mass black hole in the galaxy M82," Nature, August 17 online.

Gretchen Peters, Luke Skala, Taylor Plank and Brooke Hyman (Chemistry & Biochemistry) et al., "A G4•K+ Hydrogel Stabilized by an Anion," Journal of the American Chemical Society, August 26 online.

Xinrong Ren (AOSC and ESSIC) et al., Airborne vertical profiling of mercury speciation near Tullahoma, TN, USA," Atmosphere, August 13.

Eytan Ruppin (UMIACS) et al., "Predicting Cancer-Specific Vulnerability via Data-driven Detection of Synthetic Lethality," Cell, August 28.

Marianna Safronova (JQI and University of Delaware) et al., "Spectroscopic observation of SU(N)-symmetric interactions in Sr orbital magnetism," Science, August 21.

Sylvain Veilleux (Astronomy and JSI) et. al., "Half-Megasecond Chandra Spectral Imaging of the Hot Circumgalactic Nebula around Quasar Mrk 231," The Astrophysical Journal, August 1.

Yujun Wang and Paul Julienne (JQI and NIST), "Universal van der Waals physics for three cold atoms near Feshbach resonances," Nature Physics, August 24 online.

Gavin Woodruff (2013 Ph.D. Biology) and Eric Haag (Biology) et al., "Mating Damages the Cuticle of C. elegans Hermaphrodites," PLOS ONE, August 1.


Brian Baughman (Physics) and Mathematics graduate student Alex Estes were quoted in The Baltimore Sun, August 3, in an article on Maryland's first DataBay "Reclaim the Bay" Innovation Challenge – creating data-driven applications that increase public engagement and aid in Chesapeake Bay restoration. Baughman helped build one of the finalist apps, EcoSleuth, which allows users to track algae blooms through crowd-sourced reporting. Estes was a team member on another finalist program, MyBay, which surveys users on their environmental habits and offers ways to improve them.

Dennis Bodewits (Astronomy) was quoted in Popular Mechanics, July 30, in an article on the comet Siding Spring. The comet will pass within 82,000 miles of Mars in October, close enough for the tail of gas and dust to envelop the planet. "...This may very well be the only time we ever get to see the nucleus of a dynamically new comet."

Thomas Cohen (Physics) was quoted in Quanta magazine (published by the Simons Foundation), in an article on tetraquarks, August 27. "...The thing you call the 'quark' might have quark-antiquark pairs and glue and all the rest built into it."

Rita Colwell (Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics and UMIACS) was quoted in The Baltimore Sun, August 28, in an article on recently published research (see Journal Articles) about household inhabitants (people and animals) sharing their microbial communities. "We were able to show the presence of species and strains of enterobacteria that hadn't really been described before."

Michael Coplan (IPST) was quoted in a New York Times article, August 8, on the 36-year-old NASA spacecraft Sun-Earth Explorer-3 (ISEE-3). Coplan and his students helped build the ion composition instrument that counted different types of charged atoms.

Hector Corrada Bravo (Computer Science and UMIACS) was quoted in Genetic Engineering News, August 4, in an article on Epiviz – a new web-based tool enabling researchers to quickly and easily visualize and compare large amounts of genomic information resulting from high-throughput sequencing experiments. The research team published their article in Nature Methods (see Journal Articles). Media coverage included ECN Magazine, Hindustan Times, News Medical, Science Codex and Science Daily.

Jingyun Fan and Alan Migdall (JQI and NIST) authored the article "Novel Fiber-optic Applications: Microstructured fiber entangles light for quantum information processing" published in Laser Focus World, August 6.

Jennifer Golbeck (Computer Science, iSchool and 2005 Ph.D. Computer Science, advisor James Hendler) was quoted in Fortune magazine, August 22, in an article on academics studying social media. "...There was so much interesting computing to be done."

Bill Goldman (Mathematics) was interviewed on NPR's "All Things Considered," August 13, discussing the first woman Fields Medalist, Maryam Mirzakhani, and her mathematics.

Jonathan Katz (Computer Science and UMIACS) was quoted in The Baltimore Sun, August 8, in an article on a new Center for Encrypted Functionalities that will explore a strategy known as obfuscation. Katz was also interviewed for a Hearst news story, August 6, about Russian cyber thieves who hacked into more than 400,000 websites, amassing more than a billion user names and passwords. "Right now what criminals seem to be doing is using these credentials to log into social media sites and impersonate users and then send spam from their accounts."

Brett Kent (Entomology) was quoted in a Voice of America article on SharkFinder, August 7. SharkFinder, a program aimed at finding fossil shark, skates and ray, allows middle and high school students and citizen scientists the opportunity to search through concentrated fossil-bearing media to find and report shark fossils.

Matt Landreman (IREAP) was quoted extensively in Scientific Computing World, August 7, in an article on his collaboration with two research groups who used the U.S. National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center supercomputers to research the "bootstrap" current. Their findings were published in Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion, March 27.

Rabindra Mohapatra (Physics and JSI) was interviewed by "Nautilus" for an article on "neutrino mass" titled "This shape shifter could tell us why matter exists," Issue 14.

Raghu Murtugudde (AOSC and ESSIC) was quoted in The Hindu, August 21, in an article "Factors affecting urban warming" explaining that two types of urban heat island (atmospheric and surface) affect temperatures differently dependent upon the time of day or night. Murtugudde was also quoted in the India Climate Dialogue, August 11, in an article on severe heat waves. The article refers to the paper "Is a global warming signature emerging in the tropic Pacific?" Geophysical Research Letters, January 2012, authored by Murtugudde and colleagues from the Centre for Climate Change Research, Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology.

Dheeraj Pasham and Richard F. Mushotzky (Astronomy and JSI) were quoted in the Christian Science Monitor, August 18, in an article on their recently published paper in Nature (see Journal Articles) that examines a rare black hole and its measurements using methods that have not been previously applied to black holes of this type. Cole Miller (Astronomy) and Pasham were quoted in a Live Science online article, August 19, on the same subject. Media coverage included Science, Time, Astronomy magazine, Discover News, Fox News, French Tribune, Huffington Post and Voice of America.

Art Popper (Biology) was interviewed by in a segment on a "sound channel" off the coast of Cape Cod. "...chronic noise pollution may disturb the mating and feeding patterns of marine life." He was also interviewed for the audio sidebar "Why do we hear?" (Promo & Web extras tab).

Michael Raupp (Entomology) was featured in The Baltimore Sun, August 19. Raupp was a speaker at the Howard County Conservancy, where he shared his displays of bugs and a few live specimens – a stick bug and a tarantula. This is the fourth year Raupp has addressed this audience.

Jan Sengers (IPST) published an article in Studium on Antonius T. Michels – the founder of the Institute for Molecular Physics at UMD after World War II. The Institute for Physical Science and Technology (IPST) was founded in 1976 from a merger of the Institute for Fluid Dynamics and Applied Mathematics (IFDAM) and the Institute for Molecular Physics (IMP).

Ben Shneiderman (Computer Science and UMIACS) was quoted in Entrepreneur, August 8, in an article on the Pew Research Center "2014 Future of the Internet" canvassing on artificial intelligence and robotics. "...Improved user interfaces, novel services, and fresh ideas will create more jobs." On August 26 Shneiderman was quoted in an article in Forbes magazine about health information technology, electronic health records and the lack of standardization. "The change in values, in metrics, and the lack of terminology standardization are really problematic issues."

Jessica Sunshine and Michael A'Hearn (Astronomy) were quoted in the Science feature article "Comet catcher: Europe's Rosetta spacecraft is about to orbit and then land on one of the solar system's most mysterious objects," August 1. A'Hearn was also quoted in a related article in the same edition, "Touch and go," on the experiments to be conducted by the Philae lander, which will be ejected by Rosetta several kilometers above comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

Sara Via (Biology and Entomology) was mentioned in a Science feature article about research on the DNA of the mosquito, Anopheles gambiae, which has two physically identical forms that live in distinct but overlapping parts of Africa and behave differently in some ways. The article referred to Via's study of two populations of pea aphids.

Physics graduate student Sylvia Zhu was quoted in LiveScience, August 6, in an article on Zhu and a colleague converting galactic explosions into music and animations. "...I figured it would be fun to 'hear' what these explosions might sound like, if we converted each photon into a musical note."

Robert Zwanzig, Distinguished University Professor and Professor Emeritus, IPST, who died May 15, 2014, was profiled in PNAS, August 2014. Zwanzig had a very distinguished career as a teacher and researcher in the field of statistical physics. He joined the faculty of the University of Maryland in 1968 and retired in 1988, after which he joined the Laboratory of Chemical Physics of the National Institutes of Health. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1972, was awarded the Debye Prize from the American Chemical Society in 1976 and received the Langmuir Award from the American Chemical Society in 1984.


The College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences Alumni Chapter and The Southern Maryland Alumni Club invite you to a crab feast on the beautiful Patuxent River waterfront. Enjoy Maryland's own blue crabs, fresh farm corn, salad and dessert at the Calvert Marine Museum.
Date and Time: Saturday, September 20, 3:00pm-7:00pm.
Information at:

Yibin Cai (2013 Ph.D. Biology, Cell & Molecular Genetics) was quoted in the China Daily, August 29, in an article on the DC Chinese film festival. Cai founded the festival in 2011. The 2014 festival took place on September 4-7, and showcased 54 films from eight countries.

David Devoid (1983 B.S. Microbiology) is a pediatric gastroenterologist at GI for Kids, Knoxville, Tenn. Devoid earned his M.D. at Baylor College of Medicine while serving in the Air Force. "... I always knew I wanted to go into pediatrics, and like most pediatric GI doctors ... I really like taking care of sick kids. I like to help them understand the procedures, and what's happening with them."

Jerry Forbes (1967 M.S. Physics) is president of the Port Tobacco River Conservancy. The organization is working with residents, local and state governments, and other conservation groups to restore and protect the river and streams in the watershed.

Nathalie McOmber (2000 B.S. Biological Sciences) has been named one of the nation's top 40 dentists under the age of 40 by Incisal Edge magazine. McOmber, who is an attending dentist at Monmouth Medical Center, is profiled on the cover page of the magazine's fall 2014 issue. Per Incisal Edge, the "..profiles of the best next generation of dentists are nominated by industry experts from around the country, vetted by an independent panel and presented in a manner befitting the honor - as the rock stars of our field. "

Aaron Schulman (2013 Ph.D. Computer Science, advisor Neil Spring) was recognized with the 2013 Special Interest Group on Data Communication (SIGCOMM) Doctoral Dissertation Award. His dissertation "...provides the first observations of fundamental factors that limit the reliability of the Internet's critical last-mile infrastructure and presents improvements to mitigate the effects of these factors." Shulman received his award at the annual ACM SIGCOMM conference, Chicago, August 17–22.

Philip Steitz (1990 Ph.D. Mathematics, advisor David Kueker) has been named chief technology officer at Edgenuity. "...The opportunity to be part of this talented team of education innovators and lead the investment in enhanced product features, flexibility and scale was one I couldn't pass up."



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. Jonathan Dinman Chair
Chemistry & Biochemistry Department – Dr. Janice Reutt-Robey, Chair
Computer Science Department – Dr. Samir Khuller, Chair
Entomology Department– Dr. Leslie Pick, Chair
Geology Department – Dr. Roberta Rudnick, 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. Christopher Jarzynski, Director
IREAP – Dr. Thomas Murphy, Director
MPRI – Dr. David Mosser, Director
SESYNC – Dr. Margaret Palmer, Director
UMIACS – Dr. Amitabh Varshney, Director