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CMNS News - February 2013

CMNS NEWS
Vol. 3, No. 3 February 2013
The College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences
Jayanth Banavar, Dean Mary Kearney, Editor mkearney@umd.edu

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CONTENTS:
In Memoriam:
Announcements:
Honors and Awards:
Patents:
Contracts/Grants:
What's New:
In the News:
Alumni News:

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IN MEMORIAM:

Donat Wentzel (Professor Emeritus, Astronomy), the renowned plasma astrophysicist and teacher died on February 20, 2013. From 1966 until his retirement in 1994 he was an astronomy professor at UMD, sharing his passion for making astronomy interesting for non-science majors. He was instrumental in developing the first Astro 100 course which was later offered at other US colleges and taken by thousands of Terps students over the years. He further enhanced astronomy and solar physics education for college students in scientifically developing countries around the world, including China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Vietnam and Iran. His goal was a sustainable development in education, and in many countries his work had an impact that is still growing. He was an ambassador of Western astronomy to the rest of the world. His seminal work on cosmic-ray propagation made him known in a wide community. Proton resonant scattering by Alfvén waves led him to propose the concept of self-confinement of cosmic-rays in the Galaxy. His book "The Restless Sun" was named Book of the Year in 1989 by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. In 2003 he was awarded the George Van Biesbroeck Prize by the American Astronomical Society for his extraordinary contributions and was a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

The Department of Computer Science is now a member of LinkedIn.com, an online professional networking site. As another way to connect the Department, Samir Khuller (Chair) would like to encourage all Computer Science students, faculty, staff and alumni that have LinkedIn accounts to join our new group "University of Maryland Department of Computer Science". This account will serve as a platform to learn and share department news, as well as career opportunities. http://www.linkedin.com/groups/University-Maryland-Department-Computer-Science-4783306

Maryland Day – Explore Our World
Date: Saturday, April 27, 2013
Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Where: College Park campus
URL: http://www.marylandday.umd.edu/

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HONORS AND AWARDS:

Linette Berry (Mathematics) was selected by The President's Commission on Women's Issues (PCWI) as the 2013 Outstanding Non-Exempt Staff member. The 2013 Celebration of Women and 40th Anniversary Celebration of the PCWI will occur on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Atrium at the Stamp Student Union, with Ann Wylie (Geology, Special Assistant to the President and former Provost) as emcee.

Alessandra Buonanno (Physics and JSI) and Jayanth Banavar (Dean and Physics) have been named 2013 Outstanding Referees by the American Physical Society. Initiated in 2008, the program expresses appreciation for the essential work that anonymous peer reviewers do for their journals. Each year about 150 of APS' 48,000 active referees are selected and honored with the Outstanding Referee designation. To date, 23 UMD faculty members have been named Outstanding Referees. A full listing and further details on the program are available here: http://publish.aps.org/OutstandingReferees.

Krzysztof Franaszek (Undergraduate student, Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics and Economics), has been named one of approximately 40 Gates-Cambridge Scholars from the United States for 2013. The Gates-Cambridge Scholarship covers the full cost of study at the University of Cambridge, and provides many additional benefits. Krzysztof will be pursuing the MPhil Degree in Biological Science (Pathology) at Cambridge under the direction of Dr. Ian Brierley, a virologist working on messenger RNA structure and translational control of virus gene expression. Gates Cambridge Scholarships are highly competitive full-cost scholarships. They are awarded to outstanding applicants from countries outside the UK to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge. The program aims to build a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others.

Patrick Kanold (Biology) won the Burt Evans Young Investigator Award of the National Organization for Hearing Research Foundation (NOHR). The award honors excellence, commitment and achievement in auditory research by a young scientist. It is presented by the foundation at the annual Midwinter Meeting of the Association for Researchers in Otolaryngology (ARO). For more information: http://nohrfoundation.org/special

Doron Levy (Mathematics and CSCAMM) has been named a 2013-2014 Distinguished Scholar-Teacher. The Distinguished Scholar-Teacher Program honors members of the faculty who have demonstrated outstanding scholarly achievement along with equally outstanding accomplishments as teachers.

Mark Nakasone (Graduate student Chemistry and Biochemistry) has been selected by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB) for a Fulbright award to Israel (2013-2014). Appointed by the President of the United States, the 12-member FFSB was established by Congress to supervise the global Fulbright Program as authorized by the Fulbright-Hays Act of 1961.

Yanir Rubinstein (Mathematics) has been selected as a 2013 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow. Sloan Research Fellowships seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise. These two-year fellowships are awarded yearly to 126 researchers in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field.

Computer Science Graduate Student Jayant Kumar received the Best Student Paper award for the Document Analysis track at the International Conference on Pattern Recognition in Tsukuba, Japan, February 15-18. The paper, entitled "Learning Document Structure for Retrieval and Classification," involves a statistical approach to represent document image page characteristics and provide retrieval at various levels. The paper was co-authored by fellow graduate student Peng Ye, and their advisor David Doermann (Computer Science and UMIACS).

Rachel Lee (Graduate student Physics) has been selected as the ARCS/MWC Endowment Fellow for the academic year 2013-14. Her outstanding research proposal and enthusiasm for her material was recognized by the selection committee and she was unanimously selected. The ARCS Foundation advances science and technology in the United States by providing financial awards to academically outstanding U.S. citizens studying to complete degrees in science, engineering and medical research.

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PATENTS:

Rama Chellappa (UMIACS, ECE and Computer Science) with Volkan Cevher, "Compressive Sensing System and Method for Bearing Estimation of Sparse Sources in the Angle Domain."

Francis Cunningham (Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics), "Biochemical Route to Astaxanthin."

Gary Rubloff (IREAP and Materials Science and Engineering), Sang Bok Lee (Chemistry and Biochemistry) with colleagues, "Lateral Two-terminal Nanotubes Devices and Method for their Formation."

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CONTRACTS/GRANTS:

Bob Adler (ESSIC), NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center, $125,000, "A TRMM/GPM Composite Climatology of Surface Precipitation."

Philip Arkin and Tony Busalacchi (both AOSC and ESSIC), NOAA, $957,417 in additional funding, bringing the total award to $36,058,895, "Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites (CICS)."

Rama Chellappa (UMIACS, ECE and Computer Science), John Benedetto (Mathematics) and Larry Davis (Computer Science and UMIACS), Rice University, $218,662 in additional funding bringing the total to $939,337, "MURI-Opportunistic Sensing for Object and Activity Recognition."

Larry Davis (Computer Science and UMIACS) and Rama Chellappa (UMIACS, ECE and Computer Science), Carnegie-Mellon University, $145,250 in additional funding bringing the total award to $904,750, "Rich Representations with Exposed Semantics for Deep Visual Reasoning."

Bill Dorland (Physics and IREAP) and Ramani Duraiswami (Computer Science and UMIACS) DOE-Chicago, $201,000 in additional funding bringing the total award to $566,000, "Center for the Study of Plasma Microturbulence."

Nicholas Hadley (Physics), DOE-Chicago, $280,722 in additional funding bringing the total award to $2,822,816, "High Energy Accelerator and Colliding Beam User Group."

Paul Julienne and Sankar Das Sarma (both Physics and JQI), Air Force Office of Scientific Research, $783,127 in additional funding bringing the total award to $3,640,706, "Ultracold Polar Molecules: New Phases of Matter for Quantum Information and Quantum Control."

Nicole LaRonde-LeBlanc (Chemistry and Biochemistry), NSF, $211,479 additional funding bringing the total award to $870,415, "The Role of Nepl in Ribosome Biogenesis."

Paul Lett and Steven Rolston (both Physics and JQI) Air Force Office of Scientific Research, $141,760, "Quantum Image Processing and Storage with Four-wave Mixing."

Christopher Monroe (Physics and JQI), Army Research Office, $488,888 additional funding bringing the total award to $518,888, "Quantum Simulation of Magnetic Spin Phases & Dynamics with Atoms and Ions in Optical Lattices."

Konstantinos Papadopoulos (Astronomy and Physics), Office of Naval Research, $302,360 in additional funding bringing the total award to $7,197,178, "Fundamental Physics Issues on Radiation Belt Dynamics and Remediation Available for Retrieval."

Jacob Taylor (JQI), Army Research Office, $168,400 in additional funding bringing the total to $546,000, "Atom-Photon-electro-Mechanical Interfaces for Quantum Force and Field Measurements."

Da-Lin Zhang (AOSC), NOAA, $150,000 in additional funding bringing the total award to $222,000, "Improving Hurricane Intensity Forecasts with Consistent Resolutions."

Wenlu Zhu and Laurent Montesi (Geology), NSF, $248,730, "Collaborative Research: Experimental Investigation of the Effects of Lithology and Melt Composition on Permeability and 3-D Melt Distribution in Partially Molten Rocks."

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WHAT'S NEW:

On February 7, the United States Naval Observatory (USNO) dedicated its new Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) processor as the "Dr. Gart Westerhout VLBI Correlator Facility." He was the first Director of the UMD Astronomy Program (from 1962-1973), and served as the Scientific Director of the USNO from 1977 until his retirement in 1993. Westerhout died on October 14, 2012.

Tom Antonsen (Physics, ECE and IREAP) was recently appointed to the ECE Professorship in Electrophysics. Antonsen was selected for this appointment by a committee of ECE faculty members in recognition of his outstanding and sustained accomplishments in such areas of electrophysics as the theory of magnetically confined plasmas, the theory and design of free-electron lasers and other sources of coherent radiation, nonlinear dynamics and the theory of the interaction of intense laser pulses with plasmas.

The iOS app "StoryKit," created by Ben Bederson (Computer Science and UMIACS), Allison Druin (iSchool, UMIACS and Computer Science), and Computer Science graduate student Alex Quinn, has reached 100,000 hours of use last month, mostly by children writing stories. The app is being spread by word-of-mouth in schools throughout the country. It supports children's interests in writing "multimedia" stories with text, images, drawings and sound. The app is available for free at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/storykit/id329374595?mt=8

The Department of Computer Science's CS Internship and Career Fair, a bi-annual event, was held on February 7. Over 70 high-profile companies, including Amazon, Google, IBM and Microsoft, gathered to meet undergraduate and graduate students looking for challenging and rewarding internships, co-ops, and full-time careers that will value and foster their technical capabilities. This private event connects many of the department's 1,200 undergraduate students and 350 graduate students to innovative and exciting companies throughout the U.S. including startups, government organizations, Fortune 500 companies, and tech giants.

Jonathan Dinman (Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics) and Birich Technologies LLC have been selected by the Maryland Industrial Partnerships (MIPS) as one of 16 local participating researchers awarded funding to develop technology products. Dinman and Birich Technologies are developing a gene-silencing technology as both a research tool and potential cancer therapeutic.

Michele Dudash and Charlie Fenster (both Biology) are two of the three co-organizers, with Mitch Cruzan of Portland State University, for Evolution 2013, the joint annual meeting of the American Society of Naturalists, the Society for the Study of Evolution and the Society of Systematic Biologists. The meeting will take place in Snowbird, Utah, June 21-25. Symposia presentations, concurrent contributed papers, and poster sessions will be presented by the 1,500 expected participants. Dudash recently gave an invited talk at Harvard's Arnold Arboretum on "Quantifying the ecological context of a nursery pollination system in a North American Silene species." For more information on Evolution 2013: http://www.evolutionmeeting.org/

James Gates (Physics) will give an invited lecture, Legacies of Einstein's Concerti & Opus, at Montana State University's Celebrating Einstein event, Bozeman, MT, April 4. The event is a multidisciplinary outreach event centered on communicating the beauty and significance of Einstein's theory to the general public; this event will be one of the first in the nation to celebrate the centennial anniversary of general relativity.

Michael Hicks (Computer Science and UMIACS) was a guest speaker on WAMU.org's Kojo Nnamdi Show, Tech Tuesday: Cybersecurity in the Age of Government-sponsored Hacking, February 26. The discussion focused on Mandiant's recent news report on Chinese hackers attacking U.S. computers, cybersecurity and cyber sleuths. Hicks is Director of the Maryland Cybersecurity Center (MC2) which partners with government and industry to provide educational programs to prepare the future cybersecurity workforce, and develop new, innovative technologies to defend against cybersecurity attacks.

A photograph of a male Broadtailed Hummingbird visiting a flower by David Inouye (Biology) at his research site in Colorado was designated a "Highly Commended" Image in the BMC Ecology Image Competition.

The Maryland Cybersecurity Center (MC2) announced a new partnership with ManTech, February 7. The partnership will pursue advanced research in cybersecurity, including systems engineering and full spectrum computer network operations. It will also engage students and faculty in a comprehensive research effort that explores ways to apply advanced cybersecurity techniques to evolving technologies associated with cloud computing and other developing trends, as well as emerging threats.

Louiqa Raschid (UMIACS and the Smith School of Business) recently organized an NSF workshop on Financial Cyberinfrastructure (attended by UMIACS faculty and doctoral students) and a follow up meeting with the Director of Analytics at the Office of Financial Research, Department of the Treasury to discuss a collaborative research agenda.

512 Technology, a company led by Eric Rosenberg (Computer Science Undergraduate) with valuable input of Justin Kruskal (Computer Science Undergraduate) has been named a semi-finalist in the 2013 Cupid's Cup Competition held at the Robert H. Smith School of Business. 512 Technology is a real-time arrival prediction technology for public transit systems. This year the business competition has been opened up from a campus to national scale competition with 12 top student entrepreneurs selected from across the country. For info: http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/news/releases/2013/021413.aspx

The International Association for the Properties of Water and Steam (IAPWS) has issued an International Guideline for calculating the critical properties of aqueous NaCl solution as a function of concentration. The Guideline is based on an article by D.A. Fuentevilla, Jan Sengers (IPST), and Mikhail Anisimov (IPST), International Journal of Thermophysics. 33, 758 (2012). Further information can be found on www.iapws.org

Michael Raupp (Entomology) was an invited speaker at St. Mary's Arboretum Association and the Natural Science and Mathematics Colloquium, February 20. Raupp's topic for discussion was "Disasters by Design: How Global Change Threatens Landscape Sustainability."

VisiSonics, a UMD spinout that enables realistic 3D audio for music, movies and gaming in standard headphones, is a finalist in the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development "InvestMaryland Challenge." More than 250 applications were submitted, with 71 startups being selected to advance to the next round of competition. The company's management team comprises Ramani Duraiswami, President and CEO (Computer Science and UMIACS), Adam O'Donovan, CTO and VP (Graduate student in Computer Science with a 2005 B.S. Computer Science, 2006 B.S. Physics), Bill Strum, VP of Business Development (1972 M.S. Computer Science), and Conor Mulvey, Manager for Finances and Business Administration (2010 MBA).

Amy Weinberg (UMIACS) has been named as the Executive Director of the University of Maryland Center for Advanced Study of Language (CASL). CASL conducts academically rigorous research in language and cognition that supports national security. CASL research is interdisciplinary and collaborative, bringing together people from the government, academia, and the private sector.

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IN THE NEWS:

The newly discovered Comet ISON, which late this year could give sky watchers one of the brightest shows ever, shines in a new movie made by a University of Maryland-led team of scientists. The team recently began tracking and studying the comet with NASA's historic Deep Impact spacecraft. The "movie"—a brief clip of comet ISON—is an early look at a comet that promises to be a major light in the night sky during its close up with the sun beginning November 2013. "...We are all, ops team and science team, thrilled that we were able to make these observations when the comet was still more than 5 AU from the sun." Media coverage on the Comet ISON images with quotes from Michael A'Hearn and Tony Farnham (both Astronomy) included, BBC News, Christian Science Monitor, National Post, Times of India, NCB News, Discovery News, RedOrbit and the Guardian Express. To view the video: http://www.umdrightnow.umd.edu/news/comet-debuting-new-deep-impact-movie-expected-star-winter

Steven Anlage (Physics and Maryland NanoCenter), Tom Antonsen (Physics and IREAP), Biniyam Taddese (Engineering alumnus) and Matthew Frazier (Physics) published an article in Physical Review Letters, February 7 reporting on experiments conducted in which they put a nonlinear frequency-multiplying device into a chaotic bath of electromagnetic waves and found signal propagation effects that might launch a new kind of secure communication - a cell phone charger that recharges your phone remotely without even knowing where it is; a device that targets and destroys tumors, wherever they are in the body; or a security field that can disable electronics, even a listening device hiding in a prosthetic toe, without knowing where it is. Media coverage included The American Physical Society-Physics Spotlighting Exceptional Physics(February 7), ScienceDaily, PhysOrg and eScience News.

Tony Busalacchi (AOSC and ESSIC) was quoted in The Record, February 6, in an article on rebuilding the Jersey Shore after Hurricane Sandy, taking into account global warming and sea level rise. "...What we saw with Sandy is clearly consistent with what the scientific community has been warning for a decade or more."

Sinead Farrell (ESSIC) was a co-author on an online article published in Geophysical Research Letters, January 28, describing results from new satellite observations (CryoSat-2) that confirmed simulations of sea ice volume predicted by a University of Washington numerical model (PIOMAS). The study suggests that the Arctic has lost more than one third of autumn sea-ice volume during the last decade. Media coverage in February included BBC News, Spiegel Online, Red Orbit, French Tribune, ScienceDaily, Space daily, PhysOrg and the Chinook Observer.

John Fourkas (Chemistry and Biochemistry and IPST), Sanghee Nah (2012 Ph.D. Chemistry), Edo Waks (JQI, IREAP and ECE) with colleagues published an article in Nature Communications, February 5, demonstrating the use of quantum dots as on-demand probes for imaging plasmonic nanostructures, as well as for realizing spontaneous emission control at the single emitter level with nanoscale spatial accuracy. Media coverage included EET India, BioOptics World and PhysOrg.

The February 9 edition of New Scientist highlighted research conducted by Jon Froehlich (Computer Science and UMIACS), Kotaro Hara (Graduate student, Computer Science) and undergraduate student Victoria Lewhich (Undergraduate Student, Computer Science). The research combines crowd sourcing and Google Street View to find and identify accessibility obstacles in streets and sidewalks. The findings will not just provide information to municipalities, but can also be used as a data source to build new accessibility-aware navigation tools for mobility and/or vision impaired persons so that they can determine the accessibility of an area prior to embarking on a route. This research will be presented in Paris during April at CHI2013, the ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems.

Victor Galitski (Physics and JQI) and Ian Spielman (JQI) published an article in Nature, February 7 outlining the current experimental and theoretical status of spin-orbit coupling in ultracold atomic systems, discussing unique features that enable physics impossible in any other known setting.

Media coverage of James Gates (Physics) being named as one of this year's recipients of the National Medal of Science continued through February, including the Washington Examiner, Symmetry Magazine, USA Today, Global Times and NBC.

Steve Hutcheson (Cell Biology & Molecular Chemistry) was featured in Science360: the Knowledge Network, Science of Innovation videos. Hutcheson has found a new approach to producing biofuels from celluloses biomass – fibers that make up a structure of plants such as wood, grass or left-over agricultural products such as corn stalks. Hutcheson is developing a new and positive use of the Saccarophagus degradans, a marine bacterium which is mostly known for its damaging effect on the environment. Hutcheson was part of the team that sequenced the genome of Saccarophagus degradans. To view video: http://science360.gov/obj/tkn-video/7419c861-b61f-4a2e-8fc1-6b05bd28b2df/science-innovation-biofuels

Raghu Murtugudde (AOSC and ESSIC) was quoted in The Hindu, February 25 and The Gulf Today, February 26 in articles on the 'Satellite for Argos and ALtiKA' (Saral), launched by India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle on February 25. The Saral/ALtiKA project is an Indian-French mission for the monitoring of the environment from space, with the ALtiKA project dedicated to accurate measurement of ocean surface topography.

Jim Purtilo (Computer Science) was quoted in Tech News World, February 11, in an article on Raytheon's new Rapid information Overly Technology (RIOT) software, which allows the user to track an individual's movements and predict behavior by mining data from social networking sites. "...The holy grail for folks in the security community is a fact package that can be reliably pieced together to telegraph actionable information in time to do something about it."

Chris Reynolds (Astronomy) was quoted in the Los Angeles Times, February 28 on recent findings by an international science team who observed high-energy X-rays released by a supermassive black hole in the middle of a nearby galaxy, using NASA's newly launched NuStar telescope and the European Space Agency's XMM-Newton.

Ian Richardson (Astronomy) published an article in Nature Physics, News & Views, February 17 on Adam Masters and colleagues' report in Nature Physics on Cassini spacecraft observations of electron acceleration to near-relativistic energies at a crossing of the bow shock of Saturn. "....This indicates that electron acceleration is likely to occur at strong astrophysical shocks, irrespective of the geometry, allowing electron acceleration at astrophysical objects to be modeled without detailed knowledge of the magnetic field and shock geometry."

Richard Walker (Geology) was interviewed by Northeast Public Radio, Academic Minute, February 4, on what we know about how the Earth survived the violent construction period of Earth's formation.

YuHuang Wang (Chemistry and Biochemistry and Maryland NanoCenter), John Cummings (Maryland NanoCenter and Engineering), Gary Rubloff (Maryland NanoCenter, ECE and IREAP) and colleagues published an article in ACSNano, February 12, describing how they grew tiny beads of silicon on a carbon nanotube, then used a powerful microscope to watch the electrode charge and discharge. The researchers think the structure is more resilient because, unlike flat silicon coatings, silicon beads grow like flexible balloons. The organic molecule that initially attracted the silicon to the tube made the silicon bond to the tube more strongly, preventing the silicon from breaking apart, the researchers found.

Research conducted by JQI and NIST researchers Kevin Wright, Chris Lobb, William Phillips, Gretchen Campbell and R. Blakestad and published in Physical Review Letters January 10 was featured in Nature Physics, News & Views, February edition. The team has fabricated an analog to a superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) by trapping a Bose-Einstein condensate of atoms in a ring-shaped potential, which allows them to see the atomic wave function "slip" from one quantized state to another, and could be the basis of a new type of sensor.

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ALUMNI NEWS:

Bay Area Alumni Networking Reception
March 21, 2013, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Boulevard, Mountain View, CA
Guest Speaker: Pooja Sankar (2004 M.S. Computer Science), Founder and CEO, Piazza
For more information and RSVP: Kelly Terrill, kterrill@umd.edu 301.405.0486

Richard (Ricky) Arnold (1992 M.S. MEES) was the keynote speaker at the 2013 Annual Conference of the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education "Educate-Engage-Energize: Understanding the Natural World," February 7, Ocean City, MD. Arnold, an astronaut and the University's 2011 Graduation Speaker, completed two space walks to help install solar panels and a truss element at the International Space Station during a 14 day mission aboard the shuttle Discovery in 2009. Prior to joining NASA, Arnold traveled extensively, teaching math, biology, science and/or marine environmental science in Morocco, Saudi Arabia, West Papua and Bucharest.

Thomas Bianchi (1987 Ph.D. MEES, advisors Donald Rice and Rodger Dawson) was among the 702 new 2013 Fellows named by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Bianchi is currently the James R. Whatley Chair in Geosciences, Chemical Section, Department of Oceanography, Texas A & M. He serves as an Associate Editor for the journals Marine Chemistry and Geochimica Cosmochimica et Acta, and has accepted the post of Editor-in-Chief of the journal Estuarine and Coastal Shelf Science. Election as a Fellow of AAAS is an honor bestowed upon members by their peers because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.

Michael Feldman (1978 B.S. Microbiology), an expert in the HPC industry worldwide and former managing editor of HPCwire, has been appointed Senior Analyst for Interesect360 Research, http://www.intersect360.com/. "...Having worked closely with Michael for the past six years, I can say with confidence what great insights he brings to the HPC community," said Addison Snell, CEO of Intersect360 Research. "Michael is already well-respected across the industry. He's going to add a lot of value for our clients."

Tomas Gergely (1974 Ph.D. Astronomy, advisor Mukul Kundu) has retired after 27 years at the National Science Foundation (NSF). Gergely was the leader of the Electromagnetic Spectrum Management Unit at NSF, where he played a critical role in protecting the availability of the radio spectrum for astronomical and other research purposes.

Jonathan Helfgott (2004 B.S. Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics) will be a presenter at the 17th PRO & eCOA Congress, March 26-28, Baltimore Maryland with a topic of "FDA Perspective on the Compliant Use of ePRO Instruments to Support FDA Studies." Helfgott is an FDA Compliance Officer for the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER).

Joe McMullin (1994 Ph.D. Astronomy, advisor Lee Mundy) has been named the Project Manager of the Advanced Technology Solar Telescope (ATST) project. ATST is a $300 million project being funded by the National Science Foundation, which will result in a major new solar telescope coming on line in approximately 2019 on the island of Maui.

Ted Schadler (1989 M.S. Computer Science) is one of three speakers at the 2013 Phorum National Enterprise Technology Conference, Philadelphia, PA, March 21. Schadler launched Forrester's Workforce Technology Assessment in 2009, the industry's first benchmark survey of workforce technology adoption and he is co-author of "Empowered: Unleash Your Employees, Energize Your Customers, and Transform Your Business." Prior to joining Forrester in 1997, Schadler was a co-founder of Phios, an MIT spinoff.

Vincent Schiavo (1980 B.S. Computer Science) has been named the Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales for Guidance Software, San Francisco, CA where he will be responsible for generating revenue growth across the company's sales channels and markets worldwide. Previously Schiavo was EVP-Worldwide Sales, LogLogic.

Sofia Siguel Merajver (1973 B.S. Mathematics and Education, 1978 Ph.D. Physics, advisor Andrew DeRocco) was selected as the recipient of the 2013 Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research (MICHR) Distinguished Translational Mentor Award. The award recognizes and honors the efforts and accomplishments of faculty who demonstrate consistent, high quality research and career mentoring in areas of clinical and translational and health research and recognizes the value to the University of Michigan in assisting junior investigators to reach across disciplinary boundaries in pursuit of science. Merajver is Professor of Internal Medicine and Epidemiology, Scientific Director-Breast Cancer Program and Director-Breast and Ovarian Cancer Risk Evaluation Program, University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center. For more info: http://umhsheadlines.org/21/sofia-merajver-wins-michr-distinguished-translational-mentor-award/

Dariu Gavrila (1996 Ph.D. Computer Science, advisor Larry Davis) is the brains behind the stereo vision-based pedestrian system that has been incorporated in the Mercedes-Benz 2013 E-class and S-class models. The overall safety system includes fully automatic emergency braking for pedestrians; the system works day and night. Evaluations of accident data by Mercedes-Benz indicate that this new technology could avoid 6 percent of pedestrian accidents and reduce the severity of a further 41 percent. Active pedestrian safety incorporated in the 2013 models has further documentation and video clips at: http://www.gavrila.net/Media_Coverage/Intelligent_Drive/intelligent_drive.html

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COLLEGE OF COMPUTER, MATHEMATICAL, AND NATURAL SCIENCES

Astronomy Department – Dr. Stuart Vogel, Chair
Atmospheric and Oceanic Science Department – Dr. James Carton, Chair
Biology Department – Dr. Gerald Wilkinson, Chair
Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics Department – Dr. Norma Andrews, Chair
Chemistry and Biochemistry Department – Dr. Michael Doyle, Chair
Computer Science Department – Dr. Larry Davis, Chair
Geology Department – Dr. Roberta Rudnick, Chair
Entomology Department– Dr. Charles Mitter, Chair
Mathematics Department – Dr. James Yorke, 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