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CMNS News - July 2013

CMNS NEWS
Vol. 3, No. 8 July 2013
The College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences
Jayanth Banavar, Dean Mary Kearney, Editor mkearney@umd.edu

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CONTENTS:

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

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Fernando Miralles-Wilhelm has been appointed Executive Director of the Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites (CICS-MD), succeeding Phillip Arkin who served in that capacity from 2009. Prior to moving to UMD Miralles-Wilhelm, a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society, headed the NASA-WaterSCAPES University Research Center, Florida International University. A hydrologist and water resources engineer, he earned his Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has also been named the Deputy Director of CIRUN (Climate Information: Responding to User Needs), and holds a joint appointment in AOSC and ESSIC.

Sylvain Veilleux (Astronomy) led a successful team effort to obtain a $1 million grant from the Keck Foundation for the development of the world's first fully integrated photonic spectrograph. The infrared "Keck Photonic Spectrometer" will have five times the sensitivity of current instruments and will enable researchers to expand our understanding of galaxy evolution in the early universe. The interdisciplinary team of seven includes: Mario Dagenais (Electrical and Computer Engineering), Stuart Vogel (Astronomy), Andy Harris (Astronomy), Neil Gehrels (Astronomy) and John Mather (Astronomy and NASA-GSFC). More information at http://cmns.umd.edu/news-events/news/1138

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PATENTS:

Shuwei Li (Chemistry & Biochemistry), "Deuterium Isobaric Tag Reagents for Quantitative Analysis."

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HONORS AND AWARDS:

Michael Fisher (Physics and IPST) has been ranked number 6 in the Top 20 Living Physicists by Aneki World Rankings. Aneki compiles data from numerous sources to promote wider knowledge of countries and regions.

Laurent Montesi (Geology) has received the 2012 Editors' Citation for Excellence in Refereeing for the Journal of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth.

Safa Motesharrei, AOSC graduate student, is the recipient of the Lev Gandin Fellowship, the first award bestowed from the Brin Professorship Fund in support of students studying data assimilation in CMNS. Motesharrei is working on coupling human and earth system models.

Fang Zhao, AOSC graduate student, has been awarded the Green Fellowship in Global Climate Change. Zhao is working on both natural feedbacks and human drivers of population increase and land use change.

The UMD team participating in the 37th Annual World Finals of the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) received one of only two awards given to any North American teams, namely "First to Solve Problem J" Award. The team solved 5 problems in total and received the award for being the first team who solved Problem J among all 120 teams. The team is comprised of students Shangfu Peng, Ang Li, and Hossein Esfandiari and coached by Mohammad Hajiaghayi (Computer Science and UMIACS). The World Finals took place in St. Petersburg, Russia, July 3-5. Also known as the "Battle of the Brains" the ICPC is the world's oldest and most prestigious programming competition.

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CONTRACTS/GRANTS:

Bob Adler and Mathew Sapiano (both ESSIC), NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center, $184,903, "Next Generation Global Precipitation Climatology Project (GPCP) Data Products."

Norma Andrews (Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics), NIH-National Institute of General Medical Sciences, $361,878 in additional funding bringing the total award to $1,111,880, "Regulated Exocytosis of Lysosomes."

Phil Arkin and Tony Busalacchi (AOSC and ESSIC), NOAA, $101,000, "Enhancements of GeoSST Projects."

Alessandra Buonanno (Physics and JSI), NSF, $240,000 in additional funding bringing the total award to $480,000, "In Search of Gravitational Waves: Modeling the Final Moments of Coalescing Compact Binaries."

Tony Busalacchi (AOSC and ESSIC), NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center, $150,077 in additional funding bringing the total award to $1,405,979, Sequence 17, "Collaborative Earth System Science Research Between NASA-GSFC and UMD."

Tony Busalacchi (AOSC and ESSIC), NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center, $912,581 in additional funding bringing the total award to $6,575,516, Sequence 18, "Collaborative Earth System Science Research Between NASA-GSFC and UMD."

Antonio Cardone (UMIACS), NIST, $163,761 in additional funding bringing the total award to $327,599, "Standards and Methodologies for a Comprehensive Measurement Framework for Medical Applications."

Michael Cox (UMIACS), Office of Naval Research, $102,000 in additional funding bringing the total award to $414,500, "MIDCA: A Metacognitive, Integrated Dual-cycle Architecture for Self-regulated Autonomy."

Amol Deshpande (Computer Science and UMIACS), NSF, $164,133 in additional funding bringing the total award to $248,627, "III:Small: Collaborative Proposal: Towards Robust Uncertain Data Management."

Russell Dickerson (AOSC and Chemistry & Biochemistry), STMD-Maryland Department of the Environment, $250,000, "Air Pollution in Maryland RAMMPP FY2013."

James Drake (Physics, IPST and IREAP) and Michael Swisdak (IREAP), NSF, $130,000 in additional funding bringing the total award to $260,000, "Particle Acceleration During Collisionless Magnetic Reconnection."

Bryan Eichhorn (Chemistry & Biochemistry and MD NanoCenter) with Michael Zachariah (Mechanical Engineering), Pennsylvania State University, $120,980, "Smart Functional Nanoenergetic Materials."

John Fourkas (Chemistry & Biochemistry and IPST), NSF, $600,000, "PFI-BIC: Visible-light Semiconductor Nanolithography."

Jeffrey Foster (Computer Science and UMIACS), NSF, $100,000 in additional funding bringing the total award to $262,000, "Collaborative Research: Expeditions in Computer Augmented Program Engineering (ExCAPE): Harnessing Synthesis for Software Design."

Victor Galitskiy (Physics and JQI), DOE-Chicago-Linac, $103,000 in additional funding bringing the total award to $206,000, "Continuation: Theory of Fluctuations in Superconductors."

Carter Hall (Physics), COE-Chicago, $150,000 in additional funding bringing the total award to $450,000, "Early Career: The Search for Weekly Interacting Dark Matter with Liquid Xenon."

Pierre-Emmanuel Jabin (Mathematics and CSCAMM), NSF, $114,090, "Many Particles' Systems: Theory and Applications."

David Jacobs (Computer Science and UMIACS), City University of New York, $135,999, "Unifying Life: Placing Urban Tree Diversity in an Evolutionary Context."

Abolhassan Jawahery (Physics), NSF, $401,941, "Experimental Study of Heavy Flavor Physics and CP Violation with the LHCb Experiment at the CERN LHC Collider."

Bruce Kane (Physics and JQI), Maryland Procurement Office, $134,760 in additional funding bringing the total award to $344,396, "Quantum Computing Research."

Jonathan Katz and Michael Hicks (Computer Science and UMIACS), NSF, $206,315 in additional funding bringing the total award to $569,268, "TC:Large:Collaborative Research: Practical Secure Two-party Computation: Techniques, Tool and Applications."

Sujay Kaushal (Geology and ESSIC), NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center, $116,667 in additional funding bringing the total award to $535,380, "Understanding and Forecasting Impacts of Climate Change and Land Use on Terrestrial Carbon Fluxes in Coastal Watersheds."

Zhanqing Li (AOSC and ESSIC), NSF, $154,330 in additional funding, bringing the total award to $450,000, "Converting AOT to CCN for Studying Global Impact of Aerosols on Cloud and Precipitation."

Chuan Sheng Liu, Jao Jang Su (both Physics) and Xi Shao (Astronomy), DOE-Chicago, $150,000 in additional funding bringing the total award to $300,000, "Physics & Novel Schemes of Laser Radiation Pressure Acceleration for Quasi-Monoenergetic Protons."

Wolfgang Losert (Physics, IREAP and IPST) and John Fourkas (Chemistry & Biochemistry and IREAP), NSF, $164,714 in additional funding bringing the total award to $333,693, "Probing the Wave-like Nature of Cell Migration and Collective Behavior."

Wolfgang Losert (Physics, IREAP and IPST) and John Fourkas (Chemistry & Biochemistry and IREAP), NIH-National Institute of General Medical Sciences, $321,382 in additional funding bringing the total award to $978,935, "Using Controlled 2D and 3D Nanotopography to Unravel Tactile Sense of Mobile Cells."

Laurent Montesi (Geology) and Saswata Hier-Majumder (Geology and CSCAMM) , NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center, $108,000 in additional funding bringing the total award to $413,000, "Planetary Rifting."

Gennady Milikh (Astronomy), BAE Systems, $100,000 in additional funding bringing the total award to $217,000, "Ionospheric Modifications and Coupling to the Magnetosphere."

Thomas Mueller and Bill Fagan (Biology), NSF, $300,340 in additional funding bringing the total award to $829,870, "ABI Innovation: Informatics Tool for Population-level Movement Dynamics."

Amy Mullin (Chemistry & Biochemistry), NSF, $150,000 in additional funding bringing the total award to $571,900, "Spinning Molecules into Reactive States with an Optical Centrifuge."

Johnpierre Paglione (Physics), DOE-Chicago, $150,000, "Early Career: Non-centrosymmetric Topological Superconductivity."

Leslie Pick (Entomology), NIH-National Institute of General Medical Sciences, $107,608 in additional funding bringing the total award to $506,170, "Training Program in Cell and Molecular Biology."

Kenneth Pickering (AOSC), NSF, $152,931 in additional funding bringing the total award to $428,592, "DC3 Lightning NOx Investigations using WRF-Chem."

James Porto and Steve Rolston (Physics and JQI), NSF, $140,000 in additional funding bringing the total award to $420,000, "Engineering Quantum Dissipation in Cold Atom Systems."

Louiqa Raschid (UMIACS and the Smith School of Business), Caren Chang and Zhonchi Liu (both Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics), NSF, $252,038 in additional funding bringing the total award to $523,877, "Collaborative Research: ABI Development: Methodology for Pattern Creation, Imprint Validation, and Discovery from the Annotated Biological Web."

Janice Reutt-Robey (Chemistry & Biochemistry), NSF, $460,000, "Functionalized Nanostructures at Interfaces."

Steve Rolston (Physics and JQI), NSF, $150,000 in additional funding bringing the total award to $450,000, "Disordered Ultracold Atomic Systems."

Raymond St. Leger (Entomology), NIH-National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, $378,092, "A Semi-field Trial to Test the Efficacy of Transgenic Antimalarial Biocontrol Fungi."

Roald Sagdeev (Physics and IPST), NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center, $478,584 in additional funding bringing the total award to $1,776,943, "Lunar Exploration Neutron Detector (LEND)."

Ross Salawitch (AOSC, Chemistry & Biochemistry and ESSIC) and Timothy Canty (AOSC), NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center, $100,128, "The Effect of Climate Change on Tropospheric OH and Upper Tropospheric Ozone."

Herman Sintim (Chemistry & Biochemistry and Maryland NanoCenter), NSDF, $400,000, "New Receptors for Signaling Bacterial Nucleotides."

Greg Sullivan, Erik Blaufuss (both Physics) and Kara Hoffman (Physics and JSI), NSF, $422,000 in additional funding bringing the total award to $1,429,820, "Neutrino Physics at the University of Maryland."

Devarajan Thirumalai (Chemistry & Biochemistry and IPST), NIH-National Institute of General Medical Sciences, $286,605 in additional funding bringing the total award to $1,180,605, "Computational Approaches to Single Molecule Force Spectroscopy."

Konstantina Trivisa (Mathematics), NSF, $148,772 in additional funding bringing the total award to $379,937, "On the Dynamics, Structure and Stability of Certain Nonlinear Systems."

Arpita Upadhyaya (Physics and IPST) and Garegin Papoian (Chemistry & Biochemistry and IPST), $150,000 in additional funding bringing the total award to $300,000, "Physical Aspects of Lymphocyte Activation."

Kai Yang (AOSC), NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center, $111,450 in additional funding bringing the total award to $598,769, "Advanced Retrieval of Ozone, Sulfur Dioxide, and Volcanic Ash from NASA A-Train Satellite Instruments."

Peter Yoon (IPST), NSF, $102,000 in additional funding bringing the total award to $300,000, "Electron Acceleration by Large-amplitude Oblique Whistler Waves."

James Yorke (Math, Physics, IPST) and Aleksey Zimin (IPST), NIH-National Human Genome Research Institute, $275,160 in additional funding bringing the total award to $851,410, "Continued Improvement of Assemblies and Assembly Techniques for Next Generation Sequencing Data."

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WHAT'S NEW:

Li-Chuan Chen (ESSIC) was selected as the vice chair, Probabilistic Approaches Committee of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)/Environmental & Water Resources Institute (EWRI) during the 2013 EWRI Congress in Cincinnati, OH. The Committee is a standing technical committee of ASCE EWRI aimed at promoting probabilistic approaches for water resources research and applications.

Russ Dickerson (AOSC) gave an invited seminar on "High spatial resolution measurements and models for air quality studies in the Baltimore/Washington area: DISCOVER-AQ" at the Davos Atmosphere and Cryosphere Assembly, Davos, Switzerland, July 8-12, 2013.

Michelle Dudash (Biology), with Jenny Boughman (Michigan State), organized a "Women in Science" event that attracted over 200 attendees during the Evolution 2013, a joint annual meeting of the American Society of Naturalists, the Society for the Study of Evolution and the Society of Systematic Biologists. Evolution 2013 was organized by Dudash and Charlie Fenster (both Biology) with Mitch Cruzan of Portland State University. The Official Evol2013 Women in Science Summary includes a summary and suggestions from attendees.

James Gates (Physics) will present the closing lecture at the Nobel Conference 49: The Universe at Its Limits. The conference, which usually draws 6,000 people, will take place at Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN, October 1-2. Three Nobel laureates, Frank Wilczek, George Smoot and Samuel Ting, will participate in the panel discussions.

Lise Getoor (Computer Science and UMIACS) gave a keynote speech titled "Probabilistic Soft Logic: A Scalable Approach for Markov Random Fields over Continuous-valued Variables" at the 7th International RuleML Symposium held July 11-13 in Seattle, WA. On July 15, she was an invited speaker for the Interaction for Machine Learning Panel at the annual Microsoft Faculty Summit held in Redmond, WA.

Chris Kidd (ESSIC) gave an invited presentation "Status of Satellite-based Global Precipitation" at the 11th International Precipitation Conference, July 1-3, in Ede-Wageningen in The Netherlands.

David Mosser (Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics) has been elected Vice Chair of the Maryland Stem Cell Research Commission. Mosser, founding director of the Maryland Pathogen Research Institute, is a former member of the NIH's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases board of scientific counselors. Administered by the Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO), the Commission promotes state-funded stem cell research and cures through grants and loans to public and private entities within Maryland.

Catherine Plaisant (UMIACS-HCIL) with Annapolis-based Pulse8 LLC, is one of the 17 teams the Maryland Industrial Partnerships (MIPS) program named in their latest round of funding. Plaisant and Pulse8 "...will apply and extend the HCIL's Interactive visualization technology to Pulse8's health data analytics system, which helps health plans and large health organizations respond to new healthcare laws, reduce costs and improve patient outcomes." MIPS is a technology acceleration program, promoting the development and commercialization of products and processes through industry/university research partnerships. - See more at: http://www.mtech.umd.edu/mips/overview.html#sthash.PbbYAmW1.dpuf

Raj Roy (Physics and IPST) and Physics graduate student Aaron Hagerstrom participated in this year's Hands-On Research in Complex Systems school, July 1-12, Trieste, Italy. Sponsored by the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, and co-sponsored by the National Science Foundation, this year's school had over 60 participants from 30 developing countries. The schools are designed to introduce graduate students and young faculty from developing countries to table-top scientific research on problems at the frontiers of science. "The idea behind small science is try to do experiments that cost less than a 1,000 Euros, but still do absolutely cutting-edge science." www.handsonresearch.org

Jan Sengers (IPST) has authored a history of the Institute for Molecular Physics (IMP) at UMD which merged with the Institute for Fluid Dynamics and Applied Mathematics (IFDAM), establishing the Institute for Physical Science and Technology in 1976. The establishment of IMP was motivated by the US Navy's desire to replicate the experimental facilities of the Van der Waals Laboratory at the University of Amsterdam. To learn more: http://ipst.umd.edu/aboutus/files/imp.pdf. As well, Sengers recently gave an invited lecture, "Fifty Years of Nonequilibrium Statistical Physics: A history of Surprises," at the International Summer School on Fundamental Problems in Statistical Physics XIII , Leuven, Belgium, on the occasion of the 50 year celebration of summer schools in statistical physics.

Ning Zeng (AOSC) was the conference chair of the 9th International Carbon Dioxide Conference (ICDC9), June 3-7, Beijing. ICDC9 is an international flagship conference in carbon cycle and climate change science held once every four years. The meeting discussed atmospheric CO2 concentration reaching a landmark value of 400ppm, the sources and sinks of atmospheric CO2 and the underlying energy and socioeconomic drivers.

Stephanie Uz (ESSIC) was invited to speak on Capitol Hill at the House of Representatives' Oceans Caucus on July 11th. Her talk was entitled, "Making NOAA data accessible to everyone." Uz discussed the NOAA-funded work ESSIC has been doing for schools, K-12 teachers, and the public by creating brief climate feature stories for Science-On-a-Sphere, a large visualization system that uses computers and video projectors to display animated data onto the outside of a sphere, and the web. . This work is part of a multi-institution NOAA-funded project entitled EarthNow which produces a blog – http://sphere.ssec.wisc.edu/ – to assist museum docents with incorporating real-time imagery annotated with scientific highlights into their presentations.

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IN THE NEWS:

Astronomy faculty member Alberto Bolatto's recent Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) result on the starburst galaxy NGC 253 is the cover of the July 25 edition of Nature and the subject of a Nature "News & Views" article. Bolatto, with colleagues Steven Warren, Sylvain Veilleux, David Fisher (all Astronomy) et al., were able to determined that vast quantities of molecular gas – likely 9 times the mass of our Sun and possibly much more – were being ejected from the galaxy each year. At this rate, the galaxy could run out of gas and star formation slow to a crawl in as few as 60 million years. Media coverage included Nanowerk, Science Codex, Astronomy Magazine and Red Orbit. More information at: UMD Right Now or Science Daily.

Tony Busalacchi (AOSC and ESSIC) was interviewed by Fox News on aging weather satellites. "....The worst case scenario is going back 10 years in our capability to monitor and predict the weather, which means unfortunately greater chance of loss of life." Busalacchi was also mentioned in an NBC4 story on a workshop held at ESSIC that discussed, among other topics, the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite R-Series (GOES-R) scheduled for launch in 2015.

Biology graduate student Gerald Carter was quoted in the Trinidad Express, July 7, in a story on an attack on researchers at the Tamana Cave, Trinidad. Carter, with colleagues, was conducting research on the cave's bat population when someone damaged the team's vehicle and equipment.

David Fushman (Chemistry & Biochemistry and UMIACS) with colleagues published an article in Structure, July 2 focusing on one of the most common and least studied linkages, the polymeric chain formed by the amino acid Lysine-11. The ubiquitin chains linked by Lysine-11 "are directly involved in cell cycle regulation," Fushman says. To turn that knowledge into medically useful information, "we have to understand exactly how they form and with whom they interact."

Douglas C. Hamilton (Physics) with George Gloeckler (Physics Emeritus) and colleagues co-authored an article in Science, July 12, concerning observations from the Low Energy Charged Particle (LECP) instrument on the Voyager 1 spacecraft. Frank McDonald (IPST, Deceased) co-authored a companion article in the same issue on results from the Cosmic Ray Subsystem (CRS) instrument on Voyager 1. The articles discussed the fact that on August 25, 2012, at a distance of 18.5 billion kilometers (123 astronomical units) from the sun and 35 years after its launch, the Voyager 1 spacecraft observed a dramatic decrease in the intensity of energetic ions and electrons associated with the sun (less than about 1 MeV energy) and an increase in the intensity of galactic cosmic rays (>200 MeV), which originate outside the heliosphere. The information from the two particle instruments could well have indicated Voyager 1's passing the last boundary of solar influence, the heliopause, which separates the heliosphere, a region dominated by the particles and magnetic field of the sun, from the local interstellar medium, which is dominated by interstellar particles and fields.

Thomas Holtz (Geology) was quoted in Nature/News, July 15 in an article on the recent discovery of a tooth from a T. Rex stuck in the tail vertebrae of a duck-billed hadrosaur, signifying that T. Rex was hunting live prey. "...We've seen plenty of re-healed bite marks attributed to Tyrannosaurus rex, but it's hard to confirm identify with those. Actually having the broken tooth makes it easy to determine who was doing the hunting here." Media coverage included USA Today, Huffington Post, LA Times, Wall Street Journal and Las Vegas Sun.

David Inouye (Biology) was interviewed by KVNF (Western Colorado), July 1 on the early blooming season in the region. "... Plants had a pretty early start to the growing season this year because the snow melted relatively early, and then it's been warm since then, so the plants have developed pretty quickly."

Ludmilla Kolokolova (Astronomy) was interviewed by the Russian popular social and political magazine "Itogi". The article, a response to the Russian government's attempt to reorganize the Russian Academy of Science, compared the Russian and American higher education models, touching on funding, graduate research training, peer review and the high esteem Russians hold for individuals earning a graduate degree.

Bill Lamp (Entomology), Entomology graduate student Adam Leslie and Mike Raupp (Entomology and Agricultural Extension) have all been quoted in the media this month on the detection of the kudzu bug in Maryland. A Southeast Asia native, the bug feeds on kudzu vines and then migrates to soybeans and other types of available beans. Homeowners may find them trying to invade homes in early fall, where they can, when crushed, cause skin irritation, emit an unpleasant odor and stain surfaces. Media coverage included Washington Post, WUSA 9, WTOP, CBS and NBC.

Graduate students Yanmei Piao, Brendan Meany, Lyndsey Power and Hyejin Kwon with YuHuang Wang (Chemistry & Biochemistry and MD NanoCenter) and colleagues at Northwestern University published an article in Nature Chemistry, July 21 titled "Brightening of carbon nanotube photoluminescence through the incorporation of sp3 defects." Their work lays the foundation for chemical control of defect quantum states in low-dimensional carbon materials.

Elizabeth Quinlan (Biology), with graduate student Yu Gu and colleagues from Johns Hopkins University published an article in the 24 July edition of Neuron demonstrating that, in mice, only one specific class of synapses was affected by the absence of Neuronal Activity-Regulated Pentraxin (NARP). Without NARP, the mice simply had no critical period in which the brain circuitry was weakened in response to the impaired blocking vision in one eye, Quinlan said. Except for the lack of this plasticity, their vision was normal. Since there are indications that NARP levels vary with age, the discovery raises hope that a treatment targeting NARP levels in humans could allow correction of amblyopia late in life, without affecting other aspects of vision.

Mike Raupp (Entomology) was quoted in US News & World Report, July 10, in an article on eating insects as a solution to food shortages.

Scott Rudlosky (ESSIC) and AOSC graduate student Dustin Shea were quoted in ClimateWire, July 17, in a story on the D.C. Lightning Mapping Array (DC LMA) which detects high-frequency radio waves emitted by lightning in the surrounding region. In 2015 new satellites circling the Earth's equator will be responsible for detecting lightning jumps, giving meteorologists greater confidence in predicting tornadoes and other severe weather events. The DC LMA is being used to train meteorologists to interpret this new data. "...What this data really provides the ability to do is identify which storms should we be focusing on at this instant."

Raymond St. Leger (Entomology) was quoted in Nature (vol 499, pages 369-371, July 18) in a story on designing effective massive on line courses. St. Leger and Tammatha O'Brien (Entomology) taught a Coursera course called "Genes and the Human Condition" this spring. The article also contains a picture taken by O'Brien entitled "Graduate student Brian Lovett helps teacher Raymond St. Leger set up for a palaeogenomics lecture."

Roald Sagdeev (Physics and IPST) was quoted in RIA Novosti, July 6, on the Kremlin-backed bill to reform the Russian Academy of Sciences, handing control to government .

Dennis vanEngelsdorp (Entomology) with colleagues published an article in the July edition of PLOS ONE on their findings that commercial honey bees used to pollinate crops are exposed to a wide variety of agricultural chemicals, including common fungicides which impair the bees' ability to fight off a potentially lethal parasite. Media coverage included The Guardian, Baltimore Sun, Sustainable Business, Los Angeles Times, Discovery News, RedOrbit, Huffington Post and Medical Daily.

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ALUMNI NEWS:

FISHING ON THE CHESAPEAKE BAY
Date and Time: August 10, 2013, 5:30a.m.-Noon
A morning of fishing on the Chesapeake Bay. We'll be going out with Bunky's Charter Boats from Solomon's Island, right in the middle of the peak fishing season for spot, croaker, trout, bluefish, white perch, Spanish mackerel, and rockfish. The day will start early at 5:30 am with continental breakfast on the dock, then at 6 am it's out on the water. Feel free to bring your own gear, but rods, tackle, and bait will be available on the boats. We return to shore at noon, where Bunky's staff will clean your catch while you enjoy lunch. More information at: http://alumni.umd.edu/s/1132/1col.aspx?sid=1132&gid=1&pgid=2162&crid=0&calpgid=806&calcid=1736

Carter Armstrong (1976 Ph.D. Physics, advisor George Goldenbaum) is the recipient of the 2013 John R. Pierce Award for Excellence in Vacuum Electronics ..."for leadership and technical innovations in the field of vacuum electronics and for tirelessly fostering relationships between industry, academia and government." Carter is the Vice President of Engineering, L-3 Communications, Electron Devices Division. The award was presented at the IVEC 2013-14th IEEE International Vacuum Electronics Conference in Paris, May 21-23.

Alicia Berlin (2008 Ph.D. MEES, advisor Mary Ann Ottinger) was quoted extensively in a Baltimore Sun article, July 5, on the declining number of wintering ducks on the Chesapeake Bay. Berlin is a Research Wildlife Biologist at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Laurel, MD.

Akito Kawahara (2007 M.S., 2010 Ph.D. Entomology, advisor Charles Mitter) with colleague Jesse Barber, published an article in the July 3 edition of Biology Letters reporting that hawkmoths produce anti-bat ultrasound. Kawahara and Barber sampled the hawkmoths in Malaysia, focusing on three species, Cechenena lineosa, Theretra boisduvalii and Theretra nessus. The findings were the topic of an article in Nature News, July 3.

Reuven (Ruvi) Kitov (1997 B.S. Computer Science) is CEO and Co-Founder of Tufin Technologies, Ramat, Israel. A provider of security policy management solutions, the company hosted a webinar, "Complexity and Constant Change: A Lethal Combination for Network Security Policies and Processes, July 24. Kitov, with Reuven Harrison, founded Tufin in 2004 after having served in key project management and development roles at Check Point Software. In the last 3 years, the company has been ranked in the Top 10 in the Deloitte Tech Fast 50 competition.

Azarakhsh Malekian (2009 Ph.D. Computer Science, advisor Samir Khuller) is joining the University of Toronto Business School as an Assistant Professor. Malekian recently completed a postdoc at MIT. Her research is in algorithms, social networks and game theory.

P.J. Narayanan (1992 Ph.D. Computer Science, advisor Larry Davis), has been elected the Director of International institute of Information Technology (IIIT) at Hyderabad, India. Narayanan's research is in computer vision, computer graphics and parallel computing.

Andrew D. Newton (2009 B.S. Biology and Psychology) graduated summa cum laude from the University of Maryland School of Medicine on May 17. He was the recipient of the Balder Scholarship Award, given to the graduating senior with the highest academic record throughout the medical course. He also received the Wayne W. Babcock Award for Excellence in Surgery. During his third year of medical school he was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. He is a general surgery resident at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA.

Donald Yeomans (1970 Ph.D. Astronomy), Manager of NASA's Near-Earth Object Program Office at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, has been awarded the 2013 Carl Sagan Medal from the American Astronomical Society. The medal recognizes a planetary scientist for excellence in public communications. Yeomans will be presented with the medal at the AAS Division for Planetary Sciences annual meeting, October 6-11, Denver, CO.

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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. 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