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CMNS News - June 2013

Vol. 3, No. 7 June 2013
The College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences
Jayanth Banavar, Dean Mary Kearney, Editor

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


Robert A. Nelson (1990 Ph.D. Physics) died on April 28 at age 69. Nelson earned a B.S. in Engineering Physics and a M.Ed. from Lehigh University, becoming a Physics and Math teacher first at Mount Vernon High School then for 13 years at Byram Hills High School, in Armonk, NY. After earning his Ph.D., Nelson worked largely in the space satellite industry, eventually becoming an independent consultant through his own company, Satellite Engineering Research Corporation. His clients included Arinc, Naval Research Laboratory, Lockheed Martin, Ball Aerospace, NASA and Globalstar. He collaborated on the design of the orbits for the Sirius Satellite Radio constellation of satellites and was co-owner of a patent for this design.

Andrew Reisse (1981 B.S. Computer Science) died May 30 after being struck by a vehicle while on a pedestrian crossing. Reisse co-founded Scaleform, then worked at Gaikai before co-founding Oculus where he was also lead engineer. "...Reisse was a brilliant computer graphics engineer, an avid photographer and hiker who loved nature, and a loyal friend. Andrew was unique in so many interesting ways. He was extraordinarily kind and utterly selfless. He was a mentor and an inspiration to everyone around him." Please see for more information.

Francis E. "Gene" Wood (Professor and Extension Entomologist and 1990 Ph.D. Entomology) died on May 18, at age 80. A native of Jefferson City, Mo., Wood earned a BS and MS from the University of Missouri. As an extension entomologist and professor, Wood helped educate the pest control industry and the public they serve, and also conducted applied research. Using his skill as a scientific illustrator, he produced scores of publications and drawings covering the identification, biology and control of pests. A memorial program in Wood's honor was held in the Plant Sciences Building, UMD on June 21, 2013.


SPINPlus: Funding Search Database: During the past year, the Division of Research evaluated several funding search databases and SPINPlus was chosen to replace our current option, Community of Science, Pivot. SPINPlus provides a modern full-text search that is run against the entire funding record. Results are returned to the user in relevancy ranked format, and can be further sorted, grouped, or filtered by the results grid column headers. You may also set up an individual funding profile to receive regular funding alerts. To access this funding database for searches and to setup automatic funding alerts visit Select SPIN from the client login section. A link to this site may also be found at . If you are a remote user from a non-UMDIP address you will need to establish a personal login name and password.


Computer Science - 40th Anniversary, October 18
Geology – 40th Anniversary, October 19


The following faculty members are recipients of the third cohort of ADVANCE Interdisciplinary and Engaged Research Seed Grant awards:

• Alexa Bely (Biology) with Diane Ketelhut (Education), "Integrating Scientific and Educational Goals in a Broad Study of Animal Regeneration."

• Sandra Cerrai (Mathematics) with Cinzia Cirillo (Engineering), "Dynamic Models for Transportation Systems: Properties and Theoretical Foundations."

• Michele Dudash (Biology), Joan Ren (Mathematics), Charlie Fenster (Biology) with Elizabeth Zimmer (The Smithsonian Institute), "What Darwin Could Not Do: Estimation of the Relative Role of Pollinator-Mediated Selection on Hermaphroditic Floral Design through Male Paternity Utilizing Microsatellite Markers."

Ben Bederson (Computer Science and UMIACS) and Patricia Shields (Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics) have been awarded Learning Enhancement Mini-Grants. The program is part of an ongoing commitment by the Office of Undergraduate Studies and the Center for Teaching Excellence to support faculty, department, and college initiatives to improve undergraduate education on campus. More information on the program can be found at:

Michael Brown (Geology) is the recipient of the 2014 Collins Medal, conferred by the Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland, in recognition of a sustained career contribution to mineralogical Sciences. The medal is awarded annually to a scientist who, during a long and active career, has made an outstanding contribution to pure or applied aspects of Mineral Sciences and associated studies.

Computer Science graduate student Rajesh Chitnis (advisor Mohammad Hajiaghayi) is co-author of "List H-Coloring a Graph by Removing Few Vertices," which was recently selected as a winner of the European Symposium on Algorithms' Best Paper Award. The paper will be formally recognized at ESA's Annual Symposium held in Sophia Antipolis, France in September.

Rita Colwell (Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics and UMIACS) was awarded an honorary doctorate, with Irish playwright Enda Walsh and biomedical industry entrepreneur Leonard Moran by the National University of Ireland-Galway, June 14. "..Each one has made an outstanding and distinctive contribution to the diverse fields of science, biomedical innovation and literature. NUI Galway is very pleased to be in a position to recognise these exceptional individuals."

Bonnie Dorr and Lise Getoor (both Computer Science and UMIACS) have been elected Fellows of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI). Dorr for her "significant contributions to natural language understanding and representation, and development of the widely recognized methods for interlingual machine translation." Getoor's citation recognizes her "significant contributions to methods which combine probabilistic and logical representations in machine learning, knowledge discovery, graph mining, network analysis, and database systems." Each year the AAAI recognizes a very small group of individuals who have made significant and sustained contributions to the field of artificial intelligence.

Bill Fagan (Biology and SESYNC) has been elected a Fellow of the Ecological Society of America. Each year the society designates a small number of Fellows from among its members who have made outstanding contributions to the field of Ecology.

Jon Froehlich (Computer Science and UMIACS) has won a 3M Non-tenured Faculty Award to further his research exploring the use of machine learning and intelligent sensing to promote activity awareness and modification. The 3M program provides opportunities for industrial and academic researchers to interact and encourages the pursuit of new ideas among younger university professors.

James Gates (Physics) was the recipient of the 2013 Mendel Medal by Villanova University in recognition of "...his influential work in supersymmetry, supergravity and string theory, as well as his advocacy for science and science education in the United States and abroad." The medal, established in 1928, honors pioneering scientists who have demonstrated that there is no intrinsic conflict between science and religion.

Min Ouyang (Physics and Maryland NanoCenter) was one of 5 recipients of a Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA) "Scialog" award for "Probing Fundamental Light-Matter Interactions in Colloidal Hybrid Quantum Structures for Novel Plasmon-enhanced Solar Energy Conversion." The RCSA's Scialog initiative was begun in 2010, and promotes research that has the potential to rapidly advance scientific knowledge, as well as to create communities of scientists focused on problems of global significance.

Christopher Reynolds (Astronomy) received The Young Astronomer Lectureship Award, jointly presented by the National Central University and the Taiwan-based Delta Electronics Foundation. Reynolds gave a speech on black holes at both the National Central University on June 14 and at the National Taichung First Senior High School on June 15.

Phillip Sprangle (IREAP, ECE and Physics) has been awarded the 2013 James Clerk Maxwell Prize in Plasma Physics sponsored by General Atomics "..for pioneering contributions to the physics of high intensity laser interactions with plasmas, and to the development of plasma accelerators, free-electron lasers, gyrotrons and high current electron accelerators." The award will be presented at the annual meeting of the Division of Plasma Physics, November 11-15, Denver, CO.

Katerina Thompson (Director, Entrepreneur Programs, Dean's Office) has been selected as a 2013-2014 Faculty Lilly Fellow by the Center for Teaching Excellence. The 2013-2014 Fellows will meet regularly during the academic year to address the question "How Does One Teach Innovation in all Disciplines?"


Jeffrey Adams (Mathematics), NSF, $315,079, "Collaborative Research: Atlas of Lie Groups and Representation Theory: Computational Aspects."

Robert Adler, Guojun Gu and Yudong Tian (all ESSIC), NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center, $169,308 in additional funding bringing the total award amount to $696,360, "Uncertainties in Global and Regional Precipitation Using the GPCP and TMPA Data Sets."

Millard Alexander (Chemistry & Biochemistry and IPST) and Amy Mullin (Chemistry & Biochemistry), NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center, $558,002, "A Collaborative Experimental-theoretical Investigation of Key Pathways in Atmospheric Photochemistry Related to the Origin of Sulfur Mass-independent Fractionation."

Millard Alexander (Chemistry & Biochemistry and IPST), DOE-Washington, $177,959 in additional funding bringing the total award amount to $640,959, "SISGR: Investigation of Non-adiabatic Effects in Reactive and Inelastic Collisions of Molecular Combustion Intermediates."

Philip Arkin and Tony Busalacchi (both AOSC and ESSIC), NOAA, $1,310,213 in additional funding, bringing the total award to $37,369,108, "Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites (CICS)."

Maria Cameron (Mathematics), Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center, $146,942 in additional funding bringing the total award amount to $296,125, "Methods for the Study of Rare Events."

Kan Cao (Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics), Ellison Medical Foundation, $100,000 in additional funding bringing the total award amount to $300,000, "Alternative Splicing in Cellular Senescence."

Catherine Carr (Biology), NIH-National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, $318,129, "Cellular Basis of Sound Localization."

Rama Chellappa (UMIACS and ECE), David Jacobs, Larry Davis and Ramani Duraiswami (all Computer Science and UMIACS), Office of Naval Research, $436,933 in additional funding bringing the total award amount to $7,497,467, "Remote Multi-modal Biometrics for Maritime Domain (MURI)."

Larry Davis and David Jacobs (both Computer Science and UMIACS), SET Corporation, $171,899, "E:VERIFY: Finder Phase 1B."

Russell Dickerson (AOSC and ESSIC), Jeffrey Stehr, Konstantin Vinnikov and Tim Canty (AOSC), NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center, $176,770 in additional funding bringing the total award amount to $599,908, "Air Pollution Over the Eastern U.S.: Integration of AURA/OMI NO2 and SO2, Aircraft and Ground-based Observations with Numerical Models."

Bryan Eichhorn (Chemistry & Biochemistry), Defense Threat Reduction Agency, $338,147 in additional funding bringing the total award amount to $701,356, "Next Generation Energetic Materials: New Clusters, Cluster Hydrides and Metastable Alloys of Aluminum in Very Low Oxidation States."

Giovanni Forni (Mathematics), NSF, $138,908 in additional funding bringing the total award amount to $220,845, "Parabolic Dynamics."

Nicholas Hadley and Drew Baden (Physics), Fermilab, $100,800 in additional funding bringing the total award to $247,360, "E-VERIFY: US CMS Upgrade RD Subsystem."

Sridhar Hannenhalli (Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics and Computer Science), NIH-National Institute of General Medical Sciences, $318,415 in additional funding bringing the total award to $667,380, "Conundrums in Transcriptional Regulation."

Michael Hicks (Computer Science and UMIACS) and Jonathan Katz (Computer Science and UMIACS), IBM, $166,704, "International Technology Alliance (ITA BPP13)."

Eugenia Kalnay (AOSC and IPST), James Carton and Takemasa Miyoshi (both AOSC), Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, $131,092, "Improving Monsoon Predictions with a Coupled Ensemble Kalman Filter Data Assimilation System."

Vadim Kaloshin (Mathematics and IPST), NSF, $100,000 in additional funding bringing the total award amount to $300,000, "Arnold Diffusion, Quasi-ergodic Hypothesis, Instabilities for the Planar 3 Body Problem, and Central Configurations."

Cheng Lee (Chemistry & Biochemistry), NIH-National Institute of General Medical Sciences, $180,938 in additional funding bringing the total award amount to $368,438, "Development of Nanoproteomic Technologies."

Dan Lathrop (Physics, Geology, IPST and IREAP) and Daniel Zimmerman (IREAP), NSF, $166,068 in additional funding bringing the total award amount to $498,204, "Core Dynamics Experiments in the Three Meter Geodynamo Device."

Alice Mignerey (Chemistry & Biochemistry), DOE-Chicago, $105,863 in additional funding bringing the total award amount to $790,606, "Reaction Mechanism Studies of Heavy Ion Induce Nuclear Reactions," sequence 19.

Alice Mignerey (Chemistry & Biochemistry), DOE-Chicago, $107,291 in additional funding bringing the total award amount to $2,110,875, "Reaction Mechanism Studies of Heavy Ion Induce Nuclear Reactions," sequence 26.

Lee Mundy (Astronomy), NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center, $1,620,433 in additional funding bringing the total award amount to $30,603,655, "The Goddard Center for Research and Exploration in Space Science and Technology."

Zhihong Nie (Chemistry & Biochemistry and Maryland NanoCenter), American Chemical Society, $100,000, "Phase Behavior of Giant Spherical Amphiphilic Block Copolymers in Solutions."

Min Ouyang (Physics), Research Corporation, $100,000, "Probing Fundamental Light-matter Interactions in Colloidal Hybrid Quantum Structures for Novel Plasmon-enhanced Solar Energy Conversion."

Dennis Papadopoulos (Astronomy and Physics), Office of Naval Research, $302,361 in additional funding bringing the total award to $7,499,539, "Fundamental Physics Issues on Radiation Belt Dynamics and Remediation Available For Retrieval."

Kennedy Paynter (Biology), Oyster Recovery Partnership, $245,000 in additional funding bringing the total award amount to $2,134,100, "Cooperative Agreement with the Oyster Recovery Partnership."

Arthur Popper (Biology) with Robert Dooling (Psychology), NIH-National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, $323,311 in additional funding bringing the total award amount to $3,042,357, "Comparative and Evolutionary Biology of Hearing."

Oded Rabin (IREAP), NSF, $100,000 in additional funding bringing the total award amount to $200,000, "Career: Plasmonics with a Twist-chiral Nanostructures for Advanced Spectroscopy."

Ross Salawitch (AOSC, Chemistry & Biochemistry and ESSIC) and Timothy Canty (AOSC), NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center, $179,807 in additional funding bringing the total award to $525,908, "Photochemistry of Atmospheric Ozone."

Bo-Wen Shen (ESSIC), NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center, $122,600 in additional funding, bringing the total award amount to $403,629, "Integration of the NASA CAMVis and Multiscale Analysis Package (CMAVis-MAP) for Tropical Cyclone Climate Study."

Elaine Shi, Michael Hicks and Bobby Bhattacharjee (all Computer Science and UMIACS), NSF, $799,499, "TWC:Medium:Collaborative:DIORE-Digital Insertion and Observation Resistant Execution."

Anne Simon (Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics), NIH-National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, $168,047, "Mechanisms of Virus Replication and Gene Expression."

Joshua Singer (Biology), NIH-National Eye Institute, $286,207 in increased funding, bringing the total award amount of $746,861, "Synaptic Transmission in the Rod Pathway of the Mammalian Retina."

Sergei Sukharev (Biology and Maryland NanoCenter) and Herman Sintim (Chemistry & Biochemistry and Maryland NanoCenter), NIH-National Institute of General Medical Sciences, $328,888, "The Bacterial Mechanosensitive Channel as a Multimodal Sensor Device."

Heven Sze (Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics), DOE-Washington, $150,000 in additional funding, bringing the total award amount to $450,000, "Endomembrane Cation Transporters and Membrane Trafficking."

Yudong Tian (ESSIC), NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center, $118,497 in additional funding, bringing the total award amount to $570,997, "Measurement Uncertainty and Error Propagation of Satellite-based Precipitation Sensors."

Richard Walker (Geology), NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center, $225,000 in additional funding bringing the total award amount to $425,000, "Isotopic and Geochemical Investigations of Siderophile Elements in the Early Solar System."

William Walters (Chemistry & Biochemistry), DOE-Chicago, $117,180 in additional funding bringing the total award amount to $2,709,794, "Nuclear Structure Research."


SESYNC is accepting applications for its Graduate Student Theme Proposal Writing Workshop. This workshop will provide networking and training opportunities and activities that may help potential applicants to form synthesis teams, as well as to build professional relationships amongst emerging socio-environmental synthesis (SES) scholars. The workshop also will offer training sessions on SES research and team science, actionable science, and methods, challenges, and strategies associated with writing successful SESYNC Pursuit proposals. More information and to apply:

The Center for Scientific Computation and Mathematical Modeling (CSCAMM) hosted a two week-long summer school on 'Data Assimilation in Geosciences, June 3-14, 2013. The school was co-sponsored by the Burgers Program for Fluid Dynamics and the Institute for Physical Sciences and Technology (IPST) at UMD, the NSF, and the ONR, and was organized by Jeff Anderson (NCAR), Kayo Ide (AOSC, CSCAMM, IPST) and Eitan Tadmor (CSCAMM, Math, IPST). It brought together an international group of 34 young researchers who benefited from a series of lectures, and computer laboratory, with emphasis on data assimilation as interdisciplinary science. The summer school also featured a special presentation by Reza Malek Madani (ONR) on 'A Guide to Proposal Writing,' as well as visits to NOAA National Centers for Environmental Prediction and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center to observe the US Operational Numerical Weather Prediction and R&D scene.

The Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites-Maryland (CICS-MD) at ESSIC has launched a summer program to provide training and outreach opportunities for both graduate (4) and undergraduate (8) students. The CICS-MD Summer Initiative (CSI) pairs students with mentors to conduct original scientific research and help train future NOAA scientists. The 2013 CSI provides a framework that includes software tutorials, informal student presentations, weather/climate discussions, and interactions with other institutions/organizations to maximize the student experience. The CSI not only focuses on training this year's students, but also will help recruit future CICS-MD/UMD students."

The University of Maryland and AOL have announced a partnership to explore areas of research and innovation that will prove beneficial to both parties. The alliance, part of the university's Corporate Partners in Computing Program and hosted by the Department of Computer Science and UMIACS, puts AOL researchers in touch with UMD faculty and students involved in social media analysis, software engineering, machine learning, mobile computing, artificial intelligence, parallel computing, visual analytics and more.

Tony Busalacchi (AOSC and ESSIC) gave a talk at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's Battelle Auditorium, Richland, WA, June 23, on the impact of climate change on wine growing regions in the future.

Jingfeng Huang's (ESSIC) seminar presentation at NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center, "S-NPP VIIRS Aerosol Products: Algorithm, Validation, Data Use and Future Work," was awarded 'The Best Presentation of the AEROCENTER 2012-2013 Seminar Season'. For more information

Ted Jacobson (Physics) was an invited speaker at the 2nd Mediterranean Conference on Classical and Quantum Gravity, June 9-15, Veli Losinj, Croatia and at Peyresq Physics 18, Peyresq, France. Jacobson's topic was entitled "Plasma without plasma: exact force-free magnetospheres without symmetry."

Dan Lathrop (Physics, Geology, IPST and IREAP) has been selected to give the Lorenz Lecture at the Fall 2013 American Geophysical Union conference. Organized by the Nonlinear Geophysics section of the AGU, the lecture is named for Ed Lorenz, author of the famous 1963 paper "Deterministic Nonperiodic Flow."

Zhanqing Li (AOSC and ESSIC) is an invited speaker at the 12th East Asian Climate (EAC) Workshop – East Asian Climate: New Perspectives and Challenges, July 1-3, Busan, Korea. In May, Li gave invited talks at the Meeting of Americas, Cancun, Mexico, on "Variable influences of aerosols on cloud, precipitation and radiation budgets" and "The impact of aerosols on the climate and its changes in China."

Ragu Murtugudde (ESSIC) was an invited speaker at CSIR-CMMACS on May 17 and 20 speaking on 'Dynamic-Thermodynamic Coupling and Ecosystem-Biogeochemical Response' and 'Do we understand ENSO?' He also talked about 'Do we understand ENSO' at IISC, Bangalore on May 22, at CESS, Kerala on May 27,and at IITM-Pune on May 30. He gave a public lecture on 'Climate Change Needs an Elephant Whisperer' in Kerala on May 28.

The Embassy of the Netherlands held a discussion about insects as a sustainable food source, with Michael Raupp (Entomology) as one of the speakers. The discussion was followed by a tasting menu of cicadas, mealworms, and crickets. "....Insects could provide a nutritional alternative for people without the massive use of natural resources," said Ambassador Rudolf Bekink.

V.S. Subrahmanian (Computer Science and UMIACS) spoke on "Lashkar-e-Taiba: Analysis and Policies" at the Observer Research Foundation, Delhi on May 29 and on "IT as a tool to fight terrorism and increase security" at a session in Mumbai on May 30 organized by the US Consulate General-Mumbai and the Aspen Institute. Read more in a related Hindustan Times article.

Xiujun (Wendy) Wang (ESSIC) was elected President of the Biogeosciences section of the Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS) at the Annual Meeting, 24-28 June, Brisbane, Australia. Established in 2006, AOGS promotes geophysical science for the benefit of humanity in Asia and Oceania.

Victor Yakovenko (Physics and JQI) will present his next invited talk at the Asia Pacific Econophysics Conference on July 30 at the Asia Pacific Center for Theoretical Physics and Institute for Edge of Theoretical Science in Pohang, South Korea. On May 31 he gave an invited talk on his econophysics research at the Institute for Futures Studies: on 30 May 2013, he gave a condensed matter seminar at the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen titled "Possible chiral structure in the pseudogap phase of cuprates" and on May 29 he gave a Niels Bohr Lecture at the Niels Bohr Institute, on the subject of his research in econophysics. This prestigious lecture series includes such speakers as Nobel Prize winners Serge Haroche and David Wineland and Jeff Kimble of Caltech, see for more information. He is an invited speaker at the conference "Statistical Modeling, Financial Data Analysis and Applications" in Palazzo Franchetti, Venice, Italy on 10-15 September 2013.


Dennis Bodewits (Astronomy) was quoted in a Question and Answer article by CNN, June 7, on Comet ISON. "...Comet ISON has the potential to be among the brightest comets of the last 50 years."

Rita Colwell (UMIACS and Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics) was profiled by CNN, June 5 on her work on cholera and particularly the development of a simple method of water filtration in Bangladesh – having women use their saris, folded several times, to filter water, which then trapped plankton. The cholera bacterium was tied to plankton. Colwell was awarded the 2010 Stockholm Water Prize for her pioneering research on the prevention of waterborne infectious diseases. Her research has helped protect the health and lives of millions.

Charles Delwiche (Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics and the Maryland Agricultural Experiment Station) with alumnus John Miller (2010 Ph.D. CBMG, advisor Delwiche) with colleagues published a Letter in Nature, online June 12, reporting the first haptophyte reference genome, from the coccolithophore Emiliania huxleyi strainCCMP1516, and sequences from 13 additional isolates. Their analyses revealed a pan genome probably supported by an atypical complement of repetitive sequence in the genome. Coccolithophores play an important role in the global carbon cycle and global climate, occurring in huge numbers worldwide; they are responsible for a nontrivial fraction of global carbon fixation.

Russell Dickerson (AOSC and Chemistry & Biochemistry) was quoted in The Baltimore Sun, June 16 in a story on the EPA requirement for cruise ships to burn cleaner fuel and the threat by Carnival Cruise Lines to end its cruises out of Baltimore. "...Depending on which way the winds are blowing, ship emissions can be carried far up the heavily populated East Coast."

A March 1, 2012 interview with James Gates (Physics) by the American Public Radio-syndicated program "On Being" was re-broadcast on more than 100 public radio stations, June 7 through June 9. "On Being" is a weekly show about the intersection of religion, science, culture, and ethics. He was quoted in the Washington Post, June 26 on Maryland adopting the Next Generation Science Standards, a set of voluntary, internationally benchmarked K-12 standards.

Jennifer Golbeck (Information Studies and Computer Science) published a review of "Spam: A Shadow History of the Internet," Science, June 7. "....This masterful telling of the history [of spam] illustrates just how much has changed and how we fit into the larger story."

Mike Hicks (Computer Science and UMIACS) was quoted in the June 21 U.S. News and World Report article "How to Protect Your Small Business from Cybercriminals." "...But, like a flu shot, there's no guarantee anti-virus software can keep a machine clean, as some viruses are well-disguised and difficult to pinpoint... Therefore, he says a small business owner should use anti-virus software as one component among many to protect the company."

Ted Kirkpatrick (Physics and IPST) and Jan Sengers (IPST) with colleague J. M. Ortiz de Zarate (Universidad Complutense de Madrid) published an article in Physical Review Letters, June 7. The researchers considered the fluctuation-induced force exerted between two plates separated by a distance L in a fluid with a temperature gradient, predicting that for a range of distances L, this nonequilibrium force is anomalously large compared to other Casimir forces. The predicted Casimir force should be detectable with currently available experimental techniques.

Raghu Murtugudde (AOSC and ESSIC) appeared on Fox 5, June 26, where he discussed President Obama's plan to fight climate change. Murtugudde, with colleagues, published two articles in Science Direct, June 2013, vol. 5 issue 2 edition of Current Opinion of Environmental Sustainability."A global science–policy partnership for progress toward sustainability of oceanic ecosystems and fisheries," explained the problems associated with deterioration of oceanic fisheries, and the causes which include over-fishing and climate change among other issues. "Predictability, uncertainty and decision making: a unified perspective to build a bridge from weather to climate," with Arun Kumar (NOAA-Climate Prediction Center) discussed the unpredictability in climate and weather predictions and how this relates to the need to understand the evolution of earth's system as an ever-changing process.

Mike Raupp (Entomology) appeared on the The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Russell Crowe, June 7, where he talked about the mating habits of cicadas, the 17 year brood and whether or not to cancel outdoor events. Further media coverage including PBS, CTV News (Canada), Washington Post and WUSA9.

Graduate student Ian Rowe (Biochemistry), Merina Elahi (2013 B.S. Physiology & Neurobiology) with Anwar Huq (Maryland Pathogen Research Institute) and Sergei Sukharev (Biology and Maryland Biophysics Program) published an article in The Journal of General Physiology, June 24 utilizing techniques previously used on E. coli to analyze the functional properties of V. cholera. The researchers performed the first patch-clamp analysis of channels in the plasma membrane of V. cholerae and compared them with those in E. coli. The results provide new insights about the membrane components of V. cholerae that enable it to withstand otherwise deadly increases in osmotic pressure resulting from changes in its surrounding environment.

Tom Snitch (UMIACS and BOV member) was interviewed on NPR, All Things Considered, "To Crack Down on Rhino Poaching, Authorities Turn to Drones," June 11. In response to a deadly epidemic of rhino killings, which are being slaughtered for their horns, Snitch organized an all-volunteer expedition to conduct experimental anti-poaching surveillance near South Africa's Krueger National Park. Between May 25 and May 31 the team flew about 20 test flights of an unmanned aerial vehicle, or drone.

Graduate student Abigail Perry with L. J. LeBlanc (JQI), Ian Spielman, M.C. Beeler, R.A. Williams and K. Jimenez-Garcia (all JQI and NIST) published an article in Nature, Letter, June 13 reporting the first observation of the "spin Hall effect" in a Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC), a cloud of ultracold atoms acting as a single quantum object. As one consequence, they made the atoms, which spin like a child's top, skew to one side or the other, by an amount dependent on the spin direction. Besides offering new insight into the quantum mechanical world, they say the phenomenon is a step toward applications in "atomtronics"—the use of ultracold atoms as circuit components. - See more at: . Media coverage included LiveScience and R&D Magazine.

Several members of our community have published articles in a Special Issue of CBE-Life Sciences Education-Integrating Physics and Biology Education, Summer 2013:

Edward Redish (Physics) and Todd Cooke (Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics) on their multi-year discussions which led them to reform their biology and physics classes and participate in a larger project creating a physics course specifically designed for life and health sciences majors.

Kaci Thompson (Director, Entrepreneur Programs, Dean's Office) with colleagues from Purdue University, University of Miami and University Baltimore County on the consortium of 4 universities working to create, pilot and assess modular competency-based curricular units that require students to use higher-order cognitive skills and reason across traditional disciplinary boundaries. Each university is developing modules and case studies that integrate the biological, chemical, physical and mathematical sciences.

Julia Gouvea, Vashti Sawtell, Chandra Turpen (all Physics) with Graduate student Benjamin Geller on developing a framework in an introductory physics for life sciences major course, where the authors designed a series of interdisciplinary tasks that bridge physics and biology.

Dennis vanEngelsdorp (Entomology) published an online article with colleagues D. R. Tarpy and J.S. Pettis, in Naturwissenschaften, June 1, on the mating habits of the honey bee queens, and the resultant genetic diversity within a colony. Media coverage included the Miami Herald, Sacramento Bee, Charlotte Observer and The (Raleigh) News & Observer.


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:

Suman Banerjee (2003 Ph.D. Computer Science, advisors Ashok Agrawala and Bobby Bhattacharjee), an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin, has received ACM SIGmobile's "Rockstar" award. The award recognizes early career achievements in the field of mobile computing. He will accept the award and deliver a talk at MobiCom 2013 this Fall.

Paul Butler (1993 Ph.D. Astronomy, advisor Roger Bell) was a member of a team which included astronomers from the European Southern Observatory, who combined new observations of Gliese 667C with existing data from HARPS at ESO's 3.6-metre telescope in Chile, revealing a system with at least six planets. Three of these planets are in the "habitable zone" around the star where liquid water could exist, making them possible candidates for the presence of life. Media coverage included Discovery News, BBC News and Universe Today.

Paul Capriolo (2006 B.S. Computer Science) has been named the winner of the Maryland Region Ernst & Young "Entrepreneurs of the Year 2013 - Emerging" award. Capriolo founded Social Growth Technologies (SGT) with Patrick Jenkins (2006 B.S. Computer Science and Mathematics) in 2009, and in May 2010 the company was the top winner at the 5th annual Cupid's Cub Business Challenge. The awards winners were announced at the Awards Gala, June 26, Baltimore, MD. Information on the company can be found at

Anthony Casalena (2005 B.S. Computer Science) was interviewed by Vanity Fair: Technology section, "The preferred apps, ringtones, backgrounds and hot downloads of the technology elite," June 18. Casalena talked about his iPhone 5.

Thomas Clark (1998 Ph.D. Physics) is an invited speaker at the Avionics, Fiber-Optics and Photonics Conference, with a topic of "Photonics-enabled Millimeter Wave Systems," San Diego, CA, October 2013. Clark is a member of the Principal Professional Staff and Supervisor of the Microwave Photonics Section at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. His current research interests include the development and characterization of low-noise and ultrafast lasers, photonic systems and devices, and the application of photonics to problems in optical communications and microwave and millimeter wave systems.

In a June 17 interview for Live Science, alumna Cyntrica Eaton (2007 Ph.D. Computer Science, advisor Atif Memon) talked about how the advice she received during her Ph.D. from her advisor shaped her thinking both during her studies and now as she advises her own students. She notes that the advice helped her to stay focused to finish her Ph.D. as well as helped her mature as a researcher. Eaton is an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at Norfolk State University in Virginia.

Hazem El-Alfy (2009 Ph.D. Computer Science, advisor Larry Davis) recently joined Osaka University, Japan as a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Intelligent Media, working on behavior understanding based on gait. Previously, El-Alfy was Assistant Professor at the University of Alexandria, Egypt. His research interests are focused in computer vision with applications in video surveillance and camera management.

Reid Harris (1981 M.S. Zoology) was featured in the Charlotte Observer, June 17, where he discussed his upcoming trip to Madagascar in hopes of protecting a population of frogs which are susceptible to a skin fungus. Earlier this year Harris, who is a professor of biology at James Madison University, was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Judith Iriare-Gross (1981 B.S. and 1984 M.S. Chemistry) was featured in the Daily News Journal, June 1, for her role as Director of the Women in STEM Center at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU). Iriare-Gross, a professor of chemistry at MTSU discussed her passion for encouraging young women to consider STEM careers.

The Partnership for Public Service has named Terry Milholland, (1969 B.S. Physics) a Finalist for the 2013 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal: Citizen Services Medal in recognition of his work overhauling "...the IRS' information technology and tax processing systems, leading to quicker refunds and notices to taxpayers, reduced fraud and better internal management." This medal recognizes a federal employee for a significant contribution to the nation in activities related to citizen services (including economic development, education, health care, housing, labor and transportation). More information at

Carter Price (2009 Ph.D. Applied Mathematics, advisor Bruce Golden) was lead author on a Rand Corporation study, published in the June edition of Health Affairs entitled "For States That Opt Out of Medicaid Expansion: 3.6 Million Fewer Insured and $8.4 Billion Less in Federal Payments." "Our analysis shows it's in the best economic interests of states to expand Medicaid under the terms of the federal Affordable Care Act." Media coverage included The State, Forbes, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Austin Chronicle and WSFA.

Glen Ricart (1980 Ph.D. Computer Science, advisor Ashok Agrawala) is being inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame for setting up the first Internet Exchange Point. He headed academic computing and networking from 1982-1993 at the University of Maryland, which became the first university to implement TCP/IP campus wide in 1984. Ricart, who is founder and CTO of US Ignite, a non-profit organization fostering the creation of next-generation Internet technology, has served on the boards of 3 public companies and numerous nonprofit organizations including the Internet Society and the Public Interest Registry. The awards ceremony is scheduled for August 3 in Berlin, Germany and will be live streamed at

Paulo Shakarian (2011 Ph.D. Computer Science, advisor V.S. Subrahmanian) and Computer Science undergraduate student Andrew Ruef, are co-authors of a new book, "Introduction to Cyber-Warfare: A Multidisciplinary Approach." Shakarian is a Major in the U.S. Army and an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point. Ruef expects to complete his B.S. in 2014. Additionally, the book's third author, Jana Sharkarian, was a Research Assistant in the Department's Laboratory for Computational Cultural Dynamics and co-author of "Computational Analysis of Terrorist Groups: Lashkar-e-Tabia," with Subrahmanian.

Robert W. Vallin (1986, B.S. Mathematics) has published "The Elements of Cantor Sets; with Applications" (John Wiley & Sons). Aimed at upper-level undergraduates, graduate students, and researchers, the book is a thorough introduction to the Cantor (Ternary) Set and its applications and brings together many of the topics (advanced calculus, probability, topology, and algebra) that mathematics students are required to study, but treated as separate ideas. This book successfully bridges the gap between how several mathematical fields interact using Cantor Sets as the common theme.




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