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CMNS News - May 2014

CMNS NEWS

Vol. 4, No. 5   May 2014
The College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences
Jayanth Banavar, Dean  Mary Kearney, Editor     mkearney@umd.edu

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CONTENTS:

In Memoriam:
Announcement:
Honors and Awards:
Contracts/Grants:
What’s New:
Journal Articles:
In the News:
Alumni News:

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IN MEMORIAM:

Robert W. Zwanzig, Distinguished University Professor and Professor Emeritus in the Institute for Physical Science and Technology, died quietly in his sleep on May 15.  Zwanzig had a very distinguished career as a teacher and researcher in the field of statistical physics.  He joined the faculty of the University of Maryland in 1968 and retired in 1988, after which he joined the Laboratory of Chemical Physics of the National Institutes of Health.  He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1972, was awarded the Debye Prize from the American Chemical Society in 1976 and received the Langmuir Award from the American Chemical Society in 1984.  Zwanzig was a great teacher of graduate students and mentor to younger scientists.  An article written on the occasion of his 60th birthday in the Journal of Physical Chemistry can be found here http://pubs.acs.org/toc/jpchax/93/19
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ANNOUNCEMENT:

CMNS received a $1.2M Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) grant for Science Education.  The grant will be used to establish a new living-learning program for students in the biological and chemical sciences, create opportunities for students to engage in research during their first semesters, and support mentoring programs for students.  More information at:  http://cmns.umd.edu/news-events/news/2200

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HONORS AND AWARDS:

The Annual CMNS Spring Academic Festival was held on May 2, 2014 in recognition and celebration of the outstanding excellence of our faculty, staff and students.

                BOV Creative Educator Award
                Reid Compton, Senior Lecturer, Department of Biology and Director of College Park Scholars-Life Sciences

                BOV Distinguished Faculty Award
                Christopher Monroe, Bice Zorn Professor, Department of Physics and the Joint Quantum Institute

                BOV Outstanding Graduate Student Awards
                Rajesh Chitnis, Ph.D. Student, Department of Computer Science
                Anne Maria Lohfink, Ph.D. Student, Department of Astronomy

                Dean’s Outstanding Employee Award (non-exempt)
                Douglas Downing, Storekeeper, Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics
                Cecily Greene, Lab Animal Technician, Department of Biology

                Dean’s Outstanding Employee Award (exempt)
                Lorraine DeSalvo, Director, Department of Physics
                Tamara Hendershot, Coordinator, Department of Atmospheric & Oceanic Science

                Dean’s Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award
                Huan Cui, Research Graduate Assistant, Department of Geology

                Dean’s Outstanding Lecturer Award
                Tammatha O’Brien, Lecturer, Department of Entomology

                Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching
                Carter Hall, Associate Professor, Department of Physics

                Thelma M. Williams Advisor of the Year Award
                Timothy Canty, Research Assistant Professor and Associate Director, Department of Atmospheric & Oceanic Science

Astronomy graduate students Gabriele Betancourt and Krista Smith have won NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowships (NESSF).  There were only 9 NESSF fellowships in astrophysics awarded nationwide this year.

James Drake, (Physics, IPST, IREAP and JSI) and James Gates (Physics) have been awarded the title of Distinguished University Professor.  This designation is the campus’ highest academic honor, reserved for those whose scholarly achievements “have brought distinction to the University of Maryland.”

Zhanqing Li (AOSC and ESSIC) was awarded the 2014 AGU Atmospheric Science Section Kaufman Award. The award is described as “The Yoram J. Kaufman Award for broad influence in atmospheric science through exceptional creativity, inspiration of younger scientists, mentoring, international collaborations, and unselfish cooperation in research.”

Kasso Okoudjou (Mathematics) has been awarded a Simons Foundation Collaboration Grant for Mathematicians for the period 2014-2019.  “The goal of the program is to support the ‘mathematical marketplace’ by substantially increasing collaborative contacts between mathematicians.  The foundation will make a large number of grants to accomplished, active researchers in the United States who do not otherwise have access to funding for research that supports travel and visitors.”

Graduate student Michael Ralph (Master of Chemical and Life Science) and Olathe East High School (Kansas) teacher, has been awarded the Outstanding Biology Teacher Award, sponsored by the National Association of Biology Teachers.  “Many inspiring teachers have been Outstanding Biology Teacher Award recipients, and I will work hard to be a worthy part of that legacy.” 

Undergraduate student Claire Weber (Biological Sciences and Geography) received a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship.  A member of the Gemstone Program in the Honors College, she will study Urdu in India this summer.  Weber studied Urdu for two semesters at UMD and interned with the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism.

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CONTRACTS/GRANTS:

Norma Andrews (Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics) and Iqbal Hamza (MPRI and Agriculture), NIH-National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, $362,864, “Molecular Determinants of Intracellular Survival and Replication in Leishmania.”

Ben Bederson (Computer Science and UMIACS) and Ginger Zhe Jin (BSOS), STMD-Maryland Technology Development Corporation, $100,000, “A Nationwide Database of Food Safety Inspections for Retail Establishments.”

Larry Davis and Ramani Duraiswami (Computer Science and UMIACS), Science Applications International Corporation, $146,370, “E-VERIFY:  Open Architecture Image-based W4 Extraction on GPU and Cloud Systems.”

William Goldman (Mathematics), NSF, $104,945, “Geometric Structures and Surfaces.”

Ted Jacobson (Physics and JSI), NSF, $140,724, “Gravitation and Black Holes:  From Magnetospheres to Firewalls.”

Howard Milchberg and Thomas Antonsen (Physics, ECE and IREAP), DOE-Washington, $260,000, “Application of High Intensity Optical Slow Wave Plasma Structures to Advanced Accelerators.”

Christopher Monroe (Physics and JQI), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, $116,452, “Optimal Measurements for Scalable Quantum Technologies.”

Lee Mundy (Astronomy), NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center, $2,887,826, “The Goddard Center for Research and Exploration in Space Science and Technology.”

Lee Mundy (Astronomy), National Radio Astronomy Observatory, $991,160, “ALMA Data Mining Toolkit.”

Nicholas Hadley, Alberto Belloni and Andrew Baden (Physics), Fermilab, $118,932, “US CMS HCAL Subsystem.”

Oren Raz (Chemistry & Biochemistry), James S. McDonnell Foundation, $200,000, “Decoherence and Thermodynamics in Quantum Computation.”

Joshua Singer (Biology), NIH-National Eye Institute, $295,245, “Synaptic Transmission in the Rod Pathway of the Mammalian Retina.”

Aravind Srinivasan (Computer Science and UMIACS), Jennifer Golbeck (UMIACS and I-School) and Lise Getoor (UMIACS), Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, $425,000, “E-VERIFY;  Learning and Predicting Ties in Social Networks.”

Wade Winkler (Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics), University of Texas-Health Science Center at Houston, $190,000, “Post-initiation Regulatory Mechanisms Controlling Ethanolamine Utilization.”

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WHAT’S NEW:

The Human Computer Interaction Laboratory’s 31st Annual Symposium took place on May 29 with faculty and graduate students highlighting the latest work, including research on medical informatics, information visualization, education, children's technologies, accessibility, social media, and design.  Over 200 registrants from academe, government and industry attended.  Outside sponsors included Oracle, Google, Yahoo Labs, IBM Research and Adobe.

Steven Anlage (Physics, JSI and Maryland NanoCenter) gave three invited talks this month:  “The Anisotropic Nonlinear Meissner Effect – A New Superconducting Gap Node Spectroscopy,” NanoCore Research Institute, National University of Singapore, Singapore, 23 May, 2014.  “Coherence and Collective Behavior in SQUID Metamaterials,” 5th International Conference on Metamaterials, Photonic Crystals and Plasmonics, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, 21 May, 2014 and “Understanding Electromagnetic Properties of Complex Metallic Enclosures by Means of Wave Chaos,” Electromagnetic Effects Research Laboratory, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, 20 May, 2014

Jonathan Chen (2014 B.S. Computer Science, Finance and Technology Entrepreneurship), was the college’s Student Commencement Speaker, May 23.  FiscalNote Inc., a real-time government analysis company co-founded by Chen, was featured in Inc. Magazine’s annual list of America’s Coolest College startups, March 2014.

Jonathan Dinman (Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics and Chemistry & Biochemistry), spent two weeks teaching “Gene Expression” to graduate students at the University of Tubingen, Germany as part of his grant entitled “RNA@UMD&UT” funded as part of the University of Maryland/University of Tuebingen collaboration in neuroscience and cognitive science.  He presented a platform talk entitled “Recoding the Genome: Cellular Gene Expression by Programmed Ribosomal Frameshifting” at the Recoding and Other Forms of Alternative Reading of the Genetic Code, Killarney, Ireland and, with colleague Ralf Jansen, wrote a manuscript and prepared a poster presented at the same meeting (May 13-18).  Dinman is also a recipient of an Exploratory Grant from the Maryland Stem Cell Research Fund for his project entitled “Directed Delivery of Therapeutic RNAs into Hematopoietic Stem-progenitor Cells.”  More information at http://www.mscrf.org/content/fundingopps/index.cfm

Bill Goldman (Mathematics) will give a 3-lecture minicourse at the conference “Moduli and Configuration Spaces in Math & Physics: In memory of William Thurston” in Rabat, Morocco 3-6 June 2014. In addition he will present historic talks aimed at a general audience, “Geometry and Topology via Group Theory: How to put geometric structure on topological spaces” in Marrakech, and “From crystallography to special relativity: Affine geometry on manifolds” in Meknes.   He will also give an invited lecture at the conference “Teichmuller theory and surfaces in 3-manifolds” at the Centro di Ricerca Matematica “Ennio De Giorgi” in Pisa, Italy, on June 12, and a 3-hour minicourse the following week.

David Inouye (Biology) was the speaker at the annual banquet of the UMD/USDA Sigma Xi chapter on 27 May, with a topic of “The Effects of Global and Regional Climate Change on Phenology of Wildflowers and Animals in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.”

Jonathan Katz (Computer Science and the Maryland Cybersecurity Center) testified on Capitol Hill, May 7, regarding the federal government’s future investment in cybersecurity research and education.  Katz spoke before a U.S. Senate appropriations subcommittee looking at the current capabilities—and future cybersecurity funding needs—of several government agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security. 

Sujay Kaushal (Geology and ESSIC) was the winner of the 2014 Cone (Council on the Environment) Junior Faculty Award.  Kaushal delivered the lecture “Emerging Concerns about Fresh Water in Human-dominated Environments,” on May 27.

Melissa Kenney (ESSIC and NOAA) and Richard Moss (ESSIC and Joint Global Change Research Institute) contributed to the third National Climate Assessment, released May 6.  Kenney was a lead author of the Decision Support chapter and Moss was a convening lead author for the same chapter and also prepared scenarios and other guidance materials for authors.

Patrick Meyers (ESSIC) was among a group of researchers who shared climate expertise and information with congressional committees and staffers May 7, as part of the American Meteorological Society's (AMS) Weather, Water, and Climate Day (WWCD).

Anand Ramanathan (ESSIC) presented two talks, “Atmospheric CO2 Column Concentrations Measured by Pulsed Lidar with High Accuracy in the ASCENDS 2011 and 2013 Airborne Campaigns” and “Multi-layer retrievals of atmospheric CO2 mixing ratio using multi-wavelength pulsed lidar measurements from aircraft,” at the 10th International Workshop on Greenhouse Gas Measurements from Space (IWGGMS-2014) at Noordwijk, Netherlands, May 8.

David Thirumalai (Chemistry & Biochemistry and IPST) is an invited speaker for the Significance of Knotted Structures for Function of Proteins and Nucleic Acids meeting, Warsaw, Poland, September 17-21.  The meeting is being organized under the auspices of the Biophysical Society and hosted by the University of Warsaw. 

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JOURNAL ARTICLES:

Mikhail Anisimov (IPST & Chem & Biomolecular Engineering) with Deepa Subramanian and Jeffery Klauda (Chem. & Biomolecular Engineering) and Peter Collings (Swathmore College), Mesoscale Phenomena in Ternary Solutions of Tertiary Butyl Alcohol, Water, and Propylene Oxide, Journal of Physical Chemistry, Online May 13.

Konstantin Berlin, Nail A. Gumerov, David Fushman and Ramani Duraiswami, “Hierarchical O(N) computation of small-angle scattering profiles and their associated derivatives,” Journal of Applied Crystallography, Vol. 47, Issue 2, pages 755–761, 2014.

Jeremy Clark, Ryan Glasser, Quentin Glorieux, Tian Li and Paul Lett (JQI and NIST), “Quantum mutual information of an entangled state propagating through a fast-light medium,” Nature Photonics, published online May 25.

Chun Geng and Paul J. Paukstelis (Chemistry & Biochemistry and Maryland NanoCenter), DNA Crystals as Vehicles for Biocatalysis, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Online May 16.

Alan Gersch and Michael A'Hearn (Astronomy), “Coupled Escape Probability for an Asymmetric Spherical Case: Modeling Optically Thick Comets,” Astrophysical Journal, May 1.

Saswata Hier-Majumder (Geology and CSCAMM) et al., Electrical conductivity during incipient melting in the oceanic low-velocity zone, Nature, May 1.

Heng-Cheng Hu, Florent Villiers, Chuanli Ju, Kouji Takeda and June Kwak (Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics), et. al., Border Control—A Membrane-Linked Interactome of Arabidopsis, Science, May 16.

Anne Lohfink, Christopher Reynolds, Ranjan Vasudevan, Richard Mushotzky (Astronomy) and Neal Miller (Stevenson University), The Fast Uv Variability of The Active Galactic Nucleus in Fairall 9,” The Astrophysical Journal, May 16.

Coleman Miller (Astronomy and JSI) with colleagues from the Sydney Institute for Astronomy and Texas Tech University, “A Wind Accretion Model for Hlx-1,” The Astrophysical Journal, June edition (published May 29).

Yi-Hsieh Wang, Brandon Anderson and Charles Clark (JQI and NIST), “Spinor Bose-Einstein condensates of positronium, April 27, Physical Review A.

Haoyue Zhang, Zheng-Mei Xiong and Kan Cao (Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics), Mechanisms controlling the smooth muscle cell death in Progeria via down-regulation of poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase 1, PNAS, May 19.

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IN THE NEWS:

The CMNS Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) was the subject of an article in BioScience, April edition with Gili Marbach-Ad (Director of TLC) and Kaci Thompson (Associate Director, HHMI Programs) quoted.  The TLC, which promotes excellence in teaching and learning in the chemical and biological sciences, is supported by a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the NSF. 

Physics Summer Girls Outreach Program was featured in the Washington Post, May 12.  The program, free and open to all upcoming 9th, 11th and 12th graders, has grown to 2 two-week sessions, encouraging high school students to explore science since 1990.  To apply:  http://www.umdphysics.umd.edu/summergirls.html

Mike Boylan-Kolchin (Astronomy and JSI) published an article in Nature/News & Views section, May 8, discussing a new simulation of cosmic structure formation. This calculation spans over 13 billion years of cosmic evolution.  Media coverage included BBC, CNN, Space.com, The Guardian and News Scientist.

Research conducted by Rama Chellappa (Computer Science, ECE and UMIACS) and Ching-Hui Chen (Graduate student, ECE) on camera networks with colleagues from Stanford and Berkeley was selected to be the cover feature of the May 2014 issue of the IEEE Computer Magazine

Jerome Dancis (Mathematics) was quoted in The Washington Post, May 2, in a story on Maryland requiring 12th-grade math for seniors seeking admission to the State’s public universities, starting with the class of 2015.  “It will help a little bit …  Students who are on the track to end up in remedial math will still end up in remedial math.”

James Gates (Physics) will give a live talk, “From the Mathematics of Supersymmetry to the Music of Arnold Schoenberg” as part of the Perimeter Public Lecture Series, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics (PI), June 4, 2014, 7:00pm.  Those interested can register for an email reminder to tune into the lecture. An online chat discussion will accompany the lecture on PI’s website, and viewers can submit questions for Gates by tweeting to @Perimeter with the hashtag #PiLive.

Suvi Gezari (Astronomy) published a feature article in Physics Today, May 2014, entitled “The tidal disruption of stars by supermassive black holes“ describing the work that she and others have done to find and study tidal disruption events, which take place when stars get too close to the giant black holes at the centers of galaxies.

Thomas Holtz (Geology) was quoted in the Christian Science Monitor, May 7, in a story about the new dinosaur species found in China, Qianzhousaurus sinensis and nicknamed Pinocchio Rex – narrow-nosed, smaller and more slender than T. rex.  “…It’s a cool specimen.  It helps show that tyrannosaurs were pretty diverse and weren’t all the big bruisers that Tyrannosaurus or Tarbosaurus were.”  Other media coverage included CBS News, NBC News and Red Orbit.

David Jacobs (Computer Science and UMIACS) with Peter Belhumeur (Columbia University) have developed Birdsnap, a free electronic field guide for identifying birds.  The app was developed using computer vision and machine learning to explore new ways of identifying bird species.  Media coverage included Daily Mail, Times of India, EarthSky and IBNLive.

Jonathan Katz (Computer Science and the Maryland Cybersecurity Center) was quoted in the Washington Times, May 11, in a story on intelligence agencies withholding information that could help American businesses prevent threats to their computer networks.  On May 20, Voice of America interviewed Katz on cyber-espionage by China.

Raghu Murtugudde (AOSC and ESSIC) was featured in separate broadcast NBC and Al-Jazeera news segments, in which he discussed the White House National Climate Assessment report.  He was quoted in a Baltimore Sun article, May 12, on the projected El Nino event and its impact on the state of Maryland.  He was quoted in The Hindu suggesting that Indian farmers will need to initiate conservation efforts, such as rainwater harvesting, in order to compensate for the cyclical changes occurring with respect to overall rainfall.

Johnpierre Paglione (Physics) and Richard Greene (Physics, JSI and Maryland NanoCenter) were quoted extensively in a Physics Today article, May 2014 edition, on their collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History, Department of Mineral Sciences.  The researchers are measuring the magnetic susceptibility of minerals.  “..If we find a natural mineral that is superconducting ... it might give us guidance for synthesizing.”

Margaret Palmer (Entomology and SESYNC) with Glenn Moglen of Virginia Tech published a Letter in PNAS, May 19 early edition, entitled “Physics attributed to curve number model illustrate need for caution, and ecological responses often lag restoration efforts.”

Dennis Papadopoulos (Physics and Astronomy) was quoted in a Nature/News article, May 16, on the US Air Force shutting down the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP).  Media coverage included the Christian Science Monitor, the Voice of Russia, Washington Times and the Alaska Dispatch.

Mike Raupp (Entomology) was interviewed by WTOP, May 13 on bedbugs and how to avoid them.  “No. 1, whenever I stay at a hotel or motel, I look at the mattress very carefully….. Look for tiny specks along the seam of the mattress or on the box spring.  If you see evidence of bedbugs, get a new room – and not the room next door.”

React Labs, a software platform developed by Philip Resnik (Computer Science, UMIACS and Linguistics) was used for the first time by the Washington Post during a Maryland Democratic gubernatorial debate held May 7 at the University of Maryland.  The software allows for real-time reactions and polling responses using popular mobile devices like the iPhone, iPad and Android, as well as laptops with Chrome, Firefox or Safari browsers.

Hanan Samet (Computer Science and UMIACS) and his students have developed an application known as NewsStand, that lets users search for worldwide news on their computers or iPads with a query interface that is a display of a world map. Someone can search for news in Moscow, for example, by literally looking at Russia on the map and clicking to zoom in on news from that area.  NewsStand—which pulls information from thousands of individual news sources in the form of RSS feeds—is available for free online.

Thomas Snitch (UMIACS) was quoted in a Science “News & Analysis” article, May 2, on drones being used by biologists for managing wildlife and fighting poachers.  “..Poachers know now that they can be seen at night…. Most have left the area.”  On May 27 he was quoted in an ABC (online) article on mathematical modeling of poacher behavior and researchers creating an algorithm that can predict the best places for rangers to patrol.

The Bee Informed Partnership, directed by Dennis vanEngelsdorp (Entomology) who leads a team of 11 researchers, recently released their annual national survey showing that U.S. beekeepers lost more than one in five honey bee colonies in the winter of 2013-2014—significantly fewer than the winter before. Beekeepers who tracked the health of their hives year-round reported year-to-year losses of more than one in three colonies between spring 2013 and spring 2014.  Media coverage on the survey included the Washington Post, New York Times, NBC News, Time Magazine, National Geographic, Business Week, Digital Journal and the Bloomberg News. On May 28, vanEngelsdorp was quoted in The Epoch Time in an article about the potential impact of neonicotinoid insecticides on bees.

Research conducted by Victor Yakovenko (Physics and JQI) and Adrian Dragulescu (2002 Ph.D. Physics), was mentioned and Yakovenko quoted in the May 23 Science article entitled “The Science of Inequality:  Physicists say it’s simple.”  Yakovenko will describe his econophysics work on the TV series “Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman in the episode “Is Poverty Genetic?” Science Channel, June 4 (10:00pm).  See the schedule at http://www.sciencechannel.com/tv-shows/through-the-wormhole/tv-schedule.htm.

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ALUMNI NEWS:

Seattle Alumni Networking Reception
June 12, 2014, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Museum of History and Industry
Featured Guest Speaker:  Sujal Patel, 1996 B.S. Computer Science, Founder of Isilon System

Craig Abod (1986 B.S. Computer Science) and Roy Kapani (1990 B.S. Computer Science) were named Ernst & Young 2014 Entrepreneur of the Year finalists.  Abod is President of Carahsoft Technology Corporation and Kapani is chairman of ECS Inc.  This year there are 37 finalists, with winners to be announced at an event on June 19.

Andrea Beltz (1993 B.S. Physics) was profiled in the Los Angeles Times, May 11.  Beltz has been named the academic director of a master’s program in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Southern California. 

Anthony Casalena (2005 B.S. Computer Science) was interviewed by CNBC for a “How I did it” article, May 8.

David Chitwood (1972 B.S. Mathematics, 1980 Ph.D. Botany) was named a Fellow of the European Society of Nematologists on May 8 “for outstanding contributions to the science of Nematology.” Chitwood is the Research Leader of the USDA Nematology Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland.

Chip Denman (1980 M.A. Statistics) was featured in the May 7 edition of the Washington Post.  A member of the National Capital Area Skeptics – a group that debunks ideas that are supernatural or pseudoscientific – Denman and his wife conducted a tour of D.C. sites associated with “irrational claims” on May 10. 

Richard Francovitch (1979 B.S. Biological Sciences) has been named Vice President of ITP Programs at Protalex Inc.  Prior to joining the company, Francovitch was Vice President and Head of the Hematology Franchise at GlaxoSmithKline.  Protalex is located in Summit, NJ.

David Jones (2006 B.S. Computer Science) with partner Michael Armani (Engineering) and co-founders of M3D, have designed a consumer-friendly (sub $300) 3-D printer they named The Micro. The company has just ended a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign, generating over $3.4 million, by preselling their printer.  Media coverage included top Tech News, Tech times, Design & Trend and Barrons. 

Ashley King (2009 B.S. Astronomy and Physics) is one of this year's 12 recipients of a prestigious NASA Einstein Fellowship. The fellowship provides a very generous stipend and enables young Ph.D. scientists to pursue independent research in high energy astrophysics at an institution of their choice.  King will work at Stanford University on a project called "Unveiling the Physical Nature of Black Hole Winds."

Amnon Lotem (2000 Ph.D. Computer Science, advisor Dana Nau) and co-authors Ronald Fagin and Moni Naor will receive the 2014 Gödel Prize for their paper “Optimal Aggregation Algorithms for Middleware,” which introduced the powerful “threshold algorithm” that is widely used in applications and systems that demand optimal results for gathering multi-sourced information. The award, which recognizes outstanding papers in theoretical computer science, is presented by the European Association for Theoretical Computer Science (EATCS) and ACM’s Special Interest Group on Algorithms and Computation Theory (SIGACT).  The ceremony takes place at the International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP), July 7-11, in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Tobin Marks (1966 B.S. Chemistry) has been awarded the 2014 Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson Award by the Royal Society of Chemistry for “…his pioneering work in organometallic chemistry, particularly with regard to catalysis, as well as his work in materials chemistry from molecular sources.”

Idris, Zeki and Haroon Mokhtarzada (2010 B.S. Computer Science, 2001 B.S. Computer Science and 2001 B.S. Economics respectively) were featured by InTheCapital on May 13.  In 2005 the brothers raised venture capital and re-launched their company as Webs.com. 

Edward O’Brien (2008 Ph.D. Chemical Physics, advisors David Thirumalai and Bernard Brooks of NIH), who was profiled in the December issue of the Biophysical Society Newsletter, Postdoc Spotlight, has recently accepted a tenure-track faculty position in the Department of Chemistry, Penn State.

Christopher O’Connor (1979 B.S. Chemistry) has been awarded the title of Distinguished University Professor at Duke University.  O’Connor is the Richard Sean Stack, M.D./Guidant Foundation Professor of Cardiology, professor of medicine, and associate professor in psychiatry and behavioral sciences.

Theresa Stevens (1986 M.S. Zoology) was appointed Chief Corporate Development Officer of Lupin Pharmaceuticals.  Stevens will be responsible for global merger and acquisitions and specialty business strategy. 

Robert Vallin (1986 BS, Mathematics) has accepted a position in the Department of Mathematics at Lamar University in Beaumont, TX.  Vallin, who went on to earn his Ph.D. at North Carolina State University, previously was a Professor in the Department of Mathematics, Slippery Rock University, Pennsylvania.  His research interests focus on classical real analysis, topology, and recreational mathematics.

Michael Vogelius (1980 Ph.D. Mathematics, advisor Ivo Babuska) has been elected a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM)“…for contributions to the mathematical and numerical analysis of nonlinear problems of PDEs and applications in inverse problems, homogenization, and material science.”

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PLEASE SUBMIT ITEMS TO:  Mary Kearney (mkearney@umd.edu)
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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
CBMG 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