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CMNS News - October 2013

CMNS NEWS
Vol. 3, No. 11 October 2013
The College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences
Jayanth Banavar, Dean Mary Kearney, Editor mkearney@umd.edu

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CONTENTS:
Events:
Honors and Awards:
Contracts/Grants:
What's New:
Journal Articles:
In the News:
Alumni News:

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EVENTS:

Bioscience Research and Technology Review Day
Date/time: November 19, 2013, 5:00pm
Location: Stamp Student Union
Keynote Speaker: Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., Director of the National Institutes of Health
Title: "Exceptional Opportunities in Biomedical Research"
Bioscience Research & Technology Review Day is an annual event that features research talks, presentations, poster session, and teacher education by University of Maryland scientists. Details can be found at http://www.bioscienceday.umd.edu . Registration is open.

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HONORS AND AWARDS:

CMNS students were among those recognized and honored by the Athletics Department as recipients of the 2012-2013 Scholar Athlete Honor Roll during halftime at the Maryland vs. Virginia football game, October 12.

Laura Dally, Computer Science
Christine M. Knauss, Chemistry
Amanda J. McCann, Biochemistry
Caitlin R. Orr, Mathematics-Secondary Ed track
Joshua M. Polacek, Biological Sciences: General Biology
Varun Ram, Biological Sciences: Physiology & Neurobiology
Kristen Schmidbauer, Biological Sciences: Physiology & Neurobiology
Samantha K. Schweickhardt, Biological Sciences: Microbiology
Shannon M. Skochko, Biological Sciences: Physiology & Neurobiology and
Daniel S. Trettel, Biochemistry

A dynamic group of over 150 Computer Science, Engineering and other students from the University of Maryland claimed first place in the Major League Hacker Standings (http://mlh.io/standings/). Throughout the first half of the fall semester the Terrapin Hackers have been spending their weekends competing in Hackathons —24 to 96 hour events in which students code or 'hack' a software or hardware project from scratch. The group was led by Shariq Hashme (Junior, Computer Science and Electrical Engineering); Ivan Melyakov (Senior, Computer Science); Diego Quispe (Senior, Computer Science) and Kunal Sharma (Sophomore, Computer Science). More information: https://www.cs.umd.edu/article/2013/10/terrapin-hackers-claim-1st-place-major-league-hacker-standings

Tony Busalacchi (AOSC and ESSIC) was elected to the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) Board of Trustees. UCAR is a consortium of over 100 member universities and academic affiliates focused on research and training in the atmospheric and related Earth system sciences. Members set directions and priorities for the National Center for Atmospheric Research, which UCAR manages with sponsorship by the National Science Foundation.

Computer science graduate students Jay Pujara and Hui Miao, with their advisors Lise Getoor and William Cohen from Carnegie Mellon University, won the Best Student Paper Award at the 12th International Semantic Web Conference held in Sydney, Australia, October 21-25. Their paper described how a knowledge graph can be inferred from text and background knowledge using a highly scalable probabilistic reasoning system called probabilistic soft logic. The team validated their results on data used in the Never Ending Language Learner (NELL) project from Carnegie Mellon.

Computer Science graduate students Jeffrey Stuckman and Kent Wills, with Jim Purtilo (Computer Science) won the Best Short Paper award at the Proceedings of the 7th International Symposium on Empirical Software Engineering and Measurement, Baltimore, MD, October 10-11, 2013, for their paper "Evaluating software product metrics with synthetic defect data." The paper is one of the several results coming out of an Office of Naval Research project, titled "Improved Cyber Security via Decentralized Intrusion Detection and Dynamic Reconfiguration."

Surja Sharma (Astronomy) has been selected to deliver the 2013 Professor K.R. Ramanathan Memorial Lecture during the 50th annual convention of the Indian Geophysical Union (IGU), "Sustainability of Earth System – The Future Challenges." The convention will take place at CSIR-NGRI, Hyderabad, January 8-12, 2014.

Pete Stewart (Computer Science) received the 2014 Mathematics and Computer Science Award from the Washington Academy of Sciences at their Annual Award Banquet, October 10. The Washington Academy of Sciences was incorporated in 1898 as an affiliation of eight Washington D.C. area scientific societies. Founders included Alexander Graham Bell and Samuel Langley, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution.

On October 14 the Mathematics department rotunda was named after James Yorke (Mathematics, Physics and IPST) in celebration of his 50 years of scholarly work and service. Among his many accomplishments, Yorke received the 2003 Japan Prize for his foundational work in the mathematical study of chaos. Yorke, a Distinguished University Professor, was this year's recipient of UMD's President's Medal, is a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), American Mathematical Society and the American Physical Society. Chancellor Kirwan, President Loh and Dean Banavar participated in the reception and ceremony.

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CONTRACTS/GRANTS:

Antonio Busalacchi (AOSC and ESSIC), NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center, $270,279 in additional funding bringing the total to $8,059,763, "Collaborative Earth System Science Research between NASA/GSFC and UMCP."

Richard Greene (Physics and Maryland NanoCenter), John Paglione (Physics) and colleague Ichiro Takeuchi (Engineering and Physics), Air Force Office of Scientific Research, $513,170, "DURIP: Measurement Instrumentation to Search for Superconductivity in Mineral-based Compounds."

Nicholas Hadley (Physics), Fermilab, $103,466, "CMS HCAL Front-end Electronics."

David Hawthorne (Entomology), USDA-Agricultural Research Service, $180,000, "Genomic approaches to Protect Honey Bees and Deter Crop Pests."

Anwar Huq (Maryland Pathogen Research Institute), Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, $369,118 in additional funding bringing the total to $1,369,709, "Epidemiology and Ecology of Vibrio cholerae in Bangladesh."

Christopher Jarzynski (Chemistry & Biochemistry and IPST) with Perinkulam Krishnaprasad (ECE), University of California-Davis, $140,757, "Information Engines: Nanoscale Control, Computing and Communication out of Equilibrium."

Jason Kahn (Chemistry & Biochemistry and Maryland NanoCenter), $125,000 in additional funding bringing the total to $125,000, "Design Automation Software for DNA–based Nano-sensor Architectures."

Xin-Zhong Liang (AOSC and ESSIC), University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign, $125,684 in additional funding bringing the total to $366,859, "Linking Regional Aerosol Emission Changes with Multiple Impact Measures through Direct and Cloud-related Forcing Estimates."

Raghu Murtugudde (AOSC and ESSIC), Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, $114,000, "Role of the Atmosphere and the Indian ocean in the Evolution of Monsoon-ENSO Teleconnections in CFS."

Michael Raupp, Paula Shrewsbury and William Lamp (all Entomology and University of Maryland Extension) with colleagues in the College of Agriculture, USDA-National Institute of Food and Agriculture, $135,000, "Moving IPM in Maryland to Greater Economic and Ecological Sustainability."

Nicholas Schmerr (Geology), University of Maryland-Baltimore County, $103,100, "Improved Global Gravity Fields on the Moon from Re-analysis of Lunar Prospector Radio Tracking Data."

Eun-Suk Seo (Physics and IPST), NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center, $236,029 in additional funding bringing the total to $2,707,637, "Approaching the Cosmic Ray Knee with the CREAM Balloon-borne Experiment."

Bo-Wen Shen (ESSIC), NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center, $100,000 in additional funding bringing the total to $546,839, "Integration of the NASA CAMVis and Multiscale Analysis Package (CAMVis-MAP) for Tropical Cyclone Climate Study."

Dennis vanEngelsdorp (Entomology), USDA-Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, $502,427, "National Honey Bee Pests and Diseases Survey."

Peter Yoon (IPST), NSF, $100,000 in additional funding bringing the total to $200,000, "Study of Solar Energetic Electrons."

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WHAT'S NEW:

On Friday, October 18, the Computer Science Department celebrated its 40th anniversary with festivities for over 200 guests. During the afternoon, a series of speakers, including alumni Glen Ricart (1980 Ph.D.), Pooja Sankar (2004 M.S.) and Paul Capriolo (2006 B.S.), detailed the Department's rich history and highlighted new initiatives, including the Maryland Center for Women in Computing and CS Education for Tomorrow. In the evening, a buffet dinner and awards ceremony was held at Riggs Alumni Center that attracted over 100 alumni.

On October 19th, a celebration was held to recognize the 40 year history of the Department of Geology. Over 75 alums, and 125 additional guests and friends attended the event in the Atrium of the Chemistry Building. Alumni from as far back as the Class of 1975 attended, and traveled from as far as the Rockies, to attend the event. The gathering gave former students and staff the opportunity to become reacquainted with the founding members of the department: Professors Galt Siegrist (hired 1965), Pete Stifel (1966), Tony Segovia (1967), Ann Wylie (1972) and Bob Ridky (1973) were all in attendance. Guests were served hors d'oeuvres and a BBQ followed. Short speeches were made by Chair Roberta Rudnick and Dean Jayanth Banavar, and were followed by colorful presentations by Professors. Galt Siegrist and Pete Stifel. Ann Wylie closed the program.

More than 60 young women gathered at the University of Maryland on October 5 to participate in the second Cybersecurity and Cybersafety Workshop for Girls. Sponsored by the Maryland Cybersecurity Center (MC2), the event brings together girls in grades 6 through 8 from Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. to learn about cybersecurity, and how Internet safety and security impacts their everyday lives. This program is one of many educational outreach programs offered by the Maryland Cybersecurity Center, all designed to encourage young people to pursue cybersecurity and other related fields. Future events for middle school and high school students can be found at: www.cyber.umd.edu/education

The Physics Department and NIST are inviting 200 undergraduate women to attend the Mid-Atlantic Conference on Undergraduate Women on Physics (CUWiP) scheduled for January 17-19, 2014. The conference, which will be held at the Inn and Conference Center, January 17-19, 2014, is part of a national effort, spearheaded by the American Physical Society, to promote women in physics. The program will include research talks by academic, industrial, and government leaders, as well as panel discussions and workshops about graduate school, careers, and much more. Conference participants will also visit labs at UMD and NIST, attend student research talks and poster sessions, and have the opportunity to network with peers and presenters. More info at: http://www.physics.umd.edu/cuwip/

A paper authored by a team of graduate students from the Human Computer Interaction Laboratory (HCIL), won the "Best Paper Award" at the prestigious ASSETS 2013 conference in Seattle, October 21-23. The paper introduces a new method of data collection using online crowdsourcing and Google Street View to address the challenges faced by visually impaired bus riders in identifying bus stop locations. ASSETS is the premier forum for accessible computing research that aims to benefit people with disabilities and older adults.

Jonathan Katz (Computer Science and UMIACS) has been named the Director of the Maryland Cybersecurity Center (MC2) for a 3-year term, effective October 24. Katz, an expert in cryptography and information security, joined the faculty in 2002, having previously worked as a research scientist at Telcordia Technologies (now Applied Communications Research). He has held visiting positions at the University of California, Los Angeles, the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center in New York, and the École Normale Supérieure in Paris.

Bretton Kent (Entomology), was an invited speaker for Mercer County Community College's Distinguished Lecture Series, October 9, West Windsor, NJ. Kent, who has studied the giant sharks of the Miocene, spoke of "The Rise and Fall of the Neogene Giant Sharks."

Michal Hicks (Computer Science and UMIACS) has been invited to attend the 25th Kavli Frontiers of Science Symposium to be held in Irvine, CA, November 7-9. Presented by the National Academy of Sciences and sponsored by the Kavli Foundation, the symposium brings together outstanding young scientists to discuss exciting advances and opportunities in a broad range of disciplines.

Kayo Ide (AOSC, CSCAMM, and IPST) and Tony Busalacchi (AOSC and ESSIC) served on the Local Organizing Committee of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) 6th International Symposium on Data Assimilation, October 7-11. Alumnus Daryl Kleist (2012 Ph.D. AOSC, advisor Kayo Ide) chaired the committee. Pat O'Shea (Vice President-Research) gave the Welcome Remarks at the Symposium Dinner. In partnership with WMO, NOAA, and NASA, the Symposium was sponsored by the College with AOSC, CSCAMM, ESSIC, and IPST. Due to the government shutdown, the Committee quickly relocated the symposium, receiving recognition from the international attendees for avoiding cancellation of the symposium.

Rabindra Mohapatra (Physics and JSI) gave an invited talk at the international workshop "Scalars 2013," held in Warsaw, Poland in September, 2013 on "Probing TeV Scale Left-right Seesaw at the LHC".

Raghu Murtugudde (AOSC and ESSIC) spoke at a seminar focused on marine life flow at the Inter-University Institute for Marine Sciences (IUI) in Eilat, Israel, October 10. A main goal of the seminar was to bring together students and researchers from around the world to analyze to better understand how marine life flow acts as a key component to marine ecosystems.

Joe Redish (Physics) gave an invited talk at the Harvard Physics Department, September 30, on the topic of "How should we think about how our students think?"

Jan V. Sengers (IPST) gave an invited seminar "Thermally induced non-equilibrium fluctuations: gravity and finite-size effects" at the Courant Institute for Mathematical Sciences in New York, October 11.

Maria Tzortziou (ESSIC and 2004 Ph.D. Meteorology, advisor Bob Hudson) was an invited speaker at the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Columbia University, Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory, October 9. Tzortziou discussed the applications of remote sensing measurements from currently available satellite sensors, as well as planned future NASA missions to study atmosphere-land-ocean interactions and biogeochemical exchanges, in highly vulnerable coastal ecosystems. Tzortziou also recently led activities related to dynamics of atmospheric trace gases and ocean biogeochemical cycles at the land-ocean interface at the recent Gulf of Mexico oceanographic and air-quality field campaign. This event was a preparatory effort in advance of future NASA satellite missions.

Sara Via (Biology and Entomology) led a Climate Reality Presentation, hosted by the Howard County Conservancy, October 24. Partnered with corporate trainer and organizational development consultant Linda Reed, Via talked about the latest evidence of climate change and how it impacts us both locally and globally.

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JOURNAL ARTICLES:

Neil Carter (SESYNC) with colleagues from Michigan State University, the Nepal Tiger Trust and the Nepalese Government's Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation, "Assessing spatiotemporal changes in tiger habitat across different land management regimes," Ecosphere, October edition.

Mohammed Hafezi, Sunil Mittal, Jingyun Fan, Alan Migdall, Jacob Taylor (all JQI and NIST), "Imaging topological edge states in silicon photonics," Nature Photonics, published online October 20.

Michael Fisher (Physics and IPST) with colleagues Katepalli Sreenivasan (IPST and Universita degli Studi di Trieste and New York University) and Cecilia Rorai (New York University and Universita degli Studi di Trieste), "Propagating and annihilating vortex dipoles in the Gross-Pitaevskii equation," Physical Review B., published online October 29.

Michael Fisher (Physics and IPST) with Helen Au-Yang (Oklahoma State University), "Criticality in alternating layered Ising models. I. Effects of connectivity and proximity," Physical Review E, September 30.

Suvi Gezari (Astronomy and JSI) et al., "Slowly fading super-luminous supernovae that are not pair-instability explosions," Nature-Letters, October 17.

Ed Shaya (Astronomy) with alumnus R. Brent Tully (1972 Ph.D. Astronomy), "The formation of Local Group planes of galaxies," Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, published online October 23.

Shuo Sun (Graduate student, advisor Edo Waks), Hyochul Kim (IREAP), Glenn Solomon (Physics, JQI and NIST) and Edo Waks (IREAP, JQI, Maryland NanoCenter and ECE), "Strain tuning of a quantum dot strongly coupled to a photonic crystal cavity," Applied Physics Letters, published online October 7.

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IN THE NEWS:

Dennis Bodewits, alums Matthew Knight (2008 Ph.D. Astronomy, advisor Michael A'Hearn) and Kevin Walsh (2006 Ph.D. Astronomy, advisor Derek Richardson) were all quoted in a Nature "Breaking News" article on Comet ISON. The article described simulations by Knight and Walsh which indicate that the comet is unlikely to be vaporized by its close passage to the Sun in late November, although it might still be tidally disrupted and torn into pieces. Astronomers are optimistic that the comet will survive and become a terrific naked-eye object in the December morning sky.

Antonio Busalacchi (AOSC and ESSIC) was featured in The Guardian, October 4, in an article on climate change threatening vineyards. The article focused primarily on the wine growing regions of France, and what climate change means for their wine-reliant economy. "..Since grapevines produce grapes for wine production for about 25-50 years, growers need to consider the long-term effects of global climate change on their region." On October 30, he was quoted in Salon.com, on the same subject.

A new study, published in Ecosphere (see Journal Articles above) by Neil Carter (SESYNC) et al., provides evidence that when Nepalese villagers are empowered to make some local land management decisions, the resulting landscape changes can benefit both people and tigers. Media coverage included Science World Report, RedOrbit, Phys Org, Business Standard, Science Daily and MSU Today.

Drake Deming (Astronomy) wrote a News & Views article in the October 30 edition of Nature on two papers by Howard et al. and Pepe et al., published on Nature's website, independently reporting on measurements of an exoplanet, Kepler-78b. "...The existence of Kepler-78b shows that, at the very least, extrasolar planets of Earth-like composition are not rare."

Jonathan Dinman (Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics) was quoted in Astrobiology Magazine, October 17, in an article on new information on the structure of the RNA molecules found in the ribosome of cells (Williams, et al., "Secondary structure and domain architecture of the 23S and 5S rRNAs). "...I saw their map and I said 'WOW this is really cool." Dinman was also quoted in RedOrbit, October 2, in a story on the Zombie Apocalypse. "...I think that the Zombie Virus already exists (almost): Rabies. Infection is nearly 100 percent lethal, i.e. it turns you into the walking dead (for a while at least), and it causes you to change your behavior by reprogramming you to bite other people to spread the infection..."

Russ Dickerson (AOSC and Chemistry & Biochemistry) was interviewed on WBUR (Boston's NPR news station) October 28, on the thick smog experienced in Harbin, China. "..Well, the severe pollution that they're having in Harbin, or have had over the past few days, is caused primarily by burning coal. .... When coal is burned without the appropriate scrubbers to remove sulfur and nitrogen compounds and trace metals, it can create a terrible smog."

Michael Fisher (Physics and IPST) was quoted in an October 8 BBC News, Science & Environment profile on Peter Higgs. "...I wouldn't say he was shy. I might say that he was a little too retiring perhaps for the good of his own career."

Michael Hicks (Computer Science and UMIACS) was quoted in The Tribune-Review, October 26, in an article on the Army Research Lab funding a Collaborative Research Alliance to avert cyber sabotage.

Thomas Holtz (Geology) was quoted in a Nature Feature article, October 24, on investigating the evolutionary origins of T. Rex and whether or not Nanotyrannus is a juvenile T. Rex. "...The fact that all of the Nanotyrannus specimens seem to be juvenile animals and all of the specimens recognized as T. rex are subadults or adults, indicates that the two are truly one."

Leafsnap, developed by David Jacobs (Computer Science and UMIACS), Peter Belhumeur (Columbia University) and John Kress (Smithsonian-National Museum of Natural History), was one of the apps described in an article in the New York Times, October 9. The article gave details on apps that are nature guides.

Chris Monroe (Physics and JQI) was quoted in Nature-News, October 8, in an article on researchers' response to the NSA hacking. "...I understand what's in the newspapers, but the NSA is funding serious long-term fundamental research and I'm happy they're doing it."

Research conducted by Ed Ott (Physics and IREAP) and co-authors H. Cavalante, M. Oria, D. Sornette and D. Gauthier, was featured in Physics World and Wired magazine, October 29. The researchers believe that it is possible to predict an impending extreme event – Dragon Kings – and that, once forecasted, the event can be prevented. Their paper, Predictability and suppression of extreme events in a chaotic system," has been uploaded to arXiv, to be published at a later date in Physics Review Letters.

Mike Raupp (Entomology and Agricultural Extension) was interviewed on WTOP October 6 on this year's invasion of stink bugs. "This was the week I think the floodgates opened.." Other media coverage included the Examiner, Richmond Times Dispatch, Nature World News and USA Today.

Ben Shneiderman (Computer Science and UMIACS) was a guest on WAMU.org's Kojo Nnamdi Show, October 30, where he discussed improving electronic health records with fellow guests Dan Morhaim (Physician and Member, Maryland House of Delegates) and Jacob Reider (Acting National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, US Department of Health and Human Services). The show's website featured Twinlist, a user interface prototype for doing medication reconciliation, developed by Sheiderman, Catherine Plaisant (UMIACS) and Computer Science graduate students Tiffany Chao and Johnny Wu. More information on Twinlist can be found at http://www.cs.umd.edu/hcil/sharp/twinlist/index.shtml.

Dennis vanEngelsdorp (Entomology) was quoted in The Chestertown Spy, October 19, on the plight of honeybees. "..If we really want to change the environment to help bees, we need a cultural shift."

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ALUMNI NEWS:

Dan Allen (1982 B.S. Computer Science) has been named Chairman and CEO of Serco Inc. beginning December 2013. Allen, formerly Chief Executive of CACI International, will oversee the company's North American business including the federal services. Allen earned an M.S. in Computer Science at Johns Hopkins University and an M.S. in National Resource Strategy at the National Defense University.

Angela Baldwin (1991 B.S. Biological Sciences) has been promoted to Park Manager at Assateague State Park. Baldwin, who earned her master's degree in environmental science and policy from Johns Hopkins University, will now be responsible for over 800 acres, coordination of the day-use areas and the more than 300 campsites. As well, she will continue educating the public about Assateague and how to protect the island.

Robert Brammer (1970 M.A. and 1972 Ph.D. Mathematics, advisor Jim Yorke) has been named Chief Strategy Officer at Brainloop, which launched its U.S. office in September 2013. Brammer, a member of the College's Board of Visitors, will continue to lead his own company, Brammer Technology, LLC. as he helps Brainloop address the industry's challenges relating to compliance, security and collaboration. Brainloop is a provider of highly intuitive SaaS solutions enabling customers to securely manage and collaboration on confidential documents.

Camille d'Annunzio-Szymczak (1986 Ph.D. Applied Mathematics) was named the Technologist of the Year at the 2013 Women of Color STEM Conference held October 17-19 in Dallas, TX. She is manager of the Automated Sensor Exploitation Technology Center, in Northrop Grumman's Electronic Systems sector where she has contributed to advancements in chemical/biological threat situational awareness, force protection and target recognition.

Maggie Myers (1988 Ph.D. Mathematics-Statistics, advisor Paul Smith) and Robert van de Geijn (1987 Ph.D. Applied Mathematics, advisor Pete Stewart) are creating a MOOC for Linear Algebra, with a launch date of January 15, 2014. Both Myers and Van de Geijn are faculty members in the Department of Computer Sciences, University of Texas at Austin. More information at: https://www.edx.org/course/utaustin/ut-5-01x/linear-algebra-foundations/1162.

Nathan Orloff (2010 Ph.D. Physics) with colleagues, including advisors Ichiro Takeuchi (Engineering and Physics) and James Booth (NIST), published an article in Nature, October 24, entitled "Exploiting dimensionality and defect mitigation to create tunable microwave dielectrics." Orloff, 2nd author, is a Post-doctoral Researcher at NIST, Gaithersburg where he is a member of a program that works on understanding the properties of the nanocomposites as a part of the National Nanotechnology Signature Initiative.

Ho Shin (1990 B.S. Biological Science) has been named one of the six winners of the Washington Metropolitan Area Corporate Counsel Association's 2013 Corporate Counsel Awards. Shin, who went on to earn his J.D. from Georgetown University, is general counsel, chief privacy officer and corporate secretary of Millennial Media.

Clay Siegall (1982 B.S. Zoology) gave the CMNS Alumnus of the Year Lecture "My Fearless Idea Fights Cancer" on October 25. Siegall co-founded Seattle Genetics to help people like his father, who lost his battle with cancer. His innovative lymphoma drug, Adcetris, attacks cancer cells while sparing normal tissue from damage. Siegall has been the recipient of a number of awards, including the 2012 Pacific Northwest Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year; is an author on more than 70 publications and holds 15 patents. He earned his Ph.D. in Genetics from George Washington University.

LastPass, the company co-founded by Joe Siegrist (1998 B.S. Computer Science) and Andrew Zitnay (2003 B.S. Computer Science and Mathematics), has announced that it is opening an office in Paris, France to cover the European region. The Fairfax-based company, which was founded in 2008, said that 60% of its user base is now international. Siegrist is the named inventor of five key software patents while Zitnay played a major role in the design, implementation and development of core e-commerce, VoIP and web analytics applications at eStara, Inc. prior to founding LastPass.

Gregory Vesper (1987 B.S. Computer Science) has been appointed Chief Product Officer, Trax Technologies located in Scottsdale, Arizona. Vesper, who went on to earn his Master's degree from Catholic University, had previously held the position of Chief Information Officer at rSmart Group, and Chief Technology Officer at DICOM Grid Inc.

Adam Wenchel (1999 B.S. Computer Science) has been appointed Executive Vice President of Engineering, Endgame Inc. Wenchel, who will oversee the development of Endgame's technology solutions, previously served as Senior Vice President of Engineering at Govolution and was Principal and Founder of Positive Development.

Qiang Yang (1984 M.S. Astronomy and 1989 Ph.D. Computer Science, advisor Dana Nau) delivered the Allred Distinguished Lecture in Artificial Intelligence, October 10, at Washington State University, Pullman, WA. Yang, a professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and head of the Huawei Noah's Ark Research Lab, is an IEEE Fellow, IAPR Fellow and ACM Distinguished Scientist.

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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