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CMNS News - October 2014


Vol. 4, No. 10 October 2014
The College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences
Jayanth Banavar, Dean Mary Kearney, Editor

Honors and Awards:
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The University of Maryland and the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology announced on October 31 the creation of the Joint Center for Quantum Information and Computer Science (QuICS), with the support and participation of the Research Directorate of the National Security Agency/Central Security Service (NSA/CSS). Scientists at the center will conduct basic research to understand how quantum systems can be effectively used to store, transport and process information.

On October 17 the University of Maryland announced it received a five-year, $425,000 gift from the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) Bethesda Chapter to support undergraduate student scholarships and Computer Science Connect, an outreach program run by the Maryland Center for Women in Computing at UMD that encourages middle school students from underrepresented groups to explore computer science.

UMD ranks No. 51 in the first U.S. News & World Report Best Global Universities rankings, with three CMNS programs ranked in the top 25: Geoscience — 15, Physics — 18 and Space Science — 21. Additional subjects in the college ranked in the top 100: computer science, environment/ecology, microbiology and chemistry. The rankings recognize the top 500 institutions from nearly 50 countries.

The Department of Biology was ranked 5th and the Department of Mathematics Department ranked 12th in the Top 25 Biology/Mathematics Grad Programs by Graduate Programs. assigns 15 ranking categories to each graduate program at each graduate school, covering a variety of student topics, such as academic competitiveness, career support, financial aid, and quality of network.

A study of worldwide research institutions' use of satellite technology by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development ranked UMD #9 globally and #2 among U.S. universities.

The 11th Annual Symposium of the Burgers Program for Fluid Dynamics will be held November 13 from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in rooms 1107 and 1111 of the Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building. The Burgers Lecturer will be Katepalli Sreenivasan, Executive Vice Provost for Science and Technology and President and Dean, Polytechnic School of Engineering Professor of Physics and Mathematics New York University

The CMNS New Student Welcome will be held November 12 from 5-7pm in the G. Forrest Woods Atrium of the Chemistry Building.

Bioscience Day 2014 will be held November 20. The theme will be "Scientific Advances in Treating Trauma and Disease" and the keynote speaker, Clay B. Siegall, Co-founder of Seattle Genetics will talk about "My Fearless Idea Fights Cancer." Registration is now open.

Help Revolutionize Classroom Learning and Research with 3-D Printed Fossils, Maps and Rocks
Department of Geology students and faculty members are spearheading a crowdfunding campaign to raise $7,000, which will allow them to purchase a 3-D scanner, a three-color 3-D printer and printing supplies. With your help, the fragile fossils and rocks once displayed in University of Maryland geology classes will be replaced by plastic. Using 3-D scanning and printing technology, students will receive plastic copies of objects they wouldn't have been allowed to hold before, such as delicate fossils squirreled away in museums and teaching collections around the world. The team's crowdfunding campaign runs through November 22. You can support the team by visiting Contributions are tax-deductible.



Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics graduate student Vivek Advani was awarded "Outstanding Oral Presentation" for his talk entitled "Ribosomal frameshifting in the CCR5 mRNA is regulated by miRNAs and NMD," at the Rustblet RNA meeting, Pittsburgh, PA, October 17-18.

Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics graduate student Alicia Bowen received the 2014 Winifred Burks-Houck Graduate Student Leadership Award from the National Society for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE). The award recognizes outstanding graduate research and leadership and commitment to outreach activities. Bowen was cited for her graduate research on the eukaryotic ribosome, conducted under the supervision of Jonathan Dinman, and for her commitment to student mentoring.

Ved Lekic (Geology) has been awarded a Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. The fellowship is one of 18 awarded this year nationwide and bestows unrestricted funds of $875,000 over a five-year period to the most promising early-career scientists and engineers. Lekic's research efforts focus on developing new and better ways of analyzing and modeling seismic data, leading to improved understanding of Earth's inner structure.

Zhihong Nie (Chemistry & Biochemistry) has been selected as the recipient of the College's Board of Visitors Outstanding Junior Faculty award. Nie has interdisciplinary projects spanning colloidal and polymer science, computer modeling, nanochemistry and biomedical engineering. His nanoparticle synthesis and discovery program has created new materials with demonstrated potential for transformative applications.

Aravind Srinivasan (Computer Science and UMIACS) has been awarded an Adobe Digital Marketing Research Award for the project "Matching Advertisements and Content to Customers." Eight proposals were selected with recipients receiving $50,000 each to fund data science projects in the areas of media optimization, analytics, social and more.

Biology graduate student Alyssa Stewart gave an award-winning presentation at the North American Society of Bat Research symposium titled "Resource Partitioning & Pollinator Importance among Old World Fruit Bats" in Albany, NY, October 22-25. Stewart was awarded the Bat Conservation International Award for a platform paper on any aspect of the biology of bats.

Ariana Sutton-Grier (ESSIC) will receive the NOAA National Ocean Service (NOS) Assistant Administrator Special Recognition Group Award--along with her team of researchers--for their Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts. Sutton-Grier led the efforts of the unique Sandy Work Group, comprised of a team of researchers who each specialized in a different field of study. The group updated nautical charts, collected water-level data, and performed other related analyses to develop coastal resilience after Sandy devastated the Northeast.



Rama Chellappa (Computer Science, ECE and UMIACS) and Larry Davis (Computer Science and UMIACS), Air Force Research Laboratory, $613,716, "Visual Fingerprint as a Novel Modality for Mobile Active Authentication."

Jon Froehlich, Leah Findlater (Computer Science, UMIACS and iSchool) and Rama Chellappa (Computer Science, ECE and UMIACS), US Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity, $992,821, "HandSight: Supporting Everyday Activities through Touch-vision."

Andrew Harris and Prabhat Koner (ESSIC), NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center, $174,536, "New Physically Based Sea Surface Temperature Retrievals for NPP VIIRS."

Patrick Kanold (Biology) and Wolfgang Losert (Physics, IREAP and IPST), NIH-National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, $505,511, "Crowd Coding in the Brain: 3D Imaging and Control of Collective Neuronal Dynamics."

Fernando Miralles-Wilhelm (ESSIC) and Anthony Busalacchi (AOSC and ESSIC), NOAA, $3,143,119, "CICS: Cooperative Agreement Proposal 2014 – 2019."

Christopher Monroe (Physics and JQI), Duke University, $163,860, "Scalable Platform for Agile Extended-reach Quantum Communications (SPARQC)."

Lee Mundy (Astronomy), NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center, $1,154,629, "The Goddard Center for Research and Exploration in Space Science and Technology."

Johnpierre Paglione (Physics), Efrain Rodriguez (Chemistry & Biochemistry), Richard Greene (Physics) and Ichiro Takeuchi (Materials Science & Engineering and Physics), Air Force Office of Scientific Research, $400,000, "Exploration and Development of Advanced Superconducting Materials."

Ho Jung Paik and Martin Moody (Physics), NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center, $101,700, "Development of Tensor Superconducting Gravity Gradiometer for Planetary Missions."

William Phillips (Physics, JQI, IPST and NIST) and Luis Orozco (Physics and JQI), NSF, $470,479, "Physics Frontier Center at the Joint Quantum Institute."

Steven Rolston (Physics and JQI), Alexey Gorshkov (JQI), $2,780,568, "The Joint Quantum Institute."

Steven Rolston, Alexey Gorshkov, Christopher Monroe and Trey Porto (Physics and JQI), Army Research Lab, $1,784,370, "Towards Long-lifetime Memory-entangled Single Photons."

Phillip Sprangle and Howard Milchberg (Physics, IREAP and ECE), Defense Threat Reduction Agency, $300,000, "Remote Detection of Nuclear Materials Using Optically Induced Air Breakdown Ionization EM Signatures."

Jacob Taylor (Physics and JQI) and Felipe Guzman Cervantes (JQI), Army Research Office, $149,175, "Reference Optomechanical Accelerometers."

Kai Yang (AOSC), NASA-HQ, $199,896, "Global Total Ozone and Volcanic Sulfur Dioxide Products from EPIC on DSCOVR."


Steven Anlage (Physics) gave invited talks at the Electromagnetics Seminar Series, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada, titled "As Time Goes By," Backwards!, in mid September and at the Eighth International Congress on Advanced Electromagnetic Materials in Microwaves and Optics, titled "Coherence and Collective Behavior in SQUID Metamaterials," Copenhagen, Denmark.

BEES graduate student Gerald Carter is a presenter at the Advancing Tomorrow's Leaders + STEM (ATLAS) symposium, November 8. Hosted by the MdBio foundation and Tech Council of Maryland, the symposium encourages the interest of high school juniors, seniors and college undergraduates in STEM fields.

Jonathan Dinman (Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics) chaired the session "RNAs in Translational Control" at the Rustbelt RNA meeting, Pittsburgh, PA, October 18. The annual meeting of RNA biologists is designed to provide unique opportunities for junior scientists and predominately features oral and poster presentations by undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral trainees.

Sinéad Farrell (ESSIC) was selected to serve as a member of the NASA ICESat-2 Science Definition Team through her proposal "Preparing for Launch: Optimizing the Performance of ICESat-2 for Sea Ice. This is Farrell's second term as a member of the ICESat-2 science team. NASA plans to launch ICESat-2 in 2017.

Bill Goldman (Mathematics) gave an invited address at the Sectional Meeting of the American Mathematical Society, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, October 18. Virginie Charette (2000 Ph.D. Mathematics, advisor Bill Goldman) and Karin Melnick organized a special session on "Differential Geometry and Mathematical Physics." Charette is a professor at the University of Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada.

Tom Holtz (Geology) will give a talk at the Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa) on exploring the origins of tyrannosaurs, the environment in which they lived, their adaptations and their feeding habits, November 20.

David Inouye (Biology) gave a plenary lecture at the International Symposium on Weather and Climate Extremes, Food Security and Biodiversity, sponsored by the WMO and FAO, at George Mason University, October 21. He talked about his research into climate effects on plants.

Joseph JaJa (UMIACS, SESYNC and ECE) will serve in a leadership role in a new federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) solely dedicated to enhancing cybersecurity and protecting national information systems. The new center will support the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence established in 2012 to help businesses secure their data and digital infrastructure by bringing together information security experts from industry, government and academia. Read more.

Raymond Johnson (Mathematics) is being honored by the Association of Rice Alumni and the Association of Rice University Black Alumni (ARUBA) on November 8. In recognition of the 50th anniversary of Johnson's groundbreaking enrollment as the first black student to attend Rice University, he will be presented with special recognition from the City of Houston and the State of Texas.

Graduate student Andrew Miller (Computer Science, advisor Michael Hicks) was a speaker at the Hasher's United conference, Las Vegas, October 10. Miller's topic was titled "A step-by-step to how game theory can relate to and impact on cryptocurrency mining." Hasher's United was the first global conference focused on the critical issues facing of cryptocurrency miners.

William McDonough (Geology) has been named President-Elect of the Volcanology, Geochemistry, and Petrology Section of the American Geophysical Union. Newly elected leaders will begin their terms on January 1, 2015 and serve a two-year term.

Alek Petty (ESSIC) participated in the Beaufort Gyre Exploration Project research cruise in the Beaufort Sea on board the CCGS Louis S. St Laurent, September 21–October 17. Petty, who collected ship-based observations of the concentration, thickness and age of the sea ice pack, authored a blog during the cruise, which was published on the ESSIC website. The blog provided a firsthand account of the trials and triumphs of the nearly month-long research adventure in the Beaufort Sea.

Philip Resnik (Computer Science, UMIACS and Linguistics) was recently appointed a member of the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) Advisory Committee on Statistics, Machine Learning, and High Performance Computing.

Jan Sengers (IPST) is co-author of Chapter 10, Fluids near Critical Point, in the recently released Royal Society of Chemistry book "Experimental Thermodynamics Volume IX: Advances in Transport Properties of Fluids."

The treemap art project by Ben Shneiderman (Computer Science and UMIACS), "Every AlgoRiThm has Art in It," is a featured exhibition at the National Academies Keck Center, Washington, DC, from October 15 through April 15, 2015. The October 16th opening night featured panelists on the subject of Technology and Creativity, including Jon Froehlich (Computer Science and UMIACS) who talked about wearable technologies. Shneiderman's work, and the exhibition, were covered in an article in Quartz.

Rolf Sinclair (Physics) is the organizer of the Solar System Exploration by Remote Imaging track at the AAAS 2015 annual meeting being held in San Jose, CA, 12-16 February, 2015.

Laurence Sita (Chemistry & Biochemistry) and his company, Precision Polyolefins, were featured in an American Chemical Society video, October 6. Sita discussed the excitement of creating a startup company.

VisiSonics, a UMD spinout that enables realistic 3D audio for music, movies and gaming in standard headphones, announced on October 7 that its technology has been licensed by virtual reality technology company Oculus VR. VisiSonics' management team includes Ramani Duraiswami, President and CEO (Computer Science and UMIACS), Adam O'Donovan, CTO and VP (2005 B.S. Computer Science, 2006 B.S. Physics) and Bill Strum, VP of Business Development (1972 M.S. Computer Science). The announcement was covered by In the Capital, Hypergrid Business and the Register.

Min Wu (UMIACS and ECE) has been appointed Editor-in-Chief of the IEE Signal Processing Magazine for a three-year term beginning in 2015.

Victor Yakovenko (Physics) will give an invited talk titled "Evolution of Global Inequality in Energy Consumption as Entropy-Maximizing Process," at the Recent Innovations in Info-metrics: An Interdisciplinary Perspective conference, American University campus, November 1. On October 7 he was the speaker at the Department of Physics colloquium, University of Maryland Baltimore, with a talk titled "Statistical Mechanics of Money, Income, Debt, and Energy Consumption."


Endymion Cooper (Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics) et al., "Extant diversity of bryophytes emerged from successive post-Mesozoic diversification bursts," Nature Communications, October 27.

Sankar Das Sarma (Physics and JQI) et al., "An apparent metal-insulator transition in high-mobility two-dimensional InAs heterostructures," Physical Review B, October 6.

Mohammad Hafezi (JQI, IREAP and ECE) et al., "Topological Growing of Laughlin States in Synthetic Gauge Fields," Physical Review Letters, October 7.

Osnat Herzberg (Chemistry & Biochemistry) et al., "Structural Basis for the Binding Specificity of Human Recepteur d'Origine Nantais (RON) Receptor Tyrosine Kinase to Macrophage-stimulating Protein," Journal of Biological Chemistry, October 24.

Brigette Hesman (Astronomy) et al., "Io's hot spots in the near-infrared detected by LEISA during the New Horizons flyby," Journal of Geophysical Research, October 16 online.

Vincent Holten (IPST and Eng), Jan Sengers and Mikhail Anisimov (IPST), Equation of State for Supercooled Water at Pressures up to 400 MPa," Journal of Physical and Chemical Reference Data, October 9.

William Jeffery and Li Ma (Biology) et al., "The cavefish genome reveals candidate genes for eye loss," Nature Communications, October 20.

Constantinos Kalapotharakos (Astronomy) et al., "Gamma-ray emission in dissipative pulsar magnetospheres: from theory to fermi observations," The Astrophysical Journal, October 1.

Sujay Kaushal (Geology and ESSIC) et al., "Tracking evolution of urban biogeochemical cycles: past, present, and future," Biogeochemistry, October 2014.

Ludmilla Kolokolova and Lev Nagdimunov (Astronomy), "Comparative analysis of polarimetric signatures of aligned and optically active ("homochiral") dust particles," Planetary and Space Science, October 1.

Sang Bok Lee (Chemistry & Biochemistry) et al., Multistep hierarchical self-assembly of chiral nanopores arrays," PNAS, October 7.

Xiaopeng Li, Stefan Natu and Sankar Das Sarma (Physics and JQI) et al., "Chiral magnetism and spontaneous spin Hall effect of interacting Bose superfluids," Nature Communications, October 10.

Karen Lips and Carly Muletz (Biology) et al., "Recent introduction of a chytrid fungus endangers Western Palearctic salamanders," Science, October 31.

Roy Mariuzza (Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics) et al., "Selection of the lamprey VLRC antigen receptor repertoire," PNAS, October 14.

Fernando Miralles-Wilhelm (AOSC and ESSIC) et al., "Do groundwater dynamics drive spatial patterns of tree density and diversity in Neotropical savannas?" Journal of Vegetation, November issue.

Lee Mundy (Astronomy) et al., Spatially resolved magnetic field structure in the disk of a T Tauri star," Nature, October 22.

Fong Ngan (ESSIC) et al., "Modeling the fallout from stabilized nuclear clouds using the HYSPLIT atmospheric dispersion model," Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, October issue.

Alice Olmstead and Sylvain Veilleux (Astronomy) et al., "A magnified view of star formation at z = 0.9 from two lensed galaxies," The Astronomical Journal, October issue.

Arthur Popper (Biology) et al., "Gaps in understanding the effects of noise on fishes and invertebrates," Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries, September 12 online.

Derek Richardson (Astronomy), Soko Matsumura (former Astronomy Postdoc), Stephen Schwartz (2013 Ph.D. Astronomy) and graduate student Ronald Ballouz (Astronomy) et al., "The Brazil nut effect and its application to asteroids," Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, October 1.

Glenn Solomon (JQI and NIST) and Edo Waks (IREAP, JQI and ECE) et al., "All-optical coherent control of vacuum Rabi oscillations," Nature Photonics, October 5.

Ning Zeng (AOSC and Geology) et al., "Evidence for a weakening relationship between interannual temperature variability and northern vegetation activity," Nature Communications, October 16.

Yang Yu, Derek Richardson, Stephen Schwartz (2013 Ph.D. Astronomy) and Ronald-Louis Ballouz (Astronomy), "Numerical predictions of surface effects during the 2029 close approach of Asteroid 99942 Apophis," Icarus, November issue.



Collaborative programs between UMD and the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center were highlighted in The Washington Post Magazine, October 30 online, titled "UMD-Goddard programs offer students out-of-this-world opportunities." Eun-Suk Seo (Physics and IPST), Jordan Goodman (Physics), graduate student David Angelaszek (Physics) and Michael Coplan (IPST) were interviewed and quoted in the article. "Not everybody [at UMD] gets to work on putting something on the International Space Station" said Angelaszek.

Phillip Arkin (AOSC and ESSIC) was mentioned in Grist, October 23, in an article on a new software program he developed that was published in the September issue of the Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences. The software reconstructs precipitation records for the entire globe between 1900 and 2011. Titled "statistical technique known as spectral optimal gridding of precipitation" (SOGP 1.0), the software was released to the public at the beginning of October. Media coverage included Scientific Computing and Science Codex.

Tony Farnham (Astronomy) and alumnus Carey Lisse (1992 Ph.D. Physics, advisor Michael A'Hearn) were quoted in an article in Science, October 3, on the comet Siding Spring that will pass within 82,000 miles of Mars on October 19, in full view of several Mars-orbiting spacecraft. Media coverage included the Christian Science Monitor, Daily Mail and Detroit News.

Media coverage continues for Astronomy graduate student Jonathan Fraine et al., who found water vapor in the atmosphere of the exoplanet HAT-P-11b. New coverage included the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Naples Daily News, Science News for Students and Yareah Magazine.

Jennifer Golbeck (Computer Science, iSchool and 2005 Ph.D. Computer Science, advisor James Hendler) was the guest host on NPR's Kojo Nnamdi Show, October 30. Topics discussed were The Economic Fight Against ISIS; Red Cross Under Fire in Storms' Aftermath and D.C.'s Punk Movement: Looking Back and Ahead.

James Grimmelmann (UMIACS) was featured in a Christian Science Monitor article, October 2, about how Facebook Inc. is planning a stricter review of requests to access information on its users after a psychological experiment on unaware users in 2012 caused uproar on social media. "...It's one thing for a company to conduct experiments to test how well a product works, but Facebook experiments are testing loneliness and family connections, and all sorts of things that are not really directed toward providing their users a better experience."

Thomas Holtz (Geology) was quoted in Science, October 7, on the newly discovered bipedal meat-eating dinosaur, Tachiraptor admirabilis. "...These survivors of the Triassic-Jurassic mass extinction were the 'ground zero' for later theropod evolution." Holtz was also quoted in the Christian Science Monitor, October 17, in an article on recently published research on tyrannosaurids' play behavior. On October 22, Holtz authored a Nature News & Views article on two new specimens of the dinosaur species, Deinocheirus mirificus. Media coverage included ABC News, Associated Press, Bloomberg, Daily Mail, Los Angeles Times, NPR, Popular Mechanics and Reuters.

Ted Jacobson (Physics and JSI) was quoted in Nature, October 12, in an article on creating a laboratory-scale imitation of a black hole emitting Hawking radiation. Jacobson who, in 1999, suggested that analogue radiation could be seen in the laboratory says that "... the possibility of gleaning new insights about black holes from the sonic experiments remains 'far fetched,' for now."

Joseph JaJa (UMIACS, SESYNC and ECE) was quoted in The Washington Post, October 12, in an article on the new federally funded research and development center (FFRDC). "... The timing is right for various stakeholders to collaborate because they all see a need and they're all scared of the implications of security breaches and data breaches." Media coverage included Defense News and the Federal Times.

Jonathan Katz (Computer Science and UMIACS) was quoted in USA Today, October 28, in an article on Raytheon's recent study titled "Preparing Millennials to Lead in Cyberspace. "...The results of the survey do not surprise me in the least. I think the average high school graduate received very limited exposure to computer science, in general, and almost no exposure to cybersecurity, specifically."

Karen Lips (Biology) was quoted in a Science "In Depth" article, October 31, a Nature News article, October 30 and a Science News article, October 16, on recently published research about a type of ranavirus (RV) being responsible for the declining populations of a wide range of amphibians in the Picos de Europa National Park, Spain. "...This is the best example to date of RV being a serious threat to amphibian populations." Her research was featured in the Cornell Chronicle and the National Geographic, October 30. Media coverage included Christian Science Monitor, Daily Mail, LiveScience, The New York Times and Reuters. Read more.

Research on the quantum behavior of light, conducted by Alan Migdall (JQI and NIST) et al., and published in Applied Physics Letters, September 10 was featured in Photonics Online, October 10. Other coverage included Electronic Component News, In,novations Report, Phys.Org, Science Codex and Space Daily.

Research conducted by Cole Miller (Astronomy), Garegin Papoian (Chemistry & Biochemistry and IPST), Astronomy graduate student Ronald Ballouz and Andrew Smith (Physics) were featured in a Washington Post Magazine story on Deepthought2 – UMD's supercomputer.

Christopher Monroe (Physics and JQI) was quoted in Wired, October 16, in an article on the challenges of building a quantum computer.

Raghu Murtugudde (AOSC and ESSIC) contributed an article titled "Climate Fixes Need Realistic Compromises," to LiveScience's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights, October 25, on the need for cooperative shared decisions and realistic compromise on climate legislation.

Richard Mushotzky (Astronomy and JSI) was quoted in Sky & Telescope, October 13, in an article on new research showing that ultraluminous X-ray sources (ULXs) are not all similar. "... We're now forced to realize that what previously had been one class of objects is at least three classes of objects, and maybe more."

Elizabeth Quinlan (Biology) was quoted in The Scientist, October 15, in an article on recent research that acutely disrupted paired immunoglobulin-like receptor B (PirB) function at specific ages, showing that PirB actively represses neural plasticity throughout life. "...Reactivated plasticity could be harnessed to promote recovery of damaged sensory input, and to promote learning in disabled and healthy brains."

Christopher Reynolds (Astronomy) was quoted in the Daily Galaxy, October 25, in an article on a team of international researchers measuring the radius of a black hole at the center of a distant galaxy. "...Many astrophysicists suspect that jets are powered by black hole spin ... but right now, these ideas are still entirely in the realm of theory. This measurement is the first step in putting these ideas on a firm observational basis."

Derek Richardson (Astronomy) was quoted in a Science news article, October 28, featuring recently published research by Richardson et al., (see Journal Articles above) on the 2029 close approach to Earth of asteroid Apophis that could trigger avalanches on the asteroid. "...They'd move very slowly because the gravity is so weak on this asteroid. You could literally have lunch before the avalanche stopped moving." Research conducted by Derek Richardson et al. (see Journal Articles) was reviewed in Current Science, a publication of the Indian Academy of Sciences, September 25.

Philip Schewe (JQI) was quoted in the Boston Globe, October 7, in an article on the recipients of the 2014 Nobel Prize for physics. "...the prize shows that physics research can provide a practical benefit, rather than just probing the mysteries of the universe." Media coverage was extensive, including the San Francisco Chronicle, Seattle Post Intelligencer and the Washington Times.

David Thirumalai (Chemistry & Biochemistry and IPST) was the author of a special feature perspective article in Physical Biology, titled "Universal relations in the self-assembly of proteins and RNA," October issue.

The Honey Bee Health Coalition released Bee Healthy, a roadmap to improve honey bee health through collective action, on October 16. "...[the] roadmap lays out a specific set of priorities through which the coalition will achieve its core mission" said Dennis vanEngelsdorp (Entomology), a member of the Coalition's Steering Committee. Media coverage included the The Advocate, AgProfessional, Sun News, BioSpace and BioPortfolio. vanEngelsdorp and Karen Rennich (Entomology) were interviewed by WAMU 88.5, metro connection, on their sentinel hive program supported by the university's new crowdfunding platform called Launch UMD. vanEngelsdorp was quoted in the Cumberland Times News, October 26, in an article on teaching inmates at the Maryland Correctional Training Center in Hagerstown to become beekeepers.

Amitabh Varshney and Ben Shneiderman (Computer Science and UMIACS) are co-authors on an article featured in EDUCAUSE Review Online, October 13, which details the university's Campus Visualization Partnership. The project began in 2013.



Douglas Arion (1984 Ph.D. Physics) conducted a two-day international workshop on entrepreneurship and innovation in physics as part of the 2014 Industrial Physics Forum in Sao Paolo, Brazil, September 28-October 3. Arion was a member of the organizing committee. In June 2013, he co-chaired a conference on Reinventing the Physicist with the American Physical Society, and was named to the Joint Task Force on Undergraduate Physics Preparation (J-TUPP). Arion, who led the Galileoscope Project in 2009, is a Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Carthage College, Kenosha, WI.

Bryan Arnold (2011 Ph.D. BEES, advisor Gerald Wilkinson) was featured in the Jacksonville Journal-Courier, October 13. Arnold, a biology professor at Illinois College, studies the behavior of bats. "...Bats are this untapped resource in understanding social behavior in mammals."

Febienne Bastien (2005 B.S. Astronomy) was featured in a National Science Foundation Discovery article on the Partnerships in Astronomy and Astrophysics Research and Education. Bastien, who earned her Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University, was named a Hubble fellow in 2014. She is a postdoc in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Penn State, PA.

Roger Bengtson (1968 Ph.D. Physics) retired from the faculty after 46 years in the Physics Department of the University of Texas at Austin. Bengston's research focused on experimental plasma physics and plasma spectroscopy. He recently published, with colleagues, an article, "Development of a Gas-Fed Plasma Source for Pulsed High-Density Plasma/Material Interaction Studies," in the IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, October 2014.

Squarespace, founded by Anthony Casalena (2005 B.S. Computer Science) announced, on October 7, a major platform update, Squarespace 7. The update adds new splash pages, templates and integrations with Google apps and Getty Images.

FiscalNote Inc., a real-time government analysis company co-founded by Jonathan Chen (2014 B.S. Computer Science, Finance and Technology Entrepreneurship), was featured in CNN's annual roundup of promising startups.

Akiva Cohen (1985 B.S. Microbiology and 1989 M.S. Zoology) recently received a prestigious MERIT award from the National Institutes of Health. A concussion and traumatic brain injury (TBI) expert, he has been investigating using an amino acid-based dietary therapy to mitigate TBIs' long-term effects. Cohen, who earned his Ph.D. in Biophysics at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, works at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Ivonne Diaz-Claisse (1995 M.A. Applied Mathematics) was profiled in the New Jersey Spotlight, October 29, in an article on being a Hispanic mentor. Diaze-Claisse is founder and president of Hispanics Inspiring Students' Performance and Achievement.

Alan Harbitter (1982 M.S. Computer Science) joined XBOSoft's Advisory Board, October 28. Harbitter, an emeritus member of the college's Board of Visitors, co-founded PEC Solutions in 1985, serving as Chief Technology Officer and Chief Operating Officer until the company was sold in 2005.

Oculus VR CEO Brendan Iribe appeared on Bloomberg West to discuss his recent donation to the University, his vision for the Iribe Center and the future of consumer virtual reality. Iribe described his motivation behind his recent $31 million donation to help construct a new computer science building and provided his thoughts on recent efforts by several major corporations – including Samsung and Sony – to develop consumer-grade virtual reality devices. Iribe, co-founder Michael Antonov (2001 B.S. Computer Science), Jayanth Banavar (Dean and Physics) and Samir Khuller (Computer Science) were interviewed for ForbesLife, October 20, on the same topics. On October 31 Iribe was featured in a Forbes article.

M3D, co founded by David Jones (2006 B.S. Computer Science) and Michael Armani (Engineering), was featured in The Baltimore Sun, October 18, in an article on the company opening a new plant in Fulton, MD. Jones and Armani designed a consumer-friendly 3-D printer they named The Micro. Their Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign generated over $3.4 million.

Vivek Khera (1988 B.S. Computer Science), Chief Technology Officer of MailerMailer, participated on a panel at the M³AAWG 32nd General Meeting in Boston, October 20-23. The panel focused on the aggregate format used when providing feedback on complaints about a specific campaign or IP address. The discussion featured representatives from both Internet service providers that offer aggregate complaint reports and email service providers that analyze this data.

Jacques Rebibo (1964 M.A. Mathematics) joined the Board of Directors of MainStreet Bank, October 23. Rebibo is co-portfolio Manager for Ategra Community Financial Institution Fund and Chairman of Ategra Capital Management.

Kartik Sheth (2001 Ph.D. Astronomy, advisor Stuart Vogel) was featured in a NASA press release about the nearby galaxy NGC 1291. Observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope reveal an unusual ring of newly forming stars around the outskirts of the galaxy. Sheth leads the Spitzer Survey of Stellar Structure in Galaxies (S4G) to better understand these and other structural features of galaxies. Coverage included NBC News, Nature World News and Space Fellowship. Sheth also participated in the Visitor Program at the Dark Cosmology Centre, Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, October 12-19. Sheth collaborated with Dark researchers on high redshift galaxies using HST and ALMA data.

Jessica Sun (1997 B.S. Computer Science), an information technology program manager for Northrop Grumman Enterprise Shared Services responsible for delivering cost-effective solutions that drive superior business performance, received a New Media/IT Leadership award at the 19th Annual Women of Color STEM Conference, October 23-25, Detroit, Michigan. The conference recognizes outstanding women in the STEM fields and provides opportunities for professional development, networking and recruiting. She recently led the deployment of a digital signage solution and the consolidation of intranet and collaboration systems.

Fang-Zhen Teng (2005 Ph.D. Geology, advisor William McDonough) was the Mineralogical Society of America's (MSA) Award Lecturer at the 2014 GSA Annual Meeting, Vancouver, British Columbia 19-22 October. The MSA award "... recognizes outstanding published contributions to the science of mineralogy by relatively young individuals or individuals near the beginning of their professional careers." Teng is an Associate Professor in the Department of Earth and Space Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle.




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. Jonathan Dinman Chair
Chemistry & Biochemistry Department – Dr. Janice Reutt-Robey, Chair
Computer Science Department – Dr. Samir Khuller, Chair
Entomology Department– Dr. Leslie Pick, Chair
Geology Department – Dr. Roberta Rudnick, 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. Christopher Jarzynski, Director
IREAP – Dr. Thomas Murphy, Director
MPRI – Dr. David Mosser, Director
SESYNC – Dr. Margaret Palmer, Director
UMIACS – Dr. Amitabh Varshney, Director