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CMNS News - September 2013

CMNS NEWS
Vol. 3, No. 10 September 2013
The College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences
Jayanth Banavar, Dean Mary Kearney, Editor mkearney@umd.edu

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

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EVENTS:

The Department of Geology will hold an alumni reunion on Saturday, October 19. Further information is at http://www.geology.umd.edu/EventsNews/40threunion.htm.

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
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 for this free event will begin in early October.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

On September 25, UMD and Northrop Grumman launched the Advanced Cybersecurity Experience for Students (ACES), the nation's first cybersecurity honors program for undergraduates. Supported by a major grant from Northrop Grumman, the ACES program is designed to educate future leaders in the field of cybersecurity through rigorous, hands-on learning experiences, an intensive interdisciplinary curriculum, collaborative projects, and professional insight from industry and business leaders. The four-year Honors College program offers students a living-learning experience, giving them the opportunity to collaborate and work closely together as they pursue their advanced program of study in cybersecurity.

Call for Research Proposals: Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services: Funding is available for collaborative synthesis projects that bring together data, ideas, theories, or models to address critical socio-environmental questions at the interface of biodiversity and ecosystem services.
Deadline: October 9, 2013. Info: www.sesync.org/bio-ess

Opportunity for Grad Students: Socio-Environmental Synthesis Research Proposal Writing Workshop: This two-tiered program is intended to support current PhD students in the natural, social, and computational sciences in their pursuit of novel, independent synthesis research at SESYNC in Annapolis.
Deadline: October 11, 2013. Info: www.sesync.org/opportunities/graduate-theme-workshop

Funding Opportunity for UMD Faculty: Call for Workshop Proposals: SESYNC seeks proposals for innovative interdisciplinary workshops that bring together scholars from diverse disciplines to focus on research topics related to the interdependency between humans and the natural environment.
Deadline: November 1, 2013. Info: www.sesync.org/opportunities/umd-workshops

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HONORS AND AWARDS:

CMNS Faculty will be recognized for their contributions to the University at the Faculty and Staff Convocation being held on Tuesday, October 8, 2013, at 3:00 p.m. in the Memorial Chapel.

PRESIDENT'S MEDAL:
James A. Yorke, Mathematics and IPST

DISTINGUISHED UNIVERSITY PROFESSORS:
Hanan Samet, Computer Science and UMIACS
Ben A. Shneiderman, Computer Science and UMIACS
Raymond J. St. Leger, Entomology

DISTINGUISHED SCHOLAR-TEACHER:
Doron Levy, Mathematics and CSCAMM

Alexander J. Dragt, Professor Emeritus (Physics) has been named a recipient of the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society's Particle Accelerator Science and Technology award "for substantial contributions to the analysis of non-linear phenomena in accelerator beam optics by introducing and developing map-based approach." The award is presented to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the development of particle accelerator science and technology. The award ceremony will take place during the NA-PAC'13, Pasadena, CA, October 3.

Edward Ott (Physics and IREAP) has been awarded the American Physical Society's Julius Edgar Lilienfeld Prize "..for pioneering contributions in nonlinear dynamics and chaos theory that have been uniquely influential for physicists and scientists in many field, and for communicating the beauty and unifying power of these concepts to remarkably diverse audiences." The prize, in recognition of a most outstanding contribution to physics, was established in 1988 under the terms of a bequest of Beatrice Lilienfeld in memory of her husband, Julius Edgar Lilienfeld.

Bill Pugh (Computer Science and UMIACS) has received the first ACM/IEEE Supercomputing "Test of Time" award for his paper in Supercomputing 91, "The Omega test: a fast and practical integer programming algorithm for dependence analysis." The paper was selected from all the papers published at the Supercomputing conference between 1988 and 2003. This is the first time the award has been granted, in celebration of Supercomputing's 25th anniversary. Pugh will receive the award and give a talk at Supercomputing 2013, Denver, CO on November 21st.

Soni Yatheendradas (ESSIC) and co-authors received the Superior Paper Award from the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) for the paper entitled "KINEROS2/AGWA: Model Use, Calibration and Validation," Transactions of the ASABE. Articles published by ASABE in its four peer-reviewed journals during 2012 were eligible for the 2013 Superior Paper Awards.

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CONTRACTS/GRANTS:

Yiannis (John) Aloimonos (Computer Science and UMIACS) and Cornelia Fermuller (UMIACS), University of Maryland Foundation, $120,000 in additional funding bringing the total to $444,081, "Robots and Language: A Computational Mechanism for Generalisation and Generation of New Behaviors in Robots (POETICON++).

Antonio Cardone (UMIACS), NIST, $170,311 in additional funding bringing the total to $497,910, "Standards and Methodologies for a Comprehensive Measurement Framework for Medical Applications."

Amol Deshpande (Computer Science and UMIACS), NSF, $347,246, "Enabling Declarative Querying and Analytics over Large Dynamic Information Networks."

David Doermann (UMIACS) and Larry Davis (Computer Science and UMIACS), NSF, $234,225, "EAGER: Scalable Video Retrieval."

Bryan Eichhorn (Chemistry & Biochemistry and MD NanoCenter), Air Force Office of Scientific Research, $130,000 in additional funding bringing the total to $390,000, "Synthesis and Characterization of Aluminum Bimetallic Nanoparticles and Low Oxidation State Cluster Compounds."

Ted Einstein (Physics), NSF, $250,000, "Collaborative Research: Modeling & Model Systems for Adsorbate Behavior in Lateral Confinement."

Tony Farnham (Astronomy), NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center, $197,000 in additional funding bringing the total to $369,000, "Analysis of the Coma of Comet Hartley 2 and Its Interaction with the Nucleus."

David Fushman (Chemistry & Biochemistry and UMIACS), NIH-National Institute of General Medical Sciences, $334,223 in additional funding bringing the total to $1,038,294, "Recognition of Non-ubiquitin Signals by the Proteasome."

Jordan Goodman and Andrew Smith (both Physics), NSF, $343,000, "Particle Astrophysics with HAWC."

Jordan Goodman and Andrew Smith (both Physics), NSF, $337,000, "HAWC Operations at the Joint Space-Science Institute, UMD."

Jordan Goodman and Andrew Smith (both Physics), NSF, $150,000 in additional funding bringing the total to $2,287,712, "HAWC, A High Altitude Wide Field Gamma-ray Observatory."

Ayush Gupta (Physics) and Andrew Elby (Education), NSF, $393,261, "Collaborative Research: Helping Engineering Students Transform their Understanding of Quantum Phenomena and Devices."

Ayush Gupta (Physics) and Andrew Elby (Education), NSF, $225,561, "Collaborative Research: Modeling the Dynamics of Integrated Technical and Moral Reasoning in Contexts of Socio-scientific Issues."

Michael Hicks, Atif Memon (both Computer Science and UMIACS), David Levin (UMIACS) and Jandelyn Plane (Computer Science), NSF, $300,000, "EDU: Competing to Build Secure Systems."

Jeff Hollingsworth (Computer Science and UMIACS), DOE-Office of Science, $234,933, "PIPER: Performance Insight for Programmers and Exascale Runtimes."

Antony Jose (Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics), NIH-National institute of General Medical Sciences, $234,672 in additional funding bringing the total to $766,616, "Transport of Gene Silencing between Cells during RNA Interference."

Jonathan Katz and Michael Hicks (both Computer Science and UMIACS), NSF, $218,452 in additional funding bringing the total to $1,000,000, "Collaborative Research: Practical Secure Two-party Computation: Techniques, Tool, and Applications."

Ki-Yong Kim (Physics, IREAP and MD NanoCenter), Howard Milchberg (IREAP, IPST and ECE) and Tom Antonsen (Physics, IPST and ECE), COE-Chicago, $268,463, "High-Energy-Density Micro-and-Nano-Plasma Interaction with Relativistic High-Repetition-Rate Lasers."

Ludmilla Kolokolova and Michael A'Hearn (Astronomy), NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center, $116,000 in additional funding bringing the total to $339,300, "Grains in the Deep Impact Ejecta at Early Stages."

Leonid Koralov (Mathematics), NSF, $150,675, "Asymptotic Methods in Probability and their Applications to Problems in Natural Sciences."

Carlos Machado (Biology), NSF, $510,000, "Evolutionary Genomics of Long Intergenic Non-coding RNAs (lincRNAs) in Drosophila."

Rabindra Mohapatra (Physics and JSI), Kaustubh Agash, Raman Sundrum, James Gates and Zackaria Chacko (all Physics) NSF, $490,000, "Physics Beyond the Standard Model."

Lee Mundy (Astronomy), NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center, $3,220,148 in additional funding bringing the total to $31,922,816, "The Goddard Center for Research and Exploration in Space Science and Technology."

Lee Mundy, Alberto Bolatto, Andrew Harris and Stuart Vogel (all Astronomy), NSF, $445,195 in additional funding bringing the total to $676,745, "Collaborative Research: Astronomy with CARMA."

Donald Perlis, John Aloimonos (both Computer Science and UMIACS) and Michael Cox (UMIACS), Office of Naval Research, $291,000, "Enhanced Platform for Metacognitive Robots."

Jandelyn Plane (Computer Science), NSF, $152,106, "CS 10K: Collaborative Research: A Structured CS Principles Approach to Professional Development for Maryland High School Teachers."

James Reggia (Computer Science and UMIACS), Dana Nau (Computer Science, UMIACS and ISR), Rodolphe Gentili (Kinesiology) and Satyandra Gupta (Engineering and ISR) , Office of Naval Research, $100,799, "A Neurocognitive Architecture Using Multi-level Mental Simulation in Trainable Autonomous Systems."

Christopher Reynolds (Astronomy) and James Drake (Physics, IREAP and IPST), NSF, $189,579, "Collaborative Research: The Multiscale Physics of Massive Black Hole Formation, Growth and Feedback."

Steven Rolston (Physics and JQI), NIST, $971,870 in additional funding bringing the total to $7,502,598, Sequence 8, "The Joint Quantum Institute."

Steven Rolston (Physics and JQI), NIST, $643,300 in additional funding bringing the total to $8,492,530, Sequence 9, "The Joint Quantum Institute."

Jonathan Rosenberg (Mathematics), NSF, $121,295 in additional funding bringing the total to $348,100, "Topology, Noncommutative Geometry, and Mathematical Physics."

Hanan Samet (Computer Science and UMIACS), NSF, $331,011, "Managing Spatial Data in a Distributed Environment."

Raymond St. Leger (Entomology), NSF, $180,000, "The Molecular Mechanisms by Which Novel Pathogens Emerge."

Wenxia Song and Daniel Stein (both Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics), NIH-National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, $178,600, "Interaction of Neisseria Gonorrhoeae with polarized Human Endocervical Epithelial Cells."

V.S. Subrahmanian and Dana Nau (both Computer Science and UMIACS), Army Research Office, $175,000 in additional funding bringing the total to $1,075,000, "Data-driven Game Theory."

Manuel Tiglio (Physics and CSCAMM), NSF, $158,504, "Reduced Order Modeling for Gravitational Waves."

Juying Warner (AOSC), NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center, $238,613 in additional funding bringing the total to $491,064, "New Global Measurements of Tropospheric NH3 and HDO from AIRS."

Kai Yang (ASOC), NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center, $154,315 in additional funding bringing the total to $753,084, "Advanced Retrieval of Ozone, Sulfur Dioxide, and Volcanic Ash from NASA A-Train Satellite Instruments."

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WHAT'S NEW:

Robert Adler (ESSIC) gave two talks at the recent, September 16-20, EUMETSAT/AMS Satellite Meteorology and Oceanography Conference in Vienna Austria: " A Global Flood Estimation System Using Satellite Rainfall Information and a Hydrological Model" and "A Combined IR and Lightning Rainfall Algorithm for Application to GOES-R." The following week he visited Poland's Meteorology and Hydrology Institute in Krakow, Poland to give a seminar on "Global Flood Estimation System Using Satellite Rainfall Information and a Hydrological Model."

Matthew Biddle (ESSIC) was part of a team that released the first quality-controlled NOAA-National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC) regional ocean climatology with 1/10°x1/10° spatial resolution and monthly temporal resolution for both temperature and salinity. A NOAA-issued press release is available here http://www.nodc.noaa.gov/OC5/regional_climate/gin-seas-climate/

Antonio Busalacchi (AOSC and ESSIC) with Admiral Frank Bowman (USN ret) co-chaired "The National Security Implications of Climate Change for US Naval Forces," NRC Keck Building, on September 17. Busalacchi and Bowman also co-chaired a one day workshop for the Naval Studies Board and RADM White, Oceanographer of the Navy, on the Technical, Military, and Geopolitical Considerations for Future U.S. Navy Operations in the Arctic.

Steven Anlage (Physics and MD NanoCenter) delivered an invited talk "Design and Testing of Superconducting Quantum Interference Device (SQUID) Metamaterials," at the 7th International Congress on Advanced Electromagnetic Materials in Microwaves and Optics, Bordeaux, France, September 17.

Michael Brown (Geology) was a keynote speaker at the meeting on "Building Strong Continents" held in Portsmouth, UK, September 3-5. The title of his talk was "Role of secular change in metamorphic controls and responses." The Metamorphic Studies Group, which is a joint specialist group of The Geological Society and The Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland, organized the meeting. During the Conference dinner Brown was presented with the Collins Medal of the Mineralogical Society for 2014. Brown also organized a two-day workshop on "Applying phase equilibria modeling to rocks" and convened a session on "Quantification of metamorphic processes and the thermo-tectonic evolution of orogens" at the Goldschmidt 2013 Conference in Florence, Italy August 24-30, 2013.

FiscalNote Inc., a real-time government analysis company co-founded by undergraduate student Jonathan Chen (2014 B.S. Computer Science, Finance and Technology Entrepreneurship), raised $1.2 million in seed funding from investor Mark Cuban, New Enterprise Associates, and First Round Capital's Dorm Room Fund. Chen is a current Hinman CEOs Program student.

ESSIC hosted an NAS/NRC workshop, September 12-13, on the subject of Linkages between Arctic Sea Ice Loss and Mid-Latitude Weather Patterns on behalf of the National Research Council's Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate (BASC) and Polar Research Board (PRB). The workshop consisted of plenary sessions on the big picture context, observational evidence of linkages, and theoretical and modeling work, and concluded with breakout group discussions addressing key knowledge gaps.

Chris Kidd (ESSIC) presented two papers at the joint 2013 EUMETSAT Meteorological Satellite Conference/19th American Meteorological Society (AMS) Satellite Meteorology, Oceanography, and Climatology Conference in Vienna, Austria, September 16-20. At the 1st Megha-Tropiques Workshop on Rainfall Products Validation and Hydrological Applications in the Tropics, Toulouse, France, September 25-27 he presented a talk entitled, "Elucidating errors and uncertainties through deconstruction of precipitation products."

Michael Fisher (Physics and IPST) chaired the September 24 morning session of the Multiscale Motility of Molecular Motors symposium, held at the Max Planck Institutes, Potsdam, Germany. A three-day event, the central topics were dynamics of single motors; cooperative transport by motor teams and information-processing motors (polymerases, ribosomes).

James Gates (Physics) was a panel member on the Government O'Malley's "Education Forum: Better Choice/Better Results," on September 26. On September 24 he was a panel member at the "Minorities in Energy Initiative" kick-off during the National Hispanic Heritage month. Gates was also the featured speaker at Montana Tech's Public Lecture Series, September 5, where he talked about the observation by CERN of the Higgs boson, what the Higgs boson is and why it is so important.

Raghu Murtugudde (AOSC and ESSIC ) was an invited speaker at the University of Delaware's Oceanography-Remote Sensing Series, September 24, when he spoke about Revisiting the Monsoon ENSO Interactions.

Jan V. Sengers (IPST) gave an invited lecture "Delight of transport: A historic review" at a celebration of the 80th birthday of Sir Brian Smith, Oxford University, September 7, 2013.

Raymond St. Leger (Entomology) gave the opening lecture, "How to use a fungus to combat malaria," at the XI International Fungal Biology Conference in Karlsruhe, Germany on September 29th.

Victor Yakovenko (Physics and JQI) gave invited talks on his econophysics research at the workshop "Models from Statistical Mechanics in Applied Sciences" at the University of Warwick, UK, September 9, and at the workshop "Statistical Modeling, Financial Data Analysis and Applications" at Palazzo Franchetti in Venice, Italy, September 13, organized by University of Padova. Yakovenko's solar home, located in College Park, will be on display as part of the 23rd annual Metropolitan Washington DC "Tour of Solar & Green Homes," October 6.

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IN THE NEWS:

Michael A'Hearn and Jessica Sunshine (both Astronomy) were quoted in The Washington Post, September 22, on the end of the mission for the Deep Impact Flyby Spacecraft. NASA announced the end of operations for the spacecraft, history's most traveled deep-space comet hunter, after trying unsuccessfully for more than a month to regain contact with the spacecraft. A'Hearn led the Deep Impact science team. "The impact on comet Tempel 1, the flyby of comet Hartley 2, and the remote sensing of comet Garradd have led to so many surprising results that there is a complete rethinking of our understanding of the formation of comets and of how they work." Media coverage included CNN, Baltimore Sun, NBC News, Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, Computerworld, French Tribune, National Geographic and Space.com.

Millard Alexander (Chemistry & Biochemistry and IPST) with colleague Piergiorgio Casavcchia of the Universita degli Studi di Perugia, Italy, published a Perspective article in the September 6 edition of Science, on the research conducted by Simon Chefdeville et al., and published in the same edition. "...The remarkable accuracy of the theoretical predictions of the quantum features of the scattering of O2 by H2 seen by Chefdeville et al. confirms that similar calculations can provide accurate data for modeling in astrophysical environments the concentration and population distribution of O2, as well as other systems not accessible in the laboratory."

Ricardo Araneda (Biology) with team members Robert Maurer (2013 B.S. Biological Sciences), Krista Krahe, Richard Smith (graduate student) and alumna Alexia Nunez-Parra published an article in PNAS, September 3 showing that a group of neurons in the basal forebrain have the ability to control the olfactory bulb, and to alter an animal's odor perception.

Research conducted by Alberto Bolatto (Astronomy) et al. was featured in The Christian Science Monitor, September 5. Originally published in the July 25 edition of Nature, Bolatto and colleagues were able to determine that vast quantities of molecular gas were being ejected from the starburst galaxy NGC 253 each year.

James Farquhar (Geology) was quoted in ScienceNews, September 25, on research published in Nature by Crowe et al. suggesting that that there were appreciable levels of atmospheric oxygen about 3 billion years ago, some 300–400 million years earlier than scientists thought.

Astronomy graduate student Kari Helgason was featured by the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service in a series highlighting a "day-in-a-life" of Icelandic young people with interesting careers. Helgason, who received a NASA Earth and Space Sciences Fellowship, is advised by Massimo Ricotti (Astronomy) and Alexander Kashlinksy (NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center). To view: http://www.ruv.is/sarpurinn/isthjodin-med-ragnhildi-steinunni/15092013-1.

Michael Hicks (Computer Science and UMIACS) was quoted in The Baltimore Sun, September 16, on the Maryland State Police using an unencrypted website to transfer information about gun purchasers. "..This is a stepping-stone to a breach: someone could snoop on a legitimate user to steal his username/password and then breach the site."

Thomas Holtz (Geology) was quoted in the Christian Science Monitor, September 25 in an article on the recent uncovering of a 419-million-year-old fish fossil, E. primordialis by a team led by Min Zu of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The fossil has the earliest known structures comparable to the modern jaw and facial bones in today's vertebrates (including humans).

Hassan Jawahery (Physics) was quoted in Science/NewsFocus, September 6 edition in an article entitled "Boxed In: In a year of triumphs for their reigning models, cosmologists and particle physicists yearn for something new that they can't explain."

Sujay Kaushal (Geology and ESSIC) was interviewed by NPR, September 13, on the changing chemistry of waterways -- they are becoming more alkaline. Runoff from rock being eaten by acid rain produces carbonates that flow into rivers. "....We're basically dissolving the surface of the Earth....It's ending up in our water. It's like rivers on Rolaids. There's a natural antacid in these watersheds."

Samir Khuller (Computer Science and UMIACS) was quoted in the US News and World Report article "A Degree and Work Skills, Too" published on September 10. "A computer today is like the ax of the Stone Age and is key to efficient survival in today's world. .... Students in any field will have a competitive advantage if they can understand the algorithms available to help them do their own work."

Vedran Lekic (Geology) with colleagues at the Berkeley Seismological Laboratory, published an article in Sciencexpress, September 5, on detecting previously unknown "fingers" of heat in Earth's upper mantle. The researchers developed a computer modeling approach which has produced new seismic wave imagery which reveals that the rising plumes are influenced by a pattern of finger-like structures carrying heat deep beneath Earth's oceanic plates. Media coverage included Red Orbit, Science Recorder, Science World Report, Business Standard and EarthSky.

Graduate student Lee Mendelowitz (Mathematics) was interviewed by WAMU, September 24 on his creation of dcmetrometrics.com and Twitter account (@MetroEscalators) to track and report on every Metro escalator outage and fix. "...Since June 1 about 70 percent of escalator outages are unexpected outages and 30 percent are due to routine maintenance or rehabilitation projects."

Jeanpierre Paglione (Physics) was quoted in a Nature/News article, September 24, in an article on a preprint by Paul Chu et al. on interface superconductivity. "...If the superconductivity was related to interfaces, Paglione says, he would not expect it to disappear when the doping is reduced — which it does."

Research conducted by Daphne Soares and Hilary Bierman (both Biology) on the jumping behavior of the Trinidadian guppy "Poecilia reticulate" was featured in Wired magazine, September 12. Their research was originally published in PLOS One on April 16.

V.S. Subrahmanian (Computer Science and UMIACS) and Aaron Mannes (UMIACS) were interviewed on September 8 by WJLA TV on STONE (Shaping Terrorist Organizational Network Efficacy). The video clip shows the STONE system in action and discussed how it may be used. Subrahmanian published an op-ed piece in The Guardian (UK), September 14, on the STONE system to predict the successor of a leader of a terrorist group.

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ALUMNI NEWS:

Peter Allen (1982 B.S. Computer Science) has been appointed Managing Director with Alvarez & Marsal Business Consulting in New York. Prior to joining the company, Allen was Executive Vice President for Global Sales and Marketing at Computer Science Corporation (CSC), where he designed and built global sales, marketing and alliance organizations comprised of technology, business consulting, software and managed services. He led CSC's $6.5 billion global managed services business unit during a period of transition. He is a board member for nPower, a NYC-based not-for-profit that provides professional skills training for underserved young adults and veterans.

Fabienne Bastien (2005 B.S. Astronomy) was featured in The Tennessean, September 7. Bastien, a graduate student at Vanderbilt University, talked about her early interest in the stars and her recent publication in Nature, August 21, with colleagues K. Stassun, G. Basri and J. Pepper.

Veena Katikineni (2012 B.S. Biological Sciences) was interviewed by Scientists Without Borders on being a first place winner, with Alejandra Leyton, of an innovation challenge. The challenge, by partners Scientists Without Borders, The Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was for the best idea in collecting, aggregating and sharing dairy data from smallholder farmers. Katikineni and Leyton proposed using community-based "reward circles" in which smallholders form groups to collect and report dairy data via a community questionnaire and shared SMS mobile device. Katikineni is currently in the second year of medical school.

Brett Morris (2012 B.S. Astronomy and Physics) did a research project while at UMD on detecting planets around other stars using the UMD Observatory. He developed his own computer code, named OSCAAR (Open source Differential Photometry Code for Amateur Astronomy Research), to assist with this, and that code has now been refined and made publicly available for others to use. A press release from NASA can be found here. The program is available online at http://oscaar.github.io

Ana Maria Rey (2004 Ph.D. Physics, advisors Charles Clark and Ted Kirkpatrick) has been named one of twenty-four 2013 MacArthur Fellows. The Foundation selection committee cited Rey for "advancing our ability to simulate, manipulate, and control novel states of matter through fundamental conceptual research on ultracold atoms." In a paper published in the August 9, 2013 issue of Science, Rey and colleagues reported they have built an optical lattice clock based on atoms of the earth metal strontium. The clock uses 100 stacked layers of about 20 strontium atoms each. Rey is a theoretical physicist and fellow of JILA, a joint institute of the University of Colorado, Boulder and NIST. For more information: http://cmns.umd.edu/news-events/features/1310

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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