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News and Special Events
Mikhail Anisimov named Distinguished University Professor
August 23, 2016. Our colleague Professor Mikhail Anisimov (IPST / ChBE) has been named a Distinguished University Professor. Mikhail’s research on topics such as critical phenomena, supercooled water, and mesoscopic fluctuations have previously earned him the 2015 Touloukian Award — given once every three years for outstanding contributions to thermophysical properties — as well as a University System of Maryland Regents’ Faculty Award for Excellence in Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity (2015). This past Spring, Mikhail organized a fascinating US-Russia workshop on Phase Transitions in Fluids and Plasmas, hosted by IPST.
Mikhail and the other new Distinguished University Professors will be honored at this year's Campus Convocation on Wednesday, September 14th, at 3pm in the Memorial Chapel.
Ellen D. Williams named Caltech Distinguished Alumna
July 20, 2016. Distinguish University Professor Ellen D. Williams (IPST / Physics) was named a Distinguished Alumna from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) during its 2016 Distinguished Alumni Awards "For her sustained record of innovation and achievement in the area of structural-surface physics. She founded the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center at the University of Maryland and was the chief scientist for BP. She now serves as director of the Advanced Research Project Agency–Energy (ARPA-E) in the U.S. Department of Energy."
Maryland researchers explain why traveling east exacerbates jet lag
July 14, 2016. University of Maryland researchers Zhixin Lu (Chemical Physics), Kevin Klein-Cardeña (student in TREND REU), Steven Lee (student in TREND REU), Professor Thomas M. Antonsen (Physics / ECE), Professor Michelle Girvan (IPST / Physics) and Distinguished University Professor Edward Ott (Electrical Engineering / Physics / IREAP) have uncovered an explanation for a common observation among travelers: jet lag tends to be worse when traveling east rather than west. Their explanation involves a mathematical model of the neurons in the human brain that are responsible for maintaining the body’s internal clock. This clock has a natural period that is about 24.5 hours instead of the 24 hours of the daily cycle, and the model suggests that this difference accounts for the different experiences of jet lag in eastward and westward travel. This research was published in the journal Chaos, and has been highlighted by the Washington Post, CNN, and numerous other news sites.