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Christopher Jarzynski
Christopher Jarzynski

The mission of the Institute for Physical Science and Technology (IPST) is to foster excellence in interdisciplinary research and education at the University of Maryland. IPST accomplishes this by integrating people, science and technology.

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News and Special Events

IPST faculty work at core of new guideline for calculation of thermodynamic properties of supercooled water

September 4, 2015. The International Association for the Properties of Water and Steam (IAPWS), at its meeting in Stockholm in 2015, has adopted a guideline for the calculation of thermodynamic properties of supercooled water, a metastable state of liquid water at low temperatures. The IAPWS guideline is valid at temperatures from 300 K down to the homogeneous ice-nucleation temperature and at pressures up to 400 MPa. It is based on an equation of state developed by Vincent Holten, Jan V. Sengers (IPST), and Mikhail A. Anisimov (ChBE/IPST) at the University of Maryland and published in the Journal of Physical and Chemical Reference Data 43, 043101 (2014). Knowledge of the thermophysical properties of supercooled water is of key importance for a variety of environmental and industrial applications, such as (i) elucidation of cloud micro-physical processes in terrestrial and extraterrestrial atmospheres, (ii) description of ice formation in oceanic water, (ii) search for habitable planets and moons in the solar system and its nearest neighbors, (iv) development of effective technologies for food production, freeze-waste-water treatment, cryo-desalination of seawater and for ice-heat storage.

Wolfgang Losert named interim associate dean for faculty affairs and graduate education

August 11, 2015. Professor Wolfgang Losert (IPST/IREAP/Physics/Fischell Department of Bioengineering) has been named interim associate dean for faculty affairs and graduate education in CMNS effective August 15, 2015. Wolfgang will assume the role previously held by Paul Smith, who served the college for over five years in this role. For more, read the official CMNS news release.

Eun-Suk Seo receives Scientist of the Year Award at US-Korea Conference on Science, Technology and Entrepreneurship

August 7, 2015. Professor Eun-Suk Seo (IPST/Physics) received the Scientist of the Year Award at the US-Korea Conference on Science, Technology and Entrepreneurship (UKC2015), in Atlanta, Georgia, that took place from July 29 to August 1, 2015. This award is given to one person annually by the Korean Federation of Science and Technology Societies and Korean-American Scientists and Engineers Association jointly. Dr. Seo was in The Hague attending the 34th International Cosmic Ray Conference when the news was announced. The importance of her CREAM work was well recognized in many presentations, including Plenary Review/Rapporteur talks at this conference.

Stu Antman winner of 2015 Lyapunov Award

August 7, 2015. Professor Stuart Antman (IPST/Math) is the winner of the 2015 Lyapunov Award of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. This biannual award, established in 2003, is given for life-long contributions to the field of nonlinear dynamics. The award emphasizes impact of research contributions, education and training of researchers and/or practitioners, and overall leadership in advancing the corresponding field. The award is presented by ASME's Design Engineering Division, and awarded at the annual ASME International Conference on Multibody Systems, Nonlinear Dynamics and Control, as part of the ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences.

Dave Thirumalai to receive 2016 CRSI Medal

August 2, 2015. Professor Devarajan Thirumalai (IPST/Chemistry & Biochemistry) will receive the 2016 Chemical Research Society of India (CRSI) Medal. This medal is conferred on chemists of Indian origin working outside India and who have contributed extensively in the promotion of chemical research. The 18th CRSI National Symposium in Chemistry is scheduled to be held at Panjab University, Chandigarh, during February 5-7, 2016.

Dan Lathrop's research is showcased in Voice of America

July 22, 2015. Professor Dan Lathrop (Geology/IPST/Physics/Electrical & Computer Engineering/Mechanical Engineering) and his research studying the magnetic field of the Earth was highlighted in an article and video segment in Voice of America. Lathrop's research aims at understanding the mechanisms by which the Earths magnetic field flip over time.

Mikhail Anisimov receives Touloukian Award

June 21, 2015. Professor Mikhail Anisimov, with appointments in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (ChBE) and the Institute for Physical Science and Technology, was one of the recipients of the 2015 Touloukian Award. This is a national ASME award named in honor of Professor Touloukian, and presented at the triennial Symposium on Thermophysical Properties. For more information see the news release from ChBE.

Eugenia Kalnay elected into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

May 12, 2015. Professor Eugenia Kalnay (Civil & Environmental Engineering/AOSC/ESSIC/IPST/Mechanical Engineering) was elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Founded in 1780, the Academy is a leading center for independent policy research. The 197 new members will be inducted at a ceremony at the Academy’s headquarters in Cambridge, MA, on October 10.

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CSCAMM Seminar
Wed, Oct 7, 2015
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
4122 CSIC (Bldg. 406)

A unified approach to semi-infinite linear optimization and duality in convex optimization
Amitabh Basu
Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics, Johns Hopkins University

Atmospheric and Oceanic Science Seminar
Thu, Oct 8, 2015
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
2400 Computer and Space Sciences (Bldg. 244)

Advanced Institute for Computational Science Big Data, Supercomputing, and Data Assimilation
Takemasa Miyoshi
Data Assimilation Research Team, RIKEN

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