Milestone reached by our colleague Catha M. Stewart
December 13, 2013. Our colleague Catha M. Stewart has completed the coursework to earn the Bachelor of Science Degree in Investigative Forensics at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC). Ms. Stewart provides administrative support to faculty research groups here at IPST and assists with the activities of the Burgers Program. She will be awarded her degree later this December. Congratulations!
Passing of Professor Marshall Ginter
December 12, 2013. We are sad to inform you that our colleague Professor Marshall Ginter passed away December 9 at his home in Laurel, Maryland. His wife Dorothy called with the news.
Marshall joined the Institute for Molecular Physics of the University of Maryland in 1966 from the University of Chicago where he worked with Nobel Laureate Robert Mulliken in the area of molecular spectroscopy. At Maryland, he was an energetic and productive scientist, who made important contributions to the understanding of highly excited Rydberg states in small molecules. He welcomed new ideas and mentored many students and colleagues as well as contributing to the field through extensive national and international collaborations. For his distinguished contributions, he received an honorary doctorate from California Sate University, Chico CA. Marshall became Emeritus Professor in 2008 and continued active research well into 2012. Those of us who knew him will miss his quick wit and perceptive remarks, his encouragement of others and positive attitude.
Marshall is survived by his long-time companion and wife Dorothy, their daughter Gretchen, son Karl, and several grand children.
Michael Coplan and Rajarshi Roy
The Olver Staff Development Activities Fund
December 11, 2013. Dr. Frank W. J. Olver (1924 – 2013), Professor Emeritus, Institute for Physical Science and Technology, and the Department of Mathematics, bequeathed a gift of $10,000 to support the professional advancement of IPST staff members. Dr. Olver had great appreciation for the work of the staff and their strong commitment to the success of IPST, the College, and the University. This gift, the first of its kind, recognizes the important work of the staff and is to be used for staff professional and educational development.
Mrs. Claire (Frank) Olver was instrumental in arranging the gift, and her thoughtfulness and generosity are very much appreciated.
Olver Staff Development Activities Fund, October 24, 2013
The Olver Staff Development Activities Fund will support professional
development activities for exempt and non-exempt staff working in the
Institute for Physical Science and Technology at the University of
Maryland, College Park. Such activities may include but are not
limited to courses at educational institutions, professional
development courses, conferences, seminars, and on-line courses.
Support can include expenses for travel to attend off-campus
professional development activities. If campus tuition support is
available for the activities, it should be used first, however,
additional funds may be requested from the fund for expenses not
covered (i.e., books, course materials, fees, etc.)
The Olver Staff Development Activities Fund will be administered by the Director of the Institute for Physical Science and Technology or his/her designee.
Full or Part-time Staff employed by the Institute may apply to the Director or his/her designee in writing for support from the Olver Staff Development Activities Fund for any professional development activity which will advance and enrich their career whether or not it is related to their current job responsibilities. In requesting support, the staff person should detail the professional development activity and the reason the activity will assist their career. The Director and/or his/her designee shall review the request for support and distribute funds from the Olver Fund to serve the best interests of the staff and the Institute. Multiple awards may be given in a year but no one staff person may expend the entire balance of the fund.
Rajarshi Roy to travel to India in January
December 11, 2013. In January, Rajarshi Roy will be a keynote speaker at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay - Techfest 2014. Dr. Roy will also speak at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi and Delhi University.
Ellen D. Williams nominated Director of ARPA-E by President Obama
November 8, 2013. Distinguished University Professor Ellen
D. Williams, faculty member of IPST and Physics, and current Chief
Scientist for BP, a position she has held since 2010 on a leave of absence
from the University of Maryland, has been nominated by President Obama
to be considered Director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy,
at the Department of Energy. Of her nomination, announced
by the White House together with other posts, President Obama said: "I am grateful
these accomplished individuals have agreed to join this Administration,
and I’m confident they will serve ably in these important roles. I look
forward to working with them in the coming months and years."
Tenth Burgers Symposium on Nov. 20th
November 7, 2013. Jim
Chair of the Burgers Program for Fluid Dynamics, invites you to the 2013
Burgers Symposium on Wednesday, November 20th, in the Kay Boardrooms
(1107 & 1111)
of the Kim Engineering and Applied Science Building. The annual Burgers
Lecture will be given by Ulrike
from the Carl von Ossietzky University in Oldenburg, Germany. There will
also be lectures by Fulvio Scarano, from Delft Technical University, The
Netherlands, and Amir Riaz and Kayo
from the University of Maryland, College Park. The event will feature
a poster session with prizes awarded to the best poster in each category.
For details, visit the Burgers Program
for Fluid Dynamics website.
19th Annual Shih-I Pai Lecture
October 4, 2013. The Institute for Physical
Science and Technology and the Department of Physics announce the 19th
Annual Shih-I Pai Lecture. This year's lecture will be presented by
Distinguished University Professor, and Chief Scientist of BP International
Ltd., Ellen D. Williams. Her
talk, Energy and our other natural resources: minerals, land, water,
and the atmosphere, will be given on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at
4 p.m. in room 1412 of the Physics building at the University of Maryland,
College Park. A reception preceding the lecture will take place at the
rotunda of the Mathematics building from 3 to 3:50 p.m. All are invited.
Mathematics rotunda to be named after James A. Yorke
October 4, 2013. As part of the Golden Jubilee for James Yorke celebrations
commemorating the 50th anniversary of scholarly work and administrative
service of Distinguished University Professor James
the Mathematics department rotunda will be named after him on Monday, October
14th at 2:30 p.m. Chancellor Kirwan, President Loh, and Dean Banavar will
participate in the reception and ceremony. Please join us in recognizing
the achievements of our colleague and former IPST director.
Arpita Upadhyaya Awarded the 2013 Richard A. Ferrell Distinguished Faculty Fellowship
September 20, 2013. Arpita Upadhyaya
has received the 2013 Richard A. Ferrell Distinguished Faculty Fellowship,
which recognizes outstanding personal effort and expertise in physics as
well as dedicated service to the UMD Department of Physics. The Fellowship,
established in 2001, honors Dr. Richard A. Ferrell, a deeply-respected
physicist who joined the University in 1953, served 40 years, and remained
active in the department even after his retirement. Dr. Ferrell died in
2005 at his nearby University Park home.
James A. Yorke awarded President's Medal
September 12, 2013. James A. Yorke,
Distinguished University Professor of Mathematics and Physics, and IPST
faculty member, has been honored with the 2013 President's Medal. The Medal
will be presented at this year’s Faculty and Staff Convocation. Those being
recognized are the Distinguished University Professors, Distinguished Scholar-Teachers,
Kirwan Prize winners, the President’s Distinguished Service award recipients,
and the President’s Medalist. The Faculty and Staff Convocation will be
held on Tuesday, October 8, 2013, at 3:00 p.m., in the Memorial Chapel.
The ceremony lasts approximately an hour and a half and will be followed
by a reception in the Chapel Garden. The Convocation is always a wonderful
occasion to salute our fantastic faculty and staff.
Rajarshi Roy at University Honors Program's event
September 11, 2013. Professor Rajarshi
Roy gave a talk at McKeldin library as part of the University Honors
Program's What Is Your Dream? programming series. The title
of his talk was Dreams of Convergence - A Reconciliation of Science
and Faith? In this talk, he offered an engaging presentation on
dreams of convergence and how science and faith play a role in dreams.
The presentation was accompanied by simple scientific demonstrations
Voyager 1 leaves solar system
August 19, 2013. A new study, co-authored by James
F. Drake, says that Voyager 1 has finally left the Solar System.
Voyager 1 carries an instrument that Frank
B. McDonald helped design, manufacture, and use to measure cosmic
rays. In said study, the authors constructed a model of the outer edge
of the Solar System that fits recent observations from this instrument,
both expected and unexpected. To read more about this fascinating story,
see the original
Rajarshi Roy to talk at Workshop on Control of Self-Organizing Nonlinear Systems, in Germany
August 7, 2013. Professor Rajarshi
Roy will participate as an invited speaker at the Workshop
on Control of Self-Organizing Nonlinear Systems at the Institute
of Theoretical Physics Collaborative Research Center in Leucorea, Lutherstadt
Wittenberg, Germany, from August 28 to August 30, 2013. Dr. Roy will
give a talk titled "Nonlinear Dynamics in Optical Networks: Patterns
Michael E. Fisher makes the Top 20 Living Physicists list by Aneki World Rankings
August 1, 2013. Professor Michael E. Fisher has been ranked number 6 in the Top 20 Living Physicists by Aneki World Rankings. Aneki compiles data from numerous sources to promote wider knowledge of countries and regions.
Rajarshi Roy participates in Hands-on-Research
July 1, 2013. Professor Rajarshi Roy and Physics graduate student Aaron Hagerstrom participated in this year's Hands-On Research in Complex Systems school, July 1-12, Trieste, Italy. Sponsored by the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, and co-sponsored by the National Science Foundation, this year's school had over 60 participants from 30 developing countries. The schools are designed to introduce graduate students and young faculty from developing countries to table-top scientific research on problems at the frontiers of science. "The idea behind small science is try to do experiments that cost less than a 1,000 Euros, but still do absolutely cutting-edge science."
Frank W. J. Olver 1924-2013
April 24, 2013. Frank William John Olver, Professor Emeritus in the Institute for Physical Science and Technology and Department of Mathematics at the University of Maryland, and Faculty Appointee of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, passed away on April 23, 2013, at the age of 88.
Born in 1924 in Croydon, UK, Frank showed deep interest in mathematics and proved himself a mathematical talent at a young age. He obtained a first class honors in mathematics for his bachelor’s degree from the University of London in 1944. He received a master’s degree in 1948 and completed the D.Sc. in mathematical analysis in 1961.
After completing his undergraduate studies at age 19, Frank was assigned to the British Admiralty Computing Service where he was first introduced to numerical analysis. It was at that time his research direction in special functions began to take shape. Soon after the war, he joined the Mathematics Division of the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), Teddington, UK, as Scientific Officer, and became one of the founding members of the Mathematics Division of the Laboratory from 1945-1961. There, he met his first wife, Grace E. Olver (nee Smith). They were married in 1948, and had three children, Peter (1952- ), Linda (1953-1965), and Sally (1955- ).
During 1957-58, Frank visited the National Bureau of Standards in Washington DC, which subsequently became the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), to help work on the well-known and highly cited Handbook of Mathematical Functions by Abramowitz and Stegun. In 1961, he moved permanently to NIST, now in Gaithersburg, MD. He retired in 1986, but continued to be active in mathematics at NIST until his death. In 1969, he became a Research Professor at the University of Maryland where he worked and taught for 23 years until he retired in 1992 at the age of 68 and was appointed Professor Emeritus.
Frank’s first book, Asymptotics and Special Functions, published in 1974 by Academic Press, became a standard reference in the fields of asymptotics and special functions. In 2000, a two-volume commemorative collection of selected papers of Frank was published. The 1074-page collection consisted of 56 papers covering his most important contributions in the areas of asymptotic analysis, special functions, and numerical analysis, from 1949 to 1999. One review of the collection, said "the papers exemplify a redoubtable mathematical talent, the work of a man who has done more than almost anyone else in the 20th century to bestow on the discipline of applied mathematics the elegance and rigor that its earliest practitioners such as Gauss and Laplace would have wished for it."
Frank was very active in the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). He helped found the SIAM Journal on Mathematical Analysis and served as its first managing editor, from 1970-1975. He was also a long time member of the American Mathematical Society (AMS) and the Mathematical Association of America (MAA).
Frank's "life-time achievement" was serving as mathematics editor for the NIST Handbook of Mathematical Functions, which was published by Cambridge University Press in 2010, and its web counterpart, the NIST Digital Library of Mathematical Functions (DLMF), the updated, expanded, and online version of the old Abramowitz and Stegun Handbook. The NIST Handbook took 10 years to complete, and now serves as the authoritative reference volume for the special functions of mathematics and its many applications. In April 2011, the NIST co-organized a conference on "Special Functions in the 21st Century: Theory & Applications" in Washington DC in recognition of his seminal contributions to the advancement of special functions, especially in the area of asymptotic analysis and as Mathematics Editor of the DLMF. In appreciation of his work on the DLMF, Frank was awarded the Gold Medal of the US Department of Commerce, the highest honorary award granted by the Department in 2011. In the same year, the Digital Library of Mathematical Functions was chosen as one of 10 Government Computer News Award Winners for "Outstanding Information Technology Achievement in Government".
Frank is survived by his wife of 23 years, Claire, brother Terence, two children, Peter and Sally, their spouses Cheri and Neal, and five grandchildren, Parizad, Krista, Sheehan, Brian, and Noreen.
Eugenia Kalnay featured in IANAS book
April 22, 2013. The Interamerican Network of Academies of Sciences (IANAS) has published a book - Women Scientists of the Americas. Their inspiring stories - in which the life of Eugenia Kalnay, a Distinguished University Professor and IPST faculty member, is profiled among those of other remarkable women who have worked, somtimes against great odds, to make a career in a world that has not alway been welcoming to them. The book demonstrates that even under difficult political conditions and without abundant resources, determined women scientists developed strategies to establish eminent careers throughout the Americas. The book is free for download from the IANAS book download page.
Nature Chemistry publication by Millard H. Alexander
April 22, 2013. Distinguished University Professor and IPST faculty member
Millard H. Alexander's work OH
electron, where art thou? was publish in the April 2013 (vol. 5, pp.
253-255) issue of Nature Chemistry. This is a perspective article, written
at the level of a good chemistry undergraduate, in which Dr. Alexander describes
new experiments that shed light on the intricacies of the reaction between
oxygen and hydrogen, phenomenon that still defies full explanation.
Dark Matter Possibly Found by $2 Billion Space Station
April 20, 2013. The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) instrument on
board of the International Space Station has recorded a signal, after
billions of particle events, that may be the result of dark matter.
Professors Eun Suk-Seo and Roald Z.
Sagdeev, both IPST members,
participated in this international effort. For more information, read
Former IPST director K. Sreenivasan appointed president of NYU-Poly
April 11, 2013. Former director of IPST and Distinguished University Professor Katepalli
Sreenivasan, affectionately known as Sreeni, has been
appointed President of the Polytechnic Institute of New York University
(NYU-Poly.) Read NYU-Poly's
press release for more information.
New discovery sheds light on possible photochemical activity on Titan's
April 4, 2013. Murthy Gudipati,
and his team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, have discovered, in
controlled experimental conditions that simulate the atmosphere of Titan,
Saturn's moon, the presence of photochemical activity at lower altitudes
than previously thought possible. This activity can produce complex organic
compounds that could eventually lead to the building blocks of life. The
results were published
in Nature Communications this week. Read the full
NASA press release for more information on this fascinating discovery.
Mikhail Anisimov elected member of Russian academies
April 2, 2013. Professor Mikhail
Anisimov has been elected a foreign member of the Russian Academy of
Engineering (RAE) and the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences (RANS).
The RANS is a public organization that was founded on August 31, 1990 in
Moscow, while the RAE is a public academy of sciences, which unites leading
Russian and foreign scientists, engineers, scientific-research organizations,
higher educational institutions and enterprises. It is the legal successor
of the Engineering Academy of the USSR.
Konstantina Trivisa receives Simons Foundation Fellowship in Mathematics
March 4, 2013. Our Director of the AMSC graduate Program, Dr.
Konstantina Trivisa, Professor in the Department of Mathematics and
Affiliate Professor of IPST, has received the highly prestigious Simons
Foundation Fellowship in Mathematics. As a result, she will be spending
her upcoming sabbatical at the University of California, Berkeley (Fall
2013) and Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan (Spring 2014). Congratulations
to Konstantina for this recognition and award!
Howard Milchberg elected fellow of Optical Society of America
February 7, 2013. Howard Milchberg (ECE/IPST/IREAP/Physics),
has been elected a Fellow of the Optical Society of America. OSA fellows
are nominated and selected by peers to recognize individuals who have significantly
advanced the field of optics and photonics. Professor Milchberg is being
honored for his research in intense laser-matter interactions. For more
OSA's press release.
School on Hands-On Research in Complex Systems
January 22, 2013. The Abdus Salam International Center for Theoretical
Physics will organize a School
on Hands-On Research in Complex Systems from July 1st to 12th, 2013.
This school will provide interactive experiences with hands-on research
involving table-top experiments with computer data acquisition and computational
modeling. Professor Rajarshi Roy, director of IPST, is one of the three directors
of the school. Deadline for requesting participation is February 1st, 2013.
Icy molecules and the origins of life on Earth
October 16, 2012. Researchers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena,
California, Murthy Gudipati (also
a part-time senior research scientist at IPST) and his colleague Rui Yang (former
post-doctoral fellow at IPST), have published in The
Astrophysical Journal Letters their most recent research results. This
research was carried out at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. They try to understand
how water and organic molecules come together in the coldest places in space
to begin the chemical reactions necessary for organics to evolve into prebiotic
molecules – molecules that are precursors of life. For a good summary of their
work, read CNN's Light
Years blog, or the official NASA’s JPL
Frank B. McDonald (1925-2012)
Dr. Frank McDonald, Senior Research Scientist at the Institute for Physical
Science and Technology, died on Friday, August 31, 2012, having lost consciousness
moments after speaking at a scientific meeting near Ann Arbor, Michigan
the previous day.
Frank was born on May 28, 1925. He received his B.S. degree from Duke University in 1948 and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Physics and Mathematics from the University of Minnesota in 1951 and 1955. Before coming to Goddard Space Flight Center as the Head of the Energetic Particles Branch in 1959, he was Assistant Professor of Physics at Iowa State University. Frank was Chief of Goddard’s Laboratory for High Energy Astrophysics from 1970 to 1982, and in 1982 became NASA’s Chief Scientist, serving until 1987 when he returned to Goddard as Associate Director/Chief Scientist.
Frank’s research was in the area of heliospheric physics including solar and galactic cosmic rays and the magnetospheres of Jupiter and Saturn. At Goddard, Frank was Principal Investigator on experiments flown on Explorer, IMP, OGO, and Pioneer spacecraft and co-investigator on experiments on ISEE-3, and Voyager 1 and 2. He was Project Scientist on Explorer XII and XIV and IMP I, II, III, IV, and VI.
Frank’s leadership and emphasis on the highest quality research had a large role in the technical and scientific success of Goddard. He had an eye for talent and recruited several scientists who have gone on to distinguished careers. He was especially effective in helping young scientists.
From 1963 to 1983 Frank was a Part-time Professor of Physics at the University of Maryland where he regularly gave advanced courses in cosmic ray physics and served as mentor to several Ph.D. students. In 1989, he joined the Institute for Physical Science and Technology as a Senior Research Scientist. He maintained a vibrant and active research program, and mentored a number of distinguished research scientists and faculty.
He was a Fellow of the American Physical Society and a member of the National Academy of Science. Among his awards were the Lindsay Award in 1982 and the NASA Award for Exceptional Scientific Achievement in 1986.
We are saddened by his death. His accomplishments, influence, and kindliness made him many friends and colleagues from all over the world. A commemorative celebration of Frank’s life and career is planned for later in the semester.
September 5, 2012
The 2012 Burgers Symposium on Nov. 14
November 1, 2012. Jim Wallace,
Chair, Burgers Board invites you to the 2012 Burgers Symposium on
Wednesday, November 14th, in the Kay boardrooms (1107 & 1111) of the
Kim Engineering and Applied Science Building. The Ninth Annual Burgers
Lecture will be given
by Henk A. Dijkstra,
Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research, and Department of Physics
and Astronomy, Utrecht University, The Netherlands. The other speakers
for the symposium will be Jayanth
Banavar, Dean of the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences,
University of Maryland, College Park; Andrew
Belmonte Associate Professor of Mathematics
and Materials Science and Engineering, Pennsylvania State University; and Konstantina
Trivisa Director of the Applied Mathematics & Statistics, and Scientific
Computation Program, Department of Mathematics and Institute for Physical
Science and Technology, University of Maryland, College Park.
Celebrating Michael E. Fisher
The Institute for Physical Science and Technology, the Department of Physics,
and the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences of the University
of Maryland, College Park, are pleased to invite colleagues and friends of Michael
E. Fisher to celebrate his lifetime achievements in physics, chemistry,
mathematics, and biophysics. The celebration will consist of a technical
symposium on October 26-27, 2012 and a festive banquet on October 26, 2012.
For more information and free registration, please visit the official
Registration deadline: October 15, 2012.
Eighteenth Annual Shih-I Pai Lecture and Sixtieth Anniversary of the Institute for Physical Science and Technology
The Shih-I Pai Lecture will celebrate its eighteenth year by featuring Professor Sir Michael Berry,
from the University of Bristol. The lecture, Hamilton's diabolical singularity,
will be on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. in the Physics Lecture
Hall, rooms 1410 and 1412, located in the Physics Building. A reception will be held
in the Math Rotunda prior to the lecture from 2:30 p.m. to 3:20 p.m. and a Historical review of IPST will be given by
Distinguished University Professor James Yorke in the afore mentioned Physics Lecture Hall from 3:40 p.m. to 3:55 p.m.
Dan Lathrop receives Stanley Corrsin Award
July 2, 2012. Dan Lathrop (Physics,
IPST, IREAP, Geology, Associate Dean CMNS) has been selected as the recipient
of the 2012 American Physical Society’s Stanley Corrsin Award.
This award was established to recognize and encourage a particularly influential
contribution to fundamental fluid dynamics. It consists of $5,000, and
a certificate on which his name and the citation for which he will receive
the Prize will be inscribed. The citation reads: “For his striking
observations of flow in a quantum fluid including detection of counter-flow
that confirmed the two-fluid picture of quantum fluid, observation and
characterization of reconnections of quantized vortices, and the discovery
of an inverse-cube tail in the velocity distribution of superfluid turbulence.”
Postdoctoral research associate awarded an AAAS Mass Media Fellowship
June 26, 2012. Kerstin Nordstrom, a postdoctoral research associate in Wolfgang
Losert's group, has been awarded a AAAS Mass Media Fellowship. The
program is highly competitive and awards only 12 fellowships each year.
Fellows are required to be science students or recent graduates, and
are placed as reporters at news outlets across the country. The fellowship
is designed to train future scientists to become more effective communicators,
and also for them to realize the importance of communicating science
to the public. In turn, the placement sites get a science expert in their
newsroom over the summer. Dr. Nordstrom's placement is in the Research
Triangle area of North Carolina, at the Raleigh News & Observer.
The award is sponsored by the American Physical Society. She will return
to UMD in August, where she works in the laboratory of Wolfgang Losert,
investigating impacts into granular materials and the dynamics of cells.
The department of Physics and IPST supplement the fellowship support
of Dr. Nordstrom.
Physics graduate student receives Department of Defense's SMART Scholarship (Science, Mathematics, & Research for Transformation)
June 26, 2012. Joshua Parker, 2nd year Physics graduate student at UMD,
received the Department of Defense's SMART Scholarship (Science, Mathematics, & Research
for Transformation.) In addition to a stipend, the scholarship covers all
tuition and education related fees, provides compensation for health insurance,
and includes a book allowance for up to three years. Joshua is working
in Wolfgang Losert's group
on analyzing biological measurements and simulating the dynamics of the
Physics graduate student receives a Chateaubriand Fellowship
June 26, 2012. Matt Harrington, 2nd year Physics graduate student at UMD
working in Wolfgang Losert's
laboratory, received a Chateaubriand Fellowship. This international research
fellowship is awarded annually by the Embassy of France in the United States,
Office of Science and Technology. The award allows doctoral students at
American universities to carry out scientific research as a visiting student
at a French university or laboratory for a period of 4-10 months. The Chateaubriand
Fellowship also provides an avenue for the student to receive a cotutelle
(double degree) from the two universities, co-supervised by the student’s
advisors at the American and French universities. With the support from
this fellowship, Matt will be working in Rennes at the University of Rennes
for 6 months, under the supervision of Renaud Delannay and Patrick Richard.
While in Rennes, Matt will be investigating the dynamics of sheared granular
IPST faculty to participate in Hands-On Research in Complex Systems School
April 26, 2012. Brian
Hunt, Dan Lathrop,
and Rajarshi Roy are
participating in the Hands-On
Research in Complex Systems School, June 17 – 29, 2012. Professor
Roy is one of the founding directors of the School and will be participating
in this year’s session which takes place at Shanghai Jiao Tong University
(Shanghai, People’s Republic of China.) This year’s School is sponsored
by Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Shanghai
Jiao Tong University, and the National Science Foundation.
IPST student is awarded prestigious fellowship
April 13, 2012. Richard Remsing and Zhechun "Lance" Zhang are two of the
Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Fellowship awardees for the 2012-2013 academic year.
The Fellowship carries a $10,000 stipend, $800 toward health insurance,
and tuition remission for one semester. Wylie Fellows are expected to devote
full attention to their dissertations. Mr. Remsing works under the
supervision of John Weeks and Mr.
Zhang is a student of professor Devarajan
IPST students win GRID 2012 top awards
April 12, 2012. Deepa Subramanian, Davit Potoyan, and Alfredo Nava-Tudela
won first prizes in their respective sessions at the Graduate
Research Interaction Day (GRID) 2012 that took place on April 11, 2012.
Deepa currently works with professor Mikhail
Anisimov (IPST) studying colloids, Davit obtained his Ph.D. in Chemical
Physics under professor Garegin
and Alfredo is a Ph.D. candidate in Applied
Mathematics & Statistics and Scientific Computation with professor John
J. Benedetto (Mathematics).
International Symposium on Mesoscale and Fluctuation Thermodynamics
April 6, 2012. An International Symposium on Mesoscale and Fluctuation Thermodynamics will be held
on the occasion of the 70th birthday of Mikhail Anisimov. The symposium will deal with contemporary issues in
thermodynamics and statistical physics emerging at mesoscales in a variety of soft condensed matter systems. The symposium will take place on Friday, April 27, 2012, from
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Jeong H. Kim building, at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Research work by Murthy Gudipati gets wide news coverage
April 6, 2012. Murthy Gudipati's
paper, "Survival Depths of Organics in Ice Under Radiation", published
Journal, has received wide news coverage. In particular, Astrobiology
Magazine has written a story
on Gudipati's research, which attempts to determine how deep life
must lie beneath the crust of Europa in order to survive. This will be
important for future missions looking for life on this Jovian icy moon.
Gudipati is a part-time senior research scientist at IPST.
John Fourkas gets Regents Faculty Award for Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity
February 29, 2012. At its Executive Session meeting on February 17, 2012,
the Board of Regents approved the recommendation to give Professor John
Chemistry, Biochemistry, and IPST -- its Board of Regents' Faculty Award
for Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity. The award ceremony will
take place at a future Board of Regents meeting.
Wolfgang Losert elected vice-chair of the Division of Biological Physics of the APS
February 27, 2012. Wolfgang
Losert, Director of the Maryland
Biophysics Graduate Program, and a faculty member of IPST and the
Department of Physics, was elected vice-chair of the Division of Biological
Physics (DBIO) of the American Physical Society (APS). DBIO is composed
of individuals who are interested in the study of Biological Phenomena
using Physical techniques. As such, they are usually members of Physics
departments, but in addition have many contacts with others in related
fields such as Biophysics, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Mathematics and Computer
Science. DBIO is one of the growing APS divisions with about 2100 members.
Eitan Tadmor receives major NSF grant
February 24, 2012. The National Science Foundation (NSF) renewed the Research Network in Mathematical
Sciences (RNMS) proposal "Kinetic
description of emerging challenges in multiscale problems of natural sciences," for
the five-year period strating March 1, 2012. Professor Eitan
Tadmor is the Principal Investigator for this NSF grant.
Work by Jan Sengers included in new IAPWS standard
February 24, 2012. For decades, the International Association for the Properties
of Water and Steam (IAPWS) has expressed what is known to calculate the
thermodynamic and transport properties of water by recommending standard formulations
used by academia, research, and industry. In January 2012, IAPWS officially
announced the new International Formulation for the Thermal Conductivity of
Water. Professor Jan Sengers, together with scientists at NIST in Boulder,
contributed a theory to the new standard that defines the thermal conductivity
of supercritical water (water at temperatures above 647 K) and that incorporates
the effects of fluctuations associated with the vapor-liquid transition of
water at high temperatures.
2012 Chemical Physics/Biophysics Spring Reception
February 23, 2012. On Friday March 16, 2012 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. all Chemical Physics and
Biophysics students, faculty, and staff are invited to the Chemical Physics/Biophysics Spring Reception. The reception will take place
on the second floor atrium of the new wing of the Computer and Space Sciences building.
Please RSVP to Debbie Jenkins by Monday, March 12, 2012.
Donald Reames awarded Hale prize
February 14, 2012. The George Ellery Hale Prize of the AAS Solar Physics
Division (SPD) is awarded to a scientist for outstanding contributions
to the field of solar astronomy. The 2012 prize goes to Don V. Reames (NASA
Goddard Space Flight Center) and now also of the Institute for Physical
Science and Technology, University of Maryland, "in recognition of his
pioneering work on the composition and transport of solar energetic particles."
Cell Dynamics Symposium at UMCP
February 9, 2012. On March 13, 2012, from
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Arpita
Upadhyaya and Wolfgang
Losert will host a Cell
Dynamics Symposium at the University of Maryland, College Park. The symposium
will feature a series of talks that will highlight the latest research on
the biology and biophysics of cell migration. Talks will feature both experiments
and modeling of cell dynamics from multiple angles, from the dynamics of
the actin scaffolding during immune response to the collective dynamics of
ensembles of cells. Faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students, as well
as researchers from nearby institutions are invited to attend this symposium.
There is no registration fee.
James Drake elected a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union
January 20, 2012. James F. Drake has
been elected a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). Only one
in a thousand memebers is elected a Fellow each year. Professor Drake will
be honored in person at the December 2012 Fall AGU meeting in San Francisco,
Ellen D. Williams interviewed in Physics Today
January 20, 2012. Distinguished University Professor, and IPST faculty member Ellen D. Williams
was interviewed by Jermey N. A. Matthews on page 18 of the January 2012 issue of Physics Today.
After spending three decades in academia conducting nanotechnology research, Professor Williams, a chemist-turned-physicist, is now tackling the energy problem in the faster-paced industrial environment. She is currently on leave from the University of Maryland to serve as British Petroleum's chief scientist.
Dynamics Days organized by IPST faculty
January 20, 2012. Michelle Girvan and Wolfgang
Losert, among others, organized Dynamic
Days 2012, an annual conference on topics in nonlinear dynamics.
The conference took place from January 4th to the 7th, and it included
a celebration of Ed Ott's 70th birthday and his seminal contributions
to the field of nonlinear dynamics.
Daniel P. Lathrop, new Associate Dean for Research in CMNS
January 3, 2012. Daniel P. Lathrop has
been appointed Associate Dean for Research for the College of Computer,
Mathematical, and Natural Sciences (CMNS). The announcement was made by
Dean Jayanth Banavar, "Dan will work on identifying new opportunities for
funded faculty research through large scale grants and on encouraging and
supporting the development of successful proposals for these; strengthening
old and building new partnerships with federal labs and agencies, increasing
program development with support from private foundations, and enhancing
opportunities with the private sector; and encouraging new areas of interdisciplinary
collaboration by college faculty."
Dionisios Margetis to speak at local SIAM chapter meeting
October 10, 2011. Dionisios Margetis will
be the plenary speaker of the fall 2011 SIAM
Washington-Baltimore Section meeting on November 16 at 8:30 p.m. in
the Clipper Room in Shriver Hall on the Homewood Campus of Johns Hopkins
University. Professor Margetis will present the lecture entitled "A Tale
of Two Scales: From discrete schemes to Partial Differential Equations
in epitaxial growth."
Frank Olver to receive USDOC Gold Medal
August 8, 2011. Frank Olver has
been selected to receive the Gold Medal of the US Department of Commerce
(USDOC) for his work on the Digital Library
of Mathematical Functions. The Gold Medal of the USDOC is the highest
honorary award granted by USDOC's Secretary. "A Gold Medal is defined as
distinguished performance characterized by extraordinary, notable, or prestigious
contributions that impact the mission of the Department and/or one or more
operating units, which reflects favorably on the Department", reads the
criteria for this prestigious award.
The Digital Library of Mathematical Functions was chosen as one of 10 Government
Computer News (GCN) Award Winners for "Outstanding Information Technology Achievement
in Government" in 2011. This year's winning projects were selected from over
200 nominations submitted to GCN, based on the degree to which a given IT project
improved an agency's ability to operate more efficiently or serve the public
The 2011 Burgers Symposium on Nov. 16
July 18, 2011. Jim Wallace,
Chair, Burgers Board invites you to the 2011 Burgers Symposium on Wednesday,
November 16th, in the Kay Boardrooms (1107 & 1111) of the Kim Engineering
and Applied Science Building. The annual Burgers Lecture will be given
by Marie Farge, Directrice
de Recherche CNRS - Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris.
We will also be celebrating the 80th birth-year of Jan
Sengers with lectures by Katepalli
Sreenivasan, Gijs Ooms (Scientific Director of the J.M. Burgerscentrum in
the Netherlands) and Jutta Luettmer-Strathmann (one of Jan's former students
and a Physics Professor at the University of Akron). A gala reception will follow
the symposium with opportunities to further wish Jan well.
The 2011 Shi-I Pai Lecture on Nov. 15
July 18, 2011. The Seventeenth Annual Shih-I Pai Lecture, in conjunction
with the Physics Department, will be presented on Tuesday, November 15,
2011. A reception begins at 3:00 pm in the Math Rotunda, followed by the
lecture at 4:00 pm in the Physics Lecture Hall, room 1410. We are delighted
to announce that this year’s lecture will be presented by Dr.
Albert Einstein Professor Emeritus of Science and Engineering at the City
College of New York, where he was formerly the Director of the Benjamin
Levich Institute for Physicochemical Hydrodynamics. He is concurrently
an Emeritus Professor at Stanford University, where he was a Professor
of Chemical Engineering for many years. Professor Acrivos is a member of
the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and of the U.S. National Academy
of Engineering, and he was awarded the prestigious 2001 National Medal
of Science, which was presented to him by the President of the United States,
George W. Bush.
Interview with Michael E. Fisher in Europhysics News
May 24, 2011. In the January-February issue of Europhysics News (Vol.
42, No. 1, pp. 14-16) José M. Ortiz de Zárate, a regular visitor to IPST,
interviewed Michael Fisher during
his visit to Spain on the occasion of the ceremony of the Frontiers
of Knowledge Prizes, which Professor Fisher shared in the category
of Basic Sciences with Richard N. Zare. In this interview,
Fisher talks, among other things, about the work of his colleagues Jan
Sengers, Mikhail Anisimov,
and Chris Jarzynski. A copy
of this article can be found in the About
Jie Chen receives inaugural University of Maryland Distinguished Dissertation Prize
April 22, 2011. Dr. Jie Chen, a former Chemical
Physics student mentored
by Devarajan Thirumalai, has
received the inaugural University of Maryland Distinguished Dissertation
Prize in the disciplinary area of Biological and Life Sciences. Her dissertation “Link
Between Dynamics and Function in Single and Multi-subunit Enzymes” was
nominated by the College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences.
A campus-level Award Committee, chaired by Distinguished University Professor
Michael A’Hearn (Astronomy), selected
Dr. Chen’s dissertation. The Prize carries with it an honorarium of $1,000.
Andrew Ballard awarded a 2011-2012 Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Fellowship
April 22, 2011. Mr. Andrew Ballard, a Chemical
Physics student under Christopher Jarzynski, was awarded a 2011-2012 Ann G. Wylie
Dissertation Fellowship. The fellowship is a one-semester award intended
to support outstanding doctoral students who are in the final stages of writing
their dissertation and whose primary source of support is unrelated to their
dissertation. Wylie Dissertation Fellowships carry a stipend of $10,000 plus
candidacy tuition remission and $800 toward the cost of health insurance.
The Graduate School awards approximately 40 Wylie Dissertation Fellowships
Davit Potoyan receives award from Biophysical Society
April 22, 2011. Mr. Davit Potoyan, a Chemical
Physics student in the research group of
Garegin Papoian, has been
awarded a Biophysical Society 2011 Student Research Achievement Award.
Three hundred and nine society student members participated in this competitive
event held during the Biophysical Society Annual Meeting on March 6 in
Baltimore, Maryland. Judges from the Society's subgroups selected twenty
winners, who were recognized at the awards ceremony on March 7 and received
a monetary award.
Michael Warehime receives a 2011 Graduate School Summer Fellowship
April 22, 2011. Michael Warehime, a Chemical
Physics student, has been awarded a 2011 Graduate School Summer Fellowship.
The fellowship provides support to outstanding doctoral students at "mid-career",
that is, in the period approximately before, during, or after achievement
of candidacy, and are intended to enable students to prepare for or complete
a key benchmark in their program's requirements. Summer Research Fellowships
carry stipends of $5,000. Mr. Warehime's advisor is Millard Alexander.
Jan V. Sengers receives the Clark School's Faculty Outstanding Commitment Award for 2011
April 4, 2011. Our colleague Jan
V. Sengers has been honored by the A. James Clark School of Engineering
with its prestigious Faculty Outstanding Commitment Award for 2011. A
ceremony will take place at 2:30 pm on April 20 at the fountain gracing
the Glenn L. Martin Engineering building immediately followed by a reception.
Eighth Monroe H. Martin Prize Lectures
March 31, 2011. It is our pleasure to announce that Adam
Oberman, from Simon Fraser University, and Joel
A. Tropp, from the California Institute of Technology, have been
awarded the Eighth Monroe H. Martin Prize. Each winner will give a Monroe
H. Martin Prize lecture on April 13, 2011. For those interested in attending,
please visit our seminars section for more information.
The event is sponsored by the Center for Scientific Computation and Mathematical
Modeling, the Department of Mathematics, and the Institute for Physical
Science & Technology, all at the University of Maryland, College
Special Functions in the 21st Century: Theory & Applications / April 6 - 8, 2011 / Washington, DC
We proudly announce SF21, a conference dedicated to Professor
Frank Olver, in light of his seminal contributions to the advancement of
special functions, especially in the area of asymptotic analysis and as Mathematics
Editor of the NIST Handbook of Mathematical Functions and Digital
Library of Mathematical Functions (DLMF).
The conference will provide a forum for the exchange of expertise, experience
and insights among world leaders in the subject of special functions. Participants
will include expert authors, editors and validators of the works mentioned
above. It will also provide an opportunity for DLMF users to interact with its
creators and to explore potential areas of fruitful future developments. For
more information and details, please read the official
Alexander published in Science Magazine
January 31, 2011. Professor
Millard H. Alexander, a Distinguished University Professor in the
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the Institute for Physical
Science and Technology, was published in the January 28, 2011 issue of Science.
His article entitled "Chemical Kinetics Under Test" can be viewed at
the Science website.
Stochastic Dynamics: Models, Analysis, and Numerics
January 25, 2011. A new Research Interaction Team (RIT) on
"Stochastic Dynamics: Models, Analysis, and Numerics" is being
organized by Maria Cameron, Sandra Cerrai, Leonid Koralov, and Dionisios
from the Mathematics Department at the University of Maryland, College Park.
This RIT might be of interest to scientists and engineers alike. The first formal
meeting will be held on February 9. For more information, please visit the RIT
Eun-Suk Seo, Fellow of the APS
December 8, 2010. The American Physical
Society (APS) has awarded the distinction of Fellow to Eun-Suk
Seo, for leading the development and utilization of particle detectors
for balloon and space-based experiments to understand cosmic ray origin,
acceleration and propagation, especially as Principal Investigator of the
Cosmic Ray Energetics And Mass balloon-borne experiment over Antarctica.
Founded in 1899, the APS is the world's second largest organization of physicists.
Fellows are recognized by their peers for advances made in knowledge, through
original research and publications.
Jack Moore Tribute
November 12, 2010. Concidence, Electrons, and Molecules: a Tribute to the Contributions of Jack Moore is being held today starting at 9:00 a.m. in the Marker Seminar Room of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. The Featured Speaker is R. Stephen Berry of the University of Chicago, presenting "Electron Correlation in Atoms: The Demise of Hartree-Fock?". Invited speakers are: Michael Coplan, Kenneth Jordan, Jason Sanabia, Alan Migdall, Robert Continetti, and Nicholas Spencer.
Seventh Annual Symposium of the Burgers Program for Fluid Dynamics
November 10, 2010. The Seventh Annual Symposium for the Burgers Program for Fluid Dynamics will be held Wednesday, November 17, 2010. The location will be the Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building, rooms 1107 and 1111, at the University of Maryland College Park from 1:00 - 5:30 p.m. The Burgers Program Lecturer, W.J. Briels, Computational Biophysics Group, Twente University, The Netherlands, will be speaking on Memory and Transient Forces in Soft Matter. Additional information is found on the Burgers website.
Sixteenth Annual Shih-I Pai Lecture
October 8, 2010. The Sixteenth Annual Shih-I Pai Lecture will take place
on Tuesday, November 2, 2010. The guest lecturer James
A. Yorke, Distinguished University Professor of Mathematics and Physics,
and the Institute for Physical Science and Technology, will speak on “CHAOS”.
The Lecture will be from 4:00 to 5:00 pm in room 1410 of the Physics Building.
A reception will precede the lecture from 3:15 – 4:00 pm in the Math Rotunda.
Eighth Monroe H. Martin Prize
October 8, 2010. The Monroe H. Martin Prize presents an award for an
outstanding paper in applied mathematics (including numerical analysis)
by a young research worker who is under the age of 36 prior to the deadline
of October 31, 2010. The work must be by a single author and have been
published or accepted for publication in the open literature. The work
must not have been performed in connection with the completion for any
degree and the candidate must not now, nor ever have been, affiliated
with the University of Maryland. For further information, please contact Frank
W. J. Olver.
IPST Faculty and Students to Participate in Hands-On Research in Cameroon
July 14, 2010. Professors Rajarshi
Roy (IPST, Physics) and Brian
Hunt (IPST, Math) and three graduate students, Bhargava Ravoori,
Shelby Wilson, and Adam Cohen, will head to Cameroon August 2-13, 2010
for the Hands-On
Research in Complex Systems Schools. Dr. Roy, one of the founders
of the Hands-On Research Program, says the emphasis of the program is
on conducting modern physical, chemical and biological research inexpensively.
Working closely together – 4 or 5 participants with 2 instructors – leads
to subsequent exchange visits and scientific collaborations. The program
brings together some 100 faculty and graduate students from around the
world to be part of the two week initiative. Previous programs have been
held in Brazil and India.
Dave Thirumalai named Distinguished University Professor
July 8, 2010. Devarajan
(Dave) Thirumalai, the Institute for Physical Science and Technology
and the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, was awarded the title
of Distinguished University Professor by University of Maryland College
Park President C.D. Mote, Jr. on July 1, 2010. This is the highest academic
honor that the university confers upon a faculty member and is reserved
for a small number of exceptionally distinguished scholars. It recognizes
his work in the area of biophysics and the application of theoretical
techniques to chemistry and biology.
James Drake received 2010 James Clerk Maxwell Prize for Plasma Physics
June 24, 2010. James
Drake, the Institute for Physical Science and Technology and the
Department of Physics, has been named the 2010 recipient of the APS
James Clerk Maxwell Prize for Plasma Physics. The prize recognizes
outstanding contributions to plasma physics, and is the highest honor
bestowed to plasma physicists by the APS. His citation and prize will
be presented at the annual meeting of the Division of Plasma Physics,
November 8-12, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois.
Responsible Conduct of Research Training
June 3, 2010. The Institute for Physical
Science and Technology, the Chemical
Physics graduate program and the Joint
Quantum Institute will be hosting Responsible Conduct of
Research Day on June 4, 2010 from 10 am to 4 pm, conducted by Charles
W. Clark, National Institute of Standards and Technology; Fellow,
Joint Quantum Institute; and Affiliate Professor with the Institute for
Physical Science and Technology.
The 2007 America COMPETES Act directed NSF to require that all funded undergraduate
and graduate students and postdoctoral scholars undergo training in the responsible
conduct of research (RCR). The implementation of this requirement became effective
January 4, 2010, when all institutions submitting proposals to NSF were required
to certify that there was a training plan in place for undergraduate and graduate
students, and postdoctoral scholars supported by NSF to conduct research.
This is an updated, condensed version of Case Studies in Scientific Ethics
(CHPS 714) which was presented during Winter Term 2010.
Olver, Lozier, and Clark edit new book on Mathematical Functions
May 12, 2010. NIST Handbook of Mathematical Functions edited
W.J. Olver, Daniel W. Lozier, Ronald F. Boisvert, and Charles
W. Clark. Published by Cambridge University Press and NIST on May
12, 2010, with xv + 951 pages. Available in Hardback (ISBN 978-0-521-19225-5)
and Paperback (ISBN 978-0-521-14063-8). This book is a completely revised
and rewritten version of the highly successful Handbook of Mathematical
Functions with Formulas, Graphs, and Mathematical Tables, edited by
Milton Abramowitz and Irene A. Stegun that was published in 1964, and is
still in print. Of the editors, Frank Olver is Editor-in-Chief and Mathematics
Editor, and is Professor Emeritus in the Institute for Physical Science
and Technology (IPST) and the Mathematics Department; Daniel Lozier is
General Editor and was awarded his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics by IPST
and the Mathematics Department; Charles Clark is Physical Science Editor
and is an Affiliate Professor in IPST. The new book also appears for free
on the web.
Jeffrey Bub honored in Foundation of Physics
May 11, 2010. The journal Foundation of Physics, Volume
40, Number 4, April 2010 has published a Festschrift honoring Jeffrey
Bub, Institute for Physical Science and Technology and Department of
Philosophy, based on the papers presented at the conference that was
held for his 65th birthday, New
Directions in the Foundations of Physics, at the American Center for
Physics in College Park, on April 13-15, 2007.
Stuart Antman to Serve on Presidential Search Committee
March 11, 2010. President C.D. (Dan) Mote Jr., President of the University
of Maryland College Park, announced in February that he will retire on
August 31, 2010. Distinguished University Professor Stuart
Antman, Institute for Physical Science and Technology and the Department
of Mathematics, has been appointed by Chancellor William E. Kirwan to the search
committee. The search committee will conclude with its recommendation
of finalists for consideration by Chancellor Kirwan and the Board of Regents;
with the board making the final decision.
Michael E. Fisher Receives 2009 BBVA Foundation of Frontiers of Knowledge Award
Feb. 23, 2010. Michael E. Fisher of
the Institute for Physical Science and Technology and Department of Physics
was awarded the 2009 BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Basic
Sciences. He has explained phenomena ranging from why water evaporates
to the functioning of molecular motors in cells. The jury singled out his
“fundamental contributions to statistical mechanics.” The Basic Sciences
award honors outstanding contributions in Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics.
Fifth Annual Systems Biology Workshop
Feb. 23, 2010. The University of Maryland and the National Cancer Institute
hosted the fifth in a series of systems biology workshops on January 26,
2010 at the University of Maryland College Park. Organizers Wolfgang
Jim McNally (NCI), and Dave Levens (NCI) said the aim of the workshops
has been to transmit scientific information between the NCI and UMD in
biophysics, systems biology, bioengineering, and bioinformatics.
IPST Faculty Members Obtain NSF Major Research Instrumentation Award
Feb. 23, 2010. Millard Alexander, Christopher
Dev Thirumalai and John
Weeks have recently obtained an NSF Major Research Instrumentation award
of $445,000 for the Acquisition of a High-performance Computer Cluster for
the Computational Study of Complex Chemical Systems: from Small Molecules
to Biological Nanomachines. The money will be used to purchase a large number
of linked cluster computers administered by the University’s High-Performance
Computing Consortium. Alexander, Jarzynski, Thirumalai and Weeks are theoretical
Chemists with joint faculty appointments in the Institute for Physical Science
and Technology and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.
Rajarshi Roy named to CMPS/CLFS Merger Working Group
Feb. 23, 2010. On the recommendation of the deans of both colleges, a working
group has been formed to look into 1) the merits of merging CMPS and CLFS,
and 2) if they find the initiative worthy, to agree on a plan for moving
forward. The Provost expects that the members will receive input from their
colleagues so that the collective views of the faculty of the two colleges
will be represented. Rajarshi
Roy, Professor and Director of IPST, has been named to the committee as
a representative from CMPS. Others named to this working group are: Norma
Andrews (CLFS), Mike Brown (CMPS), Larry Davis (CMPS), Bonnie Dorr (CMPS),
Mike Doyle (CLFS), Dean Kitchen (CMPS), Barbara Thorne (CLFS), Stuart Vogel
(CMPS), and Jerry Wilkinson (CLFS).
External Review of IPST Scheduled February 25-26, 2010
Feb. 23, 2010. The Five Year review of IPST began with an Internal Review
in the fall of 2009. The External Review by the Committee will be on February
25-26, 2010. Members of the External Review Committee are – William A. Eaton,
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National
Institutes of Health; Barbara Lee Keyfitz, Department of Mathematics, The
Ohio State University; Joel L. Lebowitz, Department of Mathematics, Rutgers
University; and Harry L. Swinney, Department of Physics, The University
of Texas at Austin.
Scientists discover a new type of interaction between urea and RNA
Dec. 2, 2009. In the November 30, 2009 issue of the Chemical & Engineering
Volume 87, Number 48, page 29, the team led by Dave
Thirumalai (IPST, UMCP)
and Alexander D. MacKerell Jr. (UMBC) now reports all-atom molecular dynamics
simulations that reveal how urea hydrogen bonds and stacks with RNA’s bases,
making normal interaction between bases impossible.
Scientific ethics course to be taught by IPST faculty
Dec. 2, 2009. Ethical conduct by scientists and students is generally
assumed; however recently a number of very serious events have shown that
informal oral tradition is often insufficient for informing scientists
of the proper ethical standards for their work. In response to this, and
general National Institutes of Health (NIH) requirements that graduate
students working in NIH laboratories receive training in scientific ethics,
a new course is being offered – Case Studies
in Scientific Ethics (CHPH 714) – which will be
taught Winter Term 2010 by Charles Clark.
The availability of this course was mentioned to the National Science Foundation
(NSF) review panel that visited the Joint Quantum Institute Physics Frontiers
Center on November 9, 2009 and the panel was enthusiastic about the offering.
For more information, visit the new Ethical Conduct of
Research portal on our site.
Intranet for IPST a reality
Dec. 2, 2009. IPST now has an Intranet, which Wikipedia lists as a a private computer network used to
securely share any part of an organization's information within that organization. IPST will use the intranet
to share documents with faculty and staff, such as APT materials, the IPST directory (with home phone numbers and addresses),
and the Internal Review Report. Additional uses are in the planning stages. The IPST Intranet is password-protected,
using your University log-in and password. Users will be given access to certain documents, specific to their needs.
You can access the link on our website via http://www.ipst.umd.edu/intranet, or through the
Business Office page.
Fifteenth Annual Shih-I Pai Lecture
The Shih-I Pai Lecture will celebrate its fifteenth year by featuring Dr. Simon A. Levin,
Moffett Professor of Biology at Princeton University. The lecture, The Challenge of Sustainability: Lessons from an Evolutionary
Perspective, will be on Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at 4:00 p.m. in the Physics Lecture Hall, Room 1410, located in the Physics Building.
A reception will be held in the Math Rotunda prior to the lecture. Two additional talks are scheduled for 11 a.m. in the IPST Conference Room,
room 1116. Dr. Michelle Girvan, Physics Department and the Insitutute for Physical Science and Technology, Unversity of Maryland, will speak
on Modeling the Dynamics of Gene Networks. Dr. Ramanan Laxminarayan, The Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics and Policy, will
speak on Global Public Goods in Surveillance, Reporting and Control of Infectious Diseases.
Devarajan Thirumalai receives Humboldt Research Award
Oct. 8, 2009. Devarajan
Thirumalai has been elected the recipient of the
Humboldt Research Award after
having been nominated for this award by the German scientist Prof. Dr.
Matthias Rief, Technische Universität München, Garching. This award is
conferred in recognition of lifetime achievements in research. In addition,
the awardee is invited to carry out research projects of his own choice
in cooperation with specialist colleagues in Germany. We hope that thereby
the international scientific cooperation will be further promoted.
Dio Margetis receives NSF Career Award
Dio Margetis of the Institute for Physical Science
and Technology and the Department of Mathematics has been awarded an NSF Career Award for the project
Thermodynamic and kinetic approaches for expitaxial material systems. These five year awards are
among the most prestigious that a junior faculty member can receive in the nation. Dr. Margetis was tenured
and promoted to Associate Professor earlier this year.
Sixth Annual Burgers Symposium
The Sixth Annual Symposium of the Burgers Program for Fluid Dynamics will be held on Wednesday, November 18, 2009 from 1:00 pm to 5:30 p.m. in the Kay Boardroom of the Kim Engineering Building.
The scheduled Burgers Lecture will be given by Kees Vuik, Director, Delft Centre for Computational
Science and Engineering, Delft University of Technology.
Additional speakers are: Ralf Deiterding, Oak Ridge National Laboratory;
Institute for Physical Science and Technology and Atmospheric and Oceanic Science, University of Maryland;
and Mohamed Gad-el-Hak, Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Commonwealth University.
A poster session will be held for graduate students and post-docs.
Maryland Biophysics Symposium
The Second Annual Cohen Foundation Biophysics Symposium titled Topics in Protein Folding will be held on Tuesday, November 10, 2009. Featured speakers will be Doug Barrick,
William A. Eaton,
Lila Gierasch, and
Katepalli Sreenivasan named College Park Professor
Katepalli R. Sreenivasan of IPST has been appointed College Park Professor by University of Maryland President C.D. Mote. Jr., effective October 1, 2009. This is a tribute to Professor Sreenivasan’s outstanding contributions and accomplishments in Science and Engineering.
Charles W. Clark elected Chair Elect of the Physics Section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science - 2009
Charles W. Clark, Adjunct Professor and Affiliate of the Institute for Physical Science and Technology, and Fellow of the Joint Quantum Institute, was elected to the position of Chair Elect of the Physics Section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
International Meteorological Organization Prize Awarded to Eugenia Kalnay
The 54th IMO Prize, WMO's most prestigious prize, was awarded by the 61st session of the WMO Executive Council, June 3-12, 2009, to Eugenia Kalnay, of the Institute for Physical Science and Technology and the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Studies.
Election to Royal Society of Chemistry and Humboldt Research Award - 2009
Professor Devarajan Thirumalai, of the Institute for Physical Science and Technology and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, has just been elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He has also received a Humboldt Research Award for Senior U.S. Scientists in recognition of his past accomplishments in research and teaching.
John D. Weeks elected to the National Academy of Sciences, April 28, 2009
John D. Weeks, Distinguished University Professor, Institute for Physical Science and Technology and Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Maryland, College Park, was elected to the National Academy of Sciences April 28, 2009. The election was held April 28, 2009 during the business session of the 146th annual meeting of the Academy.
2008-09 Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year
At the opening session of Undergraduate Research Day on Wednesday, April 22, 2009, Dr. Arthur La Porta was awarded the 2008-2009 Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year Award. Dr. La Porta, who has a joint appointment in IPST and the Department of Physics, was nominated by his student Matthew Barr who said, "Working under Professor La Porta has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my college education. He has put together a lab in which an undergraduate student can feel a sense of pride from playing an important role in real research".
Professor Fisher Awarded Ph.D. Honoris Causa by Weizmann Institute
The Weizmann Institute of Science has conferred upon Professor Michael E. Fisher the title of Ph.D. honoris causa. Professor Fisher joins an illustrious group of men and women who have been honored by the Weizmann Institute in recognition of their outstanding contributions to science or society. The ceremony of conferment will take place at the 61st Annual Meeting of the Institute's International Board on Monday, November 9, 2009 in Rehovot, Israel.
2009 Abraham Pais Prize for History of Physics, American Physical Society
Dr. Stephen G. Brush has been awarded the 2009 Abraham Pais Prize for History of Physics. The award to Dr. Brush was "For his pioneering, in-depth studies in the history of nineteenth and twentieth century physics."
2008 Nicholson Medal for Human Outreach, American Physical Society
Dr. Katepalli Sreenivasan has been awarded the 2008 Nicholson Medal for Human Outreach. The citation that will appear on the certificate reads as follows:
“For his commitment to mentoring students and junior colleagues and his significant contributions to fostering international collaborations and promoting the advancement and education of early career scientists from the developing world.”
The Nicholson Medal will be presented at the APS March 2009 meeting in Pittsburgh, PA.
2008 Members Elected to the Amerian Philosophical Society
Roald Sagdeev, Director, East-West Center for Space Science, and Distinguished University Professor of Physics, has been elected to the American Philosophical Society.
R&D 100 Award for New NIST/UMD Neutron Detector
Michael Coplan, Associate Director of IPST, and Director of the Chemical Physics Program, and Charles Clark of NIST, and Adjunct Professor of the Chemical Physics Program, have been selected to receive a 2008 R&D 100 Award for their work on a new high sensitivity, high bandwidth neutron detector developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Maryland (UMD).
CREAM STATUS (Cosmic Ray Energetics and Mass)
Eun-Suk Seo, Physics
and IPST, heads the Cosmic Ray Energetics and Mass (CREAM) experiment,
which received recognition on Spaceref.com,
the Palestine Herald and NSF.gov on January
7 as the experiment reached a new milestone in conducting scientific observations
from balloons by launching and operating three long-duration flights within
a single Antarctic summer. Seo leads a team of scientists from Maryland
's Institute for Physical Science and Technology, NASA and the NSF.
The investigation searches for characteristic changes in elemental composition
and energy spectra of very high-energy cosmic rays that might be associated
with a particle acceleration limit in supernovae.
Balloons Achieve Antarctic Flight Record NSF Press Release 08-001,
January 4, 2008