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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 Wallace, 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 Feudel, 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 Ide, both 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 A. Yorke, 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 and discussions.


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 press release.


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 and Synchronization."


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

Frank W. J. Olver 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).

NIST Handbook of Mathematical Functions 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.

Peter Olver


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 Experiment

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 CERN's press release.


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 low-altitude atmosphere

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 information, read 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 press release.


In Memoriam:
Frank B. McDonald (1925-2012)

Frank McDonald
Frank McDonald

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.

Michael Coplan
Rajarshi Roy

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 event site.
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 cell's scaffolding.


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 materials.


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 Thirumalai.


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 Papoian (IPST), 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 in Astrophysical 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 Fourkas -- 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, CA.


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 more effectively.


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. Andreas Acrivos, 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 Us/History section.


Jie Chen receives inaugural University of Maryland Distinguished Dissertation Prize

Jie Chen 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

Andrew Ballard 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 per year.


Davit Potoyan receives award from Biophysical Society

Davit Potoyan 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 Park.

Special Functions in the 21st Century: Theory & Applications / April 6 - 8, 2011 / Washington, DC
Frank W. J. Olver 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 conference flyer.

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 Margetis, 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 webpage.


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 by Frank 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 Losert (UMD), 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 Jarzynski, 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 News, 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
Simon A. Levin 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; Eugenia Kalnay, 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, Jasna Brujic, Ken Dill, William A. Eaton, Lila Gierasch, and Jose Onuchic.

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.
Scientific Balloons Achieve Antarctic Flight Record NSF Press Release 08-001, January 4, 2008