Dr. Goodge's Antarctica Research Featured in NSF Video
Antarctica Rocks! Geologist John Goodge looks for clues about Antarctica's past in the 2 percent of the continent that is not covered in ice. (read more on NSF website)
Dr. Liu wins Global Engagement Award
Zhuangyi Liu, Head of the Dept. of Mathematics and Statistics, is a recipient of the 2011 University of Minnesota's Global Engagement award. This is a university-wide award given by the Global Progress and Strategy Alliance. The award is given in recognition of outstanding contributions to global education and international programs at the University of Minnesota.
Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium Re-Opens
On September 2nd, the Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium re-opened after extensive renovation. The planetarium now features a full-dome theater, digital lighting, surroundsound, laser shows, and more. There are FREE public shows Wednesdays and Fridays at 7 pm and special shows added to the schedule to give audience members an enhanced full-dome experience for a small fee.
Science Magazine Features Biology Faculty's Seed Banking ProjectDr. Julie Etterson, Associate Professor in the Dept. of Biology, and colleagues received a $1.2 million NSF grant to collect and bank seeds for 4 years. One project goal is to develop a comprehensive seed database to determine genetic changes over time due to global warming, species invasions, new land use patterns, or similar issues. The project is featured in the October 2011 issue of Science magazine).
2011 Society of Petroleum Engineers Award Goes to Chemical Engineering Professor
Dr. A. Rashid Hasan, Dept. of Chemical Engineering Professor was awarded the Production and Operations Award of the Society of Petroleum Engineers for 2011. This award recognizes outstanding achievements in or contributions to the advancement of petroleum engineering in he area of production operations technology.
Secondary electron micrograph
of pollen collected
by Biology students
Research Instrumentation Laboratory Opens in MWAH
The newly opened Research Instrumentation Laboratory provides the UMD research community with the highest quality microanalytical data. The laboratory's mission is to educate researchers and students about the tools available to them and how best to utilize these resources to achieve their research and educational goals.
The lab is open for use by students, faculty and staff of UMD, as well as regional commercial and non-profit groups with a need for the analytical services the lab can provide.
SCSE Advisory Board Meeting
The SCSE External Advisory Board (EAB) met on May 5th and 6th to discuss entering students readiness for college level math, review the strategic plan, tour the Research Instrumentation Laboratory, and meet Chancellor Black.
The purpose of the EAB is to provide value to the faculty, staff and students of UMD by serving as a source of information and advice from an industrial or governmental perspective, by participating in accreditation processes and reviews, and by fostering interactions between college faculty and students, and science and engineering professionals. The EAB is composed of regional and national scientists and engineers from every academic department in the college. (read more about the EAB)
Dr. Tom Johnson Awarded American Geophysical Union 2011 Fellow
Regents Professor Tom Johnson is a world leader in the field of geological limnology and has now been awarded the first ever UMD Fellow of the American Geophysical Union. He's served on two NAS National Research Council Committees, a Fulbright Senior Fellow to France in 1993-94, an Overseas Visiting Fellow in St. John's College, Cambridge University in 2005, and a Gledden Fellow at the University of Western Australia in 2006. In 2003 he was awarded the W. H. Bradley Medal by the International Association of Limnogeologists and their climatologically drivers on time scales up to hundreds of thousands of years. In 2009, he was honored with a Regents Professorship (one of 30 in the University of Minnesota system) and selected as a Residential Fellow in the University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment for 2010 – 2013
Student Committee Agrees to Distribute $625,584 in Tech Fees
This year, over $625,000 in student-paid tech fees were distributed to SCSE departments. A student committee established a formula for setting funding levels and recently reviewed proposals for special projects throughout the college. Find out more about the allocation.
Dr. Viktor Zhdankin Receives 2011 ACS Award
(l-r) Dr. Paul Kiprof (Dept. Head),
Dr. Zhdankin, and
Dr. James Riehl, SCSE Dean
Dr. Viktor Zhdankin, Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, is one of the world’s leading experts in the organic chemistry of hypervalent main group elements.
Dr. Zhdankin’s research has led directly to the development of several important reagents that are currently used in chemical and pharmaceutical laboratories all over the world.
Dr. Zhdankin was officially presented with the ACS Award for Creative Research and Applications of Iodine Chemistry on March 28, 2011 at the 241st ACS National Meeting and Exposition in Anaheim, CA. (read more in Chemical & Engineering News).
Dr. Sergei Shipilov Elected NACE Fellow
Dr. Sergei Shipilov, the 3M William L. McKnight Distinguished Visiting Professor; Dept. of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, was elected a Fellow of NACE International. The grade of Fellow is a distinguished class of membership within NACE that identifies and honors individuals who have made "distinguished contributions in the fields of corrosion and its prevention."
Dr. Shipilov has also been named the 2011 recipient of the G. MacDonald Young Award by the American Society for Materials (ASM International). The ASM cited Shipilov for his "seminal contributions and leadership in the achievement of fundamental science and technology in the field of materials performance and reliability and for significantly raising the public’s awareness of corrosion in industry and government." As a part of the honor, Dr. Shipilov will be recognized in October at the ASM Annual Meeting--Materials Science & Technology 2011 Conference (MS&T'11) in Columbus, Ohio.