Magnet Alumni News: Spring 2019
Fellowships and Awards:
Joshua Weitz '93 was elected to the American Academy of Microbiology.
Barbarous, co-authored by Ananth Hirsh '01, was nominated for a 2019 Reuben Award for best long form online comic.
Samir Paul '06 was named a 2019 Paul & Daisy Soros Fellow, winning a $90,000 scholarship to attend Columbia Law School.
Jared Duker Lichtman '14, Sara Shonkwiler '14, and Eric Neyman '15 were awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowships.
Dilhan Salgado '18 won a $250 prize in the 2018 Putnam Competition. Adam Busis ‘15 (Harvey Mudd) and Pratik Rathore ‘17 (UMD) were members of teams winning Honorable Mention.
J.L. Litke and Samie Jaffrey '89, Highly efficient expression of circular RNA aptamers in cells using autocatalytic transcripts (Nature Biotechnology)
R. Koch et al., and David Weinstock '90, Biomarker-driven strategy for MCL1 inhibition in T-cell lymphomas (Blood)
T. Tommasi et al., Alex Berg '92 and T. Berg, Combining Multiple Cues for Visual Madlibs Question Answering (International Journal of Computer Vision)
L.C. Cheung, Q. Pan, N. Hyun, and Hormuzd Katki '92, Prioritized concordance index for hierarchical survival outcomes (Statistics in Medicine)
T. Finegan et al., and Dan Bergstralh '93, Tissue tension and not interphase cell shape determines cell division orientation in the Drosophila follicular epithelium (The EMBO Journal)
Y-H Lin and Joshua Weitz '93, Spatial Interactions and Oscillatory Tragedies of the Commons (Physical Review Letters)
R. Ignace, Z. Damrau, K. Tabetha Hole '94, and W. L. Waldron, Variability in X-ray line ratios in helium-like ions of massive stars: The wind-driven case (Astronomy & Astrophysics)
Miranda Mockrin '95, et al., Forests, houses, or both? Relationships between land cover, housing characteristics, and resident socioeconomic status across ecoregions (Journal of Environmental Management)
S. Shahrzad et al., incl. Caleb Fasset '98, Crater Statistics on the Dark‐Toned, Mafic Floor Unit in Jezero Crater, Mars (Geophysical Research Letters)
Cynthia Chang '01 et al., Testing conceptual models of early plant succession across a disturbance gradient (Journal of Ecology)
Jennifer Caswell-Jin '02, et al., Clonal replacement and heterogeneity in breast tumors treated with neoadjuvant HER2-targeted therapy (Nature Communications)
Kristina Cammen '03, D.B. Rasher, and R.S. Steneck, Predator recovery, shifting baselines, and the adaptive management challenges they create (Ecosphere)
D. Lionetti, S. Suseno, Emily Tsui '04, et al., Effects of Lewis Acidic Metal Ions (M) on Oxygen-Atom Transfer Reactivity of Heterometallic Mn3MO4 Cubane and Fe3MO(OH) and Mn3MO(OH) Clusters (Inorganic Chemistry)
J. Hu, S.B. Maamar, A.J. Glawe, N. Gottel, J.A. Gilbert, and Erica Hartmann '05, Impacts of Indoor Surface Finishes on Bacterial Viability (Journal of Clinical and Translational Science) (northwestern.edu)
Jackie Villadsen '05 and G. Hallinan, Ultra-wideband Detection of 22 Coherent Radio Bursts on M Dwarfs (The Astrophysical Journal)
Jordyn Wolfand '07, et al., Occurrence of Urban-Use Pesticides and Management with Enhanced Stormwater Control Measures at the Watershed Scale (Environmental Science & Technology)
Dan Quang '08 and X. Xie, FactorNet: A deep learning framework for predicting cell type specific transcription factor binding from nucleotide-resolution sequential data (Methods)
M.B. Ross, Yifan Li '10, et al., Electrocatalytic Rate Alignment Enhances Syngas Generation (Joule)
P. Ivanisvili and Samuel Zbarsky '13, Centered Hardy–Littlewood maximal operator on the real line: Lower bounds (Comptes Rendus Mathematique)
Arnold Mong '16 and D. Huse, The longest-lived current in a quantum chaotic spin chain (APS March Meeting 2019)
M. Saha et al., incl. Ryan Holland '18, Project Sidewalk: A Web-based Crowdsourcing Tool for Collecting Sidewalk Accessibility Data At Scale (pdf) (CHI 2019, Best Paper Award) (washington.edu)
In the News and Online:
Lorrie Cranor '89 was interviewed in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about "mobile hijacking" and identity theft.
Josh Juran '91 was interviewed by Ars Technica about his Advanced Mac Substitute, an emulator for running old Mac OS software.
Helen Fields '93 was one of the organizers of a science-themed Peeps diorama contest. (Vox)
Wei-Hwa Huang '93 was interviewed by the Society for Science & the Public about his career in puzzle making.
Zeki Mokhtarzada '96 was interviewed for a UMD entrepreneurship podcast: From Brothers to Co-Founders: Building Businesses with Family
David Hu '97 was featured in an article in Mechanical Engineering Magazine: David Hu Refines the Art of Observation to Turn Animal Abilities into Elegant Engineering Solutions.
Tom Hunsicker '00 collected some March Madness statistics for WUSA9.
Abigail Fraeman '05 wrote in The Washington Post: Losing the Mars rover Opportunity is like saying goodbye to a friend
She participated in the NASA press conference announcing the end of the Opportunity mission.
Earlier in January, she gave a lecture at NASA JPL; and she periodically provides mission updates on the Mars Rover Curiosity.
She appeared on The Today Show, was interviewed for Science News, and joined a podcast hosted by The Planetary Society.
Jonathan Gootenberg '09 is one of the co-founders of a new biotech company, Sherlock Biosciences, using CRISPR-based technology for medical diagnostics (Forbes)
Ben Shih '09 contributed to a story on Skynet Today: Boston Dynamics' robots — impressive, but far from the Terminator
Erik Agard '11 joined the crossword puzzle constructing team at the New Yorker. (video)
Agam Mittal '15 covers sports for the GW Hatchet, recently recapping the disappointing basketball season.
Akshay Guthal '15 co-hosts a sports podcast at UMD: Play Ball
Alice Park '16 writes for the Yale Daily News, contributing to a cover story about a professor's sexual misconduct.
Noah Friedlander '17 was interviewed in The University of Chicago Magazine as part of the a capella group, Rhythm and Jews.
Laura Espinoza '18 writes for the Harvard Crimson, reporting on undergraduate student government.
Teaching and Mentoring:
Lorrie Cranor '89 was one of the Cybersecurity Stars featured on Carnegie-Mellon's "Mt. Rushmore" of privacy and security.
Robyn Sanderson '99 was one of the researchers at UPenn who shared women in STEM who inspire them during Women's History Month.
Stacey Roshan '00 was featured in an interview, Math Teacher uses New Technology to Reduce Student Anxiety & Build Confidence, and she has a book releasing soon: Tech With Heart.
Sheila Xiah Kragie '01 and Daniel Bates '01 returned to Blair for the Females in Science and Technology Conference (@blairmagnet)
Jean Fan '09 shared some of her tools for continuous integration and unit testing of R packages.
Politics and Activism:
Craig Rice '90 was recognized as a Montgomery County trailblazer during Black History Month. (WJLA)
Joshua Weitz '93 wrote an Op-Ed in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Roll back Georgia’s ‘temporary’ fees on college students
Aaron Klein '94 wrote in Spotlight on Poverty & Opportunity: Real-Time Payments Can Help Combat Inequality; he also talked about the issue in an American Banker podcast.
Drew Linzer '94 is the Director of Civiqs, which recently began releasing daily polling results in all 50 states.
Jeremy Fisher '97 wrote in POWER magazine: States Seek Financial Tools to Replace Coal with Clean Energy
Hans Arora '01 was featured as an active member of the American Medical Association.
Elizabeth Green '02 is a co-founder of the new American Journalism Project, a venture philanthropy firm to support local news.
Jennifer Helgeson '02 wrote in Kol Habirah: We're Running Out of Time to Reduce Climate Change — Let's Do it Anyway
Sofi Sinozich '12 is an analyst for Langer Research Associates, where she designs and analyzes public opinion polls used by ABC News.
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