Hiroki Sayama, assistant professor of bioengineering and Systems Science and Industrial Engineering, was invited as a guest scientist to the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Dresden, Germany, from July 23-Aug. 6. He collaborated with scientists at the Institute on research projects on complex adaptive networks. Two of his graduate students also accompanied him and engaged in research projects. Their travels were financially supported by the Office of International Science and Engineering at the National Science Foundation. In August, a poster presentation by Sayama and bioengineering undergraduate student Chun Wong, titled “Quantifying Evolutionary Dynamics of Swarm Chemistry” (https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/chapters/0262297140chap110.pdf), won the Best Poster Award at the Eleventh European Conference on Artificial Life (ECAL’11) held in Paris. Sayama’s poster was selected best by the audience’s votes out of 54 posters.
August 23, 2011
July 11, 2011
Laurie M. Kasperek, greenhouse manager, was inducted into the Hall of Fame of The Friesian Horse Association of North America, the North American arm of the Dutch studbook, Het Friesch Paarden Stamboek, in February 2011. This honor is reserved for FHANA members who have, through personal or economic sacrifice, put the Association before their personal or economic gain. “We believe that Laurie educated more FHANA members on this complicated breed than any other individual in our Association. Her countless contributions to the magazine taught all of us the challenges involved with Friesian horses. As a member, Laurie helped start the Education Committee in 1998. She became editor of The Friesian magazine in 2002. Kasperek is the first inductee into the FHANA Hall of Fame by way of membership action. She was unanimously approved by the Great Lakes Friesian Horse Association and the FHANA Board of Directors, and she received a 95 percent approval by FHANA Chapter vote.
July 11, 2011
Bruce Murray, professor of mechanical engineering, had his article “Multi-resolution simulation of double-diffusive convection in porous media” that was published in the International Journal of Numerical Methods for Heat & Fluid Flow chosen as an Outstanding Paper Award Winner at the Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2011. Award-winning papers are chosen based on six areas: internationality; diversity; support for scholarly research; encouragement of applied research (impact); commitment to high quality scholarship; and a desire to ensure reader, author and customer experience is the best it can be.
June 30, 2011
The following people have recently taught courses for Lyceum: Michael Sharp, assistant professor of English, “American Crime Fiction,” March 28, April 4, 11, 18; Larry Roberts, professor emeritus of philosophy, “Language and Meaning,” March 30, April 6, 13, 20; Martin Bidney, professor emeritus of English, “Poetry of the Qur’an,” March 30, April 6, 13, 20; Anna Gotlib, assistant professor of philosophy, “Music, Art, and Health,” April 5, 12; William MacDonald, professor emeritus of geological sciences, “Geologic Perspectives,” April 7, 14; and Dylan Horvath, Nature Preserve steward, “Nature Walk,” April 27, May 2.
June 23, 2011
Christine Hubbard, Latoya Lee, Richard Sosulski and Dellvin Williams are among the 575 students who received a scholarship from the U.S. Department of State’s Critical Language Scholarship Program. They are spending seven to 10 weeks in intensive language institutes this summer in host countries. Hubbard is studying Russian in Russia, Lee is studying Hindi in India, Sosulski is studying Korean in South Korea and Williams is studying Arabic in Jordan. They are expected to continue their language study beyond these fully-funded programs, applying critical language skills in their future careers.
June 23, 2011
Catherine Hao, Binghamton University Scholar and undergraduate majoring in biochemistry and integrated neuroscience, presented “The Effect of HIF2-alpha on Cell Growth and Cell Survival” at the Undergraduate Research Symposium, Columbia University, April 2-3, 2011.