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Student Monica Napoles, Environmental Resources Engineering Permalink
Environmental resources engineering student Monica Napoles was recently selected for the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis’ (NIMBioS) highly competitive Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK).
The 2013 NIMBioS REU program runs for eight weeks, from June 10 – Aug. 2, and includes 19 undergraduates from universities across the United States. Participants live on campus and work in teams with NIMBioS postdoctoral researchers and UTK faculty on research at the interface of mathematics and biology. The research projects for the 2013 program are mathematical modeling of fetal electrocardiograms; modeling animal disease from coronavirus; automatic detection of rare birds from audio recording; modeling the environmental transmission of E-coli in cattle; modeling protein translation and genome evolution; and modeling animal social network dynamics. More information about the REU program can be found at nibios.org/reu.
NIMBioS is a National Science Foundation-sponsored initiative to foster interdisciplinary research at the interface between mathematical and biological sciences. Additional NIMBioS sponsors include the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Student Dept. of Mathematics Students, Mathematics Permalink
The Department of Mathematics recently named several scholarship recipients for the 2012-13 academic year. They are:
Mathematics students Natalya Jackson and Wilson Jarrell; winners of the Harry S. Kieval Scholarship, awarded to junior-level students.
Melanie Kaitlyn Weaver; winner of the Mathematics Department’s Harry S. Kieval Transfer Scholarship for outstanding performance in college level courses at a two year college in preparation for a mathematics major.
Kyle Steslicki; winner of both the Orval M. Klose Scholarship and the Robert S. Chambers Scholarship for full-time undergraduate mathematics majors.
Anne Adams and Elizabeth Bell; winners of the Travis Jepsen Memorial Scholarship for full-time mathematics majors.
Austin LaComb; winner of the Michael Tucker Scholarship for outstanding junior or senior mathematics major, and
Valerie Yellam; winner of the awarded the Elmo Moore Memorial Mathematics Scholarship for mathematics or mathematics education majors.
Student Kendall Lewis, Computer Science Permalink
Kendall Lewis was named Outstanding Student of the Year ’12-13 for the Department of Computer Science.
Faculty Christine Cass, Oceanography Permalink
Oceanography professor Christine Cass was recently named one of the top 20 women professors in California by statestats.org and partner website onlineschoolssalifornia.com. The two sites set out to find post-secondary educators who had been recognized recently for excellence in the classroom, on campus and in the community.
Cass joins professors from Stanford, UC Berkeley and Loyola Marymount in earning the distinction. Cass has served as an assistant professor in the Department of Oceanography since 2011. Her research focuses on changes in West Coast zooplankton brought about by seasonal variations.
Student Bobby Voeks, Geology Permalink
Geology student Bobby Voeks was recently accepted into the U.S. Geological Survey/National Association of Geoscience Teachers Cooperative Field Training Program. The USGS/NAGT program is the longest continuously running internship program in the earth sciences. Bobby will work as a hydrologic technician measuring sediment inputs into the Chesapeake Bay. He will be based at USGS headquarters in Reston, VA.
Student Claudia Velasco, Geology Permalink
Geology student Claudia Velasco recently accepted a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (NSF-REU) Summer Internship studying glacial sedimentology in Brazil and surficial geology in west central, Minnesota for Native American women. Claudia will help an active research project on the origin and history of surficial deposits in west central Minnesota and the late Paleozoic glacial units of Brazil (the Itarare subgroup). Her research will focus on the influence of climate on ice stream movement, the significance of marine interaction and ice sheet grounding, and the nature of ice stream flow (sliding vs. deformation).
Student Michelle Robinson, Geology Permalink
Geology student Michelle Robinson was recently accepted into the U.S. Geological Survey/National Association of Geoscience Teachers Cooperative Field Training Program. The USGS/NAGT program is the longest continuously running internship program in the earth sciences. Michelle will be based in Portland, OR working with USGS scientists on water-quality conditions in the Columbia River Basin. He work will focus on “toxics,” including anthropogenic-indicator compounds, pharmaceuticals, PBDEs, pesticides and legacy compounds.
Student Erin Quinn, Geology Permalink
Erin Quinn recently accepted a Smithsonian Graduate Student Fellowship at the National Museum of Natural History. Erin will conduct high-temperature, high-pressure experiments on rocks from Chaos Crags, Lassen Volcanic National Park. Erin’s work will be the first experimental phase equilibrium study on Chaos Crags and will provide important constraints on magma storage conditions at Chaos Crags. This is important for better understanding the volcanic hazards within Lassen Park.
Student Kelly Morgan, Geology Permalink
Geology student Kelly Morgan will serve as seasonal hydrologic technician with the Rocky Mountain Research Station for summer 2013. Kelly will conduct surveys of geomorphic features in the Upper East Fork Weiser River in central Idaho using GPS and other methods. She will use the Geomorphic Road Assessment and Inventory Package (GRAIP), a process and set of tools for analyzing the impacts of roads on forested watersheds. GRAIP combines a detailed road inventory with a powerful GIS analysis tool set to predict road sediment production and delivery, mass wasting risk from gullies and landslides, and road hydrologic connectivity.
Student Joe Camacho Jr., Geology Permalink
Geology student Joe Camacho Jr. received the National Science Foundation’s Research Experience for Undergraduates (NSF-REU) Summer Internship. Joe will use surface observations to search for blind (subsurface) faults in the North American platform in central Tennessee. He will present his summer research at the fall meeting of the Geological Society of America in Vancouver, BC.
Student Ryland Karlovich, Talisa Rodriquez, Miles Ross, Matthew Eiben, and Amelia Egle and Dept. of Geography Faculty Members , Geography Permalink
Ryland Karlovich, Talisa Rodriquez, Miles Ross, Matthew Eiben, and Amelia Egle and Dept. of Geography Faculty Members
In May, Geography students and faculty returned triumphant from the 67th California Geographical Society Meeting at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Over 400 academic, NGO, agency, and private sector geographers attended.
The ever-popular student research competition included students from four states and 31 institutions (including 13 CSU and 5 UC campuses).
In the student research competition, senior Ryland Karlovich’s gained some identity by analyzing how England’s Historic Counties are Losing Identity. Ryland continues this effort as a graduate student at the University of Edinburgh next fall.
Talisa Rodriquez’ year-long effort documenting Primary Succession and Edge Effects in a Northcoast Coastal Dune Habitat took home the Geosystems Award for the best undergraduate physical geography paper.
Miles Ross, Matthew Eiben, and Amelia Egle captured second place in Digital Mapping for their effort on The Geography of Hate: Placing Racist, Sexist and Homophobic Sentiment in Online Social Media. Their effort, prepared under the direction of Professor Monica Stephens, was published May 10th in The Guardian, one of the UK’s leading periodicals.
Eight other students presented a paper, poster or cartographic effort. Faculty members Matt Derrick (who presented a paper) and Stephen Cunha accompanied the students.