College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences


Tue, Sep 30, 2014

Drs. Patrick Kanold and Wolfgang Losert (Physics) Receive NIH BRAIN Initiative Award

Hearty congratulations to Drs. Patrick Kanold and Wolfgang Losert (Physics) and their NIH collaborator Dietmar Plenz on receiving one of the inaugural NIH BRAIN initiative awards. With their three-year $1.7 million grant, the researchers plan to develop new imaging technologies and data analysis techniques that will further our understanding of how large networks of neurons in the brain interact to process sensory information.

A news release about the award is posted on the CMNS website and is featured on the CMNS homepage:
Thu, Jul 31, 2014

Drs. Eric Haag and Collaborators Publish in PLoS Biology, Inspire Widespread Media Interest

Drs. Eric Haag and Gavin Woodruff (Ph.D. 2013) and collaborators published their captivating article entitled "Intense Sperm-Mediated Sexual Conflict Promotes Reproductive Isolation in Caenorhabditis Nematodes" in PLoS Biology on July 29. This article details the consequence of female nematode worms that mate with worms of different species, which leads to sterilization and death. Extensive media coverage included the Los Angeles Times, National Geographic, New Scientist, Popular Science, The Verge, Wired (UK), International Business Times (reprinted by Yahoo! News UK), The Washington Post, and The Huffington Post.
Sun, Jul 27, 2014

Dr. Carlos Machado and Colleagues Publish in Nature Genetics

Dr. Carlos Machado and colleagues recently published "The Genome Sequence of African Rice (Oryza glaberrima) and Evidence for Independent Domestication" in Nature Genetics (online 7/27/14).
Wed, Jul 2, 2014

Dr. Michael Cummings and Colleagues Receive Funding for FIRE Proposal

Dr. Michael Cummings and his colleagues Drs. Steve Mount, Mihai Pop, and Sridhar Hannenhalli received funding for their First-Year Innovation & Research Experience (FIRE) proposal entitled "Genomics of the Diamondback Terrapin". Students will be involved in both computer-based and laboratory research contributing to the Diamondback Terrapin genome project.
Wed, Jul 2, 2014

Dr. Arthur Popper and Colleagues Author "Sound Exposure Guidelines for Fishes and Sea Turtles"

Newly-minted Professor Emeritus Dr. Arthur Popper and 14 colleagues from around the world are the authors of "Sound Exposure Guidelines for Fishes and Sea Turtles." The monograph, published by Springer and the ASA Press, is a Technical Report for the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The guidelines are focused on providing necessary information for regulation of human activities that produce underwater noise, such as pile driving used in construction of off-shore wind farms and seismic air guns used in off-shore exploration for oil and gas. Dr. Popper was also an invited discussant at a workshop on "Effects of human activities on Northern Right Whales" that took place at Duke University in mid-June.
Tue, Jul 1, 2014

Drs. Abby Kula, Michele Dudash, and Charlie Fenster Publish in Ecology & Evolution

Drs. Abby Kula, Michele Dudash, and Charlie Fenster, along with their colleague Dr. Dean Castillo from Indiana University, recently published their paper entitled "Interactions between a pollinating seed predator and its host plant: the role of environmental context within a population" in Ecology and Evolution.
Tue, Jul 1, 2014

Dr. Jonathan Simon Awarded UMD/UMAB Research & Innovation Seed Grant

Dr. Jonathan Simon has been awarded a UMD/UMAB Research & Innovation Seed Grant. In collaboration with Dr. Elliot Hong, Dr. Simon will examine auditory neurophysiological dysfunctions, including hallucinations, observed in individuals with schizophrenia. The neural mechanisms underlying these diverse abnormalities, which are measured by electroencephalography and magnetoencephalography techniques, are not known. This research will advance the state of research in schizophrenia.
Sun, Jun 29, 2014

Research of Dr. Karen Lips Featured in the Washington Post

The recent research of Dr. Karen Lips on salamander size and its possible link to climate change as well as effects on the ecosystem was featured in a Washington Post article entitled "Study: Salamanders in the Appalachians Are Smaller".