College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences

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Fri, Feb 7, 2014

Congratulations to Dr. Patrick Kanold

CONGRATULATIONS to Dr. Patrick Kanold, the co-author of a paper published this week in Neuron showing that a short period of simulated blindness in adult mice leads to better performance on hearing tests and strengthened neural circuits in the auditory cortex.

The research shows it's possible to improve hearing in an adult mammal once the "critical period" of development in the brain's sensory processing system is past, and suggests that cross-sensory training might one day be used to treat human hearing problems. CMNS communications posted a press release on the CMNS and UMD website and distributed it to reporters: http://www.cmns.umd.edu/news-events/features/1703, the ISR/Engineering webpage has it posted here: http://www.isr.umd.edu/news/news_story.php?id=7954, and there is more information about it on the UMD Right Now webpage as well (http://umdrightnow.umd.edu/news/short-stay-darkness-may-heal-hearing-woes).

The research has gotten extensive media coverage, and the story was especially popular with radio reporters, and was covered on NPR: http://wamu.org/programs/all_things_considered/14/02/05/hard_of_hearing_a_few_days_in_the_dark_may_help, the BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b036f7w2, and Voice of America: http://www.voanews.com/content/simulating-blindness-might-help-improve-hearing/1845240.html. It also appeared on the PBS website and many popular science websites such as RedOrbit, Nature World News, Science Codex, Healthline, and Medical Daily. It was covered in newspapers from The Guardian of London to the Malaysia Sun-literally too many to count, as more organizations seem to be reporting about this with each passing minute. Dr. Kanold has spent most of the past week responding to reporters' questions by email, phone and in person, often at odd hours and/or on very short notice. We greatly appreciate the time he devoted to this valuable outreach work!
Fri, Feb 7, 2014

Congratulations to Dr. Arthur Popper

CONGRATULATIONS to Dr. Arthur Popper, who has been named the new editor of Acoustics Today magazine, published by the Acoustical Society of America (ASA). He began his service in this position on January 1, 2014, succeeding Dick Stern, who was the founding Editor of the magazine. Please visit the following link for more details about Dr. Popper's vision as he settles into this exciting new venture: http://www.newswise.com/articles/acoustical-society-of-america-names-arthur-n-popper-as-editor-of-acoustics-today-magazine?ret=/articles/list&category=science&page=1&search%5Bstatus%5D=3&search%5Bsort%5D=date+desc&search%5Bsection%5D=20&search%5Bhas_multimedia%5D
Fri, Feb 7, 2014

Congratulations to UMD, CMNS, the Department of Biology, and Dr. Arthur Popper

CONGRATULATIONS to UMD, CMNS, the Department of Biology, and Dr. Arthur Popper. The University is launching a program called Terrapin Teachers to increase the number of high-quality secondary science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teachers. Terrapin Teachers will replicate the nationally recognized UTeach program at UMD and expand the university's offerings that enable undergraduate students in STEM fields to receive both a subject-matter degree and teaching certification.

Terrapin Teachers will be a joint initiative between the university's College of Education (COE) and College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences (CMNS). The university will receive a five-year, $1.45 million grant from the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) to replicate the UTeach program in College Park. UMD is one of five universities to receive the grant this spring, which was made possible by a generous contribution from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

This program will be co-directed by Professor Arthur Popper (Biology) and Dr. Daniel I. Chazan, a professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership. This announcement appears in greater depth on the UMD Right Now webpage, found here: http://umdrightnow.umd.edu/news/national-uteach-program-expands-umd
Mon, Jan 6, 2014

Congratulations to Dr. Bill Jeffery

CONGRATULATIONS to Dr. Bill Jeffery, whose paper entitled "Cryptic Variation in Morphological Evolution: HSP90 as a Capacitor for Loss of Eyes in Cavefish" was recently published in the December 13, 2013 edition of Science. Please visit the following link to read the article: http://www.sciencemag.org/content/342/6164/1372.full?sid=eb995138-49e9-4c0c-91f2-193e67424e9e
Dr. Jeffery's research has also been detailed in Science Daily, which you can read about here: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131212142201.htm#.Uqsw8rBU9WE.email
Including this publication in Science, Dr. Jeffery and his lab have put out an impressive 7 papers this year!
Mon, Jan 6, 2014

Congratulations to Dr. Joshua Singer

Congratulations to Dr. Joshua Singer, whose paper entitled "Adaptation to Background Light Enables Contrast Coding at Rod Bipolar Cell Synapses" was recently accepted for publication in Neuron. Please visit the following link to read the article: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.neuron.2013.10.054.
Mon, Jan 6, 2014

Congratulations to Dr. David Inouye

Congratulations to Dr. David Inouye, whose LTREB proposal entitled "Drivers and Consequences of Phenological Change at High Altitudes" was renewed by NSF for full funding of $450,000 over five years.
Wed, Nov 13, 2013

Congratulations to James Parker and the Business Office

Congratulations to James Parker and the Business Office for their continued effort toward
becoming a green office. Due to their initiative, the Office of Sustainability has awarded them the Bronze Certification!
Wed, Nov 13, 2013

Three new books published in the Springer Handbook of Auditory Research, founded and edited by Dr. Arthur Popper

Three new books have been published in the Springer Handbook of Auditory Research, founded and edited by Dr. Arthur Popper.  The series now has 49 volumes covering all aspects of hearing from basic science to clinical applications.  The new volumes are:
Kral, A., Popper, A. N., and Fay, R. R. (2013). Deafness. Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, New York.
Coombs, S., Bleckmann, H., Fay, R. R., and Popper, A. N. (2013). The Lateral Line. Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, New York.
Köppl, C., Manley, G. A., Popper, A. N., and Fay, R. R. (2014). Insights from Comparative Hearing Research. Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, New York.