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O.W. Greenberg was chosen as a Fulbright in Ireland . He will spend the fall semester, of 2006, at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies. His project title is “Theory of Elementary Particles Based on Quantum Field Theory on Noncommutative Spacetime.”

Dan Lathrop will be the new Director of the Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics, serving a five-year term. He has served as an interim director for the past year.

In June, a meeting in Aveiro, Portuagal is being held in honor of the 65 th birthdays of Jim Yorke and Arrigo Cellina. Cellina received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from UMD. They will both be celebrating their 65 th birthdays on August 03, 2006

In the News

Jim Yorke has been mentioned in two best selling novels.
The following is an excerpt from Mark Haddon's, the Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time:
“…when lambda is greater than 3.57, the population becomes chaotic…this was discovered by Robert May and George Oster and Jim Yorke. And it means that sometimes things are so complicated that it is impossible to predict what they are going to do next, but thay are only obeying really simple rules.”

In addition, the following in an excerpt from Brad Meltzer's, The Zero Game:
“Minsky again scratches at his beard… ‘Have you ever heard of Dr. James A. Yorke,' he finally asks. We both shake our heads. I can barely sit still. ‘He is the father of chaos---even coined the term…'”

William Dorland was quoted in the New Scientists on May 22 in an article about nuclear fusion and how it could become a more viable energy solution with the discovery of a way to prevent super-hot gases from causing damage within reactors.
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Michael Fuhrer, was quoted in the Business Gazette on May 19 speaking about Maryland's Nano Technology Center. The Nano Technology Center is a joint venture between the Clark School of Engineering, Chemical & Life Science and CMPS.
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Douglas Hamilton and his research on Triton, a satellite of Neptune , was the cover story on May 10 th's edition of Nature. The story and research was also published on , the New Scientists Xinhua News Agency China and National Geographic on May 10, the United Press International on May 11, the Washington Post on May 15 and he spoke with the Discovery Channel on May 10 and the BBC News
on May 11th.