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Wolfgang Losert
Wolfgang Losert

The mission of the Institute for Physical Science and Technology (IPST) is to foster excellence in interdisciplinary research and education at the University of Maryland. IPST accomplishes this by integrating people, science and technology.

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provide specialized training at the intersection of traditional fields, and are a central component of our mission.

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New report recommends a path for the future of Maryland’s clean energy economy

December 4, 2019. The report, by the Maryland Energy Innovation Institute (MEII), on the future of clean energy innovation in Maryland provides in-depth analysis of the state's support of clean energy and offers a robust set of recommendations to elevate Maryland's leadership in clean energy innovation with economic benefits for its citizens.

Lead author and Distinguished University Professor Ellen D. Williams (IPST/Physics) says "For states such as Maryland, which has a statewide societal commitment to clean energy, the growing world market provides a natural opportunity for economic development. With its top-ten state ranking in innovation capability, its strong University system and the technological strength of its workforce, Maryland is well able to take advantage of this opportunity. By creating MEII and calling for this report, the State has taken an important step in recognizing the economic development potential of clean energy innovation."

Williams was recently named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Distinguished University Professor Ellen Williams named a Fellow of the AAAS

December 4, 2019. Professor Ellen D. Williams has been named one of the 2019 fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). She was recognized for scientific contributions to nanotechnology as well as leadership on technical issues in national security and policy.

Williams works at the interface of energy technology and policy, is known for her research in surface properties and nanotechnology and for her engagement with technical issues in national security, both as chief scientist at British Petroleum (BP), and in government service as director of the U.S. Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E).

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Q-BIO'2020 Conference & Summer School:
Synergy of Machine Learning and Quantitative Modeling in Biology

Q-BIO is a series of conferences and affiliated summer schools which aim at advancing predictive modeling of cellular regulation, decision making, formation of response, and other information processing phenomena. The emphasis is on deep theoretical understanding, detailed modeling, and quantitative experimentation directed at understanding the behavior of particular regulatory systems and/or elucidating general principles of cellular information processing. Unlike many biological conferences, which focus on specific model systems, Q-BIO focuses on understanding of phenomena, which manifest themselves in many biological systems.

The Q-BIO conference will take place from July 28 to July 31, 2020, and the Q-BIO summer school will take place from July 20 to July 31, 2020. For details, visit the official Q-BIO'2020 website.