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Christopher Jarzynski
Christopher Jarzynski

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.

Our selective and highly ranked graduate programs in the fields of

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

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IPST Fall Assembly Meeting

Date: Monday September 22, 2014
Time: 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Place: 1116 IPST Bldg. - Conference Room

Burgers display at IPST lobby
Jan Burgers display at the renovated IPST building lobby.

News and Special Events

Biology professor Sergei Sukharev named interim director of Maryland Biophysics

July 29, 2014. Sergei Sukharev has been appointed Interim Director of the Maryland Biophysics Program for the coming year. Sukharev is a professor of Biology, and has served as the Associate Director of the Maryland Biophysics Program. His research focuses on mechanosensitive ion channels, which convert mechanical forces into electrical or chemical signals in cells. He and the members of his research group study these channels using a combination of experimental approaches and computational modeling.

Sukharev is the recipient of the 2008 Michael and Kate Barany Award for Young Investigators “for his outstanding and creative contributions to membrane biophysics”. He has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of General Physiology and Journal of Biological Chemistry.

In his new role, Sukharev follows Wolfgang Losert, who has been appointed Interim Associate Dean for Research in the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences (CMNS).

IPST Professor Millard Alexander elected to IAQMS

July 9, 2014. Millard Alexander has been elected to membership in the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science (IAQMS). Alexander is a Distinguished University Professor with a joint appointment in IPST and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. His research focuses on non-adiabatic effects in molecular collisions, in weakly bound complexes and in molecular photodissociation. His previous honors include a Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship and the Hildebrand Award from the Chemical Society of Washington, among others.

The IAQMS promotes research and international collaboration related to the application of quantum theory to chemistry and chemical physics. According to its website, its members "are chosen among the scientists of all countries who have distinguished themselves by the value of their scientific work, their role of pioneer or leader of a school in the broad field of the application of quantum mechanics to the study of molecules and macromolecules".

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We have entered the inter-semester break, bringing a hiatus to the regularly schedule seminars. Special seminars may still be posted here when such exist.

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