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Christopher Jarzynski
Christopher Jarzynski

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Devarajan "Dave" Thirumalai named Chair of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Texas at Austin

February 10, 2016. After thirty years at Maryland, Distinguished University Professor Devarajan "Dave" Thirumalai (IPST / Chemistry) has moved to the University of Texas at Austin, to become the Chair of the Department of Chemistry. Dave is an outstanding scientist and educator, and was the founding Director of the Maryland Biophysics Program. His theoretical research at the interface of chemistry, physics and biology has been recognized by numerous awards, including his recent election as a Fellow of the American Physical Society, and the 2016 Award in Theoretical Chemistry given by the Physical Chemistry Division of the American Chemical Society "for outstanding contributions to physical and biophysical chemistry, especially work on protein and RNA folding, protein aggregation, and effects of molecular crowding in cells". Dave is a highly valued colleague who has contributed greatly to the intellectual life of the Institute. We will miss him, and we wish him all the best as he embarks on the next stage of his academic career.


Twelfth Burgers Symposium on Nov. 18th

November 18, 2015. Jim Wallace, Chair of the Burgers Program for Fluid Dynamics, invites you to the 2015 Burgers Symposium on Wednesday, November 18th, in the Kay Boardrooms (1107 & 1111) of the Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building. This year marks the 12th anniversary of the annual Burgers Lecture, which will be given by Juergen Kurths, Humboldt University of Berlin, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Germany. There will also be lectures by Luca Moriconi, Department of Physics, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro Brazil; Anya Jones, Department of Aerospace Engineering, University of Maryland; and Stefan Hickel, Department of Aerospace Engineering, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands. The event will feature a poster session with prizes awarded to the best poster in each category. For details, visit the Burgers Program for Fluid Dynamics website.


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