Weekly Memo

March 23, 2015

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

         Ten of our Computer Science students, branding themselves the "Considered Harmful" team, finished fifth overall out of 30 teams competing in the annual CS Games held recently north of the border in Sherbrooke, Ontario.  Freshman Joel Kottas, sophomores Mikayla Konst, Nicole Giggey and Lia Klein, juniors Hassler Thurston, Jack Valinsky, and Adam Scrivener, and seniors Doug Miller, Charlie Lehner and Jeremy Warner placed  in the top 5 in 8 of 15 events and brought home trophies for first place for Theoretical Computing, 2nd place for Machine Learning, and 3rd place for both Extreme Programming and Security events. The team also tied for 3rd in the Parallel Programming event but the trophy was given to the other team. Well done!

      Our student engineering society chapters and teams, which did an outstanding job of organizing and putting on the pumpkin launch and e-social last fall, are presenting an Engineering Olympics from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday in the Munnerlyn Atrium at Goergen Hall. Special events will include rubber band racing, tin foil boats, bean bag launcher, box derby cars, an optical alignment game, paper airplanes and spaghetti tower. Students can compete in teams of up to four to win prizes. This is a great chance to network -- and enjoy free food.  For more information, contact Koji Muto, president of the E-Social Committee.

      Congratulations to Mark Buckley, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, who has been named recipient of an award from the Furth Fund. Created in 1986 by Valerie and Frank Furth, the fund provides early career scientists with $10,000 to promote their research. Mark, you may recall, was awarded a pilot grant from the University's Core Center for Musculoskeletal Biology and Medicine  last year for his collaborative research with Medical Center faculty to improve treatment for insertional Achilles tendinopathy (IAT), a common and painful disease that resists standard forms of non-operative care. The Furth Fund award will support an additional doctoral student in Mark's lab to assist with this area of research.

     ChemE Department Chair Matthew Yates and his lab have published a paper demonstrating that the  thin film they've engineered with hydroxyapatite -- the mineral found in our bones and teeth -- can store a startlingly large electrical charge. Moreover, Matt says there could be some exciting applications for this, especially in promoting bone healing. Laboratory trials begin this month in collaboration with Luiz Meirelles, Assistant Professor of Dentistry. We wish Matt all the best in pursuing this further. You can read more about the project here.

     Congratulations to Jeanine Hayes '92 Optics, a member of our Dean's Advisory Committee, who has been promoted to chief IP officer at Nike, where she had been serving as vice president and Chief IP Counsel of Global Intellectual Property.

     Next up in that interesting AME Audio for Visual Media guest lecture series is Stacey Hersh of Staceland Music, whose scores and songs have been featured in several hundred TV shows and more than 40 TV and feature films. He'll share his thoughts with students and answer questions from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday in CSB 209. Free pizza and soft drinks will be provided. These lectures, open to any students, are a great opportunity to hear from professionals about the opportunities and challenges of working in the industry.

      Technion, the Israel Institute of Technology, offers an excellent opportunity for Hajim School students to study abroad. Interested? Be sure to attend a Center for Study Abroad information meeting at 5 p.m. this Thursday at Wilson Commons 201.

      As always, keep me updated and have a great week.


Robert L. Clark
Professor and Dean