New CST Faculty
Part of what makes a CST education so extraordinary is the strength of the college’s faculty. This year’s new faculty members bring impressive research and teaching skills across a variety of disciplines.
Eduard Dragut, Assistant Professor
Department of Computer & Information Sciences
Eduard Dragut’s research interests are databases, information retrieval, management of (un)structured data, information integration, information extraction, opinion mining and retrieval, Web-oriented research, and cyber infrastructure for scientific research. Most recently a postdoctoral research fellow at Purdue University, he earned his PhD in computer science at the University Illinois at Chicago. He has published in the top databases conferences, including three papers in Very Large Data Bases and one paper in the International Conference on Data Engineering.
Jody Hey, Professor
Department of Biology
Jody Hey studies evolution and genetics with a focus on the divergence process that leads to differences between populations and new species. Hey also develops statistical methods for discerning how species and populations have diverged, and has worked on human origins and the spread of human populations around the world. Hey comes to CST from Rutgers University. He will also be director of the new Center for Computational Genetics and Genomics.
Bojeong Kim, Assistant Professor
Department of Earth & Environmental Science
Bojeong Kim is an environmental mineralogist whose research into the consequences of introducing nanoparticles into soil, surface water and groundwater has received international attention. Before coming to CST, she was a research scientist in the Department of Geosciences at Virginia Tech. While there she played a key role in the Center for the Environmental Implications of NanoTechnology, a collaborative effort among researchers from Virginia Tech, Duke, Carnegie Mellon, Howard, Kentucky and Stanford. She earned her PhD in environmental toxicology from Cornell University in 2006.
Ronald Levy, Professor
Department of Chemistry
Ronald Levy has established a vigorous research program in theoretical biophysical chemistry and is currently working on HIV macromolecular interactions and their impact on viral evolution of drug resistance; computer simulations of protein structure and dynamics; and mapping complex biomolecular reactions with large-scale replica exchange reactions. His research is funded through three NIH awards, an NSF award and Department of Education grant. Levy comes to the college from Rutgers University.
John Perdew, Professor
Department of Physics
John Perdew is one of the world’s most cited physicists, specifically in the field of density functional theory (DFT). He is successfully devising new and useful functionals within Kohn-Sham DFT, one of the most successful methods used in solid-state physics and quantum chemistry. Elected to the National Academy of Science in 2011, Perdew comes to CST from Tulane University. Here at Temple, Perdew will be founding director of the Center for Materials Theory, spearheading collaborative research in materials science.
Adrienn Ruzsinszky, Assistant Professor
Department of Physics
Adrienn Ruzsinszky’s research area is development and application of density functional theory, now widely used for electronic structure calculations in both quantum chemistry and condensed matter physics. She earned her PhD in theoretical chemistry in 2004 from Budapest University of Technology and Economics. Before joining CST she was postdoctoral fellow and then a research assistant professor at Tulane University. Ruzsinszky’s research is funded by NSF and the Department of Energy.
Rachel Spigler, Assistant Professor
Department of Biology
Rachel Spigler earned her PhD in botany from the University of Georgia in 2007. Since 2008 she has been a postdoctoral fellow and then a research assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh. During this time she attended the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, where she studied evolutionary demography. Spigler’s research concerns evolutionary ecology, the interplay between evolutionary processes in organisms and the environment, which has broad implications in the mechanisms of speciation, species extinction and the effect of climate change on populations.
Matthew Stover, Assistant Professor
Department of Mathematics
Matthew Stover earned his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin in 2010. Before joining CST, he was NSF Research Training Group assistant professor at the University of Michigan. He has also held visiting positions as the University of Pennsylvania and the Institut Henri Poincaré. His research is focused on fundamental questions connecting low dimensional topology and number theory. He has been published in leading journals, including the International Journal of Algebra and Computation, Proceedings of the American Mathematical Society and Pacific Journal of Mathematics.
Computational Science Symposium
The College of Science and Technology is hosting a symposium on Computational Science on Thursday, Oct. 17 and Friday, Oct. 18, 2013. The event will take place on Main Campus and will feature many leaders in the field, including Pablo Debenedetti, Sharon Hammes-Schiffer, Jody Hey, Ronald Levy, John Perdew and others. Registration is now open.
2013 CIS/ACM Awards
CIS Department Awards
- Outstanding Achievement-Dhruv Patel and Hicham Nassiri
- Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant-Xin Li
- Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Assistant-Jessica Clark and Daren Kline
- Student Leadership-Phillip Riesch
- Junior Scholarship-Dan O’Lone
- Outstanding Teacher-Prof. Wendy Urban
- Outstanding ACM Student Service-Jody Ann Forrester-Small
- The Scott Hibbs Memorial Award- Paul Stales
- The SIM Scholarship Award-Andrew Allen
CIS hosting National NSF Proposal Writing Workshop
The Department of Computer & Information Science will host a NSF CAREER Proposal Writing Workshop on Friday, March 15 at Temple University Center City. More than 100 faculty members have registered for the workshop, from institutions across the United States, including MIT, Duke, Purdue, Princeton, Clemson and the University of Chicago. Invited speakers include Ani Hsieh from Drexel University, Tommaso Melodia from SUNY Buffalo and Sayeef Salahuddin from UC Berkeley. NSF program directors representing Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF), Computer and Network Systems (CNS), Information & Intelligent Systems (IIS) will also attend. Temple University provost Hai-Lung Dai will be on hand to offer opening remarks.
Organizered by CIS faculty Jie Wu, Shan Lin, and Chiu C. Tan, the goal of the NSF CAREER Proposal Writing
Workshop is to introduce junior faculty to the NSF CAREER program, and help
them prepare their CAREER proposal. The NSF CAREER program serves a
critical role in the National Science Foundation's efforts to identify,
foster and support the nation's most promising junior faculty in both
research and education. Junior professors who are just starting their
careers often have limited experience with grant writing and evaluation.
They also have little or no interaction with the program directors at
In this workshop, young faculty members will have the opportunity to
improve their skills in proposal writing, as well as interact with NSF
program directors from different divisions (IIS, CNS, and CCF) and recent NSF CAREER awardees. The major components of the workshop
include presentations on proposal writing, experience sharing, mock
panels and a proposal clinic. More information can be found here.
Summer Research Information Meeting
Are you looking for interesting research opportunities for this summer? Not sure what is available? At Temple, hospitals and at other universities? Not sure how to apply? The deadlines to apply are approaching fast! Some are February 1st! Summer Research Information Meeting:
When – Wednesday, January 30th - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Where - Ritter Annex – Kiva Auditorium
What - Learn about the following programs:
- International Research Opportunities
- Temple Sponsored Programs – CARAS. Diamond Scholars, AMP, URP
- Other University programs – NSF, NIH and REU’s
Antonio Giordano awarded Hippocrates Grand Prize
Antonio Giordano, director of the Sbarro Institute for Cancer Research and Molecular Medicine, has received the Premio Grande Ippocrate or Hippocrates Grand Prize, which recognizes scientific collaboration between the United States and Italy, outstanding medical/scientific research and the importance of communicating discoveries to the general public.
The award, a collaboration between the Unione Nazionale Medico Scientifica d'Informazione [National Association for Medical/Scientific Information] and Novartis, is the sole recognition of its kind. Its four previous editions were awarded to leading figures in Italian medical research who, in addition to excelling in their scientific work, demonstrated a talent for effective communication with the media and general public. This year, the award jury chose Giordano for his outstanding research in the field of oncology, genetics and the relationships between “environmental risks” and the development of neoplasia.
In addition, Giordano was recently invited to lecture at the prestigious Karolinska Institute in Stockolm on the role of the retinoblastoma family pathways in human cancer.
2012 Distinguished Faculty Awards
Instituted in 2007, the College of Science and Technology’s Distinguished Faculty Awards recognize tenure-track and non-tenure track faculty who are outstanding teachers, mentors and researchers. Nominated by their peers and students, awardees have demonstrated tremendous dedication
to their work, to their students and to the college.
The Italia-Eire Foundation Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award
Matthew Mackie, Assistant Professor (Teaching/Instructional), Department of Physics
The Steven Petchon Distinguished Excellence in Teaching Award
Alexander Yates, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer & Information Sciences
The William Caldwell Memorial Distinguished Teaching Award
Richard Waring, Associate Professor, Department of Biology
The Dean’s Distinguished Teaching Award
James Bloxton, Assistant Professor (Teaching/Instructional), Department of Chemistry
The Dean’s Distinguished Teaching Award
Natalie Flynn, Instructor , Department of Earth & Environmental Science
The Dean’s Distinguished Teaching Award
Nahed Hamid, Instructor, Department of Mathematics
The Dean’s Distinguished Excellence in Mentoring Award
Eric Borguet, Professor, Department of Chemistry
The Dean’s Distinguished Excellence in Mentoring Award
Nicholas Davatzes, Assistant Professor, Department of Earth & Environmental Science
The Dean’s Distinguished Award for Excellence in Research
Igor Rivin, Professor. Department of Mathematics
Undergraduate Research Program Symposium Award Winners
CST's Undergraduate Research Program offers students the opportunity to work on real-world research projects with experienced researchers from across Temple University. Students then present their research at the URP Symposium. This year's winners are:
First Place Poster - $500 Award
Ryan Houlihan - An Effective Auditing Schemem for Cloud Computing
Faculty Sponsor - Dr. Xiaojang Du
First Place Presentation - $500 Award
Santi Karnam - The Synaptic Palmitoyltransferase DHHC14 Binds and Regulates PDZ Domain Proteins
Faculty Sponsor - Dr. Gareth Thomas
Second Place Poster - $250 Award
Amy Hui Ting He - Analysis of cognitive deficits in a mouse model of cerebral palsy using novel object recognition
Faculty Sponsor - Dr. Tanya Ferguson
Honorable Mention Posters – Each $100 Award
1) Kathryn D. Lund - Five Dimensions of Traffic
Faculty Sponsor - Dr. Benjamin Seibold
2) Catherine Triandafillou - Excited-state Tautomerization of CytosineMonomers
Faculty Sponsor - Dr. Spiridoula Matsika
3) Jake T Roemer - Speech Processing in a Cell Phone
Faculty Sponsor - Dr. Matt Mackie
4) Joseph Hardardt - Exploring molecular differences among distinct monocyte populations implicated in the development and progression of HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders
Faculty Sponsor - Dr. Tracy Fischer-Smith
Professor Michael L. Klein named Acting Dean of CST
With the appointment of Hai-Lung Dai as Interim Provost of Temple University, Professor Michel L. Klein will serve as Acting Dean of the College of Science and Technology. "Klein’s accomplishments in science, administration and building successful teams of interdisciplinary researchers will serve well in this new role," says Dai. "I have complete confidence in his abilities to do this important work on behalf of the college."
Michael L. Klein is Laura H. Carnell Professor of Science and Director of the Institute for Computational Molecular Science. Dr. Klein obtained his B.Sc. and Ph.D. from the University of Bristol in the U.K. He was an associate, senior and principal research officer in the Chemistry Division of the National Research Council of Canada from 1968 to 1987. He joined the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania in 1987, and was named the Hepburn Professor of Physical Science in 1993. From 1993 to 2009, when Dr. Klein joined the CST faculty, he was director of the Penn Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter, one of the leading materials research labs in the U.S.
With interests spanning the modeling of soft materials and biophysical systems from a molecular perspective, Dr. Klein is among the world’s most highly cited researchers. He is the author of more than 600 scientific publications and the editor of four books. Dr. Klein has made outstanding contributions to molecular simulation throughout his career, often collaborating with industry; is a leading proponent of science policy and supercomputer development; and has supervised the education of many graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who have gone on to outstanding careers in academe in the U.S., Europe and around the world.
Dr. Klein received the Aneesur Rahman Prize from the American Physical Society in 1999, and the Peter Debye Award from the American Chemical Society in 2008, which are, respectively, the leading awards in computational physics and physical chemistry in the U.S. He was elected to the United States National Academy of Sciences in 2009 and is an honorary fellow of many academies around the world.
Within ICMS, Dr. Klein manages a multidisciplinary team of researchers who use state-of-the-art computer simulations to model molecular behaviors in diverse environments. Similar to the way video games simulate experiences based on data—but on a much more expansive and complex level—computer models designed by the ICMS are used to verify the results of experiments put forth by collaborating researchers. ICMS research ranges from understanding nature’s molecular machines to drug discovery and impacts not only the physical and life sciences but also engineering and medicine.
Touchpoint Spring 2012
The spring 2012 issue of Touchpoint covers the soon-to-break-ground Science Education and Research Center, this year's student URP Symposium winners, the emerging model system green anole lizard and web-based lizardbase project and "chemistry on a plate," a profile of alumnus Jim Guare, who after a successufl career at Merck is now taking on a new career. Also: a message from Dean Dai, the list of Distinguished Faculty and Student Award winners, a TUteach update and photos from winter graduation.
Jie Wu named Carnell Professor
Jie Wu, chair and professor in the Department of Computer & Information Sciences, has been named Laura H. Carnell Professor of Computer Engineering by President Ann Weaver Hart and the Academic Affairs Committee of the Temple University Board of Trustees. Wu will be the fifth Carnell Professor in the College of Science and Technology. The appointment is effective July 1, 2012.
Prior to joining CST, Wu was a program director at the National Science Foundation. From 1989 to 2009, he held an appointment in the Department of Computer Science at Florida Atlantic University,where he rose to the rank of Distinguished Professor. His research interests include wireless networks, mobile computing, routing protocols, fault-tolerant computing and interconnection networks. Wu’s publications include more than 550 papers in scholarly journals and conference proceedings.
Established in 1985 by the Temple University Board of Trustees, Carnell professorships honor Temple’s first dean, Laura H. Carnell, who worked alongside founder Russell H. Conwell from 1893 until his death in 1925, most of that time as Temple’s chief administrator.
“I am honored to be included among such a distinguished and inspiring group of academics within the College of Science and Technology and across Temple University,” says Wu.
CST’s other Carnell professors are Dean Hai-Lung Dai; Franklin Davis and Michael Klein, Department of Chemistry; and Xiaoxing Xi, Department of Physics.
Dean Dai presents archbishop with honorary professorship
Hai-Lung Dai, dean of the College of Science and Technology, presented Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski with the title “Honorary Adjunct Professor” at the college.
Monsignor Zimowski, president for the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Care of Health Care Workers for the Catholic Church at the Vatican, is in charge of the Catholic Church’s global outreach for equitable health care.
Several months ago the monsignor visited the Sbarro Health Research Organization Biotechnology Research Center, a nonprofit genetics research organization located in CST. At that time, the archbishop thanked the scientists for their research “for the future of humankind.” He offered a few remarks on the history of health care and the church, particularly the role of the former pope, John Paul II, “who had the wisdom to leave a legacy of courage to pursue difficult health research.” In a humorous closing remark, he also noted the number of young people working at the lab, and thanked them for “their work, their hearts and their good big brains.”
Grant attracts computer undergrads to CST for summer research
The Department of Computer & Information Sciences in the College of Science and Technology has received a grant from the National
Science Foundation to bring top undergraduate students in
computer-related disciplines to Temple for a summer research experience.
The three-year, $319,932 Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)
grant will support 10 undergraduate students for eight weeks, during
which students will work with Temple faculty on research projects in
mobile computing, wireless communication and cloud computing. The grant
includes funding from the U.S. Department of Defense’s Awards to
Stimulate and Support Undergraduate Research Experiences (ASSURE)
Chiu Tan, assistant research professor and the principal investigator on the grant, said that the
grant will allow students to come to Temple to get “hands-on” research
experience and use equipment and resources which they may not have
access to at their own schools. “Research equipment is expensive and there are some universities that
don’t have the equipment and resources that we have available at
Temple,” he said.
CIS chair Jie Wu, a co-principal investigator on the
grant, said that attracting the top computer students from around the
country and providing them with a rewarding research experience could
ultimately lead to some of those students considering Temple for
The competitive program, which is also open to Temple students,
begins this summer and will run from May 27 to July 25. Eligible
students must be either a junior or senior, a U.S. citizen and permanent
resident, as well as majoring in the fields of computer science,
information science, computer engineering, electrical engineering or
other computer-related discipline. The 10 selected students will receive transportation, living costs and a $4,000 stipend.
Outook Fall 2011
The newest issue of Outlook,
CST's annual alumni magazine, features stories on the Computer & Information
Sciences Department; tech commercialization and multidisciplinary research
throughout the college; new faculty; class notes and an Honor Roll of Donors.
You can also read a special message from Dean Hai-Lung Dai; meet alumni Marcda
Hilaire, Joseph Allegra and Mirza Ahmed and learn more about our award-winning
students and professors.
Professors Kotochigova and Martoff named American Physical Society Fellows
Two CST faculty members, Svetlana Kotochigova and C. J. Martoff, have been elected Fellows of the American Physical Society (APS). Fellowship in APS is limited to no more than one half of one percent of the society’s more than 46,000 members.
Election to APS Fellowship is recognition by peers of outstanding contributions to physics. The APS noted Professor Kotochigova’s “insightful theoretical description of the formation and control of ultracold molecules in optical trapping potentials.” Professor Martoff was singled out by the APS for his many “innovative contributions to the development of detectors for dark matter, in particular for the invention of negative ion DRIFT.”
Each fellowship nomination is evaluated by the fellowship committee of the appropriate APS division, topical group or forum. After review by the APS Fellowship Committee, the successful candidates are elected by APS Council. APS is active in public and governmental affairs, and in the international physics community. In addition, the society conducts extensive programs in education, public outreach and media relations.
New Mathematics Update newsletter
The Department of Mathematics completed another successful year. You can read all about it, meet new faculty members and learn more about student and faculty accomplishments in the first issue of Mathematics Update.
The College of Science and Technology Distinguished Faculty and Student Awards
The College of Science and Technology has awarded its 2011 Distinguished Faculty and Student Awards, honoring faculty for teaching, mentoring and research and undergraduate and graduate students who have demonstrated exceptional achievement in the classroom and laboratory. For the full list of awardees, click here.
2011 URP Research Symposium Award Winners
First Place Winner for the Presentation Session - $500 Award
Uduak Udoeyo, Junior Biology Major
Presentation Title - Titanium dioxide doped with palladium nanoparticles for sensing hydrazine
Faculty Sponsor - Dr. Eric Borguet
First Place Winner for the Poster Session - $500 Award
Khristina Pavlenko, Junior Chemistry Major
Poster Title - Cannabidiol and mechanisms in preventing chemotherapy-neuropathic pain in female mice C57/Bl/6
Faculty Sponsor - Dr. Sara Ward
Second Place Winner for the Poster Session - $300 Award
Petra Brayo, Junior Neuroscience Major
Poster Title - Role of Pur-a in Temodar Induced DNA Damage
Faculty Sponsor - Dr. Shohreh Amini
Honorable Mention for the Poster Session - $100 Award
Sachin Parikh, Senior Neuroscience Major
Poster Title - Does the slip model apply during inverted running in cockroaches?
Faculty Sponsor - Dr. Tonia Hsieh
Honorable Mention for the Poster Session - $100 Award
Kristina Roth, Senior Chemistry Major
Poster Title - Time dependent vesicle exchange of hydrogenated and dueterated DMPC SUVs
Faculty Sponsor - Dr. Stephanie Wunder
Vanguard helps CIS students attend Grace Hopper Computing Conference
Four CIS students will present their research at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference in Portland, Ore. this November. Inspired by computer pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper, the conference highlights research and career interests of women in computing.
“It’s a great opportunity for students to see what women innovators and leaders have done in our field,” said Instructor Wendy Urban who, along with Instructor Claudia Pine-Simon, mentored the Temple students.
Two CIS student projects where chosen. Moriah Baxevane-Connell’s “Women and Computer-Related Fields of Study” investigates how high school and college students view computer classes. Annika Lutz, Emily Le Blanc and Kathryn Knauth presented “Mind-Body Kinection, Utilizing the Kinect Platform for Therapeutic Recreation,” which explores how users can control 3D graphics through body movements.
Vanguard, the investment firm that also serves on CIS’ advisory council, will provide $2,900 to offset the students’ conference costs. “Vanguard is an outstanding corporate partner,” said Urban, noting the firm consistently hires interns and full-time employees from CIS. “For students to see such a highly regarded company so committed to Temple, that is a huge plus.”
Biology student Haley Gilles earns CARAS grant to study bird collisions on Main Campus
To find out more about the bird collision problem on Main Campus, Haley Gillis applied for and received a grant from Temple's Creative Arts, Research and Scholarship Program (CARAS), which provides up to $3,000 for scholarly, creative and research projects. "I've been working with the Temple grounds crew to track where and when birds crash into windows," says Gilles. "I'm testing different types of film on glass in Beury Hall to determine which are the most effective at mitigating bird strikes. Hopefully, the university can install them in other locations across campus."
Read more about her project and her experience with feeding cheetahs 'bloodsicles."
Undergraduate Research Program Students Earn Scholarships
Five CST students currently participating in the Undergraduate Research Program (URP) were awarded Dean’s Scholarship in recognition of their outstanding work in the classroom and lab. The $2,000 scholarships went to Ashia Bibi, Petra Brayo, Mateusz Dobrowolski, Cheryl Doughty and Feisi Liang.
Another URP student, Nicole Haloupek, received the $2,000 Hazel M. Tomlinson, Ph.D. Memorial Scholarship. Established in 1995 by the estate of Tomlinson (BA ’26, MA ’28, Chem), a long-time member of the chemistry faculty, the scholarship is awarded to undergraduate chemistry students who have demonstrated academic achievement and financial need.
Begun in the summer of 2009, URP aims to get more CST student into the laboratory with world-class Temple researchers. Students receive academic credit for lab work and can earn an hourly stipend. More than 220 students have participated in the program, working with faculty from CST and across the University. In addition to this year’s awardees, there have been seven other URP students who have earned CST scholarships.