Congratulations to the team under the leadership of Roohollah Ebrahimian. Our Putnam Team was ranked 20th out of 427 institutions this year. This is our fifth year in a row that we rank among top 20 teams in the Putnam competition. Our team members were Steppan Konoplev, Thomas Luo, and Gerrett Peters. Steppan Konoplev and Thomas Luo were recognized as one of top 193 students in the 2021 Putnam competition. You can read more about our activities on the website at

Congratulations to Assistant Professors Lei Chen (math), Alicia Kollár (physics) and Pratyush Tiwary (chemistry and biochemistry/IPST), who received 2022 Sloan Research Fellowships from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. 118 of these two-year, $75,000 fellowships were awarded this year to early-career researchers in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field. 

Since the first Sloan Research Fellowships were awarded in 1955, 68 faculty members from UMD have received a Sloan Research Fellowship. A dozen CMNS faculty members have been awarded Sloan Research Fellowships since 2015.

Antonio De Rosa will be receiving the Career Award from the NSF for his project “Existence, regularity, uniqueness and stability in anisotropic geometric variational problems.”

Congratulations to seniors Steven Jin (math major) and Naveen Raman (math and computer science double major), who were awarded prestigious 2022 Churchill Scholarships! They will spend next year at the University of Cambridge pursuing master’s degrees.  There are only 16 students nationally in all STEM areas that are chosen for this award and this is the first time ever that math majors from Maryland receive the Churchill Scholarship.  It is a great achievement.
- Steven has been working on research with Larry Washington and Thomas Haines and participated in multiple summer REU programs.
- Naveen is in ACES and has done research with Aravind Srinivasan, John Dickerson, Jordan Boyd-Graber and Max Leiserson at UMD and spent time doing research at other institutions as well.
Congratulations Steven and Naveen!

NASA Administrator Bill Nelson announced that Dr. Katherine Calvin will serve the agency in dual roles as chief scientist and senior climate advisor effective Monday.

Calvin succeeds Jim Green, who retired from his role Jan. 1 as chief scientist after more than 40 years of service at NASA, and Gavin Schmidt, who has served as senior climate advisor in an acting capacity since the position was created in February 2021. NASA established the senior climate advisor position to ensure effective fulfillment of the Biden-Harris Administration's climate science objectives for the agency. Schmidt will maintain his role as director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York.

"I'm thrilled to welcome Kate to the NASA family, where she will bring her expertise in integrated human-Earth system modeling to help ensure the Biden Administration has the data needed to achieve the critical goal of protecting our planet," Nelson said. "I also want to thank Jim and Gavin for their invaluable leadership to NASA and the world as chief scientist and senior climate advisor."

As chief scientist and senior climate advisor, Calvin will serve as principal advisor to the administrator and other agency leaders on NASA science programs, strategic planning, and policy. She will also represent the agency's strategic science objectives and contributions to the national and international science communities.

"Climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing our nation – and our planet," Calvin said. "NASA is a world leader in climate and Earth science. I'm excited to be a part of the team that is helping to advance this important science mission."

Previously, Calvin was an Earth scientist at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's Joint Global Change Research Institute in College Park, Maryland. She worked on the institute's Global Change Analysis Model, a system for exploring and analyzing the relationships between human and Earth systems, and the Department of Energy's Energy Exascale Earth System Model, a system for analyzing the Earth system.

Calvin holds master's and doctoral degrees in management, science, and engineering from Stanford University and a bachelor's degree in computer science and mathematics from the University of Maryland.

Congratulations to Rodrigo upon receiving this award. Rodrigo's 5-year project: “Renormalization and higher rank parabolic actions” will start this summer. In addition to the research components of the project, the education program includes various outreach activities, including the “Girls Talk Math” summer school, and the activities of the experimental geometry lab (to be renamed as the Lab for Experimental Mathematics).

CAREER: The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization. Activities pursued by early-career faculty should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research.