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DSC student receives Legacy Fellowship for Ph.D. studies

Jhamieka Greenwood

A Scientific Computing master’s degree student was recently selected to receive Florida State University’s Legacy Fellowship Award. Jhamieka Greenwood is the recipient of the fellowship, one of the university’s highest honors for a graduate student. Greenwood received the email with the good news at the end of the Spring semester.

“I was delighted to get the news of the award personally from [Scientific Computing Chair] Dr. (Gordon) Erlebacher last Tuesday evening. It was the good news I needed after receiving rejection letters from other fellowships during the week before. I appreciate the department noticing my hard work and nominating me for the award.”

Her professor, Bryan Quaife, is pleased with Greenwood’s fellowship, too.

“I am excited that Jhamieka has been awarded a Legacy Fellowship,” said Quaife. “This will enable her to continue her high impact research that investigates fundamental processes in fire and plume dynamics. This research will ultimately be transitioned to other scientists, fire managers, and the general public through an augmented reality sandbox. I look forward to working with Jhamieka throughout her Ph.D. studies.”

Greenwood graduates in the upcoming summer semester with the Master of Computational Science degree; the fellowship starts in Fall 2022 as she begins doctoral studies in Computational Fire Dynamics.

The Legacy Fellowship is awarded to newly-admitted doctoral or MFA students, and provides a tuition waiver, stipend, health insurance, and a .5 FTE assistantship for up to five consecutive academic years.

For more on the Legacy Fellowship, go to this link.

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Grad student's art in competition

Ph.D. candidate Tara Khodaei is a finalist in the Graduate School’s Honors, Scholars, and Fellows Student Excellence in the Visual Arts competition. Khodaei’s piece, Greedy Seed, “highlights the human seizure of planet Earth and how it directly affects the collapse of ecosystems and the loss of nature.”

Greedy Seed

The Graduate School will announce competition winners at the Honors, Scholars, and Fellows House on Friday, April 8th from 1:30 – 3pm. The university community is invited to attend to enjoy free refreshments and the entire art exhibition displayed throughout the building. Award announcements will begin at 2:15pm.

You can vote for Greedy Seed, Khodaei’s artwork, for the People’s Choice Award until Friday, April 8th at 2pm by visiting this link. You can see all the artwork in the online gallery here.

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Sagel takes 3 Minute Thesis award

Daryn SagelA Scientific Computing Ph.D. candidate in Computational Science and Fire Dynamics won second place in the Florida State University Three Minute Thesis (3MT™) annual competition. Daryn Sagel presented research entitled, Modern Methods of Analyzing Fire Spread, which discusses methods used to analyze and predict the spread of wildfires. 3MT™ is a research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland, Australia, that develops academic, research and presentation skills and supports the development of students' capacities to effectively explain their research (which can be quite complex) in language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience. Doctoral students have three minutes to present their dissertation topic and its significance in a compelling, clear and concise manner.

“Daryn combines computer vision techniques with atmospheric and fire science to characterize high-resolution fire and plume dynamics. Many models often simplify fire spread with a few numbers such as the burn time and the rate of spread,” said Bryan Quaife, Sagel’s professor. “Daryn demonstrated that this is an over-simplification, even for small controlled burns. Rather than using a few mean values, Daryn performed a statistical analysis of the burn time and rate of spread. She demonstrated that the downwind rate of spread can be well-approximated with an exponential distribution, implying that fire models can be interpreted as a Poisson process. Daryn is extending her methodology to investigate near-field plume dynamics which is supported by the Department of Defense Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program.”

This is the ninth year of the competition at Florida State, and there were eight finalists. Sagel, who won $750, tied for second place with Nidha Walia, a student in Biological Science.

To see Sagel’s award winning presentation, go to this link.
For more on 3MT™, click here.
For more on Quaife and his group, go to his lab's webpage.