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Tradition continues with 2020-21 academic year

With the beginning of the fall semester comes tea and colloquium as has been the department tradition for over 20 years. On Wednesday, September 9, 2020, the department held its first tea and colloquium of the academic year with a robust gathering of faculty, staff and students attending. The week’s invited speaker participated in the event, and department chair Gordon Erlebacher welcomed Michelle Kuchera, Ph.D., assistant professor of computational physics at Davidson College, an alum who was also in attendance.

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Orientation for new graduate students

An online welcome and orientation was held on Monday, August 17, 2020 for the department’s new masters and doctoral students. The virtual orientation was held via Zoom and featured a host of department and university affiliates, each with information the students will need in the coming years.

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Chouhan interns at national laboratory

Pankaj Chouhan, a Scientific Computing doctoral student, has been awarded a summer internship with Argonne National Laboratory. The internship is a virtual one – the experience will be carried out remotely with the use of the lab’s telecommuting technology and communication tools. There are no physical or on-site requirements at the lab to protect affiliates from COVID-19.

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Professor emeritus continues scholarship

Emeritus professor Ionel Michael Navon hasn’t missed a beat since his retirement. Each year since 2014, Navon has published a dozen or so papers, and continued his contributions to mentorship and service to the sciences. As an affirmation of his outstanding body of work, Navon was honored with Festschrift for his 50-year contribution to the sciences.

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SC Alum awarded Fulbright

Recently, a Scientific Computing doctoral alum, Evan Cresswell-Clay, received a U.S. Fulbright award. As a Ph.D. student, Cresswell-Clay selected Compartmental modeling of Calcium Dynamics in Astrocytes, for his research project. He will continue his research on astrocytes for his Fulbright project in Spain.

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