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Math professor named president of Bernoulli Society

OSU professor of mathematics and of statistics, Edward Waymire was installed
as President of the Bernoulli Society for Mathematical Statistics and
Probability during the congress of the International Statistical Institute
in Dublin, Ireland on Thursday, August 26, 2011. The Bernoulli Society,
formed in 1975, is the world society for statistics and probability theory.
It is the largest section of the International Statistical Institute, one of
the oldest international scientific associations functioning in the modern
world. Having completed a two-year term as president-elect, he will now
serve as President of the Bernoulli Society for the coming two years.
Professor Waymire will be on sabbatical leave from OSU to the Courant
Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University during the coming
academic year 2011-2012.

Maddison named to California Academy of Science as Fellow

California Academy of Sciences is pleased to announce that 15 new members have joined the ranks of the Academy Fellows, a governing group of around 300 distinguished scientists who have made notable contributions to one or more of the natural sciences. David Maddison, holder of the Harold and Leona Rice Professor of Systematic Entomology and director of the Oregon State Arthropod Collection at Oregon State University, is among those named. Maddison’s research focuses on the evolution of beetles, and developing methods and software for phylogenetic analysis. He is celebrated for his role as co-developer of some of the most significant and widely used tools in contemporary systematics for developing, analyzing, preserving, and disseminating data on evolutionary biology and systematics—namely MacClade, Mesquite, and the website Tree of Life, a collaborative Internet effort that seeks to create an illustrated, annotated phylogeny of all living things, including both the branches (clades) and the leaves (species).

Undergraduate research awards

The Research Office is pleased to announce the awards for the Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship and Creativity (URISC) 2011-12 Fall/Winter/Spring solicitation.

The following proposals have been selected for funding:

Corkery, Andrew [Major: Botany] (Faculty Project Advisor: Sajaya Rao, Dept. of Crop and Soil Science, College of Agricultural Sciences): “Biological Control of a Key Pest in a Willamette Valley Crop”

Gibson, Yvette [Major: Natural Resources] (Faculty Project Advisor: Kate Lajtha, Dept. of Crop and Soil Science, College of Agricultural Sciences): “Fertility and Soil Quality in a Pollution Impacted Hungarian Forest”

Goodrich, Danielle [Major: Environmental Sciences] (Faculty Project Advisor: John Fowler, Dept. of Botany and Plant Pathology, College of Agricultural Sciences): “Investigation of Myosin and Exocyst Function in Diffuse Cell Growth in Arabidopsis”

Grizzle, Angelica [Major: Human Development and Family Sciences / Early Childhood Development and Education] (Faculty Project Advisor: Megan McClelland, Dept. of Human Development and Family Sciences, College of Health and Human Sciences): “The Relationship between Having Siblings and Children’s Self-Regulation”

Jones, Christopher [Major: Physics] (Faculty Project Advisor: Yevgeniy Kovchegov, Dept. of Mathematics, College of Science): “Quantum Walks and Quantum Algorithms”

Leathers, James [Major: Exercise and Sports Science / Pre-Medicine] (Faculty Project Advisor: Michelle Steinauer, Dept. of Biomedical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine): “The Role of Co-infection in Host-Parasite Compatibility”

Patel, Vickie [Major: Biology / Pre-Dental] (Faculty Project Advisor: Luiz Bermudez, Dept. of Biomedical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine): “The Effect of Antibiotics on Enterococcus Bacteria and Biofilm Bacteria”

Pham, Phuong [Major: Biochemistry and Biophysics] (Faculty Project Advisor: Gary Merrill, Dept. of Biochemistry and Biophysics, College of Science): “Mapping the Intrinsic Carbonyl Reducing Activity of Thioredoxin Reductase”

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