NIST Awards UM $15.5 Million in Stimulus Funds for Fellowships

College Park, Md. -- The U.S. Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced Friday that it is awarding $15.5 million to the University of Maryland to develop and implement a national NIST measurement science and engineering fellowship program. The new fellowship program was funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

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Johnpierre Paglione Receives NSF CAREER Grant

Johnpierre Paglione was awarded a NSF CAREER grant for MilliKelvin Magnetic Field-Angle-Resolved of Quantum Materials. His goal is to develop an experimental platform capable of probing the symmetry and anisotropic nature of quantum materials by measuring heat capacity and other thermal properties in large fully rotatable magnetic fields and at temperatures approaching absolute zero.

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Satindar Mohan Bhagat Creator of Zero-Rupee Note

Satindar Mohan Bhagat was mentioned in the Economist Magazine January 28 and several other publications this past week. Professor Bhagat created the zero-rupee note, in 2001, to fight petty corruption in India.

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Rabindra Mohapatra Named Outstanding Referee

Rabi Mohapatra is among the 157 Outstanding Referees of the Physical Review and Physical Review Letters journals, as chosen by the journal editors for 2010.

Initiated in 2008, the Outstanding Referee program expresses appreciation for the essential work that anonymous peer reviewers do for our journals. Each year a small percentage of our 42,000 referees are selected and honored with the Outstanding Referee designation. Selections are made based on the number, quality, and timeliness of referee reports as collected in a database over the last 20 years. The program will recognize about 150 referees each year, although larger groups were selected in 2008 and 2009.

A full listing and further details on the program are available here: