News & Events: October 30

David Mays previews forthcoming book at CU Denver STEM Education Symposium
Yiming Deng wins a CU Denver-sponsored Pilot Research Mentorship Program
CEAS seminar Oct. 31: Everything you wanted to know about Hyper-rings (but were afraid to ask)
Bioengineering Graduate Open House, Nov. 2
FALL 2012 Graduation Dates/Deadlines and Instructions
Call for nominations: 2012 Elizabeth D. Gee Memorial Lectureship Award; due Nov. 16
Call for nominations: 2013 Thomas Jefferson Awards; due Nov. 30

Have news or events you want to share with the college? Contact Erica Lefeave.

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David Mays previews forthcoming book at CU Denver STEM Education Symposium

On Thursday, Oct. 25, Civil Engineering Assistant Professor David Mays spoke at the CU Denver STEM Education Symposium. As a founding member of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Excellence in Water Resources Education Committee, Mays provided an overview of the committee’s forthcoming book entitled, “H2Oh! Classroom Demonstrations for Water Concepts,” including a live enactment of the classroom demonstration on orifice head loss in fluid mechanics.

The STEM Education Symposium was organized by the Math and Science Learning and Education (MSLE) Consortium, and was attended by 40-50 faculty from the colleges of engineering, liberal arts, and education, unified by common interest in promoting better learning of science, engineering, technology, and mathematics (STEM).

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Yiming Deng wins a CU Denver-sponsored Pilot Research Mentorship Program

Electrical Engineering Assistant Professor Yiming Deng has won a CU Denver-sponsored Pilot Research Mentorship Program. The goal of the program is to foster career development in pre-tenure faculty by supporting the development of research mentoring relationships with off-campus science and engineering leaders. Deng is partnering with Yongming Liu, an associate professor of aerospace engineering from Arizona State University, to be his mentor. Liu’s research expertise is in the multi-scale damage mechanics of materials, probabilistic methods for risk assessment, and prognostics and health management of engineering structures.

Their collaborative research is to develop a near-field microwave imaging technique using open-ended waveguide probes that offers micron to sub-mm spatial resolution and provides non-contact, one-sided and near real-time measurement capabilities at the same time. The imaging system will be dedicated to detect and image composite materials discontinuities and distributions such as delamination and disbond in carbon or glass fiber reinforced polymers.

Deng has been working to achieve and sustain excellence in research in imaging and sensors development for nondestructive testing and structural health monitoring. This partnership will have a significant impact on his professional development and research productivity.

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CEAS seminar Oct. 31: Everything you wanted to know about Hyper-rings (but were afraid to ask)

UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO DENVER
College of Engineering and Applied Science
Fall 2012 Seminar Series
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Wednesday,  October 31, 2012
11:15 a.m., NC 3212

Everything you wanted to know about Hyper-rings (but were afraid to ask)
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Tom Altman
Department of Computer Science and Engineering
University of Colorado Denver

Abstract
A circulant graph is called a hyper-ring with N nodes (N-HR for short) if all of its nodes (labeled 0 ..N-1) that are exactly a power of two away from each other are connected. We prove that the node-connectivity of an N-HR is equal to its degree by presenting an algorithm for an explicit construction of the node-disjoint paths connecting any pair of nodes s and t. The length of these paths is bounded by a function of the positional distance between s and t. After discussing some of the more interesting properties of HRs, their construction, and applicability to various problem domains, we show a broadcasting scheme and a node-to-node communication protocol for HRs that require an optimal number of rounds, even in the presence of node failures.
Various topologies have been proposed for interconnecting processors in large scaled parallel and/or distributed systems. Hyper-rings (HRs) and their variations have appeared in the literature under several names, including optimal broadcasting scheme and binary jumping networks. The structure, properties, and advantages of this family of networks and their fault tolerance will be addressed and analyzed in detail.
Node-connectivity of a network, denoted by ĸ, is fundamental in the analysis of network reliability and/or security. Menger’s Theorem relates the connectivity of a graph G to the size of the smallest set of pair-wise internally node-disjoint paths between any pair of nodes s and t. Hence, in a network, multiple copies of a message may be sent through a number of disjoint paths and fault tolerance can be achieved in this manner. Partitioning a secret message into sub-messages, or using Rabin’s Information Dispersal Algorithm, where every i-th packet is transmitted via the i-th mod ĸ path, may prevent (or at least make it more difficult) for adversaries to intercept and decipher it.

Bio.

Dr. Altman has been a Professor of Computer Science at UCD since 1997. His previous work with Prof. A. Wala at UK (1986-1990) has resulted in a first in the world mine ventilation expert system (MVES) and a physical MV-laboratory model that was used for analyzing the fine points of system simulation, ventilation control, monitoring systems, and various network optimization and other numerical methods. The MVES project involved a graph-theoretical formalization for the representation of underground coal mines, flow prediction techniques, and analyses of gas concentrations. Dr. Altman’s work with Dr. P. Boulos on network-flow optimization, water quality simulation, optimal design and operation, and related numerical methods has spanned for more than twenty years. It has resulted in over twenty conference and journal papers, some of which have received awards such as ASCE’s Research Paper of the Year, EPA’s Star Award, and others. The theoretical results were developed into a software package, H2O-net, which is widely recognized as the state-of-the-art software for the applications above. It is used by over 70% of the largest water utility companies in the USA. Presently, Dr. Altman is working on a various projects ranging from Bioinformatics and Data Mining, parallel computation, to Formal Language Theory and the evaluation of Linguistic Geometry AI decision-making algorithms with Professor B. Stilman.

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Bioengineering Graduate Open House, Nov. 2

The Department of Bioengineering’s graduate program open house is scheduled for this Friday, November 2, from noon to 5 p.m. in the Bushnell Auditorium in Building 500 on the Anschutz Medical Campus. The agenda include a campus tour, presentations from faculty, and a faculty meet-and-greet.

For more information and to RSVP, visit the bioengineering graduate program web page.

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FALL 2012 Graduation Dates/Deadlines and Instructions

Here are some very important dates regarding the FALL 2012 Graduation list:

  • Saturday, December 15, 2012 – End of Semester. Commencement Ceremonies held 9:00am at the Denver Convention Center.
  • Thursday, December 20, 2012 – ALL GRADES DUE BY ALL FACULTY who are teaching courses in the FALL 2012 semester.
  • Thursday, December 20, 2012 – ALL IP/I GRADES MUST BE CHANGED AND SUBMITTED TO THE OFFICE OF RECORDS AND REGISTRATION FOR ALL INCOMPLETE/IN PROGRESS COURSES ON STUDENT TRANSCRIPTS. GRADE CHANGES ARE ONLY ACCEPTED THROUGH THE PROPER COMPLETION AND SUBMISSION OF A “CHANGE OF RECORD FORM.”
  • Monday, December 24, 2012 – Grades available to students/faculty/staff on the web. Departments should verify all grades are recorded on student transcripts and investigate any/all missing grades which may prevent a student being approved for graduation.
  • Monday, December 24, 2012 – Tuesday, January 8, 2013 – Departments responsible for determining, resolving and notifying students of any/all administrative issues that may prevent a student from graduating in the SUMMER 2012 semester.
  • Wednesday, January 9, 2013 – ALL COMPLETED FALL 2012 GRADUATING STUDENT FILES TO ME FOR FINAL REVIEW.
  • Wednesday, January 9, 2013 – Departments responsible for notifying/advising ALL student(s) who have been denied FALL 2012 graduation. THIS IS AN ADVISING FUNCTION AND IS NOT PERFORMED IN THE DEAN’S OFFICE.
  • Thursday, January 31, 2013 – Degrees posted on official student transcripts. Official transcripts showing degrees posted available to students.
  • Friday, September 22, 2013 – Diplomas mailed to students. (Diplomas mailed to addresses on ISIS and provided by students.)

Directions for FALL 2012 GRADUATION files are below:

  • ALL STUDENT FILES MUST CONTAIN THE MOST CURRENT  (FALL 2102) TRANSCRIPT which indicates ALL grades including FALL 2012 grades. If a student’s transcript shows a missing grade for any course that is needed for graduation, the department should immediately investigate the missing grade to determine the reason and resolve any administrative issues.
  • ALL  incomplete (I), in progress (IP) grades MUST have a letter grade on the transcript for ALL semesters including FALL 2012. (Remember CAND 5940 does not ever display a grade only the distinction ****).
  • DO NOT PLACE ANY FORMS THAT ARE IN NEED OF PROCESSING IN THE STUDENT’S FILE OR STAPLE THEM TO  THE OUTSIDE OF THE FILE. All forms that need processing must be completed by following the proper college procedures set forth by Associate Dean, Bruce Janson. PLACING FORMS THAT NEED PROCESSING IN A STUDENT’S FILE WILL DELAY THE PROCESS FOR GRADUATION APPROVAL.
  • ALL transfer credit(s) must appear on ISIS and verified/applied correctly to the students program sheet (BS) or Application for Admission to Candidacy(MS, MENG). Each department is responsible for verifying that transfer credit appears on ISIS and  is appropriately applied to degree requirements. Department Signatures indicate this function has been appropriately verified.
  • ALL Program Sheets, Application for Admission to Candidacy forms, Green Sheets (for graduate students only) and any other applicable paperwork MUST be correctly verified, approved and SIGNED by all appropriate individuals in each department. Incomplete files or files that are missing signatures or information will be returned to the departments jeopardizing the student’s ability to graduate. USE THE ATTACHED GREEN SHEET FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS. DO NOT USE OLD GREEN SHEETS.
  • When you have properly assembled and verified all files are complete, PLEASE SEND ALL FILES TO PAUL INCLUDING FILES OF STUDENTS WHO ARE NOT APPROVED TO GRADUATE. Paul needs ALL files including students who are not graduating for auditing purposes.
  • Please DO NOT deliver files to me as you process them. It makes it very difficult to keep track of where files are. Collect all files and deliver all of them to me at one time.

If you have any additional questions, please contact Paul Rakowski.

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Call for nominations: 2012 Elizabeth D. Gee Memorial Lectureship Award; due Nov. 16

The Women’s Committee of the Faculty Council requests nominations for the 2012 Elizabeth D. Gee Memorial Lectureship Award. This award recognizes and honors an outstanding faculty member of the University of Colorado for efforts to advance women in academia, interdisciplinary scholarly contributions and distinguished teaching. The award carries a $1,000 prize, and the recipient will have an opportunity to present his/her scholarly work at the CU Women Succeeding Annual Professional Development Symposium held on February 22, 2013. Previous nominees are encouraged to re-apply. Preference will be given to nominees who have been with the University of Colorado at least five years.

Eligibility: Any full-time faculty member from any of the CU campuses may be nominated.

Criteria: The criteria for selecting recipients of the award are as follows:

  • Record of advancing women in the academic community (please note that nominee should show evidence of advancing women beyond his/her own department);
  • Significant and original scholarship and/or creative work;
  • Record of research, teaching, and/or service that pushes the boundaries of disciplinary knowledge and makes connection between disciplines;
  • Distinguished record in teaching excellence.

Nomination packets should be sent to facultycouncil@cu.edu. For more information and instructions on the nomination process, please visit our website. If you have any questions about the nomination process, please contact Karen Jonscher at karen.jonscher@ucdenver.edu.

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Call for nominations: 2013 Thomas Jefferson Awards

The University of Colorado is looking for nominations for the 2013 Thomas Jefferson Awards. The CU Thomas Jefferson Awards are awarded to those persons who advance the ideals of Thomas Jefferson, which include:

  • broad interests in literature, arts and sciences, and public affairs;
  • a strong concern for the advancement of higher education;
  • a deeply seated sense of individual civic responsibility; and
  • a profound commitment to the welfare and rights of the individual

Nominations must be received by Nov. 30. Learn more at www.cu.edu/jefferson-award.

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