Saint Michael’s College,Principal Investigator, Professor Ellis-Monaghan of Grand Isle, and co-principal investigator Dr. Greta Pangborn, SMC assistant professor of computer science, of Winooski, have been awarded a three-year National Science Foundation grant of $200,000 for the period from September 1, 2010 through August 31, 2013.‘With this support, we’ll be able to explore math questions that have never been raised before,’ said Dr. Joanna Ellis-Monaghan, Saint Michael’s College associate professor of mathematics, ‘and those are the interesting questions.’‘This NSF grant allows us to continue the collaborative work between math and computer science of designing nanoconstructs, with student assistants, that has the potential for wide practical application,’ Dr. Ellis-Monaghan said.The professors, who have been collaborating for several years now, will involve four, funded, research assistants, who are Saint Michael’s students: Mary Spuches, a junior math major from North Syracuse, N.Y., Thomas Dickerson, a sophomore computer science major from Bristol, Vt., Christopher Lessard, a sophomore mathematics major from Stoneham, Mass., and Kelsey King, a sophomore mathematics and education double major from Lyndonville, Vt. These, and other students, will work on the project over the course of the three-year project.Awarding of this grant was enhanced by the strong track record these professors and others at Saint Michael’s have in propelling their students into post-graduate studies. Professors Ellis-Monaghan and Pangborn have co-authored a number of journal articles with students, and they have now or have had former students pursuing advanced math- and CS-related degrees at RPI, UNH, Colorado State, UVM, Notre Dame, NC State, Dartmouth, WPI, Johns Hopkins, the University of Chicago and elsewhere.The NSF funded project titled, ‘Collaborative Research: New Graph Theory from and for Nanoconstruct Design Strategies,’ focuses on using mathematics and computers to design nanoconstructs to carry out practical jobs in the future. These could be applied to such tasks as directing medicines within the body to precisely the right location for effective drug delivery, or any number of other challenges in chemistry, biology and other areas.Nano (tiny) technology has great promise for biosensors, nanoelectronics (inside high tech equipment), biomolecular computer activity, as well as drug delivery.DNA self-assembly of nanostructures‘Recent research has focused on DNA self-assembly of nanoscale geometric constructs,’Professor Ellis-Monaghan said, because DNA replicates itself. Working with biologists, the mathematicians and computer scientists have developed a variety of three-D structures from self-assembling DNA, including cubes, octahedrals, buckyballs, and even tiny boxes with opening lids.One essential element in the process is designing the molecules needed for the nanostructure, the fewer needed the better the design. The NSF grant specifically supports the professors and their students in developing the tools needed to minimize the number of molecules to be created for a given nanoconstruct. Professor Ellis-Monaghan says the potential for putting these constructs to practical use are boundless. In the meantime, she and Professor Pangborn and their student assistants will forge ahead in developing the necessary tools.Source: Saint Michael’s College. 9.8.2010Photo: Saint Michael’s College Professors Joanna Ellis-Monaghan and Greta Pangborn. Photo credit: Andy Duback Learn What Matters at Saint Michael’s College, The Edmundite Catholic liberal arts college, www.smcvt.edu(link is external) . Saint Michael’s provides education with a social conscience, producing graduates with the intellectual tools to lead successful, purposeful lives that will contribute to peace and justice in our world. Founded in 1904 by the Society of St. Edmund and headed by President John J. Neuhauser, Saint Michael’s College is located three miles from Burlington, Vermont, one of America’s top college towns. It is identified by the Princeton Review as one of the nations Best 371 Colleges, and is included in the 2011 Fiske Guide to Colleges. Saint Michael’s is one of only 280 colleges and universities nationwide, one of only 20 Catholic colleges, with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter. Saint Michael’s has 1,900 undergraduate students, some 500 graduate students and 100 international students. Saint Michael’s students and professors have received Rhodes, Woodrow Wilson, Pickering, Guggenheim, Fulbright, and other grants. The college is one of the nation’s top-100, Best Liberal Arts Colleges as listed in the 2011 U.S. News & World Report rankings.-30-
MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNMingling with Cubs players and staff on the field at Marlins Park before the teams’ game Monday, Zambrano hesitated at first, then showed an email from the independent Chicago Dogs, based in suburban Rosemont, Illinois, welcoming him to the 2019 team.Carlos Zambrano says he had “an encounter with God” that brought him back to baseball. https://t.co/7fyx3FigAz— Chicago Sun-Times (@Suntimes) April 16, 2019A year after what the Sun-Times described as a halfhearted comeback attempt in Mexico, he promised this, citing “an encounter with God”: He is serious about his attempt to return to the majors as a reliever.”Now I want to play,’’ he said. “Now I want to see what happens.”So, too, might Cubs fans.Recall that Zambrano, who arguably had the best pure stuff in a rotation that included Mark Prior and Kerry Wood, got in a fistfight in the dugout with catcher Michael Barrett in 2007, was suspended six games in 2009 after a heated argument with an umpire (and destroying a Gatorade dispenser) and in 2011 gave up five homers in a start in August, was ejected and cleaned out his locker in Atlanta and left Turner Field, reportedly telling teammates he was retiring.He never pitched for the Cubs again. They suspended him after the meltdown in Atlanta and new club president Theo Epstein traded him to the Marlins. Former Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano is plotting a comeback.Zambrano, a talented but mercurial right-hander with commanding stuff a decade ago, told the Chicago Sun-Times: ‘‘Why not? Bartolo [Colon] pitched until he was 45. I’m 37.” But, the Sun-Times noted, as often as old friends found him on the field Monday in Miami for hugs and jokes about whether he could pitch Monday, Zambrano “had an air of seriousness behind his smiles while he watched the Cubs take batting practice.”Last year in the Mexican League, his fastball touched 89 mph, tops in the league according to the story, and he said he hit 94 during winter ball in his native Venezuela.‘‘I want to see if I can throw 95 again,” he said.