APL's STEREO mission stars in Smithsonian IMAX
spacecraft animations created by Steve Gribben of the
Group at APL sizzle on the big screen in 3D Sun, a digital
IMAX film that opened in March at the
Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. The
20-minute movie features the STEREO —
for Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory — mission
to help audiences understand the impact the sun
has on Earth.
Moviegoers feel like they're floating alongside the
spacecraft while coronal mass ejections blast
from the sun, solar particles stream past, and auroras
dance across the Arctic Circle's night sky.
Featured in the film is Nicky Fox of APL's Space
Department, who explains how these
shimmering waves of light are created when charged
particles from the solar wind are channeled
through Earth's magnetic field into the polar regions.
Essentially, she says, when the sun sneezes, the
Earth catches a cold.
Additionally, STEREO's first 3-D images of the sun are
featured, and the APL-based mission
operations center is highlighted with several team members
shown operating the twin observatories.
The film, which is being shown internationally and in
multiple languages, will run at the
Smithsonian's Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater through at least
New classroom technology showcased at MSE
Winners of the 2008 Technology Fellows competition
will demonstrate their technological
innovations from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, May 6, on Q-Level
at Homewood's MSE Library. All nine of the
faculty-student teams will be available to explain how they
used their $5,000 mini-grants to enhance
Projects cover a wide range of disciplines, from
Mapping Museums and Human Anatomy to
Illustrating Transport Phenomena and Digital Adventures in
the History of Music.
All faculty who attend will receive a free 1GB mini-
–flash drive with information about the
Technology Fellowship Program. Students who attend will
have a chance to receive gift certificates at
Now in its eighth year, the Technology Fellowship
Program was created by the Sheridan
Libraries' Center for Educational Resources to assist
faculty in the development of digital course
resources. Funded by the Office of the President and the
Smart Family Foundation, the program
awards $5,000 grants to faculty/student teams for projects
that integrate technology into
instructional programs. CER technology experts and
librarians collaborate with the teams on projects
that encourage active learning, facilitate access to course
materials and enhance pedagogy.
For more information about the program, contact Cheryl
firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-516-7181 or go to www.cer.jhu.edu.
Jacqueline Pollauf performs in 'Peabody at Homewood'
The Peabody at Homewood concert series concludes the
season on Friday, May 2, with a 5:45
p.m. performance by harpist Jacqueline Pollauf, who has
been praised as playing with "glittering
Pollauf has appeared as the featured soloist with the
Toledo, Newark and Firelands symphony
orchestras, and is the principal harpist with the
Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra. She will
perform works by Handel, Respighi Rota and Pescetti.
Pollauf holds bachelor and master of music
degrees from Peabody, where she studied with Ruth K.
Tickets are $15; $12 members. Reservations are
required; call 410-516-5589.
Applied Physics Laboratory names its Inventions of the
A system to scope out suspicious computer use, an
epidemic-identification program and super-
thin batteries based on nanotubes are APL's Inventions of
the Year. The winners were selected from
the 125 inventions reported by 177 staffers in 2007. An
independent panel of 25 representatives
from industry and patent law selected the top inventions
based on their benefit to society,
improvement over existing technology and commercial
Kristin Gray, APL technology transfer director,
presented plaques and cash awards to the
winning inventors and their inventions:
The Passive Forensic
Identification of Networked TCP/IP (Transmission Control
Protocol/Internet Protocol) Communication Endpoints,
crafted by Russell Fink, can "fingerprint" a
networked computer and allow investigators to monitor
changes in its profile for security violations or
malicious use, without having to remove the hard drive or
tip off users that they're under
investigation. The prototype system addresses one of the
top challenges in computer security today:
that a network is more likely to be compromised by people
inside the organization than by outside
hackers, worms or viruses.
The Bayesian Information Fusion
Network technique, developed by Zaruhi Mnatsakanyan, is
designed to reduce false alarms in networked
disease-surveillance systems, specifically the APL-
developed Electronic Surveillance System for Early
Notification of Community-Based Epidemics,
deployed throughout the United States. The technique fuses
information from multiple sources to
determine whether certain statistical anomalies actually
indicate an epidemic, automating how an
epidemiologist would rule out certain conclusions.
A high-capacity, long-lasting
nanotube battery thinner than a human hair is being
Paul Biermann, Craig Leese, Jeffrey Maranchi, Gary Peck and
Rengaswamy Srinivasan. The batteries
could find uses in structures, sensors, sensor networks,
remote-controlled toys and vehicles,
microprocessors and controllers.
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