02/01/11: Community Briefs

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Authors: Collegian Staff Report

*Ram forward
named MWC
Player of the Week
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For the second time in his college career, CSU senior Andy Ogide was named the Mountain West Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week on Monday.
Ogide, a forward, averaged 21.5 points, six rebounds, one block and one steal in CSU’s wins over Air Force and Utah for the week of Jan. 30, according to a press release. He hit the 1,000-point mark in the game against Utah, making him the 18th player in CSU history to do so.
For the week, Ogide shot 68 percent from the field, 80 percent from three-point range, and 83.3 percent from the free-throw line.
New Mexico junior forward Drew Gordon was named co-player of the week alongside Ogide.
The Rams take on San Diego State Wednesday at 7:15 p.m. at Moby Arena.

There’s a new statistician in town

As the new Chair of CSU’s Department of Statistics, Jean Opsomer is excited to use his head for math to collaborate with other university disciplines.
According to a university press release, Opsomer has been working in the Statistics Department since 2007 and has a background researching survey statistics and working with government agencies to design and evaluate surveys. He currently works with the U.S. Census Bureau and the National Science Foundation on the redesign of the National Survey of College Graduate the National Fisheries Service to redesign their coastal recreational surveys.
Opsomer said he enjoys the versatility of statistics and the way it interacts with other fields.
“You get to play in everyone else’s backyard,” Opsomer said in the press release. “You have to have a head for math, but you get to use it in a different way than in other mathematical disciplines.

X-ray, laser scientists honored as optical experts

CSU engineering professors Randy Bartels and Mario Marconi have been elected as Fellows with the Optical Society of America for their work on x-rays, lasers and a lot of other things optic.
Bartels was elected for “advances in ultrafast pulse shaping, quantum coherent control of electronic and molecular nuclear wavepackets, and developments in nonlinear propagation and microscopy.” He’s been at CSU since 2003, where his research has focused on controlling and generating short laser pulses and using those pulses for controlling quantum dynamics, according to a university press release.
Marconi, who has been at CSU since 1992, was recognized for “contributions to the development of compact soft x-ray lasers and for pioneering their use in tabletop coherent lithography, holography and interferometry.”
The pair, who have brought in millions of dollars in grants to CSU, were among 64 fellows elected to the society, which has more than 15,000 members from 95 countries.

Subzero temps close schools across state

Schools across the state including the Poudre School District, the University of Denver decided to close today on Monday night due to frigid temperatures.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, light snow is possible throughout the day with an expected high temperature of one degree below zero. The wind chill could push temperatures as low as minus 30.
Overnight lows Wednesday will be even colder, dipping to between 15 and 20 degrees below zero.

— Collegian Staff Report

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