Students walking across the UMBC campus in fall 2017.

New crowdfunding platform puts fundraising power in students’ hands

UMBC’s custom-built fundraising platform, Gritstarter, launched earlier this year to aid students in their philanthropic efforts. “This is a tool that connects the UMBC community with donors and helps everyone on campus understand how philanthropy works and how they can be involved on both sides,” said Leanna Powell ’08. Continue reading New crowdfunding platform puts fundraising power in students’ hands

Timothy Nohe exhibits at Washington College

Timothy Nohe, director of the Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity in the Arts (CIRCA) and professor of visual arts, is featured in a one-person exhibition at the Kohl Gallery on the campus of Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland. The show, which opened Thursday, November 9th and continues through Friday, December 15, is entitled Voltage is Signal: Analog Video Works by Timothy Nohe and features works that explore analog video technology in innovative ways. Continue reading Timothy Nohe exhibits at Washington College

Dr. Adrienne Keene workshops with members from the UMBC community.

Annual Critical Social Justice events focus on themes of resilience and resistance

“It’s really important for CSJ to not just be these ivory tower conversations. We have to be thinking about the ways that we do social justice as an institution and as a community within Baltimore,” Jess Myers, director of The Women’s Center, explained. “What’s important to remember about Critical Social Justice is that it’s not just supposed to be five days. What we really hope is that it can create springboards or open doors for people to think about Critical Social Justice all the time.” Continue reading Annual Critical Social Justice events focus on themes of resilience and resistance

UMBC upgrades High Performance Computing Facility through new NSF grant, expanding possibilities for data-intensive research

UMBC received an NSF award to expand its High Performance Computing Facility (HPCF). The funding will go toward upgraded hardware and increased computing speeds for the interdisciplinary core facility, which supports scientific computing and other complex, data-intensive research. Continue reading UMBC upgrades High Performance Computing Facility through new NSF grant, expanding possibilities for data-intensive research

20th Undergraduate Research Symposium shines a light on students’ diverse contributions to science

On October 14, more than 300 students from across the East Coast descended on campus to share their research with each other, participate in workshops, and learn about UMBC. The event celebrated the diversity among young scientists and the potential for their work to have a positive impact on the world. Continue reading 20th Undergraduate Research Symposium shines a light on students’ diverse contributions to science

UMBC scientists measure plant productivity from space, with applications from farming to forest conservation

“We’re laying the groundwork for developing ways of monitoring vegetation,” says Fred Huemmrich. His and Petya Campbell’s new research uses images captured by instruments on the international space station to reveal global photosynthesis rates in unprecedented detail. Continue reading UMBC scientists measure plant productivity from space, with applications from farming to forest conservation

Charissa Cheah receives Fulbright award to research identity development of Muslim Tunisian immigrant adolescents in Sicily

“My colleagues and I who are cultural developmental scientists are trying to expand, diversify, and challenge people to think critically about culture and behavior,” says Cheah. “In the process, we aim to more accurately represent the world in which we live.” Continue reading Charissa Cheah receives Fulbright award to research identity development of Muslim Tunisian immigrant adolescents in Sicily

UMBC’s Erin Lavik receives National Eye Institute funding to create “living model of the human retina”

“We do not have good models for studying these diseases, but it is our hope that we can use this prize to build new models of the eye that can be screened rapidly to allow researchers to not only understand eye diseases but to look for new therapies,” said Lavik. Continue reading UMBC’s Erin Lavik receives National Eye Institute funding to create “living model of the human retina”

UMBC faculty awarded NSF grant to shrink tumors with heat and nanoparticles

“This strategy, if successful, will not only ensure delivering high payloads of anticancer drugs directly to tumors where they are needed the most, but also result in an overall reduction of drug dosage, and thereby reducing systemic toxicity in other body organs,” explains Liang Zhu, professor of mechanical engineering and PI of the grant. Continue reading UMBC faculty awarded NSF grant to shrink tumors with heat and nanoparticles

GRIT-X talks showcase experiences of outstanding faculty and alumni “from outer space to inner space”

Nine distinguished faculty and alumni shared their stories at GRIT-X, a TED talk-style event during UMBC’s Homecoming that took listeners “from outer space to inner space, from a makerspace to the classroom, from black holes in the universe to a pacemaker for the brain.” Continue reading GRIT-X talks showcase experiences of outstanding faculty and alumni “from outer space to inner space”

UMBC’s comprehensive partnership with Lakeland School boosts math performance

“This is not your average partnership,” Carly Haskins, Lakeland math teacher, shared with The Baltimore Sun in a feature story that appeared on the front page. “This is my 16th year teaching, and I’ve never seen anything where the schools are so connected in so many ways.” Continue reading UMBC’s comprehensive partnership with Lakeland School boosts math performance

2017 Alumni Awards celebrate impressive contributions across disciplines from UMBC alumni and faculty

“You see this great cadre of people who represent the best of our university, the best of our country and the best of humankind. They are solving the problems of humankind,” said President Hrabowski. “This is by far the best of UMBC.” Continue reading 2017 Alumni Awards celebrate impressive contributions across disciplines from UMBC alumni and faculty

UMBC faculty offer context and analysis on major policy issues, from self-government in D.C. to healthcare

UMBC professors share their research-based reflections on current events in popular media. Recently, humanities and social sciences faculty Derek Musgrove, Christy Ford Chapin, and John Rennie Short have weighed in on topics from Washington D.C.’s long struggle over self-government, to the feasibility of Bernie Sanders’ “Medicare for all” proposal, to decisions over where to host the Olympic Games. Continue reading UMBC faculty offer context and analysis on major policy issues, from self-government in D.C. to healthcare

UMBC participates in national study on Ph.D. career pathways at pivotal moment for new grads

“The assumption that the Ph.D. is primarily a pathway to the professoriate is just not the case,” says Janet Rutledge, dean of the Graduate School. “We’re hoping that by being part of this study, we will determine the best ways to focus our time and our resources to most effectively guide our students.” Continue reading UMBC participates in national study on Ph.D. career pathways at pivotal moment for new grads

UMBC researchers win USDA grants to improve safety and efficiency of fish farming industry

Yonathan Zohar, professor and chair of marine biotechnology, explains that the two UMBC teams’ research “makes the point of how you can use advanced approaches and strategies of biotechnology to open some of the major bottlenecks in the aquaculture industry.” Continue reading UMBC researchers win USDA grants to improve safety and efficiency of fish farming industry

UMBC marine biologist Colleen Burge works to save world’s oysters from deadly herpes virus

“It may only be a matter of time until [deadly strains of the herpes virus] reach U.S. coastal bays,” Colleen Burge writes. That means finding a way to prevent massive oyster die-offs, which have already happened in other parts of the world, is important to save the species—and Burge is on the task. Continue reading UMBC marine biologist Colleen Burge works to save world’s oysters from deadly herpes virus

Two students walk near the library pond, one in a red shirt and one in a black shirt with UMBC athletics logo.

Times Higher Ed and Wall Street Journal recognize UMBC as a top global and U.S. university

UMBC’s profile in THE lauds the university’s commitment to innovation and impact by noting, “UMBC has always stressed innovation and interdisciplinarity. It has never been afraid to pioneer new models of teaching and research, and new ways of contributing to the regional economy.” Continue reading Times Higher Ed and Wall Street Journal recognize UMBC as a top global and U.S. university

UMBC’s Chris Curran receives major NIJ grant for research on law enforcement in K–12 schools

“Right now there are students being short-changed by the education system. They are not sitting in a classroom with a high enough quality teacher. They are not being provided the resources they deserve,” Curran reflects. “Too often these disparities run along racial lines, socioeconomic lines, or gender lines, and that is a problem.” Continue reading UMBC’s Chris Curran receives major NIJ grant for research on law enforcement in K–12 schools

Christy Ford Chapin begins Library of Congress fellowship, continuing history faculty’s trend of research achievement

Chapin loves how historians seek answers buried in documents, archives, museums, libraries, basements, attics and forgotten filing cabinets. “I was really intimidated by the research aspect early on in my graduate career, but then I fell in love with the hunt for primary sources and the process of putting together pieces of the evidence puzzle,” she says. Continue reading Christy Ford Chapin begins Library of Congress fellowship, continuing history faculty’s trend of research achievement

UMBC to build on success in shrinking carbon footprint through updated Climate Action Plan

“Although UMBC has made significant progress in reducing its carbon footprint, it is clear that our carbon neutrality goals need to be more aggressive,” says Lenn Caron. A new climate action plan will define those goals with input from students, faculty, and staff. Continue reading UMBC to build on success in shrinking carbon footprint through updated Climate Action Plan

UMBC dedicates new Earth and Space Institute, building on decades of NASA collaboration

NASA has served as “a role model and inspirational force,” that has led people to reach for the stars for generations, shares Dean Bill LaCourse. “The Earth and Space Institute is our opportunity to reach for new heights,” he says. “To take that chance in the name of science, commitment, passion, and basic human curiosity.” Continue reading UMBC dedicates new Earth and Space Institute, building on decades of NASA collaboration

Growing UMBC community celebrates U.S. News spotlight on innovation and teaching

As UMBC welcomes its largest freshman class ever this fall, Retrievers have three more reasons to feel confident in their college choice: The 2018 U.S. News & World Report college guide ranks UMBC the #7 Most Innovative university in the nation, #13 top national university for Strong Commitment to Undergraduate Teaching, and one of the nation’s top universities overall on the Best National Universities list. Continue reading Growing UMBC community celebrates U.S. News spotlight on innovation and teaching

UMBC alumni mentors give today’s students a glimpse of possible career paths

During the summer months, hundreds of UMBC students immersed themselves in high-value internships at companies, nonprofits, and government agencies. There, they learned about new fields, developed skills, and expanded their connections, taking advantage of UMBC’s strong network of emerging and established professionals who value both leadership and mentorship. Continue reading UMBC alumni mentors give today’s students a glimpse of possible career paths

Belay Demoz, director of JCET and leading climate scientist, elected as a fellow of the American Meteorological Society

Belay Demoz enjoys directing JCET because of its dual educational and scientific focus. “I’ve always believed in the goal of JCET to connect scientists and students,” he shares, noting that it’s been especially important to him to increase these opportunities for students from underrepresented groups. Continue reading Belay Demoz, director of JCET and leading climate scientist, elected as a fellow of the American Meteorological Society

UMBC’s 20th Summer Undergraduate Research Fest spotlights emerging science talent from across the nation

“It is a privilege to have so many students coming from far and near to participate in the authentic research experience UMBC provides,” shared Dean Bill LaCourse. “I assure you that your discoveries have added to scientific knowledge, which in the end benefits society through empowerment.” Continue reading UMBC’s 20th Summer Undergraduate Research Fest spotlights emerging science talent from across the nation

UMBC receives NSF grant to launch first-of-its-kind big data and high-performance computing training for researchers across disciplines

A new interdisciplinary course will teach researchers how to use high-performance computing techniques to analyze huge amounts of data. “In a way, we are training a new type of scientist, a new generation of scientists,” says Zhibo Zhang. Continue reading UMBC receives NSF grant to launch first-of-its-kind big data and high-performance computing training for researchers across disciplines

UMBC’s Gymama Slaughter to develop bioreactors that could pause the clock for life-saving organ transplants

Currently, organ and tissue donors typically need to be in close proximity to transplant recipients due to limitations in organ transport. With technological improvements, Slaughter says, the viability of the organs could be increased to about 36 hours, greatly expanding the distance an organ could travel from donor to recipient, and the likelihood of a successful transplant Continue reading UMBC’s Gymama Slaughter to develop bioreactors that could pause the clock for life-saving organ transplants