Alumni Awards highlight profound impact, drive, and commitment of UMBC alumni and faculty

“People you see on this stage are not just amazingly talented, they are good people who have done great work,” shared President Hrabowski. “I can’t think of anything an educator would want more than that: People who care about others, who strive for excellence, and who never, never, never give up.” Continue reading Alumni Awards highlight profound impact, drive, and commitment of UMBC alumni and faculty

UMBC physicist Sebastian Deffner reimagines the future of computing with biology in mind

“There is no free lunch,” in quantum computing, says Sebastian Deffner. He and colleagues are setting out to quantify the trade-offs between the costs and benefits of faster or more powerful computers, taking cues from living cells. Continue reading UMBC physicist Sebastian Deffner reimagines the future of computing with biology in mind

Tamra Mendelson advocates using human psychology framework to understand animal cognition

Mendelson says researchers use “a mish-mash of terms to describe cognition. We say, ‘We know what we mean,’ but do we?” Using a specific framework that breaks decision-making into components could open up a new world of research questions. Continue reading Tamra Mendelson advocates using human psychology framework to understand animal cognition

Astrophysicist Robin Corbet discovers rare, high-energy binary star system beyond the Milky Way

“These are more massive than our own Sun but squeezed down to something about the size of Washington, DC,” explains Corbet. The forces required to create gamma rays are intense, he says, “It’s like having a particle accelerator in space.” Continue reading Astrophysicist Robin Corbet discovers rare, high-energy binary star system beyond the Milky Way

New research highlights Dissertation House as an effective support model for minority STEM Ph.D. candidates

Students in the program were 92 percent more likely to complete their degrees than peers not in the program. “We’re pleased that the model has helped so many students to reach their goals,” says Renetta Tull. Continue reading New research highlights Dissertation House as an effective support model for minority STEM Ph.D. candidates

Summer Undergraduate Research Fest spotlights next generation of scientists

“SURF’s growth demonstrates the commitment of UMBC to undergraduate research and getting the next generation of researchers prepared,” says Lasse Lindahl. More than 250 people turned out for the August event to learn what 83 intrepid undergrads have been up to this summer. Continue reading Summer Undergraduate Research Fest spotlights next generation of scientists

UMBC scientist launches company to commercialize new oral vaccine to save fish industry millions

The technology is a huge advance over the previous vaccine, which required injection into each fish individually. “If this works,” Vikram Vakharia says, “it opens the door to use this technique with other pathogens.” Continue reading UMBC scientist launches company to commercialize new oral vaccine to save fish industry millions

Washington Post and WAMU call on Jeffrey Halverson to explain causes of devastating Ellicott City flood

Complex meteorological conditions and other factors contributed to the storm that ravaged Ellicott City July 31, but the town is determined to rebound. Jeffrey Halverson explains how “humble rain…quickly turns deadly,” and Pres. Hrabowski addresses the UMBC community. Continue reading Washington Post and WAMU call on Jeffrey Halverson to explain causes of devastating Ellicott City flood