This composite image contains data from Chandra (purple) that provides evidence for the survival of a companion star from the blast of a supernova explosion.  Chandra's X-rays reveal a point-like source in the supernova remnant at the location of a massive star.  The data suggest that mass is being pulled away from the massive star towards a neutron star or a black hole companion.  If confirmed, this would be only the third binary system containing both a massive star and a neutron star or black hole ever found in the aftermath of a supernova. This supernova remnant is found embedded in clouds of ionized hydrogen, which are shown in optical light (yellow and cyan) from the MCELS survey, along with additional optical data from the DSS (white).

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

Hanover, MD.--Friday, August 14-Saturday, August 15, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) 2015 Summer Success Institute (SSI) Conference. Photos by Cheriss May, www.cherissmay.com

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

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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

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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

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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

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President of German Research Foundation visits UMBC, discusses academic globalization and UMBC initiatives

This visit further cements UMBC’s positive relationships with a number of German research institutions and Germany’s largest funding agency, supporting UMBC’s goal of growing its international reach. Continue reading President of German Research Foundation visits UMBC, discusses academic globalization and UMBC initiatives

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UMBC study shows positive impact of integrating quantitative reasoning into undergrad biology courses

Study finds that biology courses infused with math in a team-based learning environment improve undergrads’ quantitative reasoning skills. New research funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute can serve as a model for other departments and universities. Continue reading UMBC study shows positive impact of integrating quantitative reasoning into undergrad biology courses