New Green Offices program engages UMBC community in campus sustainability efforts

“A lot of people wanted to be more sustainable, but didn’t feel empowered to take action,” says Tanvi Gadhia, so the program provides a scaffold to help offices build their own green efforts. Twenty-seven offices have stepped up to the challenge so far. Continue reading New Green Offices program engages UMBC community in campus sustainability efforts

Erle Ellis asserts value of social sciences in defining onset of human impact on Earth

Anthropocene science is an emerging, interdisciplinary field, which requires a variety of voices be at the table, Ellis argues. Answering the question of when and how humans began transforming Earth might guide us, he suggests, toward “more desirable outcomes both for human societies and for non-human nature.” Continue reading Erle Ellis asserts value of social sciences in defining onset of human impact on Earth

UMBC’s Huemmrich uses NASA satellite to measure effects of climate change on evergreen forests

Will longer growing seasons help slow climate change, or will increased drought speed it up? New research demonstrates a remote-sensing technique has the potential to help us figure that out, and follow-up studies are already putting it to work. Continue reading UMBC’s Huemmrich uses NASA satellite to measure effects of climate change on evergreen forests

New Science cover story on massive Moon crater features innovative UMBC research techniques

The findings offer “an important clue in trying to unravel the formation history of the solar system,” says Sander Goossens. The level of detail they determined for the crater’s structure “hasn’t been done before, anywhere in the solar system.” Continue reading New Science cover story on massive Moon crater features innovative UMBC research techniques

UMBC support for STEM grad students from underrepresented groups featured as a national model

UMBC’s Summer Success Institute creates opportunities for mentorship and community building among graduate students, supplementing academic programs to “[make] sure students have the emotional and community support they need to thrive,” says Renetta Tull. Continue reading UMBC support for STEM grad students from underrepresented groups featured as a national model

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