UMBC’s Deborah Rudacille awarded Guggenheim Fellowship to pursue writing project on addiction

“I think the more knowledge that is generated and the more we understand things, sometimes things that we find very scary or frightening, the better we are able to make good policy decisions and personal decisions on the basis of science,” Deborah Rudacille explains. Continue reading UMBC’s Deborah Rudacille awarded Guggenheim Fellowship to pursue writing project on addiction

New UMBC study highlights importance of multinational conservation efforts for migratory shorebirds

“We’ve seen bird populations plummeting in Australia,” says Colin Studds, “but the thing affecting their populations is actually happening thousands of miles away in China.” Studds’ new study explains that mudflats in the Yellow Sea are critical stopover sites during migration—but they’re disappearing. Continue reading New UMBC study highlights importance of multinational conservation efforts for migratory shorebirds

‘You’re outta here!’: UMBC physicists explain black hole ejected from center of galaxy

A black hole is traveling at 4.8 million miles per hour away from the center of its galaxy. Scientists believe it’s been kicked out by powerful gravitational waves. For the first time, Eileen Meyer says, “all the little pieces of evidence line up in favor of this scenario very specifically.” Continue reading ‘You’re outta here!’: UMBC physicists explain black hole ejected from center of galaxy

CRESST II space science consortium to receive $87.5 million from NASA Goddard

“This grant—and the important partnership it represents—will enable us to continue research that advances science and benefits our state and beyond,” says President Freeman Hrabowski. “Moreover, it will create opportunities for students to prepare for careers by working alongside world-class experts.” Continue reading CRESST II space science consortium to receive $87.5 million from NASA Goddard

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