Data from learning management systems help improve teaching, say UMBC experts

Systems that store and analyze data about how students are progressing through their coursework can be a powerful source of better decision-making in higher education. That’s the theme of a CampusTechnology.com article featuring a lengthy section on UMBC’s use of … Continue reading Data from learning management systems help improve teaching, say UMBC experts

Lisa Gray in WYPR conversation on race, activism, and free speech in learning communities

In a radio appearance and in remarks to a newspaper, Lisa Gray, assistant director of student life for cultural and spiritual diversity, offered a vision for how college students can broach difficult topics of race without diminishing one another. Gray … Continue reading Lisa Gray in WYPR conversation on race, activism, and free speech in learning communities

APHA national meeting features UMBC leadership in social and policy dimensions of health research

UMBC took center stage as more than 13,000 public health professionals gathered in Chicago for the American Public Health Association (APHA) annual meeting, November 1-4, 2015. President Freeman Hrabowski presented the keynote address, which examined the conference theme “Health in … Continue reading APHA national meeting features UMBC leadership in social and policy dimensions of health research

UMBC celebrates launch of campaign to reconnect with 70,000 global alumni ahead of 50th

Can hundreds of committed UMBC alumni, students, faculty and staff spread the word about our exceptional public research university and its 50th anniversary to almost 70,000 alumni and the rest of the world? The first wave of those “hundreds” – … Continue reading UMBC celebrates launch of campaign to reconnect with 70,000 global alumni ahead of 50th

Ramon Goings spotlights possible harm to minority-serving institutions from new teacher-prep policy

Writing on the website Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, Ramon B. Goings raises red flags about a federal regulation-in-the-making that will require states to come up with formulas to evaluate teacher-education programs. Goings, the program coordinator of the Sherman STEM Teacher Scholars Program, and co-author Larry J. Walker, an educational consultant, argue that such evaluations are likely to threaten minority-serving institutions (MSIs) more than other higher-education institutions because MSIs typically enroll a higher proportion of students underprepared for college work. If teacher- preparation programs don’t meet the new standards, they may lose federal funding, including grants that support students who … Continue reading Ramon Goings spotlights possible harm to minority-serving institutions from new teacher-prep policy

UMBC researchers collaborate to improve sustainability, with impacts in Maryland and across the nation

Local sustainability researchers and thought leaders took center stage on October 16, 2015, at a forum for urban sustainability in Baltimore, hosted by UMBC’s School of Public Policy. The forum was designed to examine how collaborations among government agencies, companies, … Continue reading UMBC researchers collaborate to improve sustainability, with impacts in Maryland and across the nation

NASA renews partnership with UMBC’s JCET for $46 million over five years

For twenty years JCET has brought leading scientists to UMBC in research areas that align with NASA’s Earth science interests, such as climate and radiation, atmospheric chemistry and dynamics, and solar system sciences, including geophysics. UMBC is now ranked among the world’s top universities for geosciences. Continue reading NASA renews partnership with UMBC’s JCET for $46 million over five years

Chancellor Bob Caret and Ganna Vikhlyayeva '15, animation and interactive media, in UMBC's Imaging Research Cente

UMBC visit offers Chancellor Caret glimpse of “innovation that matters”

UMBC welcomed new University System of Maryland (USM) Chancellor Bob Caret for a busy, full-day campus visit on September 24, 2015. Chancellor Caret has a long relationship with UMBC, but this visit offered a special opportunity for him. “We are … Continue reading UMBC visit offers Chancellor Caret glimpse of “innovation that matters”

Economist Douglas Lamdin shares analysis of gold mining stocks

Douglas Lamdin, Economics, had his recent study featured on the website of the American Association of Individual Investors (AAII). The article, “New Evidence on Whether Gold Mining Stocks are More Like Gold or Like Stocks” was co-authored with Mark Johnson of Loyola University, Maryland, and is forthcoming in the journal Alternative Investment Analyst Review. The study examined the role of gold and gold mining stocks in diversified portfolios. Lamdin and Johnson found that neither gold nor gold mining stocks are a hedge against declines in the stock market. Both gold and gold mining stocks, however, do provide diversification benefits, with … Continue reading Economist Douglas Lamdin shares analysis of gold mining stocks

Sarah Jewett, STEM Transfer Student Success Initiative, Discusses Workforce Prep on WalletHub

In a ranking of the nation’s community colleges, WalletHub asked experts about changes in the higher education landscape. Sarah Jewett, executive director of the STEM Transfer Student Success Initiative, spoke about whether community colleges should focus on preparing students for the workforce or a four-year institution. “Both community colleges and universities can benefit from collaborative inter-institutional partnerships in which everyone shares the responsibility for helping students to develop a robust and realistic set of academic and career options,” Jewett said. “Early exploration of majors and fields, active participation in experiential learning opportunities, sustained development of  goals and plans, and transitional … Continue reading Sarah Jewett, STEM Transfer Student Success Initiative, Discusses Workforce Prep on WalletHub

First Video Game From UMBC’s Game Developer’s Club Up on Steam

A game developed by a four-student UMBC team was recently added on Steam, the giant PC game platform. The success prompted stories in the Baltimore Daily Record and in Technical.ly/Baltimore featuring interviews with team lead Michael Leung ’16; programmer Tad Cordle ’16; and Marc Olano, who heads the game-development track in the computer science department. HueBots made it to the national “final four” of college game video development this spring. The competition for the Microsoft Imagine Cup entailed not only creating the game but a business plan that included getting the game onto Steam. Acceptance is a significant boost because … Continue reading First Video Game From UMBC’s Game Developer’s Club Up on Steam

Douglas Lamdin, Economics, Receives NABE Abramson Award

Douglas Lamdin, economics, was selected as the annual recipient of the Abramson Award for the outstanding article published in the past year in Business Economics, the journal of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE). The article, “Gauging the Financial Capability of Americans,” was coauthored with Mark Johnson, a faculty member in the Sellinger School of Business at Loyola University, Maryland. The past two recipients of this award were Lawrence Summers at Harvard University, and John Taylor at Stanford University. Continue reading Douglas Lamdin, Economics, Receives NABE Abramson Award

Amy Hurst, Information Systems, Describes “Making for All” in Huffington Post

The intersection of technology and do-it-yourself (DIY) culture, known as the Maker Movement, has been praised for encouraging Americans to be creative and resourceful. However, the costly technology associated with the movement has raised concerns about accessibility. Amy Hurst, information systems, spoke to the Huffington Post this week about how she is encouraging diverse populations to engage in making. Through working with individuals with intellectual disabilities and visual impairments, Hurst found that many DIY tools were difficult to use. Supported by a National Science Foundation grant, she started developing new tools and platforms to help people repair or customize objects, … Continue reading Amy Hurst, Information Systems, Describes “Making for All” in Huffington Post

Anupam Joshi, Cybersecurity, Analyzes Wearable Tech Data Safety in Nature

Wearable electronics, which includes devices like fitness trackers and smart watches, is a rapidly growing industry that promises to connect the real and digital lives of consumers. As the technology evolves, researchers have been challenged to improve the safety and quality of data transfer to and from wearable electronics. Anupam Joshi, cybersecurity, spoke to Nature about the security concerns raised by this emerging technology. “With wearables… we truly are entering into a new era, and we have to start thinking of these issues,” Joshi declared. He shared how UMBC’s Center for Cybersecurity is working on privacy issues related to wearable … Continue reading Anupam Joshi, Cybersecurity, Analyzes Wearable Tech Data Safety in Nature

Jian Chen, CSEE, Discusses New Hybrid-Reality System in The Daily Record

Jian Chen, computer science and electrical engineering, received a $360,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to build π², a hybrid-reality system that can project 3D images in order to display and interact with data. Chen and Karl Steiner, vice president of research, spoke to The Daily Record about the project. The π² system is to be constructed over the next year and will consist of high-resolution, floor-to-ceiling LCD panels. Chen explained that the screens can display images in 3D when used with special glasses. “That freedom of movement is part of what separates the hybrid-reality system from virtual-reality systems … Continue reading Jian Chen, CSEE, Discusses New Hybrid-Reality System in The Daily Record

2015 Fall Opening Meeting Celebrates UMBC Achievements, Emphasizes Commitment to Inclusion

Faculty and staff gathered at the Fall Opening Meeting on August 20, 2015 to celebrate UMBC’s 2014-15 accomplishments and mark the start of a new academic year. The meeting featured remarks from incoming freshman, transfer, and graduate students, a speech by Provost Philip Rous, and the annual State of the University address by President Freeman Hrabowski. Maria Packard, incoming freshman in mathematics and Sherman STEM Teacher Scholarl; Sean Radaskiewicz, incoming transfer student in visual arts; and Bridget Patton, incoming master’s student in public policy and a Shriver Peaceworker Fellow, shared their personal stories, academic interests, and what attracted them to … Continue reading 2015 Fall Opening Meeting Celebrates UMBC Achievements, Emphasizes Commitment to Inclusion

UMBC Faculty and Alumni Win “Innovator of the Year” Award

UMBC alumni and faculty were featured among The Daily Record’s 2015 Innovator of the Year winners. Innovator of the Year honors men and women who have created new products, services, or programs that improve their fields. UMBC’s winners include Chris Geddes, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, Greg Cangialosi ’96, English, and Isaac Kinde ’05, biological sciences. WeatherBugHome, an Innovator of the Year company winner, is headed by Bob Marshall ’88, mechanical engineering. Innovator of the Year winners will be honored at an awards ceremony on Thursday, October 15. See the full list of winners on The Daily Record. Continue reading UMBC Faculty and Alumni Win “Innovator of the Year” Award

UMBC’s Y Preschool Celebrates Grand Re-Opening

The Y Preschool at UMBC celebrated its grand re-opening on Tuesday, August 25 as the campus community gathered to reaffirm UMBC’s commitment to providing high-quality early childhood education. The event featured a tour of the new building, a visit by True Grit, and remarks by President Freeman Hrabowski, Associate Vice President of Human Resources Valerie Thomas, Y of Central Maryland CEO and President John Hoey, and parents of former UMBC preschool students. The preschool, which opens September 1, is at capacity and serves UMBC faculty, staff, students, as well as members of the local community. President Hrabowski spoke about how … Continue reading UMBC’s Y Preschool Celebrates Grand Re-Opening

John Fritz, Instructional Technology, Discusses Course Feedback Study in PBS Newshour

A recent PBS Newshour report explored how universities are using big data to help students succeed. John Fritz, assistant vice-president for instructional technology, was interviewed about his study, which uses course feedback to improve student performance. Fritz examines how performance changes when students are told how their grades and time spent on class materials compare to their classmates. “Students who access those comparisons can be “nudged” to put in more effort, according to Fritz,” the article reported. “His early results show a 4 percent bump in those students’ final grades.” Read “Can just-in-time advice keep more college students on track?” … Continue reading John Fritz, Instructional Technology, Discusses Course Feedback Study in PBS Newshour

Pres. Hrabowski Shares How UMBC Prepares Students for the Workforce in Pacific Standard

Pacific Standard, in collaboration with The Rockefeller Foundation and Stanford University’s Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, began “The Future of Work and Workers” project in August. The project asks social scientists, technology visionaries, activists, and other industry leaders to write about how the working world will change in the future. President Hrabowski contributed to the project with an article that shares how UMBC’s innovations are preparing students for the workforce. Dr. Hrabowski began by outlining areas of expertise that will be required in the changing workplace, including people skills, technological skills, the ability to work interdisciplinarily and … Continue reading Pres. Hrabowski Shares How UMBC Prepares Students for the Workforce in Pacific Standard

Anupam Joshi and Rick Forno, Cybersecurity, Comment on Ashley Madison Data Leak

As Ashley Madison experienced a widespread data breach this week, Anupam Joshi and Richard Forno, cybersecurity, spoke to the media about Internet security and how the leak will affect high profile users in Washington, D.C. In an interview with ABC2, Joshi cautioned that data breaches are increasingly becoming part of daily life. “Information is valuable,” he said. “People are after information. No security is perfect and once you marry these things, there is an incentive for someone to spend the right time and effort to steal some information.” He also spoke about users falling into a false sense of security. … Continue reading Anupam Joshi and Rick Forno, Cybersecurity, Comment on Ashley Madison Data Leak

Mehdi Benna, CSST, Confirms Presence of Neon in Moon’s Exosphere

Mehdi Benna, a Center for Space Science and Technology planetary scientist, is the lead author of a paper confirming the presence of neon in the Moon’s exosphere. The paper was published in Geophysical Research Letters and has received widespread international media attention. In the paper, Benna describes observations from NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer, known as LADEE. Though many have suspected that the Moon’s exosphere contained neon, Benna’s paper is the first to confirm its presence. “The presence of neon in the exosphere of the moon has been a subject of speculation since the Apollo missions, but no … Continue reading Mehdi Benna, CSST, Confirms Presence of Neon in Moon’s Exosphere

Anne Spence, Mechanical Engineering, Shares Passion for Mentoring with CBS Baltimore

When Anne Spence, mechanical engineering, began her undergraduate studies in engineering, she noticed that a number of fellow female students dropped out of the program before graduation. She wondered if a female professor might have made a difference and decided to dedicate her career to serving as a role model for young women. In an interview with CBS Baltimore earlier this month, Spence shared her passion for the recruitment, training, and retention of engineering majors. “Here at UMBC, we are training almost 300 teachers each year to teach engineering in elementary, middle and high school,” Spence said. “We believe that … Continue reading Anne Spence, Mechanical Engineering, Shares Passion for Mentoring with CBS Baltimore

Diverse Names UMBC’s Student Affairs A “Most Promising Place to Work”

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education has named UMBC one of this year’s “Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs” among the nation’s research universities. UMBC was one of only 31 universities featured on the national list and one of just 14 research institutions included. “Student affairs at UMBC is guided by the mission of facilitating learning and preparing students for success in a multicultural and increasingly global society and workforce,” Diverse reported. “The Division of Student Affairs embodies a true commitment to teamwork and community, while cultivating student development and growth.” “At UMBC we believe that each person has a … Continue reading Diverse Names UMBC’s Student Affairs A “Most Promising Place to Work”

Pete Caringi, Men’s Soccer, Profiled in The Baltimore Sun for Excellent Coaching and Leadership

As the UMBC men’s soccer team gears up for another season, The Baltimore Sun featured Coach Pete Caringi for his excellent leadership of the Retrievers. Last year, Caringi led the team to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) College Cup and was named Division I Coach of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. In the article, fellow coaches and UMBC men’s soccer alumni praised Caringi’s coaching skills and passion for the game. “He’s a coach that can get everything out of his players and you just want to give everything you have to win a game … Continue reading Pete Caringi, Men’s Soccer, Profiled in The Baltimore Sun for Excellent Coaching and Leadership

Women Tech Leaders at bwtech@UMBC Encourage Inclusive Work Environments in Baltimore Business Journal

As the country struggles to attract more women to technology, an article in the Baltimore Business Journal this week explored how women tech leaders in Baltimore are encouraging diverse and inclusive work environments. Ellen Hemmerly, executive director of bwtech@UMBC, and Zuly Gonzalez, founder and CEO of Light Point Security based in bwtech@UMBC, were featured in the article for the example they are setting for women entrepreneurs. Gonzalez shared her experiences as a women in the cyber security industry, recounting the sexism she has faced in her career. However, she is determined to perverse, saying, “I try not to let that … Continue reading Women Tech Leaders at bwtech@UMBC Encourage Inclusive Work Environments in Baltimore Business Journal

UMBC Honored as 2015-2016 College of Distinction

UMBC was named a 2015-2016 College of Distinction this month, one of only four Maryland universities to receive the honor. Colleges of Distinction is a college guide for guidance counselors, parents, and students focusing on graduate success, teaching quality, campus atmosphere, innovate learning, and engaged students. Colleges of Distinction describes UMBC as a “dynamic public university integrating teaching, research and service,” and notes that the university is “consistently cited as one of the best universities for undergraduate teaching and a leading innovator in higher education.” UMBC is also a member of the 2015-2016 Public Colleges of Distinction cohort, joining universities … Continue reading UMBC Honored as 2015-2016 College of Distinction

Ramon Goings, Sherman Scholars, Calls for Increased Representation of African-American Male Doctors

A recent report from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) found that African-American males had the lowest application rate for medical school. Ramon Goings, program coordinator for the Sherman STEM Teacher Scholars Program, responded to this report by issuing a call to action to increase the representation of African-American males in the medical profession. In a column for The Edvocate, Goings points to barriers in the education pipeline and advocates for improving STEM education and supporting historically Black colleges and universities as they train African-American doctors. “We must work collaboratively to increase the amount of African American males not … Continue reading Ramon Goings, Sherman Scholars, Calls for Increased Representation of African-American Male Doctors

Kristin Waters, Operations, Explores Teleworking in C&U

Kristin Waters, associate director of operators for Admissions and Orientation, published an article about teleworking in higher education in the College and University Journal (C&U), a publication of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO). C&U is an educational policy and research journal specializing in emerging concerns, new techniques, and technology in higher education. In the article, Waters recounts the history of teleworking, the role of modern technology in making remote work possible, and how changing social structures has increased the need for teleworking. She also outlines challenges with teleworking, including inconsistent policies, and makes recommendations for … Continue reading Kristin Waters, Operations, Explores Teleworking in C&U

UMBC Named One of Nation’s Best Colleges by Princeton Review

The Princeton Review has named UMBC one of the nation’s top universities of 2016 in The Best 380 Colleges. At the forefront of UMBC’s profile is the university’s standout academic reputation as a place where “students take education seriously” and “it is cool to be smart.” As one student told The Princeton Review, “UMBC wants to see every student succeed—they provide you with the tools, people, and resources to make sure you get where you want to go in life.” The Best 380 Colleges guide reviews colleges based on a survey of over 130,000 students in areas such as academics, … Continue reading UMBC Named One of Nation’s Best Colleges by Princeton Review