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GRIT-X showcases groundbreaking UMBC research, scholarship, and creative achievement

The inaugural GRIT-X featured some of the university community’s most fascinating new research and creative work in three sets of 10-minute talks that covered topics from the process for creating a successful theatre company to dealing with contaminants in local watersheds. Continue reading GRIT-X showcases groundbreaking UMBC research, scholarship, and creative achievement

Chris Curran

New research by Curran and Kellogg points to inequities in science education from early age

“Science achievement gaps begin early. It is important that our policies and interventions take steps in those early years to ensure increased science achievement for all,” writes F. Chris Curran, an assistant professor of public policy. Continue reading New research by Curran and Kellogg points to inequities in science education from early age

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In new book, Brian Grodsky argues recent revolutions are threatening the future of democracy

“I’m writing this book now because we are at this precarious period where I think we can still save democratic legitimacy and we can still move forward with democratization,” says Grodsky. “But in order to do this we need to stop and we need to think about what people are after.” Continue reading In new book, Brian Grodsky argues recent revolutions are threatening the future of democracy

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Ian Anson examines how biased perceptions of the economy could influence the presidential election

In a new article published in The Conversation, Anson focuses on two recent research papers in which he investigates how economic biases are formed and maintained and explores what the future of economic accountability might look like. Continue reading Ian Anson examines how biased perceptions of the economy could influence the presidential election

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During Rio games, John Rennie Short argues underestimated costs pose major challenges for Olympic host cities

In the article, “On rocky road to Rio, the biggest loser may be the glory of hosting Olympics,” Short comments on the increasing scale of the games, growing global coverage, and underlying structural problems. Continue reading During Rio games, John Rennie Short argues underestimated costs pose major challenges for Olympic host cities

Chris Curran

Zero tolerance laws contribute to racial disparities in U.S. public schools, research by F. Chris Curran reveals

“Clearly, such zero tolerance laws were meant to improve the safety and order of the school environment,” writes F. Chris Curran in a new article in The Conversation. “However, in recent years, they have been seen as being overly prescriptive and as contributing to racial disparities in school discipline.” Continue reading Zero tolerance laws contribute to racial disparities in U.S. public schools, research by F. Chris Curran reveals

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John Rennie Short argues that the South China Sea dispute could have significant global consequences

An international court ruling could escalate geopolitical tensions around the world. That’s according to School of Public Policy Professor John Rennie Short, who explains in a new op-ed how an ongoing dispute in the South China Sea could have significant global consequences. Continue reading John Rennie Short argues that the South China Sea dispute could have significant global consequences

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John Rennie Short explains what Brexit vote reveals about economic and social inequality in the U.K.

“The Brexit vote reveals and embodies the deep divide in the U.K. between the different regions of England and Wales and especially between the affluent London and the South East. This division is unlikely to heal soon,” writes UMBC’s John Rennie Short. Continue reading John Rennie Short explains what Brexit vote reveals about economic and social inequality in the U.K.

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UMBC’s 2016 Fulbright Scholars to serve as teachers and researchers around the world, from Moldova to Malaysia

“What I loved about this year’s class is that they threw themselves into the process early,” says Brian Souders. “They really got into the spirit of Fulbright, which is all about cultural exchange.” Continue reading UMBC’s 2016 Fulbright Scholars to serve as teachers and researchers around the world, from Moldova to Malaysia

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Kimberly Moffitt weighs in on the presidential election and Gov. Hogan’s stance on Trump

Moffitt joined analyst Richard Cross on The Baltimore Sun’s “Roughly Speaking” podcast with Dan Rodricks to discuss the state of the 2016 presidential campaign and Gov. Larry Hogan’s announcement that he will not endorse Donald Trump. Continue reading Kimberly Moffitt weighs in on the presidential election and Gov. Hogan’s stance on Trump

Derek Musgrove

George Derek Musgrove reflects on the surprisingly brief history of D.C.’s presidential primary

June 14 marked the 60th anniversary of Washington D.C.’s first presidential primary. George Derek Musgrove, associate professor of history, joined WAMU Radio to discuss why it took so long for the nation’s capital to have a say in presidential politics. Continue reading George Derek Musgrove reflects on the surprisingly brief history of D.C.’s presidential primary

LaMar Davis

Community Law in Action honors LaMar Davis, director of The Choice Program, as a 2016 Baltimore Inspiring Voice

“This award speaks to our program and institution’s inspired commitment,” Davis shared. The Choice Program at UMBC is a nationally recognized model for community-based intervention that has served more than 25,000 youth and their families from Maryland’s highest risk communities. Continue reading Community Law in Action honors LaMar Davis, director of The Choice Program, as a 2016 Baltimore Inspiring Voice

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Psychology Home Visiting Training Center graduates first cohort of home visitors

“This academic community partnership extends psychology faculty research and expertise into the community and offers training and support to this impressive group of home visitors and supervisors across Maryland,” shares Carlo DiClemente, a professor of psychology. Continue reading Psychology Home Visiting Training Center graduates first cohort of home visitors

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First year of UMBC Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program serves more than 100 local community members

The program was a tremendous success, with 83 percent of clients served receiving a refund and almost $126,000 in total refunds for the program. Almost two-thirds of the clients who received refunds said they planned to use it to pay off debt, pay past due bills, or save and invest the money. Continue reading First year of UMBC Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program serves more than 100 local community members

Constantine Vaporis

UMBC historian says President Obama’s visit to Japan could have a lasting impact on his legacy

As President Obama prepared for his historic trip to Japan and Vietnam, Constantine Vaporis wrote a powerful op-ed for The Conversation, calling the trip “a key opportunity to showcase the power of remembrance and reconciliation.” Continue reading UMBC historian says President Obama’s visit to Japan could have a lasting impact on his legacy

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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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Felipe Filomeno and students examine immigration policies and urban revival in post-industrial America

“In Baltimore, the number of immigrants increased 50 percent between 2000 and 2013, contributing to the first population growth the city experienced in decades,” write Filomeno and his students in the National League of Cities publication “The Weekly.” Continue reading Felipe Filomeno and students examine immigration policies and urban revival in post-industrial America

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Congratulations, UMBC Class of 2016! Meet some of our exceptional graduates.

As UMBC’s Class of 2016, nearly 2,000 strong, prepares to leave campus for graduate programs, fellowships, and career opportunities around the globe, we recognize their tremendous personal achievements and their invaluable contributions to our community. Continue reading Congratulations, UMBC Class of 2016! Meet some of our exceptional graduates.

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President Hrabowski discusses the importance of connecting STEM with the arts, humanities and social sciences

“One of the ways we can get students to appreciate what STEM can do for our country is through the humanities, not only through reading skills, but understanding many of the ethical issues involved in the achievement gap, in health disparities, and in the environmental issues that we face.” – Dr. Hrabowski on The Kojo Nnamdi Show on WAMU. Continue reading President Hrabowski discusses the importance of connecting STEM with the arts, humanities and social sciences

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Lipitz Professor Shari Waldstein traces complex connections between socioeconomic status and brain health

“Dr. Waldstein’s work in sum lies at the intersection of the natural sciences, the medical sciences, and the social sciences, and is thus an amazing and wonderful example of the interdisciplinary, collaborative endeavors that our college and UMBC prize so highly,” shares Dean Scott Casper. Continue reading Lipitz Professor Shari Waldstein traces complex connections between socioeconomic status and brain health