UMBC dedicates new Earth and Space Institute, building on decades of NASA collaboration

NASA has served as “a role model and inspirational force,” that has led people to reach for the stars for generations, shares Dean Bill LaCourse. “The Earth and Space Institute is our opportunity to reach for new heights,” he says. “To take that chance in the name of science, commitment, passion, and basic human curiosity.” Continue reading UMBC dedicates new Earth and Space Institute, building on decades of NASA collaboration

UMBC alumni mentors give today’s students a glimpse of possible career paths

During the summer months, hundreds of UMBC students immersed themselves in high-value internships at companies, nonprofits, and government agencies. There, they learned about new fields, developed skills, and expanded their connections, taking advantage of UMBC’s strong network of emerging and established professionals who value both leadership and mentorship. Continue reading UMBC alumni mentors give today’s students a glimpse of possible career paths

Belay Demoz, director of JCET and leading climate scientist, elected as a fellow of the American Meteorological Society

Belay Demoz enjoys directing JCET because of its dual educational and scientific focus. “I’ve always believed in the goal of JCET to connect scientists and students,” he shares, noting that it’s been especially important to him to increase these opportunities for students from underrepresented groups. Continue reading Belay Demoz, director of JCET and leading climate scientist, elected as a fellow of the American Meteorological Society

UMBC’s 20th Summer Undergraduate Research Fest spotlights emerging science talent from across the nation

“It is a privilege to have so many students coming from far and near to participate in the authentic research experience UMBC provides,” shared Dean Bill LaCourse. “I assure you that your discoveries have added to scientific knowledge, which in the end benefits society through empowerment.” Continue reading UMBC’s 20th Summer Undergraduate Research Fest spotlights emerging science talent from across the nation

UMBC receives NSF grant to launch first-of-its-kind big data and high-performance computing training for researchers across disciplines

A new interdisciplinary course will teach researchers how to use high-performance computing techniques to analyze huge amounts of data. “In a way, we are training a new type of scientist, a new generation of scientists,” says Zhibo Zhang. Continue reading UMBC receives NSF grant to launch first-of-its-kind big data and high-performance computing training for researchers across disciplines

UMBC’s Gymama Slaughter to develop bioreactors that could pause the clock for life-saving organ transplants

Currently, organ and tissue donors typically need to be in close proximity to transplant recipients due to limitations in organ transport. With technological improvements, Slaughter says, the viability of the organs could be increased to about 36 hours, greatly expanding the distance an organ could travel from donor to recipient, and the likelihood of a successful transplant Continue reading UMBC’s Gymama Slaughter to develop bioreactors that could pause the clock for life-saving organ transplants

UMBC’s Tom Cronin explains how some animals “see without eyes”

“Many animals—including human beings—do have specialized light-detecting molecules in unexpected places,” Tom Cronin writes. While notable progress has been made in understanding these molecules in recent decades, there is still much to learn about their roles in processes from navigation to mood regulation. Continue reading UMBC’s Tom Cronin explains how some animals “see without eyes”

Keith J. Bowman named new dean of UMBC’s College of Engineering and Information Technology

“COEIT has embraced two compelling strategic directions—to advance research that benefits society and to elevate student success through innovative education experiences—and I’m very committed to both,” says Bowman. Continue reading Keith J. Bowman named new dean of UMBC’s College of Engineering and Information Technology

New study by UMBC’s Chris Swan finds restoration efforts more effective in small, isolated streams

“Our results amplify the call for a larger scale perspective on river restoration,” write Chris Swan and co-author Bryan Brown. That perspective, they suggest, should include considering ecological factors like species dispersal patterns when making restoration decisions. Continue reading New study by UMBC’s Chris Swan finds restoration efforts more effective in small, isolated streams

UMBC IT leaders honored for supporting student success through innovative data analytics

“The award shows how the collaborative spirit of UMBC is helping to improve the success of our students,” says Kevin Joseph, who received the Blackboard Catalyst Award for Leading Change recipient along with UMBC’s Jack Suess and John Fritz. Continue reading UMBC IT leaders honored for supporting student success through innovative data analytics

UMBC’s Erin Green receives nearly $1 million NIH grant for cutting-edge epigenetics research

“Any cell, in any species, is constantly bombarded with different signals from its environment,” says Erin Green. Her work could provide clues to understanding how those signals may trigger complex processes from aging to the spread of cancer. Continue reading UMBC’s Erin Green receives nearly $1 million NIH grant for cutting-edge epigenetics research

UMBC Ph.D. candidate Kavita Krishnaswamy receives Google and Microsoft awards for robotics research

The honors recognize emerging scholars in computing who are dedicated to increasing diversity in the field. Krishnawamy’s awards will support her research on “Smart Algorithms via Knowledge Management of Safe Physical Human-Robotic Care.” Continue reading UMBC Ph.D. candidate Kavita Krishnaswamy receives Google and Microsoft awards for robotics research

UMBC’s Greg Szeto works to better predict patient responses to immunotherapy

The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation awarded Szeto a research fellow grant to continue his work on immunotherapy, and develop experimental tests and computational models that can help physicians more accurately predict how individual patients will respond to a similar type of immunotherapy. Continue reading UMBC’s Greg Szeto works to better predict patient responses to immunotherapy

UMBC computer scientists explain how AI can help translate legalese before online users click “agree”

Artificial intelligence (AI) is helping to summarize lengthy and complex legalese so people can more easily understand terms of service and similar agreements before they click “accept” to access a new app or online service. Continue reading UMBC computer scientists explain how AI can help translate legalese before online users click “agree”

UMBC’s Lipi Mukherjee receives NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship for atmospheric physics research

Mukherjee is creating a new model to more quickly and precisely detect particles dissolved in the ocean that can reduce survival of local marine life, cause algal blooms, and modulate global climate. She shares that at UMBC, “everyone is very helpful and open.” Continue reading UMBC’s Lipi Mukherjee receives NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship for atmospheric physics research

Helena Mentis examines how activity trackers can inform treatment plans for patients with Parkinson’s disease

Helena Mentis is seeing results in new research using activity trackers to assess movement and inform treatment for patients with Parkinson’s disease, based in the finding that daily walking has been shown to benefit such patients. Continue reading Helena Mentis examines how activity trackers can inform treatment plans for patients with Parkinson’s disease

Breakthrough UMBC vision research finds protein holds promise to treat biological clock disorders

Two dramatic findings in mice suggest melanopsin, a retinal protein, may play a key role in regulating biological rhythms. If the findings hold in humans, further melanopsin research could eventually lead to treatments for disorders like non-24. Continue reading Breakthrough UMBC vision research finds protein holds promise to treat biological clock disorders

Prof. Tim Nohe congrats Melissa Cormier upon receiving her MFA degree.

UMBC’s spring 2017 commencement honors each student’s story of achievement

In remarks to his graduating class, Valedictorian Daniel Ocasio reflected, “At UMBC, people from all over the world, every race, every socioeconomic background, cooperate — not just exist together, but really work together — to better themselves and each other through education.” Continue reading UMBC’s spring 2017 commencement honors each student’s story of achievement