UMBC a founding partner in coalition to increase transparency on life science career prospects

UMBC is among nine U.S. research universities and a major cancer institute that just announced plans to give would-be life scientists clear, standardized data on graduate school admissions, education and training opportunities, and career prospects. Continue reading UMBC a founding partner in coalition to increase transparency on life science career prospects

UMBC faculty, alumni and corporate partners discuss cybersecurity and industry challenges

On Thursday, December 7, UMBC hosted experts from industry and academia at the National Press Club to discuss the cyber challenges professionals face, and how those groups can work together to prepare future generations of cybersecurity professionals. Continue reading UMBC faculty, alumni and corporate partners discuss cybersecurity and industry challenges

UMBC students take flight to study weather, pollution in multi-institution initiative

Handling in-flight challenges on the spot showed the students “how the science gets done in real life,” Brian Carroll says. The flight experience met the initiative’s goal to provide experiential learning opportunities to expand students’ perspectives. Continue reading UMBC students take flight to study weather, pollution in multi-institution initiative

UMBC biologists discuss human health applications of studying plants’ circadian rhythms in The Conversation

Improper circadian clock function has already been linked to illnesses from diabetes to depression in humans. Plant science could grow our understanding. “As researchers continue to untangle more about how these clocks work—including how they influence interactions between hosts and their invading pathogens and pests—new forms of specially-timed precision medicine could be on the horizon,” write Lu and Wiratan. Continue reading UMBC biologists discuss human health applications of studying plants’ circadian rhythms in The Conversation

Undergraduate Research Symposium award winners embody success of UMBC STEM BUILD program

“The BUILD participants at URS exemplify the objectives of the program,” says Laura Ott. “By participating in the BUILD program, they’re helping us explore novel strategies to increase participation in undergraduate research for all students.” Continue reading Undergraduate Research Symposium award winners embody success of UMBC STEM BUILD program

UMBC upgrades High Performance Computing Facility through new NSF grant, expanding possibilities for data-intensive research

UMBC received an NSF award to expand its High Performance Computing Facility (HPCF). The funding will go toward upgraded hardware and increased computing speeds for the interdisciplinary core facility, which supports scientific computing and other complex, data-intensive research. Continue reading UMBC upgrades High Performance Computing Facility through new NSF grant, expanding possibilities for data-intensive research

20th Undergraduate Research Symposium shines a light on students’ diverse contributions to science

On October 14, more than 300 students from across the East Coast descended on campus to share their research with each other, participate in workshops, and learn about UMBC. The event celebrated the diversity among young scientists and the potential for their work to have a positive impact on the world. Continue reading 20th Undergraduate Research Symposium shines a light on students’ diverse contributions to science

UMBC scientists measure plant productivity from space, with applications from farming to forest conservation

“We’re laying the groundwork for developing ways of monitoring vegetation,” says Fred Huemmrich. His and Petya Campbell’s new research uses images captured by instruments on the international space station to reveal global photosynthesis rates in unprecedented detail. Continue reading UMBC scientists measure plant productivity from space, with applications from farming to forest conservation

UMBC’s Erin Lavik receives National Eye Institute funding to create “living model of the human retina”

“We do not have good models for studying these diseases, but it is our hope that we can use this prize to build new models of the eye that can be screened rapidly to allow researchers to not only understand eye diseases but to look for new therapies,” said Lavik. Continue reading UMBC’s Erin Lavik receives National Eye Institute funding to create “living model of the human retina”

UMBC faculty awarded NSF grant to shrink tumors with heat and nanoparticles

“This strategy, if successful, will not only ensure delivering high payloads of anticancer drugs directly to tumors where they are needed the most, but also result in an overall reduction of drug dosage, and thereby reducing systemic toxicity in other body organs,” explains Liang Zhu, professor of mechanical engineering and PI of the grant. Continue reading UMBC faculty awarded NSF grant to shrink tumors with heat and nanoparticles

GRIT-X talks showcase experiences of outstanding faculty and alumni “from outer space to inner space”

Nine distinguished faculty and alumni shared their stories at GRIT-X, a TED talk-style event during UMBC’s Homecoming that took listeners “from outer space to inner space, from a makerspace to the classroom, from black holes in the universe to a pacemaker for the brain.” Continue reading GRIT-X talks showcase experiences of outstanding faculty and alumni “from outer space to inner space”

2017 Alumni Awards celebrate impressive contributions across disciplines from UMBC alumni and faculty

“You see this great cadre of people who represent the best of our university, the best of our country and the best of humankind. They are solving the problems of humankind,” said President Hrabowski. “This is by far the best of UMBC.” Continue reading 2017 Alumni Awards celebrate impressive contributions across disciplines from UMBC alumni and faculty

UMBC participates in national study on Ph.D. career pathways at pivotal moment for new grads

“The assumption that the Ph.D. is primarily a pathway to the professoriate is just not the case,” says Janet Rutledge, dean of the Graduate School. “We’re hoping that by being part of this study, we will determine the best ways to focus our time and our resources to most effectively guide our students.” Continue reading UMBC participates in national study on Ph.D. career pathways at pivotal moment for new grads

UMBC researchers win USDA grants to improve safety and efficiency of fish farming industry

Yonathan Zohar, professor and chair of marine biotechnology, explains that the two UMBC teams’ research “makes the point of how you can use advanced approaches and strategies of biotechnology to open some of the major bottlenecks in the aquaculture industry.” Continue reading UMBC researchers win USDA grants to improve safety and efficiency of fish farming industry

UMBC marine biologist Colleen Burge works to save world’s oysters from deadly herpes virus

“It may only be a matter of time until [deadly strains of the herpes virus] reach U.S. coastal bays,” Colleen Burge writes. That means finding a way to prevent massive oyster die-offs, which have already happened in other parts of the world, is important to save the species—and Burge is on the task. Continue reading UMBC marine biologist Colleen Burge works to save world’s oysters from deadly herpes virus

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