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

Grad students explain complex research simply through UMBC storytelling workshop

“Failure is a great theme for storytelling,” said Laura Wexler from The Stoop Storytelling Series. She explained that sharing struggles on the path to success can help a researcher explain what motivates them and why their work matters. Continue reading Grad students explain complex research simply through UMBC storytelling workshop

In Hour of Code, UMBC students give Baltimore youth hands-on intro to computing careers

“I had some students tell me that coding was much more fun than they thought it’d be,” said Gabrielle Salib ’17, interdisciplinary studies. “That was precisely the purpose of our event: to show the UMBC community that they, too, can code!” Continue reading In Hour of Code, UMBC students give Baltimore youth hands-on intro to computing careers

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