“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
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
“Watching the evolution and release of this new large iceberg from the Antarctic Peninsula has been a truly humbling and awe-inspiring experience,” Chris Shuman told the Boston Globe. Continue reading UMBC’s Chris Shuman discusses trillion-ton Antarctic iceberg in U.S. and international media
“I think the most valuable thing about this program will be that it will expose me to things that we can do that haven’t been on our horizon, because we haven’t yet thought to look creatively in those directions,” Don Engel says. Continue reading UMBC’s Don Engel selected for inaugural cohort of APLU Research Leader Fellows
Three bwtech@UMBC incubator companies win respective award categories at the Maryland Incubator Company of the Year Awards, and one company led by a UMBC alumnus is recognized at the Entrepreneur of the Year Maryland Awards. Continue reading 2017 Maryland Incubator Company of the Year Awards recognize three bwtech@UMBC startups
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
Multiple theories attempt to define yawning’s purpose. Still,“Yawning may have the dubious distinction of being the least understood common human behavior,” UMBC’s Bob Provine told NPR’s Morning Edition this spring. Continue reading Why do we yawn? UMBC’s Bob Provine dives into a common, but still mysterious behavior on NPR
“We believe the economic impact of the iCyberCenter will be significant…and secure Maryland’s place in cybersecurity innovation in the world,” said Ellen Hemmerly, executive director of bwtech@UMBC, at the launch event. Continue reading New iCyberCenter will help international cyber companies establish U.S. presence at bwtech@UMBC
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”
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 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
The RISE Zone designation supports existing companies, new companies, and UMBC faculty interested in commercializing their work. Continue reading bwtech@UMBC to expand economic impact through RISE Zone designation
Várnai’s innovative algorithm detected key images taken by an instrument on NOAA’s DSCOVR satellite. The project has potential to improve understanding of how clouds affect Earth’s energy balance. Continue reading UMBC’s Tamás Várnai helps identify surprising source of light flashes from Earth’s surface
HackUMBC and The Shriver Center hosted a hackathon where students collaborated to build projects focused on solving problems and creating positive social outcomes. Continue reading Hackathon inspires participants to “Innovate Good” through technology
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
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
Michelle Starz-Gaiano’s interdisciplinary approach and creative ideas have been rewarded with an NSF grant for a project that could result in a paradigm shift in cell signaling research. “I can’t wait to get the answers,” she says. Continue reading Michelle Starz-Gaiano’s new cell migration research may lead to more effective cancer treatments
Summers reflects, “The satisfaction that goes with helping our students achieve their dreams, and showing colleagues elsewhere new ways that they can approach and support their own students, is a reward without measure.” Continue reading Mike Summers honored as “Best Academic” by Baltimore Sun
Zhu’s award of nearly $500,000 focuses on improving the sensing capabilities of common technologies, such as cell phones. Continue reading Ting Zhu receives NSF CAREER Award to develop “Internet of Things” technology
Lee Blaney says a “multi-pronged approach” will help today’s scientists, policymakers, and innovators “continue to improve our quality of life without harming the environment.” Continue reading UMBC faculty research works to reduce pollution in waterways
As the Class of 2017 prepares for commencement, the UMBC community honors all our graduates have achieved in their time as Retrievers, and the legacies they will leave as they take their next steps. Continue reading Congrats, Class of 2017! Meet some of UMBC’s exceptional new graduates.
“I have received so much support from faculty and my peers to pursue endeavors that could not have been accomplished without a strong support network,” says Ocasio. Continue reading Daniel Ocasio, UMBC’s 2017 valedictorian, to pursue environmental engineering Ph.D.
“I felt that I had a community of fellow graduate students and mentors who understood my journey and pushed me to finish the program,” says Opoku-Boateng. Continue reading Gloria Opoku-Boateng becomes a user experience researcher after Ph.D. on gaming and mental acuity
“My favorite thing about UMBC is that I believe, ‘It is cool to be smart at UMBC,’ is true…The students here are extremely bright, which pushes me even harder to be the best person and student I can be,” says Furman. Continue reading Samantha Furman pursues math solutions to medical problems in unique dual Ph.D. program
“UMBC prepared me for a future in astronomy research by allowing me to get hands on experience with amazing mentors,” says DeNigris. Continue reading Natalie DeNigris continues work with NASA while completing astronomy Ph.D.
“Dr. Brewster and other lab members have helped encourage and teach me to become a confident scientist over the past four years,” says Gabel. Continue reading Austin Gabel to continue developmental biology research through M.D./Ph.D.
“The most rewarding aspect of Take Flight Robotics was realizing the potential of many gifted students. When given the chance, they are very quick to learn,” says Lee. Continue reading Andrew Lee, engineer who enjoys teaching robotics, pursues Ph.D. at University of Guelph
“The amazing mentorship I have received at UMBC has brought me the courage and confidence I needed to apply to competitive graduate programs and pursue my Ph.D.,” says Frank. Continue reading Heather Frank to pursue Ph.D. at Harvard after Summers Lab nurtured her passion for HIV research
“I decided to find new ways to help other students to succeed,” says Ngea, who became a tutor and mentor to pass along knowledge she gained from courses, conferences, and internships. Continue reading Natacha Ngea, future software engineer, reflects on the impact of mentorship
“UMBC has taught me the value of and need for collaboration. The world is currently faced with complex problems which cannot be solved by one individual,” says Landen. Continue reading Matthew Landen, peer mentor, pursues security-focused computer science Ph.D.
“UMBC has provided the best environment for me to challenge myself, discover new passions, and grow both personally and academically,” says Maduka. Continue reading Austin Maduka, dedicated mentor, to pursue M.D./Ph.D. at Duke University
“My experiences with the Shriver Center were my most meaningful at UMBC, and they showed me how to incorporate social change into my future ambitions,” says Bos. “I appreciate how UMBC encourages and empowers students to create change on and off campus.” Continue reading Jaelyn Bos applies passion for ecology to teaching biology in Mozambique
“My experiences have shown me the importance of self-determination and the need for students to recognize their own power within their communities and beyond them,” says Melluso. Continue reading Emily Melluso to continue social justice work through applied sociology master’s at UMBC
“Playing hockey at UMBC has helped me grow so much as an individual and as a leader,” says Atkinson. “The people I encountered playing hockey are a huge reason why I am heading to medical school this fall.” Continue reading Ryan Atkinson, ice hockey MVP, to attend medical school on U.S. Air Force scholarship
“UMBC embodies students giving back to their peers,” says Johnson. “I spent my college career in a give and take relationship where older students provided guidance, and my classmates and I worked as a team to achieve success.” Continue reading Da’Kuawn Johnson, future M.D./Ph.D., combines commitments to research and peer mentorship
“UMBC has helped me achieve my goals and prepared me for my next steps by providing me with a community that celebrates me in my unique interests and background,” says Salib. Continue reading Gabrielle Salib, inspired to boost STEM access, focuses on human-centered computing