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”

UMBC’s Gloria Chuku receives international award for influential scholarship in Africana studies

“I remembered my grandmother, my mother, and of course all the powerful women of Igbo descent who accomplished a great deal… Their histories and experiences had not been captured and recorded. I thought, that is an area I should focus on when I have the opportunity,” says Chuku. Continue reading UMBC’s Gloria Chuku receives international award for influential scholarship in Africana studies

Susan Sterett and Anne Brodsky begin new social science leadership roles at UMBC

“Universities can broaden our horizons and invite us to bring our inquiry to our communities,” says Susan Sterett, the new director of the School of Public Policy, emphasizing, “UMBC’s proud tradition of excellence and public service are evident in the problems faculty and students in the School of Public Policy study, and the connection to communities that they bring.” Continue reading Susan Sterett and Anne Brodsky begin new social science leadership roles at UMBC

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

UMBC alumnus Jerome Adams confirmed as U.S. surgeon general

The U.S. Senate has confirmed Jerome Adams ’97, M4, biochemistry and molecular biology, for the position of U.S. surgeon general. He replaces Rear Admiral Sylvia Trent-Adams Ph.D. ’06, public policy, who was serving as acting U.S. surgeon general. Both alumni have prioritized connections with local communities and vulnerable populations. Continue reading UMBC alumnus Jerome Adams confirmed as U.S. surgeon general

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 Tim Hall named president of Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association

“Tim Hall’s appointment as president of the I-AAA Athletic Director’s Association is a recognition not only of his role as a leader in intercollegiate athletics, but also of the value he places on collaboration,” said UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski. “I know he will work hard over the next year to advance initiatives critical to all of the association’s institutions.” Continue reading UMBC’s Tim Hall named president of Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association

UMBC alumnus Jerome Adams nominated for U.S. surgeon general, to replace alumna serving as acting S.G.

“He has his hands on the pulse of what’s going on in communities,” a former colleague says of Jerome Adams. “He gets right out there at the grass roots level and really identifies with the folks he needs to serve.” Continue reading UMBC alumnus Jerome Adams nominated for U.S. surgeon general, to replace alumna serving as acting S.G.

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 researchers address diverse factors impacting U.S. schooling

UMBC researchers from across the humanities and social sciences recently earned press coverage for their work exploring factors that shape K–12 education in the United States. From inclusive language in classrooms to math pedagogy, each offers insights to spur change and further research to improve children’s educational experiences. Continue reading UMBC researchers address diverse factors impacting U.S. schooling

American Democracy Project honors UMBC’s Philip Rous for leadership in civic engagement

UMBC participants were involved with organizing and presenting sessions, tours, and special events throughout the Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting, which offered representatives from colleges and universities across the nation a chance to discuss forward-looking community-building and civic engagement strategies. Continue reading American Democracy Project honors UMBC’s Philip Rous for leadership in civic engagement

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”

National media coverage of UMBC leadership highlights collaboration as key to inclusive campus culture

“It’s only when there is a cultural difference, focusing on everybody from faculty, staff to administration, saying the success of students from different backgrounds is a top priority on campus—only then can you make a difference,” Pres. Hrabowski said. Continue reading National media coverage of UMBC leadership highlights collaboration as key to inclusive campus culture

Christy Ford Chapin recalls lost history of the U.S. health care system in New York Times op-ed

“Historians can use narrative to explain seemingly complex issues, add nuance to national conversations, and highlight overlooked facts,” says Christy Ford Chapin—all of which she does in her award-winning book about health care in the United States. Continue reading Christy Ford Chapin recalls lost history of the U.S. health care system in New York Times op-ed

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