UMBC artists recognized for excellence through highly competitive awards

Funding for individual artists is often scarce and always highly competitive, but the Baltimore-Washington region is fortunate to have both state and private organizations awarding funds directly to individual artists. Award announcements this spring include many UMBC students, alumni and faculty, … Continue reading UMBC artists recognized for excellence through highly competitive awards

PBS documentary features neuroscientist Kafui Dzirasa’s new approach to treating bipolar disorder

Kafui Dzirasa ’01 is featured in a PBS documentary that offers a glimpse into the lives of people with bipolar disorder. He is developing an electrical device that would stabilize a person’s mood without the side effects caused by medications. Continue reading PBS documentary features neuroscientist Kafui Dzirasa’s new approach to treating bipolar disorder

UMBC’s 2016 NSF Graduate Research Fellows share gratitude for research experience, mentorship

Through this program “the nation invests in those individuals who have shown great potential to…become the next generation of research leaders,” explains Janet Rutledge, vice provost and dean of the Graduate School at UMBC. Continue reading UMBC’s 2016 NSF Graduate Research Fellows share gratitude for research experience, mentorship

UMBC heads to Light City Baltimore: festival of light, music, innovation

Baltimore’s history as the first U.S. city to be illuminated by gas lamps has inspired Light City Baltimore, a new festival in the Inner Harbor, March 28-April 3, with 1.5 miles of glowing public artworks, free music, a free UMBC hospitality space, and a six-day innovation conference, Light City U. Continue reading UMBC heads to Light City Baltimore: festival of light, music, innovation

Neuroscientist Kafui Dzirasa to receive Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers

Kafui Dzirasa ’01 is named a recipient of the highest honor the U.S. government awards to science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their research careers. He is working to develop a “pacemaker” for the brain. Continue reading Neuroscientist Kafui Dzirasa to receive Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers

UMBC celebrates launch of campaign to reconnect with 70,000 global alumni ahead of 50th

Can hundreds of committed UMBC alumni, students, faculty and staff spread the word about our exceptional public research university and its 50th anniversary to almost 70,000 alumni and the rest of the world? The first wave of those “hundreds” – … Continue reading UMBC celebrates launch of campaign to reconnect with 70,000 global alumni ahead of 50th

Nobel Prize winners recognize alumni Benyam and Isaac Kinde as “Bright Young Minds”

When Science News asked 30 Nobel Prize winners to name early-career scientists who have caught their attention, two UMBC alumni stood out from the crowd. Brothers Benyam Kinde ’10, and Isaac Kinde ’05, both biological sciences, made the top ten list of “Bright Young Minds”—inspiring scholars who are “up-and-coming stars” completing high-caliber research. Science News highlights Benyam’s work on how genetic changes affect brain cell activity in Rett syndrome, a disorder marked by developmental delays and seizures, and Issac’s work to create technology to detect cancer very early, giving patients a better chance at survival. “We still don’t know very much about how individual cells … Continue reading Nobel Prize winners recognize alumni Benyam and Isaac Kinde as “Bright Young Minds”

Ari Ne’eman ’10, Political Science, Wins Inclusion Award

Alumnus Ar Ne’eman ’10, political science, received the second annual Morton E. Ruderman Award in Inclusion from the Ruderman Family Foundation. The award recognizes individuals who have made contributions to the inclusion of people with disabilities in the Jewish world and the greater public. Ne’eman was honored for his work as the president and co-founder of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) and member of the President’s National Council on Disability. He founded ASAN as a freshman at UMBC and was appointed to the National Council on Disability by President Obama in 2009. “People with disabilities deserve the right to … Continue reading Ari Ne’eman ’10, Political Science, Wins Inclusion Award

Economic Engine: bwtech@UMBC boosts state and local economies through jobs, revenue and vision

A new study from the Sage Policy Group reveals that the bwtech@UMBC research park has grown at a remarkable pace. The park contributes nearly 2,500 jobs to Baltimore County today, an increase of 41 percent since last measured in 2006. Continue reading Economic Engine: bwtech@UMBC boosts state and local economies through jobs, revenue and vision

Joe Tropea ’06 History B.A. and ’08 Historical Studies M.A, in the Baltimore Brew

A film by Joe Tropea ’06 History B.A. and ’08 Historical Studies premiers locally at the Maryland Film Festival next week.  The Baltimore Brew covered the film in a May 1 story entitled “A fiery act of civil disobedience in Catonsville still resonates, 45 years later.” “Hit & Stay’ tells the story of nine Catholic activists who protested the Vietnam War by burning draft files in Catonsville on May 17, 1968.  Tropea and fellow filmmaker Skizz Cyzyk tell the story using old footage, recent interviews with surviving members of the group and their supporters, images of war horrors, and the … Continue reading Joe Tropea ’06 History B.A. and ’08 Historical Studies M.A, in the Baltimore Brew

Alumna Teresa Foster Awarded Fellowship

Teresa Foster ’09, gender and women’s studies and history, ’11 M.A. historical studies, and a LLC Ph.D. candidate, is the winner of the 2013-2014 Wing Graduate Fellowship in Colonial Chesapeake History from the Maryland Historical Society. The purpose of the Wing Fellowship is to assist a graduate student in undertaking a significant project in Chesapeake colonial history. Continue reading Alumna Teresa Foster Awarded Fellowship

Vivian Ekey ’11 Chosen as Rangel Fellow

Vivian Ekey ’11, political science and modern languages and linguistics, was recently chosen to be a Rangel Fellow. The Rangel Graduate Fellowship is a program that aims to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers in the Foreign Service in which they can help formulate, represent and implement U.S. foreign policy. Each year, the Rangel Program selects 20 outstanding Rangel Fellows in a highly competitive nationwide process and helps support them through two years of graduate study, internships and professional development activities, and entry into the Foreign Service. Ekey will be earning an M.A in Latin American Studies and International … Continue reading Vivian Ekey ’11 Chosen as Rangel Fellow

Alumnus Greg Cantori ’84, Geography, Named President of Maryland Nonprofits

Alumnus Gregory Cantori ’84, geography (cartography), was named the new president for Maryland Nonprofits beginning October 1st, according to an article in Maryland Reporter published September 25th. Cantori will head an organization that includes roughly1,400 nonprofit organizations and 300 associate members in the state, of which many are used by statewide and local government agencies to provide social, health, housing and educational services. The new president has significant experience with such efforts, having worked in various capacities at the Downtown Sailing Center, the Marion I. & Henry J. Knott Foundation, and the Light Street Housing Corporation among others over the years. Speaking with … Continue reading Alumnus Greg Cantori ’84, Geography, Named President of Maryland Nonprofits

Alumna Rachel Younghans ’12, Geography, in The Washington Post

It’s the open road for the next few months for recent alumna Rachel Younghans ’12, geography, as she and her boyfriend, photographer Rob Brulinski, cross the country in search of “Only-in-America Americans” for their art-project/website Freak Flag America. The couple were profiled by The Washington Post‘s Michael Rosenwald on September 17th, one day after they had set out on their cross-country trip. The two will travel to the Pacific and back in a Toyota Yaris packed with supplies ranging from a tent to rolls of film, from an American flag from Goodwill to a stuffed rat from IKEA which Brulinski plans to bug … Continue reading Alumna Rachel Younghans ’12, Geography, in The Washington Post

Alumna and Former Teacher Jeehye Yun ’97, Computer Science, in Baltimore Business Journal

Alumna Jeehye Yun ’97, computer science, was profiled along with her cybersecurity company Secured Sciences Group (SSG) by The Baltimore Business Journal‘s Jack Lambert in an article published on September 7th. Yun told Lambert that SSG–a member of UMBC’s Research and Technology Park, and which is in the process of working with the research park on a plan to attract investors–is particularly adept at cutting through red tape and redundancies which can occur in government applications, saying, “We can take a lot of disparate policies and figure out where the overlaps are.” The alumna, who is CEO/President of SSG as well as a … Continue reading Alumna and Former Teacher Jeehye Yun ’97, Computer Science, in Baltimore Business Journal

Bryan Kelly ’92, Economics, Wins Re-Election to Harford CC Board of Trustees

Alumnus Bryan Kelly ’92, economics, won reelection as Chair of the Harford Community College Board of Trustees, according to local news website The Dagger. Kelly, who is also managing partner and owner of The Kelly Group, has served on the board since 2005 and is also co-chair of the Board of Directors of the UMBC Economics Visitors Council. Other current positions include President of the Maryland Association of Community Colleges; the chairman of the board of the Academy of Finance, Harford County Public Schools; and membership of the Harford Leadership Academy Alumni Association at Harford Community College. He was named the 2007 UMBC Economics Alumnus … Continue reading Bryan Kelly ’92, Economics, Wins Re-Election to Harford CC Board of Trustees

Alex Onischuk ’07, Modern Languages and Linguistics, Named Director of Texas Tech Chess Program

Alex Onischuk ’07, modern languages and linguistics, was named the director of Texas Tech University’s chess program on July 30, according to an article in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. The Ukraine-born grandmaster was captain of UMBC’s chess team, during a period in which the team won four consecutive national championships from 2002 to 2006. Texas Tech’s team are also champions, winning the President’s Cup for the second consecutive year this year. Onischuk, currently ranked third in the country among chess players, released a statement saying, ““I am thrilled to be selected as head coach of the defending national collegiate championship chess team at Texas Tech, … Continue reading Alex Onischuk ’07, Modern Languages and Linguistics, Named Director of Texas Tech Chess Program

Jeremy Yap ’08, Biological Sciences, Wins Predoctoral Fellowship

Alumnus Jeremy “Jerry” Yap ’08, biological sciences, was recently honored as one of four national winners of a 2012-2013 American Chemical Society (ACS) Medicinal Chemistry Predoctoral Fellowship. Yap is currently attending the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, where his work “focuses on the design and synthesis of small-molecule inhibitors (drugs) of oncogenic protein–protein interactions,” according to University of Maryland here. The story also notes that the fellowship will allow Yap to pursue his research by providing a full, year-long stipend. “This is as an excellent example of how important collaboration is in any professional setting,” said Yap upon being … Continue reading Jeremy Yap ’08, Biological Sciences, Wins Predoctoral Fellowship

Stephanie Archer-Smith ’85, Psychology, Named Executive Director of Local Meals on Wheels

Stephanie Archer-Smith ’85, developmental psychology, was recently named the executive director for Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland. “We are delighted to be able to hire someone as experienced and capable as Stephanie to lead Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland,” said board president Jonathan Wachs.  “She is well-qualified for the post, and her strengths and abilities are tailor-made to lead our organization into the next phase of growth and sustainabiliy.” Archer-Smith, who received a graduate degree at the University of Baltimore, her served as senior vice president of operations for St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore for the past … Continue reading Stephanie Archer-Smith ’85, Psychology, Named Executive Director of Local Meals on Wheels

New Play From Alumna Erica Smith ’03, Theater, Debuts

The Mobtown Players are producing the latest play by Laurel resident and alumna Erica Smith ’03, theater. The play is entitled Come Out and Say It, and was chosen from among three by local playwrights which were given staged readings last fall by the Mobtown Playwrights Group (MPG), according to theater website BroadwayWorld Baltimore. The synopsis given on The Mobtown Players’ website goes as follows: “Five people. Four pros. Three murderers. Two lovers. One miscalculation. As Vale deals with the aftermath of a heist gone wrong, he sees his plans—and his life—fall apart before his eyes.  In Come Out and … Continue reading New Play From Alumna Erica Smith ’03, Theater, Debuts

Alumnus Erick Sahler ’89, Graphic Design and Art History, in Delmarvanow.com

Alumnus Erick Sahler ’89, Graphic Design and Art History, was featured on the news site Delmarvanow.com on June 28th, with a focus on his latest silkscreen print for purchase. The piece, entitled “Summer of ’61,”  is based on a photograph of the time, depicting the  Chincoteague, VA’s Island Theatre with its marquee featuring the 1961 film adaptation of Misty of Chincoteague, and a ’55 Ford in the foreground. Sahler, who worked for Salisbury, MD’s The Daily Times as managing editor from 1989 to 2011, currently sells his artwork and screen prints under his “Erick Sahler Serigraphs” moniker, which was launched … Continue reading Alumnus Erick Sahler ’89, Graphic Design and Art History, in Delmarvanow.com

Alumnus Ed Becker ’01, Biological Sciences, in Cape Gazette

Cape Gazette, the newspaper which covers the Cape Region of Delaware, published an article written by alumnus and practicing orthopedic physician Ed Becker ’01, biological sciences, on June 24th. The article, entitled “Tennis elbow: not just for tennis players,” is something of an ABC for the sporting ailment, ranging over such matters as symptoms, contributing factors, and finally offers a few recommendations to lessen the likelihood of tennis elbow occuring, and possible courses of action if it does. “Always warm up before play,” wrote Becker, “and put all of [the] major joints through a complete range of motion. Lighter racquets … Continue reading Alumnus Ed Becker ’01, Biological Sciences, in Cape Gazette

Shana Palmer ’15, MFA in Visual Arts, Exhibits in Finland

Shana Palmer, an MFA candidate with Visual Arts for 2015, is participated in the Invisible Time exhibition at the MUU Gallery based in Helsinki, Finland. Palmer contributed  to the track “Lunar Storm” from her band Secret Secrets’s latest album Chiromagica, to the “Wall of Sound” portion of the exhibit, alongside ten other track by other participating artists. Secret Secrets is a duo of Palmer on vocals and electronics with drums provided by Melissa Moore. Invisible Time opened at the MUU Gallery on June 8th and closed on June 21st. More information on the exhibit and its participants can be found … Continue reading Shana Palmer ’15, MFA in Visual Arts, Exhibits in Finland

Dance Piece by Josephine Kalema ’13, Dance, Performed in D.C. in July

Josephine Kalema, a senior dance major, will have her piece Past, Present, and Future performed at the Washington, D.C. performance space Dance Place as part of the  annual New Release Choreographer’s Showcase this coming July. It will feature dancers Arnesha Reives, Jonique Holcomb, Alexis Renee, Candice Grace, and Jasmynn Speight, and  mixes traditional and modern African dance. Kalema dedicates Past, Present, and Future to her Ugandan family, as well as “every culture that has gone through life changing barriers,” according to Dance Place’s website. The dates for the New Release Choreographer’s Showcase are July 7th at 8 p.m., and July 8th at … Continue reading Dance Piece by Josephine Kalema ’13, Dance, Performed in D.C. in July