Summer Undergraduate Research Fest spotlights next generation of scientists

“SURF’s growth demonstrates the commitment of UMBC to undergraduate research and getting the next generation of researchers prepared,” says Lasse Lindahl. More than 250 people turned out for the August event to learn what 83 intrepid undergrads have been up to this summer. Continue reading Summer Undergraduate Research Fest spotlights next generation of scientists

UMBC prepares next generation of leading K-12 educators with commitment to community

“As the Baltimore County Teacher of the Year, Carter is noted for his enthusiasm, his authenticity, and his work to be a champion for students inside and outside of the classroom,” writes Education Post, in a new story highlighting Corey Carter ’08, biological sciences, ’10 M.A.T. Continue reading UMBC prepares next generation of leading K-12 educators with commitment to community

UMBC honors Class of 2016, adding nearly 2,000 new members to the Retriever alumni family

Thousands of supporters gathered to celebrate the tremendous achievements of the Class of 2016, nearly 2,000 strong, at UMBC’s commencement ceremonies, held May 18-19. Moving speeches served as a powerful reminder of the value and impact of a UMBC degree. Continue reading UMBC honors Class of 2016, adding nearly 2,000 new members to the Retriever alumni family

UMBC study shows positive impact of integrating quantitative reasoning into undergrad biology courses

Study finds that biology courses infused with math in a team-based learning environment improve undergrads’ quantitative reasoning skills. New research funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute can serve as a model for other departments and universities. Continue reading UMBC study shows positive impact of integrating quantitative reasoning into undergrad biology courses

Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Day celebrates 20 years of remarkable student work

The University Center Ballroom was humming on Wednesday, April 27, with the voices of hundreds of UMBC students presenting their research and creative work to proud long-time supporters and curious first-time visitors alike. Continue reading Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Day celebrates 20 years of remarkable student work

Biologist Jeff Leips explains model organism research on Capitol Hill in support of federal funding

Jeff Leips discusses his fruitfly studies with congressional staffers. College campuses “could do more” to increase understanding of the importance of funding model organism research, he says. Continue reading Biologist Jeff Leips explains model organism research on Capitol Hill in support of federal funding

Avanti Mehta, Sondheim Public Affairs Scholar heading to medical school, says UMBC taught her grit and perseverance

Mehta shares, “as a senior on my way to medical school in the fall, I can say with confidence that I look forward to all the challenges that life throws my way because UMBC has taught me to have grit and always persevere.” Continue reading Avanti Mehta, Sondheim Public Affairs Scholar heading to medical school, says UMBC taught her grit and perseverance

Three UMBC students receive Goldwater Scholarships, a national investment in future STEM leaders

“As a first generation college student, I feel extremely fortunate to be pursuing higher education, let alone a career in scientific research,” says Daniel Ocasio. “To me, earning the Goldwater Scholarship is recognition of all those who made it possible…” Continue reading Three UMBC students receive Goldwater Scholarships, a national investment in future STEM leaders

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

Congressman Elijah Cummings discusses UMBC’s research leadership and commitment to Baltimore during campus visit

Faculty speak about UMBC’s well-rounded research portfolio and focus in on research strengths in physics, geosciences, space science, and bioengineering; students share career goals and experiences working with local communities. Continue reading Congressman Elijah Cummings discusses UMBC’s research leadership and commitment to Baltimore during campus visit

UMBC’s new Grand Challenge Scholars Program invites students from all fields to tackle major issues of our time

The scholars program invites students from all majors to work together on pressing challenges facing society, from sustainability to health and security issues. Students will have the opportunity to develop their own pathway to complete the program requirements based on the topic they choose. Continue reading UMBC’s new Grand Challenge Scholars Program invites students from all fields to tackle major issues of our time

Contrary to Darwin’s assumptions, female and male songbirds can be equally musical, say UMBC biologists

Contrary to the popular belief, made famous by evolutionary theorist Charles Darwin, that only male songbirds sing, female birds can be as musical as males of the same species. This is the conclusion of UMBC’s Karan Odom, a biological studies … Continue reading Contrary to Darwin’s assumptions, female and male songbirds can be equally musical, say UMBC biologists

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”

UMBC Biological Sciences Faculty Explain Benefits of Active Learning in Nature News

Several UMBC biological sciences faculty and staff were featured in a Nature article on July 15 about the benefits of active learning in science courses. Neuroscientist Sarah Leupen was quoted in the story and described a question that spurs interesting discussion in her introductory physiology class: You’re innocently walking down the street when aliens zap away the sensory neurons in your legs. What happens? “We usually get lots of vigorous debate on this one,” said Leupen, who spends most of her class time firing such questions at her students. “It’s lovely to experience.” Leupen said the students grapple with the material … Continue reading UMBC Biological Sciences Faculty Explain Benefits of Active Learning in Nature News

Biological Sciences Faculty and Ph.D. Student Find Light-Sensitive Components in Cephalopod Skin

Thomas Cronin, biological sciences, and Alexandra Kingston, Ph.D. candidate in biological sciences, worked with scientists at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Massachusetts to find that squid and cuttlefish possess light-sensitive proteins called opsins on their skin. Their findings were published in the Journal of Experimental Biology last week and have received widespread media coverage. Their discovery suggests, but does not prove, that cephalopods might be able to sense light through their skin. “All the machinery is there for them to be light-sensitive but we can’t prove that,” Cronin told National Geographic. “We don’t know if they contribute to camouflage or … Continue reading Biological Sciences Faculty and Ph.D. Student Find Light-Sensitive Components in Cephalopod Skin