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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

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Michael Summers, HIV researcher and mentor, elected to National Academy of Sciences

Dr. Summers is recognized with one of the highest honors a researcher can receive for work to determine the 3D structure of several components of HIV-1 and for his deep commitment to training the next generation of leading scientists, from high school through postdoctoral levels. Continue reading Michael Summers, HIV researcher and mentor, elected to National Academy of Sciences

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Valedictorian Katelyn Seale heads to medical school with sensitivity to diversity and a strong research background

“My hours in the lab struggling to explain or duplicate results have made me a stronger student and problem-solver,” says Seale, who expects her research and volunteer experience to benefit her future medical career. Continue reading Valedictorian Katelyn Seale heads to medical school with sensitivity to diversity and a strong research background

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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

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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

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Rapid, affordable STI test designed by UMBC chemistry professor reaches clinical trial stage

Current common tests for sexually-transmitted infections (STI) require sending samples off to a lab to be grown and analyzed, which means that patients must wait a few days to receive the results and that the tests can be more expensive … Continue reading Rapid, affordable STI test designed by UMBC chemistry professor reaches clinical trial stage

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Inaugural Inventors’ Luncheon honors UMBC faculty innovators across disciplines

UMBC’s inaugural Innovators Luncheon, held November 30, 2015, celebrated faculty innovators from across the university who are forging new paths in their fields. Sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research, Office of Technology Development (OTD), Office of … Continue reading Inaugural Inventors’ Luncheon honors UMBC faculty innovators across disciplines

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UMBC researchers collaborate to improve sustainability, with impacts in Maryland and across the nation

Local sustainability researchers and thought leaders took center stage on October 16, 2015, at a forum for urban sustainability in Baltimore, hosted by UMBC’s School of Public Policy. The forum was designed to examine how collaborations among government agencies, companies, … Continue reading UMBC researchers collaborate to improve sustainability, with impacts in Maryland and across the nation

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NASA renews partnership with UMBC’s JCET for $46 million over five years

For twenty years JCET has brought leading scientists to UMBC in research areas that align with NASA’s Earth science interests, such as climate and radiation, atmospheric chemistry and dynamics, and solar system sciences, including geophysics. UMBC is now ranked among the world’s top universities for geosciences. Continue reading NASA renews partnership with UMBC’s JCET for $46 million over five years

Paul Smith, Chemistry, in The Baltimore Sun

The Baltimore Sun reported on the Mid-Atlantic Nanonscience Education Hub internship program, which allows students from the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) to participate in nanoscience and nanotechnology internships at UMBC, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Morgan State University and the Fab Lab in Catonsville. Paul Smith, associate professor of chemistry, coordinates the internship program, which offers students exposure to a four-year institution, research experience and improved job prospects. “Part of our mission as a state institution is to promote education and to provide opportunities for students for better employment,” he said. “Certainly we also have an obligation as a Maryland … Continue reading Paul Smith, Chemistry, in The Baltimore Sun

Zeev Rosenzweig Appointed Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

UMBC is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Zeev Rosenzweig as chair of the department of chemistry and biochemistry and professor of chemistry, effective January 1, 2014. Rosenzweig will come to UMBC from the National Science Foundation, where he is presently a program director in the division of chemistry. He also carries the title of professor adjunct in the chemistry department of the University of New Orleans, where he was previously a professor. His research interests are in the synthesis of nanomaterials and their applications in biological and environmental systems. “We are delighted to have Dr. Rosenzweig be a … Continue reading Zeev Rosenzweig Appointed Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Former UMBC Visiting Professor Wins Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Dan Shechtman, a former visiting professor at UMBC, won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry last week. Shlomo Carmi, then dean of the College of Engineering, recruited Shechtman in 1997, and the materials scientist remained a visiting professor at UMBC until 2005. During that time Shechtman conducted some of the key research that led to the Nobel Prize at the National Institutes of Standards and Technology, in nearby Gaithersburg, Md. Continue reading Former UMBC Visiting Professor Wins Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Omar Bukhari ’13, Biochemistry, in the Gazette

Omar Bukhari ’13, biochemistry and EHS, will soon begin his junior year at UMBC, but for the last several weeks he’s been hard at work for another cause. Bukhari just finished a 4,000 mile bike ride from Baltimore to San Francisco through 4K for Cancer, fundraising and meeting cancer patients and their families across the country. Working as a volunteer EMT in Baltimore and hearing patients’ stories about cancer, as well as researching anti-cancer compounds as an intern, motivated Bukhari to become involved with 4K for Cancer. He documented his journey at omar4k.tumblr.com and since returning home has been featured … Continue reading Omar Bukhari ’13, Biochemistry, in the Gazette