UMBC dedicates new Earth and Space Institute, building on decades of NASA collaboration

NASA has served as “a role model and inspirational force,” that has led people to reach for the stars for generations, shares Dean Bill LaCourse. “The Earth and Space Institute is our opportunity to reach for new heights,” he says. “To take that chance in the name of science, commitment, passion, and basic human curiosity.” Continue reading UMBC dedicates new Earth and Space Institute, building on decades of NASA collaboration

UMBC alumni mentors give today’s students a glimpse of possible career paths

During the summer months, hundreds of UMBC students immersed themselves in high-value internships at companies, nonprofits, and government agencies. There, they learned about new fields, developed skills, and expanded their connections, taking advantage of UMBC’s strong network of emerging and established professionals who value both leadership and mentorship. Continue reading UMBC alumni mentors give today’s students a glimpse of possible career paths

Belay Demoz, director of JCET and leading climate scientist, elected as a fellow of the American Meteorological Society

Belay Demoz enjoys directing JCET because of its dual educational and scientific focus. “I’ve always believed in the goal of JCET to connect scientists and students,” he shares, noting that it’s been especially important to him to increase these opportunities for students from underrepresented groups. Continue reading Belay Demoz, director of JCET and leading climate scientist, elected as a fellow of the American Meteorological Society

UMBC’s 20th Summer Undergraduate Research Fest spotlights emerging science talent from across the nation

“It is a privilege to have so many students coming from far and near to participate in the authentic research experience UMBC provides,” shared Dean Bill LaCourse. “I assure you that your discoveries have added to scientific knowledge, which in the end benefits society through empowerment.” Continue reading UMBC’s 20th Summer Undergraduate Research Fest spotlights emerging science talent from across the nation

UMBC receives NSF grant to launch first-of-its-kind big data and high-performance computing training for researchers across disciplines

A new interdisciplinary course will teach researchers how to use high-performance computing techniques to analyze huge amounts of data. “In a way, we are training a new type of scientist, a new generation of scientists,” says Zhibo Zhang. Continue reading UMBC receives NSF grant to launch first-of-its-kind big data and high-performance computing training for researchers across disciplines

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 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 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.

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

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

Breakthrough UMBC vision research finds protein holds promise to treat biological clock disorders

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

Brandon Enriquez, USM student regent, heads to economics Ph.D. at MIT

“There are many talented and intelligent college graduates in the world against whom I must compete. My advantage comes through the support I receive from my school, through how I am pushed by mentors to be innovative and creative. UMBC provides that support,” says Enriquez. Continue reading Brandon Enriquez, USM student regent, heads to economics Ph.D. at MIT

UMBC forum highlights need for interdisciplinary collaboration in aging research

“Health, we know, is not cardiovascular, is not neurological, is not pathological. Those are completely artificial distinctions,” shared keynote speaker Luigi Ferrucci, director of science at the National Institute on Aging. “It’s become very, very clear that everything interconnects.” Continue reading UMBC forum highlights need for interdisciplinary collaboration in aging research

A Look Ahead highlights UMBC-affiliated scientists making waves in cell biology

A Look Ahead “is all about highlighting the pioneering research that our faculty, students, and staff here at UMBC do,” said Dean Bill LaCourse. “The aim of the College is to provide the tools and resources for the faculty and students to succeed and achieve great heights. We hope this event will be one of those tools.” Continue reading A Look Ahead highlights UMBC-affiliated scientists making waves in cell biology

Georgina Stephanie presents at URCAD 2017.

UMBC students tackle complex questions with creativity at URCAD 2017

Now in its twenty-first year, UMBC’s Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Day (URCAD) “attains a certain kind of maturity,” but it’s “thrilling to see that as it comes of age, it retains the brawling, restless energy that has always made it so special,” shares Simon Stacey, interim dean and vice provost of undergraduate education. Continue reading UMBC students tackle complex questions with creativity at URCAD 2017