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In Hour of Code, UMBC students give Baltimore youth hands-on intro to computing careers

“I had some students tell me that coding was much more fun than they thought it’d be,” said Gabrielle Salib ’17, interdisciplinary studies. “That was precisely the purpose of our event: to show the UMBC community that they, too, can code!” Continue reading In Hour of Code, UMBC students give Baltimore youth hands-on intro to computing careers

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UMBC’s Huemmrich uses NASA satellite to measure effects of climate change on evergreen forests

Will longer growing seasons help slow climate change, or will increased drought speed it up? New research demonstrates a remote-sensing technique has the potential to help us figure that out, and follow-up studies are already putting it to work. Continue reading UMBC’s Huemmrich uses NASA satellite to measure effects of climate change on evergreen forests

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New Science cover story on massive Moon crater features innovative UMBC research techniques

The findings offer “an important clue in trying to unravel the formation history of the solar system,” says Sander Goossens. The level of detail they determined for the crater’s structure “hasn’t been done before, anywhere in the solar system.” Continue reading New Science cover story on massive Moon crater features innovative UMBC research techniques

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UMBC voices discuss opportunities for today’s students in rapidly growing cybersecurity field

Two UMBC alumni and President Hrabowski discussed how to engage young students in cybersecurity, what cybersecurity professionals do day-to-day, and the importance of partnerships between academic institutions and industry leaders. Continue reading UMBC voices discuss opportunities for today’s students in rapidly growing cybersecurity field

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U.S. News recognizes UMBC as a top global university for 2017

Just one month after honoring UMBC’s continued national leadership in teaching and innovation, U.S. News & World Report has recognized UMBC as a global leader in higher education, highlighting the university’s strengths in international collaboration and faculty publications, particularly in geoscience and space science research. Continue reading U.S. News recognizes UMBC as a top global university for 2017

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UMBC physicist Sebastian Deffner reimagines the future of computing with biology in mind

“There is no free lunch,” in quantum computing, says Sebastian Deffner. He and colleagues are setting out to quantify the trade-offs between the costs and benefits of faster or more powerful computers, taking cues from living cells. Continue reading UMBC physicist Sebastian Deffner reimagines the future of computing with biology in mind

This composite image contains data from Chandra (purple) that provides evidence for the survival of a companion star from the blast of a supernova explosion.  Chandra's X-rays reveal a point-like source in the supernova remnant at the location of a massive star.  The data suggest that mass is being pulled away from the massive star towards a neutron star or a black hole companion.  If confirmed, this would be only the third binary system containing both a massive star and a neutron star or black hole ever found in the aftermath of a supernova. This supernova remnant is found embedded in clouds of ionized hydrogen, which are shown in optical light (yellow and cyan) from the MCELS survey, along with additional optical data from the DSS (white).

Astrophysicist Robin Corbet discovers rare, high-energy binary star system beyond the Milky Way

“These are more massive than our own Sun but squeezed down to something about the size of Washington, DC,” explains Corbet. The forces required to create gamma rays are intense, he says, “It’s like having a particle accelerator in space.” Continue reading Astrophysicist Robin Corbet discovers rare, high-energy binary star system beyond the Milky Way

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GRIT-X showcases groundbreaking UMBC research, scholarship, and creative achievement

The inaugural GRIT-X featured some of the university community’s most fascinating new research and creative work in three sets of 10-minute talks that covered topics from the process for creating a successful theatre company to dealing with contaminants in local watersheds. Continue reading GRIT-X showcases groundbreaking UMBC research, scholarship, and creative achievement

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Three UMBC faculty studying the human brain to offer options for treatment and early intervention

“We will be able to build critical tools that can noninvasively activate or block any part of the brain, and study their individual roles in functional networks,” said Fow-Sen Choa, one of the UMBC researchers to receive an NSF Neural and Cognitive Systems grant. Continue reading Three UMBC faculty studying the human brain to offer options for treatment and early intervention

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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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UMBC scientist launches company to commercialize new oral vaccine to save fish industry millions

The technology is a huge advance over the previous vaccine, which required injection into each fish individually. “If this works,” Vikram Vakharia says, “it opens the door to use this technique with other pathogens.” Continue reading UMBC scientist launches company to commercialize new oral vaccine to save fish industry millions

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Washington Post and WAMU call on Jeffrey Halverson to explain causes of devastating Ellicott City flood

Complex meteorological conditions and other factors contributed to the storm that ravaged Ellicott City July 31, but the town is determined to rebound. Jeffrey Halverson explains how “humble rain…quickly turns deadly,” and Pres. Hrabowski addresses the UMBC community. Continue reading Washington Post and WAMU call on Jeffrey Halverson to explain causes of devastating Ellicott City flood