American Democracy Project honors UMBC’s Philip Rous for leadership in civic engagement

UMBC participants were involved with organizing and presenting sessions, tours, and special events throughout the Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting, which offered representatives from colleges and universities across the nation a chance to discuss forward-looking community-building and civic engagement strategies. Continue reading American Democracy Project honors UMBC’s Philip Rous for leadership in civic engagement

New research highlights Dissertation House as an effective support model for minority STEM Ph.D. candidates

Students in the program were 92 percent more likely to complete their degrees than peers not in the program. “We’re pleased that the model has helped so many students to reach their goals,” says Renetta Tull. Continue reading New research highlights Dissertation House as an effective support model for minority STEM Ph.D. candidates

Zero tolerance laws contribute to racial disparities in U.S. public schools, research by F. Chris Curran reveals

“Clearly, such zero tolerance laws were meant to improve the safety and order of the school environment,” writes F. Chris Curran in a new article in The Conversation. “However, in recent years, they have been seen as being overly prescriptive and as contributing to racial disparities in school discipline.” Continue reading Zero tolerance laws contribute to racial disparities in U.S. public schools, research by F. Chris Curran reveals

UMBC’s 2016 Fulbright Scholars to serve as teachers and researchers around the world, from Moldova to Malaysia

“What I loved about this year’s class is that they threw themselves into the process early,” says Brian Souders. “They really got into the spirit of Fulbright, which is all about cultural exchange.” Continue reading UMBC’s 2016 Fulbright Scholars to serve as teachers and researchers around the world, from Moldova to Malaysia

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

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

Nohe exhibit presents shifting Australian landscape that illustrates humanity’s global impact

Timothy Nohe, director of the Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity in the Arts (CIRCA) and visual arts professor, will introduce American audiences to the deeply woven human narrative of Botany Bay in his exhibition Sounding Botany Bay opening February 12 in the Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery. Continue reading Nohe exhibit presents shifting Australian landscape that illustrates humanity’s global impact

Gymama Slaughter reimagines life-saving medical devices, no batteries required

Gymama Slaughter offered a thrilling glimpse into the future of medicine at TEDxBaltimore, held January 14, 2016, at Morgan State University. Slaughter, assistant professor of computer science and electrical engineering (CSEE) at UMBC, spoke about her research to develop an … Continue reading Gymama Slaughter reimagines life-saving medical devices, no batteries required

UMBC’s MDQuit researchers celebrate ten years of progress toward a smoke-free Maryland

Nearly 250 health professionals and researchers will gather in Ellicott City this month to mark a major milestone: ten years of dramatically reducing tobacco use across the state. In the decade since Carlo DiClemente established MDQuit as a resource hub for doctors and health officials, the Maryland’s smoking rate has declined from 31 percent to under 17 percent. Continue reading UMBC’s MDQuit researchers celebrate ten years of progress toward a smoke-free Maryland

Lee Blaney’s sustainability-focused engineering research examines the potential impact and value of waste streams

The National Science Foundation has recognized Lee Blaney, assistant professor of chemical, biochemical, and environmental engineering (CBEE), as a tremendously promising researcher in concurrently funding three projects that work to reimagine waste streams as important resources and investigate threats from … Continue reading Lee Blaney’s sustainability-focused engineering research examines the potential impact and value of waste streams

UMBC-NG-BCPS partnership

UMBC partners with Baltimore City Public Schools and Northrop Grumman Foundation on $1.6M initiative to support Baltimore students, teachers, and communities

This partnership, announced on January 7, 2016 at Lakeland Elementary/Middle School in Southwest Baltimore, marks a significant milestone in UMBC’s ongoing work to support Baltimore’s K-12 students, teachers, and their communities. Continue reading UMBC partners with Baltimore City Public Schools and Northrop Grumman Foundation on $1.6M initiative to support Baltimore students, teachers, and communities

2015-2017 Postdoctoral Fellows for Faculty Diversity

UMBC’s newest Postdoctoral Fellows for Faculty Diversity pursue game-changing research

Now in its third cohort, UMBC’s Postdoctoral Fellows for Faculty Diversity program recognizes and supports talented scholars who are emerging as cutting-edge researchers and educators in their fields. UMBC’s newest group of fellows was formally introduced to the university community at a welcome reception held December 10, 2015. Continue reading UMBC’s newest Postdoctoral Fellows for Faculty Diversity pursue game-changing research

UMBC and U.S. Navy celebrate partnership establishing Maryland’s first NROTC unit

On Monday, November 30, 2015, Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Navy Dennis McGinn and U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski joined President Freeman Hrabowski for a ceremony to formally celebrate the establishment at UMBC of Maryland’s first Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps … Continue reading UMBC and U.S. Navy celebrate partnership establishing Maryland’s first NROTC unit

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