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

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

Tamra Mendelson advocates using human psychology framework to understand animal cognition

Mendelson says researchers use “a mish-mash of terms to describe cognition. We say, ‘We know what we mean,’ but do we?” Using a specific framework that breaks decision-making into components could open up a new world of research questions. Continue reading Tamra Mendelson advocates using human psychology framework to understand animal cognition

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

New research by Curran and Kellogg points to inequities in science education from early age

“Science achievement gaps begin early. It is important that our policies and interventions take steps in those early years to ensure increased science achievement for all,” writes F. Chris Curran, an assistant professor of public policy. Continue reading New research by Curran and Kellogg points to inequities in science education from early age

In new book, Brian Grodsky argues recent revolutions are threatening the future of democracy

“I’m writing this book now because we are at this precarious period where I think we can still save democratic legitimacy and we can still move forward with democratization,” says Grodsky. “But in order to do this we need to stop and we need to think about what people are after.” Continue reading In new book, Brian Grodsky argues recent revolutions are threatening the future of democracy

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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Ian Anson examines how biased perceptions of the economy could influence the presidential election

In a new article published in The Conversation, Anson focuses on two recent research papers in which he investigates how economic biases are formed and maintained and explores what the future of economic accountability might look like. Continue reading Ian Anson examines how biased perceptions of the economy could influence the presidential election

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

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 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

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