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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

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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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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

Hanover, MD.--Friday, August 14-Saturday, August 15, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) 2015 Summer Success Institute (SSI) Conference. Photos by Cheriss May, www.cherissmay.com

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

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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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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

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Fan Yang’s “Faked in China” tackles competing visions of the Chinese economy in a globalized world

“There is a need to think about what China really means not just for China, but for the world. Looking at the interactions between culture and economy in China is a way for us to broaden the scope of cultural studies in the West,” says Yang, an assistant professor of media and communication studies. Continue reading Fan Yang’s “Faked in China” tackles competing visions of the Chinese economy in a globalized world

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Eight bwtech@UMBC companies named 2016 Maryland Incubator Company of the Year finalists

“It is so rewarding to see these innovative and promising companies achieve commercial success, and to see ICOY recognize their tremendous growth,” says Jennifer Reynolds of bwtech@UMBC, home to more than a third of this year’s finalists for the statewide award. Continue reading Eight bwtech@UMBC companies named 2016 Maryland Incubator Company of the Year finalists

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The Economist features UMBC’s revolutionary land-based aquaculture

Fresh fish would “become accessible to millions of landlubbers who must now have their fish shipped in from afar, deep-frozen,” writes Geoff Carr, of Yoni Zohar’s revolutionary fish farming technology. “The upshot is a closed system that can be set up anywhere, generates no pollution and can be kept disease-free.” Continue reading The Economist features UMBC’s revolutionary land-based aquaculture

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President of German Research Foundation visits UMBC, discusses academic globalization and UMBC initiatives

This visit further cements UMBC’s positive relationships with a number of German research institutions and Germany’s largest funding agency, supporting UMBC’s goal of growing its international reach. Continue reading President of German Research Foundation visits UMBC, discusses academic globalization and UMBC initiatives

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UMBC study shows positive impact of integrating quantitative reasoning into undergrad biology courses

Study finds that biology courses infused with math in a team-based learning environment improve undergrads’ quantitative reasoning skills. New research funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute can serve as a model for other departments and universities. Continue reading UMBC study shows positive impact of integrating quantitative reasoning into undergrad biology courses