Lorraine Remer, JCET, Honored as American Geophysical Union Fellow

Lorraine Remer, research professor of physics and at the Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology, will become an American Geophysical Union (AGU) fellow at their Fall Meeting in San Francisco. AGU is an international scientific society of geophysicists. This is a tremendously prestigious honor, as only .1% of members are elected as AGU fellows. Fellowships are given to AGU members who have made exceptional contributions to Earth and space sciences. Remer is the only 2015 fellow from Maryland and will be honored at the AGU Fall Meeting in December. “Election to AGU Fellow is a tremendous and unexpected honor,” Remer said. … Continue reading Lorraine Remer, JCET, Honored as American Geophysical Union Fellow

Robert Deluty, Graduate School, Publishes his 49th Book

Robert Deluty, associate dean of the graduate school, has published a new book, “A Mingled Yarn.” In his review, Ronald Pies writes: “Robert Deluty’s wonderful new collection of poems draws its title and inspiration from Shakespeare’s line, ‘The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and ill together.’ In Deluty’s poems, there is certainly the recognition of evil — e.g., ‘neo-Nazi teen/ planning to change his surname/ from Brown to White’ — but also the eternal force of good, as in, ‘in the mailbox/ finding her lost wallet/ with extra cash.’ Also evident in these poems is … Continue reading Robert Deluty, Graduate School, Publishes his 49th Book

CWIT Bits and Bytes Program on CNN

In an article about the AMC drama “Halt and Catch Fire,” CNN explored the dearth of women in computing fields and efforts made by universities to encourage women in computer science. The article discusses UMBC’s Center for Women in Technology’s Bits and Bytes program, which introduces girls in their junior year of high school to engineering and information technology majors. The article cites a recent National Science Foundation study that found that only 18% of computer science majors were female. “In the ’80s, there were more women getting degrees in computer technology than there are now, which is mind-blowing,” actress … Continue reading CWIT Bits and Bytes Program on CNN

Alycia Marshall ’95, Mathematics, Wins National STEM Award

Alycia Marshall ’95, mathematics, was named one of 100 Inspiring Women in STEM by Insight into Diversity for her work with the Engineering Scholars Program at Anne Arundel Community College (AACC). Marshall drew on her experience working with Meyerhoff Scholars at UMBC to start the Engineering Scholars Program at AACC with help from a National Science Foundation grant. As the principal investigator for the program, Marshall was instrumental in connecting underrepresented students with scholarships, mentoring, and support services. Read “AACC professor selected for national STEM award” on Eye on Annapolis. Continue reading Alycia Marshall ’95, Mathematics, Wins National STEM Award

UMBC Among World’s Top 500 Universities

The Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) released their 2015 global rankings this week- placing UMBC among the top 500 universities worldwide. CWUR takes eight indicators into account when compiling their rankings, including quality of education (alumni who have won major international awards); alumni employment (as CEOs in companies worldwide); quality of faculty (faculty who have won major international awards); research publications, influence and citations; broad impact; and international patent filings. UMBC is one of only three University System of Maryland institutions featured in the rankings, along with the University of Maryland, College Park and the University of Maryland, Baltimore. … Continue reading UMBC Among World’s Top 500 Universities

Hilltop Publishes New Issue Brief on Hospital Community Benefit Policy

The Hilltop Institute’s Hospital Community Benefit Program has just released the eleventh issue brief in its series, Hospital Community Benefits after the ACA. The brief discusses the fact that payment reform focusing on value and quality is driving change that is redefining the hospital’s role in the continuum of care and the health of the broader population. This brief also identifies opportunities for state policymakers to encourage the evolution of hospital community benefit policy in ways that complement and support the realignment of the hospital business model, proactively address the social determinants of health, and ultimately improve the health of … Continue reading Hilltop Publishes New Issue Brief on Hospital Community Benefit Policy

Michael Summers, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Awarded Distinguished Scientist Fellowship

Michael Summers, professor of chemistry and biochemistry and Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, was awarded a Distinguished Scientist fellowship from the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). CAS is the national academy for natural sciences in China and offers the President’s International Fellowship Initiative (PIFI), which gives highly-qualified scientists from around the world the opportunity to work, study, and collaborate with Chinese institutions and researchers. Summers was one of 30 scientists worldwide awarded a 2015 Distinguished Scientist fellowship by CAS and will conduct a lecture tour in China next month. Distinguished Scientists are internationally recognized for their research and are chosen … Continue reading Michael Summers, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Awarded Distinguished Scientist Fellowship

Pres. Hrabowski Looks to Baltimore as City of Hope in Face of Growing Inequality

President Hrabowski penned an article for the Washington Post this week reflecting on societal inequalities. Drawing on his experiences in the Civil Rights Movement, he compares the struggles of today’s society to challenges present in the 1960s. “I am stunned and saddened by the growth of inequality in our society and the fact that many children have simply stopped dreaming about the future,” Dr. Hrabowski wrote as he recounted how many families are stuck in poverty and gains in post-secondary education are unevenly spread. “Yet I also remind myself how far we’ve come,” he continued. “If we don’t count our … Continue reading Pres. Hrabowski Looks to Baltimore as City of Hope in Face of Growing Inequality

Pres. Hrabowski Discusses the Power of Education on The Kojo Nnamdi Show

President Hrabowski visited WAMU’s The Kojo Nnamdi Show on July 7, 2015 to discuss how his upbringing during the Civil Rights movement inspired his passion for making higher education more inclusive. During the interview, Dr. Hrabowski touched on the themes in his latest book, Holding Fast to Dreams: Empowering Youth from the Civil Rights Crusade to STEM Achievement. As a child, the importance of well-rounded education was impressed upon him and he spoke about prioritizing multiple disciplines. “We have to stop making this major distinction between STEM…and reading and the humanities and the arts,” he said. “These are false distinctions.” Pres. Hrabowski … Continue reading Pres. Hrabowski Discusses the Power of Education on The Kojo Nnamdi Show

David Hoffman, Student Life, Outlines Attributes for Civic Engagement on American Democracy Project

When the American Democracy Project met in New Orleans last month, founder George Mehaffy described some early civic engagement efforts as “marginal, episodic, and celebratory.” David Hoffman, assistant director of student life for civic agency, responded to Mehaffy’s comments by suggesting language to describe positive attributes of civic learning and democratic engagement efforts. “We need equally clear and concise language to describe the positive attributes of profoundly valuable and impactful civic learning and democratic engagement efforts,” Hoffman wrote on the American Democracy Project’s website. He proposed four attributes that should describe civic engagement efforts, including integral, relational, organic, and generative. … Continue reading David Hoffman, Student Life, Outlines Attributes for Civic Engagement on American Democracy Project

Fiske Guide to Colleges Names UMBC a 2016 “Best Buy”

UMBC has been named a “Best Buy” university for the second consecutive year in the newly published 2016 Fiske Guide to Colleges. UMBC is one of only 20 public universities, and the only Maryland institution, on the 2016 list, which also includes 24 private universities. Fiske selects “Best Buy” schools based on the quality of their academic offerings and their affordability. By highlighting UMBC, Fiske researchers recognize UMBC as one of the best values in higher education. In addition to noting UMBC’s “killer chess team that regularly mops the floor with the competition,” this year the Fiske Guide highlights UMBC’s … Continue reading Fiske Guide to Colleges Names UMBC a 2016 “Best Buy”

Govind Rao, CBEE, Describes Medicines on Demand Research to Bioprocess Online

When the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Battlefield Medicine site found that soldiers posted overseas can sometimes go months without biopharmaceuticals, they looked for a way to quickly produce pharmaceuticals on demand for wartime and disaster situations by seeking out research teams to address the problem. Govind Rao, chemical, biochemical, and environmental engineering, is the principal investigator of one such research team focused on creating medicines on demand. He spoke to Bioprocess Online, a leading source of biotherapeutic industry and technical information, about his cutting edge research. Rao was initially skeptical about the feasibility of the project, but reached … Continue reading Govind Rao, CBEE, Describes Medicines on Demand Research to Bioprocess Online

Flying Fruit Fantasy Turns 35 (7/2)

The Choice Program’s Flying Fruit Fantasy Fruit Shake stand is turn 35 on July 2. To celebrate, they will be giving away prizes like Orioles tickets, gift cards, and a year of free fruit shakes. Enjoy a fruit shake or smoothie on July 2 from 12-2 p.m. to be automatically eligible to win. Flying Fruit Fantasy is located in the Inner Harbor, next to the Maryland Science Center in the Inner Harbor Promenade. The stand is the on-the-job training site for The Choice Program’s Ready By 21 and Jobs initiatives. Continue reading Flying Fruit Fantasy Turns 35 (7/2)

Meyerhoff Scholars Program Featured in NSTA Reports

The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) recently released its Summer 2015 edition of NSTA Reports, which included a feature on UMBC’s Meyerhoff Scholars Program (MSP). NSTA Reports is an organizational newspaper which covers national science education news. The article, titled “Creating Communities of STEM Scholars,” describes the different components of the Meyerhoff program and how it has inspired similar programs around the country. “The Meyerhoff program is a community of scholars, and students are working to support one another,” MSP director Keith Harmon told NSTA Reports. “What we try to convey is the idea that working together, you can do … Continue reading Meyerhoff Scholars Program Featured in NSTA Reports

Stanley Jackson Named Assistant Director of Office of Sponsored Programs

From: Karl V. Steiner, Vice President for Research I am pleased to announce that Stanley Jackson, Grants & Contracts Manager in UMBC’s Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) has been promoted to Assistant Director of OSP, effective May 17, 2015. Stan brings a considerable amount of experience to this new position. He is a Certified Research Administrator (CRA) with a Graduate Certificate in Biotechnology and a Master’s Certificate in Government Contracting. Stan has over 20 years of experience across three University System of Maryland institutions, including almost six years with UMBC. His experience includes contract and grant accounting, departmental administration and … Continue reading Stanley Jackson Named Assistant Director of Office of Sponsored Programs

UMBC/HHMI Meyerhoff Video Wins Telly Award

The inspiring video “Strength in Numbers: Inside the Meyerhoff Scholars Program” has won a 2015 Telly Award. The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) created this video for a feature article in The HHMI Bulletin focused on the supportive community at the heart of UMBC’s Meyerhoff Scholars Program. “Strength in Numbers” was filmed at the UMBC Meyerhoff Scholars retreat in the fall of 2013 and featured several scholars speaking about how the program has helped them. It is available to view through the HHMI website. Blossom Tewelde ’14, biochemistry and molecular biology, spoke to The HHMI Bulletin about the importance of diversity in the sciences. … Continue reading UMBC/HHMI Meyerhoff Video Wins Telly Award

Bill LaCourse, College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences, Describes STEM Retention Efforts in eCampus News

A National Center for Education Statistics report found that 48% of undergraduate students who entered science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) fields in 2003-2009 left those majors by spring 2009, sparking discussions about how the U.S. can increase the number of qualified candidates in STEM fields. Bill LaCourse, dean of the College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences, spoke to eCampus News this week about strategies used at UMBC to retain students in those majors. “Students come into college interested in STEM, but [schools] do a lot of things to push them away,” LaCourse said. He urged colleges to rethink the … Continue reading Bill LaCourse, College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences, Describes STEM Retention Efforts in eCampus News

Pres. Hrabowski Discusses Education and New Book on Andrea Mitchell Reports, Marc Steiner Show, The Root

President Hrabowski recently visited Andrea Mitchell Reports, The Marc Steiner Show, and The Root to discuss his new book, Holding Fast To Dreams: Empowering Youth from the Civil Rights Crusade to STEM Achievement, and the importance of education and mentorship for Baltimore youth. In his interviews, Dr. Hrabowski shared his experiences growing up in Birmingham, Alabama and how his desire for a better education inspired him to participate in the 1963 Children’s March. “The experience taught me a number of things… don’t let anyone else define who you are… that you can be empowered to make a difference in your … Continue reading Pres. Hrabowski Discusses Education and New Book on Andrea Mitchell Reports, Marc Steiner Show, The Root

Gib Mason, UMBC Training Centers, Shares Tips for Professional Resilience in Entrepreneur

Gib Mason, chief operating officer of UMBC Training Centers, published an article on Entrepreneur this week, sharing tips for professional resilience for long-term business survival. Entrepreneur is a monthly magazine about small business management, business opportunities, and entrepreneurship. In the article, Mason drew on his 35 years of experience across 10 industries to list five steps for professional resilience. He encouraged entrepreneurs to be uncomfortable and transparent, along with embracing ambiguity, putting their team’s needs first, and being open to changing their mindset. “Resilience is never achieved,” Mason shared. “it’s a continuum that starts with developing a resilient self, then … Continue reading Gib Mason, UMBC Training Centers, Shares Tips for Professional Resilience in Entrepreneur

Neel Savani, UMBC/NASA Goddard Researcher, Explains Solar Storm Forecasting Technique in The conversation

In an article for The Conversation this week, Neel Savani, UMBC researcher at NASA Goddard, reviewed the disruption solar storms can cause and how a new forecasting technique developed at NASA Goddard can provide a 24 hour warning. Solar storms are explosions from the surface of the sun that can shoot out into space and affect the planets they pass. Savani explains how solar storms affect the Earth, saying, “If a solar storm makes it to Earth, it can disrupt a variety of modern technologies including GPS and high-frequency communications, and even power grids on the ground, causing radio blackouts and … Continue reading Neel Savani, UMBC/NASA Goddard Researcher, Explains Solar Storm Forecasting Technique in The conversation

Ramon Goings, Sherman STEM Teacher Scholars, Named Managing Editor of JAAME

Ramon Goings, program coordinator for the Sherman STEM Teacher Scholars Program, has been named managing editor for the Journal of African American Males in Education (JAAME). JAAME is a peer-reviewed journal devoted to advancing scholarship and practice on African American males in education. Goings has previously written for JAAME, publishing an article about the successes and challenges of black male educators in the journal earlier this year. Continue reading Ramon Goings, Sherman STEM Teacher Scholars, Named Managing Editor of JAAME

Qassim Abdullah, GES, Awarded ASPRS Presidential Citation

Qassim Abdullah, adjunct professor of geography and environmental systems for UMBC at the Universities at Shady Grove, was awarded the Presidential Citation from the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS). Presidential Citations are given by the ASPRS President in recognition of contributions to the operation or advancement of the Society and its interests. Abdullah received the award at the 2015 ASPRS Conference on Wednesday, May 6, in Tampa, Florida for authoring “Positional Accuracy Standards for Digital Geo-spatial Data”. Click here to read more about Abdullah’s award and work. Continue reading Qassim Abdullah, GES, Awarded ASPRS Presidential Citation

Antonio Moreira, Vice Provost of Academic Affairs, Visits Argentina for STEM Education Talks

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Information Programs recently invited Antonio Moreira, vice provost of Academic Affairs and professor of chemical and biochemical engineering, to visit Argentina to discuss best practices of STEM education. Moreira visited the Argentine cities of Buenos Aires and Mar del Plata in late May and was hosted by the U.S. Embassy in Argentina. During his time in Argentina, Moreira met with government officials, universities, think tanks, students and many other audiences to talk about the importance of investing in STEM education. “Argentina shares with the United States a similar challenge with recruiting and … Continue reading Antonio Moreira, Vice Provost of Academic Affairs, Visits Argentina for STEM Education Talks

Clifford Murphy, American studies, Examines Country Music’s Misogyny and Centralization in The Conversation

Last week, country radio promoter Keith Hill made a controversial comment about female singers that many decried as an example of country music’s misogynistic politics. In an article for The Conversation, Clifford Murphy, an ethnomusicologist and adjunct lecturer of American studies, provides a broader context, writing that the comments show how the centralization of country music has helped create a misogynistic environment. Murphy describes how women have had a long history in country music, but often have a difficult with the country music industry when they go against expectations of female country stars. “The popularity of female country stars threatens Nashville’s … Continue reading Clifford Murphy, American studies, Examines Country Music’s Misogyny and Centralization in The Conversation

The Choice Program – Youth in Action (6/20)

Youth in Action is an annual youth-led event, hosted by UMBC’s Choice Program. This year’s Youth in Action aims to use art as a means of catharsis and a platform for the voices of youth to be heard in their communities. This gallery and showcase event will feature artwork created and performed by Choice Program and local community youth. The event will be held on June 20, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Graffiti Warehouse (128 W. North Avenue Baltimore, MD 21201). Click here for more information. Continue reading The Choice Program – Youth in Action (6/20)

Kavita Krishnaswamy, CSEE Ph.D. student, Featured on National Science Foundation Website

Kavita Krishnaswamy ’07, computer science and mathematics, Ph. D. candidate, computer science and electrical engineering, was featured on the National Science Foundation website for her research on adaptive technology. Krishnaswamy’s work focuses on developing robotic prototypes that can assist people with severe disabilities and improving robotic interfaces. In the article, Krishnaswamy discusses how the support of research fellowships and mentors at UMBC has aided her research. She has won several competitive fellowships, receiving a Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation Bridge to the Doctorate Fellowship, an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, and a Ford Foundation Fellowship. “These fellowships are instrumental in … Continue reading Kavita Krishnaswamy, CSEE Ph.D. student, Featured on National Science Foundation Website

Eileen Meyer and Markos Georganopoulos, Physics, Use Hubble Telescope to Observe Rare “Shock Collision”

Eileen Meyer and Markos Georganopoulos, physics, published an article in Nature last week detailing their research on black holes. Meyer, the lead author of the paper, is completing a postdoctoral position at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore before beginning her professorship at UMBC. Using photographs taken with the Hubble Space Telescope over the past 25 years, Meyer and Georganopoulos observed a “shock collision” of plasma jets, indicating that plasma jets run into each other and gain energy in that manner. “Something like this has never been seen before in an extragalactic jet,” Meyer said. “This will allow us … Continue reading Eileen Meyer and Markos Georganopoulos, Physics, Use Hubble Telescope to Observe Rare “Shock Collision”

Gail Dupree’s Retirement Reception (6/16)

After 20 years of distinguished service to UMBC, Gail Dupree, the Bookstore’s Gifts & Supplies buyer, is retiring. Gail’s customer service skills, excellent eye for designing UMBC clothing and her professionalism working with the diverse UMBC population has greatly increased the awareness of UMBC globally. Please join us in wishing her well at a reception located in the Bookstore on June 16 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Please RSVP to ksmith@umbc.edu or x52694. We look forward to seeing you. Continue reading Gail Dupree’s Retirement Reception (6/16)

Be a Relationship Violence Prevention Advocate!

The UMBC Relationship Violence Prevention Advocates program, sponsored by a Verizon Foundation Grant, is a comprehensive program designed to educate the UMBC Community on specific relationship violence prevention information. The program includes: a dating/relationship/intimate partner violence prevention communication campaign enhanced online relationship violence prevention resources specific on UMBC community websites relationship violence prevention advocates training UMBC Relationship Violence Prevention Advocates are UMBC community members who: are able to provide relationship/dating/intimate partner violence prevention information to their community networks observe the UMBC community and take notice of and report community issues to relationship violence advocate trainers encourage bystander intervention techniques within … Continue reading Be a Relationship Violence Prevention Advocate!

Pres. Hrabowski Discusses Impact of Study Abroad in International Educator

President Hrabowski appears in this month’s edition of International Educator to discuss how studying abroad shaped his career path. International Educator is a bimonthly publication of NAFSA: Association of International Educators. In the article, Dr. Hrabowski shares about his time at the American University in Cairo. “It opened my eyes to a totally different world and everything changed,” he said. “It really put growing up in perspective and helped me understand other people.” He goes on to discuss how his semester abroad has helped him in his role as the president of UMBC. He remarked, “It allows me to relate … Continue reading Pres. Hrabowski Discusses Impact of Study Abroad in International Educator

UMBC Sends Record Number of Interns to 2015 NIST SURF Program

UMBC is sending a record number of interns this year to the summer 2015 National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program. The highly competitive internship program offers students in the science, mathematics, and engineering fields the opportunity to participate in undergraduate research at NIST’s Gaithersburg, Maryland or Boulder, Colorado offices. This year, 26 students were accepted into the program and 20 will be participating. The interns include several Meyerhoff Scholars and Honors College students. Continue reading UMBC Sends Record Number of Interns to 2015 NIST SURF Program

Biological Sciences Faculty and Ph.D. Student Find Light-Sensitive Components in Cephalopod Skin

Thomas Cronin, biological sciences, and Alexandra Kingston, Ph.D. candidate in biological sciences, worked with scientists at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Massachusetts to find that squid and cuttlefish possess light-sensitive proteins called opsins on their skin. Their findings were published in the Journal of Experimental Biology last week and have received widespread media coverage. Their discovery suggests, but does not prove, that cephalopods might be able to sense light through their skin. “All the machinery is there for them to be light-sensitive but we can’t prove that,” Cronin told National Geographic. “We don’t know if they contribute to camouflage or … Continue reading Biological Sciences Faculty and Ph.D. Student Find Light-Sensitive Components in Cephalopod Skin

Christopher Gardner ’18, Computer Science, Places First at Kaizen Capture the Flag

Earlier this week, UMBC CyberDawg Christopher Gardner ’18, computer science, took first place out of approximately fifty competitors at Booz Allen Hamilton’s Kaizen Capture The Flag event held at the Jailbreak Brewing Company in Laurel, MD. The event focused around navigating through a series of progressively harder cybersecurity obstacles. The challenge’s theme centered around a narrative that competitors were assisting the FBI in finding and then defusing a bomb. Competitors needed to complete a series of increasingly harder challenges to locate clues and other information, such as examining an Android .apk to find a wireless access point password, finding the … Continue reading Christopher Gardner ’18, Computer Science, Places First at Kaizen Capture the Flag

Pres. Hrabowski Shares UMBC’s Response to Baltimore’s Challenges in Inside Higher Ed

In light of the Baltimore protests, President Hrabowski penned an essay in Inside Higher Ed about the importance of UMBC’s continued work in the community and the need for ongoing conversations with students about confronting systematic injustice and inequality. Dr. Hrabowski began by sharing his experience in the Children’s March and how it developed into his life’s work of making education accessible to all Americans. He drew comparisons to the Baltimore protests, saying that the most important work of fighting issues of poverty and injustice is yet to come. Sharing examples of UMBC’s commitment to Baltimore city through initiatives such … Continue reading Pres. Hrabowski Shares UMBC’s Response to Baltimore’s Challenges in Inside Higher Ed

David Hoffman, Student Life, Considers Higher Education’s Future in Zocalo Public Square

Zocalo Public Square, a non-profit website specializing in humanities journalism, recently invited scholars to describe the ideal 21st century university. David Hoffman, assistant director of student life for civic agency, responded with an article emphasizing the need for universities to become spaces for discourse and action in order to remain relevant in society. In the article, Hoffman discussed UMBC’s response to the Baltimore protests in the wake of Freddie Gray’s death, noting that the campus teach-in focused on sharing knowledge to support construction action in a way that respected everyone’s stories and abilities to contribute. “That spirit of mutual respect … Continue reading David Hoffman, Student Life, Considers Higher Education’s Future in Zocalo Public Square

Cynthia Woodcock, Hilltop, Discusses Affordable Care in Healthcare Journal of Little Rock

Cynthia Woodcock, executive director of The Hilltop Institute,  was quoted in an article in the May-June 2015 issue of the Healthcare Journal of Little Rock titled “The Cost of Caring” by John W. Mitchell. The article focuses on the tension for nonprofit tax-exempt hospitals between requirements that they provide community benefits and the financial costs to them of providing expensive life-saving treatments, all while remaining financially viable. Woodcock discussed that under the Affordable Care Act and the new 501r Final Rule, hospital billing and collection practices have improved for patients, and that increases in coverage have afforded increased access to … Continue reading Cynthia Woodcock, Hilltop, Discusses Affordable Care in Healthcare Journal of Little Rock

UMBC Research Forum Tackles High-Performance Computing

UMBC hosted its semi-annual Research Forum on May 1, 2015.  This semester’s forum focused on the role high-performance computing (HPC) can play in a variety of interdisciplinary applications, and featured speakers from diverse programs such as information systems, chemistry and biochemistry, geography and environmental systems, and computer science and electrical engineering.  UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski noted, “The mid-Atlantic region has one of the greatest concentrations of super-computing in the world.  That gives us a certain advantage as researchers.”  One key advantage is the facility of creating partnerships, “not just between universities, but with companies,” Hrabowski said. The forum keynote speaker, … Continue reading UMBC Research Forum Tackles High-Performance Computing

Vote on an Icon for UMBC

“UMBC: An Honors University in Maryland” continues to serve the institution well, but digital media has dramatically transformed the world of communications since the wordmark’s development in 1995. The current mark sometimes limits our ability communicate the brand effectively with a consistent look. UMBC’s 50th anniversary and new campus entrance provide a great opportunity to add an icon to our graphic identity system, which will allow greater flexibility. We have spent the past year developing and testing icon options with the campus community that included early versions at last August’s University retreat and a revised set at the campus-wide Strategic … Continue reading Vote on an Icon for UMBC

Jeffrey Gardner Receives Dept. of Energy Early Career Award

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has selected UMBC’s Jeffrey Gardner, assistant professor of biological sciences, for a 2015 Early Career Research Program award. This program supports exceptional researchers early in their careers, when many scientists do their most formative work. The DOE award will provide five years of support for Dr. Gardner’s research into the use of plants as a renewable energy source. Most animals can’t use wood as an energy source because they are unable to digest plant cell walls. Termites are able to get energy from wood thanks to the help of bacteria that live in the termites’ digestive … Continue reading Jeffrey Gardner Receives Dept. of Energy Early Career Award

Pres. Hrabowski Discusses “Holding Fast to Dreams” on WYPR

President Hrabowski visited Maryland Morning on May 11 to discuss his new book Holding Fast to Dreams with host Sheila Kast. Holding Fast to Dreams was published this month and recounts Dr. Hrabowksi’s involvement in the Civil Rights movement, his journey to UMBC, the inspiration and success of the Meyerhoff Scholars Program, and the continued work at UMBC with redesigned courses to encourage “inclusive excellence” for all students. In the interview, Dr. Hrabowski touched his childhood, the recent protests in Baltimore, and his passion for helping students succeed at UMBC. “What we do at UMBC, whether talking about what we … Continue reading Pres. Hrabowski Discusses “Holding Fast to Dreams” on WYPR

Career-Life Balance at UMBC Initiative Launches

The Career-Life Balance (CLB) inititative launched at UMBC on May 6 with an “afternoon coffee.” The event featured remarks from campus leaders, descriptions of the Research Acceleration Grant winners, and resources from organizations that support career-life balance and individual welleness. Renetta Tull, associate vice provost for graduate education and postdoctoral affairs, welcomed faculty, staff, and graduate students to the launch and explained the initiative’s mission of promoting career-life balance on campus. Patrice McDermott, vice provost for faculty affairs, gave background on UMBC policies that contribute to career-life balance and introduced the Research Acceleration Grant, which was created to help faculty … Continue reading Career-Life Balance at UMBC Initiative Launches