UMBC launches Center of Accelerated Real Time Analytics to tackle data-intensive challenges from disease tracking to online privacy

UMBC will launch the Center of Accelerated Real Time Analytics (CARTA) through a five-year grant from the NSF Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers (IUCRC) program, receiving $150,000 in support for each of the next five years. Continue reading UMBC launches Center of Accelerated Real Time Analytics to tackle data-intensive challenges from disease tracking to online privacy

UMBC’s 40th Graduate Research Conference to focus on communication and collaboration

“GRC gives graduate students training on how to ace professional conferences in the field, and by participating, students practice how to communicate their research in an accessible way,” says Morgan Bunting, a gerontology Ph.D. student and member of the GRC planning committee. “It’s also just a wonderful way to engage the community and learn what amazing work is going on in the Graduate School.” Continue reading UMBC’s 40th Graduate Research Conference to focus on communication and collaboration

UMBC’s Maurice Berger receives ICP Infinity Award for New York Times “Race Stories” column

Maurice Berger, research professor and chief curator for the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture (CADVC), and a major national figure in the field of media studies, has won an ICP 2018 Infinity Award in the category of Critical Writing and Research. Continue reading UMBC’s Maurice Berger receives ICP Infinity Award for New York Times “Race Stories” column

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UMBC men’s basketball heads to NCAA tournament as America East Champions

Decked out in black and gold, Retriever fans cheered ecstatically on Tuesday afternoon as the UMBC men’s basketball team set off for game one of the NCAA tournament—the team’s first in a decade. The team now heads to Charlotte, North Carolina to take on the University of Virginia (UVA) on Friday, March 16 at 9:20 p.m. EST. Continue reading UMBC men’s basketball heads to NCAA tournament as America East Champions

UMBC Pres. Hrabowski honored for lifelong commitment to educational opportunity for all

“Freeman is a fierce champion of the traditionally unseen and underserved, and he is a vigorous and powerful mentor,” said ACE President Ted Mitchell. “He has been called one of America’s best leaders, one of the 100 most influential people in the world, one of America’s best 10 college presidents…At ACE, we just call him our future.” Continue reading UMBC Pres. Hrabowski honored for lifelong commitment to educational opportunity for all

Ticket Punched: UMBC heads to NCAA tournament after America East championship victory

With less than a second left on the clock, the Retrievers’ star guard Jairus Lyles made a stunning three-point shot, dethroning the University of Vermont in an edge-of-your-seat America East Championship match that catapulted UMBC to a 65-62 victory and its first NCAA tournament berth in a decade. Continue reading Ticket Punched: UMBC heads to NCAA tournament after America East championship victory

UMBC hosts Elect Her leadership training featuring local women in politics

“Over the last five years of running the Elect Her program we have had more women running for SGA office, and more women participate who didn’t know they were going to run or join a campaign. That matters,” says Kate Drabinski, senior lecturer in gender and women’s students. “Whether or not women run for office here, the program reminds all of us that we can do it, that we are the leaders we think we need.” Continue reading UMBC hosts Elect Her leadership training featuring local women in politics

UMBC Dresher Center hosts digital humanities conversation on inclusion in the field

“There is so much textual production happening online and if we were to dismiss it we would be missing out on an important moment on how humans are producing text and composing,” Risam says. “We need to look at how these tools are being used and ask the same challenging questions of this new form of composition that we have traditionally asked about alphabetic or published text.” Continue reading UMBC Dresher Center hosts digital humanities conversation on inclusion in the field

UMBC broadens access to life-changing international learning experiences

“It is important for students to apply for a passport now to ensure they are ready for professional opportunities after graduation,” says David Di Maria, associate vice provost for international education. “If their boss needs someone to travel to another country to assist with an important project, we want UMBC graduates to be able to stand up and say, ‘I have my passport. I’m ready to go,’ or even better, ‘I have my passport, and I have prior international experience from studying abroad while a student at UMBC.’” Continue reading UMBC broadens access to life-changing international learning experiences

UMBC physicist Sebastian Deffner lays groundwork to better understand birth of the universe

Sebastian Deffner and co-author Anthony Bartolotta are extending thermodynamics, a fundamental pillar of physics, into uncharted territory by developing a way to describe microscopic systems with extremely high energy—just like the universe at the start of the Big Bang—for the first time. “There’s a lot we have to do next,” says Deffner. Continue reading UMBC physicist Sebastian Deffner lays groundwork to better understand birth of the universe

Feb 18, 2018; Worcester, MA, USA; 2018 America East Swim & Dive Championship at WPI. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-America East

UMBC swimming and diving teams make waves at America East championship

UMBC men’s swimming and diving team reclaimed their title as America East champions at the recent championships. Both the men’s and women’s teams brought home a haul of hardware from the America East and Eastern College Athletic Conference Championships, including several new records and Coaching Staff of the Year Award. Continue reading UMBC swimming and diving teams make waves at America East championship

Marie desJardins, new AAAI fellow, advocates for computer science education in K–12 schools

Marie desJardins, associate dean of the College of Engineering and Information Technology and professor of computer science, recently wrote a piece for The Baltimore Sun about the importance of computer science education in K–12 schools. She is a leader in … Continue reading Marie desJardins, new AAAI fellow, advocates for computer science education in K–12 schools

UMBC’s Chris Swan featured in The Atlantic for transforming vacant lots in Baltimore

While working in the city comes with challenges, Chris Swan hopes to discover a Goldilocks concoction of plants that tolerate the poor soil found in vacant lots, attract native pollinators, and reduce runoff of contaminant-laced water into the Chesapeake Bay. Continue reading UMBC’s Chris Swan featured in The Atlantic for transforming vacant lots in Baltimore

UMBC physicists develop cost-saving tech for detecting gravitational waves and other applications

Thomas Smith and Yanhua Shih are hoping their new research will bring about a sea change in the physics community, and encourage even the most traditional physicists that quantum interference applies in optics experiments using non-laser light. “It should change the whole picture,” says Shih. The work has implications for both fundamental physics and immediate applications. Continue reading UMBC physicists develop cost-saving tech for detecting gravitational waves and other applications

UMBC honors Frederick Douglass’s legacy with event to transcribe Freedmen’s Bureau papers

“As a pioneer in the struggle for freedom and equality and an extraordinary writer, Frederick Douglass remains among the most inspiring, powerful leaders in American history,” reflects Scott Casper, dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. “All of us can learn from his actions, words, and example in striving for social justice and inclusive excellence.” Continue reading UMBC honors Frederick Douglass’s legacy with event to transcribe Freedmen’s Bureau papers

UMBC Center for Cybersecurity receives funding from T. Rowe Price to support students

“This new collaboration with T. Rowe Price’s security team will provide great opportunities for our students to be exposed to cybersecurity in financial services and prepare them for promising careers protecting critical infrastructure,” says Anupam Joshi, director of the Center for Cybersecurity and chair of computer science and electrical engineering. Continue reading UMBC Center for Cybersecurity receives funding from T. Rowe Price to support students

UMBC’s Susan McCully premieres Cone sisters drama “All She Must Possess”

The Cone sisters are beloved in Baltimore and known internationally for the art collection that is their legacy. Now, they are also the subject of “All She Must Possess,” a new production by playwright Susan McCully, assistant professor of theatre at UMBC. The Rep Stage in Columbia, Maryland, will host the play’s world premiere as part of the 2018 Women’s Voices Theater Festival this month. Continue reading UMBC’s Susan McCully premieres Cone sisters drama “All She Must Possess”

UMBC’s Haibin Zhang shares tips to secure data in the cloud

Zhang explains that data stored and secured using commercial cloud storage systems is encrypted, which means that without the key, the information looks like a series of meaningless characters. “Just like regular keys, if someone else has them, they might be stolen or misused without the data owner knowing,” he says. Continue reading UMBC’s Haibin Zhang shares tips to secure data in the cloud

David Di Maria, UMBC’s new associate vice provost for International Education, debunks common study abroad myths

“The goal of the UMBC International Education Studies office is to ensure students are prepared and engaged to understand the international dimensions of their academic disciplines,” says Di Maria. “Internationalization is about creating direct connections to research opportunities because the greatest challenges are global and to solve those researchers need to have diverse perspectives from an international standpoint.”

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Trouble with your GPS? UMBC’s Stacy Branham works to improve travel apps for all users.

Many travelers find GPS technologies useful, but they can also have frustrating limitations. Stacy Branham received nearly $85,000 from the Maryland Industrial Partnerships Program (MIPS) and TRX Systems, Inc. to develop a technology system that will deliver start to finish routing services, including for travelers with disabilities. Continue reading Trouble with your GPS? UMBC’s Stacy Branham works to improve travel apps for all users.

UMBC scientist opens a “new chapter for biochemistry” with $1.5 million NIH grant to study sugar metabolism

“I’m hoping that in the future many people will be working in this area of cellular biochemistry, studying many metabolic enzymes in living cells,” says Songon An, whose work is on the leading edge of “the next stage in biochemistry.” Continue reading UMBC scientist opens a “new chapter for biochemistry” with $1.5 million NIH grant to study sugar metabolism

UMBC space scientist further confirms Einstein’s theory through new solar research

To address such big ideas, “You need the solar system as your laboratory,” says Sander Goossens. NASA’s MESSENGER satellite collected data during its years orbiting Mercury that enabled the research team to answer questions about the Sun’s interior processes and our fundamental understanding of gravity. Continue reading UMBC space scientist further confirms Einstein’s theory through new solar research

UMBC’s Sebastian Deffner explains how the “quantum speed limit” may put brakes on quantum computers

People have pinned their hopes on quantum computers for the next leap forward in computing technology, “but my recent research has revealed that quantum computers will have limits of their own,” writes Sebastian Deffner, “and has suggested ways to figure out what those limits are.” Continue reading UMBC’s Sebastian Deffner explains how the “quantum speed limit” may put brakes on quantum computers

UMBC hosts “Teaching and Reaching Black Boys in America” conversation

“The book furthers critical conversations about how whiteness, even enacted by teachers of color, prevents educators from seeing and noticing the brilliance of Black boys,” reflects Keisha Allen, assistant professor of education and the UMBC lead in the Learning Center partnership with Baltimore County Public Schools. Continue reading UMBC hosts “Teaching and Reaching Black Boys in America” conversation