UMBC’s Songon An discovers new molecular mechanism likely involved in cancer cell metastasis

For the first time, An and his students have determined a function of a particular signaling pathway associated with metastasis. “Looking at this metabolic switch—which pathways are in use during metastasis versus when the cell is attached—may be where our research goes in the future,” says An. Continue reading UMBC’s Songon An discovers new molecular mechanism likely involved in cancer cell metastasis

American Association of Immunologists names UMBC’s Greg Szeto a public policy fellow

Szeto is one of just ten scientists nationwide to participate in its prestigious Public Policy Fellows Program (PPFP). During the 2018-2019 year, Szeto will work to better understand how national policies impact biomedical research, and how he can use this knowledge to inform his future work. Continue reading American Association of Immunologists names UMBC’s Greg Szeto a public policy fellow

UMBC students ready to share passion for discovery, expression at URCAD 2018

“I am most proud of the kinds of questions these students are asking in their research and creative work,” says April Householder, director of undergraduate research and prestigious scholarships. “From developing clean air technologies or bringing awareness to human trafficking, to collaborating with local poets and creating meaningful art, UMBC undergrads are making change in the world.” Continue reading UMBC students ready to share passion for discovery, expression at URCAD 2018

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program honors 18 UMBC students and alumni

The large number of honorees “shows the quality of student we have here at UMBC and what they’re doing,” says Keith Harmon, director of the Meyerhoff Scholars Program. “It also shows the quality of their research experiences at UMBC, and the commitment of the faculty to mentoring these students as undergraduates.” Continue reading NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program honors 18 UMBC students and alumni

Stephanie Milani named Newman Civic Fellow for expanding access to computer science education

“It is an honor to represent the commitment of UMBC to service and engaged citizenship at a national level with the help of The Shriver Center,” Milani reflects. “They helped me to bridge the gap between my desire to create change and my ability to apply my knowledge through service-learning. Continue reading Stephanie Milani named Newman Civic Fellow for expanding access to computer science education

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 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

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

Bryan Vanek, president of national champion Cyber Dawgs team, heads to computer security career

“Thanks to  the great friends that I made in the Cyber Dawgs, the professors that continually showed a vested and fervent interest in my success, and the networking skills and community of peers that I gained through the CWIT/T-SITE program, my skill base and craving to be successful in the field of computer security has never been higher,” says Vanek. Continue reading Bryan Vanek, president of national champion Cyber Dawgs team, heads to computer security career

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 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 alumna and visiting faculty member receives grant from Microsoft’s “AI for Earth” program

Jennifer Sleeman, Ph.D. ’17, computer science, visiting assistant professor of computer science and electrical engineering, received an award from Microsoft’s “AI for Earth” program to continue to develop algorithms to model and predict scientific disciplines such as climate change. Continue reading UMBC alumna and visiting faculty member receives grant from Microsoft’s “AI for Earth” program

UMBC hosts faculty, alumni and corporate partners at the National Press Club to discuss cybersecurity and industry challenges

On Thursday, December 7, UMBC hosted experts from industry and academia at the National Press Club to discuss the cyber challenges professionals face, and how those groups can work together to prepare future generations of cybersecurity professionals. Continue reading UMBC hosts faculty, alumni and corporate partners at the National Press Club to discuss cybersecurity and industry challenges