Alumni Awards highlight profound impact, drive, and commitment of UMBC alumni and faculty

“People you see on this stage are not just amazingly talented, they are good people who have done great work,” shared President Hrabowski. “I can’t think of anything an educator would want more than that: People who care about others, who strive for excellence, and who never, never, never give up.” Continue reading Alumni Awards highlight profound impact, drive, and commitment of UMBC alumni and faculty

Tahira Mahdi, Ph.D. student, describes how the arts and humanities impact lives in radio interview

“When we think about evaluating the impact of the arts and humanities, we should start by thinking about what life will be like without these everyday studies of ourselves,” explains psychology Ph.D. student Tahira Mahdi in a segment on WYPR. Continue reading Tahira Mahdi, Ph.D. student, describes how the arts and humanities impact lives in radio interview

Psychology Home Visiting Training Center graduates first cohort of home visitors

“This academic community partnership extends psychology faculty research and expertise into the community and offers training and support to this impressive group of home visitors and supervisors across Maryland,” shares Carlo DiClemente, a professor of psychology. Continue reading Psychology Home Visiting Training Center graduates first cohort of home visitors

UMBC honors Class of 2016, adding nearly 2,000 new members to the Retriever alumni family

Thousands of supporters gathered to celebrate the tremendous achievements of the Class of 2016, nearly 2,000 strong, at UMBC’s commencement ceremonies, held May 18-19. Moving speeches served as a powerful reminder of the value and impact of a UMBC degree. Continue reading UMBC honors Class of 2016, adding nearly 2,000 new members to the Retriever alumni family

Lipitz Professor Shari Waldstein traces complex connections between socioeconomic status and brain health

“Dr. Waldstein’s work in sum lies at the intersection of the natural sciences, the medical sciences, and the social sciences, and is thus an amazing and wonderful example of the interdisciplinary, collaborative endeavors that our college and UMBC prize so highly,” shares Dean Scott Casper. Continue reading Lipitz Professor Shari Waldstein traces complex connections between socioeconomic status and brain health

UMBC’s 2016 NSF Graduate Research Fellows share gratitude for research experience, mentorship

Through this program “the nation invests in those individuals who have shown great potential to…become the next generation of research leaders,” explains Janet Rutledge, vice provost and dean of the Graduate School at UMBC. Continue reading UMBC’s 2016 NSF Graduate Research Fellows share gratitude for research experience, mentorship

Congressman Elijah Cummings discusses UMBC’s research leadership and commitment to Baltimore during campus visit

Faculty speak about UMBC’s well-rounded research portfolio and focus in on research strengths in physics, geosciences, space science, and bioengineering; students share career goals and experiences working with local communities. Continue reading Congressman Elijah Cummings discusses UMBC’s research leadership and commitment to Baltimore during campus visit

UMBC's Postdoctoral Fellows for Faculty Diversity

Marketplace radio series highlights UMBC faculty diversity initiatives

What will it take to move the dial on the representation of diverse faculty at U.S. colleges and universities? Marketplace, a leading radio program on business and the economy, tackles this question in two new stories highlighting UMBC’s work to train, recruit, hire and retain diverse faculty. Continue reading Marketplace radio series highlights UMBC faculty diversity initiatives

UMBC’s MDQuit researchers celebrate ten years of progress toward a smoke-free Maryland

Nearly 250 health professionals and researchers will gather in Ellicott City this month to mark a major milestone: ten years of dramatically reducing tobacco use across the state. In the decade since Carlo DiClemente established MDQuit as a resource hub for doctors and health officials, the Maryland’s smoking rate has declined from 31 percent to under 17 percent. Continue reading UMBC’s MDQuit researchers celebrate ten years of progress toward a smoke-free Maryland

2015-2017 Postdoctoral Fellows for Faculty Diversity

UMBC’s newest Postdoctoral Fellows for Faculty Diversity pursue game-changing research

Now in its third cohort, UMBC’s Postdoctoral Fellows for Faculty Diversity program recognizes and supports talented scholars who are emerging as cutting-edge researchers and educators in their fields. UMBC’s newest group of fellows was formally introduced to the university community at a welcome reception held December 10, 2015. Continue reading UMBC’s newest Postdoctoral Fellows for Faculty Diversity pursue game-changing research

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Grad student Liz Winters ’13 featured on Maryland Public Television’s Ways to Pay for College program

A recent program produced by Maryland Public Television about college affordability featured UMBC student Liz Winters ’13, psychology, and current master’s student in industrial and organizational psychology. The program “Ways to Pay for College” guided viewers through the many options … Continue reading Grad student Liz Winters ’13 featured on Maryland Public Television’s Ways to Pay for College program

Shawn Bediako receives inaugural Marilyn Demorest Award for Faculty Advancement

A message to the UMBC community from Provost Philip Rous: I am pleased to announce that Shawn Bediako, Associate Professor of Psychology, has been named the inaugural recipient of the Marilyn E. Demorest Award for Faculty Advancement. This annual award is … Continue reading Shawn Bediako receives inaugural Marilyn Demorest Award for Faculty Advancement

Robert Provine, Psychology, Explains the Science of Laughter

Psychology Research Professor and Professor Emeritus Robert Provine recently conducted two interviews with podcast programs to explain his research on neglected human instincts such as laughter, hiccuping, and sneezing. On WBUR’s “You’re the Expert,” a program that brings together comedians and academics in which panelists learn more about research topics of broad interest, Provine appeared at DC Improv Comedy Club to record the segment in front of a live audience. The podcast addressed a wide range of topics, and Provine talked about his research process in trying to get people to laugh. “The key ingredient to get people to laugh is not … Continue reading Robert Provine, Psychology, Explains the Science of Laughter

Danielle L. Beatty Moody, Psychology, Receives NIH Career Development Award

Danielle L. Beatty Moody, an assistant professor of psychology, has received a Career Development Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The five-year, $600,000 project will investigate the ways in which racial disparities in exposure to early life social disadvantage promote accelerated diseases and disorders related to the brain including stroke, dementia, and cognitive decline in African Americans across the span of the lifetime. “Pronounced racial disparities are observed across multiple clinical and subclinical brain health endpoints in African Americans compared to Whites and may be attributable, in part, to accelerated age-related disease processes,” NIH stated in a public health … Continue reading Danielle L. Beatty Moody, Psychology, Receives NIH Career Development Award

Robert Provine, Psychology, Explains Why We Yawn in Wired Magazine

In a Wired article published on June 23, Psychology Research Professor and Professor Emeritus Robert Provine shared insight into why humans yawn when they do. Provine has done extensive research on the topic and is author of Curious Behavior: Yawning, Laughing, Hiccupping, and Beyond. In the article, Provine noted that we tend to yawn when we are tired: “Right after waking and before bedtime,” he said, “which is consistent with yawning’s role in facilitating state changes: sleep to wakefulness, wakefulness to sleep, arousal to de-arousal, or vice versa.” When further examining the reasons for yawning beyond physiological state changes, Provine shared that, “Nervous people will definitely yawn … Continue reading Robert Provine, Psychology, Explains Why We Yawn in Wired Magazine

Shari Waldstein, Psychology, Named Lipitz Professor for 2015-2016

Shari Waldstein, professor of psychology, has been named the Lipitz Professor for 2015-2016. This professorship is supported by an endowment created by Roger C. Lipitz and the Lipitz Family Foundation “to recognize and support innovative and distinguished teaching and research in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.” A clinical psychologist who specializes in cardiovascular behavioral medicine and medical neuropsychology, Dr. Waldstein is known internationally for fundamental contributions to the understanding of the links among early, multi-level risk factors for cardiovascular disease, sub-clinical brain pathology, neurocognitive performance, and their development across the lifespan. In … Continue reading Shari Waldstein, Psychology, Named Lipitz Professor for 2015-2016

UMBC’s Psychology Training Clinic Featured in the Baltimore Sun’s April Education Section

In its April education section, the Baltimore Sun published an article on programs that prepare students to provide effective, evidence-based care for patients. UMBC’s Psychology Training Clinic, part of the Psychology Training, Research, and Services Center at the South Campus Research and Technology Park, was featured in the article. Rebecca Schacht, a clinical assistant professor of psychology and director of the clinic, was quoted extensively in the story and discussed the new clinic, which provides low-cost therapy for people struggling with anxiety, depression, substance abuse and post-traumatic stress syndrome. Graduate-level students provide care under supervision of licensed psychologists. “This is really the standard for … Continue reading UMBC’s Psychology Training Clinic Featured in the Baltimore Sun’s April Education Section

Robert Provine, Psychology, in the Baltimore Sun

In response to new research from Johns Hopkins University, Psychology Research Professor and Professor Emeritus Robert Provine was interviewed for an article in the Baltimore Sun discussing his research on human social behavior and attractiveness. The Johns Hopkins study found that human perception of attractiveness may be fluid, contagious, and often influenced by what is generally considered attractive by others. In the article, Provine said that it is fashion that is shifting constantly, rather than an evolutionary standard of beauty in culture. He noted that people don’t realize they are frequently pushed to like something new and different. “We are not always captain … Continue reading Robert Provine, Psychology, in the Baltimore Sun

Robert Provine, Psychology, in the Globe and Mail and New York Magazine

Psychology Research Professor and Professor Emeritus Robert Provine has been in the news recently for his research on crying. In an article published in Canada’s Globe and Mail, Provine shared insight about his work. He discussed how someone else’s crying “is appealing to you to provide caregiving, and at least sympathy,” which can be emotionally tiring, if not exhausting. “Dealing with crying people can be ‘expensive’ in the sense that they have needs that you’ll be expected to meet,” said Provine. He also discussed how the idea of crying making someone feel better is “complicated”: “Some people may report it feeling good, but … Continue reading Robert Provine, Psychology, in the Globe and Mail and New York Magazine

Robert Provine, Psychology, on Australian National Radio

Psychology Research Professor and Professor Emeritus Robert Provine was recently interviewed by Radio National (RN) in Australia about his research on yawning, sneezing, and hiccuping. Provine’s interview appeared on the RN program “The Body Sphere” and the title of the segment was “Breathing Through Pain.” “One of the most striking things about contagious yawning is that it reminds us that we are not a conscious being with total voluntary control of our behavior. When you see someone else yawn, you don’t decide, I’m going to do what that person over there just did. We simply do it,” Provine said during … Continue reading Robert Provine, Psychology, on Australian National Radio

Carlo DiClemente, Psychology, in the Baltimore Sun

In the wake of three hit-and-run accidents in the Baltimore region, the Baltimore Sun recently published an article addressing the question of what leads someone to flee an accident where another person may have suffered harm? Psychology professor Carlo DiClemente was quoted in the article and discussed how alcohol, a factor in about 30 percent of traffic fatalities nationally, can amplify emotions of fear, shame, and guilt which overwhelm self-control. “Rational decision-making is clearly difficult in an intoxicated state, particularly as blood-alcohol levels increase,” said DiClemente. “Fear and escape motivations kick in and, without good executive functioning, make flight more probable.” DiClemente, who researches … Continue reading Carlo DiClemente, Psychology, in the Baltimore Sun

Robert Provine, Psychology, Responds to EDGE Annual Question

Each year, EDGE.org poses an annual question to leading scientists, philosophers, and artists to tackle some of the world’s most complex issues. The responses are featured as a collection of online essays that is later published as part of a high-profile and top-selling series of books for a general audience, and the annual event draws global news coverage. As he has for all ten of EDGE’s events, Psychology Research Professor and Professor Emeritus Robert Provine contributed to this year’s question: “What do you think about machines that think?” In his response titled “Irrational Machines and Humans,” Provine wrote that humans should … Continue reading Robert Provine, Psychology, Responds to EDGE Annual Question