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UMBC expands its next-generation tech analytics research with Phase II of the Center for Accelerated Real Time Analytics

UMBC’s Center for Accelerated Real Time Analytics (CARTA) team will advance its work in investigating data analytics using next-generation computing hardware with the launch of the next phase of the multi-institutional research collaboration.  Continue Reading UMBC expands its next-generation tech analytics research with Phase II of the Center for Accelerated Real Time Analytics

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Uplifting up-and-coming economists

In 2017, UMBC received a $1.3 million grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation in an effort to diversify the field of economics by creating interventions from the undergraduate level through the post-baccalaureate level. The program was originally intended to conclude in five years but has since been extended to support UMBC students in post-bac programs through 2025.  Continue Reading Uplifting up-and-coming economists

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UMBC, UMB receive $4 million NIH REACH grant to create new biomedical and life sciences accelerator program

UMBC is continuing its commitment to diversifying Maryland’s biomedical and life sciences ecosystem through its latest collaborative effort with the University of Maryland, Baltimore to develop a new life sciences accelerator program focused on faculty development and research commercialization efforts. Continue Reading UMBC, UMB receive $4 million NIH REACH grant to create new biomedical and life sciences accelerator program

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GRIT-X 2023 explores wide range of UMBC’s research and creative achievement around campus and beyond

Spiders, robots, climate change, Vaudevillian history, and more—this year’s GRIT-X event had something for inquiring minds of all kinds, with explorations into elements of the past, our collective present, and possibilities for the future. Continue Reading GRIT-X 2023 explores wide range of UMBC’s research and creative achievement around campus and beyond

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Cracking the code: International collaboration fosters cybersecurity

This summer, three UMBC students competed in an international “capture the flag”-style cybersecurity competition in Japan, with one Retriever taking home a victory—and all three bringing back a greater range of expertise. This opportunity helped UMBC students build global relationships and attain more practical experience in cyber defense.  Continue Reading Cracking the code: International collaboration fosters cybersecurity

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Pres. Sheares Ashby discusses importance of higher education, diversity, AI research, and more at iMPACT Maryland 2023

This week, UMBC President Valerie Sheares Ashby underscored the importance of higher education and how UMBC and the broader University System of Maryland (USM) are working to make education accessible for all at the inaugural iMPACT Maryland event.  Continue Reading Pres. Sheares Ashby discusses importance of higher education, diversity, AI research, and more at iMPACT Maryland 2023

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UMBC hosts 11th International Digital Storytelling Conference

UMBC’s commitment to highlighting storytelling research continued this summer as the university co-hosted the first state-side edition of the 11th International Digital Storytelling Conference—a four-day event showcasing an expansive range of storytelling-focused projects and initiatives. The conference was a collaborative effort in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution, StoryCenter, and Montgomery College. Continue Reading UMBC hosts 11th International Digital Storytelling Conference

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U.S. News ranks UMBC among the nation’s best colleges in undergraduate research, teaching, innovation, and value

UMBC continues to show its strengths in undergraduate research, innovation, value, teaching programs, and several other areas highlighted in the 2023–24 U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges undergraduate rankings. This year, the university moved up in the national rankings in numerous categories, showcasing UMBC’s growth in several key areas. Continue Reading U.S. News ranks UMBC among the nation’s best colleges in undergraduate research, teaching, innovation, and value

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Caregiving Goes Both Ways

For more than a decade, Rita Choula was the primary caregiver for her late mother who lived with frontotemporal degeneration (FTD), a lesser known form of early onset dementia that typically affects people under the age of 60. “My mother started saying things like ‘I don’t feel like myself. I feel like I’m losing my mind.’ She used to be someone that was really engaged and outgoing and she started to pull back a bit. She used to be very empathetic, very people-loving, and showed a lot of concern, and it reached a point where that empathy went straight out… Continue Reading Caregiving Goes Both Ways

UMBC students (community builders), some standing and some kneeling and sitting, holding a stuffed dog toy. In the center of the photo is a brown dog, Chip, UMBC's campus comfort dog.

Leading through service: Meet the community builders in UMBC’s Class of 2023

When the impacts of COVID-19 had the world on pause in March 2020, like many others, Ify Jacob spent time sheltered at home thinking of what he would do once it was safe enough to return to life as he knew it. One of the first decisions that he made was to become more active on UMBC’s campus. His experience of approaching leadership through the lens of service is shared by many community builders in UMBC’s Class of 2023.  Continue Reading Leading through service: Meet the community builders in UMBC’s Class of 2023

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