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“Hidden” sex differences in neurological reward pathways suggest opportunity for improved psychiatric therapeutics

New research shows sex differences in how mice process rewarding stimuli, with implications for behavior. “If you want to understand susceptibility and develop better treatments, you have to understand the mechanisms at these synapses,” Tara LeGates says. “You have to understand what’s happening, and you have to understand it in each of the sexes.” Continue Reading “Hidden” sex differences in neurological reward pathways suggest opportunity for improved psychiatric therapeutics

STEM BUILD at UMBC leads to lasting institutional change, benefiting STEM students and beyond

To emphasize the inclusive reach of the program, the STEM BUILD motto is “500, not 50.” It was created to identify effective interventions that could be implemented at scale to support all STEM students at UMBC, and to find ways to continue those interventions beyond the existence of STEM BUILD. It has been wildly successful. Continue Reading STEM BUILD at UMBC leads to lasting institutional change, benefiting STEM students and beyond

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Molly Mollica wins American Heart Association Career Development Award

Molly Mollica, an assistant professor in mechanical engineering who joined UMBC in August 2023, has been selected for an American Heart Association (AHA) Career Development Award, which will provide more than $200,000 to fund her research for the next three years. Mollica studies the biomechanics of blood platelets, which play an essential role in healthy blood clotting, but can also contribute to the formation of blood clots that cause heart attacks and strokes. Bleeding and clotting have been shown to vary between males and females, but the reasons are not well understood. In her AHA-funded research, Mollica will investigate how… Continue Reading Molly Mollica wins American Heart Association Career Development Award

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Putting UMBC Research on the Map

Spring on UMBC’s main campus brings a host of familiar sights and sounds: blooms on the magnolia trees, the chatter of red-winged blackbirds calling from the reeds around Library Pond, greening grass on the campus Quad, and black-and-gold-bedecked Grit Guides leading groups of prospective Retrievers around what may soon become a home away from home. The guides cover the usual highlights—Academic Row, the Retriever Activity Center, the AOK Library, eating establishments, and residential halls. UMBC is a place to live, to learn, and to find community. And while some of the functions of campus spaces are obvious, others are often… Continue Reading Putting UMBC Research on the Map

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UMBC-run program will support twice as many tech internships this summer

An innovative internship program run through UMBC that helps Maryland support growing technology businesses while also retaining talented college graduates in the region is set to more than double over the next year, thanks to a $700,000 budget investment from Governor Wes Moore and the Maryland General Assembly. The funding increase is effective July 1, making it available for the summer internship season and allowing for a growing number of employers to immediately take advantage of this proven and effective workforce development program.  Launched and administered by UMBC, the Maryland Technology Internship Program (MTIP) offers financial assistance to technology-based businesses… Continue Reading UMBC-run program will support twice as many tech internships this summer

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From solar energy harvesting to advanced batteries: Cohort of new engineering faculty bolster UMBC’s commitment to Earth-friendly research

This April 22, as the campus community celebrated Earth Day, the feel of spring’s natural reawakening was in the air. Birds chirped from newly leafed trees and students strolled in the bright sunshine. But the pleasant day belied a concerning trend: In Maryland and beyond, the balance of Earth’s life-supporting systems is shifting, driven in large part by the heat-trapping greenhouse gasses we humans send into the atmosphere. The Earth is getting hotter; weather patterns are changing; and ecosystems are under stress.  “Climate change is pressing us to adopt a more Earth-friendly lifestyle, to develop renewable energy,” says Özgür Çapraz,… Continue Reading From solar energy harvesting to advanced batteries: Cohort of new engineering faculty bolster UMBC’s commitment to Earth-friendly research

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Month of Earth Day events culminates with 8th Annual Earth Day Symposium

This year, UMBC partnered with the EPA to host more events than ever before for Earth Day: a total of 18 throughout the month of April. “A tradition we are really proud of is that this event is 100 percent planned and implemented by our graduate students,” shared Zhibo Zhang about the concluding Earth Day Symposium. Continue Reading Month of Earth Day events culminates with 8th Annual Earth Day Symposium

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