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UMBC’s Jeffrey Gardner receives $1.3M from NIH to discover new treatments for fungal disease

Drug resistance is a growing problem in treating fungal disease. Jeffrey Gardner is searching for a new way to treat these infections with bacterial enzymes. It’s a new area of research for him, but “if you can find an interesting bug, with some interesting physiology,” he says, “the types of questions can really span major different areas.” Continue Reading UMBC’s Jeffrey Gardner receives $1.3M from NIH to discover new treatments for fungal disease

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UMBC’s Leamon defines “solar clock” that can precisely predict solar cycle events years in advance

New research shows that a “solar clock” based on the sun’s magnetic field, rather than the presence or absence of sunspots, can predict events in the solar cycle, such as surges in dangerous solar flares or changing weather trends, years in advance. Continue Reading UMBC’s Leamon defines “solar clock” that can precisely predict solar cycle events years in advance

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NSF awards $10M to UMBC to expand successful initiative developing underrepresented postdocs in STEM

UMBC will expand its work boosting diversity in academia from Maryland to the national level through a new NSF INCLUDES Alliance: Re-Imagining STEM Equity Utilizing Postdoc Pathways (RISE UPP). The RISE UPP Alliance, anticipated to officially launch in fall 2022, is modeled after the PROMISE Academy, a high-impact initiative co-led by UMBC that supports faculty diversification in the biomedical sciences across University System of Maryland (USM) institutions. Continue Reading NSF awards $10M to UMBC to expand successful initiative developing underrepresented postdocs in STEM

UMBC students, educators, and researchers advance Maryland through innovative computing partnership

The Maryland Institute for Innovative Computing “reflects Maryland’s dedication to ensuring our state agencies have the technical staffing and internal infrastructure they need,” says Annie Weinschenk, program director of workforce initiatives in the UMBC Career Center. Continue Reading UMBC students, educators, and researchers advance Maryland through innovative computing partnership

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UMBC-led team generates first global map of cargo ship pollution, revealing effects of fuel regulations

Cargo ship pollution causes problems for port cities. The pollutant particles also have a cooling effect on the planet when they interact with clouds. Tracking pollution from ships as regulations change can help scientists clarify the poorly-understood role of clouds in climate. Continue Reading UMBC-led team generates first global map of cargo ship pollution, revealing effects of fuel regulations

UMBC’s Eileen Meyer and team find strongest evidence yet of a black hole zooming away from its galaxy’s center

“This is probably the most clear-cut case” illustrating this phenomenon that scientists are aware of, says Eileen Meyer. The black hole is zipping away from its galaxy’s center at more than 4.5 million miles per hour. Continue Reading UMBC’s Eileen Meyer and team find strongest evidence yet of a black hole zooming away from its galaxy’s center

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UMBC’s 2022 Fulbright student scholars will travel the world to explore difficult questions

Nine recent UMBC graduates and alumni will soon travel to the UK, El Salvador, Kuwait, France, Colombia, Taiwan, South Korea, and Germany as 2022 Fulbright U.S. Student scholars. They include emerging leaders in education, astrophysics, cybersecurity, human rights, and more, and they are excited to explore difficult questions through fresh perspectives. Continue Reading UMBC’s 2022 Fulbright student scholars will travel the world to explore difficult questions

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Creating new antiviral drugs: Katherine Seley-Radtke’s innovative “fleximer” research to receive $3.5M from NIH

“Many people in the antiviral field had been pushing for many years, warning people that this kind of viral pandemic could happen,” says Katherine Seley-Radtke. Thankfully, her decades of work put her in a strong position to contribute to a new surge of antiviral research. Continue Reading Creating new antiviral drugs: Katherine Seley-Radtke’s innovative “fleximer” research to receive $3.5M from NIH

As global travel expands, UMBC faculty and staff earn Fulbright awards for research, collaboration abroad

Four UMBC faculty and staff members have received highly competitive Fulbright awards to conduct research and establish important connections around the world over the next year.  UMBC’s new recipients of Fulbright U.S. Scholar awards are Shimei Pan, associate professor of information systems; Corrie Parks, assistant professor of visual arts; and Tiffany Thames Copeland, adjunct faculty in Africana studies. Nancy Young, vice president for Student Affairs, has received a Fulbright International Education Administrators Award. They will travel to Germany, Austria, Ghana, and France, respectively. Continue Reading As global travel expands, UMBC faculty and staff earn Fulbright awards for research, collaboration abroad

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Beyond “plant trees!”: UMBC research finds tree plantations encroaching on essential ecosystems

Trees supply a host of benefits for animals and people. However, new research led by Matthew Fagan finds that some trees planted in the tropics may be doing more harm than good. “Ecologists have been sounding the alarm on this for over a decade,” Fagan says. “But no one’s had a hard number about how much this is actually happening.” Continue Reading Beyond “plant trees!”: UMBC research finds tree plantations encroaching on essential ecosystems

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HHMI launches $1.5 billion Freeman Hrabowski Scholars program to support diversity, innovation in biomedical research

HHMI is honoring President Hrabowski for his decades of leadership in growing and diversifying the pipeline of Ph.D.-level researchers. “We should all be encouraged by HHMI’s commitment to changing the face of science in America,” Hrabowski says. Continue Reading HHMI launches $1.5 billion Freeman Hrabowski Scholars program to support diversity, innovation in biomedical research

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