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Biological sciences associate professor Jeff Leips’ Research Featured on DugDug

Biological sciences associate professor Jeff Leips’ research on “The Adaptive Significance of Population Differentiation in Offspring Size of The Least Killfish, Heterandria formosa” has been profiled by DugDug.com. DugDug seeks to widen the scope of scientific, medical, economic, and political information available to the broader public. Read the full article »

First hackUMBC concludes successfully

“Held in the UMBC Skylight Room from 7:00pm Friday to 7:00pm Saturday this past weekend, UMBC’s first-everhackathon was open to all UMBC students of any skill level, from innovators and explorers to designers and hardcore coders. Its purpose was to allow students to mingle and collaborate for 24 continuous hours of community exploration to grow technology projects from scratch while expanding their connections to other students, industry leaders, and faculty. Admission was free and attracted students from across the UMBC campus community, including CS, CE, EE, IS, Biology, Biotechnology, Math, Physics, and Media Studies.” Read the full story

Amy Hurst, Information Systems, Collaborates on $3.7 million project

Amy Hurst, Collaborates on Multi-University Project To Improve Web and Cloud Computing Accessibility Will Help People With Disabilities Take Full Advantage of Online Resources “The researchers are working on methods for easily modifying software to meet the needs of people with disabilities. Researchers will develop ways to make it easier for people with disabilities to log on to the Web, make user interfaces more accessible, and change the presentation of information on the Web to streamline experiences for people with disabilities, caregivers and service providers. The researchers also will look for ways to leverage help from other people on the… Continue Reading Amy Hurst, Information Systems, Collaborates on $3.7 million project

Susan Hoban Brings the Mars Rover to the UAE

Susan Hoban made the, National, in a story about a science fair in the UAE. Dr Susan Hoban, associate professor of physics at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, introduced students to the wonder of Nasa’s Mars Rover, before allowing them to build their own, albeit smaller, versions. “We want to use Mars as an inspiration to show the students that engineering is a career that they should choose, especially for girls, who maybe do not think that it is something they can do,” she said. “My hats off to the organisers because it is a great undertaking. We hope that kids… Continue Reading Susan Hoban Brings the Mars Rover to the UAE

Manil Suri, Math and Fashion

Manil Suri was featured in a “Math and Fashion” episode on the Scholastic website. This is their first episode with the specific aim of popularizing mathematics among school kids by tying it to a popular theme. Tim Gunn, the super host of the hit TV series “Project Runway” introduced Suri, where he talked about math for about 90 seconds right near the beginning of the 26 minute show. The famous fashion designer, Diane von Furstenberg, also talks about how math is useful in her line of work. Watch the video

Manil Suri, Math and Fashion, Scholastic

Manil Suri was featured in a “Math and Fashion” episode on theScholastic website. This is their first episode with the specific aim ofpopularizing mathematics amongst school kids by tying it to a populartheme. Tim Gunn, the super host of the hit TV series “Project Runway” introducesSuri, and he talks about math for about 90 seconds right near thebeginning of the 26 minute show. The famous fashion designer, Diane vonFurstenberg, also talks about how math is useful in her line of work. Watch the video

Upal Ghosh, Chemical, Biochemical, and Environmental Engineering, in the Dover Post

Cleaning up polluted sediments isn’t an easy task. Standard remediation methods include dredging contaminated sediments or capping with clean sand. Both procedures are costly and disruptive to the existing ecosystem. Enter Upal Ghosh. Ghosh, who researches the effects of toxic pollutants on the environment, had developed a way of using the charcoal, the same kind found in home water filters, to effectively bottle up the contamination and keep it out of the ecosystem. Ghosh’s idea had been tried successfully before, but only to a small degree, Greene said. Ghosh did some reconnaissance of Mirror Lake and agreed the procedure could… Continue Reading Upal Ghosh, Chemical, Biochemical, and Environmental Engineering, in the Dover Post

Stuart Schwartz, CUERE, in the Baltimore Sun and TakePart

Radishes: They’re not just for salad anymore. In fact, they may be useful for controlling runoff into the Chesapeake. Stuart Schwartz, senior scientist with UMBC’s Center for Urban Environmental Research and Education, spoke with Tim Wheeler, an environmental reporter for The Baltimore Sun, for Wheeler’s article, “Radishes get tryout as runoff fighters.” Wheeler writes: “City and most suburban soil is badly in need of aeration, Schwartz said. He and other researchers have found that even grass-covered ground, just below the surface, is often as dense and impermeable as concrete. Anything heavier than a light rain runs off, washing fertilizer, organic… Continue Reading Stuart Schwartz, CUERE, in the Baltimore Sun and TakePart

Yonathan Zohar, Department of Marine Biotechnology, WJZ CBS Baltimore

Yonanthan Zohar talks about the Aquaculture Research Center at the Institute for Marine and Environmental Technology. Zohar spoke to WJZ about over fishing the world’s oceans. “In the 70s when I started, I knew that we are going to run out,” said Dr. Yonathan Zohar. “That sparked Zohar and a group of scientists to create the aquaculture research center. It’s a fish farm that is completely green and self-sustaining,” said WJZ reporter, Gigi Barnett. “All the solid waste that is produced by the fish is removed, collected and converted to bio-fuel,” Zohar said.

Yi Huang, Mathematics and Statistics, In JAMA Pediatrics

Yi Huang, in the department of mathematics and statistics, was first author in a recent paper in JAMA Pediatrics. In a press release put out by the University of Virginia, Huang was quoted, “Our study provides strong evidence that bedsharing promotes breastfeeding by increasing breastfeeding duration using survival analysis, with the greatest effect found among frequent bedsharers,” said Yi Huang, a biostatistician at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She noted that this is “one of the very few nationwide studies with a high response rate for extensive postnatal measurements on this issue and a sample large enough that under-represented… Continue Reading Yi Huang, Mathematics and Statistics, In JAMA Pediatrics

Govind Rao, CAST, on Protein Expression in Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News

Govind Rao, a professor of chemical, biochemical, and environmental engineering as well as the director for the Center for Advanced Sensor Technology (CAST) was recently quoted in Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News. “Advances in DNA biology, particularly those of the past three decades, catalyzed the emergence and expansion of experimental approaches to manipulate gene expression. Subsequently, these advances impacted protein science, a field that found itself increasingly positioned at the juncture of technology, science, and art,” wrote Richard Stein, in the article. “We are trying to make bioprocessing more intelligent and provide a greater degree of measurement at all stages,”… Continue Reading Govind Rao, CAST, on Protein Expression in Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News

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