In 2021, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) awarded UMBC more than $1 million over five years to create a program specifically for undergraduate scholars interested in research on substance abuse and addiction. A year after the program’s launch, it is thriving as students in fields as diverse as economics, computer science, and chemical engineering find ways to connect their interests to this important topic. Continue Reading NIDA EDUCATE program develops the next generation of addiction researchers
The Russian invasion of Ukraine and Chinese actions in Xinjiang share a common background: a previous history of invasion and occupation. Continue Reading Settler Colonialism Helps Explain Current Events
Remaking cities worldwide to deal with extreme weather events and new climate regimes will require massive investments in new ideas, practices, and skills. Continue Reading Cities worldwide aren’t adapting to climate change quickly enough
A health economist writes that making COVID-19 testing accessible, accurate, and fast is critical to slowing transmission of the virus. Continue Reading Over-the-counter rapid antigen tests for COVID-19 can help slow the spread of the delta variant
The pandemic gave Americans a tantalizing glimpse of what less car-oriented cities would look like. But what happens if cities just return to “normal”? Continue Reading As Urban Life Resumes, Can US Cities Avert Gridlock?
In 2019, UMBC’s first public policy doctoral graduate pledged $100,000 to create the Renny DiPentima Fund for Advancement in Public Policy. Continue Reading Leading By Giving—Alum Boosts Doctoral Students in Public Service
The Ellume COVID-19 Home Test is expected to cost US$30, is easy to use, and produces results within 20 minutes. But it still has its limitations. Continue Reading FDA authorized first over-the-counter COVID-19 test – useful but not a game changer
The big differences between Justice Ginsburg and Judge Barrett – not simply their shared gender – would characterize Barrett’s work on the Supreme Court. Continue Reading Amy Coney Barrett May Be the Next Woman on the Supreme Court – but Does a Nominee’s Gender Matter?
The credit-card-sized test detects a specific viral protein. It costs US$5 and doesn’t require a lab or a machine for processing. Continue Reading Will the New 15-Minute COVID-19 Test Solve US Testing Problems?