Maricel Kann, Translational Bioinformatics

Maricel Kann, assistant professor in the department of biological sciences, recently published a new online book, Translational Bioinformatics on PLOS-CB (first open access book in PLOS.)  

This is a great resource for our students, the textbook is a good introduction to many of the topics in the emerging field of Translational Bioinformatics, and it is free to all, says Kann.

The e-pub file is downloadable from the collection page:

It’s also in mobi format for Kindle users. If you don’t have an ipad/tablet/ereader to view the epub or mobi file on, you should be able to view it on Firefox if you download this add-on:

Suzanne Ostrand-Rosenberg, Biological Sciences, Earns AAI Excellence in Mentoring Award

srosenbeThe American Association of Immunologists (AAI) awarded Dr. Suzanne Ostrand-Rosenberg, Department of Biological Sciences Professor, the 2013 Excellence in Mentoring Award “[i]n recognition of exemplary career contributions to a future generation of scientists.”

View the official announcement and see other award recipients at the American Association of Immunologists website.

Jeremy Yap ’08, Biological Sciences, Wins Predoctoral Fellowship

Alumnus Jeremy “Jerry” Yap ’08, biological sciences, was recently honored as one of four national winners of a 2012-2013 American Chemical Society (ACS) Medicinal Chemistry Predoctoral Fellowship.

Yap is currently attending the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, where his work “focuses on the design and synthesis of small-molecule inhibitors (drugs) of oncogenic protein–protein interactions,” according to University of Maryland here. The story also notes that the fellowship will allow Yap to pursue his research by providing a full, year-long stipend.

“This is as an excellent example of how important collaboration is in any professional setting,” said Yap upon being named to the fellowship. “The ACS Medicinal Chemistry Fellowship is the result of the joint efforts of my mentor, Dr. [Steven] Fletcher, highly efficient University staff, and a dedicated faculty both on and off campus. All their efforts and support have allowed me the chance to apply for such a generous opportunity. Success in any field is never entirely the result of just one person’s effort, but through extensive collaboration and teamwork.

“Through this fellowship, there are many opportunities that will undoubtedly be available to me in the future. This is a very unexpected award, and I am very grateful for whatever doors it may open in my future career.”

Michael Bok ’14, Biological Sciences, on io9

Michael Bok ’14 Ph.D., biological sciences, was featured in a July 8th blog post on the science blog io9.

The piece focused on a video, filmed by Bok and posted on his website Arthropoda, of a dead Longfin Inshore Squid whose chromatophores were still active. Bok set the piece to Canon in D by Johann Pachelbel.

You can watch the video and read other posts by Bok at Arthropoda.

Alumnus Ed Becker ’01, Biological Sciences, in Cape Gazette

Cape Gazette, the newspaper which covers the Cape Region of Delaware, published an article written by alumnus and practicing orthopedic physician Ed Becker ’01, biological sciences, on June 24th.

The article, entitled “Tennis elbow: not just for tennis players,” is something of an ABC for the sporting ailment, ranging over such matters as symptoms, contributing factors, and finally offers a few recommendations to lessen the likelihood of tennis elbow occuring, and possible courses of action if it does.

“Always warm up before play,” wrote Becker, “and put all of [the] major joints through a complete range of motion. Lighter racquets and reduced string tension may help alleviate symptoms. Avoid motions that aggravate the problem and reduce wrist motion to a minimum. Any persistent symptoms or worsening pain should be evaluated by a physician.”

Applied Molecular Biology Master’s Degree Program Symposium and Open House (2/22)

UMBC Biological Sciences Departments invites Biology, Biochemistry and Bioinformatics majors to find out the benefits of an AMB Master’s Degree: a nine-month research based program with an emphasis on modern molecular biology and basic research skills. The open house will be held on Wednesday, February 22, from noon-1 p.m. in UC 312. Please RSVP to Sue LeCompte at or call at ext. 5-3669. For more information about the program, find us on the web at:

Bird Population Change in North America (2/1)

The Geography and Environmental Systems and Biological Sciences departments present a joint seminar by John Sauer, Research Wildlife Biologist at the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. Dr. Sauer’s talk is entitled, “Bird Population Change in North America from 1966-2010: Summary and Analysis of North American Breeding Bird Survey Data.” The lecture will be held Wednesday, February 1, noon, in Biology 004. Note the change from the usual location for GES seminars.

For more information, contact Dawn Biehler at or ext. 5-2095.