The University of Maryland, Baltimore County Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) has been approved by the NIH Office of Biotechnology Activities. The IBC is responsible for ensuring that all recombinant DNA or synthetic nucleic acid moleculesresearch as well as research with transgenic animals and biohazardous materials (such as bacterium, fungi, algae, potential infectious agents and select agents) conducted at UMBC and sponsored by external/internal funding be performed in compliance with the NIH Guidelines and with proper concern for the safety of research personnel, the environment, and the surrounding communities.
Prior to working with any of the materials mentioned above, an investigator must submit an application form to the IBC and follow committee approval before any research begins. Information on IBC procedures application forms, training, etc. can be accessed here.
For further information and assistance in preparing IBC applications, please contact us at 5-2737 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
UMBC women’s swimming and diving was one of 406 schools across the country to earn CSCAA (College Swimming Coaches Association of America) Scholar All-America status. The Retrievers finished the year as America East Champions, after coming from behind on the final day to win.
Head Coach Chad Cradock’s squad UMBC finished the spring semester with a 3.45 grade point average to earn the distinction. The honor is bestowed to schools that finish the spring semester as a team with a 3.00 GPA or better.
The College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) has designated a record 406 collegiate swimming and diving programs as Scholar All-America Teams. The recognition comes as a result of the programs’ classroom performance in the past semester. It is the first time in the program’s 30+ year history of the program that more than 600 men’s and women’s teams, representing 406 institutions, received the designation.
UMBC’s New Student Book Experience this year is An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness by Dr. Kay Jamison.
All new students attending UMBC in fall 2015 are asked to read the book An Unquiet Mind. As part of Welcome Week, the book discussions will be held on Monday, August 24th from 3:00 to 4:15 p.m. Discussion groups will be limited to 20-25 students and will meet in various on campus locations, including the Residence Halls. We are looking for faculty and staff who are interested in serving as facilitators.
Persons interested in facilitating a group should indicate their interest by contacting Barbara Smith at email@example.com. Discussion leaders will be asked to participate in a conversation about the book on Friday, August 21st from 12:00-1:30 p.m. in ITE 456. Lunch will be provided. We will spend time in conversation focusing on themes and questions that will enhance discussion within your group. Thank you, in advance, for supporting this initiative. This is a wonderful opportunity to engage with our new students and help them learn about our expectations and commitment to excellence in education. If you have questions, contact Jill Randles at firstname.lastname@example.org or call ext.5-3715.
Also, Jamison will be on campus on Thursday, October 15th. Her lecture will be at 7:00 p.m. in the UC Ballroom with a reception and book signing to follow. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Three UMBC swimmers and one diver earned CSCAA Scholar All-American status, as announced by the CSCAA (College Swimming Coaches Association of America) on Wednesday. Rising seniors Coco Darelius (Rye, N.Y./Rye) and Leo Endres (Bamberg, Germany/Kaiser Heinrich Gymnasium), as well as rising junior Gregor Sporlein (Bamberg, Germany/Clavius Gymnasium) and rising sophomore Nikola Trajkovic (Zrenjanin, Serbia/Zrenjaninska Gimnazija) earned the honor for their work in the pool and in the classroom.
The quartet was chosen because of their excellence in the pool and in the classroom. Student-athletes were chosen by having a 3.50 grade point average, and participating in their respective NCAA swimming or diving championships, or having a “B” time standard for those meets.
The College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) has selected a record 810 swimmers and divers to its Scholar All-America team, highlighted by CSCAA Swimmers-of-the-Year Missy Franklin and Ryan Murphy from California, Sarah Thompson (Williams) and Andrew Wilson (Emory).
An additional 1,078 swimmers and divers were recognized as Honorable-Mention selections Student athletes were designated based on their performance in the classroom and the pool. In total 284, institutions placed at least one swimmer or diver on the either the first team or Honorable Mention lists.
Just hours after the U.S. Supreme Court announced a nationwide right to same-sex marriage on Friday, June 26, Manil Suri was interviewed by Public Radio International (PRI) for his reaction to the ruling. Suri, a professor of mathematics and award-winning author, has written extensively about his experience as a gay Indian American. He has also written in the Washington Post and New York Times about Indian government policies and during the interview discussed Section 377 of the Indian penal code, reinstated by the Indian Supreme Court in 2013, which criminalizes homosexual conduct.
Suri shared his thoughts on PRI about what the implications of the U.S. ruling could mean for other nations around the world, including India. “They are bound to really look at what the US is doing,” Suri says. “It’s one of the largest countries in the world and it’s really putting its seal on this, saying marriage equality is here to stay.”
He added the American milestone is an important one as the worldwide conversations surrounding same-sex marriage continue. “There’s back and forth. And I think we’re going to see that in other parts of the world as well.” To listen to the complete interview that aired on PRI, click here.