Institutional Biosafety Committee

researchThe 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

UMBC Women’s Swimming and Diving Earns CSCAA Scholar All-America Status

Umbc_retriev_logoUMBC 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.

Faculty/Staff Facilitators Needed for UMBC’s New Student Book Experience (8/24)

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 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 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.

Four Retrievers Earn CSCAA Scholar All-American Honors

Umbc_retriev_logoThree 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.

Fiske Guide to Colleges Names UMBC a 2016 “Best Buy”

FiskeBestBuy_1UMBC has been named a “Best Buy” university for the second consecutive year in the newly published 2016 Fiske Guide to Colleges. UMBC is one of only 20 public universities, and the only Maryland institution, on the 2016 list, which also includes 24 private universities.

Fiske selects “Best Buy” schools based on the quality of their academic offerings and their affordability. By highlighting UMBC, Fiske researchers recognize UMBC as one of the best values in higher education.

In addition to noting UMBC’s “killer chess team that regularly mops the floor with the competition,” this year the Fiske Guide highlights UMBC’s strong academic programs across the social sciences, humanities, arts, and STEM fields. It specifically recognizes the strength of programs in information systems, psychology, biological sciences, computer science, and visual arts. The guide also notes UMBC’s investment in new facilities, including the Performing Arts and Humanities Building.

Fiske commends UMBC’s supportive campus community, mentioning how First-Year Seminars allow students to closely connect with faculty early in their college careers. The publication notes, “UMBC [provides] students with intimate learning communities, solid academics, and ample resources.”

One student quoted in the guide shares, “Students here tend to be on the nerdy end of the spectrum…but we embrace it.” Another reflects, “We’re focusing on doing big things and being influential people.”

The Fiske Guide to Colleges provides college-bound students and their families with an insider’s look at the academic and extracurricular climates at top colleges and universities in the U.S., Canada, and Great Britain. Founder Edward B. Fiske served 17 years as education editor of The New York Times.

Please Update Your Directory Listing

doitThe UMBC Directory Search offers a browse by department feature that shows people affiliated with a university department. At times, people may incorrectly appear as part of a department, so it’s important to keep the directory updated as correcting this problem depends on the person’s affiliation with UMBC.
To navigate to the directory listings page, log in to myUMBC and mouse over your name, on the drop down menu click profile and then navigate to Online/Print Directory Info link at the bottom. If you do not see your department listed, submit a ticket with the UMBC Technology Support Center to have it made available.

Manil Suri, Mathematics, Reacts to Supreme Court Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage on Public Radio International

manil suriJust 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.