Daily Record names UMBC faculty and alumni “Innovators of the Year”

The Daily Record’s Innovator of the Year awards recognize bold leaders who have created new products, services, or programs to improve their fields, including four UMBC faculty and alumni this year.

UMBC’s winners include Chris Geddes, professor of chemistry and biochemistry and director of the Institute of Fluorescence; Greg Cangialosi ’96, English; and Isaac Kinde ’05, biological sciences. WeatherBug Home, an Innovator of the Year company winner, is headed by Bob Marshall ’88, mechanical engineering.

BetamoreIn his Daily Record award recipient feature, Geddes described his work on Lyse-it, a technology that will have major impacts for both diagnostic and research settings. Kinde, chief scientific officer for PapGene, shared that his approach “allows for the detection of a variety of cancers at early stages when patients have the highest chance of being cured of their disease with therapies available today.” The Daily Record also shared more in-depth profiles for Cangialosi’s non-profit Betamore (featured in the photo above) and Marshall’s WeatherBug Home, “a mobile application that makes smart homes even smarter.”

Innovator of the Year winners will be honored at an awards ceremony on Thursday, October 15, 2015. See the full list of winners in The Daily Record.

Douglas Lamdin, Economics, Featured on AAII

Douglas Lamdin, Economics, had his recent study featured on the website of the American Association of Individual Investors (AAII). The article, “New Evidence on Whether Gold Mining Stocks are More Like Gold or Like Stocks” was co-authored with Mark Johnson of Loyola University, Maryland, and is forthcoming in the journal Alternative Investment Analyst Review.

Doug LamdinThe study examined the role of gold and gold mining stocks in diversified portfolios. Lamdin and Johnson found that neither gold nor gold mining stocks are a hedge against declines in the stock market. Both gold and gold mining stocks, however, do provide diversification benefits, with gold the preferred diversifying asset.

Stan Kahn’s Retirement Reception (9/28)

After over 25 years of distinguished service to UMBC, Stan Kahn, Manager of Technical Services, Enrollment Management, is retiring. Please join us in wishing him well at a reception on Monday, September 28 in the Fireside Lounge, Commons, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Please RSVP to Kena Jackson (kena@umbc.edu).

Stan’s commitment and dedication to providing quality and timely technical services to over 80 users across multiple functional areas in enrollment management – including, admissions and orientation, financial aid and scholarships, academic advising and records and registration – has played a critical role in supporting UMBC’s enrollment goals. During his tenure at UMBC, Stan was instrumental in establishing the long-standing Departmental Information Technology (DIT) Group – representing department-level IT support staff campus-wide that meet regularly with DoIT to discuss campus IT initiatives and to share best practices.

We look forward to seeing you at the reception.


#WeNeedDiverseBooks (9/23)

Celebrate diverse authors and content at UMBC in connection with the national #weneeddiversebooks campaign! Throughout the year, the AOK Library & Gallery will highlight books that are written on a wide array of topics with displays and social media posts.

This campaign will kick off on September 23 in the Library Atrium from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

CPR for the Healthcare Provider (11/17)

CPR for the Healthcare Provider will be sponsored by the Department of Emergency Health Services on the following dates:

Tuesday, September 29, 20155:30-10 p.m.
Tuesday, November 17, 20155:30-10 p.m.

Registration fee is $85 for the full provider course; $70 for the renewal course.

For further information, contact Danette McCoy at x53584 or email danette@umbc.edu.

Monument Quilt Display (10/3, 10/5)

Join us at UMBC on Saturday, 10/3/15 and Monday, 10/5/15 as the Monument Quilt comes to campus in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

We will display the collection of stories created for and by survivors of rape and abuse. By stitching these stories together, survivors are creating a space to heal and creating a new culture where survivors are publicly supported rather than publicly shamed. There will be an opportunity to interact with the quilt and also to create your own mini square to add to the squares created by thousands of other survivors and allies.

This public display will be shown on the Performing Arts and Humanities Lawn during the Imagining America conference at UMBC. A workshop about the Monument Quilt will be presented at the conference from 12-1pm in PAHB 319.

Another public display will be hosted on Monday, October 5th on the Quad from 11am-3pm to kick-off UMBC’s Relationship Violence Awareness Month.

More info about the Monument Quilt: https://themonumentquilt.org/

We will post weather-related updates on the Women’s Center Facebook page. Also follow #notalone and #monumentquilt on Twitter. This display is co-sponsored by UMBC’s Women’s Center, University Health Services, and Voices Against Violence.