Freshman Goalkeeper Connor Gordon Named America East Rookie of the Week

UMBC red-shirt freshman goalkeeper Connor Gordon has been named America East Conference Men’s Lacrosse Rookie of the Week for games ending March 29, the league office announced on March 31.

Gordon fell one save shy of his season high, making 15 stops against Stony Brook as the Retrievers prevailed, 12-11, in overtime.

The Retriever netminder made a one-on-one save with his team two men down midway through overtime, setting up Pat Young’s game-winning goal with 9.6 seconds to play in extra time. He has recorded more saves than goals allowed in eight of his nine starts for UMBC (5-4, 1-0 America East) this season.

Gordon is averaging 12.33 saves per game, good for sixth place in the nation through games of March 30. His save percentage is an outstanding 56.3 percent, which is 14th-best in the country.

Doug Frey, CBEE, Chosen As Yale’s Horvath Memorial Lecturer

Doug Frey, Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, will be this year’s Horvath Memorial Lecturer at Yale University.

The prestigious Csaba Horvath lecture series is in memory of Professor Csaba Horvath, who is responsible for developing High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC), without which modern chemistry and biotechnology would be difficult, if not impossible. The lecture is sponsored by Yale’s School of Engineering and Applied Science and The Goizueta Foundation.

Dr. Frey will speak on new methods and applications for the chromatography of biological macromolecules at Yale on April 16.

UMBC’s 36th Annual Graduate Research Conference

UMBC’s 36th Annual Graduate Research Conference was held on Wednesday, March 26, 2014. Organized by the Graduate Student Association, the conference had over 85 oral and poster presentations across a variety of disciplines. The successful conference ended in a lively Pathways to Success Panel.

Poster Presentation with Judges

The Graduate Research Conference seeks to provide an opportunity for students to gain experience presenting their work. Judges evaluate each presenter and provide feedback, giving special recognition to exceptional presentations. This year’s poster and oral presentation winners are listed below.

Poster Session Winners
Morgan Madeira – CSEE
Saadi Habib – Mechanical Engineering
Hui Jun Lim – Psychology
William Easley – Information Systems
Arundhathi Venkatasubraman – CBEE
Kenneth Childers – Chemistry & Biochemistry
Molly Van Appledorn – GES
Kayla Lemons – Biological Sciences
Arya Ashok – Biological Sciences

Oral Presentation Winners
Jonathan McHenry – Mathematics & Statistics
Evgenia Barannikova – Chemistry & Biochemistry
Daniel Schall – GES
Michele Williams – Information Systems
Kimberly Feldman – LLC
David Harris – CSEE

COEIT Uses Constellation Energy’s Education Award For Undergraduate Research

UMBC’s College of Engineering and Information Technology is using an Energy Education Award from Constellation Energy to provide energy research opportunities for a significant number of undergraduate students.

This semester, students in IS 420: Advanced Database Development received technology to collect the power consumption data of different appliances and devices. They are also working to build a web-portal (GUI), which will capture human actions, energy behavior and footprint over a specific period.

Project involvement encourages the students to think differently about energy systems and promotes advanced study and career preparation in the energy industry. The Constellation project helps students gain a greater sense of social awareness and deeper understanding of energy system technologies, as well as enhance their basic research and development skills through this hands-on experience. By combining their intrinsic research abilities and inspiration, the students will become conscious about the importance of being a responsible energy user in their daily lives and beyond.

Read more about the Energy Education Award here.

Anna Shields, MLLI, Awarded Henry Luce Foundation/American Council of Learned Societies Grant

Anna Shields, an associate professor of modern languages, linguistics and intercultural communication, is part of a three-person team that has been awarded a Henry Luce Foundation/American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) grant for a collaborative reading workshop in 2015.

Shields, along with two colleagues at Cornell University and the University at Albany, were co-organizers of the grant, which was submitted in November. They were awarded $10,000 for the reading workshop, at which they will be studying the historical development of what “literary competence” meant in the Tang dynasty, looking at historical and literary texts from the 7th-9th centuries. The goal will be to produce a set of articles that they can then publish in a single issue of a journal or perhaps as a stand-alone volume.

Three other colleagues from the University of Colorado, Indiana University and Beijing University will also participate, and the workshop will be held at Cornell University in June

Maurice Berger, CADVC, Latest Race Story in New York Times

In the latest essay for his Race Stories column for the New York Times, Maurice Berger, CADVC, discusses “the power behind a remarkable interactive website called ‘Mirror of Race,’ which uses 19th century photographs depicting people of various races in situations that are often ambiguous in their content and intent.” Mirror of Race displays these photographs typical to the way in which they may be shown in a gallery setting, but in the absence of explanation and description.

Read “Holding a Mirror to Race” at the New York Times Lens Blog.

Berger’s Race Stories column has featured several essays centered upon race and photography including, Malcolm X as image maker, Ken Gonzales-Day, images of emancipation, the photographs of Deborah Will, the civil rights work of James Karales, and the woman in a civil rights photo, fifty seven years later.

UMBC Students Win Prestigious Goldwater Scholarship

We are delighted to share that Michael Moubarek ’15, biochemistry and molecular biology, and Akua Nimarko ’15, biological sciences and psychology, have been named recipients of the prestigious Barry Goldwater Scholarship. Talmo Pereira ’15, bioinformatics and computational biology, has received an honorable mention.

The intensely competitive Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program offers scholarships for students to pursue research careers in math, science and engineering.

This year marks a record for the number of UMBC students recognized by the program. Special thanks go to the dedicated UMBC committee managing applicant recruitment and nominations, including Stephen Freeland, Jennie Leach, Marcin Ptaszek and David Eisenmann.

Pres. Hrabowski to Receive Honorary Degree from Arizona State University

hrabowskiPresident Hrabowski will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Arizona State University during their May 14th undergraduate commencement ceremony.

This honor recognizes President Hrabowski’s work promoting educational achievement for all students, regardless of background. An ASU press release announcing the honor specifically highlights his work promoting the success of students from underrepresented minorities in STEM fields, and his role as chair of the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans.

Kate Brown, History, Wins Environmental History Book Prize

plutopiaHistory Associate Professor Kate Brown has won the 2014 George Perkins Marsh Prize for her book, Plutopia: Nuclear Families, Atomic Cities, and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters (Oxford University Press, 2013).

The award is given by the American Society for Environmental History (ASEH) for the best book in environmental history. Brown received her prize March 15 in San Francisco at the annual ASEH conference.

Last fall, Brown presented a Social Sciences Forum on Plutopia which explored the work and research behind her book. More information can be found here.

Douglas Lamdin, Economics, Has Book Reprinted in Korean

Douglas Lamdin, Economics, has published a Korean language version of his book, “Consumer Knowledge and Financial Decisions” (Springer-Verlag). Professor Lamdin has also been added to the board of editors of two academic journals related to financial decision-making: Journal of Financial Counseling and Planning, and Journal of Personal Finance.