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.

UMBC Students Earn Bronze Medal at 2015 iGEM Jamboree


A group of UMBC students from the Biological Sciences and Chemistry Department, along with Dr. Cynthia Wagner, Biological Sciences, earned a bronze medal for their work on remediating copper from the environment at the 2015 iGEM Jamboree, held in Boston, Mass.

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The iGEM (international genetically engineered machine) competition, based out of MIT, focuses on, and promotes, public awareness of synthetic biology.


Kristen Waters, Admissions and Orientation, receives CAPACRAO Emerging Leader Award

Kristen Waters, Associate Director of Operations, Admissions and Orientation, is the recipient of the Emerging Leader Award at the third annual Chesapeake and Potomac Association for Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (CAPACRAO) meeting, held on September 28-29 at Turf Valley in Ellicott City, Md.

The Award was created in 2015 to honor emerging leaders in their first eight years in admissions, records, or enrollment management who have made significant contributions to CAPACRAO. The nominee demonstrates commitment to the organization by regular conference attendance; program participation as presenter, recorder, or moderator; committee involvement; or other professional activities.

UMBC awarded NSF grant to automate energy assement for low-income Baltimore neighborhoods

UMBC Professors Nirmalya Roy (IS), Nilanjan Banerjee (CSEE), and Ryan Robucci (CSEE) have been awarded a $500K National Science Foundation Cyber-physical Systems Grant to develop sensing systems that can automate energy consumption and wastage estimation in low income homes in Baltimore.

Electricity usage of buildings, including offices, malls and residential apartments, represents a significant portion of a nation’s energy expenditure and carbon footprint. Buildings are estimated to consume 72% of the total electricity production in the US. Unfortunately, however, 30% of this energy consumption is wasted. Energy assessment is an approach that can optimize building energy efficiency and minimize waste at a low cost with minimal expert intervention. A virtual energy assessment includes a thorough and near real time analysis of different sources of building energy usage, individualized energy footprints of load appliances and devices, and proactive identification of energy holes.

The three-year project, Low-cost Continuous Virtual Energy Audits in Cyber-Physical Building Envelope, will build a low cost solution that combines the use of non-intrusive single point energy monitoring and low cost sensors to provide continuous energy assessment reports to residential users or landlords. The system will be deployed in low-income neighborhoods in Baltimore, Maryland, where poor insulation problems are assumed to be a problem and low cost solutions to determining these issues is important for the landlords.

Mansur Hasib, Cybersecurity Faculty Publishes Audio Book and Presents at Several Conferences

Dr. Mansur Hasib published the audio version of his widely acclaimed book on the leadership, culture and human aspects of cybersecurity titled Cybersecurity Leadership (2015).

He will keynote and sign books at the MISA 2015 conference on Sept 29 in Canada. His books will be featured at CyberMaryland 2015, October 28-29, 2015 and people will be able to buy signed copies (contact Dr. Hasib to obtain free student tickets for UMBC students to attend CyberMaryland 2015). He has been selected to Chair the SecureHealth Council Summit 2015, November 15-17. He will also be speaking and signing books at the Privacy and Security Forum 2015, Boston, Dec 1, 2015. April 11, 2016 Dr. Hasib will speak at the World Health Care Congress, Washington DC.

Jess Myers and Megan Tagle-Adams, UMBC Women’s Center, Win Prestigious Awards from National Women’s Studies Association

UMBC’s Women’s Center Jess Myers and Megan Tagle-Adams were acknowledged by the NWSA Women’s Center Pre-Conference Award Committee with the prestigious Outstanding Achievement Award and Emerging Leader Award for their efforts and contributions toward advancing gender equity. They will be honored at the upcoming Pre-Conference reception and listed in the NWSA Conference book in November 2015.

Jess MyersOutstanding Achievement Award – Jess Myers, Director of the Women’s Center

The annual NWSA Women’s Centers Outstanding Achievement award is given to remarkable women working in Women’s Centers/Gender Equity Centers who have accomplished a significant endeavor to improve the lives of women, and have addressed gender equity, sexism and other forms of oppression.

Emerging Leader Award – Megan Tagle-Adams, Coordinator of the Women’s Center

An Emerging Leader is an individual new to the field of Women’s Center/Gender Equity Centers who has demonstrated extraordinary dedication to the issues that affect women on campus, in their community or globally.

Linda Hodges publishes book on effective, efficient STEM teaching

Linda Hodges, Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and Director of the Faculty Development Center, has recently published a book called, Teaching Undergraduate Science: A Guide to Overcoming Obstacles to Student Learning (Stylus, 2015).

This book is written for all science or engineering faculty who have ever found themselves baffled and frustrated by their undergraduate students’ lack of engagement and learning. Hodges reviews the various learning problems endemic to teaching science, explains why they are so common and persistent, and presents a digest of key ideas and strategies to address them, based on research. The goal is to provide effective teaching options that can make the time faculty spend teaching more productive and satisfying.