Professor of Education. Research focus is on the processes and outcomes of school, family, and community collaboration, including how schools and districts develop and scale up their partnership programs, the effects of home, school, and community collaboration on African-American adolescents’ school success, and how community engagement can improve educational experiences and outcomes for low-income and culturally diverse students in US public schools. Teaches courses on cultural diversity and research methodologies in education in the Elementary Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program and the Master of Arts in Education (MAE) program. Recently published Principals Matter: A Guide to School, Family, and Community Partnerships (2009). Currently conducting research on leadership for community schools funded by the Spencer Foundation.
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Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Mechanical Engineering S-STEM Program. Research focus is on thermal science with clinical applications including, imaging processing, hyperthermia treatments using microwave radio frequency, laser, magnetic nanoparticles and gold nanorods and develop cooling devices and protocols for head injury patients. Co-authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications, including 47 journal papers and book chapters. Served as Chair (2005-2010) and co-Chair (2005-2007) of the Biotransport Committee of ASME Bioengineering Division and ASME Heat Transfer Division. Member of the ADVANCE Executive Committee.
Learn More: http://www.me.umbc.edu/content/profile-page-dr-liang-zhu
Associate Professor of Spanish and Second Language Education and Affiliate Faculty in the Language, Literacy and Culture Program. Chair of the Department of Modern Languages, Linguistics and Intercultural Communication (2006-2012). Research focus is on heritage Spanish speakers: language teaching and learning strategies and curriculum development. President of the Latino/Hispanic Faculty Association and Faculty Advisor for the Hispanic/Latino Student Union. Member of the Executive Committee on the Recruitment, Retention and Advancement of Underrepresented Minority Faculty and the UMBC Hispanic and Latino Student Admissions Advisory Group. Commissioner for the Baltimore City Mayor’s Hispanic Commission and member of the Legislative Task Force on the Preservation of Heritage Language Skills in Maryland (2008). Founding member and steering committee member of the Alliance for the Advancement of Heritage Languages. Recipient of the 2007 “Legends of Excellence Award: 40 Years of Inspiring African American and Latino Students from the UMBC African American and Latino Alumni Association.
Learn More: http://www.cal.org/heritage/
Associate Professor and Chair of Modern Languages, Linguistics and Intercultural Communication. Affiliate Faculty member of Language, Literacy and Culture. Research focus is on Language Planning and Education in Senegal; Wolof Prosodic Structure, developing a Wolof Reader for advanced learners, and language planning and policy issues that African countries are facing in their attempt to develop literacy. Author of Nanu Degg Wolof: A Multidimensional Approach to the Teaching and Learning of Wolof as a Foreign Language. Served as a Senior Fulbright Lecturer at Cheikh Anta Diop University and Gaston Berger University in Senegal (2005-2006). Currently Associate Editor and Manuscript Reviewer for the journal, Studies in African Linguistics. Faculty Advisor for UMBC student organization, Muslims without Borders and past Faculty Advisor for the African Students Association and the Muslim Students Association.
Learn More: http://www.umbc.edu/mll/fac/omarka/
Associate Professor of Modern Languages, Linguistics and Intercultural Communication. Research focus is on the integration of technology for second language learning, including the use of blogs and digital stories for intercultural competence and wikis for the development of second language writing. Co-editor of Technology across writing contexts and tasks (2012). Recipient of aPRADGA grant to show new cinema from Spain and Latino America to promote the Spanish speaking culture at UMBC. Member of the Latino/Hispanic Faculty Association.
Learn More: http://userpages.umbc.edu/~oscoz/
Associate Professor of French Studies and Program Director of Intercultural Communication. Affiliate Associate Professor of the Gender and Women’s Studies and Language, Literacy and Culture programs. Research focus is on contemporary French civilization and cultural studies, discourse and conversation analysis, language and homophobia, gender and sexuality studies and Islam and Maghrebi cultures in France. Marie Curie International Fellow to the European Union (Cordis). Author of “Queer French: Globalization, Language, and Sexual Citizenship in France” (2007) and “Queer-Arab-France: Sexuality, Islam and Citizenship in France (forthcoming). Editor-in-Chief of Contemporary French Civilization and co-editor of a new special issue on “Maghrebi Sexualities” for the journal Modern and Contemporary France. Works with Office of Student Life on intercultural and cross-cultural communication initiatives and led a 2011 Alternative Spring Break to NYC with QUMBC student organization.
Learn More: http://www.umbc.edu/mll/incc/faculty/ or http://CFC.liverpooluniversitypress.co.uk
A Assistant Professor of Psychology. Research focus is on investigating the psychological and social correlates of racial/ethnic disparities in cardiovascular disease risk using traditional self-report and ecological momentary methodologies. Recently submitted first NIA Grant application with Primary Investigator status. Invited Speaker for the 2012 American Psychosomatic Society Meeting, Health Disparities Symposium topic “Unfairness, Socioeconomic Status and Health. Invited discussant for the panel, “How to Get the Most Out of a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Behavioral Medicine: Choosing, Using, and Moving On” at the Society of Behavioral medicine 2012 annual meeting. Mentors a Meyerhoff graduate scholar and a MARC undergraduate scholar.
Learn More: http://www.umbc.edu/psyc/faculty/beatty.html
Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences and Affiliate Assistant Professor of Computer Science. Uses the new computational methodologies of bioinformatics to align, classify and predict interactions of proteins as well as to identify the role of certain mutations in the disease mechanisms. Chaired international conference sessions at the Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing, Intelligent Systems and Molecular Biology and the American Medical Informatics Association Summit in Bioinformatics. Member of AMIA, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the International Society of Computational Biology. On the editorial board of the Journal of Biomedical Informatics and the International Journal of Computations Models and Algorithms in Medince. Advisory board member of the PubMedCentral National Committee. Member of the UMBC Diversity Council and co-founder of the Latino/Hispanic Faculty Association.
Learn More: http://www.umbc.edu/biosci/general/user/mkann
Associate Professor of Psychology. Research focus is on how different aspects of culture (e.g., social-cultural context, beliefs and values majority versus minority status, immigration) impact socialization processes and child and adolescent development. Recipient of a Young Scholar award from the Foundation for Child Development: Changing Faces of America’s Children and a Visiting Scientists Fellowship from the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey. Co-Chair of the Department of Psychology’s Ethnicity and Culture Diversity Committee. Mentor to underrepresented minority doctoral students.
Learn More: http://www.umbc.edu/psyc/faculty/cheah.html or http://www.umbc.edu/psyc/ccadlab/
Assistant Professor of Sociology, Faculty Affiliate in the Gender and Women’s Studies Program and Doctoral Program in Gerontology; and, Research Associate with UMBC’s Center for Aging Studies. Research focus is on the areas of aging/long term care, gender, health care workers and paraprofessional workers. Recipient of the NIA Diversity Supplement award, and a UMBC Summer Faculty Fellowship (2011). Member of the President’s Commission for Women, CAHSS Black Faculty Committee, Gender and Women Studies Coordinating Committee and the Women’s Center Advisory Board.
Learn More: https://sites.google.com/a/umbc.edu/bhwallace/
Asian Studies Program Director and Professor History. Research focus is on the social and cultural history of Tokugawa Japan, 1600-1868 and the history of the samurai. Recently published Voices of the Shogun’s Age. Contemporary Accounts of Daily Life in Tokugawa Japan, 1603-1868, (2012). Served as a consultant-writer for the National Geographic Museum’s “Samurai: The Warrior Transformed” exhibit. Works to increase the diversity of course offerings, education and cultural programs on campus and the number of UMBC students who study abroad.
Learn More: http://userpages.umbc.edu/~vaporis/Site/Welcome.html
Professor of Education and Co-Director of the M.A. TESOL Program. Specializes in bilingualism, heritage language education, language policy, and English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) teacher preparation. Author of Bilingualism in Schools and Society: Language, Identity, and Policy (2012) and Developing in Two Languages: Korean Children in America (2005). Member of the Executive Committee on Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement of Underrepresented Minority Faculty and serves on the Editorial Boards of the International Multilingual Research Journal and the Journal of Language, Identity, and Education.
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Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Research focus is chemical biology and cellular biochemistry that contributes to our understanding of how sequential metabolic enzymes are organized in living cells and how such metabolic organizations are spatially and/or temporarily regulated in response to cellular signals relevant to human diseases; including but not limited to cancer, diabetes and obesity. Co-corresponding author of “Reversible compartmentalization of de novo purine biosynthetic complexes in living cells” Science (2008) 320, 103-106. Serves as mentor to underrepresented minority undergraduate and graduate students.
Learn More: https://sites.google.com/a/umbc.edu/songonan/
Professor of mathematics and Affiliate Professor of the Asian Studies Program. Research focus is finite element analysis. Received funding from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the National Science Foundation. Served as an associate editor of the SIAM Journal on Numerical Analysis. Participated in various mathematics outreach efforts, from popular YouTube videos on such topics as infinity, to collaborations with high school teachers for STEM curriculum enhancement, to a “Mathematics in the Humanities” seminar co-taught at UMBC. Author of three prize winning novels: The Death of Vishnu (2001), The Age of Shiva (2008) and The City of Devi (2013) that have been translated into 27 languages. Named by Time Magazine as a “Person to Watch” in 2000 and received a Guggenheim Fellowship for fiction in 2004. Actively involved as a mentor to the LGBTQ student community on campus
Learn More: www.umbc.edu/suri and www.manilsuri.com
Associate Professor of Political Science and Affiliate Faculty in the departments of Public Policy and Africana Studies, the Honors College and the Maryland Institute for Policy Analysis and Research. Research focus is on Congress, African American Politics, Electoral Behavior, Public Opinion, Representation, Identity Politics and Political Parties. Named to the 2012-2013 class of the American Political Science Association’s (APSA) Congressional Fellows. Published When the Letter Betrays the Spirit: Voting Rights Enforcement and African American Participation from Lyndon Johnson to Barack Obama (2011). Was a Spring 2012 Visiting Scholar at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Africana Studies. Elected President of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists (2011-2013). Co-Chair of the CAHSS Black Faculty Committee and member of the Executive Committee on the Recruitment, retention and Advancement of Underrepresented Minority Faculty.
Learn More: http://userpages.umbc.edu/~tkingmea/
Associate Professor of Biological Sciences. Research focus is on the development of the central nervous system and brain energy metabolism. Recipient of the 2006 Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering (PECASE). Member of the NCF Study section at NIH. Served as a panelist at a workshop on mentoring minority postdocs at the Institute on Teaching and Mentoring and as a panelist for UMBC Faculty Horizons and Graduate Horizons. Plenary speaker for the Women’s History Month Mini-Conference at the University of Pittsburg and invited speaker at a Symposium Honoring the late Ernest Everett Just at Howard University. Member of the ADVANCE Executive Committee.
Learn More: http://umbc.edu/biosci/general/user/brewster
Professor and Chair of Mechanical Engineering. Research focus on is on how cell mechanics can play a role in determining whether cells adhere or not in physiological functions such as inflammation. Optical forces generated by lasers can be used to deform cells and measure their mechanical properties. Applies computer simulation based on physical laws to investigate how applied forms of adhesive molecules and optics (lasers) cause cells to deform. Lab and collaborators have developed software to calculate for the first time how the optical forces on a cell from a laser diode bar evolve with time. Member of the Diversity Council and the Latino/Hispanic Faculty Association.
Learn More: http://www.me.umbc.edu/content/profile-page-dr-charles-d-eggleton
Associate Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Policy. Research focus is on public administration, social welfare policy and policy implementation. Recently published “The Politics-Administration Continuum in American State Governments: Administrative Accountability as a Positive-Sum Pattern,” with Deil S. Wright, in Current Topics in Management 15, 2011. Member of the Executive Committee on the Recruitment, Retention and Advancement of Underrepresented Minority Faculty, the CAHSS Black Faculty Committee and the recipient of the 2009-2010 President’s Commission for Women Achievement Award.
Learn More: http://www.umbc.edu/posi/faculty.php
Professor of Visual Arts. Research focus is 19th-Century art, race, gender and queer sexuality in visual arts and the arts of the black diaspora. Named contributing editor to the Grove Encyclopedia of American Art. Recently published “In Bed With Marat: (Un)Doing Masculinity,” in Temma Balducci, Heather Belnap Jensen, Pamela Warner, eds., Interior Portraiture and Masculine Identity in France, 1780-1914 (2011).
Learn more: http://art.umbc.edu/varts/faculty/smalls.php
Professor of History. Research focus is the history of medicine, public health and diseases in China and East Asia. Co-editor of Science, Public Health and the State in Modern Asia (2011). Co-PI of a Hong Kong Research Council research grant to study the history of diseases and epidemics in Hong Kong, 1842-2003. UMBC Presidential Research Professor 2010-2013. Member of the UMBC Diversity Council.
Learn More: www.umbc.edu/newsevents/awards2010/yip.html
Associate Professor of Biological Sciences. Uses the model plant Arabidopsis thialiana to understand the basic mechanisms of plant disease resistance with an ultimate goal to cure and/or prevent devastating crop diseases that lead to agricultural losses. Mentored women and underrepresented minority undergraduate and graduate students in STEM. Provided laboratory training to K-12 science teachers from low performing schools in Baltimore County. Worked with high school students on NASA and HHMI sponsored projects. Served as Secretary-Treasurer of the Mid-Atlantic section of the American Society of Plant Biologists.
Learn More: http://umbc.edu/biosci/general/user/hualu
Associate Professor of Art History and Museum Studies in the Department of Visual Arts. Research focus is public visual culture in South Asia. Teaches courses on modern and contemporary art, history of the art museum and public art and urbanism. Recently published, “Celluloid Deities: The Visual Culture of Cinema and Politics in South India” (2011). Recipient of a 2011 Dresher Center for the Humanities Summer Research Fellowship to research street murals in in the city of Chennai in South India.
Learn More: http://www.celluloiddeities.com
Associate Professor of History and Affiliate faculty member in African Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies and the Language, Literacy and Culture program. Research and teaching focus is U.S. history, black musical culture, women’s studies, and civil rights and social justice. Presented in national and international forums on blues music, black women’s history and American popular culture. Recipient of an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation Career Enhancement Fellowship, a Mellon Mays Research Grant, a Ford Foundation Fellowship, and a Smithsonian Institution Research Grant. Author of Blues Culture and Bessie Smith in Black Chattanooga, Tennessee, 1880-1923 (2008). Currently working on a study detailing the origins and economic ramifications of the “chitlin” black vaudeville theater circuit of the early 20th century.
Learn More: http://www.umbc.edu/history/Profiles/Scott.html
Professor and Director of the Gender and Women’s Studies Program. Research focus is on feminist theory, science studies and the cultural politics of gender, sexuality, race and science. Editor with Seung-kyung Kim of Feminist Theory Reader: Local and Global Perspectives, (New York: Routledge Press, 2003, 2009, and forthcoming) and author of Birth Control Politics in the United States, 1916-1945 (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1994; 1999) and “Women as Leaders in the Contraceptive Movement,” in Gender and Women’s Leadership: A Reference Handbook (2010). Co-editor of Feminist Theory Reader: Local and Global Perspectives (2009). Recently presented “Remaking the Malthusian Couple for the Contraceptive Age” at the Fourth Biennial meeting of the Association for Feminist Epistemologies, Methodologies, Metaphysics and Science Studies (2012). Convener of the CAHSS Interdisciplinary Academic Program Council and member of the Global Studies Program development committee. Mentor and department host for a UMBC Postdoctoral Fellow for Faculty Diversity.
Assistant Professor of Language, Literacy and Culture. Research focus integrates the fields of sociology of education, educational policy, developmental psychology and immigration to study educational inequality, the social context of education, and minority students’ educational experiences. Invited member of the Editorial Board for the Encyclopedia of Diversity in Education (2012), a reference source on diversity and education issues for scholars and policy makers.
Professor and Chair of Information Systems. Research focus is on databases and data mining. Served as PI, Co-Pi or collaborator on 10 grants from NSF, NISF and DoEd, as well as industry and state agencies. Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Computational Models and Algorithms in Medicine. Member of the Dean of the College of Engineering and Information Technology Leadership Team.
Learn More: https://sites.google.com/site/homearyya/
Professor of Biological Sciences and the Robert & Jane Meyerhoff Endowed Chair for Biochemistry. Participates in the Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Biology Interface and Biochemistry Graduate programs. Member of the UMBC Greenebaum Cancer Center. More than 30 years of experience as the PI of a laboratory studying the immune system’s response to malignancies with a long-term goal of manipulating an individual’s immune response to reject cancer cells. Serves as a research mentor for Meyerhoff and MARC undergraduate students and underrepresented minority Ph.D. students. On the steering committee for the UMBC MARC-U-Star program. Informal mentor to junior women faculty in STEM.
Learn More: http://mhc.umbc.edu/ and http://www.umbc.edu/biosci/general/user/srosenbe
Assistant Professor of Biological Science, Director of the Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Bachelor of Science Program and undergraduate Biology-Math program faculty member. Research foucs is theoretical, computational and evolutionary biology and informatics. Recipient of an NSF grant to research the evolution of transcription regulation. Published “Identification of new mechanism of antibiotic resistance in bacteria in Science ( 324, 1034). Founder and Executive Board member of the Latino/Hispanic Faculty Association and faculty advisor for SPLASH@UMBC and iGEM.
Learn More: http://compbio.umbc.edu/
Associate Professor in the Language, Literacy and Culture Program and Affiliate Associate Professor in the Gender and Women’s Studies Program. Research focus is on the contexts of variation in the English language. Co-authored Understanding English Language Variation in U.S. Schools (2011) and We Do Language: English Language Variation in the Secondary English Classroom (forthcoming) and co-edited Data Collection in Sociolinguistics: Methods and Applications (forthcoming). Co-Principal Investigator of an NSF grant to study the role of language in the educational challenges that often affect culturally and linguistically diverse students in K-12 STEM classrooms. Associate Editor of “Teaching American Speech” section of the journal American Speech. Member of the Faculty Senate and Advisory Board for the Dresher Center for the Humanities. Research mentor of one of UMBC’s 2011-2013 Postdoctoral Fellows for Faculty Diversity.
Learn More: http://christinemallinson.com
Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of the Community & Applied Social Psychology track within the Human Services Psychology program. Research focus is on the psychological, social,
and policy aspects of genetic blood disorders, including the clinical implications of sickle cell disease stigma and its physiological and epigenomic impact. Received the Innovators in Academic Hemoglobinopathies Career Development Award from the National Heart, Lung, & Blood
Institute of NIH. Research team developed the Measure of Sickle Cell Stigma, an instrument used in large epidemiologic studies of sickle cell disease in the US and in the UK, Jamaica, and Brazil. Member of the Executive Committee on the Recruitment, Retention and Advancement of Underrepresented Minority Faculty and faculty advisor to the Ethiopian-Eritrean Student Association.
Learn More: http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=wtBWbv4AAAAJ&hl=en
Assistant Professor of Modern Languages, Linguistics and Intercultural Communication. Research focus is on Intercultural Competence Development, Self-Awareness, Emotional Intelligence and International Education. Recently co-authored “Interdisciplinarity, Interculturality and Foreign Language Education in the ADFL Bulletin (2012) and “Developing a global learning and living community: A case study of intercultural experiences on The Scholar Ship in Education Aboard for the Learner: Theory, Research, Design and Training (2012). Coordinator of the undergraduate Intercultural Communication certificate program. Leads a three-year Culture Competence Initiative for the Division of Student Affairs. Member of the Student Life Campus Climate Committee.
Professor of Chemical, Biochemical and Environmental Engineering and Director of the Environmental Engineering Graduate program. Internationally recognized leader in Environmental Engineering with a research focus on understanding how toxic chemicals such as pesticides, flame retardants and mercury enter the food chain and impact humans and ecosystems. Participated in numerous invited talks and has authored numerous publications. Work has been cited in the new USEPA guidance documents. Developed a new remediation technology that is patented by UMBC and licensed by a co-founded startup company.
Learn More: www.umbc.edu/~ughosh
Assistant Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and Affiliate Assistant Professor in the Language, Literacy and Culture Program. Member of the Gender and Women’s Studies and Asian Studies Program advisory boards. Research focus is on social reproduction, transnationalism, the gendered effects of migration, and South Asian diasporas. Teaches courses on gender and globalization, feminism, and South Asia. Oral historian for the South Asian Oral History Project and co-author of Roots and Reflections: South Asians in the Pacific Northwest (2013).
Learn More: http://amybhatt.com/
Chair and Associate Professor of History and Affiliate Faculty of Gender and Women’s Studies program. Research focus is on the Early Modern Atlantic World, which links the histories of West Africa, Europe, and the Americas; Early America; slavery; gender and women’s history. Published “’Cleansing the Land’: Dutch-Amerindian Cooperation in the Suppression of the 1763 Slave Rebellion in Berbice,” in Empires and Indigenes: Intercultural Alliance, Imperial Expansion, and Warfare in the Early Modern World (2011). Currently working on the book Blood on the River: The 1763 Slave Rebellion in Dutch Guyana. Chair of the James A. Rawley Prize in Atlantic History committee for the American Historical Association (2010-2013). Member of the instructional team for NEH Summer Institute for College and University Teachers 2009, "Slaves, Soldiers, Rebels: Currents of Black Resistance in the Tropical Atlantic, 1760-1888," at the Johns Hopkins University.
Learn More: www.userpages.umbc.edu/~kars
Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry. NIH-funded research employs a chemical biology approach to nucleoside and heterocyclic drug discovery and development with therapeutic emphasis on antiviral, anticancer and antiparasitic targets and overcoming resistance to currently used drugs. Serves as the Secretary for the International Society of Nucleosides, Nucleotides and Nucleic Acids. Standing member of the NIH AIDS Drug Discovery and Development Study section. Member of the American Chemical Society's Medicinal Chemistry Division Long Range Planning Committee. Associate Editor for Current Protocols in Chemical Biology. Jefferson Science Fellow for the National Academies of Sciences and the U.S. Department of State. Works with the U.S. Government and the U.S. Embassy in Moscow on a number of scientific issues including the changing landscape of Russian science, emerging and reemerging infectious diseases, and the nonproliferation of biological and chemical weapons.
Learn More: http://www.umbc.edu/chem/general/user/kseley
Associate Professor of Elementary Education. Interdisciplinary research focus on the Culture Based Model, a framework that supports the development of culture-neutral or culture specific information and communication technologies (i.e. human-centered computing, distance education, game design). Additional research examines the history of Instructional Design and Technologies made by and for African Americans and Race and Ethnicity in Urban Teach Education. Appointed as Visiting Scholar at the University of Pittsburg’s Learning Research and Development Center in Fall 2011.
Learn More: http://www.umbc.edu/education/faculty/bio/young.php
Professor of Sociology & Anthropology and Affiliate Professor of Public Policy UMBC’s Co-director for the UMBC/UMB the Gerontology Doctoral Program. Research focus is aging and the older population with a current focus on studying the social dynamics and well-being of older persons living in senior housing sites, from small to large Assisted Living, and Active Adult settings. Served as a McNair Program Faculty Mentor and recipient of the 2012 Lipitz Professor for the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and the Distinguished Teacher Award from the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education.
Assistant Professor of Visual Arts and Graphic Design. Research focus is on typography, technology for typography and design behind cultures. Author of Web Typography: A Handbook for Graphic Designers (2012) and co-author of Type and Code: Processing for Designers (2009) published by MICA, Maryland Institute College of Art. Member of the Linehan Scholars Committee, the Executive Committee in the Visual Arts Department and the Latino/Hispanic Faculty Association.
Learn More: http://www.vcordova.com
Professor and Chair of Chemical, Biochemical and Environmental Engineering. Constellation Professor of Information Technology and Engineering. Research focus is on microbial adhesion, biofilm formation and engineering education. Led the merger of the Civil and Environmental Engineering and Chemical and Biochemical Engineering departments. Helped to form the new undergraduate track in Environmental Engineering and Sustainability. Member of the ADVANCE Executive Committee.
Learn More: http://www.umbc.edu/cbe/ross/
Assistant Professor of History and Asian Studies. Research focus is on the history of U.S. foreign relations, particularly Sino-American relations and U.S.-East Asian relations, with a subfield in transnational migration, especially Chinese and Asian immigration. Recently published an article on Hong Kong refugees in the Journal of Cold War Studies. Currently working on a manuscript about the role of transnational migration in Sino-American relations from the 1940s to 1972. Member of the Asian Studies Program advisory board and the SHAFR grants and fellowship committee.
Learn More: http://www.umbc.edu/history/Profiles/Oyen.html
Professor of Psychology, Director of the Community and Applied Social Psychology Ph.d. Program in Human Services Psychology and Affiliate Professor of Public Policy. Research focus is minority student achievement, strengths-based social policy, and empowering community settings. Recently co-edited Empowering settings and voices for social change (2010). Recipient of the American Psychological Association Presidential Citation for career-long devotion to empowering citizens in communities and promoting minority achievement. Received the Distinguished Contribution to Theory and Research Award, Society for Community Research and Action from the American Psychological Association, Division 27. Senior program evaluator for the Meyerhoff Scholars Program; MARC U Star Program; LSAMP Program and Graduate Meyerhoff Program. Co-founder of the Ethnic and Cultural Diversity Committee, Department of Psychology.
Learn More: http://www.umbc.edu/psyc/faculty/maton.html
Associate Professor of Information Systems and Graduate Program Director for Human-Centered Computing. Research focus is on Human-Centered Computing, User Diversity (culture, age, gender) in technology interactions and Human Information Interaction. Marie Curie International Incoming Fellow at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. Served as PI on an NSF-funded grant to develop a global portal for gender diversity and technology.
Learn More: hcc.umbc.edu/komlodi
Professor of Chemistry and Investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Uses NMR to study proteins and macromolecular interactions, with a major emphasis on the structural proteins that comprise HIV-1. Serves as a mentor to high school, undergraduate and graduate students of which the majority are from underrepresented minority groups. Led efforts to develop programs for retaining minority students in the science. Recipient of the Carl Branden award of the Protein Society, the Emily M. Gray Mentoring Award of the Biophysical Society, the ASBMB Award for Exemplary Contributions to Education, the Mentor Award of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Society for Microbiology Hinton Award for Mentoring, and the White House Presidential Award for Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring.
Learn More: www.hhmi.umbc.edu
Professor of Computer Science and Director for the Center for Women in Technology. Research focus is on data visualization, specifically the development of methods for representing large amounts of data visually in order to help people better understand outliers, relationships, and mechanisms. Member of a multi-disciplinary team (GLOBE) working to develop an online system to transform how land change science is conducted to help scientists understand the representativeness and similarities of their work to the work of others in the global context. Collaborator in NSF-funded projects to develop a novel model for a common introduction to IT majors to support a series of cohorts of transfer students in technology disciplines, and to strengthen the state of secondary education in computing. Recipient of the 2012 University System of Maryland Regent’s Award for mentoring. Member of the ADVANCE Executive Committee.
Learn more: www.csee.umbc.edu/~rheingan
Associate Professor and Chair of American Studies. Affiliate faculty member of the Asian Studies and Language, Literacy and Culture Program. Research focus is on social movements, Asian American studies, cultural theory and performance studies. Recently published Filipinos in Hawaii (co-authored with Roderick N. Labrador), a collaboration with a Honolulu-based historical society; and a critical biography of a critically-acclaimed Asian American visual artist and educator, Carlos Villa and the Integrity of Spaces.
Learn More: http://www.TheoGonzalves.com
Assistant Professor of History, and Affiliate Assistant Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies. Research focus is on medieval gender and cultural history. Teaching focuses on gender and inter-religious interaction in the late middle ages. Author of the forthcoming book Witnesses, Neighbors and Community in Late Medieval Marseille that asks how, in a time of crisis, medieval citizens developed an independent sense of ethics and considers the relative role of women and men in that process. Member of the Gender and Women’s Studies Coordinating Committee.
Learn More: http://www.umbc.edu/history/Profiles/McDonough.html
Associate Professor of Physics. Research focus is astrophysics: X-ray observations of active galactic nuclei to help to define the direction of AGN research for the next generation of X-ray satellites. Received grants from NASA ADP to study X-ray reverberation and X-ray constraints of winds in AGN and a grant from NASA via the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory to study the X-ray spectra of winds from AGN accretion disks. Recently co-authored “X-Ray Characteristics of NGC 3516: A View through the Complex Absorber in The Astrophyical Journal, Vol. 733 (2011). Member of the ADVANCE Executive Committee.
Learn More: http://physics.umbc.edu/bios/turner/index.php
Professor of Electrical Engineering. Research focus is on statistical signal processing with a current focus on: Mid-IR gas detection system modeling and analysis, MIMO communications and physical-layer security, Bit-error-rate performance evaluation of FEC codes via speed-enhanced importance-sampling MC methods, and RFI mitigation in spaceborne microwave radiometers. Co-authored with Y. Xin “Results on Gas Detection and Concentration Estimation via Mid-IR-based Gas Detection System Analysis Model” in IEEE Sensors Journal (July 2012). Recently awarded patents #7,899,650 and #8,144,757 B2. Student mentor and advisor to Meyerhoff and McNair scholars. Faculty participant in the UMBC chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers, the PROMISE and Graduate Horizons programs, and Talented Afro-American and Hispanic Students recruitment.
Learn More: www.gl.umbc.edu/~morris/
Professor of Psychology. Research focus is on resilience, psychological sense of community, and the role of communities in creating and resisting societal risk and oppression, including violence, poverty, racism and sexism. Co-author of “The hope in her eyes: The role of children in Afghan women’s resilience,” American Journal of Orthopsychiarty, “Afghan women coping with violence through humanitarian and political activity,” International Community Psychology: Community Approaches to Contemporary Social Problems Vol. II and “The Role of Majority Groups in Diversity Programs,” ACM Transactions on Computer Education (TOCE). Member of the CWIT Ad Hoc Advisory Committee and Department of Psychology Ethnic and Cultural Diversity Committee. Mentors graduate students exploring various diversity topics ranging from the acculturation gaps and resilience of Latino immigrant families, gender acculturation among Afghan immigrants and the role of Gay Straight Alliances in high school. Learn More: http://userpages.umbc.edu/~brodsky/
Professor of Computer Science. Research focus is artificial intelligence: machine learning, multi-agent systems, interactive AI, and reasoning under uncertainty. Named Distinguished Member of the Assocation for Computing Machinery and a Senior Member of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, and a Professor Not to Miss at UMBC (2011). Chair of the Faculty Affairs committee, member of the CWIT Advisory Board, Chair of the WISE Faculty Sponsorship Committee and Acting Chair of the Honors College Advisory Board. Received an NSF grant to build a community of CS educators and improve CS education at the high school level in Maryland and a Google CS4HS grant for a summer workshop for high school CS teachers. Participated in an NSF grant to develop a new introductory design experience for UMBC computing majors. Mentors a diverse group of undergraduate and graduate students.
Learn More: http://www.csee.umbc.edu/~mariedj/