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President Freeman A. Hrabowski, III

Faculty Research Recognized with Top Rankings

July 21, 2008 - UMBC faculty continue to be recognized for excellence in research. The University now ranks second among U.S. universities in NASA research funding, according to U.S. Census Bureau data. The university's NASA-funded centers are the Joint Centers for Earth Systems Technology (JCET), the Joint Center for Astrophysics (JCA), Goddard Earth Systems and Technology Center (GEST) and the Center for Research and Exploration in Space Science and Technology (CRESST).

"We are training a new generation of scientists that the nation needs to conduct research which literally may be critical to the health of the planet in the future," said Raymond Hoff, professor of physics and director of JCET and GEST. "The opportunity for a medium-sized state research university to become the number two partner with NASA on grant-based research could not have happened without the effort of strong supporters at NASA and the research performed by the young faculty that UMBC has been able to hire through these centers."

In addition, the University's geoscience research was ranked third nationally for citation impact (the number of times peer professors cite UMBC faculty work in their own research papers) by Thomson Scientific's Science Watch. Harvard and the Georgia Institute of Technology are the only other U.S. universities with more frequently cited research on the environment, water, soil, atmosphere, pollution and climate change, according to Science Watch.

The Departments of Information Systems and Public Policy were ranked eighth and tenth respectively in their fields by the 2007 Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index, which measures the number of books and journal articles written by faculty members, the number of times other scholars have cited these publications and the grant monies, honors and awards the faculty members received. The index is prepared by Academic Analytics, a for-profit company that ranks academic programs in a wide range of fields.


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