UMBC Magazine – Winter 2016

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Firm Foundations
Dedicated staff members are a key element in UMBC’s rise to prominence. Every December, the UMBC community gathers together for the university’s annual Service Awards. It’s an event so large and vibrant that the crowd spills out of the University Ballroom. Part of why the Service Awards are a “save the date” event at UMBC is the way that the university’s staff members across departments and offices are inextricably woven into the fabric of the institution. Staff members marking anniversaries of five years, ten years, and upwards, in increments of five years, are called to stage to receive recognition. At the December 2015 awards, 58 UMBC staffers celebrated service milestones totaling 20 years or more. Read more…

Making Medicine Mobile
– By Joab Jackson ’90
UMBC researcher Govind Rao wants to bring the bounty of the information age to a drugstore near you.

“You’re watching history being made.”

I am in the basement of UMBC’s Center for Advanced Sensor Technology (CAST), speaking with its director, Govind Rao. The “history” that Rao speaks of is a large metallic suitcase, filled with snaking tubes and strange components, being attended to by a swarm of graduate students. Read More…

ALSO IN THIS ISSUE

– TO YOU

– UP ON THE ROOF

– THE NEWS

– AT PLAY

– DISCOVERY

– ALUMNI PROFILES

– HOW TO Create Your Own Theatre Festival: With Zach Michel ’09, geography and environmental systems

– BACK STORY:  A university is only as good as its library, and the Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery is at the heart of UMBC’s intellectual enterprise. The library has been built by a dedicated staff over 50 years, so UMBC Magazine asked two of its longest-serving employees – acting director Joyce Tenney ’79, ancient studies, and chief curator Thomas Beck – for their perspectives on this essential campus institution.