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Matt Koury

As we approach the One Day, One Mount campaign, it is important to highlight student’s research that is made possible by such an initiative. Students in the science majors have the opportunity to...

Dr. Bradley

Dr. Christopher Bradley, Associate Professor of Chemistry, is the recipient of a $70,000 grant award from the American Chemical Society’s Petroleum Research Fund that will allow him and several undergraduate students to continue a line of research that Dr. Bradley began three years ago with a similar award. Part of the funds will be used for stipends for chemistry students to stay on campus during the summer to participate in this research project. Dr. Bradley elaborated on the grant stating, “The grant will support up to nine different students pursuing summer research from 2017-2020. The students will be exposed to a range of equipment and techniques in our chemistry labs and facilities that will prepare them well for futures in graduate school or in industrial labs.” He added that, “Students will also have the chance to network at ACS national meetings and learn further about careers and graduate programs in chemistry.”

Dr. Bradley’s team is designing new catalyst molecules composed of a large carbon-based molecule and a heavy metal atom. Catalysts are compounds that speed up chemical reactions so they are essential in the chemical manufacturing and petroleum industries. The hope for Dr. Bradley and his team is, “to transition this chemistry to less expensive metals and reduce harsh temperatures and conditions needed for the reactions to proceed.”

UMBC Conference

For the better part of the last 20 years, UMBC has hosted an annual Undergraduate Research Conference. This event exclusively highlights the undergraduate research in the biology, chemistry, and biochemistry fields. This year...

EricEric Sakowski C'08 (on right) is now a doctoral student in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Delaware where his research along with his team is going to be published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS). Eric is a part of a team of researchers that have discovered that an ancient gene- ribonucleotide reductase (RNR), which occurs in all cellular life- provides important biological insights into the characteristics of unknown viruses in the sea. The results of this research could potentially lead to a new set of tools for understanding the inner workings of marine microbial communities.

Eric explains, “When we’re studying these viruses, they aren’t viruses we can observe. We can’t grow them in a lab we can’t physically look at most of them, so the only thing we have to go on is the genetic sequence. And, then, if you don’t have the sequence data that you’ve seen before, it’s really hard to make conclusions about the virus that it came from.”  

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This summer, Christopher Bradley, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemistry, presented undergraduate research conducted by John Andjaba, C’16, at the International Conference on Organometallic Chemistry in Sapporo, Japan. Dr. Bradley was the only presenter from an undergraduate university in the United States at the conference, which hosted world leaders in the field of inorganic chemistry.

Andjaba described this research experience as one of the most rewarding parts of his undergraduate career. “It is definitely challenging and a big time commitment, but the amount of knowledge and experience acquired is fantastic,” said Andjaba. “To know that our research is being shared with the global community is a mind-blowing idea, because other individuals can learn from and utilize the research that we conduct.”

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Senior Computer Science students presented their research projects to the Mount Community today in Laughlin Auditorium. Their research project consisted of creating a mobile app used for smartphones. They demonstrated how the app was made and how to use the app itself during their presentations. 

Psychology students presented their semester research projects this week in the COAD Science building. Their research topics ranged from Immigrant Label and Terror Management Theory Effects on Attitudes to A Content Analysis of Victoria's Secret Catalogs. These posters will be displayed in the COAD Science building.

Other topics include: Tattoo Placement as a Response to Emotional Events, Helping Behavior Towards Transgender People, and Therapists and Professionals: Who is More Stressed?

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