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Mon, Jan 19, 2009

Reid Compton Named Director of the Life Sciences College Park Scholars Program

Dr. Reid ComptonThe College of Chemical and Life Sciences is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Reid Compton as Director of the Life Sciences College Park Scholars Program, beginning January 19, 2009.

Thu, Dec 11, 2008

Exploring the Full Spectrum of Macrophage Activation

macrophagesIn a review article in the December 2008 issue of the journal Nature Reviews Immunology, Dr. David Mosser, Professor of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics and Director of the Maryland Pathogen Research Institute and Dr. Justin Edwards, a recent Ph.D. graduate from Dr. Mosser’s lab, describe three main types of macrophages: classically activated, regulatory, and wound-healing. Macrophages have remarkable plasticity and can change their physiology in response to environmental cues. These cells can be biomarkers of diseases and have the potential to be used as surrogate markers of protection following drug treatment or even vaccination.

Thu, Dec 11, 2008

Exploring the Full Spectrum of Macrophage Activation

macrophagesIn a review article in the December 2008 issue of the journal Nature Reviews Immunology, Dr. David Mosser, Professor of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics and Director of the Maryland Pathogen Research Institute and Dr. Justin Edwards, a recent Ph.D. graduate from Dr. Mosser’s lab, describe three main types of macrophages: classically activated, regulatory, and wound-healing. Macrophages have remarkable plasticity and can change their physiology in response to environmental cues. These cells can be biomarkers of diseases and have the potential to be used as surrogate markers of protection following drug treatment or even vaccination.

Thu, Dec 4, 2008

College of Chemical & Life Sciences Plays Key Role in NSF-Funded Partnership to Boost STEM-Career Pipeline for Minorities

Microbiology laboratoryThe National Science Foundation has awarded the University System of Maryland (USM) in partnership with Prince George's County Public Schools and Prince George's Community College a five-year, $12.4 million grant to enhance STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) teaching and learning experiences in Prince George's County schools. The College of Chemical and Life Sciences will receive $500,000 over five years for its role in this project, which includes training high school teachers in how to teach inquiry-based science in local classrooms, providing undergraduate community college students with hands-on research experiences at UM, and for giving minority undergraduate students an internship experience teaching at area high schools.
Tue, Dec 2, 2008

New Chapter of Association for Women in Science Bolsters Female Scientists, Engineers, and Mathematicians at UM

Debra Weinstein and Norma AllewellWith the launch of a new University of Maryland chapter of the Association for Women and Science in October, female scientists, engineers, and mathematicians now have a formal support network to bolster their educational and career success. Dr. Debra Weinstein, Associate Director of the Maryland Pathogen Research Institute, launched the chapter because she and female colleagues identified that many women scientists at the University of Maryland could benefit from the experiences of and advise from other women scientists. “We need a forum for women who have shared interests and goals to get together,” Weinstein says. “We are a minority still and effective mentoring and support can be a tremendously positive influence.”