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In the Loop: Leading Orgs, Navy partnership, genetic modification

Leading Orgs, UMBC’s student organization officer retreat, was held this past Saturday in The Commons’ Skylight Lounge. The retreat was jointly hosted by Student Life and the SGA, and ran all day from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Over 50 student organizations were represented, with groups such as SWE, WMBC and Phi Mu Fraternity for Women all in attendance. Guest speakers included former SGA President Catie Collins and UMBC’s President, Freeman Hrabowski.


UMBC has announced a three year, $2 million research partnership with the United States Naval Academy. The research will be centered around five federally funded cyber-security initiatives that come amid rising numbers of data breaches, many of which endanger the personal information of federal employees. One of the projects will focus on how to more quickly and effectively recognize a data breach. A limited number of students and professors from both schools will work on the projects.


On September 24, members of UMBC’s International Genetically Modified Machine team traveled to Boston to present their research at MIT’s Giant Jamboree. The Jamboree is an annual event where iGEM teams from high schools and universities from all over the world come to present their synthetic biology projects. UMBC’s iGEM team presented a Copper Bioremediation project, a waste management technique that used copper cells to remove E. coli from natural environments.