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  • Turning the pandemic into purpose

    By Dr. Richard H. Warren, Jr.As we embark on the beginning of the 2020-21 school year, I've been thinking about how educators can turn this pandemic into purpose.  Historian Henry Adams once said that “A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell wh...

    Thursday, September 17, 2020
    UMES ranked the nation’s 18th best HBCU

    The University of Maryland Eastern Shore heads into the 2020-21 academic year rated the nation's 18th best historically Black institution by U.S. News & World Report.The publication's annual rankings released today show UMES moved up one spot fro...

    Monday, September 14, 2020
    UMES expands health professions training

    With a nation transfixed by a pandemic that's disrupted every aspect of life, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore welcomed a charter class this fall to its new graduate-level physician assistant program. Seventeen students - including four from ...

    Thursday, August 27, 2020
    ‘The sciences are where I need to be’

    UMES junior Teemer Barry remembers exactly when he realized science might be a good career fit. Being fitted in elementary school with glasses instantly gave him a clearer view of nature. “I could see the detail in leaves,” Barry said. He quickly con...

    Thursday, August 20, 2020
    Bugs like sweet corn as much as consumers

    It's that time of year when summer fields are filled with mouth-watering local sweet corn.A "Capacity Building Grant" from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture worth nearly $600,000 was awarded to Dr. Simon ...

    Thursday, August 6, 2020
    Escobar elected to agriculture research panel

    Dr. E. Nelson Escobar can add two more accolades to his resume after 11 years as an administrator, professor and small ruminant specialist with University of Maryland Eastern Shore Extension. Escobar, interim 1890 associate administrator for UMES Ext...

    Friday, July 17, 2020
    UMES junior named to state-level post

    Aaliyah Edwards, a junior exercise science major from Parkville, Md., will be the first student to serve a two-year term representing peers on the governing board of the University System of Maryland. A 2019 state law change doubled the number of stu...

    Wednesday, July 15, 2020
    'Big data' boost a big deal

    University of Maryland Eastern Shore graduate programs stand to benefit from a federal grant that will be used to provide access to a world-class high-speed data network. UMES' share of nearly $800,000 awarded by the National Science Foundation will ...

    Tuesday, July 7, 2020
    Kairo to lead nation’s Experiment Station directors

    Dr. Moses T. Kairo takes the reins today as national chair of the Experiment Station Committee on Organization and Policy. Kairo, dean of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore's School of Agricultural and Natural Sciences, was elected to the post ...

    Wednesday, July 1, 2020
    Why is that goat sitting on Dr. Braxton’s desk?

    COVID-19 put the kibosh on Kimberly Braxton's summer plans to provide local teens with an insider's perspective on academic paths available to those considering a career caring for animals, large and small.Instead, UMES' resident veterinarian found a...

    Tuesday, June 30, 2020
    HBCU researchers probe farmers' market safety

    Ensuring produce sold at Delmarva farmers' markets is safe and preparing local farmers to comply with a federal Food Safety Modernization Act in 2021 are twin objectives of a nearly half-million dollar U.S. Department of Agriculture grant. Dr. Salina...

    Friday, June 26, 2020
    Delmarva Public Media to launch July 1

    For more than three decades, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore's WESM 91.3 FM and Salisbury University's Delmarva Public Radio have been allies in public broadcasting on the peninsula.On Wednesday, July 1, they strengthen that bond with a new ...

    Thursday, June 25, 2020
    Does grazing impact organic crops negatively?

    A University of Maryland Eastern Shore research team will share $1 million in federal funding with three partner institutions to gauge how cover-crop grazing by livestock affects soil quality in fields alternately used to grow organic consumer crops....

    Tuesday, June 23, 2020
    Racism is a human rights violation

    By Abdirahman Diria   Frederick Douglass once said: “Without a struggle, there can be no progress.” In today's fast-paced and ever-changing world, people of color are facing severe and challenging times.  The global pandemic, exacerbated by racism an...

    Monday, June 22, 2020
    8:46 - The time that changed the world

    By Raya Berkley  Eight minutes and 46 seconds.  The thought of a human being's breathing being restricted for 8 minutes and 46 seconds is agonizing.  I cannot describe the act of kneeling on an individual's neck for that long as anything but inhumane...

    Saturday, June 20, 2020
    ‘Black lives matter more than black deaths’

    By Augustus Roberts Jr. Seeing people shot and killed by police on your TV and phone screens for what seems like my whole life is traumatizing.  These images repeated over and over start to have a numbing effect on your thoughts and emotions when tho...

    Thursday, June 18, 2020
    A father's lesson 50 years on

    By Stephen Ayres The living room is almost a sacred place in my household, a place where I received wisdom and knowledge beyond my years - not only when I was a child but even today. I realized my parents became these pillars of wisdom when I started...

    Tuesday, June 16, 2020
    Study shows small farm success linked to networks

    A four-year study of small-scale and minority specialty-crop farmers in Maryland, Delaware and Tennessee shows those who play a prominent role in their social networks realize greater profits. Supported by a half-million dollar USDA National Institut...

    Tuesday, June 9, 2020
    UMES receives ‘history and culture’ grant

    The University of Maryland Eastern Shore has been awarded a $50,000 federal grant it will use to begin reorganizing and modernizing its history archives. The Institute of Museum and Library Services, an independent federal agency that supports the na...

    Friday, June 5, 2020
    Remembering Clifford Brown

    A single-car accident in Princess Anne in the pre-dawn hours of Saturday, June 3, 1950, killed two young adults and left six others injured. One of the survivors was Clifford Brown of Wilmington, Del., who had just finished his first semester as a st...

    Wednesday, June 3, 2020
    Hurricanes & a pandemic no match for this Ph.D.

    It took years of hard work and persevering through hurricanes and a pandemic for Wilmelie Cruz-Marrero, a newly minted Doctor of Philosophy in marine estuarine environmental sciences at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, to achieve her dreams....

    Monday, June 1, 2020
    UMES secures grant for summer science training

    A University of Maryland Eastern Shore researcher has received a $474,500 grant from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), to underwrite a program that will introduce minority students to career opportunities in food, agriculture, na...

    Friday, May 22, 2020
    ‘Be strong. Be hopeful. Be brave.’

    The University of Maryland Eastern Shore conferred 384 degrees today in a way unlike any previous year since the institution opened its doors in 1886. A graduation event billed as a “commencement celebration” took place - not by gathering on campus b...

    Friday, May 15, 2020
    Athletics can prepare you for challenging times

    Editor's note: The transition to all online classes prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic has been an unprecedented adjustment in the journey to realize the goal of earning a college degree. Here's the view of a senior who graduates May 15.By Amirah Jone...

    Thursday, May 14, 2020
    Small farm safety is newest UMES research focus

    Helping Maryland farmers who grow produce and raise animals sold primarily through local marketing channels keep food safe is the focus of a half-million dollar research and agriculture extension project newly funded by the USDA's National Institute ...

    Tuesday, May 12, 2020
    Unexpected stillness ...

    Editor's note: The transition to all online classes prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic has been an unprecedented adjustment in the journey to realize the goal of earning a college degree.  Here's how an upperclassman is coping with shelter-in-place.By...

    Monday, May 11, 2020
    Overcoming uncertainty during this difficult time

    Editor's note: The transition to all online classes prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic has been an unprecedented adjustment in the journey to realize the goal of earning a college degree.  Here is the reigning Miss UMES' perspective.By Sarah Adewumi  ...

    Sunday, May 10, 2020
    Hytche center arena refitted with new lighting

    The William P. Hytche Athletic Center is UMES' latest legacy building to go retro-green. Installers from Lighting Maintenance Inc. of Linthicum, Md., spent much of April replacing the metal halide lighting system -- commonplace when the arena opened ...

    Saturday, May 9, 2020
    A guide to rejuvenation; ‘Me Time’ is important

    Editor's note: The transition to all online classes prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic has been an unprecedented adjustment in the journey to realize the goal of earning a college degree.  Here's a popular student leader's perspective.By Ciani WellsAs...

    Friday, May 8, 2020
    Stationery & technology take on COVID-19

    A 3D printer the University of Maryland Eastern Shore's pharmacy school uses to manufacture nasal spray bottles for narcotic-overdose training is cranking out adjustable headbands for mounting plastic report covers with elastic straps to create face ...

    Thursday, May 7, 2020
    A benign pandemic side effect – ‘writer’s block’

    Editor's note: The transition to all online classes prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic has been an unprecedented adjustment in the journey to realize the goal of earning a college degree.  Here's a perspective of a student in the Henson Honors Program...

    Wednesday, May 6, 2020
    Weathering the COVID-19 storm

    Editor's note: The transition to all online classes prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic has been an unprecedented adjustment in the journey to realize the goal of earning a college degree.  Here's a graduate student's perspective.By Stephanie Hallowell...

    Monday, May 4, 2020
    Research continues, pandemic notwithstanding

    Editor's note: An esteemed UMES researcher shares how the COVID19 pandemic has disrupted her team's focus on time-sensitive work promoting consumer safety and solving problems that confront food production.By Salina ParveenThe COVID-19 pandemic has b...

    Saturday, May 2, 2020
    Staying positive in these troubled times

    Editor's note: The transition to all online classes prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic has been an unprecedented adjustment in the journey to realize the goal of earning a college degree.  Here's one undergraduate's perspective. By Parys LassiterThing...

    Thursday, April 30, 2020
    UMES enlisted to help reduce prison recidivism

    The University of Maryland Eastern Shore is hoping to partner with a nearby state penitentiary to provide college-level business courses created specifically to prepare inmates to be self-employed when they leave prison. UMES was among 67 higher educ...

    Wednesday, April 29, 2020
    'When life gives you lemons …'

    Editor's note: The transition to teaching online prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic is a new frontier for many college faculty members. Here is another essay from the frontlines. By Nancy Rodriguez-WellerThe pandemic has brought about many challenges ...

    Sunday, April 26, 2020
    UMES researchers secure energy innovation grant

    Dr. Jurgen Schwarz, chairman of UMES' Department of Agriculture, Food and Resource Sciences and Dr. Sadanand Dhekney, associate professor of plant breeding and biotechnology, are recipients of a $50,000 Energy Innovation Seed Grant awarded by the Mar...

    Saturday, April 25, 2020
    Remote Instruction: A ‘new’ not so normal

    Editor's note: The transition to teaching online prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic is a new frontier for many college faculty members.  Here is another essay from the frontlines.By Bryan GereI feel very fortunate in some ways because somehow I was al...

    Friday, April 24, 2020
    UMES has new agriculture studies scholarships

    The University of Maryland Eastern Shore will offer a new scholarship program this fall specifically for first-time and transfer students who choose to major in food and agricultural sciences. It will be funded by the National Institute of Food and A...

    Thursday, April 23, 2020
    Earth Day's golden anniversary

    Editor's note: This essay is inspired by the author's lecture series, "Deep Ecology, Synergism and Sustainability," which she covers in great detail for UMES' marine and estuarine ecology students.By Madhumi MitraThe concept of “Integral Synergism” i...

    Wednesday, April 22, 2020
    For online old hands, a pandemic predicament

    Editor's note: For some college faculty members, teaching online is a familiar task that has been complicated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Here is another essay from the frontlines.By Mark ZockollHaving taught online since 2014, moving face-to-face cour...

    Wednesday, April 22, 2020
    Transition & Reposition: From teaching to learning

    Editor's note: For many college faculty members, teaching online brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic is a new frontier. Here is another essay from the frontlines.By LaShawn D. NastvogelIt came as a shock to us all when the university decided to end m...

    Monday, April 20, 2020
    Tele-teaching: 'Remind yourself you are here'

    Editor's note: For many college faculty members, teaching online brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic is a new frontier. Here is an essay from the frontlines. By Amy Hagenrater-Gooding It's 8 a.m., the designated posting time for my younger son's onli...

    Thursday, April 16, 2020
    ‘Toque de queda’

    UMES senior Samantha Hernandez was walking down a street in Cuzco, once Peru's ancient capital, the morning of March 22 when police stopped her for not wearing a mask. Peru was among the leading western hemisphere nations to take aggressive steps ear...

    Saturday, April 11, 2020
    UMES among finalists in HHMI’s Driving Change Competition

    The University of Maryland Eastern Shore has qualified as a finalist for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's (HHMI) Driving Change Initiative. HHMI is a “science philanthropy whose mission is to advance basic biomedical research and science educati...

    Friday, April 10, 2020
    A soaring senior

    By Tiffany JacksonI am a senior majoring in aviation science with a concentration in aviation management, and I had an exciting 2019.  A year ago, I was studying abroad, traveling to six European nations. I completed a fall internship at the Federal ...

    Wednesday, April 8, 2020
    Cambridge scientists develop COVID-19 test

    By Hannah Combs ~ The Star-DemocratLife as we know it changed early in 2020 across the United States, but here on the Eastern Shore two scientists had already developed a test that will be instrumental in predicting a patient's risk of advanced coron...

    Friday, April 3, 2020
    Physician assistant accreditation secured

    The University of Maryland Eastern Shore this week received accreditation confirmation to offer its Physician Assistant program.This will allow the University to offer graduate-level courses leading to a physician assistant degree in the coming acade...

    Thursday, April 2, 2020
    ‘Father figure’

    UMES alumnus Ralph C. Paden Sr. is a widely admired "father figure" by those whose lives he touched over a three-decade career as a Prince George's County (Md.) educator.His father, seeking reliable employment, moved the family from Greenville, S.C. ...

    Wednesday, April 1, 2020
    Making his Mom proud

    For Marian Elizabeth Wilson Davis, being the mother of a college president is more than she envisioned when she adopted a 3-year-old boy in 1972. In the early 1970s, Davis and her late husband, Belford, were in the midst of contemplating parenthood a...

    Tuesday, March 24, 2020
    UMES' pep band personifies ‘Hawk Pride’

    Popular music's best-selling acts a decade ago included Eminem, Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum, Drake and Susan Boyle. Remember Susan Boyle?The year 2010 also marked the launch of a new musical group that's never made the charts but is just as popular...

    Thursday, March 12, 2020
    Gill named 'Excellence in Teaching' award winner

    Dr. Cynthia H. Gill, an associate professor in UMES' Department of Physical Therapy, will receive an "Excellence in Teaching" award this spring from the University System of Maryland's Board of Regents. The governing board will salute 17 honorees fro...

    Wednesday, March 11, 2020
    The Defiant Veteran looked Contrite in his Portrait

    An eighth-grader from Eden who attends Holly Grove Christian School is the 2020 Maryland Eastern Shore Regional Spelling Bee champion. Hannah McCabe said she entered her school-level bee reluctantly, yet performed well enough to qualify for Saturday'...

    Saturday, March 7, 2020
    Homecoming pride

    Sheba Needam-Thomas of Worton, Md. debuted a daring fashion “leap” that was months in the making during UMES' Feb. 29 homecoming basketball doubleheader. Needam-Thomas donned a stylish black t-shirt emblazoned with four words. The front said “Hornet ...

    Monday, March 2, 2020
    Meet 2019 UMES alumna Rachel Kayongo

    2019 UMES alumna Rachel Nantumbwe Kayongo will enroll in the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry in August 2020.  Its acceptance rate is 6.7 % and was ranked 40th among domestic dental schools, according to the 2018 U.S. News & World ...

    Tuesday, February 25, 2020
    Eldest member of the Exonerated Five shares journey at UMES during Black History Month

    The University of Maryland Eastern Shore's Ella Fitzgerald Center for the Performing Arts held over 1,000 people who sat in piercing silence as Korey Wise of the Exonerated Five shared his painful and triumphant journey from wrongfully convicted chil...

    Tuesday, February 25, 2020
    Searching for ways to boost hemp production

    The University of Maryland Eastern Shore has secured a $200,000 grant to underwrite research that a private-sector partner hopes will produce a road map to make growing industrial hemp a profitable commodity across the state. The investment by the Un...

    Friday, February 14, 2020
    Hibiscus is more than just another pretty flower

    Most people recognize hibiscus as a tropical plant with beautiful bright blossoms, but little do they know of its importance as a crop.  Dr. Nadine Burton, an alternative crop specialist, is researching the plant's viability for local farmers at UMES...

    Tuesday, February 11, 2020
    School funding expert is Black History Month speaker

    A career educator whose impressive resume includes helping lay the groundwork on Capitol Hill to make Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday a federal holiday will visit UMES Tuesday, Feb. 18 to serve as a featured speaker for Black History Month. Dr....

    Thursday, February 6, 2020
    UMES duo produces unique textbook on bioenergy

    Dr. Madhumi Mitra, professor of biological and environmental sciences, and her husband, Dr. Abhijit Nagchaudhuri, professor of engineering, have completed a project four years in the making - a textbook on bioenergy. “Practices and Perspectives in Su...

    Tuesday, February 4, 2020
    Korey Wise of the Exonerated Five to speak at UMES during Black History Month

    Korey Wise, a criminal justice reform advocate, will be the featured speaker for, “Life After Injustice: A Conversation with Korey Wise” at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Thursday, Feb. 20 at 6 p.m.During the event, Wise will share his stor...

    Monday, January 27, 2020
    UMES launches new health care certificate program

    The University of Maryland Eastern Shore announces the addition of an online post-baccalaureate certificate specifically for professionals who develop, implement or evaluate services that address rural health disparities."We're excited about offering...

    Friday, January 24, 2020
    ‘I Still Call Australia Home’

    Editor's note: UMES' Interim Director - Center for Instructional Technology & Online Learning shares thoughts on watching from half a world away as her native Australia endures devastating wildfires.As my New Jersey husband says “you can take the...

    Wednesday, January 22, 2020
    Former state Teacher for the Year joins UMES faculty

    Maryland's 2019 public schools Teacher of the Year is joining the faculty at his alma mater, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Richard H. Warren Jr. has accepted an offer to be the Hazel Professor of Education, a role that calls for him to te...

    Friday, January 10, 2020