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Grit-X Talks

Back by popular demand from our 50th Anniversary weekend, it’s Grit-X! Head to UMBC’s Black Box Theatre on Saturday, October 14, from 10 a.m. to noon, and be enlightened by some of the most intriguing alumni and faculty minds.

The full lineup of time slots, speakers, and topics is as follows:

SESSION 1: 10-10:30 a.m.

Welcome: Karl V. Steiner, Vice President for Research

Moderator: William LaCourse, Dean, College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences

Kafui Dzirasa ’01, M8, Chemical Engineering — Associate Professor, Duke School of Medicine

Next Generation Psychiatric Diagnostics and Therapeutics

Christine Mallinson — Professor, Language, Literacy, and Culture

The Social Life of Speech

Nilanjan Banerjee — Associate Professor, Computer Science and Electrical Engineering

When What You Wear Understands You


SESSION 2: 10:45-11:15 a.m.

Moderator: Scott Casper, Dean, College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Sean Pang ’09, English, and M.A. ’11, Teaching — English Teacher, Montgomery County Public Schools

The Fortune of Misfortunes: Finding Passion and What to Do With It

Gymama Slaughter — Associate Professor, Computer Science and Electrical Engineering

The Art of Powering Implantable Electronics

Kate Brown — Professor, History

The Great Chernobyl Mystery: How Ignorance Became Policy and Politics


SESSION 3: 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Moderator: Keith J. Bowman, Dean, College of Engineering and Information Technology

Corey Fleischer ’08, Mechanical Engineering — Co-Founder, The Foundery

Building Founder the Old Fashioned Way

T. Jane Turner — Professor, Physics & Director, Center for Space Science and Technology

Here Be Dragons: Investigating Black Holes in Galaxy Nuclei

Doug Hamby — Professor, Dance & Director, Linehan Artist Scholars Program

Making Dance: Letting the Body Show the Way