The Synapse

Updates from the Sciences at Loyola University Maryland

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May 2022 | Issue 43

The May issue of Synapse is dominated by news regarding special recognitions for the class of 2022. This year's graduating seniors have plenty to celebrate considering the combination of a typical first year experience, the disruption during the sophomore year due to the pandemic, the return of cicadas while attending classes in-person, or remote, or in hybrid format during the junior year, and glimpse of hope for emerging on the other side of the pandemic during the senior year. We salute the great accomplishments of class 2022 who have shown resilience and grit leading to successfully graduating in four years. They can also claim they perhaps own the record for using the term "you are muted". We look forward to congratulating the class of 2022 during the Loyola's commencement that will be in-person at M&T Bank Stadium on Saturday, May 14, The event will be livestreamed for friends and family who cannot attend. Congratulation's seniors! This is your time to shine and to demonstrate what you have been prepared for while at Loyola, which is; "to learn, lead, and serve in a diverse and changing world".

"There is no passion to be found in playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable in living" - Nelson Mandela

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PH-120-W01 Introduction to the Universe (Maymester 2022)

This 3-week Maymester class (5/23-6/12) will be run online asynchronously, so it is perfect for students who work or have internships, since they will do the class work on their own schedule. Intro to the Universe fulfills the natural science core requirement.

Have you ever asked yourself these questions?

Where are we in the universe? How do we relate to the Sun, Moon, planets, and stars? How did the universe begin? What will happen to the universe in the future? Is there life in the universe besides us?

If you have, then you are about to reveal the answers during the next three weeks! This course provides an essential and fundamental survey of modern astronomy and helps you develop the ability to independently analyze and solve basic problems in astronomy, gain scientific reasoning ability, and truly understand where we are in this big universe. You will learn the fundamental laws of physics, such as the law of motion, universal law of gravity, and will apply these laws to understand astronomical systems (which include planets, stars and galaxies).

For details contact Dr. Inge Heyer (

Reminder to Loyola Researchers

In view of the possible summer programs, should a faculty be mentoring a high school or college student and desires to perform research involving human participants, the researchers are required to submit the plan of data acquisition to the IRB. All human subjects research must be approved before data collection begins. For questions concerning human subjects research, please contact: or visit

Class of 2022 Accolades and Honors

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Loyola Sciences in the news

Baltimore Sun highlighted several of Loyola University science-based programs. The Sun has quoted Megan Olsen, the chair of the department of computer science that “Data science came from a combination of statistics and computer science in business, with companies realizing they had all of this data and they need to know what to do with it,” and “It’s the gathering and analyzing of data to answer some type of problem or question.”

Startup Garage: Electronics Program

Dr. Suzanne Keilson is working with Dent Education ( on a new 'track' curriculum for their summer programs called, 'startup garage: electronics'. The track will likely take place at the Loyola-Notre Dame library and innovation spaces and is also a partner with Loyola's Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Upcoming Campus Events

Career Center Opportunities

To register for career-focused events and opportunities, visit Handshake.

The Bridge

Visit The Bridge for upcoming campus meetings and events.

Training & Development Sponsored by Human Resources

  • Employee Assistance Program Training for Supervisors - 6/2/2022, 12:45-1:15 p.m., Sellinger VIP Lounge
  • Mandated Reporter Training for Supervisors- 6/2/2022, 12:45-1:15 p.m., Sellinger VIP Lounge
  • Preventing Workplace Harassment - 5/11/2022, 9/7/2022, 11/16/2022, 11:00-11:30 p.m., Sellinger VIP Lounge.

Additional Training and Development Opportunities for Employees and Students

OUTLoyola SafeZone Training

Green Bandana Brigade


Summer Resources

Coronavirus Resources

  • Loyola Coronavirus Updates - General university information for all students, faculty, staff including reopening plans, COVID-19 dashboard, FAQs, policies, and resources

Student Support Resources

Employee Support Resources

Are you a graduate student looking for an on-campus job?

The Undergraduate Admission office is currently taking applications for Admission Assistant positions for the 2022-2023 school year. Admission Assistants are students enrolled in a graduate program with knowledge of Loyola and have an interest in working with prospective students and their families.

Admission Assistants assist the full-time staff with on-campus events, marketing, and recruitment efforts. Commitment will be 15 hours per week, primarily during business hours (8:30am - 5:00pm). Saturday availability is essential and evening hours may be available on an ad hoc basis (but not as part of the weekly schedule/structure). Summer hours may be available. Additional information and applications can be found on Handshake. Please contact Maura Brennan at if you have questions about this position.

Student Position Available in the Records Office for Summer

The Records Office is now accepting applications for the position of Office Assistant for this summer. The Office Assistant will assist with the Records Office staff with various business processes and tasks during regular business hours (weekdays, 8:30am-5:00pm).

If you are interested, please contact Bria Stith at