The Synapse

Updates from the Sciences at Loyola University Maryland

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July 2022 | Issue 45

This month’s newsletter highlights student, faculty, and alumni accomplishments and news as well as upcoming events and opportunities. This month's Synapse clearly indicates we are in the middle of the summer judging by the number of unclaimed parking spots on N. Charles street.

"The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking spaces." -- Will Rogers

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2022 Hauber Summer Research

Upcoming Hauber Fellows presentations

Wednesday July 27, 12:00-2:00 pm at KH-B01:

  • Grey Flynn & Katie McManus (Mentored by Prof. Dahl): “Investigating the water quality in Stony Run”
  • Grace Prince (Mentored by Prof. Kranov): "3D Printing Strength Orientation Testing"

Wednesday August 3, 12:00-2:00 pm at KH-B01:

  • Devin DeMelis (Mentored by Prof. Tangrea): "Analysis of Cancer Associated microRNA Sequences Expressed in Breast Cancer Cell Lines"
  • Grace Wayson and Martin MacStudy (Mentored by Prof. Blohm): “Examining common weed species’ morphological and physiological response to nutrients provided by decomposing carrion in various soil types”
  • Jack Mehr-Racicot (Mentored by Prof. Keilson): "Safer Methods to Obtain Metals from Wire"

Wednesday August 10, 12:00-2:00 pm at KH-B01:

  • Jack Inman (Mentored by Prof. Bailey): "Investigation of Spacing Effects on Optimized Savonius Wind Turbines in an Array"
  • Maggie Sullivan (Mentored by Prof. Lowe) & Kevin Wang (Mentored by Prof. Hoe): "Applications in Quantum Computing: Understanding Shor’s Algorithm and Quantum Machine Learning"
  • Emily Bui (Mentored by Prof. Rocha): "Snapshot Testing"

Professors Fenner and O'Neill received research grant from NSF

The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently awarded Professor Raenita Fenner (Engineering) and Professor Peggy O'Neill (Writing) a grant to their research study, Collaborative Research: Research Initiation: Defining Engineering Quantitative Literacy. The main goal of this project will be to obtain evidence to develop a student model for future assessment instruments intended to measure first-year engineering students' quantitative literacy.

Loyola Sciences in the News

NAS Alum, Adam Phillippy, named one of Time Magazine’s “Most Influential People of 2022”

Adam Phillippy, who received BS in Computer Science in 2022, and a former Hauber Research fellow, was recognized for his outstanding achievements.


DC region holds 11th spot on Startup Genome’s rankings of startup ecosystems


Location - Location - Location: Loyola University Maryland is often being described as a Jesuit liberal arts school in Baltimore that gives students a traditional Jesuit education while preparing them for a diverse and changing world. There are many reasons for the distinct value of Loyola education. The combination of Loyola education and its location provides exceptional career opportunities for Loyola students and alum including those associated with startups. The growth of Innovation and Entrepreneurship ecosystem at Loyola provides NAS majors outstanding access to opportunities related to high density of tech-ventures in one of the hottest startup hubs in the country, alongside other opportunities associated with national labs, government agencies, and businesses.

New Alumni Email Accounts Policy

According to the new policy effective June 2022, access to email accounts is removed for all alumni. This includes email forwarding to personal accounts. (Graduating students will have access to their email address for 18 months after graduation.) The University is taking this step to keep Loyola email accounts safe and prevent hacking, as hacked alumni email accounts pose significant ransomware and resource risks. This decision affects a small part of our alumni population; less than 2% of alumni use their accounts 18 months after graduation. The university likes to encourage all Loyola alumni to update their personal email addresses for communications via this update form. Loyola university also strongly advise alumni to update any external accounts currently using a email (Apple ID, Amazon, YouTube, etc.) with a personal email address. Requests to keep a Loyola email account may be submitted using this request form. We encourage alum who would like to continue receiving NAS related communications including emails containing NAS newsletter (Synapse), as well as other new items related to NAS events and updates to update their email addresses as stated above and send an email with their new email address info to

Being a life long learner & learning opportunities

Dr. Bernadette Roche, Biology, has earned a certificate of completion for the ESRI MOOC, Going Places with Spatial Analysis. Loyola science students would benefit greatly from interacting with faculty in their courses who have some familiarity with GIS, and ESRI’s ArcGIS MOOCs provide access to full capabilities of an ArcGIS Pro account for the duration of the course. This allows faculty to become familiar with the analytics available in the Pro accounts that are not available in the free public accounts. You can encourage interested students to take the courses as well, and they can list the certificates on their CVs. To access the MOOC catalog, go to Esri MOOCs | Discover What’s Possible with ArcGIS and sign up for an upcoming course, or get onto the waiting list for future courses not yet posted.

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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

  • Preventing Workplace Harassment - 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

Govans Farmers' Market returns for 11th season

Loyola University Maryland’s York Road Initiative (YRI)is hosting the 11th season of the Govans Farmers’ Market on Wednesdays from 3 – 6 p.m. between June 1 and Sept. 28, 2022. The market is located in the parking lot of Loyola's Transportation and Public Safety complex at 5104 York Rd. The side entrance on Notre Dame Lane will be the main point of entry.



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