The Synapse

Updates from the Sciences at Loyola University Maryland

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March 2022 | Issue 41

It's shaping up to be an exciting spring for natural and applied sciences with Grand Seminar and Celebration of Science coming in April! Take a peek at what's ahead and learn more about student and faculty opportunities on campus and beyond.

Share your news, photos, inspiring stories, and events for a future issue. Please send any feature suggestions to Bahram Roughani at


Save the date for Grand Seminar - Tuesday, April 5!

NAS is pleased to announce this year's Grand Seminar will take place on Tuesday, April 5 at 6 PM at Evergreen and via Zoom featuring keynote speaker Nicola Fox, Ph.D., Heliophysics Division Director in the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC.

Details and registration coming soon to

Celebration of Science Week (April 4 - 8)

Join natural and applied sciences for Celebration of Science the week of April 4. Events will include pop-up classes, student club activities and tables by Boulder throughout the week, speed mentoring, and more!

If your club or organization is interested in participating, contact Bahram Roughani at

During Tuesday, April 5, 2022 the following events are scheduled leading to the 6:00 pm Grand Seminar: NAS Faculty Photos - 3:00 - 4:30 PM in Donnelly Atrium/Memorial Garden Sign up for a 5-minute photo slot here, the very first NAS Scholars Recognition Event and Hauber Poster Session - 5:00 PM in McGuire Hall.

NAS alum, Cen Liu, selected as a Presidential Innovation Fellow

The U.S. General Services Administration announced the Presidential Innovation Fellows (PIF) cohort of 2022, and one of Loyola alum is among this year's cohort. Cen Liu, who has received three undergraduate degrees from Loyola in Engineering, Mathematics, and Computer Science is one of the newest Presidential Innovation Fellows. GSA's announcement of PIF states that "GSA is embedding 25 corporate and technology leaders in 14 agencies for a one-year civic service fellowship. Housed within GSA’s Technology Transformation Services (TTS), this year’s class directly supports the Biden-Harris Administration’s focus on empowering the federal workforce and delivering an effective and efficient government. The PIF program’s cohort-driven model offers unique opportunities for the PIFs to work together and make progress across disciplines and agencies. The PIF program ensures a strong community across the government that focuses on innovative sustainable modernization." Moreover, alongside their agency partners, the PIFs will work to improve the way government delivers services for the public. They will help to modernize the government’s technology capabilities by championing and guiding visionary projects as strategic advisors.

We are delighted to celebrate the success of one of our own graduates who has received national recognition based on his science and engineering expertise and the impact of his work.

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Loyola Sciences In The News

Thank you for being outstanding!

Please join me to thank Jennifer Sullivan for her outstanding service as program coordinator for the Natural and Applied Sciences (NAS), during the time she worked with NAS programs that is between November 2016 and March 2022. Starting Monday, March 14, 2022, Jennifer Sullivan has joined the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CI&E). NAS programs have benefited tremendously from the outstanding work of Jennifer Sullivan, and what she has helped to establish will continue impacting NAS even after transition to her new role. For example, she has been an integral part of the effort leading to the launch of the NAS monthly newsletter (Synapse), NAS website, NAS annual reports, and NAS social media. Moreover, she has provided outstanding support for various NAS programs including Hauber Summer Research, Grand Seminar, Haig Scholars, Choudhury Sarkar-Dey NAS Division Medal, Cosmos and Creation, NAS student clubs and activities, pop-up classes, Celebration of Science Week activities and events, University Innovation Fellows (UIFs) program, in addition to coordinating NAS chairs meetings, Natural and Applied Sciences Steering Board (NASSB) meetings, collaborations with various units in the university, and all other NAS related operation and activities. Moreover, she has provided high-quality support for the thriving Health Outreach Baltimore and other Pre-health programs. In every program that she has been involved in, she has shown creativity and proactively she has contributed to enhancing and improving the program. We will miss having Jen as part of the NAS programs. However, she will continue supporting Loyola University students and programs as part of the CI&E. We wish her the best of success in her new capacity.

Bahram Roughani - Associate Dean for the Natural and Applied Sciences


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Global Pathways for Students (GPS)

Applications are now being accepted for the Global Pathways for Students (GPS) Albrecht Fellowship Program at the World Trade Center Institute.

The GPS Program is designed to prepare college students for the competitive job market. By leveraging a vast regional network, 20-25 high-achieving students from various universities and colleges around the region have the opportunity to get their foot in the door of 9 different globally-minded companies, jumpstarting their practical skill development and professional network. Past participating companies of the program include Lockheed Martin, Stanley Black & Decker, Ciena, Under Armour, McCormick, PeaceCorps, and the U.S. State Department.

This year's fellowship will run from Tuesday, May 31, 2022 to Friday, June 10, 2022. Barring any further disruptions from COVID-19, this program will be fully in-person. The application deadline for the GPS Program is April 15th, 2022, and applicants are accepted on a rolling basis, so apply early!

Candidate pre-requisites:

  • Must be a rising sophomore, junior, or senior (at the time of the program)
  • Must be able to participate in a full 10-day program, from Tuesday, May 31, 2022 to Friday, June 10, 2022 (weekend excluded)
  • Program participation fee of $250 (due only upon acceptance into the program with need-based scholarships available on a first-come, first-serve basis)

Additional funding sources at Loyola for participation in programs such as this include Education for Life and/or Natural and Applied Sciences divisional funds.

Students can apply using the following link:
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Virtual Workshop: Inclusive STEM Environments Inside and Outside the Classroom

How can we provide inclusive spaces for students typically underrepresented in STEM? In this workshop hosted by the AAAS-IUSE Initiative, speakers share two different approaches to creating inclusive spaces inside and outside of STEM classrooms. First, Dr. Mark Griep shows us how to apply an ethnoscience approach to introductory STEM courses by describing his team’s partnership with two tribal colleges and their work indigenizing chemistry laboratories. Next, Dr. Annie M. Wofford discusses the role of student organizations for supporting women in engineering and how faculty can create spaces and policies to reflect asset-based environments women thrive in.

Register at

Upcoming Campus Events

Data Science Alumni Panel - Exploring Careers

Come join us for an evening with Data Science. This event will feature three alumni (listed below) that will discuss their career experiences and offer insights into how to make the most out of your degree and your start, transition, or advancement in the industry.

  • Greg Muir – MS Data Science ‘20 – Data Scientist at Peraton
  • Franklin Hernandez – MBA ’13 & MS Data Science ‘20 – VP, Data Science and Governance at Synchrony
  • Sean McDermott – BS Data Science ’20 – Data Scientist at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

6:00pm - 7:00pm EDT

via Zoom

Register Today >>

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Upcoming Campus Events

Career Center Opportunities

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The Bridge

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Training & Development Sponsored by Human Resources

  • Effective Stress Management - 3/16/22 from 1:00-2:00pm via Online Webinar.
  • Unconscious Bias and Microaggressions - 3/22/22 from 1:00-5:00pm via Online Webinar

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Additional Training and Development Opportunities for Employees and Students

OUTLoyola SafeZone Training

Green Bandana Brigade

Spring Semester Resources

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Coronavirus Resources

  • Loyola Coronavirus Updates - General university information for all students, faculty, staff including the spring 2022 COVID operations plan, COVID-19 dashboard, FAQs, policies, and resources.

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