UMBC Mic'd Up

UMBC Mic'd Up

UMBC Mic'd Up Podcast welcomes faculty, students, alumni, and industry thought leaders to share their insights and UMBC experiences.


May 16, 2023 16 mins

Welcome back to the UMBC Mic'd Up Podcast! In today's episode, we are thrilled to bring insights from two of our esteemed graduate instructors, Dr. Milos Miljkovic and Dr. Wilson Bryan. Both bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to our Biotechnology Graduate Program at UMBC.

Dr. Miljkovic and Dr. Bryan will delve into the nitty-gritty of a new Clinical Trials Course. This course will focus on the pivotal role of ...

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In this episode of UMBC Mic'd Up podcast, we explore the exciting world of data science and how it can lead to discovering new technologies. Our guest, Daniel Rimdans, M.P.S. '22, Data Science, who was laid off from their job as an environmental scientist during the pandemic, shares how his fascination with data led him to pursue further education. We learn how data collection, analysis, and insight development are integr...

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April 5, 2023 34 mins

Welcome to our latest podcast episode, where we sit down with Samantha Novak, a UMBC graduate faculty member, to discuss leading with emergent strategies. 

In this thought-provoking conversation, Ms. Novak shares her insights on the importance of reflecting on our work in the world and how we choose to show up to it.

We delve into the idea that real transformative change can only occur if we have first worked on m...

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In this video, we follow the journey of a resource analyst at NASA who leverages her education from the Technical Management Graduate Program at UMBC to bring value to her work. Marissa Jagarnath, M.P.S. ’22 Technical Management, explains how her education has helped her to better understand the technical and managerial aspects of her role, and how she is able to apply this knowledge to improve processes and decision-making at NASA...

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Are you considering a career change into college teaching? Are you looking for ways to make an impact in the lives of college students? Look no further than this episode of the UMBC Mic'd Up Podcast, where we explore the world of embracing an encore career in teaching. 

Marcia Dickerson, P.M.C. '22, College Teaching & Learning Science has always wanted to teach. After retiring from her job in the human services and soc...

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February 20, 2023 19 mins

The world of Biotechnology is critical to all of humanity. Professionals in this field need to keep up on the emergence of new techniques, equipment, and processes to continue to forge new pathways to innovations that lead to making a difference in the lives of others. In this episode of UMBC's Mic'd Up Podcast, we chat with a graduate of our M.P.S. in Biotechnology, Chidera Igbokwe '22.

"I would say th...

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February 6, 2023 33 mins

Designing and delivering learning and training using a systems approach removes the guesswork and sets learners up for a productive experience. UMBC’s Learning and Performance Technology (LAPT) graduate programs (formerly named ISD), prepares its students to enter into the workforce with this system approach in hand. 

In today’s episode, we chat with Melody Wright '21, M.A. Instructional Systems Development to chat ab...

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We recently chatted with I/O Psychology professional and UMBC alum, Twisha Thakore '19, M.P.S. I/O Psychology. We spoke about the critical elements, qualities, and skills needed to be effective as an I/O Psychologist. Accordingly, she highlighted the importance of safeguarding the delicate balance between business and the human element.

The art and science of I/O Psychology operates on the notion that people are more than data ...

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The hiring process can be daunting for organizations. IO Psychology professionals like Kendra Lyons ‘ 09, M.P.S. IO Psychology, help to make the process easier and less risky by providing valuable insights into the hiring process. In this episode of UMBC’s Mic’d Up Podcast Kendra shares with us a glimpse into the daily life of an IO Psychology professional. 

What does it take to be one? What kinds of skills are necessary? How s...

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January 11, 2023 25 mins

When it comes to making an impact in the field of I/O Psychology, one of the first skills necessary is in learning new things. Life is constantly changing, and with those changes comes a need for flexibility and new knowledge. In the grand landscape of what makes up I/O Psychology, one thing remains a constant and that is the dynamic nature of the way we operate in life and in  the workforce.

In this episode of UMBC'...

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January 3, 2023 38 mins

In the field of Biotechnology, the focus on cell & gene therapy continues to advance our potential to improve lives. UMBC's Biotechnology Graduate Programs offers special topic courses that help their students achieve success in the field, courses like BTEC 691, Cell and Gene Therapy. 

In this episode of UMBC's Mic'd Up Podcast, we chat with graduate faculty, Darren Dasburg, M.B.A. about the course, the field of B...

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Biotechnology is a rapidly growing field, especially in the state of Maryland. In fact, according to Mark Schenerman, Ph.D., Graduate Program Director, UMBC Biotechnology Graduate program, "Maryland is one of the leading centers in the country for cell and gene therapy. Companies in Maryland are trying to hire people as quickly as they can. They just can't find enough talent. They can't find enough trained people who...

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October 25, 2022 22 mins

UMBC and United Way of Central Maryland recently partnered up on a project with a UMBC Intrapreneurship class to brainstorm new ways of approaching business goals. In this episode of UMBC's Mic'd Up Podcast, we are joined by UMBC graduate student, Mehrshad Devin from the Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Leadership graduate program to  chat about his experience with implementing innovation in the real world. 

To ...

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UMBC and United Way of Central Maryland recently partnered up on a project with a UMBC Intrapreneurship class to brainstorm new ways of approaching business goals. In this episode of UMBC's Mic'd Up Podcast, we are joined by Franklyn Baker, President and CEO of United Way of Central Maryland to discuss this collaborative project. 

To learn more about United Way of Central Maryland, visit:

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September 21, 2022 22 mins

What does it take to raise the level of grassroots efforts in a community? It takes leaders who are willing to go open their hearts and minds to the possibilities before them. In this episode, we chat with Tom Coale, J.D., Adjunct Faculty with UMBC's Community Leadership graduate program about the course he's teaching: Grassroots Community Advocacy. 

To learn more about UMBC's Community Leadership graduate p...

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Community leadership is about transparency and compassion. According to Keenan Hickman ’22, M.P.S: Community Leadership, it's about being somebody in the community who advocates for something that's bigger than themselves. He doesn't believe you have to be a mayor to be the community leader. You could be an urban farmer, a director of a nonprofit, or even the elderly grandma on the stoop, who's making sure every...

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August 13, 2022 13 mins

What does it take to make communities thrive? How can leaders be the change agents communities need and deserve to keep them healthy and sustainable? In this podcast episode, Kiaron Bailey ’21, M.P.S Community Leadership, shares her experience as a community leader in Baltimore. 

Curious about UMBC’s M.P.S. Community Leadership Program? Check it out here:

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August 3, 2022 4 mins

As professionals, our time is valuable. We don't want to waste it on useless meetings that are unproductive. Running a productive meeting is simple if well-planned. Taking the time to plan will please everyone involved and create a more dynamic and purposeful meeting. 

Tune in to learn simple techniques you can use to make your next meeting productive. 

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Transformation trends are based on emerging technologies being leveraged by businesses, whether in the private or public sector, to run more efficiently and improve their service delivery and operations. The field of systems engineering plays a role in this digital transformation.

"People remain the most important assets. Fancy technologies and their capabilities are nothing without the innovation brought on by the le...

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Software is used in every aspect of our daily life. From the moment we wake up to the moment we go to sleep. Software is that invisible writing that connects us to ourselves and others and the world. Software is not just about a window or a page on the screen; it's about the interaction with hardware, and the contacts of users and environment. The world needs qualified software engineers who have a passion and a drive to make ...

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