Alums in the News: September 22-28, 2017

Our alumni are making headlines…let’s see what they’ve been up to this week!

Kavita Krishnaswamy ’07, mathematics and computer science, a current Ph.D. candidate at UMBC, has earned research funding through a Microsoft Fellowship and the Google Lime Scholarship, in addition to her grants from the Ford Foundation and the National Science Foundation. Krishnaswamy, who is paralyzed from the neck down due to spinal muscular atrophy and attends classes using a Beam telepresence robot, has focused her doctoral research on using robotics to aid people with disabilities and improve access.

Henrietta Akintoye ’07, biochemistry and molecular biology, has joined the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Reliant Medical Group in Worcester, Massachusetts. Dr. Akintoye completed her OB/GYN residency at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital in New York City, and completed her medical degree at the Morehouse School of Medicine.

MaBelle Fomundam ’15, biological sciences and theatre, starred as Margaret in the play Vacation, written by Johns Hopkins University student Michael Feder and produced by the Tentative Digital Theatre Company, a student group that puts on performances in unconventional venues across the JHU area. Vacation tells the story of Margaret and Jerome, a couple who must face their grief over a lost child while packing for a trip.

Prachi Kochar ’17, psychology, spoke to WYPR’s On the Record with Sheilah Kast about the importance of diversity in comic books ahead of Baltimore Comic-Con. A former student staffer at the Women’s Center, Kochar has written on the subject of representation in comics before; you can check that post out here.

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Round Up: UMBC in the News

One of the things that makes UMBC great is how wonderful our alumni, students, faculty, and staff are. Because of these amazing people, UMBC often finds itself “in the news,” so each week, we’ll be sharing with you a round-up of the most newsworthy achievements from our community.

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