Hundreds gathered to celebrate UMBC faculty achievements and dedication to the Retriever community at the UMBC Presidential Faculty and Staff Awards Ceremony, held on April 5. The ceremony includes several prominent awards granted by UMBC as well as by the University System of Maryland (USM), including awards added in recent years specifically to recognize faculty and staff who demonstrate a strong commitment to student academic success, faculty career advancement, and problem-solving.
Among this year’s awardees is Kathie Seley-Radtke (Auburn Ph.D., 1996), professor of chemistry and biochemistry. Professor Seley-Radkte, an internationally renowned expert on drug design through chemical synthesis, asked her graduate students in the audience to stand for a round of applause. “I couldn’t have done this without my students,” she said. “Without their hard work, taking care of things while I travel the globe, I wouldn’t be able to do what I do today.”