Research & Innovation News
Precedents in military research will be set within the next few months. The U.S. Air Force will establish its first University Affiliated Research Center (UARC), and for the first time a UARC will be located at an historically Black institution. Morgan State has two centers, the Cybersecurity Assurance and Policy (CAP) Center, which focuses on reverse engineering of Internet of Things (IoT) devices, and the recently launched Center of Equitable Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning.
What separates the run-of-the-mill research institutions from the world’s top research universities? The answer: R1 status, which can mark a difference of a billion dollars in grants and federal funding. Only 3.7% of the nearly 4,000 US colleges and universities are classified R1. None of these are historically Black colleges or universities (HBCUs). Baltimore’s own Morgan State University is one of the many HBCUs seeking to change that.
Morgan State University is vying to become the first historically Black college or university to partner with the Department of Defense on a university-affiliated research center, a win that could eventually bring billions of dollars to the Baltimore region.
Carol Adrianne Smith thinks jellyfish have a lot to teach us about microplastic pollution in the Chesapeake Bay. And, thanks in part to a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to her historically Black university, she’s asking questions and getting some answers. Smith is one of five post-graduate students at Morgan State University in Baltimore who are benefitting from a federal grant.