Roy Meyers, Political Science, on MarylandReporter.com

In an op-ed published July 24 on MarylandReporter.com, Political Science Professor Roy Meyers writes about a proposed bill that would allow U.S. corporations to avoid taxes when they repatriate profits that are now booked overseas, if they purchase bonds that would be used to build infrastructure.

Roy Meyers (UMBC)

In his column, Meyers writes that the bill deserves scrutiny, noting: “[the bill] would create the American Infrastructure Fund (AIF) and capitalize it with up to $50 billion. That money would be used to finance infrastructure projects that pass benefit-cost tests.”

He adds, “the projects would be expected to pay the AIF back, meaning that the infrastructure projects most likely to be financed through the AIF would be those where it would easy to charge tolls. The AIF is thus somewhat duplicative of the existing Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act program, and like various proposals to create an ‘infrastructure bank.’ Assuming that the bank would spend $10 billion a year for five years, it would add a small amount of funding for federal investment.”

To read Meyer’s full column on MarylandReporter.com, click here.

Leslie Morgan, Sociology and Anthropology, in The Baltimore Beacon

An article published in the August 2014 edition of The Baltimore Beacon newspaper examines the struggles and challenges caregivers can face while caring for elderly family members. The article covers topics ranging from finding support and treatment for caregivers’ own health to caregiver stress and benefits.

Leslie Morgan

Leslie Morgan, professor of sociology and co-director of the UMBC/UMB Ph.D. program in gerontology, was interviewed for the article and said the subject of caregiver stress has been a focus of research for almost three decades.

“This is a time when you and your loved can be together and get closer,” Morgan said, “when hopefully, you’ll have the time to say things you might not otherwise have said, and to show your affection for each other.”

You can read the complete article titled, “Ups and downs of caregiving,” by clicking here.

Nicole King, American Studies, in City Paper

Nicole King, an associate professor of American studies, recently published an essay as part of an ongoing series in the “City Folk” section of City Paper profiling UMBC graduate student Chanan Delivuk. King met Delivuk through her work in the Filbert Street Community Garden in Curtis Bay earlier this year.

Delivuk is a community gardener and artist who uses new media to explore everyday stories in her art practice. The profile describes Delivuk growing up in the Curtis Bay neighborhood and how it provided a strong sense of place for her as she left town to go to college and eventually graduate school. King writes about Delivuk developing an interest in art while in college and her planned trip to Croatia this summer to further explore her Croatian heritage.

The compelling profile ends with a powerful quote from Delivuk as she is describing her home of Curtis Bay: “I will always live here because I love it so much,” she says. “I want to walk out on a busy street, with sirens going off, and people walking, and a lot going on. There’s something about this city that’s so unique.”

To read King’s full article in City Paper titled, “Conservation Artist: Chanan Delivuk has deep roots in Curtis Bay,” click here.

Thomas Schaller, Political Science, Op-Ed in The Baltimore Sun

Tom SchallerIn his latest column in The Baltimore Sun, Political Science Professor Thomas Schaller writes about American small businesses competing against multinational corporations. In his column titled, “A fairer (small) business environment,” Schaller argues that small businesses face a competitive disadvantage because they are “politically overmatched against multinational corporate giants.”

He adds, “the Democrats’ strong union ties tend to complicate their relationship with business generally, even if the party is increasingly dependent upon corporate campaign donations. And if the Democrats might be described as a partially-owned subsidiary of corporate America, consider the Republicans a wholly-owned franchise.”

To read the full article published July 22 in The Baltimore Sun, click here.

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Welcomes New Faculty

The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences has announced its new faculty members who are starting at UMBC this fall. Below is the complete list of new professors listed by discipline:

Visual Arts: Assistant Professor Corrie Parks (animation and interactive media)
Africana Studies: Assistant Professor Maleda Belilgne (Black comparative literature)
Ancient Studies: Assistant Professor Michael Lane (Greek archaeology)
Public Policy: Assistant Professor Lauren Edwards (public administration)
Sociology/Anthropology: Assistant Professor Dena Smith (medical/health sociology)
Sociology/Anthropology: Assistant Professor Loren Henderson (medical/health sociology)
Language, Literacy, and Culture: Professor Cedric Herring (sociologist of race and education, policy, and other areas)
Global Studies and Political Science: Assistant Professor Felipe Filomeno (Latin America/globalization)
Psychology: Assistant Professor Jolene Sy (applied behavioral analysis)
English: Assistant Professor Steph Ceraso (digital humanities/composition)

UMBC Stadium Receives New Turf Surface

UMBC Athletics is currently installing a new turf surface at UMBC Stadium, with the project scheduled for completion in early August.

King Sports Construction is the contractor for the project, which will utilize Field Turf Revolution system. Coupled with FieldTurf’s patented heavy three-layer infill system and state-of-the-art SureLock coating method, the FieldTurf Revolution turf system has been designed to be the very best synthetic turf system with unparalleled player safety and turf drainage rates.

The surface will feature in-laid lines for lacrosse and the Retriever logo in the center of the field, while soccer lines will be painted on the surface. Retriever Soccer Park, which features a Bermuda grass surface, serves as the soccer program’s primary field, but the UMBC Stadium field may be used in poor weather conditions.

Moreover, King Sports will also install a new backstop netting system at UMBC Stadium.

The upgrade replaces Sportexe’s Momentum 51 synthetic turf, which was set up in the spring of 2005.

Paul Smith, Chemistry, in The Baltimore Sun

The Baltimore Sun reported on the Mid-Atlantic Nanonscience Education Hub internship program, which allows students from the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) to participate in nanoscience and nanotechnology internships at UMBC, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Morgan State University and the Fab Lab in Catonsville.

Paul Smith, associate professor of chemistry, coordinates the internship program, which offers students exposure to a four-year institution, research experience and improved job prospects. “Part of our mission as a state institution is to promote education and to provide opportunities for students for better employment,” he said. “Certainly we also have an obligation as a Maryland state institution to do anything we can to help improve the economy if we can.”

Several CCBC students who are participating in the program will attend UMBC in the fall.

Click here to read the article in The Baltimore Sun and here to find out more about the program.