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.

FY 2015 Merit Increases

This is a reminder that the FY 2015 merit for twelve month employees is effective on July 1, 2014. The increase will be reflected in the paycheck received on August 1, 2014.

The merit increase for academic year (9/12 month) faculty is effective on August 10, 2014 (payroll 4) and will be reflected in the paycheck received on August 28, 2014.

As always, the staff of the Human Resources Department (x52337) are available should you questions or need additional information related to merit increases.

Victoria Lentz ’15, Cybersecurity, Wins HP Scholarship

Earlier this year HP and the Scholarship for Women Studying Information Security (SWSIS) selected Victoria Lentz ’15, cybersecurity, and 10 other female cybersecurity students from across the U.S. to receive scholarships.

Lentz was in the first “cohort” of students to be accepted into UMBC’s Cyber Scholars Program, which began in Fall 2013. The program prides itself on influencing minorities and women to become involved in the cyber security and computing industries. With particular interests in malware and digital forensics, Lentz plans to work in the cybersecurity industry after finishing her undergraduate education to gain experience before returning to school for a Master’s degree.

Support Student Survivors of Sexual Violence Workshop for Faculty and Staff (8/19)

“Survival is testament to someone’s strength. Healing is testament to the community surrounding her.” –Lisa Factora-Borchers

As a University community, we are expected to report incidents of sexual assault and interpersonal violence. But what else can faculty and staff members do to best support students who have experienced this kind of violence? What do we say? What do we not say? Most importantly, how can we build trust and help empower survivors?

This workshop will provide learning space for UMBC’s faculty and staff to become familiar with the scope of the problem of sexual assault and other forms of interpersonal violence on college campuses, challenges related to healing for survivors, and tools for personal self-care. The majority of the workshop will focus on best practices for responding sensitively and effectively to student survivors who are experiencing an immediate crisis or ongoing trauma.

Workshop material will be covered from 12-1pm on Tuesday, August 19th. Presenters have blocked an additional 30 minutes afterwards to be available for further questions and support.

Presenters: Jess Myers and Megan Tagle Adams, Women’s Center staff

Questions? Contact: Jess Myers, or x5-2714

Please note: This workshop does not cover specifics related to UMBC’s reporting requirements and procedures for sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking. Faculty and staff who are interested in the VAV Responding to Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence training should stay tuned for the next training date which will take place sometime in October.

UMBC Students Bike Across U.S. to Support Young Adults Affected by Cancer

Seven UMBC students are participating in the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults’ 4k for Cancer. Emily Ewing ’16, health administration policy, Eric Knapp, Tyler Stocksdale ’14, computer engineering, Harshini Chinnasamy ’14, biological sciences, Chris Moskal ’14, political science and global studies, Ashley Arnold ’15, mathematics, and Jessica King ’15, undergraduate studies, set out from Baltimore on June 1 and will ride their bicycles 4,000 miles across the country in 70 days to support, educate and connect young adults affected by cancer.

During their journey, the students will volunteer at hospitals and care facilities. Stocksdale spoke to The Gaston Gazette about their journey, saying, “You really have to take care of your body on the ride.”

Click here to read the article and here to follow their progress.

Ascend Your Energy – Tune Into Your New Destiny (9/5-9/7)

Would you like to take advantage of what science reveals about the way your brain works and make measurable changes in your body and your life?

A powerful Dr. Joe Dispenza program is taking place on UMBC September 5-7, 2014. The organizers of this event are offering UMBC faculty and staff, and their families, the ‘early bird’ rate through August 28th. This discount is not being publicly advertised.

This offer applies to the full Friday-Sunday progressive workshop, which includes an 8-hour online program, the Friday evening lecture, and two full days Saturday and Sunday. Prior to the in-person program, you must view the online workshop or have attended a past live Level 1 or Intensive Workshop.

Additional pre-work is to read Dr. Dispenza’s book ‘Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself.’

When registering, just enter ‘UMBC’ in the ‘Coupon Code’ field to get the rate of $429 plus $6 service fee, for a total of $435.

Click here to register.

“During the course of this multi-day workshop, Dr. Dispenza will deliver new teachings, share case studies and examples, teach you how to recondition your body to a new mind, and show you how to liberate energy stored in your body in the form of self-limiting thoughts, unconscious habits, and memorized emotions.

You will leave this weekend having experienced powerful and profound shifts inside and outside of you. Many people in the last three years have reported that they literally left this seminar a different person from when they came. As you continue your practice with the tools and techniques you take away from this weekend, you will experience ongoing and significantly noticeable changes in your world.”

For more information, please visit Dr. Joe Dispenza’s website.

American Red Cross Blood Drive via Bloodmobile (7/23)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Registration will be at The Commons Information Desk. The Bloodmobile will be parked on Commons Circle Drive

Walk ups are welcome, or you can schedule your Life Saving Donation. To schedule an appointment go to and enter Sponsor Code: 0531838.

Alternatively, call 1-800-RED-CROSS.

Need a reason to donate blood? Click here to watch  inspiring videos from grateful Blood Recipients.  For questions on eligibility please call Donor Services at:

Also, all donors on July 23rd will have a chance to be honored at Camden Yards as the BLOOD DONOR OF THE GAME!

Winners will receive a pair of tickets to a Baltimore Orioles home game and special on-field recognition at the game. One winner each month will be selected through September. To enter a website and code will be presented to you at the time of your blood donation. For more information visit: