The mechanical engineering capstone poster session will be held 10-1 in the ENGR Atrium. A total of 12 projects will be on display.
Puerto Rico currently has a per capita debt load of $19,000 and its 2013 deficit was around $2.2 billion. In the midst of a prolonged recession, there has been widespread debate on how to solve the debt crisis.
Justin Vélez-Hagan, Public Policy Ph.D. student and executive director of The National Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce, co-authored an article published in Forbes that suggested bankruptcy might be the only solution to reforming the economy.
“Puerto Rico has to restructure. They can’t keep borrowing at 8 and 9%, raising taxes on the only ones paying any, and chasing away its brightest contributors to the relative economic paradise of the mainland,” Vélez-Hagan wrote. ”Bondholders have already taken a big hit and are going to take a long, slow and inevitable bigger one if they don’t restructure now.”
Vélez-Hagan also argued that Puerto Rico must change its economic attitude and way of thinking to rebound, especially with an unemployment rate currently at 13.9%.
“Even if there is a bankruptcy, and even if bondholders get 30 or 40 or 60 cents on the dollar and even if pension obligations are reduced 30 or 40 percent, Puerto Rico must undergo an economic structural reform and create a competitive economy that incentivizes new business and creates an atmosphere that that makes it more profitable to work than to be on the dole,” Vélez-Hagan wrote.
Contributing writer Richard Finger co-wrote the article with Vélez-Hagan. To read the full article “Default: Puerto Rico’s Inevitable Option” in Forbes, click here.
The Baltimore Sun’s special education supplement last month featured William D’Eugenio ’14, theatre, and Nyalls Hartman, theatre, as they discussed the features of the Black Box Theatre and the Performing Arts and Humanities Building Theatre.
D’Eugenio spoke about the influence the new facilities had in his decision to apply to UMBC and become a part of the theatre design and production program, saying that “they are built to the standards of today and offer a real broadway style experience. Working with lighting systems that are being used in professional theaters gives me an advantage when applying for jobs.”
Read more of the article, “More than Just Performing: Music, Theatre Students Learn Diverse Skills”
Amy Hurst, Collaborates on Multi-University Project To Improve Web and Cloud Computing Accessibility
“The researchers are working on methods for easily modifying software to meet the needs of people with disabilities. Researchers will develop ways to make it easier for people with disabilities to log on to the Web, make user interfaces more accessible, and change the presentation of information on the Web to streamline experiences for people with disabilities, caregivers and service providers. The researchers also will look for ways to leverage help from other people on the Web — crowdsourcing — to increase accessibility for all.
“Authentication or logging into a service is an integral yet mundane part of peoples’ Internet experience,” said Yang Wang, assistant professor at the School of Information Studies at Syracuse. “However, most existing authentication schemes tend to be difficult to use for people with disabilities. We’re very excited about this opportunity to explore new authentication schemes that can provide a much better experience for people with disability.”
The team also will explore ways to dynamically change pointing and clicking actions on Web pages. “For example, if an individual is having difficulty smoothly controlling a mouse, we could detect this and smooth their input,” said Amy Hurst, assistant professor of human-centered computing in the Information Systems Department at UMBC.”
Heather Mizeur, a Democratic candidate in the Maryland gubernatorial race, has announced she will participate in the state’s public financing system next year. Mizeur will limit overall spending in exchange for matching funds, and is the first candidate in 20 years to do so.
Public policy professor and chair Donald Norris was interviewed by The Washington Post for an article about Mizeur’s decision. With Mizeur running against two candidates with greater name recognition in Attorney General Douglas Gansler and Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, Norris said the move is needed for Mizeur to remain competitive.
“It may be a principled matter, but it’s also making a virtue out of a necessity,” Norris said. “It’s very unlikely, given that she’s a dark-horse candidate, that she could raise serious money on her own.”
Mizeur, a Montgomery County delegate, was expected to release several campaign finance proposals, including expanding the state’s public financing system to candidates running for other state offices.
You can read the full article in The Washington Post here.
The National Museum of Japanese History recently published an article by Constantine Vaporis in its bi-monthly magazine “REKIHAKU.” Vaporis, who is the asian studies program director and professor of history, was the lead article in the magazine’s special edition on processions.
The article, titled ”Alternate Attendance as Performance,” examines Tokugawa Japan (1603-1868) and the system of alternate attendance when the daimyo were required by the shogun to alternate their residences between their domains and Edo. The article studies alternate attendance from two perspectives: as a symbol of authority and as performance or theater. It does so by analyzing the form in which alternate attendance movements were made as depicted in oral literature, popular culture forms, and contemporary accounts of Japanese and foreigners.
The article is published in the latest edition of “REKIHAKU.” For more information on the National Museum of Japanese History and ”REKIHAKU,” click here.
The UMBC community continues to show a commitment to caring for those in need through your generous donations to the annual Maryland Charity Campaign. This year, we’re counting on you to once again support the many charities relying on your contributions to help them continue providing services to meet their outstanding needs.
Which is why we have extended the deadline for donations to the Maryland Charity Campaign through the end of the day Wednesday, December 4. All faculty and staff gifts or pledges made between now and the end of the day tomorrow will be automatically included in the grand prize drawing of two round-trip tickets to anywhere that Southwest Airlines flies.
If you have not yet had a chance to do so, we encourage you to help support the many nonprofit organizations that serve our surrounding community, and consider a gift of any amount. To everyone who has already contributed to the campaign, we thank you — your gift has made the difference in the lives of others.