Research Compliance Education Sessions

Want to learn more about UMBC’s research compliance program? Have a burning question about regulations? Need an “experienced” eye to review an application before submitted, for example, to the IRB? Unsure if your investigation requires review for conflicts of interest or use of controlled materials or data?

Come join your Office of Research Protections and Compliance (ORPC) colleagues on Wednesdays during this semester over in bwTech North (the Research Park) to discuss and answer your questions. A complete schedule of topic, days and times, registration and directions can be found here.

Questions? Please contact the ORPC at 5-2737 or

Applying for the UMBC Technology Catalyst Fund and the Maryland Innovation Initiative (9/8)

Do you need support to advance your idea? If so, this workshop should be on your calendar!

UMBC and the State of Maryland are continually seeking ways to bridge the funding gap — support that can be difficult to obtain from traditional funding sources. The UMBC Technology Catalyst Fund and the Maryland Innovation Initiative were created for this purpose and designed to advance innovations originating from university research to more commercially viable technologies.

If you have any questions about the programs, the application process or the review process, please try to attend this workshop. RSVP at

Location: The Commons, Room 331

Safety Workshop for Researchers Traveling Abroad (8/26)

Do you take your personal or UMBC issued electronics (laptops, telephones, tablets) when traveling? Have you been invited to lecture or collaborate with a university outside the US? What protections should you follow?

Come meet and listen to an expert from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to discuss general awareness and travel precautions to take when traveling abroad to protect you and your research. The workshop will be held on August 26, 2014 from 11 A.M.- 12.30 P.M. in bwtech@UMBC North, Suite 310. Registration ends August 20, 2014.

Click here to register and learn more.

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.

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.

Mental Health First Aid (8/1)

Mental Health First Aid is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or in a crisis. The first aid is given until appropriate professional treatment is received or until the crisis is resolved.

Date: Friday, August 1st
Time: 8:30 AM-5 PM
Location: Commons 331

This training is free. You must attend all 8 hours to receive a certificate.

Welcome to UMBC! (9/18)

We invite all faculty and staff to join President Hrabowski and Provost Rous in our annual tradition of welcoming new colleagues to the UMBC community.

This fun, interactive event is a great opportunity to connect and get to know some of the remarkable people here at UMBC. You will learn more about UMBC’s vision and values, and opportunities for you to make a difference in our community.

There will be a presentation about the joint public venture between UMBC and the Maryland State Arts Council. Sculptor Thomas Sayre has won the national competition, and has been commissioned to create a site-specific artwork for the new Performing Arts and Humanities Building.

The gallery will feature a photography exhibit: “Victoria Sambunaris: Taxonomy of a Landscape.”The exhibit presents photographs made over the span of more than a decade by Sambunaris as she traversed the United States, stopping to photograph phenomena ubiquitous and familiar to particular regions but anomalous to the ordinary eye.

Co-sponsored by The Commons and Human Resources. Hors d’oeuvres will be served. Please arrive promptly at 2:00 p.m.

This event will be Thursday, September 18, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., in the Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery (1st Floor).

Click here to register by September 5th.

Preparing for Undergraduate Research (8/6)

Wednesday, August 6, 2014
University Center, 3rd Floor
10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Learn the necessary steps to conduct your own undergraduate research on-campus or as part of an Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU). Talk with students at the Summer Undergraduate Research Fest to see the types of research projects you can do. Prepare for your next steps before the Fall semester begins.

Registration is free. Space is limited, RSVP required.

Faculty/Staff Green Dot Bystander Intervention Training (7/23)

The Green Dot Bystander Intervention program teaches UMBC community members how to react and prevent situations that have the potential for violence and proactively build a culture that does not tolerate violence. We will be hosting a free training on Wednesday, July 23rd from 9 AM-3 PM in the Commons 329.

The training is for faculty and staff only. Please contact Jennifer Treger at for more information or to register.

July-August 2014 SkillSoft Resource Highlight: Challenge Series Interactive Case Studies

Did you know that you can get hands-on practice resolving real-world business issues by taking SkillSoft’s Business Challenge Series courses? These 15-20 minute interactive case studies bring to life problems and solutions for a wide range of sales, business, and professional topics.

Gain the full value of the learning experience by immersing yourself in these scenarios in a safe, exploratory environment. At the end of the course, you’ll receive feedback about your solution and will be invited to try a different solution, acquiring different perspectives and tools that can inform how you apply the concepts in your own workplace situation.

For more information about SkillSoft and the Business Exploration Series courseware, click here.

Visit the UMBC SkillSoft website for a Quick Start Guide, FAQs, and the link to log in to SkillPort. To schedule a department presentation about using SkillSoft for professional development, contact Jill Weinknecht Wardell at ext. 5-1442 or