Laura Hussey, Political Science, in the Baltimore Sun

An October 29th article in the Baltimore Sun examines how Election Day could play out in Baltimore County, a place where both candidates for governor have been holding campaign appearances in recent days leading up to the election.

Laura Hussey

Political Science Associate Professor Laura Hussey was quoted in the article and discussed how Baltimore County’s size and partisan diversity make it important territory for candidates to compete for votes.

“It’s attractive territory to campaign on for Democrats and Republicans alike, because both can reach large numbers of voters registered with their party relatively efficiently and simultaneously to get their message out to those outside their base,” Hussey said.

Hussey said even though the governor’s race has become more competitive in recent weeks, she expects Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown will win the race.

“The state partisan balance being what it is, it’s sufficient for Brown just not to alienate Democrats and make sure Democrats show up at the polls, especially in the state’s largest counties,” she said. “Hogan…must persuade large numbers of Democrats to either vote against their party or stay home.”

“This task is not quite so daunting as it sounds, though, because Republicans consistently do better in gubernatorial elections than in party registration statistics, suggesting that more than a few Maryland Democrats aren’t exactly loyal partisans.”

To read the full article, click here.

Donald Norris, Public Policy, in the Baltimore Sun, Washington Post, and on WJZ

Donald Norris UMBCThroughout the week leading up to Election Day 2014, Public Policy Professor and Chair Donald Norris was in the news analyzing Maryland’s gubernatorial election. Norris appeared on WJZ-TV and was quoted in the Baltimore Sun and Washington Post.

Norris discussed the governor’s race drawing national interest, the candidates’ position on taxes, voter attitudes, and how turnout could affect the race. To read and view full coverage of Norris’ analysis, click on the links below:

On Thursday, November 13, Norris will participate in a post-election forum at UMBC along with Political Science Professor and Chair Thomas Schaller and Washington Post Political Reporter John Wagner. For more information, click here.

Expanded Healthy Snack Vending Program

UMBC Vending is pleased to announce the Healthy Vending program is expanding. A sixth “Healthy Choices” machine can now be found on the first floor of Sondheim. This new machines complements machines already located in Math/Psych, The RAC, the Library, University Center, and Fine Arts buildings. For more information about this healthy program, visit the Wellness Initiative website.

November-December 2014: SkillSoft Resource Highlight for Managers: Blended Learning Resources

Did you know that you can use SkillSoft as a team development tool for your employees? SkillSoft offers blended learning resources – corresponding PowerPoint slide decks, Word exercises and structured activities that complement some of SkillSoft’s most popular business skills courses. Blended learning resources help you as a manager present, engage and reinforce course subject matter and align learning with the needs of your departments and teams. There are numerous ways that these resources can be used. For more information on these resources and a full list of courses that contain them, visit the UMBC SkillSoft website and help your team continue to acquire valuable on-the-job skills!

To schedule a customized department presentation on how to use SkillSoft for professional development, contact Jill Weinknecht Wardell at ext. 5-1442 or

Arielle Dolegui ’13 and Kim Casimbon ’14, Psychology, to Present at USG’s BioMedical Sciences Day

Kim Casimbon ’14 and Arielle Dolegui ’13, psychology, will present at the Universities at Shady Grove’s 6th Annual BioMedical Science Day: Into the Future-Research to Reality on Thursday, November 20, 2014 at The Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville, MD. This event is presented by USG’s Committee on Collaboration, Interprofessional and Interdisciplinary Education Strategies.

Amanda Knapp, Assistant Vice Provost, in The Baltimore Sun

Amanda Knapp, assistant vice provost for academic standards and policy administration, was profiled in The Baltimore Sun for her hobby as a dirt-bike racer.

Knapp recently started racing competitively and received her first sponsorship. In the article, Knapp encouraged more women to get involved in the sport and compared riding to applying for college. “Registering for a race which can be scary is much like applying to college and accepting admission,” she said. “You can’t earn a degree if you can’t get yourself started, which can be the hardest part.”

Click here to read “Columbia mom empowers women through motorcycle racing.”