Maryland Humanities Council One Maryland One Book Program Comes to UMBC (9/30)

The Maryland Humanities Council (MHC) coordinates an annual program called One Maryland One Book, which is a statewide community reading program.  Now in its seventh year, One Maryland One Book is designed to bring together diverse people in communities across the state through the shared experience of reading the same book. Readers are then invited to participate in book-centered discussions and other programs at public libraries, high schools, colleges and universities, museums, bookstores, and other locations. All related programming takes place in September and October, including an author tour September 28 – October 1 this year.

Each year MHC holds a special, private event with 300-400 Baltimore City high school students and the author of the selected book on the campus of a local college or university. The program comes to UMBC on Tuesday, September 30 at 11 a.m. in the University Center Ballroom. Scott Casper, Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, will provide a welcome at the event. UMBC students and faculty are welcome to attend.

Hailed by the Los Angeles Times as “the Angela’s Ashes of the modern Mexican immigrant experience,” the selected book for 2014 is The Distance Between Us: A Memoir by Reyna Grande.  In this book, Ms. Grande poignantly shares her life before and after entering the U.S. as an undocumented immigrant. For more information, visit

UMBC Launches New Research@UMBC Website

researchsiteUMBC’s Office of the Vice President for Research has launched a new website to increase awareness of UMBC’s research activity and to provide enhanced access to campus-wide resources that support research and grant-related activities.

“This new window into the innovative discoveries and creations of the UMBC community will empower students, faculty and staff by ensuring their accomplishments reach a broader audience within the campus community and beyond. It will also act as a consolidated portal to events and resources provided by UMBC to better position all of our scholars to advance their fields of study,” stated Vice President for Research Karl Steiner.

To subscribe to the news and events, which appear on the front page of the site, visitors can join the Office of the Vice President for Research myUMBC group. The site itself can be bookmarked at

Humanities Forum: Mark Leibovich Lecture (10/7)

Ralph Alswang Photographer 202-487-5025Mark Leibovich, chief national correspondent for The New York Times Magazine, talks about his best-selling account of Washington, DC, This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral – plus plenty of valet parking! – in America’s Gilded Capital. The book is described by critics as a stunning and often hysterically funny examination of our ruling class’s incestuous “media industrial complex.”

October 7 at 4 p.m. in the Proscenium Theatre (PAHB)

Sponsored by the English and by Political Science Departments and the Dresher Center for the Humanities with assistance from the Department of American Studies and the office of the Dean of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. For more information, click here.

New Procedures for Biosafety/Recombinant DNA Research

The Office of Research Protections and Compliance (ORPC) has created a presentation for faculty, students and staff to describe the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) research review and application procedures, inform investigators of their role and responsibilities in this process, and provide guidance to investigators on steps to transition from the current biosafety review process to the new IBC’s application and review procedures.

Several dates are available for a “drop-in” session to learn more about the process. Click here to view the dates and to register.

ORPC staff also are available to meet with investigators individually or in a departmental setting. Please send a message to with the days and times available.

Cybersecurity Virtual Information Session (10/23)

UMBC’s Cybersecurity Virtual Information Session is scheduled for October 23 from 12 – 1 p.m. Participate to learn about UMBC’s Professional Graduate Programs in Cybersecurity offered at UMBC’s Main Campus and at UMBC-Shady Grove in Rockville.

Virtual information session participants will hear more about the application process as well as program format and curriculum. Participate to learn how a master’s degree or graduate certificate in cybersecurity can help you excel in the industry. RSVP for the information session here.

Fitness Basics Workshop (9/25)

Come take a break from your busy work-day and experience a low-moderate intensity level fitness workshop on Thursday, September 25 from 12 – 1 p.m. at the RAC Indoor Track.

The Fitness Basics workshop provides a great balance of low-moderate level cardiovascular training, flexibility, muscular strength and muscular endurance. You can choose to walk or jog the Indoor Track of the RAC while taking breaks in-between laps to perform basic total body strengthening exercises and stretches.

If you don’t want to get too sweaty before going back to your desk or next meeting, this is the perfect work-out for you!

Fear No Fitness-Zumba (9/23)

Have you ever wanted to try working out at the RAC, but you didn’t know where to start or felt intimidated by the equipment? Have no more fear!

Open to faculty/staff and students, join the Peer Health Educators and the Recreation Fitness Staff at the RAC to get a tour of the facility and equipment demonstrations by a staff personal trainer. The tour will begin at 5 p.m. on September 23 in the lobby of the RAC.

There will be a resource table available with tons of information pertaining to fitness and nutrition, and you can even get your body composition measured while you are there!

Afterwards, if you are up for it, join us for a free Zumba class at 6pm!

Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes to this event.