UMBC Tree Planting and Landscape Tour (4/24)

Help beautify the UMBC campus and learn more about its natural wonder on Wednesday, April 24, with a campus tree planting and walking landscape tour.

Join UMBC’s chapters of Lambda Phi chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. for “Tree Planting 101″ from noon to 1 p.m., and a tree planting event from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Both events will take place between Lots 1 and 3, behind the Physics and Public Policy buildings. Be sure to wear clothing appropriate for outdoor work. For questions, contact Dasia Robinson at dasia1@umbc.edu.

A landscape walking tour of campus will also be held on the 24th from 2 to 3 p.m., starting at the doors of the Administration Building. For information, contact Donna Anderson at d_anderson@umbc.edu.

Both events are part of UMBC’s weeklong Ecofest, which runs from April 22-26. For more information, click here.

Lecture: Quantum Computer Compilers (4/25)

Alfred Aho, Lawrence Gussman Professor of Computer Science at Columbia University, will give the next Distinguished Computational Science Lecture on quantum computing on Thursday, April 25.

Quantum computing is an exciting emerging field that offers great potential for next generation information processing but also presents great scientific and engineering challenges. Assuming that someday we will be able to build scalable and reliable quantum computers, we will need to create programming languages and compilers that will allow programmers to harness quantum phenomena. In this talk, Alfred Aho will look at quantum computing from a compiler writer’s perspective and discuss some of the formidable challenges that face quantum computer compilers.

Internal Controls Education Session (4/24)

The Auditors are Coming! The Auditors are Coming! Are you ready? Recognizing the benefits of internal controls and understanding internal controls is the responsibility of the campus community. We are having a two-hour session to cover the information you need to be prepared in case the auditors come to your area! This session is appropriate for faculty and staff and is highly recommended for new employees and existing employees who would like a refresher course on Internal Controls.

The session will be Wednesday, April 24, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., in the Commons, Room 331.

Register by Tuesday, April 23, at: www.umbc.edu/training (locate the event and click “I can attend.”)

Please contact Sharon Doherty-Ritter in Management Advisory Services at doherty@umbc.edu or ext. 5-1620 for any additional information.

National Volunteer Week: Join Us for Food, Fun and a Celebration of Service

Join us April 21-29 in a celebration of service! National Volunteer Week is a week-long series of events honoring the dedication and motivation of service and civic engagement involvement. Some upcoming events include:

Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon
Thursday, April 25, 12-1 p.m. in UC312
Join us for some food and conversation! We want to thank you for your involvement in service and community engagement over the past year. You all have dedicated yourselves to taking action in your respective communities and we want to continue to celebrate that spirit of service.

Connecting Community Partners Service Fair – RSVP
Friday, April 26, 11:30 a.m to 1:30 p.m. in UC310 and UC312
The Service Fair will be an opportunity for nonprofit and community organizations to come together at UMBC and build relationships with our campus community. Meet more than 30 nonprofits visiting – learn how to get involved in service and journey to a world of service possibilities. Network with community partners and get your personalized ‘service passport’ stamped for a chance to win prizes. You may be interested in this event if you are considering:

  • Engaging in individual service
  • Building a service component into a course
  • Diversifying opportunities for course components
  • Inviting speakers to your class
  • Exploring post-UMBC careers at nonprofit organizations
  • Connecting your respective community with service opportunities (e.g., student org., affinity group, department)
  • Working together to build a social change experience through a residential setting

If you have any questions, please contact Kayla Keelan, Office of Student Life, at kaykee1@umbc.edu.

Prescription Drug Take Back (4/26; 4/27)

More than 7 million Americans currently abuse prescription drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet.

UMBC will be hosting a campus drug take back for the community to provide a venue for persons who want to safely dispose of unwanted, expired or unused prescription drugs.

Collection dates will be:

  • Friday, April 26 , 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Commons Main Street
  • Saturday, April 27, 8 a.m.  to 4 p.m. at the UMBC Campus Police Station

If you would like to find a drop-off location closer to your place of residence, visit the Drug Enforcement Agency’s website. Please contact Mickey Arora, UHS Health Education Coordinator, for more information about this initiative at parora@umbc.edu or 410-455-3752.

Dept. of Geography and Environmental Systems Invites You to Its Next Seminar (4/24)

The Department of Geography and Environmental Systems invites you to the next seminar in its series for the 2012-13 academic year:

Mapping pelagic autotrophs from Space – converting photons into food for thought, Dr. Kevin Turpie, Associate Research Scientist, UMBC Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology

Wednesday, April 24, 12 p.m. in Sondheim 001.

For more information, contact Andrew MIller, miller@umbc.edu.

Symposium on Print Media, Photography and Art (4/23)

Thumb_Body Language 4The Symposium on Print Media, Photography and Art takes place this Tuesday, April 23 at 6:00 p.m. in the Albin O. Kuhn Library and Gallery.

In connection with the exhibition, A New Context: Photographs from the Baltimore Sun Revisited, this panel discussion focuses on the intersection of print media, journalistic photography and art, and features UMBC faculty and former Baltimore Sun staff.

Panelists include:

Tom Beck, moderator, Chief Curator of the Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery and an Affiliate Associate Professor of Photography for the Department of Visual Arts; Christopher Corbett, Professor of English for the Department of English; retired Baltimore Sun Photographer, Jed Kirschbaum; and William F. Zorzi, retired Baltimore Sun Reporter and actor in HBO’s The Wire.