GES seminar series: JCET poster session (11/13)

The Department of Geography & Environmental Systems invites you to our next date in this semester’s seminar series. This time we will be hosting a series of poster presentations in the Sondheim Hall basement hallway, all presented by Research Faculty affiliated with the Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology. Refreshments will be provided. The posters will be up from 12-1 p.m. and all are invited to come by and talk with our presenters.

  • “Community Input on Coastal and Inland Water HyspIRI Data Products” by Dr. Kevin Turpie
  • “Arctic Tundra Vegetation Functional Types Based on Photosynthetic Physiology and Optical Properties” by Dr. Fred Huemmrich
  • “Measuring Changes to the Seal Nunataks Ice Shelf Remnant With Imagery and Altimetry” by Dr. Christopher Shuman
  • “Microphysical characteristics of falling snow and its variability” by Dr. Ali Tokay
  • “Topography Data on Mars: Optimizing Its Collection Using Laser Scanning” by Dr. Mark Bulmer

For more information, contact Andrew Miller at

Inside/Out: Revealing the Prison Industrial Complex (11/13)

Prison is a topic that is often avoided in academic settings, but in the United States it is a system with serious impacts from the micro- to the macro-level.

The goal of Women in Learning and Leadership’s (WILL) discussion is to bring together the UMBC community and Baltimore area experts, activists, and lawmakers to talk about the effects of this dangerously violent and oppressive system on individuals, families and communities.

Inside/Out will take place in the Skylight Room of the Commons at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 13. The panel discussion will last an hour, and then we will also host a Q&A session with the panelists and the audience. There will also be light refreshments served. We hope to see you there!

Green Dot Bystander Intervention Training for faculty and staff (11/15)

Green Dot Bystander Intervention Training for faculty and staff
Friday, November 15th, 9 AM-3 PM, Commons 331

The Green Dot Bystander Intervention Program teaches UMBC community members how to be active bystanders, to react and prevent situations that have the potential for violence and proactively build a culture that does not tolerate violence. This program is sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs. The training is free.

Flu Shot Clinic (11/14)

University Health Services (UHS) will be hosting a second round flu shot clinic on Thursday, Nov. 14 from 1-4 p.m. on Commons Main Street. This clinic is open to all UMBC students, faculty and staff.

The cost per shot is $20. Acceptable forms of payment include cash, personal check or UMBC Campus Card. If you would like to have your health insurance billed, you must have your flu shot administered at UHS.

Questions or concerns about individuals in high risk categories, or those who would like to bill their health insurance, please contact University Health Services at (410) 455-2542.

Judith A. Shinogle Award Lecture and Reception Nov. 15

Join UMBC faculty, students, staff and guests for a presentation by Judith A. Shinogle Memorial Award recipient Stephen S. Johnston, “Carrying on Judy Shinogle’s legacy: Aspirations for my current and future research.”

Friday, November 15, 2013
5-6 p.m., Public Policy Building Room 208
Reception immediately following lecture

Mr. Johnston is a health policy Ph.D. student currently conducting research for his dissertation. He is employed full time as a Senior Research Leader at Truven Health Analytics.

The family of Judith Shinogle established the Memorial Fund in her memory to provide support for doctoral students committed to health policy research. At the time of her death, Dr. Shinogle was a Senior Research Scientist with the UMBC Maryland Institute for Policy Analysis and Research and an adjunct faculty member of the Department of Public Policy.

RSVP to Pam Mollen by Nov. 11

University System of Maryland Women’s Forum (USMWF) Annual Conference (11/15)

The University System of Maryland 2013 Women’s Forum Conference will be held at Towson University on November 15 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

This year’s theme is ‘Redefining having it All’

This is a wonderful way to spend a day learning and connecting with USM colleagues. Light breakfast and lunch are included. Featured speakers include:

  • Congresswoman Donna Edwards
  • First Lady and Judge Katie O’Malley (to introduce Special Recognition Recipient)
  • First Maryland female Chief Judge – Mary Ellen Barbera – to receive special recognition by the USM Women’s Forum
  • Speaker Pro Tem Adrienne Jones
  • Delegate Susan Aumann
  • Senator Delores Kelley
  • Senator Kathy Klausmeier

For more information and to register, click here.

On the website, under ‘Awards’ please also look at the variety of scholarships and awards that are given out each year to students, faculty, and staff.

Readel Leads “Quality Matters” Online Workshop (11/6 – 11/20)

Karin Readel, UMBC’s former director of instructional technology, will lead a Quality Matters (QM) online workshop from November 6 to 20.

QM is a recognized leader in quality assurance for online/blended learning and has received national recognition for its peer-based approach to continuous improvement in online education and student learning.

In addition, Readel will host a live, online “Information Session” about the QM workshop on October 23 at 1 p.m. For more information, visit the DoIT News announcement.

USM Women’s Forum to host Annual Conference at Towson University – “Redefining Having It All” (11/15)

The University System of Maryland’s Women’s Forum (USMWF) is holding its annual conference on Friday November 15, 2013 at Towson University focusing on its theme Redefining Having it All. The conference is an opportunity for those interested in women-related matters to engage in professional and personal development. Register Now.

All University System of Maryland faculty and staff and USM partners are invited to submit papers to be selected for presentations. Each presentation should be current, informed and interactive.

There will be two sessions for presentations: 1:30-2:30 p.m. and 2:45-3:45 p.m. . Presenters should expect to present for 45 minutes with a 15 minute question and answer time.

You are also invited to submit a proposal to present at the conference.

Fall Social Sciences Forum Calendar

The Social Sciences Forum presents topics and perspectives of vital interest to the social sciences community and beyond. Lectures are free and open to the public and will last approximately one hour, followed by a question and answer period and a reception. For more information, call 410-455-2916. For more information on forum topics, please visit the Social Sciences Forum website.

  • Sowing Struggle: Social Movements and the Future of Corn in Tlaxcala, Mexico
    Monday, Sept. 16 at 5 p.m.
    Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery
    Luz Rivera Martinez, co-founder and lead organizer of Consejo Nacional Urbano Campesino (CNUC)
  • Constitutional Principles and The Double Bind of Affirmative Action
    Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 4 p.m.
    Albin O. Kuhn Library, 7th Floor
    Carla Pratt, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law at Penn State University, Dickinson School of Law
  • The Pivot to Asia in Obama’s Second Term
    Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m.
    Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery
    Victor Cha, senior adviser and the Korea Chair to the Center for Strategic and International Affairs, Professor and Director of Asian studies
  • HOT: Living Through the Next 50 Years on Earth
    Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m.
    University Center Ballroom
    Mark Hertsgaard, Fellow of the New America Foundation, the environment correspondent for The Nation, and a co-founder of the group, Climate Parents
  • Plutopia: Nuclear Families, Atomic Cities, and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters
    Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 4 p.m.
    Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery
    Kate Brown, Associate Professor of History, UMBC
  • W.E.B. Du Bois Fifty Years after the March on Washington
    Wednesday, November 13 at 7 p.m.
    University Center Ballroom
    David Levering Lewis, Professor of History at New York University