She’s Got It: A Woman’s Guide to Saving and Investing (6/11)

“Money doesn’t grow on trees but its roots are in good decisions.”

facstaff5HRJoin us on Thursday, June 11, 2015 in the Room 312 of the University Center from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for a revealing trip through successful investing and saving strategies developed especially for you. TIAA-CREF’s workshop leaders will show you the simple secrets to saving more:

  • Learn the core concepts that guide all investing
  • Get motivated, build a plan and take action
  • Find ways to take on life’s challenges without damaging future financial well-being
  • Discover more about yourself with the Financial Personality Type Quiz
  • Break down what your real goals are and learn how to reach them via group activities

Save your spot Today! Registration Required by calling 1-800-732-8353 or online at (select ‘Upcoming Seminars’ and then ‘At your Workplace’).

Hosted by UMBC Human Resources. Questions about this seminar? Call Zahira Meyers at 410-455-2479 or Courtney Allen at 410-455-3648.

Gail Dupree’s Retirement Reception (6/16)

9-gail_croppedAfter 20 years of distinguished service to UMBC, Gail Dupree, the Bookstore’s Gifts & Supplies buyer, is retiring. Gail’s customer service skills, excellent eye for designing UMBC clothing and her professionalism working with the diverse UMBC population has greatly increased the awareness of UMBC globally.

Please join us in wishing her well at a reception located in the Bookstore on June 16 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Please RSVP to or x52694. We look forward to seeing you.

Be a Relationship Violence Prevention Advocate!

The UMBC Relationship Violence Prevention Advocates program, sponsored by a Verizon Foundation Grant, is a comprehensive program designed to educate the UMBC Community on specific relationship violence prevention information.

The program includes:

  • a dating/relationship/intimate partner violence prevention communication campaign
  • enhanced online relationship violence prevention resources specific on UMBC community websites
  • relationship violence prevention advocates training

UMBC Relationship Violence Prevention Advocates are UMBC community members who:

  • are able to provide relationship/dating/intimate partner violence prevention information to their community networks
  • observe the UMBC community and take notice of and report community issues to relationship violence advocate trainers
  • encourage bystander intervention techniques within UMBC community network and individuals
  • make appropriate referrals
  • provide helpful resource information to UMBC community network and individuals
  • support speak and poster series and other campus initiatives to prevent violence

For more information please contact Jacki Stone at 410-455-2393

The application can be found here. The last day to apply for Fall 2015 is August 5, 2015. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

MAS Internal Control Education Session (06/24)

facstaff5HRAre you prepared for an audit in your area? Recognizing the benefits of internal controls and understanding internal controls is the best way to be prepared for an audit and is the responsibility of the campus community.

A two-hour session will cover this information on Wednesday, June 24th, in The Commons, Room 331 from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., and is appropriate for faculty and staff. It is highly recommended that new employees attend this session and existing employees who would benefit from reviewing internal controls are also strongly encouraged to attend.

Register by Monday, June 22nd on myUMBC. Please contact Sharon Doherty-Ritter in Management Advisory Services at or ext. 5-1620 for any additional information.

Pres. Hrabowski Discusses Impact of Study Abroad in International Educator

hrabowskiPresident Hrabowski appears in this month’s edition of International Educator to discuss how studying abroad shaped his career path. International Educator is a bimonthly publication of NAFSA: Association of International Educators.

In the article, Dr. Hrabowski shares about his time at the American University in Cairo. “It opened my eyes to a totally different world and everything changed,” he said. “It really put growing up in perspective and helped me understand other people.”

He goes on to discuss how his semester abroad has helped him in his role as the president of UMBC. He remarked, “It allows me to relate to and interact comfortably with people who came here from other countries. I’m always working with colleagues to create a culture that’s welcoming, and we’re always encouraging both our American students and our students from other countries to go beyond their comfort zones.”

Click here to read “Seeing the Story Through Different Eyes” in International Educator.

UMBC Sends Record Number of Interns to 2015 NIST SURF Program

Alumna Allison Kelly interned at NIST in 2011.

UMBC is sending a record number of interns this year to the summer 2015 National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program. The highly competitive internship program offers students in the science, mathematics, and engineering fields the opportunity to participate in undergraduate research at NIST’s Gaithersburg, Maryland or Boulder, Colorado offices.

This year, 26 students were accepted into the program and 20 will be participating. The interns include several Meyerhoff Scholars and Honors College students.

Biological Sciences Faculty and Ph.D. Student Find Light-Sensitive Components in Cephalopod Skin

croninThomas Cronin, biological sciences, and Alexandra Kingston, Ph.D. candidate in biological sciences, worked with scientists at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Massachusetts to find that squid and cuttlefish possess light-sensitive proteins called opsins on their skin. Their findings were published in the Journal of Experimental Biology last week and have received widespread media coverage.

Their discovery suggests, but does not prove, that cephalopods might be able to sense light through their skin. “All the machinery is there for them to be light-sensitive but we can’t prove that,” Cronin told National Geographic. “We don’t know if they contribute to camouflage or are just general light sensors for circadian cycling or are driving hormonal changes. They have a job to do but we don’t know what it is.”

Click here to read “Octopuses, and Maybe Squid, Can Sense Light With Their Skin” in National Geographic.

Additional coverage:
Light Sensors in Cephalopod Skin (The Scientist)
Scientists say octopuses use opsins in their skin to detect light and color, not their eyes (Standard Daily)
Cephalopods can sense Light through Skin (NY City News)
Cephalopods skin is intrinsically light sensitive contributing to unique and novel patterning abilities (US Finance Post)