UMBC Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative (4/29)

uhsDrop of off your unwanted, unused or expired prescription drugs for safe disposal and to help prevent abuse! UHS will be collaborating with OCSS at their Commuter Carnival Event on Wednesday, April 29th in Commons Building.

Drug Take Back Stations:
Commuter Carnival
Wednesday, April 29th @ Commons Breezeway from 11am-2pm

University Health Services front desk
Wednesday, April 29th @ UHS on the Ground Floor of Erickson Hall. (Across from Chesapeake Hall on Center Road)

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. UHS wants to provide a venue for persons who want to safely dispose of unwanted and unused prescription drugs.

For more info, contact Mickey Irizarry:

Govind Rao, CAST, Receives Grant from the National Capital Consortium for Pediatric Device Innovation

raoGovind Rao, director of the Center for Advanced Sensor Technology (CAST), received a $50,000 grant from the National Capital Consortium for Pediatric Device Innovation to automate and miniaturize a non-invasive respiration monitor for premature newborns. The National Capital Consortium for Pediatric Device Innovation is funded by the Food and Drug Administration and led by the Children’s National Health System’s Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation and the University of Maryland’s A. James Clark School of Engineering.

Rao presented the non-invasive respiration monitor at an event hosted by the University of Maryland, College Park in February and was one for five finalists to win an award from 31 original applicants. “What we’re trying to do is completely change the paradigm,” Rao said about the monitor. “Now the problem is how can I get this scaled up and out there.”

Charles LaBerge, CSEE, to be Recognized at RTCA’s 2015 Annual Symposium Awards

EFCL-Head-150-x-150-2010Charles LaBerge, computer science and electrical engineering, has been selected to be recognized at the Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics (RTCA) 2015 annual Symposium Awards Luncheon in Washington, D.C. on June 3. RTCA is a not-for-profit association that wroks to develop recommendations about air transportation for the Federal government.

LaBerge was chosen to be honored by RTCA for his work on the “Minimum Operational Performance Standards for Avionics Supporting Next Generation Satellite Systems.” His research focuses on aeronautical navigation and communication applications, as well as digital signal processing, coding theory, and radio frequency interference.

Marilyn E. Demorest Faculty Advancement Award

UMBCWe are pleased to announce the new Marilyn E. Demorest Faculty Advancement Award. This award is supported by an endowment created by Dr. Marilyn Demorest, Professor Emerita of Psychology and former Vice Provost of Faculty Affairs, to “support the advancement of all UMBC faculty members in their academic careers; to facilitate their professional development; and to recognize their contributions to faculty advancement and success at UMBC.” This fund will be awarded annually to faculty who mentor and/or advise faculty and colleagues in their field.

  • The Marilyn E. Demorest Faculty Advancement Award is conferred annually for a term of one year upon a UMBC faculty member.
  • Nominations (including self-nominations) for the 2014-2015 Marilyn E. Demorest Faculty Advancement are due to the Provost Office no later than April 30.
  • The nomination should include a letter of recommendation (or self-nomination), a current curriculum vitae of the nominee, and an indication of how the nominee would spend the year as the Marilyn E. Demorest Faculty Advancement Awardee. The letter should make clear the faculty member’s contribution to mentoring and advising faculty.
  • The Marilyn E. Demorest Faculty Advancement Award will be appointed by the Provost, based upon the recommendations of the Honors and Awards Committee of the Faculty Senate.
  • The award will allocate $1,000 to stipend and $500 to a discretionary expense account to draw upon for a variety of purposes (sponsoring workshops, conferences, travel, mentoring activity).

CUERE Seminar: Sources and Processes Affecting Particulate Matter (4/24)

cuereCUERE Seminar Series presents Dr. Chris Hennigan with UMBC’s Department of Chemical, Biochemical, and Environmental Engineering Department and his talk on “Sources and Processes Affecting Particulate Matter in Denver, CO during DISCOVER-AQ.” Friday, April 24, 2015 at 2:00 pm in the TRC Building room 206.

Upal Ghosh, CBEE, Named Editor for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry

ghoshUpal Ghosh, chemical, biochemical, and environmental engineering, has been named as an editor for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry is a journal from the Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, which takes a multidisciplinary approach to analyzing and solving environmental problems.

Ghosh will be one of several editors and will focus on papers relating to environmental remediation and pollutant bioavailability.

Thinking About Weight Watchers But Not Sure It’s For You?

wellnessinitiativeThe Weight Watchers At Work program, which meets weekly on campus, is hosting an Open House on Wednesday, April 29, from 11:15 a.m.-noon, in the All American Room of the Retriever Activities Center. Drop in, gain information, and witness firsthand the successes that can be gained through regular meetings, accountability, and a system of support. The Open House session is FREE!

Anyone who joins the Weight Watchers At Work program between April 13 and May 8 will receive a Spring Promotional Starter Kit that includes two portion plates, a cookbook, and other free gifts. Fees for joining the program in this current cycle that runs until July 1st will be prorated.

Join us and see why Weight Watchers continues to top the charts for Best Diets in U.S. News and World Report. Truly, success starts here!

Contact program liaison Leslie Tinker at 5-3718 or