Navigating SkillSoft Practice Sessions

Do you want to enhance your knowledge and skills but just can’t find the time?  Are you intimidated by SkillSoft and don’t know where to start?  Join us as we delve into all that SkillSoft has to offer you for your development!

SkillSoft e-Learning at UMBC provides faculty and staff with online courseware to enhance and grow professional and personal development skills and expertise.  In this 1.5 hour session, you will learn basic navigation and how to search for courses, participate in a short group video course featuring a different common-place business issue each month and discuss suggested strategies learned.  These sessions will also include dedicated time each session for staff to take individual SkillSoft modules, exploring and learning important skills and expertise needed for success at work and beyond.

Sessions will be offered monthly on Fridays from 10:00-11:30 a.m. in Engineering, Room 025 on the following dates: 10/16, 11/13, 12/11, 1/22, 2/19, 3/18, 4/29, and 6/10.

For a SkillSoft Demo, FAQ’s and a Quick Start Guide go to

Space is limited! Register for each above date separately in the myUMBC training group:

Daily Record names UMBC faculty and alumni “Innovators of the Year”

The Daily Record’s Innovator of the Year awards recognize bold leaders who have created new products, services, or programs to improve their fields, including four UMBC faculty and alumni this year.

UMBC’s winners include Chris Geddes, professor of chemistry and biochemistry and director of the Institute of Fluorescence; Greg Cangialosi ’96, English; and Isaac Kinde ’05, biological sciences. WeatherBug Home, an Innovator of the Year company winner, is headed by Bob Marshall ’88, mechanical engineering.

BetamoreIn his Daily Record award recipient feature, Geddes described his work on Lyse-it, a technology that will have major impacts for both diagnostic and research settings. Kinde, chief scientific officer for PapGene, shared that his approach “allows for the detection of a variety of cancers at early stages when patients have the highest chance of being cured of their disease with therapies available today.” The Daily Record also shared more in-depth profiles for Cangialosi’s non-profit Betamore (featured in the photo above) and Marshall’s WeatherBug Home, “a mobile application that makes smart homes even smarter.”

Innovator of the Year winners will be honored at an awards ceremony on Thursday, October 15, 2015. See the full list of winners in The Daily Record.

Douglas Lamdin, Economics, Featured on AAII

Douglas Lamdin, Economics, had his recent study featured on the website of the American Association of Individual Investors (AAII). The article, “New Evidence on Whether Gold Mining Stocks are More Like Gold or Like Stocks” was co-authored with Mark Johnson of Loyola University, Maryland, and is forthcoming in the journal Alternative Investment Analyst Review.

Doug LamdinThe study examined the role of gold and gold mining stocks in diversified portfolios. Lamdin and Johnson found that neither gold nor gold mining stocks are a hedge against declines in the stock market. Both gold and gold mining stocks, however, do provide diversification benefits, with gold the preferred diversifying asset.

Stan Kahn’s Retirement Reception (9/28)

After over 25 years of distinguished service to UMBC, Stan Kahn, Manager of Technical Services, Enrollment Management, is retiring. Please join us in wishing him well at a reception on Monday, September 28 in the Fireside Lounge, Commons, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Please RSVP to Kena Jackson (

Stan’s commitment and dedication to providing quality and timely technical services to over 80 users across multiple functional areas in enrollment management – including, admissions and orientation, financial aid and scholarships, academic advising and records and registration – has played a critical role in supporting UMBC’s enrollment goals. During his tenure at UMBC, Stan was instrumental in establishing the long-standing Departmental Information Technology (DIT) Group – representing department-level IT support staff campus-wide that meet regularly with DoIT to discuss campus IT initiatives and to share best practices.

We look forward to seeing you at the reception.


CPR for the Healthcare Provider (11/17)

CPR for the Healthcare Provider will be sponsored by the Department of Emergency Health Services on the following dates:

Tuesday, September 29, 20155:30-10 p.m.
Tuesday, November 17, 20155:30-10 p.m.

Registration fee is $85 for the full provider course; $70 for the renewal course.

For further information, contact Danette McCoy at x53584 or email