Catonsville Arts & Crafts Festival (9/13)

Catonsville is gearing up for the 42nd Annual Arts & Crafts Festival on Sunday, September 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More than 250 vendor spaces will be filled by unique craft artisans offering handmade, one-of-a-kind creations along with local businesses and civic groups showcasing their best. In addition to a fabulous shopping opportunity, the festival features a full array of food, live entertainment and children’s activities, making it one of the highlights of the year with something for everyone. And admission is free.

Typically drawing between 20-25,000 visitors each year, the Catonsville Arts & Crafts Festival emphasizes unique talent. Craft vendors must make their own merchandise, musicians are drawn from the mid-Atlantic region to perform on two stages all throughout the day, specialty vendors and local restaurants will offer everything from crab cakes to gourmet caramel corn and ice cream, and children’s activities and support services are provided by local Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops and churches.

The Greater Catonsville Chamber of Commerce is pleased to be able to host this landmark event in its 42nd year thanks to the generous sponsorship of Brightview Rolling Hills & Brightview Assisted Living of Catonsville, Charlestown Retirement Community, Coldwell Banker, Dole Pineapple Dippers, Kumon North America, M&T Bank, Orthopaedic Associates of Central Maryland, Russel Toyota, Today’s 101.9 FM and We Love Catonsville.

New crafters this year include those creating fused glass artwork, baby gifts, olive oil infusions, metal garden art, woodcarving, papercraft, custom jewelry, and even crafts made from unique materials such as Lego® bricks and crab shells. Returning vendors will offer a wide array as well with glass etched, stained or painted, Ravens and Orioles themed household items, photography and fine art, woodcrafts, children’s gifts, and a tremendous variety of fine and costume jewelry.

The sounds of live music will fill street from one end to the other, with everything from classic rock, blues, country and R&B to reggae, jazz and even barbershop harmony. Performers include Automatic Slim and Jim Harrell, Bodkin Creek, Sundown, Blues State, the Bob Margolis Band and many more.

Variety is also the theme for food choices with Italian specialties from Franco’s Italian Bistro, crab cakes by Catonsville Gourmet, hotdogs and hamburgers by Taneytown Deli, and gourmet pizza from Peace A Pizza, plus BBQ, creole specialties, gyros, and crab pretzels. When it’s time for dessert, options include fresh baked goods from Baba’s and the Village Junction Bakery as well as frozen treats from You Scream Ice Cream and Picnic Pops and funnel cakes from Ships Café. In addition, the Catonsville Farmers Market will be open directly adjacent to the Arts & Crafts Festival, offering an assortment of fresh produce, gourmet food and other specialty products.

All children are invited to the KidZone for a swashbuckling good time with pirate themed crafts, games and other activities.

It’s a day of crafts, food, music and fun for all!

New Campus Entrance: Updated Traffic and Pedestrian Patterns

After more than a year of planning and construction, we are pleased to announce the Campus Entrance project is nearly complete. The pick-up and drop-off circle with access to Administration Garage is now open, and the new UMBC Blvd. entrance and exit traffic circles and pathways are fully operational. We encourage the campus community to begin using these new spaces and routes.

As you return to campus from your summer break, please be aware of significant changes in traffic and pedestrian patterns. In the interest of safety, we ask that you pay particular attention to signage and right-of-way when entering and leaving campus.

Additional work on the campus entrance will take place through September and early October, where crews will finish the remainder of walkways, plantings, and fixtures and permanent signage.

This project has had a substantial impact on our campus community throughout its construction, and we thank all of you for your patience and flexibility during the development of a new Campus Entrance that reflects the growth, innovation, and creativity of our university.

As always, we encourage you to follow our myUMBC group to receive news and updates and stay apprised of how construction projects across campus may impact you.

Appointment of Jane Turner as Associate Director of UMBC’s Center for Space Science Technology (CSST)

TO: UMBC Community
FROM: Karl Steiner, Vice President for Research and William LaCourse, Dean, College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences

We are delighted to announce the appointment of physics professor Jane Turner as associate director of UMBC’s Center for Space Science Technology (CSST), a member of the NASA-supported Center for Research and Exploration in Space Science & Technology consortium.

Dr. Turner is assuming her responsibilities from physics professor Ian George. Our deep gratitude goes to Dr. George for his outstanding leadership of CSST.

Dr. Turner joined UMBC in 1998 and is currently a professor in the physics department. She received her bachelors in Mathematics with Astronomy in 1984 and her Ph.D. in X-ray Astronomy in 1988 – both from the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom. Arriving in the United States in 1988, she first worked as an associate research scientist for the Universities Space Research Association, based at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). During her time there, Dr. Turner supported the guest observer facility for the X-ray satellite ROSAT and timeline planning for the GSFC-built Broad Band X-ray Telescope, which flew as part of the ASTRO-1 shuttle mission.

Dr. Turner and her collaborators use X-ray data to pick up signatures of material close to the black hole that lies at the nucleus of an Active Galactic Nucleus. From these X-ray signatures they can learn about accretion onto black holes, and the process of forming a wind that returns gas back to the host galaxy.

UMBC has a strong focus on space sciences, and we are proud of our long-term and mutually beneficial relationship with NASA Goddard through several major centers.

Established in 2006, the Center for Research and Exploration in Space Science & Technology (CRESST) is a cooperative agreement between UMBC, the University of Maryland, College Park, the Universities Space Research Association (USRA), and NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.

CRESST researchers cover a broad range of astrophysical studies and instrument development, including high-energy astrophysics, cosmology, gravitational astrophysics, exoplanets, and planetary studies. The Center also works to increase the involvement of minority and women scientists in space science research and facilitate university student participation in such research.

To enhance the effectiveness of our on-campus operations and our interactions with NASA, the Center for Space Science Technology will report to the Office of the Vice President for Research, effective July 1, 2015.

Carole McCann appointed special assistant to the provost for interdisciplinary activities

TO: The Campus Community
FROM: Provost Philip Rous

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Carole McCann as special assistant to the provost for interdisciplinary activities, effective August 1, 2015.

Most recently, Dr. McCann led the Provost’s Task Force on Interdisciplinary Activities that, over a two-year period, gathered information about existing interdisciplinary activities at UMBC; identified and assessed opportunities and barriers posed by existing policies, practices, and campus culture; and delivered a comprehensive report with recommendations to improve interdisciplinary teaching and research at UMBC. In her role as special assistant, Dr. McCann will work with the provost and collaborate across academic affairs, shared governance, and other divisions to assess, develop, and then move forward with plans to address recommendations contained within the task force report. In addition, she will provide support and counsel to the provost on issues related to the growth and support of interdisciplinary activities at UMBC.

Dr. McCann has been engaged in interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching throughout her career. She holds a Ph.D. in History of Consciousness from the University of California at Santa Cruz, one of the nation’s premiere interdisciplinary Ph.D. programs in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. She is chair and professor of the UMBC gender and women’s studies department and has successfully led the new department through crucial stages of its development. Her notable accomplishments in this area include developing a bachelors curriculum, creating a minor in critical sexualities, hiring the first complement of tenure-track faculty, and establishing the Women Involved in Living and Leadership (WILL) Program. She also serves as an affiliate faculty member of the language, literacy, and culture (LLC) graduate program and is the coordinator for the culture, place, and identity track in the new interdisciplinary global studies program. Previously, Dr. McCann was a faculty member in American studies, a well-established interdisciplinary field at UMBC, and served as interim chair of the department from 2011-12.

Dr. McCann has an exemplary record of university service and leadership, including major contributions to the Student Administration Faculty Advisory Committee and the University Academic Planning and Budget Committee. Her contributions as a member of the Ad Hoc Committee on Gender Equity in STEM were instrumental in shaping UMBC’s highly-acclaimed NSF ADVANCE grant. In our current university planning efforts, Dr. McCann has served on the Strategic Planning Steering Committee and co-chaired the Innovative Curriculum and Pedagogy Strategy Work Group with biological sciences professor Dr. Jeff Leips. She has also served on important university search committees, including for the provost, CAHSS dean, LLC and interdisciplinary studies directors, and as an outside member on promotion and tenure committees in several departments.

Dr. McCann has established a national and international reputation as a scholar in transnational feminist theory and science studies focused on the social relations of gender and its intersections with race, sexuality, and nation. Her publications include the highly regarded volume The Feminist Theory Reader: Local and Global Perspectives, co-edited with Dr. Seung-Kyung Kim (Routledge Press, 2003, 2010, 2013). With three editions in print and a fourth in preparation, it has become a standard text in the field. In addition, she has published Birth Control Politics in the United States, 1916-1945 (Cornell University Press, 1994, 1999) and is currently completing Malthus, Mathematics, and Modern Masculinity: Demographic Discipline and Mid-Twentieth Century Population Politics for Feminist Technosciences (University of Washington Press).

Please join me in congratulating Dr. McCann on her new appointment and supporting her in her new role as special assistant to the provost for interdisciplinary activities.

Farewell Reception Honoring John Martello

The UMBC community is cordially invited to a reception honoring John Martello, Vice Provost for the Division of Professional Studies (DPS), Chairman and CEO, UMBC Training Centers, and Executive Director of The Shriver Center.

The reception will be held on Monday, August 24, from 3 – 5 p.m. in the Library Gallery, First Floor. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served. If you would like to attend, please RSVP by August 14 to Carol Walsh at or 410-455-5604.

A strong leader throughout his career, Dr. Martello has played a pivotal role in our community. He has grown the Division of Professional Studies and UMBC Training Centers to enroll over 10,000 students and professionals annually. This has expanded educational opportunities for thousands of nontraditional students and generated nearly $30 million in revenue for the campus. His achievements will remain part of the fabric of our exceptional scholarly community.

Six years in a row, UMBC named “Great College to Work For”

To: The UMBC Community
From: President Freeman Hrabowski and Provost Philip Rous

The Chronicle of Higher Education has named UMBC an outstanding academic workplace for the sixth consecutive year. UMBC is one of only 86 universities to receive the “Great Colleges to Work For” distinction and the only Maryland four-year institution to be recognized.

Each year, the Chronicle surveys faculty, staff, and administrators and asks them to rate their workplaces on a variety of factors. The assessment also includes analysis of demographic data and workplace policies. The Chronicle’s 2015 results are based on responses from more than 40,000 people at nearly 300 public and private institutions nationwide.

For the fourth consecutive year, UMBC was featured on the Chronicle’shonor roll,” which recognizes universities that excel in almost every recognition category. This year, UMBC was highly rated in:

  • Collaborative Governance
  • Confidence in Senior Leadership
  • Respect and Appreciation
  • Supervisor/Department Chair Relationship
  • Tenure Clarity & Process

This award recognizes what we all know: Excellence thrives in an environment of inclusiveness and respect. These campus values and our commitment to robust shared governance make UMBC an exceptional campus community. We thank each of you for all that you do to make UMBC a great place to work and learn.