University Health Services (UHS) recently received a 3 year accreditation from the Accreditation Association of Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). AAAHC accreditation requires organizations to conduct on-going self evaluations, peer review and education in order to provide the best level of care possible. Congratulations to UHS for this important achievement!
Education Professor of Practice Joan Shin has received the 2013 Ben Warren International House Trust Prize for her book Teaching Young Learners English (National Geographic Learning/Cengage Learning, 2013). Shin coauthored the book with JoAnn Crandall, Professor Emerita and former Director of the Language, Literacy and Culture Ph.D. program.
The prestigious award is given annually to the author or authors of the most outstanding work in the field of language teacher education. The Ben Warren International House Trust was created as a memorial to the work and life of Ben Warren, who was a leader in developing the world’s leading language teaching organization.
Shin’s book was published last year. It teaches English as a foreign language to young children and presents practical suggestions and best practices for teachers to engage young learners.
The award was announced in Barcelona, Spain on Saturday, February 8. You can read more about the announcement here. You can also find more information on Shin’s book series with National Geographic Learning here.
This week, a project by Jason Hughes, IMDA, was included in a New York Times Education Life slideshow that highlights the work of students whose art creatively solves a problem. One of only 17 featured artworks, Hughes’ limited edition Artistic Futures Savings Bonds aim to raise and sustain support for future artworks. He says, “they can be bought for $100 and increase in value every six months, to $250 in 10 years. Art patrons can trade in the bond toward the acquisition of a new work or hold onto it as an artwork itself.”
View the full slideshow including Hughes’ work: “Students Get Creative”
The piece will also be included in an education supplement of the New York Times this Sunday, February 9. Learn more about Hughes’ artwork at his portfolio website.
As part of its February 2014 Monitor on Psychology, the American Psychological Association (APA) published a feature titled “Why we cry.” The article examines recent research that helps answer what human tears mean through psychological, social and neuroscientific perspectives.
Psychology Professor Robert Provine is quoted in the article when the author references a study he conducted with other UMBC researchers. “Tears add valence and nuance to the perception of faces,” Provine says. He also notes tears are a type of social lubricant and help people communicate.
Provine is also quoted in the article when the author analyzes recent insights by psychologists into people who can’t produce tears. “Ophthalmologists have typically treated ‘dry eye’ as a medical issue, completely missing the fact that emotional communication is impaired when you lack tears,” says Provine. “They have not attended to important psychological and social consequences.”
You can read the full article in the APA Monitor here.
Congratulations to Samantha Hawkins ’14, Interdisciplinary Studies, who was crowned Miss Baltimore on January 25. As Miss Baltimore, Samantha will continue her work helping low-income families by launching a state-wide campaign to expand the Food Resource Program.
Samantha is a Maryland Delegate Scholar and a recipient of the Walter Sondheim Jr. Nonprofit Leadership Scholarship. In 2012 and 2013 she was also awarded the Miss America Academic Award. After graduation, Samantha will be teaching in Baltimore City as a member of Teach for America, while pursuing a Master’s degree in Elementary Education at Johns Hopkins.
Theatre alumni David Brasington ’12, Jesse Poole ’13 and Anderson Wells ’13 were featured on the January 29 cover of b magazine — the highlighted article discusses the success of the web series, B.F.A., written and produced by Katie Kopajtic ’11, theatre.
Read the article ”Baltimore-set comedic web series ‘BFA’ is not your average show about Millennials” at bTheSite or at the Baltimore Sun online. The series is described as “perfectly Baltimore, and it captures the humor, wackiness and mild desperation that make this show about young Bachelor of Fine Arts grads different from other shows about millennials.”
More about the series including an interview with Kopajtic also appeared in the January 19 issue of City Paper. Read, “Art Schooled: New web series pokes affectionate fun at Baltimore’s arts community” at City Paper’s website.
Psychology professor Robert Provine participated in this year’s annual question on Edge.org, which features a collection of online essays that is later published as part of a high-profile and top-selling series of books for a general audience. Contributors each year are leading scientists, philosophers and artists and the event draws global news coverage.
This year’s question was “What scientific idea is ready for retirement?” In his response titled “Common Sense,” Provine writes about behavioral and brain science: ”We fancy ourselves intelligent, conscious and alert, and thinking our way through life. This is an illusion. We are deluded by our brain’s generation of a sketchy, rational narrative of subconscious, sometimes irrational or fictitious events that we accept as reality.”
Provine goes on to write: “Our lives are guided by a series of these guesstimates about the behavior and mental state of ourselves and that, although imperfect, are adaptive and sufficiently accurate to enable us to muddle along. However, as scientists, we demand more than default explanations based on common sense. Behavioral and brain science provides a path to understanding that challenges the myths of mental life and everyday behavior.”
Robert Provine has participated in Edge.org’s annual question for several years. To read “Common Sense” and all of his essays from prior years, click here.
Tim Finin, Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, has been appointed as a co-editor of the Viewpoints section of the Communications of the ACM, the monthly magazine of the Association for Computing Machinery.
Established in 1957, CACM is sent to all ACM members (currently over 100,000) and is considered “the leading print and online publication for the computing and information technology fields”. CACM’s Viewpoints section is publishes short articles expressing opinions and views that pertain to issues of broad interest to the computing community, covering a wide range of topics, including scientific, technical, educational and social. Each month a handful of articles are published from those contributed by a set of distinguished ACM columnists and submitted by ACM members and computing professionals.
Asian studies program director Constantine Vaporis was recently interviewed in Education About Asia as part of an interview series with recipients of the AAS Franklin Buchanan Prize. Vaporis was the 2013 award winner for his book Voices of Early Modern Japan: Contemporary Accounts of Daily Life During the Age of Shoguns.
Education About Asia praised Vaporis for “producing a superb pedagogical tool” and interviewed him about his extensive scholarship on Tokugawa Japan and research methods for his book.
In addition to the interview, the magazine published a review of Voices of Early Modern Japan. The reviewer, Kathleen Krauth, writes:
[The book] is a remarkable work in that it not only offers educators many topics and themes from the early modern era of Japan but also emphasizes how to read and understand a primary document. Because Vaporis’s text successfully presents content and skills, it serves as a model of how to meet the many demands of our jobs. High school and postsecondary teachers of Japan and Asia will find this book valuable for their teaching.
The interview and book review appeared in Volume 18, Number 3 winter edition of the magazine.
Congratulations to UMBC’s Department of Information Systems for being ranked a top online graduate program in information technology by U.S. News & World Report. The UMBC program was ranked #19 in the nation, and is one of just two programs in Maryland to appear on the list.