Homecoming Spirit Decorating Competitions – Vote Now!

Who will win the People’s Choice Award? Cast your vote today!

This year the Homecoming Spirit Decorating Contest competition is fierce, with more than 30 offices, eight residential communities, and 10 student organizations participating. Online voting is now live and will be open until Tuesday, Oct. 8 at midnight.

The student organization Spirit Banners are being hung in the Commons today. Photos of the banners will be uploaded for online voting Monday morning at 10 am.

Winners of the Office Spirit Decorating competition will be announced at the Homecoming Faculty and Staff Social on Wednesday Oct. 9 from 5-6 p.m. in Flat Tuesdays. Winners of the Residence Hall and student organization banner competitions will be announced at the Bonfire on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at dusk on Erickson Field.

Get more information about Homecoming events and festivities at homecoming.umbc.edu.

Robert Provine, Psychology, in Times Higher Education

Curious Behavior: Yawning, Laughing, Hiccuping, and Beyond by Robert Provine, professor of psychology, was reviewed in the UK’s Times Higher Education on November 15.

“Provine fearlessly explores the borderlands of scientific experimentation by studying these non-verbal outputs of the body, these behaviours that hardly any funding agency would consider serious subjects for enquiry and that would barely elicit interest beyond the Ig Nobel Prize judges. Incidentally, Provine surely deserves an Ig Nobel, because those awards are given for research that first makes people laugh and then makes them think. That is exactly what he has been doing for most of his scientific career, and that is probably what we should do here: laugh first and then think.”

The full review can be read here.  Previous coverage of the book and Provine’s work can be found here.

Straitjacket Sexualities: Unbinding Asian American Manhoods in the Movies

Join the departments of American Studies, Asian Studies, and Gender and Women’s Studies for “Straitjacket Sexualities: Unbinding Asian American Manhoods in the Movies,” a lecture by filmmaker and scholar Celine Parreñas Shimizu.

Celine Parreñas Shimizu is Professor of Asian American Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she is also affiliate faculty in Comparative Literature, Feminist and Film and Media Studies
The lecture will take place on Friday, October 12, at 1PM in the Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery.
Shimizu is the author of the book Straitjacket Sexualities: Unbinding Asian American Manhoods in the Movies, which David L. Eng of the University of Pennsylvania called “an utterly original examination of Asian American masculinity on the silver screen, Straitjacket Sexualities is a critical tour-de-force that reveals cinema to be an ethical event. It offers a theory of responsibility in the face of vulnerability and persecution to encourage the emergence of new and better forms of manhood.”
David Palumbo-Liu of  Stanford University said that the book is “an exciting contribution to Asian American, film, and gender and sexuality studies, one which many will find liberatory as well. A perfect sequel to her book on Asian American female sexualities.”

Students Receive Scholarships to Study in Taiwan

Several students have received Huayu Enrichment Scholarships (HES) from the Taiwan Ministry of Education to study Mandarin in Taiwan from June-August, 2012. The students are Niesha Watts ’14, applied linguistics; Amy Fowler ’12, Asian studies and interdisciplinary studies; Vadim Rubin ’10, history, and ’12 Asian studies; and Jillian Long ’13, Chinese.

Initial contact with the Taiwan Economic and Cultural Representatives Office (TECRO) in Washington, D.C., was made by Eugene Schaffer, chair of education. The Asian studies program, including director Constantine Vaporis, organized an information session to inform students about the scholarships and to assist with the application process. Anna Shields, director of the honors college,William Brown, lecturer in Chinese, and Vaporis formed the selection committee.

The scholarships are being supplemented with funding from the offices of the Vice Provost, Academic Affairs, the Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, Antonio Moreira and the Asian Studies Program.