Announcement from Benjamin Lowenthal: Lynn Rehn’s departure

A Message from Benjamin Lowenthal, Associate Vice President, Financial Services:

As announced earlier, Lynn Rehn has left UMBC to take the position of Vice President of Administration at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science effective November 23, 2015.

The search for her replacement is currently under way and we hope to have her position filled in the February – March timeframe. I thank the members of our search committee for their hard work in moving quickly to fill this important position:

  • Charlene Uhl, Director of Budget and Fiscal Analysis – Chair
  • Dean Drake, Associate VP, Research
  • Lisa Drouillard, Director, Human Resources
  • Sharon Doherty-Ritter, Director, Management Advisory Services
  • Jacinta Kelly, Assistant Dean, Financial Management and Shared Services Center Director, CNMS
  • Stacy Long, Director, Admin Affairs & Research Admin Systems, DoIT

In the interim, please direct your inquiries as follows:

  1. General Accounting and Finance questions – Gayle Chapman – (5-2541)
  2. Contract and Grant Accounting questions – Aimee Howell – (5-5572) or Joanna Napoli – (5-1630)
  3. PeopleSoft Finance and other technical issues – Tim Kuonen – (5-8227)
  4. Accounts Payable processing questions – Linda Rothfus – (5-3288)
  5. All other pressing issues related to Financial Services – Ben Lowenthal (5-1720)

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding during this period of transition. I look forward to continuing to work with all of you to provide the best possible service and accurate financial data.

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

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.