Linda Dusman, Music, and Eric Smallwood, Visual Art, Awarded TEDCO MII Grant

Symphony Interactive Screen

Symphony Interactive Screen

Linda Dusman, Music, and Eric Smallwood, Visual Arts, in partnership with the School of Music at the University of Maryland, College Park, have received a $150,000 Maryland Innovation Initiative (MII) grant for their work on the tablet app, Symphony Interactive. MII was created as a partnership between the State of Maryland and five Maryland academic research institutions (Johns Hopkins University; Morgan State University; UMCP; University of Maryland Baltimore; and UMBC), and is managed by TEDCO, created by the Maryland State Legislature in 1998 to facilitate the transfer and commercialization of technology from Maryland’s research universities and federal labs into the marketplace. The MII program promotes the commercialization of academic research conducted in the partnership universities. Symphony Interactive is only the second project within the humanities ever to receive an award from MII, and the first to be funded in the arts and humanities at UMBC.

SI_CommaderControlSymphony Interactive provides contemporary audiences a novel way to engage with live orchestral performances. Through both text and images presented through a unique interface at the exact moment the information is most pertinent to the music, SI enables an enriched experience for users by allowing them to learn about the music and its cultural history during its performance. Acting as an informed “friend,” the app subtly provides information to enhance engagement, keeping the experience of the live performance paramount. During the grant period, the SI team will create a library for thirty of the most performed orchestral works, producing unique textual and visual information for each piece. Over the next nine months, the grant funding also will enable developing a more fully featured proof of concept application, expanding the social media extensions of the app, and performing valuable market research to aid in the commercialization process.

The Symphony Interactive project has been in development since 2011, with support from the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and the Office of the Vice President for Research. Development has progressed through collaboration with many faculty, staff and students from Music, Visual Arts, the Imaging Research Center, Human Centered Computing, and the Department of Information Technology. Symphony Interactive has been tested in performances by the UMBC Symphony, and most recently at the National Orchestra Institute at the Clarice Smith Center for the Performing Arts.

Ascend Your Energy – Tune Into Your New Destiny (9/5-9/7)

Would you like to take advantage of what science reveals about the way your brain works and make measurable changes in your body and your life?

A powerful Dr. Joe Dispenza program is taking place on UMBC September 5-7, 2014. The organizers of this event are offering UMBC faculty and staff, and their families, the ‘early bird’ rate through August 28th. This discount is not being publicly advertised.

This offer applies to the full Friday-Sunday progressive workshop, which includes an 8-hour online program, the Friday evening lecture, and two full days Saturday and Sunday. Prior to the in-person program, you must view the online workshop or have attended a past live Level 1 or Intensive Workshop.

Additional pre-work is to read Dr. Dispenza’s book ‘Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself.’

When registering, just enter ‘UMBC’ in the ‘Coupon Code’ field to get the rate of $429 plus $6 service fee, for a total of $435.

Click here to register.

“During the course of this multi-day workshop, Dr. Dispenza will deliver new teachings, share case studies and examples, teach you how to recondition your body to a new mind, and show you how to liberate energy stored in your body in the form of self-limiting thoughts, unconscious habits, and memorized emotions.

You will leave this weekend having experienced powerful and profound shifts inside and outside of you. Many people in the last three years have reported that they literally left this seminar a different person from when they came. As you continue your practice with the tools and techniques you take away from this weekend, you will experience ongoing and significantly noticeable changes in your world.”

For more information, please visit Dr. Joe Dispenza’s website.

American Red Cross Blood Drive via Bloodmobile (7/23)

UMBC SUMMER BLOODMOBILE
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Registration will be at The Commons Information Desk. The Bloodmobile will be parked on Commons Circle Drive

Walk ups are welcome, or you can schedule your Life Saving Donation. To schedule an appointment go to www.redcrossblood.org and enter Sponsor Code: 0531838.

Alternatively, call 1-800-RED-CROSS.

Need a reason to donate blood? Click here to watch  inspiring videos from grateful Blood Recipients.  For questions on eligibility please call Donor Services at:
1-866-236-3276

Also, all donors on July 23rd will have a chance to be honored at Camden Yards as the BLOOD DONOR OF THE GAME!

Winners will receive a pair of tickets to a Baltimore Orioles home game and special on-field recognition at the game. One winner each month will be selected through September. To enter a website and code will be presented to you at the time of your blood donation. For more information visit: redcrossblood.org/orioles-bdog

Meghan Carpenter Wins 2014 UMBC Student Affairs Leadership Award

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Meghan Carpenter on the left and Dr. Kim Leisey, Associate VP for Student Affairs

On June 30, 2014, the Division of Student Affairs honored the 2014 UMBC Student Affairs Leadership Award recipient, Meghan Carpenter. This award recognizes undergraduate students with Junior or Senior status who made significant contributions to UMBC and provided leadership that enhances the quality of university life. Recipients are selected on the bases of leadership, scholarship, service and character.

Meghan who recently graduated in May 2014, was recognized for her leadership with SGA, Omicron Delta Kappa, and as the UMBC representative for the Maryland Higher Education Commission. Congratulations to Meghan on this outstanding achievement.

July-August 2014 SkillSoft Resource Highlight: Challenge Series Interactive Case Studies

Did you know that you can get hands-on practice resolving real-world business issues by taking SkillSoft’s Business Challenge Series courses? These 15-20 minute interactive case studies bring to life problems and solutions for a wide range of sales, business, and professional topics.

Gain the full value of the learning experience by immersing yourself in these scenarios in a safe, exploratory environment. At the end of the course, you’ll receive feedback about your solution and will be invited to try a different solution, acquiring different perspectives and tools that can inform how you apply the concepts in your own workplace situation.

For more information about SkillSoft and the Business Exploration Series courseware, click here.

Visit the UMBC SkillSoft website for a Quick Start Guide, FAQs, and the link to log in to SkillPort. To schedule a department presentation about using SkillSoft for professional development, contact Jill Weinknecht Wardell at ext. 5-1442 or jwardell@umbc.edu.

Rachel Brewster in Science Magazine

Rachel Brewster, an associate professor in the department of biological sciences, was profiled in a recent issue of Science magazine. The article titled, The Adapter, explores how Brewster, in a world of tight funding, adapts her work on neural development, and continues training graduate students.

Jennifer Couzin-Frankel writes in Science:

Brewster landed at UMBC in 2003, after marrying a biologist she met at New York University (NYU) who accepted a job at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Since securing tenure, she aspired to create a different culture from the one she experienced during her postdoc, in a prestigious lab at NYU’s Skirball Institute of Biomolecular Medicine. “I do not want to have the kind of cutthroat lab where people feel the pressure to work Saturday, Sunday, 16 hours a day,” she says. “But then there’s of course a price to pay,” she admits. “The price to pay is in productivity.”

“Her lab uses zebrafish to disentangle how the early brain is shaped, and Brewster has also made it a priority to support women and students from minority groups. In part that reflects her own background—she grew up in Switzerland, the child of a Jamaican mother and a British Guyanese father who worked for the United Nations. She’s fiercely proud of UMBC, a state school that graduates a remarkable 40% or so of its students, many of them minorities, from science-based majors, well above the national average of 25%. “A lot of our students are daughters and sons of recent immigrants, people who still believe in the American dream and who are investing every penny and dime they have to get their kids an education,” she says.”

If you’re looking for a good read about one of UMBC’s scientists then this article may be for you.

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