Laura Hussey, Political Science, on WYPR

Laura HusseyLaura Hussey, an associate professor of political science, recently discussed on WYPR the police accountability bills that died in committees on the last day of the 2015 Maryland General Assembly session. In the story, Hussey said it was a lack of unity that may have led to the bills’ failure.

“Activists need to have some sort of consensus around what’s going to be a viable policy solution to this issue and I don’t think that consensus is there yet,” she said.

Hussey also discussed the belief among some that police accountability is mainly a Baltimore City problem. “Those in outlying areas maybe not so convinced that there’s a problem with police brutality that needs to be reined in,” she said, “they’re afraid that they may be making big changes that will hurt areas where there aren’t problems to help those where there is.”

To listen to the full story on WYPR, click here.

Erle Ellis, GES, in The New Yorker

erle_ellis_2012In response to recent research published in the journal Trends in Ecology & Evolution that argued scientists should spend more time studying apes’ behavior in places where humans are disrupting their lives, Erle Ellis was interviewed for a recent article in The New Yorker about his Anthropocene research. In the article, Ellis, an associate professor of geography and environmental systems, discussed his research on human influence on ecosystems around the world.

“This is the ecology that matters now,” Ellis said. “It’s become the most pervasive context. If you’re interested in working across the span of habitat that species are living in, it’s very likely that most of that habitat is under human influence.” Simply ignoring that fact doesn’t make it any less real. “This process is not slowing down,” he added. “It’s speeding up.”

Ellis also commented on the controversial notion that humans are a legitimate part of an area’s ecology worth studying. “A lot of people feel like that’s kind of giving in—that the idea that we could successfully maintain wildlife in human habitats is going to get people to say, ‘Well, we might as well turn everything into parking lots,’ ” Ellis said.

To read the full article in The New Yorker, click here.

Norman Augustine, USM Board of Regents, Visits UMBC

Augustine_Visit-3024On April 9, Norman Augustine, member of the University System of Maryland Board of Regents and former chair and CEO of Lockheed-Martin , visited UMBC to learn more about engineering education and research, as well as technology transfer from universities to the marketplace.

During his visit, Augustine met with President Hrabowski, Julia Ross, dean of the College of Engineering and Information Technology (COEIT), and several COEIT faculty. After Ross spoke about COEIT’s success in producing more IT graduates than any other university in Maryland, Anupam Joshi, computer science and electrical engineering, discussed UMBC’s work in cybersecurity. Penny Rheingans, center for Women in Technology, explained her work with encouraging women in information technology and engineering, and Anne Spence, mechanical engineering, shared her experiences in redesigning courses.

Augustine also toured several laboratories and centers, including the MicroMaterials Characterization Laboratory and UMBC’s Center for Advanced Sensor Technology.

DoSA Total Body Stretching Workshop (4/28)

Stop by the RAC for our last workshop of the semester! Flexibility is an essential component of fitness that is often neglected or left out in preference for developing other areas of fitness. This workshop will introduce a variety of stretching methods to provide the framework which will allow you to extend the range of movement at the joints. This may help prevent injury and improve performance of health and sports related activities, as well as help the body into a heightened state of relaxation. Stretching exercises can be adapted to accommodate individual needs so everyone will benefit from this workshop. Join us 4/28 at noon on the indoor track!

FREE giveaways to ALL who participate.

UMBC Summer Day Camp- UMBC Employees Discount

summer-day-camp-banner-page-001UMBC employees: take advantage of the Summer Day Camp discount for all UMBC employees and save $15.00/week.

The UMBC Summer Day Camp has a number of unique features that make it an outstanding experience for the boys and girls who attend. We offer a wide variety of structured activities in which children of all ages and abilities will be able to take part in.

If you would like your child to attend, register online or request information and a brochure by emailing summerdaycamp@umbc.edu. Enrollment is open in all sessions. Camp space is filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

For questions regarding camp dates, fees, or other general camp information, please call (410) 455-2638.

Day Camp Sessions:

  • June 15-19
  • June 22-26
  • June 29-July 2
  • July 6-10
  • July 13-17
  • July 20-24
  • July 27-31
  • August 3-7
  • August 10-14

USM Women’s Forum Scholarship and Award Opportunities (6/30 Deadline)

The USM Women’s Forum Student Scholarship (up to $500) is open to all students enrolled/attending a USM institution for the fall semester of the year scholarship application. To be eligible for the award, you must have earned a total of 48 undergraduate OR 9 graduate credits, have a minimum GPA of 3.0 at your USM institution, be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, and have demonstrated financial need. One scholarship per lifetime.

The scholarship is open to both men and women. Application materials must be received by June 30th in order to be considered for the award.

The USM Women’s Forum Professional Staff Development Award (up to $500) provides funding to eligible staff members currently employed at USM institutions for a minimum of five (5) years cumulative service (with verification of employment supported by the applicant’s USM institution’s Human Resources Department). The USMWF wishes to encourage and enable staff to pursue training and/or professional development activities to enhance current job skills and/or seek career advancement opportunities. Funding can be used for non-credit courses and conferences.

The award is open to both men and women. Application materials must be received by June 30th in order to be considered for the award.

The USM Women’s Forum Faculty Research Award (up to $1000) is designed to provide a funding opportunity for faculty who are pursuing research on women’s experiences: social, scientific, economic, political, and health conditions that impact women. All faculty who hold an academic appointment at any of the USM institutions may apply with preference given to junior faculty members at the rank of assistant professor, research associate, or instructor. In addition, faculty must be within five years of their appointment. Only one proposal per investigator will be considered.

The award is open to both men and women. Application materials must be received by June 30th in order to be considered for the award.

Renetta Tull, Graduate School, Interviewed on Global Webcast

RenettaRenetta Tull, associate vice provost for graduate education and postdoctoral affairs, was interviewed as part of a global webcast featuring women in data. The webcast was hosted by O’Reilly Media, which published a report on Women in Data in February that also featured Tull.

In the interview, Tull spoke about resources for women in tech from underrepresented backgrounds and mentioned programs such as the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Bridge to the Doctorate at UMBC. Tull was joined by Michele Chambers, president and COO at RapidMiner, Laurie Skelly, data scientist at Datascope and curriculum developer and instructor for the Data Science bootcamp at Metis, and Alice Zheng, director of Data Science at Dato.

Click here to watch the webcast.