GRA Pradeep Guin Publishes Article and Presents at National Conference

Hilltop LogoHilltop Institute graduate research assistant and UMBC Public Policy Ph.D. candidate Pradeep Guin is co-author of an article recently published in the journal Health, titled Health Status and Access to Health Services in Indian Slums. The article presents the findings of a study that analyzed the status of health and access to health services among the urban poor in India, based on data from a primary survey conducted among 2000 households, covering 10,929 individuals from four cities of India. The results of the study indicate continued vulnerability of the urban poor, and the need for urgent government action. Guin presented a paper on this study at the Health Systems Reform in Asia Conference in Singapore which took place December 13-16, 2013. Citation: Gupta, I., & Guin, P. (2015). Health status and access to health services in Indian slums. Health, 7, 245-255.

Guin also presented a poster at the Association for Education Finance and Policy’s (AEFP) 40th Annual Conference on February 27, 2015, in Washington, DC, titled The Impacts of Exposure to Natural Disasters on Children’s Education and Health Outcomes. This dissertation research attempted to answer the question: Does (a) exposure to natural disasters and (b) economic losses from disasters have any impact on a child’s education and health outcomes? Guin found that there is no significant impact on a child’s outcome measures in a one-year exposure period due to various types of disasters. There is evidence, however, that disasters that lead to especially large economic losses can reduce students’ performance on math assessments.

Brewing in Baltimore: An Alternative to Mainstream Media (4/8)

print-baltimore_brew-logoA talk by Fern Shen, Founder and Editor, Baltimore Brew on Wed, April 8th, 12-1:00 pm in the Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery.

Shen is an award-winning reporter who wrote for The Washington Post, Baltimore Evening Sun and Hartford Courant. In 2009 – with mainstream media here and across the country suddenly cutting back, laying off and shutting down — Shen struck off into somewhat uncharted territory by founding Baltimore Brew – an online-only news website with reported news stories, culture and community dialogue.

Retirement Party for Dr. Larry Wilt (4/15)

wiltAfter 33 years of distinguished service to UMBC, Dr. Larry Wilt, Director of the Albin O. Kuhn Library and Gallery, is retiring. Dr. Wilt was Director of the library for 24 years. His vision and passion for enhancing library services has led the library through many developments and new services.

Please join us for a reception in his honor on April 14, 2015 in the Albin O. Kuhn Gallery at 5pm. Please rsvp to Linda Durkos at

USM Women’s Forum Awards and Scholarship Opportunities

usm-logowebEach year, the USM Women’s Forum recognizes and celebrates the achievements of students, faculty and staff from across the system through award and scholarship programs including:

  1. Student Scholarship Award
  2. Professional Staff Development Award
  3. Faculty Research Award

All awards and scholarships are open to any person regardless of sex, race, color, religion, age, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or disability. The award is open to both men and women.

Application materials must be received by June 30th for consideration.

Choice Program Assistant Director to be Honored by Baltimore Mayor’s Office

PrintZeevelle Nottingham-Lemon, an assistant director for the Choice Program at UMBC, has been selected by Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s Baltimorphosis Committee as a Baltimorphosis Changemaker. Changemakers are selected because of their impact on violence prevention in their communities.

Zeevelle was selected for the work she has been doing spearheading the Choice Program’s Youth in Action project. Four adults and eight youth living in Baltimore City were chosen as Baltimorphosis Changemakers. They will be honored on Wednesday, March 25 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Baltimore City Hall Rotunda. The ceremony takes place during Youth Violence Prevention Week.

UMBC Participates in National Engineering Education Initiative Announced at White House

UMBC is among more than 120 U.S. engineering programs leading a transformative movement in engineering education announced at the White House today.

In a letter presented to President Barack Obama, UMBC and peer institutions committed to establish special educational programs designed to prepare undergraduates to solve “Grand Challenges.” These challenges are complex yet achievable goals to improve national and international health, security (including cybersecurity), sustainability, and quality of life in the 21st century.

Together, the schools plan to graduate more than 20,000 formally recognized “Grand Challenge Engineers” over the next decade.

Dean Julia Ross, of UMBC’s College of Engineering and Information Technology (pictured below), will represent UMBC at a special meeting of the White House and National Academy of Engineering to discuss this commitment on March 24, 2015.

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