UMBC Recognized for Value and Smart Students

Recent reports have recognized UMBC as a top school for “smart students” and a university that provides students with strong “ROI,” relating tuition and other costs to alumni salaries.

Using student-reported data from College Prowler, Business Insider ranked UMBC in the top ten on a list of Public Colleges with the Smartest Students. A student review of UMBC on College Prowler describes, “UMBC is a great university. Its diversity, high-quality education, and leadership opportunities make it a place where everyone can shine.” The Business Insider story generated notable online interest, including over 15,000 views through UMBC’s Facebook page. 

In the College ROI report, UMBC ranked in the top 10% of 1,310 colleges and universities measured — one of the highest rankings among universities in Maryland.

Hilltop Researcher Michael Abrams Co-Authors Two Articles Published in Psychiatric Services

Michael T. Abrams, MPH, a senior research analyst at The Hilltop Institute, co-authored two articles published in the April 2014 issue of Psychiatric Services. The articles are both based on a study of low-income young adults (aged 18-26) discharged from an inpatient psychiatric event, a marker for serious mental distress.

Identifying Young Adults at Risk of Medicaid Enrollment Lapses After Inpatient Mental Health Treatment discusses a study that identified antecedents to Medicaid enrollment lapses in the year following discharge. Such lapses are undesirable because they suggest absence of medical attention that is especially indicated in the wake of an inpatient psychiatric stay.

Medicaid Lapses and Low-Income Young Adults’ Receipt of Outpatient Mental Health Care after an Inpatient Stay discusses a second study that estimated the impacts of Medicaid enrollment disruptions on access to mental health services in the same year following inpatient discharge. That study found that Medicaid disruptions correlated with reduced outpatient mental health service utilization and lower medication possession ratios. Jointly, these articles offer information to policymakers and others regarding the reasons and the potentially negative health care consequences of insurance discontinuities for young adults with substantial, albeit emerging, mental health needs. Such young adults represent an important subset of persons who should gain broader access to medical care coverage via the Affordable Care Act.

In-House Team Development Made Easy (5/1)

Are you looking for ways to do team development over the summer on a tight budget? Did you know that resources are available to you for free, to develop your team without having to design a program or hire an external trainer? Come to this two-hour session to learn how to facilitate action-oriented team discussions that result in new behavior and improved outcomes.

The workshop will be Thursday, May 1st, 9:00-11:00 a.m., in The Commons, Room 331.

Register by April 23rd, and get a flyer with details on myUMBC.

Re-theorizing the Political: Peruvian Street Children’s Everyday Lives (4/16)

The Department of Geography & Environmental Systems invites you to the next presentation in our Spring 2014 Seminar Series.

The speaker is Dr. Dena Aufseeser, Assistant Professor in GES, and her topic is: Re-theorizing the political: Peruvian street children’s everyday lives.

The seminar will be presented in ITE 231 at noon on Wednesday, April 16.

If you have questions, please contact Andrew Miller at

Professional Graduate Program Open House at UMBC’s South Campus (4/23)

UMBC’s Division of Professional Studies offers a broad array of professionally focused master’s degrees and graduate certificates that help prepare professionals for today’s most in-demand careers.

On April 23, attend the Professional Graduate Program Open House at UMBC’s South Campus (bwtech@UMBC South), to learn about graduate programs in Biotechnology, Cybersecurity, Health Information Technology, Engineering Management and Systems Engineering.

During the session, there will be an opportunity to participate in discussions with program directors, staff and alumni, and meet Career Services representatives to learn careers, job searching resources available and internships. Additionally, the Open House will provide an opportunity to learn about financing education, as well as the educational benefits available to veterans.

The Open House is scheduled for Wednesday, April 23, 2014 from 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM. Click here to RSVP.

Ant Ozok, Information Systems, on The Kojo Nnamdi Show

photo 3Technological advancements such as direct deposit, ATMs and cell phone apps have changed the way people bank. A recent news report found that 50% of the population had not visited a bank branch in the last month.

Ant Ozok, associate professor of information systems, visited WAMU’s The Kojo Nnamdi Show to discuss technological innovations that have transformed personal banking. Ozok, who specializes in human computer interaction, emphasized the importance of a positive user experience, saying, “Banks need to take the precautions that are necessary so that users do what they need to do in an efficient way.”

Click here to listen to “Personal Banking Technology” on The Kojo Nnamdi Show.