Ann Christine Frankowski, Center for Aging Studies, in the New York Times

An April 13 article in the New York Times took an in-depth look at the Henry Rayhons case which has drawn national attention in recent weeks.

Ann Christine Frankowski, Autonomy symposium

Ann Christine Frankowski discusses her research at a symposium in 2013.

Ann Christine Frankowski, associate director of the Center for Aging Studies, was quoted in the article and discussed how dementia symptoms tend to fluctuate and patients can often be lucid in the morning and significantly impaired in the afternoon. “What may be appropriate on one day may not be appropriate the next week, or at a different point that same day,” she said.

In the article, Frankowski also discussed what she has discovered in her research with some staff member attitudes towards sex in assisted living facilities:

In other facilities, though, Dr. Frankowski said: “I find staff members saying ‘It’s wrong. Old people don’t do this, they had spouses in the past, they have family member that would be concerned.’ ”

“Sometimes they will say to the resident, ‘Do you really want your daughter to know about this?’ And the staff members do really and truly believe they are doing the right thing.”

To read the full article in the New York Times, click here.

V-E Day 70th Anniversary Concert (4/24)

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Friday, April 24 | 6:30-8 p.m.
ITE Building Room 104

Victory in Europe Day—known as V-E Day—commemorates May 8, 1945, the date when the World War II Allies (including the United States, Britain, France, and the Soviet Union) formally accepted the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany. The UMBC Russian Club with support of the Department of Modern Languages, Linguistics, and Intercultural Communication and the American Association of Russian Language, Culture, and Education (AARCE) is presenting a 70th anniversary concert for V-E day with music, song, and dance.

The event will feature the UMBC Russian Chorus, Russian School Metaphor, Potomac Russian Academy, Perspectiva Russian School, Musical Theater Zerkalo, East-West Cultural Center – Dance Group “Kalinka,” and Dance Studio Olympus.

Communicating Climate (4/20)

JCET-Logo1Celebrating 20 Years of JCET Climate Research: Climate affects all residents of the Earth but we all have different perspectives and ways of talking about it.

The UMBC Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology and the UMBC Sustainability Working Group invite the campus community to a symposium focused on communicating the results of scientific climate investigations. A panel of noted climate researchers will contribute their knowledge of Earth’s climate a discussion prompted by questions from the broader UMBC audience.

This Communicating Climate symposium also celebrates the integration of art and science with renowned musician and composer Kenji Williams who will perform the multi-media presentation, “Beautiful Earth.”

Communication Climate will take place on April 20, 12:30 – 6 p.m. in the UC Ballroom.

UMBC Earth Day Events 2015 (4/16-4/24)

sustainabilityCelebrate sustainability and Earth Day with an array of academic, social, service and awareness events here at UMBC:

EcoFest: Green Festival
Mon, 4/20 | 10am-2pm | The Quad
(Rain location: Gameroom)
A Green Festival with music, games, speakers, performances, food, crafts, giveaways, and more! Hosted by Students for Environmental Awareness.

Communication Climate Symposium
Mon, 4/20 | 12:30pm-6pm | UC Ballroom
Presentations and poster session featuring research related to climate change. Hosted by Joint Center for Earth Technologies, UMBC partnership with NASA.

Beautiful Earth (Part of the Climate Symposium)
Mon, 4/20 | 3:30pm | UC Ballroom
An artistic multi-media presentation, featuring live Native American Music, and more. Hosted by Joint Center for Earth Technologies, UMBC partnership with NASA.

Rachel Carson & Her Sisters
Tues, 4/21 | 4pm-6pm | Library 7th Floor
As part of Earth Week at UMBC, Dr. Robert K. Musil will present a talk on his book Rachel Carson and Her Sisters: Extraordinary Women Who Have Shaped America’s Environment. Hosted by EDU, GES, GWS, and more.

5k for Earth Day
Wed, 4/22 | 11am-1:30pm | The Quad
A 5k race through various green areas on campus! Those who sign up and run will receive a free 5k for Earth Day t-shirt and snacks at the race!

Earth Day at URCAD
Wed, 4/22 | 9:30am-4pm | UC Ballroom
The annual Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Day will feature a eco-friendly new paperless system. This year, the day falls on Earth Day, so stop by for giveaways and information. Hosted by the Office of Undergraduate Education.

Green Office Reception
Thursday 4/23
In the first year of the program, several offices have earned Green Office Certification by completing a checklist with the help of a training and toolkit. At this reception we will recognize and celebrate the offices who first adopted the green makeover. Hosted by the Climate Action Steering Committee.

Tree Beautification & Clean-Up
Friday 4/24 | 12pm-3pm | Commons Garage
Weeding, mulching, and staking of trees planted by the Commons Garage. Hosted by Facilities Management, SEA, ETF, and PSS.

Ready, Set, Retire! ORP Pre-Retirement Seminar (4/28)

facstaff5HRAre you in the Optional Retirement Program and thinking of retiring in the next 5 years? If the answer is “Yes”, don’t miss this opportunity!

Join us on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, 9:00 am – 12:30 pm in the University Center, Room 312.

This session is targeted to members of the ORP who are within five years of retirement (or those who just want general understanding of the ORP retirement process), this half-day session provides valuable information to prepare you for retirement. What you will learn from this valuable seminar:

  • Key steps in the retirement process
  • Health insurance options for you and your dependents into retirement
  • Social Security and Medicare benefits, presented by staff of the Social Security Administration
  • Distribution and payment options from your ORP through TIAA-CREF or Fidelity
  • Supplemental Retirement Maximums, IRS rules, and  distribution information.
  • Key information on other benefits

Register online on myUMBC. This seminar fills up quickly so please register early!

Graduate Student Association Seeking Nominees for Awards

GSA_badge_initial_logoThe Graduate Student Association is seeking nominees for five awards to recognize distinguished members of our community; including faculty, staff, and graduate students.

  • The Jessica Soto Perez Award
  • Donald Creighton Outstanding Faculty Award
  • Outstanding Senator Award
  • Outstanding Staff Award
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Organization Award
The deadline to submit nominations is April 19th at 11:59pm.  For more information about each of these awards you can visit the GSA website.

Undergraduate Commencement Seating for Faculty/Staff Guests

11824560134_4c44bb3b31_zIf you, you spouse, or your child are graduating this spring in UMBC’s undergraduate commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 21, please contact Leslie Waters in the Office of Institutional Advancement at lwaters@umbc.eduor ext. 5-8652 as soon as possible.

We are able to provide reserved seating for up to six guests for these UMBC faculty and staff members. Please contact us ASAP so we can plan accordingly. Thanks.