Robert Deluty, Graduate School, Publishes his 49th Book

Robert Deluty, associate dean of the graduate school, has published a new book, “A Mingled Yarn.”

robertdelutyIn his review, Ronald Pies writes: “Robert Deluty’s wonderful new collection of poems draws its title and inspiration from Shakespeare’s line, ‘The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and ill together.’ In Deluty’s poems, there is certainly the recognition of evil — e.g., ‘neo-Nazi teen/ planning to change his surname/ from Brown to White’ — but also the eternal force of good, as in, ‘in the mailbox/ finding her lost wallet/ with extra cash.’ Also evident in these poems is the enlivening spirit of gratitude; for example, we discover ‘in her wheelchair/ the blind, deaf elder counting/ her blessings.’ Finally, as always in Deluty’s work, we find among the interwoven themes of good and ill the golden thread of the author’s generosity and humor.”

Copies of “A Mingled Yarn,” as well as of Dr. Deluty’s other books, are on sale at the Bookstore.

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.

Robert Deluty, Graduate School, Publishes his 48th Book

robertdelutyRobert Deluty, associate dean of the graduate school, has published a new volume of poetry “Worthy of Consideration.” In his review, Ronald Pies writes: “Robert Deluty’s excellent new collection of short poems presents us with an intriguing dialectic, partly inspired by epigrams from the writer Hermann Hesse. On the one hand, for Hesse, ‘. . . every man’s story is important, eternal, sacred.’ On the other hand, Hesse tells us that his own story is ‘not sweet and harmonious’ but is filled with ‘folly and bewilderment’ – even madness. Deluty’s poems vibrate with this dynamic tension: sometimes evoking the eternal and sacred; sometimes reflecting human folly and bewilderment – and sometimes, both, as in ‘fundamentalists/ blasting Christian rock music/ at their Sikh neighbors.’ What allows Deluty’s poems to ‘work’ is his deep sympathy and understanding of the paradoxes of the human condition.”

“Worthy of Consideration,” as well as all of Dr. Deluty’s other books, may be purchased at the UMBC Bookstore.

Renetta Tull, Graduate School, Featured in “Women in Data”

RenettaRenetta Tull, associate vice provost for graduate education and postdoctoral affairs, is featured on the cover of Women in Data: Cutting-Edge Practitioners and Their Views on Critical Skills, Background, and Education. The report includes interviews with 15 women about their success, motivation and views on opportunities available to women in tech fields.

In her interview, Tull focuses on the need for early exposure to computing careers. She says, “Women can be more involved with computing fields, and certainly, opportunities for ubiquitous computing limit restrictions for engagement. However, women need to know that they are invited to the table; they need to see images that show that they are not excluded and they need regular and continuous access to computing environments early, within the K–12 years…”

Click here to learn more about Women in Data and download a free copy of the report.

UMBC’s Professional Graduate Programs Information Sessions (3/7)

15365064460_649cdd1abb_zUMBC’s Division of Professional Studies offers a broad number of professionally focused master’s degrees and graduate certificates that help prepare professionals for today’s most in-demand careers.

On March 7, attend the UMBC’s Professional Graduate Programs Information Sessions at The Universities at Shady Grove, to learn about graduate programs in Biotechnology, Cybersecurity, and Geographic Information Systems.

Program directors, alumni and students from programs will be on hand to discuss industry trends, opportunities, and the admissions process. The information sessions will provide an overview of each program’s innovative curriculum and practice-oriented instruction, designed for working professionals.

The Information Sessions are scheduled for Saturday, March 7, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at The Universities at Shady Grove, Camille Kendall Academic Center (Building III), 9636 Gudelsky Drive, Rockville, MD 20850.

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Welcoming New Graduate Students to UMBC

Help us in welcoming new graduate students to campus. The Graduate School is pleased to announce that New Graduate Student Orientation will take place Thursday, January 15, 2015 beginning at 2:00 pm. Here are a few comments from previous Graduate Orientation sessions:

“I was blown away by the kindness and helpfulness of every person representing UMBC.”

“Fun and informative.”

“I found the orientation very helpful and am glad that I attended. I am excited to be a retriever.”

Graduate Research Conference Faculty/Staff Reviewer Sign Up Ends Jan. 15th

GSA_badge_initial_logoThe 37th Annual Graduate Research Conference (GRC) will take place on March 25, 2015. GRC is a collaborative effort of the Graduate Student Association (GSA), the Office of Graduate Student Life (OGSL), and the GSA Senate. The 2015 Planning Team redesigned GRC to serve as an intellectual, creative, and safe space for graduate students to share their work, provide and receive feedback, interact with the campus, refine their research skills, and partake in professional development opportunities.

Faculty and staff are invited to serve as reviewers of graduate student presentations. GRC reviewers provide constructive feedback to graduate researchers and contribute to making the conference an intellectually fruitful and socially meaningful event.

The reviewer submission deadline is January 15, 2015.

For more information about the conference, please visit the GRC website or contact Romy Hübler at