Geography & Environmental Systems Department Seminar (9/11)

The Department of Geography & Environmental Systems invites you to our first seminar of the Fall 2013 semester. Two of our current Ph.D. candidates will be presenting on their current research. The seminar will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 11 from 12-1 p.m. in Sondheim 001.

  • Jonathan Dandois – Ecosynth: A personal remote sensing toolkit for ecologists
  • Molly Van Appledorn – Discerning community structuring mechanisms in riparian forest ecosystems

MD Exchanges and The Affordable Care Act (9/12)

Attend the upcoming MD Exchanges and The Affordable Care Act event on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2-3:30 p.m. in the UC Ballroom Lounge to learn more about Maryland Health Connection, how important it is to have health insurance, and how they can assist students, faculty and staff in attaining affordable health care if needed.

Please note that open enrollment begins October 1, 2013. This session will provide an overview of Maryland Health Connection and the Affordable Care Act. For more information, visit the Maryland Health Connection website.

For more information on enrollment, visit, the MarylandConnect Facebook page or follow them on twitter, @MarylandConnect.

Sponsored by University Health Services and The Office of Health Education.

Three Bike Events in Baltimore Presented by Bike Maryland

Bike Maryland is hosting three premier biking events this September that cater to avid cyclists to casual riders: Free Commuter Workshop on Sept. 14, Larry’s Ride on Sept. 15, and the 20th Annual Tour du Port on Sept. 29. Bike Maryland is a non-profit organization with a mission to promote bicycling, increase safety, improve conditions and provide a voice for bicyclists in Maryland.

Free Bicycle Commuter Workshop on Sept. 14: through our Bike Friendly program at 1410 Key Highway, Baltimore, MD 21230 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Learn how to safely and comfortably ride through traffic.

Larry’s Ride Sept. 15: with bicycle tours ranging from 21-65 miles through Camp Milldale in Reisterstown, Md. The mission of this event is to bring awareness to bicyclists on the road and it will conclude with a joyous celebration including lunch, live music, and more.

Tour du Port – Sept. 29: Baltimore’s Premier Bicycling Event. Tons of people line the streets of Baltimore City to cheer on the more than 2,000 bicyclists. Notable bicyclists who have participated include former Baltimore Mayor Shelia Dixon, Senator Ben Cardin, and Governor O’Malley’s band even performed in the past. The tour routes range from 12 to 65 miles, boasts five great rest stops, fully supported with mechanics and support and gear vehicles (SAG), and includes a free post ride celebration with free lunch, exhibitors, live music, yoga for bicyclists, activities and fun for all.

Visit to learn more about these events and register. Registration is open all the way until the day of the event, including walk up registration.

Upcoming CUERE seminar: Biosolids Digestion at the DC Water Blue Plains Resource Recovery Facility (9/13)

CUERE presents its Fall 2013 Seminar Series with Chris Peot of the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority speaking about Biosolids Digestion at the DC Water Blue Plains Resource Recovery Facility – Green Infrastructure and Renewable Energy.

The event will be held Friday, September 13 at 2 p.m. in the TRC building, room 206.

The Vista Sans Wood Type Project Opens (9/16)

Monday, September 16 the Vista Sans Wood Type Project opens in the Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery along with the exhibition, Druckworks: 40 Years of Books and Projects by Johanna Drucker.

dan-april-1The Vista Sans Wood Type Project, organized by artists Tricia Treacy and Ashley John Pigford, features 32 letterpress prints produced by a group of international artists as part of a collaborative experimental type and print project in which modern technology blends with a historic printing process to produce a hybrid form of typographic design. The resulting artworks offer diverse reflections on the post-digital and multidisciplinary nature of contemporary artistic practice.

Druckworks, a retrospective exhibition, is the first comprehensive presentation of JohannaDamaged_Spring Drucker’s books, graphic art and visual projects, and reveals key insights into the artist’s development over the course of four decades. An artist, writer, typographic poet and scholar-critic, Drucker is widely known for her contributions to contemporary art theory and history, as well as her prolific output as a creative artist. Throughout her career she has helped shape the field of artists’ books, visual poetics and digital aesthetics in dialogue with the arts and critical issues.

The Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 10 am to 5 pm, on Thursday until 8 pm, and Saturday and Sunday 1 – 5 pm.  Admission is free. For more information call 410-455-2270.

Hispanic Americans: The Cosmic Race (9/10)

AranaOn Tuesday, September 10 at 4 p.m. in the Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery, the Humanities Forum will present “Hispanic Americans: The Cosmic Race” with Marie Arana, biographer, essayist and literary editor.

Throughout her career as a writer, Marie Arana has aimed to explain who Hispanic Americans are and what it means to have a north-south American identity. In this talk, she will explore questions of Latin American identity, its links to history, its extraordinary diversity, and the singular lessons she learned while writing her biography of Simón Bolívar.

Arana is the author of a prize-winning memoir “American Chica: Two Worlds, One Childhood,” the novels “Cellophane” and “Lima Nights,” and the biography “Bolívar: American Liberator.” She was the literary editor of The Washington Post for many years, as well as a writer for the Post, the New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, and numerous other publications around the world.

The talk will be preceded by a reception and book sale, 2:30-3:45, and followed by questions and discussion.

This event is sponsored by the Dresher Center for the Humanities and the Latino Hispanic Family Association.

Welcome to UMBC (9/25)

We invite all faculty and staff to join President Hrabowski and Provost Rous in our annual tradition of welcoming new colleagues to the UMBC community.

This fun, interactive event is a great opportunity to connect and get to know some of the remarkable people here at UMBC. You will learn more about UMBC’s vision and values, and opportunities for you to make a difference in our community.

Wednesday, September 25, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery (1st Floor).
Please arrive promptly at 2 p.m.
Register online by Friday, Sept. 13

Co-sponsored by The Commons and Human Resources. Hors d’oeuvres will be served.