“Curious Behavior” Named a “Best Book of 2012”

Library Journal has named Curious Behavior: Yawning, Laughing, Hiccupping, and Beyond by Robert Provine, professor of psychology, as one of the best books of 2012. In the publication’s original review of the book, the reviewer said that the book ” is a delectable presentation for all who love the territory between pop and hardcore science writing.” Continue reading “Curious Behavior” Named a “Best Book of 2012”

Hillol Kargupta, Professor of Computer Science, Wins 2012 10-Year ICDM Highest-Impact Paper Award

Hillol Kargupta, professor of computer science, is the winner of the 2012 10-Year ICDM Highest-Impact Paper Award for the ICDM 2003 paper on “On the Privacy Preserving Properties of Random Data Perturbation Techniques.” Researchers, Souptik Datta (UMBC), Qi Wang (Washington State University), and Krishnamoorthy Sivakumar (Washington State University), were also authors on the paper. ICDM is the premier international conference on data mining (with an acceptance ratio of approx. 8-12% in the last ten years). The 10-Year ICDM Highest-Impact Paper Award is awarded every year since 2010. The first ICDM was held in 2001. Continue reading Hillol Kargupta, Professor of Computer Science, Wins 2012 10-Year ICDM Highest-Impact Paper Award

Ellen Handler Spitz, Honors College, in “Artcritical”

Ellen Handler Spitz, honors college professor of visual arts, recently reviewed the art show The Event of a Thread by Ann Hamilton, which runs through January 6 at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City, for the online magazine Artcritical. Spitz says that “The Gothic Revival Park Avenue Armory… provides a perfect venue for Hamilton’s swings, her 42 pigeons in miniature, stacked dovecotes, and the immense white silken fabric that billows from on high, responsively rising and falling according to the visitors’ velocities as they sway on their swings, pushed often by perfect strangers.” Relating the exhibition to its … Continue reading Ellen Handler Spitz, Honors College, in “Artcritical”

Josiah Dykstra, Ph.D. Student in Computer Science, Wins Award for Best Case Study

Josiah Dykstra, a Ph.D. student in Computer Science, won the Outstanding Case Study Award for 2012 of the The American Academy of Forensic Sciences, based on his presentation of a paper by Dykstra and his advisor Alan Sherman, published in the Journal of Network Forensics. Dykstra will accept the award in February at the Academy’s annual meeting. Continue reading Josiah Dykstra, Ph.D. Student in Computer Science, Wins Award for Best Case Study

Ellen Handler Spitz, Honors College, on the “Marc Steiner Show”

Ellen Handler Spitz, honors college professor of visual arts, was a guest on the “Marc Steiner Show” on Tuesday, December 18, to discuss children’s literature, the best children’s literature of the year, and books that make good gifts.  Spitz was joined by Deborah Taylor, School and Student Services Coordinator for the Enoch Pratt Free Library, and JoAnn Fruchtman, owner of The Children’s Bookstore in Roland Park. Spitz spoke to the bond that books can create between a parents and a child.  Because children cannot read when they are very young, the experience of books must be shared with an adult, … Continue reading Ellen Handler Spitz, Honors College, on the “Marc Steiner Show”

Craig Saper, LLC, Named Bearman Foundation Chair in Entrepreneurship

Craig Saper, professor and chair of Language, Literacy, and Culture (LLC), has been named the Bearman Foundation Chair in Entrepreneurship. “Dr. Saper is a scholar of large achievement and great energy, whose talents and interests make him a superb choice for the Bearman Foundation Chair in Entrepreneurship,” said John Jeffries, dean of the college of arts, humanities, and social sciences (CAHSS). The Bearman Foundation Chair in Entrepreneurship was established by The Herbert Bearman Foundation to acknowledge and honor the contributions of Dr. Arlene Bearman to the UMBC community. This chair recognizes and supports outstanding teaching skills, an interest in entrepreneurship, … Continue reading Craig Saper, LLC, Named Bearman Foundation Chair in Entrepreneurship

David Clurman, Assistant Director of Residential Education, Receives Distinguished Service Award

David Clurman, Assistant Director of Residential Education, was awarded the James Hurd Distinguished Service Award by the Mid-Atlantic Association of College and University Housing Officers (MACUHO). David’s active involvement in MACUHO began in 1998 and since that time he served 10 years on the executive board, including as president in 2009 and as the host co-chair of this year’s conference that was held in downtown Baltimore. Continue reading David Clurman, Assistant Director of Residential Education, Receives Distinguished Service Award

Timothy J. Brennan, Public Policy, to Receive Distinguished Service Award

Timothy J. Brennan, professor of public policy, has been named 2013 recipient of Public Utility Research Center (PURC) Distinguished Service Award for his contributions to the understanding of regulatory economics and finance. The Award recognizes the cumulative impact of an individual’s research and policy analyses on both the academic community and regulatory policymakers. Brennan will receive the award as he speaks on utility regulation at the Annual PURC Conference on February 13, 2013 at the University of Florida. In addition, Brennan will co-direct the spring 2013 Center for Research in Regulated Industries’ Conference on Postal and Delivery Economics in Dublin, … Continue reading Timothy J. Brennan, Public Policy, to Receive Distinguished Service Award

Roy Meyers, Political Science, in the Gazette

An article in today’s Gazette on what the State of Maryland can expect in Governor Martin O’ Malley’s final two years in office, prior to a possible presidential run, quotes UMBC’s Roy T. Meyers, professor of political science. Meyers suggests that if O’Malley is interested in the presidency, he will need to commit more of his time to raising money and traveling. However, Meyers also suggests that one state issue he won’t be able to ignore in his final term as governor is overhauling Maryland’s transportation funding program, saying, “He can’t let that fester.” Continue reading Roy Meyers, Political Science, in the Gazette

Donald F. Norris, Public Policy, on WBAL and MPT

On Tuesday, Peter Franchot announced he will seek re-election as state comptroller rather than run for governor in 2014. Donald F. Norris, professor and chairman of UMBC’s Department of Public Policy, joined WBAL TV to discuss the impact of this news on  Maryland’s political landscape. According to Norris, Franchot’s decision “certainly makes a difference in the race.” Norris predicts potential candidates in the 2014 race include Lt. Governor Anthony Brown (D), Attorney General Doug Ganzler (D), and Harford County Executive David Craig (R). Norris also appeared on Maryland Public Television’s “State Circle,” where he offered an outlook on current Governor … Continue reading Donald F. Norris, Public Policy, on WBAL and MPT

Thomas Schaller, Political Science, in the Baltimore Sun

Thomas Schaller’s latest column in the Baltimore Sun explores the origins of the impending U.S. “fiscal cliff.” Professor Schaller, political science, cites a recent Washington Post/Pew Research Center poll that “shows that Americans blame Republicans over Mr. Obama for the fiscal cliff by almost a 2 to 1 margin.” He goes on to say, “Americans have realized that Republicans can’t be trusted on fiscal matters.” Read Schaller’s full commentary at the Baltimore Sun. Continue reading Thomas Schaller, Political Science, in the Baltimore Sun

Dennis Coates, Economics, on Sports On Earth and in the Baltimore Sun

A new Sports On Earth commentary by Patrick Hruby quotes UMBC professor Dennis Coates, economics, in arguing that eliminating “sports welfare” among college and professional sports teams and owners would provide an “easy, overdue fix to the nation’s fiscal woes.” Coates believes more money would be available to indebted cities with professional  teams and stadiums if athletes kept their money in the communities where they play, instead of the southern California or south Florida areas where they often live. “If that same money was spent on a movie, dinner, bowling, the theater, a locally-owned bar, tips for bartenders and waitresses, all … Continue reading Dennis Coates, Economics, on Sports On Earth and in the Baltimore Sun

Command Z Featured as Top Ten Art Show of 2012 by City Paper

Command Z: Artists Working with Phenomena and Technology curated by Lisa Moren, presented by the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture last spring was featured today as one of the top ten art exhibitions of 2012 by City Paper. The show, described as one that “reawakened our sense of wonder and possibility,” was alongside exhibitions presented by the Contemporary Museum, Open Space, Nudashank and others. Command Z also made the top ten list of Baker award-winning artist, Gary Kachadourian. See the list here: “2012 Top Ten Art Shows.” Image: Leçon de Piano, Lisa Moren and Jocelyn Robert. Continue reading Command Z Featured as Top Ten Art Show of 2012 by City Paper

For All the World to See at CADVC Reviewed by City Paper

The exhibition currently running at the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture, For All The World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights, curated by Dr. Maurice Berger, was reviewed this morning by City Paper. The review uses commentary from Berger, chronicles the impact of items featured in the exhibition and the discusses overall power of the story told through For All The World to See, to examine the way in which the exhibition relates to the evolution of black identity in America. Read the review “Visual Politics: UMBC Show Looks at The Visual Culture Surrounding … Continue reading For All the World to See at CADVC Reviewed by City Paper

Painting by Diana Chou, Visual Arts, to be Featured in Annual Anthology of Student Work

Visual Arts major, Diana Chou’s painting, Play the Cards, has been selected for inclusion in a prominent, annual anthology of student work. Chou’s work originally appeared in the 2012 issue of Bartleby, where Chou’s piece wasn’t the only one to capture the attention of the judges. The highly selective collection, Bennington’s plain china: Best Undergraduate Writing 2012, will feature Chou’s work, along with fiction, poetry, non-fiction writing and fine art from a select few students of colleges and universities around the country. Continue reading Painting by Diana Chou, Visual Arts, to be Featured in Annual Anthology of Student Work

Maurice Berger, CADVC, Receives Warhol Foundation Fellowship

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts has awarded Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture Research Professor and Chief Curator, Dr. Maurice Berger, a $50,000 curatorial research fellowship award for his forthcoming project Revolution of The Eye: Modern Art and the Birth of American Television. This exhibition and publication project represents the first collaborative institutional effort between the CADVC and the Jewish Museum in New York, where Berger holds the title of Consulting Curator. The grant will be administered through the Jewish Museum. About Revolution of The Eye: “From the early-1940s through the mid-1960s, a dynamic new visual … Continue reading Maurice Berger, CADVC, Receives Warhol Foundation Fellowship

Earnestine Baker, Executive Director of the Meyerhoff Program, to Retire

FROM: Greg Simmons, Vice President for Institutional Advancement & Keith Harmon, Director of the Meyerhoff Scholars Program Earnestine Baker announced Monday at a combined Meyerhoff Scholars Family Meeting that she will retire from UMBC this month. Ernie has been an extraordinary member of the UMBC community for almost 30 years, and it is fitting that the Meyerhoff Scholars be among the first to receive this news, as she has spent most of her career at UMBC working to support the growth and success of this program and its students. Ernie joined UMBC in 1983 as the Coordinator of Minority Recruitment in … Continue reading Earnestine Baker, Executive Director of the Meyerhoff Program, to Retire

Video Produced by New Media Studio Featured in the New York Times

On December 10, the New York Times profiled weather prognosticator William O’Toole, III, of the J. Gruber’s Hagerstown Town and Country Almanack in an article entitled “Divining the Weather, With Methods Old and New.” Maryland Traditions, the folklife program of the Maryland State Arts Council, which is a partner with UMBC, recently honored the Almanack with its annual “Achievement in Living Traditions and Arts” Award. Maryland Traditions partnered with the New Media Studio to produce a short film for the awards ceremony, which was featured in the New York Times story. The video can be seen here: Continue reading Video Produced by New Media Studio Featured in the New York Times

Jessica Berman, English, Gives Talk at Georgetown

On November 28, Jessica Berman, professor of English, gave a talk to Georgetown University’s Modernities Working Group. Her talk was entitled “Is the Trans in Transnational the Trans in Transgender?” Berman co-edits, with Paul Saint-Amour, the Modernist Latitudes Series at Columbia University Press, and serves on the boards of the American Comparative Literature Association and the Modernist Studies Association. Her most recent book is Modernist Commitments: Ethics, Politics, and Transnational Modernism. Continue reading Jessica Berman, English, Gives Talk at Georgetown

Eric Zeemering, Public Policy, on “Better Faster Cheaper”

In the latest post on Governing magazine’s blog “Better Faster Cheaper,” John M. Kamensky, senior fellow with the IBM Center for the Business of Government, reports on compelling new findings from a study by UMBC’s Eric Zeemering, assistant professor of public policy, and co-researcher Daryl Delabbi. Zeemering and Delabbi have found that more than half of county officials across the country are either participating in or delivering shared services or are in active discussions to do so. Why counties? Kemensky writes, “Typically, small local governments jealously guard their independence. County government is a natural place to turn to coordinate or … Continue reading Eric Zeemering, Public Policy, on “Better Faster Cheaper”

Jessica Berman, English, Awarded Fellowship

Jessica Berman, professor of English, will spend the spring semester as a fellow at the Institute of Arts and Humanities (IAH) and a visiting Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. The fellowship is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Berman’s fellowship is in conjunction with a yearlong celebration of the 100th anniversary of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, which has been organized by the IAH and Carolina Performing Arts. During her fellowship, Berman will teach a course on “Modernism, Media and Performance” and conduct research on her most recent book project, “Media … Continue reading Jessica Berman, English, Awarded Fellowship

Jodi Kelber-Kaye, Honors College, in the News

Jodi Kelber-Kaye, associate director of the honors college, has appeared in several recent news articles discussing marriage equality and the African-American vote. Kelber-Kaye researches and teaches about historic and current struggles for LGBT equality with a focus on analyzing strategies employed by activist groups. A December 7 story in the Afro-American entitled “Different Factors Within African American Communities Shaped Votes on Question 6” featured Kelber-Kaye’s perspective on the disconnect between how African American Marylanders were expected to vote on Question 6 and how they actually voted.  “This election dispels this myth that the African-American population is against same-sex marriage. There … Continue reading Jodi Kelber-Kaye, Honors College, in the News

CADVC Awarded Andy Warhol Grant for Upcoming Project

The Andy Warhol Foundation for The Visual Arts has awarded the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture $50,000 for the upcoming project, Visibility Machines: Harun Farocki & Trevor Paglen. The project, headed by Visiting Curator to the CADVC, Niels Van Tomme, is a traveling exhibition and publication project which explores the unique roles Harun Farocki and Trevor Paglen play as meticulous observers of the global military industrial complex. Investigating forms of military surveillance, espionage, war-making, and weaponry, Farocki and Paglen each examine the deceptive and clandestine ways in which military projects have deeply transformed, and politicized, our relationship to images … Continue reading CADVC Awarded Andy Warhol Grant for Upcoming Project

Tom Mandato Named Assistant Director of Athletics for Operations

Tom Mandato has been named Assistant Director of Athletics for Operations at UMBC, Director of Athletics Dr. Charles Brown announced in early December, 2012. Mandato’s duties will include the maintenance of all athletic facilities, including the Retriever Activities Center and Arena, the UMBC Stadium Complex, the UMBC Aquatic Complex, the tennis courts, and practice and recreation fields. He will coordinate the scheduling of these facilities, supervise event operations, equipment room and athletic grounds staff, building security, and will serve as the department liaison to UMBC Facilities Management and the campus scheduling office. The Philadelphia, Pa. native has spent the last … Continue reading Tom Mandato Named Assistant Director of Athletics for Operations

John Rennie Short Video Interview on “Korea: A Cartographic History”

“Korean cartography is very distinctive in having this combination of rivers and mountain shown so that the landscape looks as if it’s alive,” says Professor John Rennie Short, public policy, in a new video interview about his latest book. Korea: A Cartographic History explores 600 years of Korean maps, made by both Koreans and non-Koreans, and serves as a captivating introduction to Korea for English speakers. Thanks to a grant from the Korea Foundation to the University of Chicago Press, the maps are printed in full color, showcasing them both as historical documents and works of art. In the new video … Continue reading John Rennie Short Video Interview on “Korea: A Cartographic History”

Amy Bhatt, Gender and Women’s Studies, Publishes New Book

Amy Bhatt, assistant professor of gender and women’s studies, is the co-author of Roots and Reflections: South Asians Map the Pacific Northwest, which will be released by the University of Washington Press early next year. The book examines the experiences of early South Asians who settled on the Pacific coast in the early 1890s through the 1990s. Though the east coast of the U.S. has some of the largest South Asian populations in the country today, these early settlers shed light on the development of South Asian communities across the U.S. and are an important location in understanding contemporary immigration … Continue reading Amy Bhatt, Gender and Women’s Studies, Publishes New Book

Robert Provine, Psychology, in the News

Research by Robert Provine, professor of psychology, has recently been cited in a variety of news outlets. On December 1, the Wall Street Journal published a story on “The Unsolved Mystery of Why You Just Yawned” in which they delve into research performed for Provine’s latest book, Curious Behavior: Yawning, Laughing, Hiccupping and Beyond. “So what is known about yawning? Dr. Provine—who is a champion of what he calls ‘sidewalk neuroscience,’ experiments anybody can do at home without special equipment—has spent years teasing out the details of yawning, as recounted in his recent book ‘Curious Behavior: Yawning, Laughing, Hiccupping and … Continue reading Robert Provine, Psychology, in the News

Roy T. Meyers, Political Science, in the Gazette

Political science professor Roy T. Meyers was quoted in a Gazette article about Governor Martin O’ Malley’s third attempt to pass an offshore wind farm funding bill. Gov. O’Malley has encouraged President Obama to look at his proposal as a model for how Maryland produces clean energy, and Meyers believes that this proposal fits well with Obama’s focus on alternative energy sources in his second term. According to Meyers, “Success this time around with the bill would put O’Malley squarely in the center of the Democratic Party’s potential 2016 candidates.” Meyers goes on to say that failure to pass the … Continue reading Roy T. Meyers, Political Science, in the Gazette

Robert Rubinstein, Sociology/Anthropology, in the Baltimore Sun

In a new Baltimore Sun article on managing grief during the holidays, Professor Robert Rubinstein, sociology and anthropology, offers advice for mourning families on how to make it through the season. “It’s a very difficult time,” he recognizes, before continuing, “That’s not to say people can’t have great holidays.” Rubinstein’s research focuses on older adults’ experiences of  loss and grief. He offers his impression that, “People do tend to take care of each other,” around the holidays, as they share memories of deceased loved ones, such as favorite traditions or recipes. Rubinstein notes that often younger generations worry more about the … Continue reading Robert Rubinstein, Sociology/Anthropology, in the Baltimore Sun

Kate Brown, History, in Aeon

The online journal Aeon has published an excerpt from associate professor of history Kate Brown’s forthcoming book Plutopia, which is due out in 2013. “For the past seven years, I have spent a great deal of time in the radiated traces of the world’s first plutonium plants — the Hanford factory in eastern Washington State and the Mayak plant in the southern Russian Urals. As countries from the Middle East to the Baltics gear up for a new generation of nuclear power reactors, it is worth taking another look at how scientists laid claim to the ‘truth’ to dismiss the … Continue reading Kate Brown, History, in Aeon

Soccer’s Liam Paddock Becomes 5th Retriever Ever Named First Team Academic All-American

UMBC fullback Liam Paddock has been selected to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America® Division I Men’s Soccer First Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).   Paddock becomes the first men’s soccer player at UMBC to receive the nation’s top academic honor. He is the fifth student-athlete in school history to earn first team honors and the 20th Retriever overall to be cited by CoSIDA since 1977. A senior with a 3.92 G.P.A. as a psychology and sociology major, Paddock was the 2012 ECAC Division I Scholar-Athlete of the Year. A team captain at … Continue reading Soccer’s Liam Paddock Becomes 5th Retriever Ever Named First Team Academic All-American

Caringi Nominated For Soccer News Net College Boot Award

UMBC junior forward Pete Caringi III is among a group of thirty-four of the nation’s top men’s college soccer players who have been named finalists for the 2012 Soccer News Net College Boot award, recognizing the men’s college player of the year. The editors of each of the sites in the Soccer News Net network nominated up to five local players for the award, each of which will be eligible for the regional player of the year award. The nominations included athletes playing at colleges within each site’s coverage area, as well as athletes from the area playing collegiately elsewhere … Continue reading Caringi Nominated For Soccer News Net College Boot Award