Manil Suri, Mathematics, Writes Washington Post Op-Ed

In a Washington Post op-ed titled, “Court ruling ignores India’s rich heritage of diversity,” UMBC mathematics professor Manil Suri critically examines the Indian Supreme Court’s recent decision to reinstate a 19th-century law criminalizing homosexual acts (Section 377), a law which had been repealed by a lower-court decision in 2009. In his analysis, Suri draws attention to how the ruling “criticized previous judges for relying too much on foreign precedents in their ‘anxiety to protect the so-called rights of LGBT persons.’” Suri argues that the foreign imposition in this case is actually the statute itself. He notes: “The statute was passed … Continue reading Manil Suri, Mathematics, Writes Washington Post Op-Ed

Stuart Schwartz, CUERE, on the Marc Steiner Show

On December 17, Stuart Schwartz, a senior research scientist at the Center for Urban Environmental Research and Education (CUERE) was a guest on the Marc Steiner Show. Schwartz discussed his latest research which uses a kind of Asian radish “This radish can grow to the size of something between a fat carrot and an egg plant,” says Schwartz to Steiner. “It’s able to penetrate pretty compacted soils,” adds Schwartz. And says Schwartz, “We’ve been looking at compacted soils in Baltimore because that creates a lot of runoff.” Planting these radishes on vacant lots, says Schwartz, is a natural low cost … Continue reading Stuart Schwartz, CUERE, on the Marc Steiner Show

Sunil Dasgupta, Political Science, in USIP’s “The Iran Primer”

Sunil Dasgupta, director of UMBC’s political science program at the Universities of Shady Grove, was recently interviewed for a Q&A on the status of Iran/Indian relations in the United States Institute of Peace “The Iran Primer.” Of the course of the interview, Dasgupta provides insight into the complex relationship between Iran and India and how it has evolved over the last three decades. “New Delhi has had relatively close ties to Tehran since the mid-1980s, but India has recalibrated relations over the last few years as Iran became the litmus test for its ties with Washington,” Dasgupta said. He also describes how … Continue reading Sunil Dasgupta, Political Science, in USIP’s “The Iran Primer”

Manil Suri, Mathematics, Writes for NPR Books

The Indian Supreme Court last week upheld a ban on gay sex, a ban that was instituted more than 150 years ago and had been repealed in 2009. The law is known as Section 377 and makes homosexual acts in India punishable by up to ten years in prison. Mathematics professor Manil Suri wrote for NPR Books about the subject and recommended reading Jeremy Seabrook’s Love in a Different Climate: Men Who Have Sex with Men in India, as a good way to understand the impact of the ruling. “To understand the significance of a law like Section 377, one has … Continue reading Manil Suri, Mathematics, Writes for NPR Books

Update on Campus Strategic Planning Process

TO:  The UMBC Community FROM:  Provost Philip Rous and Faculty Senate President Kathleen Carroll As co-chairs of the Strategic Planning Steering Committee, we have the inspiring opportunity this semester to listen in as more than 30 faculty, staff, student, and alumni groups discuss proposed vision elements and focus areas for the University’s next strategic plan. The sessions held so far have been robust in attendance (nearly 800), insights, and thought-provoking questions. Our colleagues on the Strategic Planning Steering Committee join us in expressing thanks to all participants in this initial stage of the planning process. Focus Areas for Planning While there … Continue reading Update on Campus Strategic Planning Process

Winter 2013 Commencement

REGALIA PICK-UP: Faculty and staff regalia will be ready for pick-up from the Bookstore between December 9 and December 16. Regalia will not be available for pick-up at the RAC. The Graduate Commencement procession on December 19 will begin promptly at 9:50 a.m. The Undergraduate Commencement procession on December 20 will begin promptly at 9:40 a.m. LINE UP LOCATION AND PROCESSION: Faculty and Associate Staff who are marching in the procession will line up on court 1, in the multi-purpose gym. Enter the RAC at the main entrance and go directly downstairs, where light refreshments will be available. Please line … Continue reading Winter 2013 Commencement

Biological sciences associate professor Jeff Leips’ Research Featured on DugDug

Biological sciences associate professor Jeff Leips’ research on “The Adaptive Significance of Population Differentiation in Offspring Size of The Least Killfish, Heterandria formosa” has been profiled by DugDug.com. DugDug seeks to widen the scope of scientific, medical, economic, and political information available to the broader public. Read the full article » Continue reading Biological sciences associate professor Jeff Leips’ Research Featured on DugDug

Roy Meyers, Political Science, in The London School of Economics USApp Blog

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a budget bill Thursday that would avoid another government shutdown next year after it’s passed by the Senate. Roy Meyers, professor of political science, analyzed the budget deal in detail in The London School of Economics USApp blog. “Coming just two months after a foolish government shutdown caused by the antithesis of bipartisanship, the current budget agreement must be seen as an effort in reputation repair,” Meyers writes. He notes the deal offsets spending increases with minor savings and extends “sequestration” ceilings on programs such as Medicare and fees for customs and border protection. “This … Continue reading Roy Meyers, Political Science, in The London School of Economics USApp Blog

Laura Hussey, Political Science, in Capital News Service

Tension has been building in recent weeks between Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and Attorney General Douglas Gansler, both Democratic candidates in Maryland’s race for governor. The Gansler campaign has criticized Brown for his handling of the state’s rollout of the Affordable Care Act.  Brown’s campaign has come under fire for using a tracker to document any Gansler missteps. Laura Hussey, assistant professor of political science, was interviewed for a Capital News Service article about the growing level of tension between the two campaigns. “It’s a little bit nastier than I recall from recent races [in Maryland]. They had their disagreements. But … Continue reading Laura Hussey, Political Science, in Capital News Service

Laura Hussey, Political Science, in The Washington Post

A recent column in The Washington Post argues the ongoing technical problems with the rollout of the Affordable Care Act in Maryland are unlikely to have a negative impact on Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown’s chances in the race for governor. The article states Brown has six months until the Democratic primary to correct problems with the state’s health care exchange and has secured endorsements and support from almost all of the party establishment. Political science assistant professor Laura Hussey was interviewed for the column and said the health exchange problems will likely fade away come election time. “This is not a scandal that … Continue reading Laura Hussey, Political Science, in The Washington Post

UMBC named to Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Colleges list

UMBC has been named one of the nation’s top 100 public universities, according to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. The ranking, released today, cites four-year schools that deliver a quality education at an affordable price. UMBC made Kiplinger’s list of Best Values in Public Colleges thanks to its high four- year graduation rate, low average student debt at graduation, abundant financial aid, low sticker price, and overall great value. UMBC has appeared on the list multiple times – a testament to the value the university consistently provides. “The college landscape today is very different—tuition increases and student debt dominate the national conversation surrounding higher education,” said Janet … Continue reading UMBC named to Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Colleges list

Thomas Schaller, Political Science, Op-Ed in The Baltimore Sun

In his latest op-ed in The Baltimore Sun, Political Science Professor Thomas Schaller writes about the Obama Administration’s implementation of the Affordable Care Act, calling it a “disaster.”  He compares it to the rollout of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, or “the stimulus,” which had far fewer technical problems and glitches. “To be fair, ACA is a bigger, more complex and permanent law than ARRA,” Schaller writes. “But the uncomfortable fact is that this administration had more than three years to prepare for the implementation of ACA’s key policy innovation: the state health care exchanges and their attendant websites.” … Continue reading Thomas Schaller, Political Science, Op-Ed in The Baltimore Sun

UMBC named to The Baltimore Sun’s list of 100 Top Workplaces for 2013

UMBC has been named one of The Baltimore Sun 100 Top Workplaces in the Baltimore region. UMBC ranked no. 11 among large employers in the Top Workplaces list, published on Dec. 8 in a special section in the Sunday Sun and online. The Baltimore area winners included on the list were selected from employee surveys measuring qualities such as company leadership, career opportunities, workplace flexibility, compensation and benefits. UMBC was recognized by its employees as an organization with strong leadership, vision and direction and one that operates by strong values and ethics. Some comments shared by faculty and staff include: … Continue reading UMBC named to The Baltimore Sun’s list of 100 Top Workplaces for 2013

Christine Mallinson, Language, Literacy & Culture, Publishes New Book for Secondary English Educators

Christine Mallinson, associate professor in the Language, Literacy & Culture Program, has co-authored a new book, “We Do Language: English Language Variation in the Secondary English Classroom” (Teachers College Press, 2014, with Anne H. Charity Hudley of the College of William & Mary). The publisher’s website notes, “We Do Language builds on the authors’ highly acclaimed first collaboration, Understanding English Language Variation in U.S. Schools, and examines the need to integrate linguistically informed teaching into the secondary English classroom. The book meets three critical goals for preparing English educators to ensure the academic success of their students. First, the book … Continue reading Christine Mallinson, Language, Literacy & Culture, Publishes New Book for Secondary English Educators

Center for Aging Studies Researchers Present at GSA Conference

UMBC’s Center for Aging Studies research team attended the Gerontological Society of America’s 66th Annual Scientific Meeting in New Orleans, November 20-24, 2013. They joined 3600 of the world’s leading gerontologists presenting symposia, papers, and posters under the theme “Optimal Aging through Research.” CAS participants included Robert Rubinstein, Ann Christine Frankowski, Leslie Morgan, John Schumacher, Colleen Bennett, Michael Brazda , Patrick Doyle, Laura Girling, Regina Hrybyk, Mary Nemec, Amanda Peeples. The Center presented a symposium entitled “Sex, Teasing, and Constraints: Ethical Dilemmas in Assisted Living” highlighting findings from the study “Autonomy in Assisted Living: A Cultural Analysis” funded by the … Continue reading Center for Aging Studies Researchers Present at GSA Conference

Curating Kickstarter: Is Crowdfunding the Answer for Artists?

Bmoreart blog’s Cara Ober interviews Steven H Silberg (Lecturer, Visual Arts) about ‘Mining the Crowd: Artifacts of Crowdfunding,’ A New Exhibition to Explore the Process of Funding with Kickstarter. Silberg and his research partners have launched a Kickstarter project to fund an exhibition, which will be made up entirely of rewards offered by other crowdfunding artists to their campaign contributors. Their research aims to inquire about the sustainability of a dependence upon the social network for an artists continuing practice in the visual and performing arts. By making their first hand experience public, they hope to offer transparency, informing those … Continue reading Curating Kickstarter: Is Crowdfunding the Answer for Artists?

First hackUMBC concludes successfully

“Held in the UMBC Skylight Room from 7:00pm Friday to 7:00pm Saturday this past weekend, UMBC’s first-everhackathon was open to all UMBC students of any skill level, from innovators and explorers to designers and hardcore coders. Its purpose was to allow students to mingle and collaborate for 24 continuous hours of community exploration to grow technology projects from scratch while expanding their connections to other students, industry leaders, and faculty. Admission was free and attracted students from across the UMBC campus community, including CS, CE, EE, IS, Biology, Biotechnology, Math, Physics, and Media Studies.” Read the full story Continue reading First hackUMBC concludes successfully

Thomas Schaller, Political Science, in The New York Times

With less than a year to go before Election Day 2014, three Southern Democrats in the U.S. Senate are up for re-election and Republicans are trying to capture all three seats, which would strengthen the party’s firm hold on the Senate in South. Senators Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Mark Pryor of Arkansas, and Kay Hagan of North Carolina are the three Democrats up for election next year. Political science professor Thomas Schaller was interviewed by The New York Times about the Democrats’ future prospects in the South. “Democrats are fighting against history in most of the South,” Schaller said. “You can still … Continue reading Thomas Schaller, Political Science, in The New York Times

Simon Stacey, Honors College, on The Marc Steiner Show

The Marc Steiner Show held a special two-hour tribute to Nelson Mandela on Monday, who passed away last week at the age of 95. The program featured guests from all over the world who discussed the life and legacy of Mandela, including some who fought with him to end Apartheid. Honors College Director Simon Stacey was a guest during the show’s second hour, which discussed Mandela’s legacy and contemporary politics in South Africa. “It’s difficult to imagine South Africa having weathered the transition without Mandela at the helm, especially after he was made the face of the armed struggle,” Stacey … Continue reading Simon Stacey, Honors College, on The Marc Steiner Show

Donald Norris, Public Policy, in The Baltimore Sun

Rebecca Pearce, Maryland’s health insurance exchange director, resigned on Friday after ongoing technical issues and criticism surrounding a recent Caribbean vacation she took while the state health secretary was being questioned by lawmakers about ongoing problems with the system. Pearce was hired two years ago to create the exchange and her resignation comes as officials are trying to fix the system which has had low enrollment numbers since it was launched on October 1. Public policy professor and chair Donald Norris was interviewed by The Baltimore Sun about Pearce’s resignation and decision to take the vacation amid the ongoing problems. “That’s pretty … Continue reading Donald Norris, Public Policy, in The Baltimore Sun

Manil Suri, Mathematics, on Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update”

Mathematics professor Manil Suri was mentioned on Saturday Night Live‘s “Weekend Update” (Dec. 7) for winning the Bad Sex in Fiction award for his most recent novel, The City of Devi. Some of the world’s most acclaimed writers have won the award, including John Updike, Norman Mailer and Tom Wolfe. Media across the globe have covered news of the prize, awarded last Tuesday. Suri spoke about the honor with Washington Post book editor Ron Charles (read the full story here). Suri was also mentioned in The Baltimore Sun. In accepting the award, Suri’s publisher pointed out that the Times Literary Supplement praised the novel’s sex scenes as … Continue reading Manil Suri, Mathematics, on Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update”

Student Curated Exhibition in City Paper, Bmore Art

Simple Stories: The Photography of Robert Houston, a curatorial project of the Museum Practice class (Art 427), was mentioned this week in an interview with the artist in City Paper and in the contemporary art blog, Bmore Art, as “best Baltimore art opening.” Read the interview, “Images of Struggle,” at City Paper‘s website, or see which other exhibitions top the list of Bmore Art picks. Simple Stories explores the work of photographer, Robert Houston whose photographic career documents half a century of portraits and everyday life, including his work for LIFE magazine and images of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Museum Practice is a … Continue reading Student Curated Exhibition in City Paper, Bmore Art

Christopher Corbett, English, in The Wall Street Journal

Christopher Corbett, professor of the practice of English, recently reviewed a new book for The Wall Street Journal about Red Cloud, a Sioux war chief who defeated the U.S. Army and negotiated unprecedented concessions from the government. In “The Heart of Everything That Is: The Untold Story of Red Cloud, An American Legend,” authors Bob Drury and Tom Clavin tell the story of the powerful and successful Indian warrior. “The great Sioux war chief, a military genius of the Indian wars, is a largely forgotten figure in the shape-shifting history of the American West,” Corbett wrote. “In his day, he presided over … Continue reading Christopher Corbett, English, in The Wall Street Journal

Justin Vélez-Hagan, Public Policy, in Forbes

Puerto Rico currently has a per capita debt load of $19,000 and its 2013 deficit was around $2.2 billion.  In the midst of a prolonged recession, there has been widespread debate on how to solve the debt crisis. Justin Vélez-Hagan, Public Policy Ph.D. student and executive director of The National Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce, co-authored an article published in Forbes that suggested bankruptcy might be the only solution to reforming the economy. “Puerto Rico has to restructure. They can’t keep borrowing at 8 and 9%, raising taxes on the only ones paying any, and chasing away its brightest contributors to the … Continue reading Justin Vélez-Hagan, Public Policy, in Forbes

Faculty, PAHB in Baltimore Sun

The Baltimore Sun’s special education supplement last month featured William D’Eugenio ’14, theatre, and Nyalls Hartman, theatre, as they discussed the features of the Black Box Theatre and the Performing Arts and Humanities Building Theatre. D’Eugenio spoke about the influence the new facilities had in his decision to apply to UMBC and become a part of the theatre design and production program, saying that “they are built to the standards of today and offer a real broadway style experience. Working with lighting systems that are being used in professional theaters gives me an advantage when applying for jobs.” Read more … Continue reading Faculty, PAHB in Baltimore Sun

Amy Hurst, Information Systems, Collaborates on $3.7 million project

Amy Hurst, Collaborates on Multi-University Project To Improve Web and Cloud Computing Accessibility Will Help People With Disabilities Take Full Advantage of Online Resources “The researchers are working on methods for easily modifying software to meet the needs of people with disabilities. Researchers will develop ways to make it easier for people with disabilities to log on to the Web, make user interfaces more accessible, and change the presentation of information on the Web to streamline experiences for people with disabilities, caregivers and service providers. The researchers also will look for ways to leverage help from other people on the … Continue reading Amy Hurst, Information Systems, Collaborates on $3.7 million project

Donald Norris, Public Policy, in The Washington Post

Heather Mizeur, a Democratic candidate in the Maryland gubernatorial race, has announced she will participate in the state’s public financing system next year. Mizeur will limit overall spending in exchange for matching funds, and is the first candidate in 20 years to do so. Public policy professor and chair Donald Norris was interviewed by The Washington Post for an article about Mizeur’s decision.  With Mizeur running against two candidates with greater name recognition in Attorney General Douglas Gansler and Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, Norris said the move is needed for Mizeur to remain competitive. “It may be a principled matter, but it’s … Continue reading Donald Norris, Public Policy, in The Washington Post

Constantine Vaporis, Asian Studies, in National Museum of Japanese History Magazine

The National Museum of Japanese History recently published an article by Constantine Vaporis in its bi-monthly magazine “REKIHAKU.” Vaporis, who is the Asian studies program director and professor of history, was the lead article in the magazine’s special edition on processions. The article, titled “Alternate Attendance as Performance,” examines Tokugawa Japan (1603-1868) and the system of alternate attendance when the daimyo were required by the shogun to alternate their residences between their domains and Edo. The article studies alternate attendance from two perspectives: as a symbol of authority and as performance or theater. It does so by analyzing the form in … Continue reading Constantine Vaporis, Asian Studies, in National Museum of Japanese History Magazine

A Special Video Message from President Hrabowski

Time is running out for your chance to win the Maryland Charity Campaign grand prize: two round-trip tickets to anywhere that Southwest Airlines flies! The deadline for the grand prize drawing has been extended. Be sure to make your gift or pledge before the end of the day, Tuesday, December 3, to be eligible for the grand prize drawing. Everyone who has contributed to the fall campaign is automatically entered into the drawing. There’s still time to give. The campaign is accepting all donations through the end of the week. If you have not yet had a chance to do … Continue reading A Special Video Message from President Hrabowski

UMBC Launches Green Pledge: Engaging community in climate goals

Our latest effort to build the green movement at UMBC is the green pledge. By making a public commitment to sustainability, we can inspire lasting positive change across the campus community. Add your name to pledge and commit to making personal choices that have a better impact on the planet! Learn more at sustainability.umbc.edu and make your pledge, today! Continue reading UMBC Launches Green Pledge: Engaging community in climate goals