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recent decision to reinstate a 19th-century law criminalizing homosexual acts (Section 377), a law which had been repealed by a lower-court decision in 2009.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Indian Supreme Court last week upheld a ban on gay sex, a ban that was instituted more than 150 years ago and had been repealed in 2009.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