UMBC a founding partner in coalition to increase transparency on life science career prospects

UMBC is among nine U.S. research universities and a major cancer institute that just announced plans to give would-be life scientists clear, standardized data on graduate school admissions, education and training opportunities, and career prospects. Continue reading UMBC a founding partner in coalition to increase transparency on life science career prospects

UMBC participates in national study on Ph.D. career pathways at pivotal moment for new grads

“The assumption that the Ph.D. is primarily a pathway to the professoriate is just not the case,” says Janet Rutledge, dean of the Graduate School. “We’re hoping that by being part of this study, we will determine the best ways to focus our time and our resources to most effectively guide our students.” Continue reading UMBC participates in national study on Ph.D. career pathways at pivotal moment for new grads

UMBC Ph.D. candidate Kavita Krishnaswamy receives Google and Microsoft awards for robotics research

The honors recognize emerging scholars in computing who are dedicated to increasing diversity in the field. Krishnawamy’s awards will support her research on “Smart Algorithms via Knowledge Management of Safe Physical Human-Robotic Care.” Continue reading UMBC Ph.D. candidate Kavita Krishnaswamy receives Google and Microsoft awards for robotics research

Grad students explain complex research simply through UMBC storytelling workshop

“Failure is a great theme for storytelling,” said Laura Wexler from The Stoop Storytelling Series. She explained that sharing struggles on the path to success can help a researcher explain what motivates them and why their work matters. Continue reading Grad students explain complex research simply through UMBC storytelling workshop

UMBC support for STEM grad students from underrepresented groups featured as a national model

UMBC’s Summer Success Institute creates opportunities for mentorship and community building among graduate students, supplementing academic programs to “[make] sure students have the emotional and community support they need to thrive,” says Renetta Tull. Continue reading UMBC support for STEM grad students from underrepresented groups featured as a national model

New research highlights Dissertation House as an effective support model for minority STEM Ph.D. candidates

Students in the program were 92 percent more likely to complete their degrees than peers not in the program. “We’re pleased that the model has helped so many students to reach their goals,” says Renetta Tull. Continue reading New research highlights Dissertation House as an effective support model for minority STEM Ph.D. candidates

Congressman Elijah Cummings discusses UMBC’s research leadership and commitment to Baltimore during campus visit

Faculty speak about UMBC’s well-rounded research portfolio and focus in on research strengths in physics, geosciences, space science, and bioengineering; students share career goals and experiences working with local communities. Continue reading Congressman Elijah Cummings discusses UMBC’s research leadership and commitment to Baltimore during campus visit

Renetta Tull presents LSAMP program as model for improving STEM education in high schools

Renetta Tull, associate vice provost for graduate student development and postdoctoral affairs, presented at the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Learning for All forum supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) on November 9, 2015. She discussed the University … Continue reading Renetta Tull presents LSAMP program as model for improving STEM education in high schools

Renetta Tull selected as one of three finalists for GEDC Airbus Diversity Award

Renetta Tull, associate vice provost for graduate student development and postdoctoral affairs, has been selected as one of three finalists for the GEDC Airbus Diversity Award. Dr. Tull has been invited to present her work and ideas to a jury of experts at the annual … Continue reading Renetta Tull selected as one of three finalists for GEDC Airbus Diversity Award

Renetta Tull shortlisted for GEDC Airbus Diversity Award

Renetta Tull, associate vice provost for graduate student development and postdoctoral affairs, is one of ten impressive candidates shortlisted for this year’s GEDC Airbus Diversity Award. The GEDC Airbus Diversity Award honors people and projects worldwide that “have encouraged students of all … Continue reading Renetta Tull shortlisted for GEDC Airbus Diversity Award

Robert Deluty, Graduate School, Publishes his 49th Book

Robert Deluty, associate dean of the graduate school, has published a new book, “A Mingled Yarn.” In 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 … Continue reading Robert Deluty, Graduate School, Publishes his 49th Book

Renetta Tull, Graduate School, Interviewed on Global Webcast

Renetta 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 … Continue reading Renetta Tull, Graduate School, Interviewed on Global Webcast

Robert Deluty, Graduate School, Publishes his 48th Book

Robert 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 … Continue reading Robert Deluty, Graduate School, Publishes his 48th Book

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

Renetta 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 … Continue reading Renetta Tull, Graduate School, Featured in “Women in Data”

Robert Deluty, Graduate School, Publishes Six Poems in The Faculty Voice

Robert Deluty, associate dean of the Graduate School, has published six poems in the Fall 2014 issue of The Faculty Voice. The poems may be found here. The first poem, “Abnormal Psychology,” appears in Dr. Deluty’s latest book, “Human Recordings.” All of Dr. Deluty’s books are on sale at the Bookstore. Continue reading Robert Deluty, Graduate School, Publishes Six Poems in The Faculty Voice

Renetta Tull, Graduate School, to Chair Session at World Engineering Education Forum

Renetta Tull, associate vice provost for graduate student development and postdoctoral affairs and director of PROMISE, will chair the “Women in Engineering, Partnerships and Professional Development” session at the 2014 World Engineering Education Forum (WEEF), which will host the International Conference on Interactive Collaborative Learning. She will also present her research on graduate student diversity and Maryland’s Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) at the conference. Additionally, Tull has been invited to participate in meetings for the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies based on her work with women in STEM through the National Science Foundation ADVANCE project … Continue reading Renetta Tull, Graduate School, to Chair Session at World Engineering Education Forum

Janet Rutledge, Graduate School, Elected to Council of Graduate Schools Board of Directors

Janet Rutledge, vice provost and dean of the Graduate School, was elected to the Council of Graduate Schools Board of Directors this week. The Council of Graduate School (CGS) is the only national organization dedicated to advancing graduate education and research and serves as a voice for the graduate dean community. “I am honored to join the Board of Directors of the Council of Graduate Schools,” Rutledge said. “UMBC has participated in several of the CGS best practices projects such as the Ph.D. Completion Project, the Doctoral Initiative on Minority Attrition and Completion, and the TIAA-CREF Enhancing Student Financial Education … Continue reading Janet Rutledge, Graduate School, Elected to Council of Graduate Schools Board of Directors

Robert Deluty, Graduate School, Publishes his 46th Book

Robert Deluty, associate dean of the Graduate School, has published a new volume of poetry, “Human Recordings.” In his review, Ronald Pies writes: “The title of Robert Deluty’s wonderful new collection was inspired by the late rock band musician, Layne Staley, who struggled with depression and drug addiction throughout his adult life. But, like Staley’s music, Deluty’s moving poems are highly-condensed recordings of ‘being human,’ in all its tragic and comic tonalities. From the ‘taxidermist’s son/ wooing the depressed daughter/ of the mortician’ to the ‘Arby’s manager/ fuming that his sons opened/ a vegan bistro,’ Deluty regales us with the … Continue reading Robert Deluty, Graduate School, Publishes his 46th Book

Robert Deluty, Graduate School, Publishes His 45th Book

Robert Deluty, associate dean of the graduate school, has published a new volume of poetry, “Gifts in Disguise.” In his review, Joseph DeVitis writes: “Robert Deluty’s poems give us quick, yet profound, glimpses into the old adage that ‘things aren’t usually what they seem.’ He incorporates and transcends that theme because he wants us to look at things as if they could be otherwise. Deluty urges us to become wider awake, to feel and reflect upon everyday experiences so that we might repair the damages in our lives. He is a remarkably hopeful poet who pulls us up when we … Continue reading Robert Deluty, Graduate School, Publishes His 45th Book

Robert Deluty, Graduate School, Publishes His 44th Book

Robert Deluty, associate dean of the graduate school, has published a new volume of poetry, “Rock Piles and Cathedrals.” In his review, Ronald Pies writes: “Robert Deluty’s marvelous new collection of poems takes, as its leitmotif, Saint-Exupery’s observation that ‘A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.’ This is reminiscent of Michelangelo’s revelation that his art aimed at freeing the ‘inner statue’ from within the rough marble. So, too, with Deluty’s observations, in which he perceives the inner light, concealed within so many of … Continue reading Robert Deluty, Graduate School, Publishes His 44th Book

NSF PROMISE AGEP Grant Funded; UMBC is Lead Partner

UMBC is pleased to announce that the National Science Foundation grant for PROMISE: Maryland’s Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) has been funded. UMBC is the lead campus on this University System of Maryland-wide, $1.75 million, 3.5 year grant. UMBC’s primary partners will continue to be the University of Maryland, College Park and the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and all of the campuses within the USM will participate. Signature programs will continue with funding for graduate students from USM’s campuses to attend activities such as Dissertation House and Summer Success Institute (SSI). Programming and mentoring for postdoctoral fellows … Continue reading NSF PROMISE AGEP Grant Funded; UMBC is Lead Partner

Robert Deluty, Graduate School, Publishes his 41st Book

Robert Deluty, associate dean of the Graduate School, has published a new book, titled “Entering Through the Window.” In his review, physician, poet, and writer Ronald Pies writes, “Robert Deluty’s poems truly do ‘enter through the window,’ surprising and sometimes startling us into new awareness. At times, we experience these short poems with the intensity of a Zen koan; at times, with the power of a perfectly timed joke, as in ‘Yom Kippur/ the quarter-Jewish man/ skipping dessert’ or ‘offered horseradish/ their teen declines, stating/ she’s a vegan.’ As we have come to expect with this prolific poet of the … Continue reading Robert Deluty, Graduate School, Publishes his 41st Book

Robert Deluty, Graduate School, Publishes His 40th Book

Robert Deluty, associate dean of the graduate school, has published a new volume of poetry, The Knife and the Pumpkin.  In his review, Ronald Pies writes: “Robert Deluty’s latest collection of poems takes its title from an intriguing comment by the novelist, Simone Schwarz-Bart: ‘Only the knife knows what goes on in the heart of a pumpkin.’ Physicians and therapists might be put in mind of a kindred statement by Sophocles: ‘A wise doctor does not mutter incantations over a sore that needs the knife.’ Both sayings teach us that, sometimes, there is no avoiding pain in getting to the … Continue reading Robert Deluty, Graduate School, Publishes His 40th Book

Robert Deluty, Graduate School, Publishes His 39th Book

Robert Deluty, associate dean of the graduate school and associate professor of psychology, has published a new volume of poetry, “The Inventor as Observer.” In his review, Richard M. Berlin writes: “In his 39th book, Robert Deluty continues his long record as the contemporary poet whose work is guaranteed to make me laugh out loud one minute and bring tears to my eyes the next.  His craft has evolved to what seems like an effortless level of mastery in poems filled with sly observations, surprise, word play, and his trademark warmth and wit.  Who else could write a book that … Continue reading Robert Deluty, Graduate School, Publishes His 39th Book

Robert Deluty, Graduate School, in The Faculty Voice

Robert Deluty, associate dean of the Graduate School, has published 23 poems in the October 2012 issue of The Faculty Voice. All of the poems have an academic theme and all previously appeared in one of Dr. Deluty’s published books.  The poems are written in senryu, a form of short poetry of Japanese origin similar to haiku. Poems include: inquiring how to reference tweets. in his term paper and young art student struggling to control the strokes. painting his first nude All of the poems, which appeared in the October 30 issue of the newsletter, can be read here. Continue reading Robert Deluty, Graduate School, in The Faculty Voice

Robert Deluty, Graduate School, Publishes His 36th Book

Robert Deluty, associate dean of the graduate school, has published a new book of poetry, “Particles of Life.” In his review, Dr. Ronald Pies writes: “In the Jewish mystical tradition, it is mankind’s task to release the hidden ‘sparks’ of divinity that are trapped within the material world. In his wonderful new collection of poems, Robert Deluty achieves something akin to this, by releasing the poetry within the common ‘particles of life.’ This, Dr. Deluty accomplishes with his usual blend of humor, sharp-eyed realism, and deeply humane understanding.” Copies of “Particles of Life,” as well as of Deluty’s other books, … Continue reading Robert Deluty, Graduate School, Publishes His 36th Book