When did humans start to transform Earth? UMBC’s Erle Ellis introduces the Anthropocene.

“We are changing Earth’s climate faster than at any time since the fall of the dinosaurs,” says Ellis. For scientists, he notes, “What’s controversial…is when did this begin? […] When did humans literally become the global shaper of the earth?” Continue reading When did humans start to transform Earth? UMBC’s Erle Ellis introduces the Anthropocene.

UMBC celebrates opening of new Lakeland Community and STEAM Center

The South Baltimore center opened its doors on June 1, after a two-year, $1.6 million renovation supported by the Northrop Grumman Foundation and Northrop Grumman Mission Systems in partnership with UMBC. Sen. Ben Cardin called the space “a resource for people of all ages to acquire life-changing knowledge and skills.” Continue reading UMBC celebrates opening of new Lakeland Community and STEAM Center

Maryland Humanities honors Pres. Hrabowski, James Brady, and Catherine Gira

Hrabowski commented further on how humanities have made possible his approach to leadership and building relationships. “I think of the humanities as having given me a context for living my own life, and for knowing how I would work with and be as supportive as possible of others,” he said. Continue reading Maryland Humanities honors Pres. Hrabowski, James Brady, and Catherine Gira

UMBC celebrates alumni educators in Maryland public schools

What do nine UMBC alumni with a passion for basketball, dance, and lacrosse, and fields from biology and biochemistry to information systems and political science have in common? They all chose to teach in Maryland public schools, and all returned to UMBC this May to speak at a special Celebration of Teaching event, launching a campus-wide initiative to increase recruitment and retention of teachers of color in Maryland public schools. Continue reading UMBC celebrates alumni educators in Maryland public schools

UMBC Shriver Center explores civil disobedience and social justice fifty years after Catonsville Nine

“The Catonsville Nine’s protest is one of the most significant acts of war resistance in our nation’s history, and it happened just down the road from UMBC fifty years ago this May,” says Joby Taylor, director of the Shriver Peaceworker Program. Continue reading UMBC Shriver Center explores civil disobedience and social justice fifty years after Catonsville Nine

Stephanie Milani named Newman Civic Fellow for expanding access to computer science education

“It is an honor to represent the commitment of UMBC to service and engaged citizenship at a national level with the help of The Shriver Center,” Milani reflects. “They helped me to bridge the gap between my desire to create change and my ability to apply my knowledge through service-learning. Continue reading Stephanie Milani named Newman Civic Fellow for expanding access to computer science education

UMBC hosts Elect Her leadership training featuring local women in politics

“Over the last five years of running the Elect Her program we have had more women running for SGA office, and more women participate who didn’t know they were going to run or join a campaign. That matters,” says Kate Drabinski, senior lecturer in gender and women’s students. “Whether or not women run for office here, the program reminds all of us that we can do it, that we are the leaders we think we need.” Continue reading UMBC hosts Elect Her leadership training featuring local women in politics

UMBC Dresher Center hosts digital humanities conversation on inclusion in the field

“There is so much textual production happening online and if we were to dismiss it we would be missing out on an important moment on how humans are producing text and composing,” Risam says. “We need to look at how these tools are being used and ask the same challenging questions of this new form of composition that we have traditionally asked about alphabetic or published text.” Continue reading UMBC Dresher Center hosts digital humanities conversation on inclusion in the field

UMBC broadens access to life-changing international learning experiences

“It is important for students to apply for a passport now to ensure they are ready for professional opportunities after graduation,” says David Di Maria, associate vice provost for international education. “If their boss needs someone to travel to another country to assist with an important project, we want UMBC graduates to be able to stand up and say, ‘I have my passport. I’m ready to go,’ or even better, ‘I have my passport, and I have prior international experience from studying abroad while a student at UMBC.’” Continue reading UMBC broadens access to life-changing international learning experiences

UMBC honors Frederick Douglass’s legacy with event to transcribe Freedmen’s Bureau papers

“As a pioneer in the struggle for freedom and equality and an extraordinary writer, Frederick Douglass remains among the most inspiring, powerful leaders in American history,” reflects Scott Casper, dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. “All of us can learn from his actions, words, and example in striving for social justice and inclusive excellence.” Continue reading UMBC honors Frederick Douglass’s legacy with event to transcribe Freedmen’s Bureau papers

David Di Maria, UMBC’s new associate vice provost for International Education, debunks common study abroad myths

“The goal of the UMBC International Education Studies office is to ensure students are prepared and engaged to understand the international dimensions of their academic disciplines,” says Di Maria. “Internationalization is about creating direct connections to research opportunities because the greatest challenges are global and to solve those researchers need to have diverse perspectives from an international standpoint.”

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UMBC hosts “Teaching and Reaching Black Boys in America” conversation

“The book furthers critical conversations about how whiteness, even enacted by teachers of color, prevents educators from seeing and noticing the brilliance of Black boys,” reflects Keisha Allen, assistant professor of education and the UMBC lead in the Learning Center partnership with Baltimore County Public Schools. Continue reading UMBC hosts “Teaching and Reaching Black Boys in America” conversation

UMBC celebrates alumni in public service at special Annapolis event

“Having UMBC alumni in the Senate, House of Delegates, the Governor’s Office, state agencies, advocacy groups and nonprofits is a great asset,” says House of Delegates Speaker Pro Tem Adrienne A. Jones ’76, psychology. “As public service professionals, we share the same camaraderie and ‘True Grit’ as we did as UMBC students.” Continue reading UMBC celebrates alumni in public service at special Annapolis event

UMBC receives $1.3 million grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to diversify economics Ph.D.s

“It is really important to me to have people of color that I can look up to, come to, and connect with me on that level. It can be hard to understand what you are capable of doing if you don’t see a lot of people in this higher level of academia that look like you being successful,” says M’Balou Camara ‘15, political science, currently a student at Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy Ph.D. program, with a concentration in economics. Continue reading UMBC receives $1.3 million grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to diversify economics Ph.D.s

UMBC’s Michelle R. Scott receives the 2017 Letitia Woods Brown Article Prize

“The Griffin sisters article was an opportunity for me to reveal the often forgotten women who did civil rights work,” says Scott. What does it mean when you study WWII and you leave women off, or even the construction of a Civil Rights Act and add the word sex to it? The narrative changes and it must be told.” Continue reading UMBC’s Michelle R. Scott receives the 2017 Letitia Woods Brown Article Prize

UMBC receives $6 million gift from the George and Betsy Sherman Family Foundation for two urban education initiatives

“If we don’t serve children and we can’t get education right then we get more of the same. I think things can change for individuals, and if we can change things for individuals then that is where the hope lies,” reflects Mavis Sanders, director for the new center. Continue reading UMBC receives $6 million gift from the George and Betsy Sherman Family Foundation for two urban education initiatives

George Derek Musgrove launches book at the National Museum of African American History and Culture

“Our hope is that people of goodwill will look at the lessons of D.C. history and use them to guide some of their activism,” says Musgrove.“We think it is a good guide for future action for making a better city, something really democratic of the alleged capital of the free world.” Continue reading George Derek Musgrove launches book at the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Charissa Cheah receives Fulbright award to research identity development of Muslim Tunisian immigrant adolescents in Sicily

“My colleagues and I who are cultural developmental scientists are trying to expand, diversify, and challenge people to think critically about culture and behavior,” says Cheah. “In the process, we aim to more accurately represent the world in which we live.” Continue reading Charissa Cheah receives Fulbright award to research identity development of Muslim Tunisian immigrant adolescents in Sicily

UMBC faculty offer context and analysis on major policy issues, from self-government in D.C. to healthcare

UMBC professors share their research-based reflections on current events in popular media. Recently, humanities and social sciences faculty Derek Musgrove, Christy Ford Chapin, and John Rennie Short have weighed in on topics from Washington D.C.’s long struggle over self-government, to the feasibility of Bernie Sanders’ “Medicare for all” proposal, to decisions over where to host the Olympic Games. Continue reading UMBC faculty offer context and analysis on major policy issues, from self-government in D.C. to healthcare

UMBC’s Chris Curran receives major NIJ grant for research on law enforcement in K–12 schools

“Right now there are students being short-changed by the education system. They are not sitting in a classroom with a high enough quality teacher. They are not being provided the resources they deserve,” Curran reflects. “Too often these disparities run along racial lines, socioeconomic lines, or gender lines, and that is a problem.” Continue reading UMBC’s Chris Curran receives major NIJ grant for research on law enforcement in K–12 schools

Christy Ford Chapin begins Library of Congress fellowship, continuing history faculty’s trend of research achievement

Chapin loves how historians seek answers buried in documents, archives, museums, libraries, basements, attics and forgotten filing cabinets. “I was really intimidated by the research aspect early on in my graduate career, but then I fell in love with the hunt for primary sources and the process of putting together pieces of the evidence puzzle,” she says. Continue reading Christy Ford Chapin begins Library of Congress fellowship, continuing history faculty’s trend of research achievement

UMBC’s Gloria Chuku receives international award for influential scholarship in Africana studies

“I remembered my grandmother, my mother, and of course all the powerful women of Igbo descent who accomplished a great deal… Their histories and experiences had not been captured and recorded. I thought, that is an area I should focus on when I have the opportunity,” says Chuku. Continue reading UMBC’s Gloria Chuku receives international award for influential scholarship in Africana studies

Susan Sterett and Anne Brodsky begin new social science leadership roles at UMBC

“Universities can broaden our horizons and invite us to bring our inquiry to our communities,” says Susan Sterett, the new director of the School of Public Policy, emphasizing, “UMBC’s proud tradition of excellence and public service are evident in the problems faculty and students in the School of Public Policy study, and the connection to communities that they bring.” Continue reading Susan Sterett and Anne Brodsky begin new social science leadership roles at UMBC