Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Book about a Baltimore-area woman's role in a scientific breakthrough.
Two members of University of Maryland, Baltimore County's Department of Biology will moderate a discussion of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, the book by Rebecca Skloot about the Baltimore-area woman whose cancer cells provided the basis for the breakthrough of biotechnology, at the Arbutus Branch Library on Wednesday, Nov. 7 beginning at 7 p.m. Cynthia Wagner and Sarah Leupen will discuss the fascinating and moving story of family, medicine and bioethics, steeped in Baltimore history. Light refreshments will be provided provided. The Arbutus Branch Library is located at 855 Sulphur Spring Rd.
The police radio and 911 center are still operational, but other services are curtailed after gas leak in campus central plant next door.
Update: At 11:06 a.m., UMBC police issued an alert that said the gas leak had been contained and police services returned to normal. A natural gas leak at the central plant of University of Maryland, Baltimore County, has affected the campus police department's headquarters next door, according to Deputy Chief Paul Dillon. The police department offices were evacuated after the leak in a natural gas line was discovered shortly before 10 a.m on Wednesday morning, Dillon said. An alert informing the UMBC community of the situation was issued at 10:17 a.m. Dillon said that the police department's radio system and 911 center are staffed and operational, but other services are curtailed until the gas leak is controlled. Utility crews are on the …
Councilman Tom Quirk and Del. James Malone join students for Election Night Extravaganza event.
First District Councilman Tom Quirk and Del. James Malone joined members of University of Maryland, Baltimore County's Student Government Association for an Election Night Extravaganza in the Commons building. Aside from free pizza and soft drinks, attendees followed poll returns on a jumbo-screen television, played politically themed games and media coverage bingo.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Community colleges and four-year universities could lose revenue and might have to reduce the number of classes offered or increase tuition.
Voter approval of a bill granting in-state tuition to some illegal immigrants could have economic benefits totalling $66 million annually, according to a study released this week. The study, released by the Maryland Institute for Policy Analysis and Research at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, also found that costs to community colleges and four-year universities may not be fully covered by state subsidies. The shortfall could result in either an increase in tuition or the reduction of classes offered. Authors wrote that the study highlights "that by increasing educational attainment, the DREAM Act will increase lifetime earnings of beneficiaries, as well as tax revenues." [A copy of the study is attached to this article.] …
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Asher Mikow and Carolyn Forestiere are inviting the public to view photography by UMBC students beginning Friday.
Thursday, September 27, 2012
The Drug Enforcement Administration, Baltimore County police and UMBC police are holding a prescription drug collection this weekend at different county precincts.
University of Maryand, Baltimore County police are among several law enforcement agencies participating in the annual National Take Back Initiative on Saturday, Sept. 29. Residents in the Catonsville and Arbutus area are welcome to drop off presciption medications—no questions asked—at the UMBC police station from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Other locations for drug collection include: "The issue is that abuse of prescription drugs affects the entire population...teens and seniors, alike," said former Baltimore County drug czar Mike Gimbel. "We have people overdosing more from prescription pills than heroin and cocaine combined." Officers will be stationed at the precincts between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The release states that anyone showing up after 2 …
Thursday, September 20, 2012
First phase of $165 million complex includes home for university's theatre and English departments.
University of Maryland, Baltimore County cut a ribbon on the afternoon of Sept. 19 to officially open the new Performing Arts and Humanities Building—the first of a two-phase construction project that will ultimately cost about $165 million, according to university officials. Gov. Martin O'Malley, along with elected officials including Dels. Steve DeBoy and James Malone, Sen. Ed. Kasemeyer and House of Delegates Speaker Pro Tem Adrienne A. Jones—an Arbutus native who graduated from UMBC in 1976—joined UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski to cut a ceremonial ribbon inside a tent set up in front of the new building for the occasion. The first phase of the complex is home to UMBC's theatre and English departments, as well as the Dresher Center …
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
$250,000 Heinz Foundation award recognizes minority enrollment in science, technology, engineering and math
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
On the list for the third year, the university made the "Honor Roll" for ranking highly in seven of 12 categories in a survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education.
A just-released survey confirms what many of the 1,952 faculty and staff at University of Maryland, Baltimore County already know. For the third year in a row, UMBC was named one of America's "Great Colleges to Work For" in an annual survey conducted by The Chronicle of Higher Education. UMBC made the survey's "Honor Roll" for ranking highly in seven of 12 areas surveyed by the publication. The survey results were released by the Chronicle on Aug. 6. "It shows that some of the things we're focusing on are working," said Valerie Thomas, UMBC's vice president for human resources. For this year's ranking, the Chronicle surveyed almost 47,000 faculty and staff at 294 colleges and universities, according to the paper. Questions in the survey …
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Circle at end of UMBC Boulevard spur from I-195 may help avoid crashes at campus loop road.
A new roundabout planned at University of Maryland, Baltimore County is intended to improve the flow of traffic and pedestrians at the intersection of Hilltop Circle and UMBC Boulevard and serve as a landscaped gateway for the campus, according to officials. The $13.2 million project will address long-standing problems at an intersection that has become more dangerous at the growing campus since UMBC Boulevard was connected with I-195 leading to BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport more than two decades ago, according to Lynne Schaefer, the university's vice president for administration and finance. "We've been asking for funding from the state to do this since 2001," Schaefer said. About 20,000 vehicles a day visit the campus, thousands of which…