All posts by: Dinah Winnick

Christine Routzahn, Shriver Center, in Diversity/Careers

Christine Routzahn, Shriver Center Director of Professional Practice, comments on the increasing value and popularity of internship opportunities in this month’s new issue of Diversity/Careers in Engineering & Information Technology (click and scroll to page 46).“Students need to distinguish themselves from others to ensure that they can compete in a tight job market,” Routzahn says. She also suggests internships are valuable not only for students, but also for companies, who appreciate hiring from a pool of talented job candidates whom they’ve already worked with and trained. The article notes that the Shriver Center “coordinates more than 1,700 UMBC student intern,… Continue Reading Christine Routzahn, Shriver Center, in Diversity/Careers

Dwight Polk, Emergency Health Services, on EMS Squadcast

This week EMS World features an EMS Squadcast interview with Dwight Polk, UMBC’s paramedic program director. Polk was interviewed by Tim Perkins, a UMBC alumnus who now works for the Virginia Office of EMS. The conversation focuses on Polk’s EMS World Expo presentation “HIV/AIDS: Why Don’t We Talk About It Anymore.” Key topics include how trimming educational budgets has harmed preventative measures targeting the disease and how instructors can better prepare EMS practitioners to provide quality care for patients with HIV/AIDS. To access the podcast click here. Polk appears 8 min 51 sec into the recording.

Bruce Walz, Emergency Health Services, Represents Educators at White House

On Tuesday, November 15, UMBC professor Bruce Walz, chair of Emergency Health Services and past president of the National Association of EMS Educators, represented NAEMSE at a White House meeting with national security staff. Walz was part of a delegation of 13 physicians, EMS and trauma service experts assembled by Advocates for EMS to discuss the issue of an EMS federal lead agency. During the meeting, Walz stressed that EMS educators prepare health care professionals regardless of the means by which the providers deliver EMS response and care. Walz is also immediate past-president of  AEMS, a coalition of EMS providers,… Continue Reading Bruce Walz, Emergency Health Services, Represents Educators at White House

Joe Gribbin, Erickson School, on

MarylandReporter today noted that unless the U.S. Congress acts by January 1, physicians will face a Medicare reimbursement rate cut of 30%. Expense concerns have motivated some doctors to close their practices and go to work for hospitals, says UMBC Erickson School Professor Joe Gribbin, a former associate commissioner for the Social Security Administration. He explains, “The implications [of changes to reimbursement rates] are huge not just for physicians but for the beneficiary community, and they’re not well understood.” The article was also picked up by Citybizlist Baltimore.

Carolyn Forestiere, Political Science, in the Baltimore Sun

Mario Monti “may be just what Italy needs” to avert economic crisis, writes UMBC associate professor of political science Carolyn Forestiere in a letter to the Baltimore Sun. She notes, “Mr. Monti does not belong to a specific political party and was not directly elected by the public,” which makes his rise to the office of prime minister perplexing for some. However, Forestiere argues, at a time of political disagreement over how to manage necessary reforms, “Prime Minister Monti’s technocratic government may be the best immediate solution to thwart economic crisis in Italy.”

David Salkever, Public Policy, in the Post and Sun

UMBC public policy professor David Salkever delves into the University System of Maryland merger debate in a new Washington Post letter to the editor and Baltimore Sun commentary, published last week. In the Sun, Salkever argues that merging the University of Maryland, College Park and University of Maryland, Baltimore in an effort to “raise their national rankings based on total research funding” represents flawed logic, given that rankings groups are aware of and have mechanisms to mitigate the effects of such tactics, such as collecting data at the campus rather than institutional level. He writes, “to increase the College Park… Continue Reading David Salkever, Public Policy, in the Post and Sun

Thomas Schaller, Political Science, in the Baltimore Sun

Thomas Schaller’s new Baltimore Sun commentary responds to Rick Perry’s recent debate gaffe, where he failed to recall the third cabinet agency he’d like to close, after naming the Depts. of Education and Commerce. Beyond the “oops” moment, UMBC political science professor Schaller asks why Perry wants to eliminate those three departments in particular, rather than cutting spending across all departments or eliminating newer agencies.Schaller has also written a new guest post for Sabato’s Crystal Ball, exploring the limited political impact of President Obama’s foreign policy successes in Iraq, Libya and with the killing of Osama bin Laden. Schaller writes:… Continue Reading Thomas Schaller, Political Science, in the Baltimore Sun

Donald Norris, Public Policy, in the Baltimore Sun

The Baltimore Sun quoted UMBC’s Donald Norris, chair of public policy, today in its ongoing coverage of the Sen. Ulysses Currie corruption case. “The evidence does suggest that what he did, if not criminal, is unethical,” Norris said. When asked about the Senate’s possible censure of Currie, however, he noted, “Currie is very well-liked by his colleagues, and that may mitigate the penalty.” For more, read “Common Cause calls for Currie censure.” Yesterday, Norris reflected in the Sun on the election of Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to her first full term. “Will she have signature achievements? I’m not sure,”… Continue Reading Donald Norris, Public Policy, in the Baltimore Sun

Dennis Coates, Economics, in Baltimore Sun

A new study produced by Visit Baltimore suggests the Baltimore Grand Prix had a smaller economic impact than predicted, reports the Baltimore Sun. The tourism group estimated that event attendees spent $28 million in and near the city during the Labor Day weekend event, significantly below the $70 million projected by Baltimore Racing Development last year. “Is this really what we mean by success?” asked Dennis Coates, UMBC economics professor. Coates co-authored another study, released in October, estimating race weekend spending at $25 million, about $10 million of which “would likely have occurred in Baltimore or Maryland even without the… Continue Reading Dennis Coates, Economics, in Baltimore Sun

Thomas Schaller, Political Science, in the Baltimore Sun

In his latest Baltimore Sun opinion column, UMBC political science professor Thomas F. Schaller focuses on the US tax policy debate. “We talk a lot about spending cuts but rarely, if ever, about revenue increases. Why the asymmetry?” Schaller asks. Read “The Gospel of Tax Cuts” to find out.

Judge Stephen Sfekas, Past UMBC Faculty, Elected to MHC Board

The Maryland Humanities Council (MHC) has elected seven new members to its Board of Directors, including Stephen J. Sfekas, a Baltimore City Circuit Court judge who previously taught health care law and administrative law at UMBC. According to Baltimore Citybizlist, Sfekas has served on the boards of The ARC Baltimore, the Maryland Disabilities Law Center, the Society for Values in Higher Education, and the President’s Advisory Council for UMBC. MHC board members are involved in strategic planning, fundraising and fiscal management for the group.

Donald Norris, Public Policy, in the Washington Post and Baltimore Sun

“It would have been easy in recent days to mistake Courtroom 5D as the site of a Maryland political convention rather than the forum for a public corruption trial,” wrote the Washington Post‘s John Wagner, on the defense of Sen. Ulysses Currie. Prominent character witnesses were brought to the stand over several days to vouch for Currie’s integrity in light of corruption allegations — a potentially risky move for some, considering their own career ambitions. “I don’t know whether a jury will look at politicians saying nice things about other politicians in a cynical way or a laudatory way,” said… Continue Reading Donald Norris, Public Policy, in the Washington Post and Baltimore Sun

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