Teri Rueb: Listening to Baltimore

Teri Rueb, assistant professor of visual arts, is creating an interactive Baltimore City tour. “Teri Rueb: Listening to Baltimore” “If these walls could speak, what tales they could tell” isn’t just a saying to Teri Rueb, it’s an artistic challenge. The assistant professor of visual arts creates interactive sound installations which allow visitors to explore a terrain on several different levels – listening to its stories, songs, and history – while walking and looking. “I approach sound from a sculptor’s point of view,” says Rueb, “exploring its spatial aspects,” while also probing themes of time, memory, identity—and technology. In her… Continue Reading Teri Rueb: Listening to Baltimore

UMBC: Sound Thinking

Sound Thinking The Earl and Darielle Linehan Concert Hall strikes the right note for the arts at UMBC On April 21, the campus celebrated the naming of one its most distinctive spaces, the 375 seat concert hall in the new Performing Arts and Humanities Building. Now known as the Earl and Darielle Linehan Concert Hall through a generous gift by Earl and Darielle Linehan, the hall stands as one of the premiere performing arts venues in the greater Baltimore region. Members of the Linehan family were joined by President Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, the Linehan Artist Scholars, and campus faculty,… Continue Reading UMBC: Sound Thinking

UMBC: Education in Motion

Education in Motion UMBC students race a sea monster through Baltimore to highlight the environmental impacts of plastic waste. On June 14, the Kraken crept through Baltimore, traveling across the city’s roadways, dipping into the Chesapeake Bay, and trekking through muddy and sandy terrain. After an arduous eight-hour journey, it emerged victorious. No, Baltimore wasn’t being overtaken by a legendary sea creature. The Kraken Upcycle was an award-winning UMBC student entry in the 17th annual East Coast Kinetic Sculpture Race hosted by the American Visionary Art Museum. Race contestants built all-terrain bicycle-powered works of art to navigate 14 miles through… Continue Reading UMBC: Education in Motion

UMBC: Seeking Out the Unexpected

Seeking Out the Unexpected UMBC’s newest prestigious scholarship recipients reflect on the “remarkable gift” of an international experience. In 2012, Kate Witt ’13, M.A., intercultural communication, became UMBC’s first master’s student to receive a Boren Fellowship. She travelled Brazil to study how non-governmental organizations work with Bolivian immigrants using the Portunhol language, a hybrid of Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese. This year, Witt has received a prestigious Fulbright research award to explore the use of Portunhol in Paraguay as the language evolves through social media. She shares, “I want to be there creating user-friendly systems while simultaneously aiding in preservation of… Continue Reading UMBC: Seeking Out the Unexpected

UMBC: Quality and Value

Quality and Value The Fiske Guide to Colleges names UMBC as a “Best Buy” for students. In a moment when both the quality and the price tag of a college education are being scrutinized closely by parents, students and government officials, UMBC is consistently recognized as a standout in both categories. The latest evidence? UMBC has been named a “Best Buy” university for the second consecutive year in the 2016 Fiske Guide to Colleges. UMBC is one of only 20 public universities, and the only Maryland institution, on the 2016 list, which also includes 24 private universities. Fiske selects “Best… Continue Reading UMBC: Quality and Value

UMBC: Tough Competition

Tough Competition UMBC hosts national automotive engineering and design event, Baja SAE Maryland 2015. One hundred teams, including 30 international teams from eight countries, gathered at Budds Creek Motocross Race Track for the action-packed Baja SAE Maryland 2015 competition, hosted May 7-10 by UMBC’s College of Engineering and Information Technology and Department of Mechanical Engineering. The energy and excitement of the event were clear from the moment registration opened. Participant spots for the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) competition were filled in just four minutes. The UMBC Baja design, engineering, and racing team has become nationally recognized for exceptional performance… Continue Reading UMBC: Tough Competition

UMBC: Maryland Matters

Maryland Matters UMBC establishes a School of Public Policy with regional focus, national presence. UMBC proudly announced the establishment of a School of Public Policy this November at a special event marking the 40th anniversary of the university’s public policy program. Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley presented the keynote address and officially announced the school. The UMBC Policy Sciences Graduate Program was conceived as a novel interdisciplinary program that initially had no dedicated faculty or budget. The School of Public Policy, established after four decades of sustained growth, consists of ten full-time faculty and more than 30 affiliated faculty from economics,… Continue Reading UMBC: Maryland Matters

UMBC: Community, Collaboration, Career

Community, Collaboration, Career Reimagined UMBC Graduate Research Conference focuses on unique professional development opportunities. For the past year a dedicated team of graduate students has been carefully retooling UMBC’s annual Graduate Research Conference (GRC). Their hard work and creativity paid off on March 25, 2015 when the largest-ever group of conference participants gathered to celebrate and promote student research, interdisciplinary collaboration, and diverse career paths. UMBC’s Graduate Student Association (GSA), GSA Senate, and Office of Graduate Student Life (OGSL) together hosted this day-long event. GSA Vice President and GRC Chair Romy Hübler ’15, Ph.D., Language, Literacy, and Culture, shares, “The… Continue Reading UMBC: Community, Collaboration, Career

UMBC: Hope as a Commitment, Not a Sentiment

Hope as a Commitment,Not a Sentiment UMBC community reflects on Baltimore protests and commits to action to address city’s challenges. “This is about all of us… What we see in our city is what we see in our country. When we think about inequality, when we think about questions of justice, these are issues that we face in our nation. And the role of the university is to teach people to think critically about the challenges that human beings face.” UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski opened a university teach-in with these remarks on May 1, 2015. The standing-room only event followed… Continue Reading UMBC: Hope as a Commitment, Not a Sentiment

UMBC: From K-12 to P-16

From K-12 to P-16 U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan discusses strengthening American education through partnerships, from preschool through college. UMBC’s national leadership in innovative teaching and K-12 partnerships made the university a fitting choice to host “A Conversation with Arne Duncan,” on February 18. The talk by U.S. Secretary of Education Duncan focused on opportunities to continue strengthening education across the continuum, from early childhood through college. Secretary Duncan spoke to an audience of UMBC students, faculty, and staff, along with educators and other members of the public that filled the Performing Arts and Humanities Building Concert Hall. The… Continue Reading UMBC: From K-12 to P-16

UMBC: Catalyst for Collaboration

Catalyst for Collaboration UMBC and UMB celebrate research partnerships with symposium and innovation grants. Celebrating the rapid growth of our collaborative research programs, UMBC and the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) joined together for an inaugural Research & Innovation Partnership Symposium on Friday, January 30, 2015. UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski and UMB President Jay Perman greeted a standing-room only audience of faculty researchers, students, and research support staff, and reflected on the value of collaborative research for both institutions. Yvonne Maddox, acting director of the NIH Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), delivered a keynote address focusing on… Continue Reading UMBC: Catalyst for Collaboration

UMBC: Gaming Gets Real

Gaming Gets Real UMBC competes in the “final four” of game development at the Microsoft Imagine Cup. In a year of tremendous success in national competition — with UMBC teams vying for titles in the “final four” of men’s soccer and chess — another team of talented UMBC students is heading to a U.S. championship, this time in video game development. Microsoft is flying four Retrievers to San Francisco, where they will pitch their project to Silicon Valley entrepreneurs in the software giant’s Imagine Cup worldwide technology competition. UMBC’s students will compete against teams from the Rochester Institute of Technology,… Continue Reading UMBC: Gaming Gets Real

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