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.] …
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
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Registration program introduced last week intended to help when bike are lost or stolen.
When classes commenced at University of Maryland, Baltimore County last week, the campus rolled out a new bicycle registration program intended to help owners recover cycles that are lost or stolen. "It's a great program," said UMBC Police officer Richard Stevens, a member of the department's bike team. "It'll really help us out a lot." The free program allows students, faculty and staff to register their bicycles with UMBC Police. The serial number from the bicycle will be entered into a computerized database, and an identification sticker placed on the bike, Stevens said. Bicycles have a unique serial number stamped on the frame. "People don't write the serial number down," Stevens said. "That's the biggest problem." The program will …
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Caitlyn Leiter-Mason and Mitch Case are blogging about their experiences as delegates.
Two young people affiliated with University of Maryland, Baltimore County are serving as delegates to the Democratic National Convention, which began in Charlotte, NC, on Tuesday and runs until Sept. 6. Caitlyn Leiter-Mason, a native of Fredrick, Md., is junior political science major. Alumnus Mitch Case, from Ellicott City, graduated in 2011 with a degree in media and communications studies. Case and Leiter-Mason created a blog, A Tale of Two Delegates, for their experiences at the convention. Leiter-Mason is president of UMBC College Democrats, and Case is past president of the organization, according to the university. Case is social media coordinator at the Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts. The blog allows visitors to share …
The split rail fence from Poplar to Linden is intended to deter double-parked cars.
If a good fence makes good neighbors, things must be dandy between Arbutus United Methodist Church and University of Maryland Baltimore County. A rustic split-rail fence running along Shelbourne Road from Linden to Poplar was installed last month to deter cars from double-parking on a strip of property owned by the United Methodist Church, according to a church employee who didn't want her name used. The strip of land on the north side of Shelbourne is owned by the church, but maintained by UMBC, according to the employee. On Sundays, cars belonging to church congregants are parked there. When school is in session at UMBC, the spots are often used as nearby off-campus parking for students and faculty. "Last year, they were parking one in …