Student Affairs indaba shares an affinity for fellowship

By Brenda Wintrode Over a dozen university staff members gathered in Stamp’s Jimenez Room last Tuesday to discuss their experiences and interest in starting fellowship groups known as affinity spaces on campus with colleagues of similar identities. The Division of Student Affairs Diversity Initiative (SADI) hosted “Indaba: Affinity Spaces and Collective Convening,” facilitated by Assistant Director of the Department of Fraternity and Sorority Life Michael … Continue reading Student Affairs indaba shares an affinity for fellowship

Climate change tops the university senate’s priority list

By James Cirrone The university senate held its monthly meeting last Tuesday, and the university’s policies for tackling climate change dominated the conversation. At the start of the meeting, Senate Chair Pamela Lanford informed her colleagues that President Wallace Loh would not be delivering his state of affairs address that day, since he was in a conference at the White House. Lanford jokingly “offered condolences” … Continue reading Climate change tops the university senate’s priority list

#FearlessFirst sheds light on the first-generation student experience

Resourceful, persistent and gritty: these are the three qualities that come to mind when Christal Dimas discusses first-generation students at the University of Maryland. Dimas, a coordinator for retention at the Office of Undergraduate Recruitment and Scholarships, sought to highlight these strengths at the Academic Achievement Program’s #FearlessFirst celebration Friday. Tables set up outside the Adele H. Stamp Student Union offered hot chocolate and #FearlessFirst … Continue reading #FearlessFirst sheds light on the first-generation student experience

JSU hosts Dead Sea spa with goals of education and relaxation

By Sarah Natchipolsky The Jewish Student Union hosted a Dead Sea Spa night using beauty products made with salt and mud from the landmark body of water on Thursday evening. The Dead Sea is a lake bordered by Israel and Jordan, famous for its extremely high salinity. The mud is rich in minerals and the salt and mud are known for their benefits for the … Continue reading JSU hosts Dead Sea spa with goals of education and relaxation

Graduate school enters U21 innovation challenge

By Brenda Wintrode For the first time, the graduate school will offer both master’s and doctorate students a chance to enter into a global innovation competition against 26 other international research institutions, according to Robyn Kotzker, the assistant director of the Office of Funding Opportunities. The competition, called the “U21/PwC Innovation Challenge,” a collaboration between the network of research universities known as Universitas 21 and … Continue reading Graduate school enters U21 innovation challenge

Lone female professor in cell biology, molecular genetics to retire in Spring 2020

By Dylan Spilko The only female principal lecturer in the cell biology and molecular genetics department at the University of Maryland is expected to retire at the end of the spring 2020 semester.  Patricia “Patty” Shields has been a lecturer at the university since 2001. She has taught  principles of molecular & cellular biology for over 20 years to undergraduates students. Shields teaches with a … Continue reading Lone female professor in cell biology, molecular genetics to retire in Spring 2020

New disability studies major will be available next semester

By Emily Riley Students will have the opportunity to pursue a minor in Disability Studies starting in Spring 2020. Peter Leone, a faculty member and leader of implementing the minor, says will be beneficial for every student.  But the minor, said Leone, isn’t something that was thrown together. It’s been in the works for over four years, and was even denied once before being approved … Continue reading New disability studies major will be available next semester

“Hack Your Brain” event reveals smart study habits

By James Cirrone What are you expected to do as a college student? Eat, sleep, and study. Most of us have the first two down pat, but it turns out we don’t quite know how to hit the books effectively.  On Oct. 29, Dr. Scott Roberts told the 20 or so students who attended his presentation in Edward St. John’s Teaching and Learning Transformation Center … Continue reading “Hack Your Brain” event reveals smart study habits

Award-winning journalist talks with students about race, gender, misinformation in science and media

By Jenna Pierson The college of journalism held a lecture in Knight Hall Wednesday where students heard from Angela Saini, the recent recipient of the AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Award on current issues pertaining to science reporting in the media.  “Not only is she a recipient of this prestigious award, but last year she was voted by her peers as being one of the best … Continue reading Award-winning journalist talks with students about race, gender, misinformation in science and media

A Look Into US and China Relations in the Information Age

By Shauneen Miranda  Carolyn Bartholomew, chairwoman of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, addressed concerns over the rising tensions between the United States and China in Stamp on Wednesday.  “China continued to pursue state-directed industrial policy, steal intellectual property and maintain barriers to market access,” said Bartholomew, who also serves as a professional staff member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Bartholomew … Continue reading A Look Into US and China Relations in the Information Age