Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Jewish Genetic Diseases Awareness and Screening Event

Maryland Hillel is excited to host the Jewish Genetic Diseases Awareness and Screening Week! We wanted to share the many ways for you to get involved and take charge of your future!

1.       Info Session: Monday December 1st at 7:30 PM in Hillel, Dr. David Straney (of the Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics Department) is presenting on what Jewish genetic diseases are, how they are inherited, and what you can do to prevent or treat them. Refreshments will be served!

2.       Get Screened! On Thursday, December 4th from 3:00-7:00, come to Maryland Hillel for an easy screening process with JScreen. For the highly subsidized price of only $99, you just give them a small saliva sample at JScreen will look at your DNA to see if you are a carrier of over 80 genetic diseases. Physicians and genetic counselors will be onsite to answer any questions. To make the process easier, you can pre-register – make sure you select “Maryland Hillel” in response to the question “How did you hear about us?”

3.       Volunteer to help out! Maryland Hillel needs volunteers for both of these events, and it is a great way for you to join the community! Just sign up here.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to the Hillel staff member who is coordinating this event, Shira Neuman, at sneuman@marylandhillel.org .

Exploring options for after graduation? Loved your alternative break trips? Live for volunteering? Want to spend a year working on social justice issues or volunteering? If so this event is for you!

Join us Tuesday December 2nd 7:30-9:00 at Maryland Hillel (7612 Mowatt Lane) for an informative panel with representatives from great post-grad programs. Featuring representatives from: Teach for America, City Year, AVODAH, Repair the World, and Yahel. 

Take a look at their websites for more information on these great organizations:


Refreshments and Dessert will be served, Cant wait to see you all there!

Information Alliance event, “Shaping the Future of Learning” - Dec. 5-6

There are just two weeks left before our next two-day UMD Future of Information Alliance event, “Shaping the Future of Learning” (http://www.fia.umd.edu/futurelearn/).

We are being hosted this time by the Barrie School (13500 Layhill Road
Silver Spring) and our co-sponsors in this program include the Library of Congress, the National Geographic Society, the National Park Service, and the Newseum.  Among the attendees are educators, innovators, and learners of all ages – including UMD students and faculty as well as high school students who may be future UMD prospects.

The two-day program kicks off on the afternoon of Friday, Dec. 5, with a reception, food, demos by our FIA partners, and a terrific panel featuring Google’s “director of user happiness,” the former chief scientist at Twitter (who started a new school), a serial inventor, a UNICEF innovator, and a high school student who won a major international science competition for coming up with an inexpensive test to detect cancer.

The next day will see teams form up (they do not need to form in advance) and compete in a design challenge. There will be great prizes for the winners and a raffle of other prizes (donated by the likes of Google, Sesame Workshop, and a number of other sponsors). 

The program is open to anyone, but we ask that attendees register  at  http://www.fia.umd.edu/futurelearn/, where there is also more information about the program. 

This is a program for participants with all kinds of backgrounds – from both STEM and non-STEM fields, and a whole host of disciplines – sciences, humanities, arts, engineering and so forth.

The goals for this weekend:
·          Bring together and further develop a community of people who care about and want to have an impact on the future of learning
·          Be a catalyst for new ideas, prototypes, tools, guidelines to be highlighted and used in learning communities around Maryland even after the event occurs
·          Highlight how technology could be used in and outside of classrooms with all different ways people of all ages learn
We think this would be a great opportunity for Honors students, so please help us spread the word.

Friday December 5, 4-8pm
The event will kick off with a transdisciplinary dialogue led by Future-ists, followed by a poster and demo session where FIA partners showcase the work they are doing this area.
Panel Discussion led by Future-ists:
Chris Fabian
UNICEF Senior Advisor on Innovation to the Executive Director
Idit Harel
CEO Globaloria
Abdur Chowdhury
CEO Pushd and Founder of the Alta Vista School, former chief scientist at Twitter
Dan Russell
FIA Future-ist in Residence, and Google “director of user happiness”
Jack Andraka
National Geographic Emerging Explorer
Poster and Demo Session (with reception food)
Saturday December 6, 9-5pm
Educators, technologists, and learners of all ages — adults and young people — are invited to compete in a Design Challenge to help shape the future of learning. Teams will be formed, designs will be created and by the end of the day winners will be selected and prized awarded.
Registration + Breakfast
Challenge Instructions
Team Formation (if needed)
Teams Start Working
Semi-Finalist Judging
Tim Schaffer Presentation
(with snacks)
Final Judging
We encourage individuals to team-up. If you do not have a team, we can help you find one at the event. Teams can have a maximum of 10 people. Education experts will be on-hand to help teams as they work on their ideas.
Teams can build low-tech prototypes, make a video, present a vision paper, develop software, create a website — anything that demonstrates their idea. The most important thing is to share your idea so that the judges understand how innovative your idea is, how much impact it might have on people, and how feasible it might be to implement.
Want to get started early?
Check out the challenges posted by our partners for inspiration and ideas to work on.

Internships at the DeVos Institute

Hands-on Experience for Aspiring Arts Management Professionals

Program Dates:

Spring 2015:
Program Dates: January—May 2015
Application Deadline: Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Summer 2015:
Program Dates: May—August 2015
Application Deadline: Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Fall 2015:
Program Dates: September—December 2015
Application Deadline: Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Full-time and part-time opportunities available.

How to Apply:
Please send a brief cover letter and resume to Syrah Gunning at sgunning@umd.edu. Work samples are optional, but encouraged. Following the application deadlines, applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until positions are filled.

“My internship with the DeVos Institute was instrumental in my professional development. As an intern, I received training and insight into the field of arts management that continues to be invaluable as I build my career. I would highly recommend the program to any aspiring arts administrator who is looking for an incredible organization with countless opportunities to build useful skills and knowledge.”
Mary Katherine Clark
Assistant Manager, Corporate and Foundation Relations
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts—Washington, D.C.
DeVos Institute Intern, Fall 2012

Interning with the DeVos Institute
As a leading provider of arts management training worldwide, the DeVos Institute and its leadership offer valuable, hands-on experience for aspiring arts managers. Interns gain practical skills in event management, research, evaluation, reporting, and business communications by supporting the Institute’s domestic and international training programs and consulting engagements for over 800 arts organizations around the globe. Interns also gain an expansive understanding of the arts industry by working with a wide range of arts and cultural organizations and industry professionals who serve as Institute advisors.Internships are full-time (40 hours per week) or part-time (15-30 hours per week) unpaid opportunities that are intended to complement a student’s academic program of study, during or shortly following an undergraduate or graduate program. Interns have the opportunity to attend special events, including presentations with domestic and international delegations that visit the Institute. Upon acceptance into the program, Interns develop a personalized schedule with their program manager based on their availability. A transportation subsidy will be provided at a rate of $6/day. Applicants must be currently enrolled sophomores, juniors, or seniors in undergraduate programs, Master’s candidates, or have completed a degree within the past two years. Internships may be completed for academic credit through the Intern’s current college or university.
To apply, please send a brief cover letter and resume to Syrah Gunning at sgunning@umd.edu.

Available Internship Positions
DeVos Institute Interns should be expert problem solvers, comfortable working in a fast-paced environment, comfortable using Microsoft Excel, and have strong writing and analytic skills. The Institute seeks applicants for the following positions:
Program Management
The DeVos Institute’s Capacity Building programs provide training and support for executive, artistic, and board leadership in arts communities’ worldwide including cities such as Detroit, Grand Rapids, Miami, New York City, and San José, and internationally in Ireland, Croatia, Trinidad and Tobago, and Vietnam. In each city, these two-year programs provide tailored assistance to a cohort of 10-20 organizations through seminars, online master classes, and one-on-one consultations. Interns gain valuable experience in event planning, vendor coordination, travel management, and program management, both through in person and online activities. These positions are ideal for individuals interested in event management, hospitality and tourism, and program management.

Marketing Interns will support the Director of External Relations on the Institute’s marketing efforts. Interns gain experience in press management, copy writing, and website design by supporting the development of the Institute’s new website. Interns will gain a broad understanding of arts management by translating successful arts management strategies from hundreds of organizations worldwide to the field at large. These positions are ideal for individuals with an interest in marketing, public relations, and/or website development. Experience in basic HTML or graphic design are welcome, but not required.

Development (Fundraising)
Development Interns will support the Institute’s fundraising efforts primarily aimed at corporate and foundation funders. Interns gain experience in grant writing for corporations and foundations, program evaluation, and prospecting. Interns will gain a broad understanding of arts management by tracking the progress of hundreds of organizations worldwide and translating for funders. These positions are ideal for individuals with an interest in fundraising, grant writing, and program evaluation. Competitive candidates will demonstrate strong writing skills and an attention to detail.

Consulting Interns support the DeVos Institute’s engagements with both domestic and international arts organizations through research, data analysis, planning, content drafting, and travel management. Consulting projects differ per client and include a wide array of practical research such as financial analysis, industry research on comparable organizations, event management, affinity marketing, and prospecting. This position is ideal for candidates with an interest in financial analysis and trends facing arts organizations. Competitive candidates should have an attention to detail, research and analysis experience, and a strong working knowledge of Excel.

Research and Development
The Research and Development Intern will support the Director of Training, Research, and Development in an array of projects related to producing and evaluating the Institute’s programs. Interns gain experience researching macro-level trends in the field at large, summarizing program evaluation data, tracking participants’ success stories, and maintaining a library of content. The Intern will also support the Institute’s Diversity in the Arts Initiative, a series of high-level forums exploring the history and challenges faced by museums, dance companies, and theater companies serving African-American and Latino communities throughout the United States. This position is ideal for graduate level students with an interest in research and analysis, non-profit management, and evaluation.

“My internship at DeVos Institute of Arts Management provided me with priceless, valuable lessons that I otherwise would not have learned in the classroom. Interns are treated as the members of the team and given tasks that matter, allowing you to get real “hands-on” experience. Thank you very much for a wonderful and priceless semester, DeVos Institute!”
Adriel Tjokrosaputro
Music Business/Management Student
Berklee College of Music—Boston, MA
DeVos Institute Intern, Spring 2014

About the DeVos Institute of Arts Management
The DeVos Institute provides training, consultation, and implementation support for arts managers and their boards.
It operates on the premise that while much is spent to train artists, too little is spent to support the managers and boards who keep those artists at work.
At the same time, rapid changes in technology, demographics, government policy, and the economy have complicated the job of the manager and volunteer trustees. These challenges continue to accelerate.
Organizations that have mastered these trends are flourishing—even leveraging them to their advantage.
For those which have not, however, the sense that “something’s not quite right” can seem unshakable. For too many, these changes have led to less art, decreased visibility, diminished relevance—even financial collapse.
These challenges inform the Institute’s approach. Never has the need to balance best practices and new approaches been so urgent.
Institute leadership and consultants—all arts managers themselves—understand that, in today’s environment, there is no time or resource to waste. Therefore, Institute services are lean, direct, and practical.
Since its founding in 2001, the Institute has served over 1,000 institutions from over 80 countries. While environments, objectives, and disciplines vary, each of these clients share the desire to create, market, and sustain exemplary cultural programs.
As such, the Institute has designed its services to assist a wide range of institutions, from traditional performing and presenting organizations, museums and galleries, arts schools and libraries, to botanical gardens, glass-making studios, public art trusts, and non-profit cinemas, to name a few.
It offers support to individuals, organizations, and—in collaboration with foundations and governments—to communities of organizations throughout the world.
The DeVos Institute transferred its activities and offices from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to the University of Maryland in September 2014. The move enables the Institute to expand its global training and consulting programs, enhance its fellowships for North American and international arts managers within the context of a major educational institution, and create a Master’s program that leverages both University and Institute resources.

For more information about the DeVos Institute, please visit www.DeVosInstitute.umd.edu

Global Training Programs
Capacity Building Programs
The Institute’s Capacity Building Programs provide in-depth training and consultation to a cohort of arts organizations in a given city or region. They combine in-person group training, web-based master classes, and one-on-one, on-site consultation with each participating organization.
Subjects are tailored to the needs of each cohort and include:
• Artistic Planning
• Programmatic and Institutional Marketing
• Fundraising
• Board Development
• Financial and Strategic Planning
• Technology Management
• Audience Development and Outreach
To date, Capacity Building Programs have been mounted in New York City, Miami, Orlando, Grand Rapids, Detroit, Chicago, and Portland. An international version of the program has been offered in Ireland, Croatia, England, and Vietnam.
Board Seminars
The Institute also hosts an annual, two-day Board Development Intensive in Washington, D.C., for board members and senior executives.
Topics include:
• Recruiting and managing board members
• Achieving fundraising success
• Maximizing the staff-board relationship
• Creating institutional image and impact
• Financial planning
• Developing and supporting effective marketing campaigns
• Hiring an executive director
Board Development Intensives are also offered in cities in partnership with local governments and foundations. These seminars serve up to 40 local organizations for a two-day discussion localized for the immediate environment.
Funding partners for Capacity Building Programs and Board Seminars have included the Ford Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, Arts Council England, The Joyce Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, The Paul G. Allen Foundation, Bank of America, and ministries of culture in host countries.
Consulting Services
The Institute offers a range of consulting services tailored to the needs of each client. Recent representative clients include:
Alaska Native Heritage Center
ArtPrize, Grand Rapids
Ballet San Jose
City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program
DuSable Museum, Chicago
El Museo del Barrio, New York
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra
Harlem School of the Arts
Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey
Miami City Ballet
Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami
National Black Arts Festival, Atlanta
National YoungArts Foundation, Miami
Columbia Film Society/The Nickelodeon Theatre, Columbia
Park Avenue Armory
Pennsylvania Ballet
Penumbra Theatre, Minneapolis
Royal Opera House, Oman
Texas Ballet Theater
Strategic Planning
The Institute’s core service provides in-depth, comprehensive, implementable strategic plans. These plans assist organizations in crisis, those considering growth, and those facing changes to their environments.
Each plan includes:
• A thorough review of the organization’s mission;
• An environmental analysis that evaluates the relevant field and determines what is required for success, today and in the future;
• An internal analysis that determines how the organization compares, at present, to what is required for success, as defined by the environment;
• Detailed strategies that position the organization to overcome its weaknesses and exploit its strengths;
• An implementation plan that outlines tactics required to execute each strategy, assigning responsibility for each, and a deadline for their completion; and
• A financial plan that projects financial performance based on the strategies.
To augment the benefits of planning, the Institute provides implementation support to assist staff and board members as they begin to execute key strategies.
Private Intensives for Individual Organizations
The Institute offers short- and long-term training, planning, and evaluation intensives for board-staff teams focused on:
• Launching the strategic planning process
• Reviewing/updating a current strategic plan or organizational mission
• Establishing/reviewing board and staff roles and responsibilities
• Crisis management
• Department-specific training (in Fundraising and Marketing)
Organizational Evaluation
The Institute offers organizational audits in the following areas:
• Total organizational performance
• Board structure and performance
• Financial structure and performance
• Marketing operations
• Fundraising operations
Other Planning and Implementation Services
The Institute also offers “business unit” planning and implementation support in the following areas:
• Capital campaigns
• Endowments
• Programmatic and Institutional Marketing
• Pricing
• Planning, operating, and sustaining new cultural institutions
• Season and program design
The Institute offers two, three-year Fellowship programs: one for North American arts managers and a second for arts executives from abroad. Both are offered free-of-charge to participants, who are selected through a competitive application process. Participants attend a four-week Fellowship in residence at the University of Maryland each spring for three consecutive years.
Fellowships include:
• Intensive academic training in non-profit management, finance, planning, fundraising, evaluation, and marketing;
• Hands-on work rotations in a performing or visual arts institution;
• Intensive collaborative group work; and
• Ongoing personalized mentoring, both during and between the month-long residencies.
Arts Management Texts
Institute publications offer practical guidance on a range of arts management subjects.
• The Cycle: A Practical Approach to Managing
Arts Organizations, by Michael M. Kaiser with
Brett E. Egan. This volume describes the Institute’s approach to managing sustainable arts organizations through a series of practical examples, illustrations, evaluation templates, and planning tools. (English.
Short-form versions are available in English, Arabic, Croatian, Czech, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian,
Spanish, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese.)
• The Art of the Turnaround: Creating and Maintaining Healthy Arts Organizations, by Michael M. Kaiser. This distillation of best practices learned through Kaiser’s nearly three decades of work with troubled cultural organizations provides a practical framework for any manager or board member facing—or planning to avoid—a turnaround. (English)
• Leading Roles: 50 Questions Every Arts Board Should Ask by Michael M. Kaiser. A need-to-know primer in board governance for arts trustees worldwide. (English)
• Strategic Planning in the Arts: A Practical Guide, by Michael M. Kaiser. A step-by-step guide to the Institute’s strategic planning process. (English, Arabic, Czech, and Spanish.)

Paid study on cognition and meditation ($240)

We would like to invite you to participate in a paid research study for the University of Maryland Center for Advanced Study of Language. The study involves 12 sessions at the Patapsco building (Room 1110, a short walk from College Park Metro, accessible by Shuttle #104; parking available). Right now, we are currently interested in people willing to start in early January.
You will be asked to complete cognitive tasks and questionnaires, as well as receive training in meditation. You must be between 18 and 40 years of age to participate.
Receive $240 for completing the study ($5 each for sessions 1-11, and $185 at the final session).  After completing session 12, you will get a raffle entry to win a $200 gift card!
Complete the survey at the link below to determine your eligibility. We will contact eligible participants to schedule their sessions.
For further questions, please contact MTBehavioralStudy@casl.umd.edu.

Estudias el español? ¡Participa en un estudio en el próximo semestre!

The Language Learning and Cognition Study is recruiting for spring 2015!  Sessions will be available starting in January.
Participate in 14 sessions of 1-2 hours each.  All sessions are now being held at Taliaferro.  You will be asked to complete cognitive tasks and questionnaires, as well as training tasks on an iPad.
Receive $240 for completing the study ($5 each for sessions 1-13, and $175 at the final session).  After completing session 14, you will get a raffle entry to win one of 10 $200 gift cards!
Eligibility criteria include (see website for full list):
- 18-30 years of age
- monolingual native speaker of English
- currently enrolled in a 300-level Spanish course or completed a 300-level Spanish course within the past year
- not started studying Spanish before age 12
- no immersion experience of longer than 1 month in a Spanish-speaking country
To take the pre-screen and for more info, visit www.casl.umd.edu/langlcs. 
Contact us at LangLCS@casl.umd.edu.

Award-winning documentary: “Schools that Change Communities”

Monday, December 1st, 7:00PM-9:00 PM
South Campus Commons Building 1, Room 1102

Schools that Change Communities profiles a diverse group of public schools that are successfully creating higher achieving students in a different way -- by turning the communities where they live into their classrooms. The film re-imagines what education can be, visiting K-12 public schools in five states across America that are engaging students in learning by solving real-world problems in a variety of communities, from economically and environmentally challenged rural areas to poverty-stricken urban neighborhoods. High school students in Howard, SD, build an interdisciplinary curriculum around a plan to save the town's struggling economy. In a Boston neighborhood with a high level of crime and poverty, students learn to connect the dots between what their community seems to the outside world and what it might become. In a small Appalachian town, elementary school students help clean up an adjacent stream polluted by acid mine drainage from former coal mines. In Watsonville, CA, high school students studying Roosevelt's New Deal try to come up with a New Deal for their farming community. In Cottage Grove, OR, students help create a sustainable environment, while learning valuable science, engineering and math lessons.  Teachers, students and local residents discuss their projects and the value they find in place- and community-based education -- an interdisciplinary approach which emphasizes hands-on, curiosity-based investigation using surrounding neighborhoods as "living" classrooms. By confronting and solving real-world issues in their hometowns, students become more engaged in the learning process and develop a stronger sense of civic responsibility and pride. Plus, the local communities benefit!
For more information, please see: https://www.facebook.com/events/1555869807961908/
This seminar series on “Ensuring a World Fit for Children? Rethinking Our Civic Responsibilities
is sponsored by Beyond the Classroom Living & Learning Program, Office of Undergraduate Studies,
at the University of Maryland, College Park

Monday, November 24, 2014

SRs in Biology of Biomedical Science: Graduate School at Washington University in St. Louis

If you are considering graduate school in Biology and Biomedical Sciences, consider applying to one of the 12 programs in the Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences (DBBS) at Washington University in Saint Louis. Many of our programs are among the top 10 rated graduate programs nationwide, and Washington University is renowned for outstanding graduate student training.  The application is FREE and the deadline is December 1st. For more information, please visit http://dbbs.wustl.edu/prospstudents/PhDAdmissions/Pages/PhD-Application-Instructions.aspx

UMaryland International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Looking for New Members - Dec. 8

The International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition is held annually and involves over 250 teams from universities around the world working on synthetic biology projects. As you may have heard, the UMD iGEM team sent its inaugural team this year and came back with a gold medal!
The UMD iGEM team is currently open for new members interested in participating in various aspects of the iGEM competition:
  1. Undergraduate wet lab research on a student-driven synthetic biology project
  2. Artistic design and coding of a wiki displaying project goals and results
  3. Biological modeling of various protein constructs
  4. Investigation of the ethics and human practices of synthetic biology
  5. Creating a computer program illustrating our research topic

Interested? Come to our open meeting on Monday, December 8th at 4:00 PM in CHEM1407! If you can’t make it, please contact bquimby@umd.edu for more information.

Trudi Lynn Smith Camera Obscura Installation Poster - 12/5

Trudi Lynn Smith will be installing her portable camera obscura on the McKeldin Mall on Friday 12/5 from 3pm to sunset.


Honors Students: Writers’ House Wants You!

Jiménez-Porter Writers' House is now accepting applications for the 2015-16 academic year. December 1 is the deadline for early decision, March 1, 2015 is the final deadline.

Writers' House students:
·Live together, forming a vibrant literary community in centrally located Queen Anne's Hall,
·Major in all fields, may be transfers or moving in from off-campus, and may be freshmen, sophomores, juniors, or seniors,
·Participate in a myriad of literary activities including:
o   publication of Stylus,
o   TerPoets Open Mics,
o   meetings with Writers Here and Now visiting authors,
o   writing workshops,
o   field trips,
o   one-on-one manuscript advising,
o   literary study abroad
o   Lannan Fellowships
If you're interested but have some questions please don't hesitate to call the Director, Johnna Schmidt, at 301-405-0671.

You can also access an application at our website at https://apply.arhu.umd.edu/

Award-Winning Oscar-nominated Documentary "The Act of Killing" Reception, Screening and Discussion with the Director

December 2 6:30p.m.
Colony Ballroom-Stamp Student Union

The Global Communities Living-Learning Program presents Joshua Oppenheimer, award-winning documentary director and 2014 McArthur Fellow, in this campus premiere. Dr. Shibley Telhami, Sadat Chair for Peace and Development, will lead a Q&A with the director after the screening. The filmmakers follow unrepentant death squad leaders in Indonesia and challenge them to dramatize their role in genocide, producing a unique and powerful melding of art and remembrance. The screening and discussion will be preceded by a reception.

This special event is co-sponsored with the Office of Undergraduate Studies, the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, the Sadat Chair for Peace and  Development, CIDCM, the Honors College, and the School of Public Policy.

WMUC & Terpmode Present: ShowFest 2014! Calling all artists/musicians/more who would like to showcase their talent! - Dec. 5

The WMUC & Terpmode ShowFest will be on December 5th in the Baltimore Room from 6:30-10:30 PM: come by for FREE FOOD, music, arts, and tons of fun! Click our Facebook event for more details and updates: https://www.facebook.com/events/645793815532193/

If you are interested in showcasing your artwork or performing onstage at the WMUC & Terpmode ShowFest, please fill out this form: http://goo.gl/forms/zsXmtw1Z59.

Any questions? Please contact terpmode@gmail.com!