Thursday, March 31, 2016


We invite students, faculty, and staff to join in celebrating our undergraduates’ remarkable and varied research accomplishments at the annual Undergraduate Research Day (URD) poster presentation this coming WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27, between 1:45 and 3:45 pm, in the Grand Ballroom of the STAMP Student Union. We will have nearly 200 posters and over 600 presenters.

URD is Maryland’s largest, most visible, and most diversified showcase for undergraduate research accomplishments – come and learn from hundreds of team and individual presenters!

Where: Grand Ballroom, STAMP Student Union
When: Wednesday, April 27, 2016 from 1:45 pm to 3:45 pm

We look forward to seeing you there!

Submissions Needed for 'You Are Not Alone' Literary Magazine

You Are Not Alone is a mental health literary magazine being created in order to both raise awareness of the importance of mental health and mental illness. This magazine is a project created by college students for college students. The goal of this project is promote mental health, serve as a
therapeutic outlet for college students, and reach out to college students who may be suffering in silence or feel as though they are alone.

Please send in any literary work and/or artwork (especially artwork!) Your submissions can be anything you would like. There is no specific criteria to it.

Submissions can be submitted to - and they can also be anonymous as well. Highest priority to submissions sent by April 8th, but
they will be accepted on a rolling basis till the end of April.

For more information or questions, please contact Muftiat Ogunsanya at

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The Syrian Crisis: An Inside Look - 4/5

Join No Lost Generation at UMD in welcoming Mostafa Hassoun and Dr. Hisham Naji as they share their inspiring stories and experiences with Syria. Come hear Mr. Hassoun, a 23 year old refugee fled Syria in 2015 and is currently living in Annapolis, MD., talk about his life in Syria, his life in America now, and the battles he has overcome and the challenges he faces today, living in an unfamiliar city and culture. Dr. Hisham Naji, a doctor and D.C. Chapter President of the Syrian American Medical Society, will be illustrating his role in aiding Syrian civilians impacted by the crisis, and his knowledge working in both Syria and America.

You will learn about the crisis from the unique first hand perspectives of Syrians who have witnessed the crisis to its fullest. Educate yourself, get inspired to take action, and bring your friends for a night you won’t forget!

When: Tuesday, April 5 from 7-9pm
Where: Charles Carroll Room, Stamp Student Union

For more information about the symposium (and to RVSP) visit
Find No Lost Generation at UMD on Facebook at

No Lost Generation is a nationwide campaign that began at the George Washington University and is partnered with the State Department, Save the Children, the Malala Foundation, and more. For more information about No Lost Generation Initiative on Campus, visit

Invitation: Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science - Plenary Session: April 7 or April 8 from 8:30-10 am Riggs Alumni Center

Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science

April 7 and 8, 2016
8 am to 10 am
Riggs Alumni Center, Crist Boardroom
Capacity: 85 seated
Open to all faculty, staff, and students.

The Division of Research has invited the Alda Center to conduct 2 one-day workshops (identical workshops over 2 days) at UMD.  These workshops will provide a broad overview of the concepts developed by Mr. Alda himself (Alan Alda on the art of science communication: 'I want to tell you a story').

8:00 - 8:30am: Breakfast and Check-in 
8:30 -10:00am: Opening Plenary

Interactive Opening Plenary 1.5 hours
This interactive session introduces participants to general principles in how to craft short, clear, conversational statements, intelligible to non-scientists, about what you do and why it matters. The session consists of an interactive presentation and discussion on interpreting technical material using examples and analogies to illuminate unfamiliar concepts to your audience. The plenary will address problems and solutions in public interactions as well as peer-to-peer communication.  Participants will practice clarity in speaking to non-scientists about their work and may be actively engaged in improvisation exercises or explaining scientific material to lay people.

Please contact Tara Burke at with any questions.

Be a University Honors Peer Mentor - mentor individually or as part of a team! (5 min. application, due: Wednesday, May 11 at 8:00 p.m.)

University Honors Peer Mentoring Program!

Be a Peer Mentor!  University Honors is recruiting Peer Mentors for fall 2016. As a peer mentor, you'll work with new UH students, welcome them to the Honors community, and provide guidance through the first semester.

As a mentor, you'll meet with your students at least twice during the semester. You'll be matched according to major and/or career interests. You can mentor individually or with a friend.

Please complete the application by Wednesday, May 11 at 8:00 p.m.  The application is short and should take less than 5 minutes to complete.

Please email or call Liza Lebrun at, 301.405.3049 if you have any questions.

Red Cross Blood Drive — Monday, April 4

Red Cross Club, Pre-Nursing Society, and Alpha Epsilon Pi will be sponsoring a blood drive on Monday, April 4 from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM in Prince George’s Room in the Stamp Student Union.  Appointments can be made ahead of time by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS, by going to and using the sponsor code "UMD College Park,” or by emailing us at

Survivor: Maryland: Most Intense Extra-Curricular on Campus

Calling anyone who might be interested in some epic competition: we're looking for new competitors for Survivor: Maryland Season 7.
Survivor: Maryland is a college competition based on the TV show Survivor, and has been played on campus since 2012. You will be placed into tribes that compete in immunity challenges, with the losing tribe heading to tribal council to send out one of their own. Do you think you have what it takes to be the Sole Survivor?
What are you playing for? You get to compete in a once-in-a-lifetime game that will test your physical, mental, and emotional limits. You will be able to meet plenty of amazing people and add some much needed excitement to an otherwise mundane semester.
Here's a video to give you a better idea of exactly what Survivor: Maryland is.
If you're interested in playing over the course of the Fall semester please fill out this application (
If you have any questions, feel free to send them to

Blood Drive - 3/31

AMSA is holding another blood drive for the Children's National Medical Center on THURSDAY 3/31 from 10am-3pm in front of Cold Field House! Please register to donate here and show up at your appointment time! There are free snacks provided!Register here:

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Global and Federal Semester April 8th Deadline

Federal/Global Semester Fellows Program- Great for Honors College Students!
Want an internship in Washington, D.C.? Interested in global or domestic issues? Interested in global or domestic issues? Apply now to the Global Semester Fellows in Washington D.C. or Federal Semester Fellows Program! Earn Scholarship in Practice credit and a Fellows Program notation on your transcript! All our courses are cross-listed with Honors!

In the fall, students take a seminar course from industry practitioners in one of several concentrations covering foreign policy, diplomacy, homeland security, energy and environment, and science in a global context. In the spring, students intern at federal agencies, congressional offices, think-tanks, nonprofits, and related organizations. Past internship locations include Department of State, embassies, Department of Homeland Security, National Institutes of Health, Environmental Protection Agency, White House, U.S. Helsinki Commission, and many more.  Activities include trips to Capitol Hill and federal agencies, professional development workshops, and conversations with policymakers. 

For details and an application form, go to and/or or contact our office: 2407 Marie Mount Hall, 301-314-0261. Next wave of applications will be reviewed on April 8. Rolling admissions thereafter.

Miles for Smiles 5K - 4/3

Miles for Smiles is an organization that raises oral healthcare awareness at the University of Maryland! This year, we are having our 2nd annual 5K on Sunday April 3rd at 1PM on the mall! To sign up go to our Facebook page Miles for Smiles UMD or!! Registration is ONLY 15 dollars! We can’t wait to see you all there

Biology Hiring Summer Teaching Asst.s

The Department of Biology will employ Teaching Assistants (TAs) to support these Summer 2016 courses:
Summer I (May 31 – July 8, 2016):
BSCI201, Human Anatomy & Physiology I (Lab TA and Lab Prep TA needed)
BSCI330, Cell Biology & Physiology (Lab TA needed)

Summer II (July 11 – August 19, 2016):
BSCI202, Human Anatomy & Physiology II (Lab TA and Lab Prep TA needed)
BSCI440, Mammalian Physiology (Discussion TA needed)

Selected applicants must follow the direction of the course instructor and be available for all dates of the session. Undergraduate TAs earn a stipend of $1500.00, paid in an hourly wage. Although Ph.D. and other graduate students will receive priority, undergraduates are strongly encouraged to apply.

For more information and an application, please contact Ms. Jennie Gouker at A cover letter and resume or CV are also required. The deadline to apply is Monday, April 4, 2016.

Contact Person: Jennie Gouker
Contact Email:
Contact Phone Number: 301-405-6904

Humanity First Pho D'lite Fundraiser - 3/30

Humanity First at College Park is hosting a fundraiser at Pho D'Lite this Wednesday, March 30, 2016! A portion of every purchase from 5:30 to 9:30pm will be donated to a scholarship fund for children in rural Haiti! All YOU have to do is present the flier below (print or on your phone)! Come enjoy amazing food for a good cause.

SEO Career Seeking Freshmen and Sophomores for Spring/Summer Programming! - Deadline 4/1

SEO Career is looking for talented freshmen and sophomores to participate in our spring/summer training; the next application deadline is April 1.  

APPLY TODAY to take part in our upcoming programming, which will include:
  • Education and exposure to help students select an internship track
  • Online-training to help develop an awareness of the industry and various roles
  • Guidance and coaching to help students grow as a professional and interview well
  • Preparation for the summer internship experience that will launch their career
Students can use this link to apply on line; it takes less than 5 minutes:  And they can use this link to find one-minute videos featuring each internship track:  We have opportunities in Investment Banking, Finance/Accounting, Law, Asset Management, Private Equity, Consulting, Sales & Trading, Operations, Transaction Services, Marketing/Sales, Human Resources, Technology and Investment Research.

Lavender Leadership Retreat: College Students Developing Diverse LGBTQ+ Communities - 4/16

Lavender Leadership Retreat: College Students Developing Diverse LGBTQ+ Communities
Saturday, April 16, 2016 — Silver Spring Civic Building

An amazing day-long experience to develop college student leaders of diverse LGBTQ+ communities, with a focus on racial justice.
Special guest facilitators: Ariel Cerrud of Advocates for Youth, Vega Subramaniam of Vega/Mala Consulting, and Angela Peoples of GetEQUAL

University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) students - $5 (includes retreat, breakfast, lunch, and shuttle bus from campus)
Non-UMD students - $29.99 (includes retreat, breakfast, and lunch)

Learn more and get your ticket today to reserve a spot! Information and tickets:
Questions? Concerns? Email

Monday, March 28, 2016

Fundamental Physics into High Impact Applications - 3/29

Robert Brown, Chief Executive Officer, American Institute of Physics (AIP)
Tuesday, March 29th, 2016
3:30 pm reception
4:00 pm talk
Lobby of the Physical Sciences  Complex                                                               
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This seminar series is open to all faculty, staff, students, research, and community members.

Dr. Robert G. W. Brown is chief executive officer of the American Institute of Physics, a federation of 10 Member Societies in the physical sciences, which in total serve 120,000 members in the United States and around the world. As a trained physicist and engineer, Brown has made substantial contributions in research, product and business development, teaching, publishing, editorial direction, and administration. He has held various leadership positons in the corporate, non-profit, academic, and government sectors, principally in the United Kingdom, the United States, and Northern Ireland, with additional ventures throughout Europe and Asia. His research interests extend from nanotechnology to photonics, optics, medical physics, fluid dynamics, and beyond. Brown has authored more than 120 articles in peer-reviewed journals and holds 34 patents, several of which have been successfully commercialized. As CEO, he serves as an ex-officio member on the boards of AIP and AIP Publishing, a wholly owned subsidiary of the institute. 

Brown is an elected member of the European Academy of the Sciences and Arts (Academia Europaea) and a special professor at the University of Nottingham in the UK. He also retains an adjunct full professorship at the University of California, Irvine in the Beckman Laser Institute and Medical Clinic and is a visiting professor in the Department of Computer Science, also at UC Irvine. 

Before coming to AIP, Brown most recently led the nano-plasmonic research activities at Rockwell Collins’ Advanced Technology Center, and was chief technology officer to Ostendo Technologies, a specialist display company, in Carlsbad, California. He served for various years as professor and director of nanotechnology for Northern Ireland; executive director of the UK Institute of Physics; and head of optoelectronics research and development for Sharp Laboratories of Europe, the world’s third largest optoelectronics corporation. As a principal scientist in the UK Ministry of Defence’s Royal Radar Establishment, Brown was responsible for inventing new detector, electronic correlator, APD photo-detector, laser-diode, liquid-crystal display and optical-fiber technologies that have since been developed into successful products for experiments related to jet engines, macro-molecules, US submarines, and space shuttle instrumentation.

Brown has been recognized for his entrepreneurship with the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence Prize for ‘Outstanding Technology Transfer,’ Sharp Corporation’s (Japan) prize for his novel laser-diode invention, and, together with his team at the UK Institute of Physics, a Queen’s Award for Enterprise, the highest honor that can be bestowed on a UK company.  

Brown is editor-in-chief of the Handbook of Optoelectronics published by CRC Press and is co-editor-in-chief of the CRC Press book series in ‘Optics and Optoelectronics’.  He has been co-chairman for four of OSA’s International Photon Correlation Conferences, and editor of subsequent related special issues of Applied Optics. He has served as a consultant to many companies and government research centers in the USA and UK, most notably on NASA’s Microgravity Experimental Advisory Board and on the UK Home Office (Homeland Security Department equivalent) Science and Technology Reference Committee.

Brown is a citizen of the United States and the United Kingdom.
For more information on the Physics Colloquia series please visit:

UAID Interest Meeting to discuss annual National UAID symposium, "Community Empowerment & Health Policy" - 3/29

UAID will be having an Interest Meeting to discuss the annual National UAID symposium, "Community Empowerment & Health Policy" on Tuesday, March 29th @ 7pm in JMZ 0120. 

Pizza will be provided!

Here is the link to register for the Symposium, registration ends March 31st!

The symposium features the following distinguished speakers and events:

· Timothy Hill, Deputy Director for Medicaid and CHIP Services
· Dr. Howard Haft, Maryland's Deputy Secretary of Public Health
· a stimulating Planned Parenthood simulation
· a rigorous debate about socialized healthcare

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner will be provided during this 3-day event!

Come learn more about the Symposium and get involved!

Maryland Wishes - 3/29

Maryland Wishes raises money to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions, in association with Make-A-Wish® Mid-Atlantic. We’re trying to get more people to join our club and come to our meeting this upcoming Tuesday (March 29th) at 6:30 in MATH0106. 

Careers in Helping Professions Panel - 3/29

Tuesday, March 29, 2016, 5-6pm
University Career Center (3100 Hornbake Library, South Wing)
Panelists include representatives from National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, Bread for the City, Shepherd's Clinic, America's Future Workforce, UMD Counseling Psychology Program, and The Children's Inn at NIH.

Volunteer with Kids ON CAMPUS!

ON CAMPUS volunteer opportunity to engage with children in reading and math! 

Please sign up to volunteer with some awesome kids from Prince George's County! Shifts are typically 2 hours long. While we need volunteers for all shifts, we especially need volunteers for the Reading with Children shift on Maryland Reads Day - Friday, April 29 from 10:30am-12:30pm.  Register to volunteer here!

All registered volunteers will get an awesome volunteer t-shirt at each event! 

Friday, March 25, 2016

“ARPA-E program, structure, research priorities, vis​i​ on for the future” - 3/28

Eric Roh
fing, Deputy Director for Technology, Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy

Monday, March 28th, 2016
11:00 AM
Room 2460 A.V. Williams Building

This seminar series is open to all faculty, staff, students, research, and community members.

Dr. Eric A. Rohlfing is the Deputy Director for Technology of the Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (ARPA-E), responsible for oversight of all technology issues relating to ARPA-E’s programs.

Dr. Rohlfing joins ARPA-E from the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, where he most recently served as Director of the Chemical Sciences, Geosciences, and Biosciences Division in the Office of Basic Energy Sciences (BES). As Director, Dr. Rohlfing provided leadership and direction in establishing vision, strategic plans, goals, and objectives for the research activities supported by the Division. He joined BES in 1997 and later served as program manager for the Atomic, Molecular and Optical Sciences program (2000-2003) and team leader for Fundamental Interactions (2003-2006) before becoming Director.

Dr. Rohlfing held postdoctoral appointments at Exxon Research and Engineering Company and Los Alamos National Laboratory before joining the staff at the Combustion Research Facility at Sandia National Laboratories in 1986. His research interests include the experimental characterization of transient molecules relevant to combustion processes, linear and nonlinear laser spectroscopies, trace detection of pollutants, molecular beam and mass spectrometric studies of carbon and metal clusters, and vibrational relaxation dynamics He is the author of approximately 50 peer-reviewed articles, holds membership in the American Chemical Society and the American Physical Society, and is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Rohlfing received a B.S. degree in chemistry from the University of Virginia in 1977 and a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Princeton University in 1982.

Beyond the Classroom presents "Mic Check: Documentary Shorts from the Occupy Movement" on Monday, March 28th at 7:00 pm!

Monday, March 28, 7:00-9:00 pm
South Campus Commons Building 1, Room 1102

Short documentary films about the most important social movement of the 21st century!

When thousands of people concerned about growing economic inequality gathered in Zuccotti Park in New York City on September 17, 2011, there was little indication that they would fundamentally transform American political debate and ignite a full-scale national and global protest movement. But within a year, the Occupy Wall Street protestors had done just that.

This powerful collection of short films, made by Occupy protestors on the ground, tells the story of the movement in real time. While the films range in length from just one to ten minutes, their combined force is spellbinding. Together they show how a fledgling movement came out of nowhere to challenge Wall Street's rapacious and predatory practices, force economic inequality and corporate greed onto the mainstream political agenda, and capture the imagination of the world. The result is a fascinating and multifaceted portrait of one of the defining political struggles of our time.

"This is what happens when you put digital technology in the hands of smart young people who have complete mastery over it -- high-level production values with grassroots content. I you want to know what the Occupy movement is all about, and what its 'demands' are, watch these films. They're clear evidence that we are witnessing not only a serious revolt against global inequality, but also a joyous revolution of the mind and imagination." - Naomi Klein | Author of No Logo & The Shock Doctrine.
• "The Occupy movement is spectacular and unprecedented; there's never been anything like it that I can think of. If the bonds and associations that are being established at these remarkable events can be sustained, this could turn out to be a very significant moment in American history." - Noam Chomsky.
• "Confounding claims that U.S. citizens would be resigned to capitalist crisis, then bailouts chiefly for corporate interests, and then austerity to pay for them, Occupy Wall Street proved a powerful partner to the general strikes and leftward shifts transforming Europe's politics. As the crisis deepens unevenly across global capitalism, so too do the rising movements for social change. Mic Check provides a well-crafted window into the first big U.S step in that rising." - Richard D. Wolff, Author of Capitalism Hits the Fan and Occupy the Economy: Challenging Capitalism

For details, go to:

Krispy Kreme Donut Sale by Humanity First - 3/31 (You can order in advance)

Cookies, now donuts?! Let the SWEET times roll! Humanity First is having a donut sale until 3/31 in order to raise money for a scholarship fund for youth in rural Haiti. PRE-ORDER your donuts NOW at only $8 for a box! Orders will be picked up in front of stamp on 3/31 at 11am to 2pm, and we will be selling donuts at that time as well. Hope to see you there!
For questions, or more information on Humanity First at UMD, please contact Vivien Xie or Sadiq Asad at

UMD Students Ending Slavery - Meeting Wednesday, fundraising 3/31

Here's what we have coming up:


Next week we will be fundraising on Thursday 3/31 from 10pm to 2am in front of Montgomery Hall selling grilled cheese and donuts. If you signed up to bring bread and cheese, please bring them to the meeting Wednesday. Below is the link to sign up for a time slot, if you have any free time next Thursday, we can use all the help we can get!

Also, if you guys are planning on volunteering at Glow for the Girls on Friday, April 22nd please fill out the poll below to let us know which size t-shirt you want. We want to order shits as soon as possible, so fill out the poll ASAP.

See you at our next meeting, Wednesday 3/30.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Dr. Luis Miguel Castilla, Ambassador of Peru to the United States, visits UMD on Thursday, March 31

The Maryland Global Leaders lecture series welcomes H.E. Dr. Luis Miguel Castilla, Ambassador of Peru to the United States, to UMD on Thursday, March 31.  Amb. Castilla will share Peruvian perspectives on regional and global events under the rubric,  "Outlook and Challenges for 2016."  All members of the campus community are welcome to join us for this event, which will be held in the Atrium of the School of Public Policy, Van Munching Hall from Noon until 1:15 PMBeverages and light lunch will be served.

For further information, contact Joe Scholten at the Office of International Affairs (



The Department of Women’s Studies invites applications for the Rodler-Wood Scholarship.

Current full-time undergraduate or graduate students at the University of Maryland are eligible to apply for this $1000 award. The award will be made on the basis of one or more of the following criteria:

   * demonstrated financial need;
   * hardship based on sexual orientation or gender identity;
   * academic interest in LGBT Studies;
   * extracurricular activities on behalf of LGBT issues.

Applicants should submit:
1) a brief written statement outlining their qualifications and interests;
2) a current unofficial transcript; and
3) one letter of recommendation (recommenders may submit their letter directly to the Rodler-Wood Committee at

Materials can be sent by e-mail attachment (Word or PDF only) by 9am, Monday, April 25, 2016 to Put “Rodler-Wood Scholarship” in the subject line of your message. Or, hard copies of materials can be submitted to the Department of Women’s Studies, 2101 Woods Hall, attn. JV Sapinoso.

A list of past recipients of the Rodler-Wood Scholarship can be found at

For further information, contact JV Sapinoso
Assistant Director
Department of Women’s Studies
University of Maryland
2101 Woods Hall
College Park, MD 20742
Pronouns: He/Him/His

Support the Black Honors Caucus by going to the Panda Express in Stamp on Thursday, April 7th

Hi Honors Community! Please come out and support the Black Honors Caucus by going to the Panda Express in Stamp on Thursday, April 7th from 11-5. Print out the flyer and display it to the cashier during your visit. Hope to see you all there!