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October 2010

UMBC Increasing Diversity in Science

Posted on October 4, 2010 12:27 PM |Permalink

UMBC's news release on the final report from the NRC committee on increasing
diversity in science and engineering is posted at
There are links at the bottom of that page to a Baltimore Sun news story, a video
from Andrea Mitchell Reports, and blog post in Science.

Dr. Hrabowski in Baltimore Sun, on Andrea Mitchell Reports

Posted on October 4, 2010 1:56 PM |Permalink

From the Baltimore Sun, October 2, 2010:

The federal government and the nation's universities should invest $150 million annually to double the number of minorities pursuing science and engineering degrees, says a report released from the National Academies.

The report came from a committee chaired by Freeman A. Hrabowski III, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. In his 18 years at UMBC, Hrabowski has garnered a national reputation for mentoring minority scientists.

- Read the full story in the Baltimore Sun

- Watch Dr. Hrabowski on Andrea Mitchell Reports

In Loving Memory of Gene Alvin Giles, Jr (M4)

Posted on October 14, 2010 2:12 PM |Permalink |Comments ( 26 )

Me and You, Daddy
We're two peas in a pod
Mommy's best guys
Now, you're with God

But before you went home
You were so good to me
Giving me hugs, kisses, fun times
A perfect daddy - all could see

Now that you're up in heaven
Don't you worry at all about me
You put me on the right path
I'll make you smile - just wait and see!

I love you, Da Da, Pierce

(author unknown)

In loving memory to our Meyerhoff son and brother
A Scholar and a Gentleman
Gene Alvin Giles, Jr. (M4)
November 20, 1974 - September 20, 2010

An education fund has been established for Pierce Giles in Gene's memory.
Contributions may be made in the name of Pierce Giles and mailed to:
Pierce Giles
P.O.Box 151928
Alexandria, Virginia 22315

Living your life like it's Golden

Posted on October 19, 2010 10:36 AM |Permalink |Comments ( 9 )

Every now and then you run across a story, poem, greeting card. . .that simply expresses either a feeling, a belief, or a creed much better than you ever could. This is one of those stories. Enjoy.

A blind boy sat on the steps of a building with a hat by his feet. He held up a sign which said: "I am blind, please help." There were only a few coins in the hat.

A man was walking by. He took a few coins from his pocket and dropped them into the hat. He then took the sign, turned it around, and wrote some words. He put the sign back so that everyone who walked by would see the new words.

Soon the hat began to fill up.. A lot more people were giving money to the blind boy. That afternoon the man who had changed the sign came to see how things were. The boy recognized his footsteps and asked, "Were you the one who changed my sign this morning? What did you write?"

The man said, "I only wrote the truth. I said what you said but in a different way." I wrote: "Today is a beautiful day but I cannot see it."

Both signs told people that the boy was blind. But the first sign simply said the boy was blind. The second sign told people that they were so lucky that they were not blind. Should we be surprised that the second sign was more effective?

Moral of the Story: Be thankful for what you have. Be creative and innovative. Think differently and positively. When life gives you 100 reasons to cry, show life that you have 1000 reasons to smile. Face your past without regret. Handle your present with confidence. Prepare for the future without fear.

The most beautiful thing is to see a person smiling. Even more beautiful, is knowing that you are the reason behind it!!! "Live your life like it's golden."

Hold Fast To Dreams


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