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July 2, 2003


Three Members of UMBC Community are Innovator of the Year Finalists
Three UMBC community members are among the 25 finalists in The Daily Record's second annual "Innovator of the Year Awards" competition. They are:

Govind Rao, Professor and Chair, Chemical and Biochemical EngineeringWilliam F. Geritz III, BDMetric, Inc. (techcenter@UMBC tenant)David Bach, Scientific Products and Systems Inc. (techcenter@UMBC tenant)

The Innovator competition recognizes Maryland residents and companies who have introduced innovations that have had positive effects on their businesses, industries or communities. The 25 winners and one top winner will be honored at an awards dinner at the Wyndham Hotel in downtown Baltimore on September 17.

Philosophers on Parade
Over the past several months, members of the philosophy department have been busy publishing and presenting papers. Associate Professor Susan Dwyer spoke on "Moral Responsibility and Moral Development" at Georgetown University in April, and a copy of this paper appeared in The Monist (April, 2003). At a July conference on Culture and the Innate Mind at the University of Sheffield, she gave two presentations: "Moral Competence and Moral Relativism," and "How Good is the 'Linguistic Analogy'?" In August, she will be speaking at a meeting in Lund, Sweden, of the International Association of Social Philosophy and Philosophy of Law. Her talk will be "Prospects for a Universal Morality in a Diverse World."

Assistant Professor Joseph Berkowitz, on research leave this semester, has given nine presentations of three papers in various locations throughout the U.K., Holland, and Germany. The papers are "Newcomb's Problem: A Dilemma for Bayesian Decision Makers," "A Relational Modal Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics" (co-authored with Meir Hemmo), and "The Ergodic Hierarchy, Decay of Correlations and Chaos" (co-authored with R. Frigg and F. Kronz).

Professor and department chair Stephen Braude published two books recently. The first is a revised edition of ESP and Psychokinesis: A Philosophical Examination (Brown Walker Press). The second is Immortal Remains: The Evidence for Life After Death (Rowman & Littlefield). An article of his, "The Nature and Significance of Dissociation," is due to appear in J. Radden's (ed), Companion to the Philosophy of Psychiatry (Oxford University Press). But it was beaten into print by a translation of the paper into Serbian, which appeared in the journal Pedagogic Reality, published by the University of Novi Sad.

Like his aforementioned colleagues, Braude has also been lecturing overseas. In April he spoke on "Synchronicity, Super Psi, and Survival" at the University of Edinburgh, and "Postmortem Survival: The State of the Debate" at Glasgow University. Then in June, he presented two talks in Novi Sad, Serbia. The first, "Multiple Personality and Dissociation: A Philosophical Approach," was given to the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Novi Sad. The second, "Multiple Personality and Moral Responsibility," was presented to the Novi Sad Faculty of Management. (Before that second lecture, Prof. Braude was named Honored Professor of Philosophy at the Faculty of Management.)

Back in the U.S., in July, Prof. Braude gave three lectures at the Rhine Research Center in Durham, NC: "Psi and the Physical World," "Taking Physical Mediumship Seriously," and "Mental Mediumship."

Anne Brodsky Reading (8/4)
Assistant Professor of Psychology Anne Brodsky reads from her new book, With All Our Strength: The Revolutionary Association of Women in Afghanistan, on August 4 at 7 p.m., Black Planet Bookstore, 1621 Fleet Street in Baltimore. For more information call (410) 537-5005.

CWIT Web Site One of Baltimore's Best
The Center for Women and Technology's Web site ( named Best Web Site by Baltimore Magazine (August 2003, page 183): "Named the best resource for women and technology on the Web by correspondent Dianne Lynch, The Center for Women and Information Technology Web site isn't flashy. It isn't filled with complex graphics or colorful pop-ups. However, this site, produced by Joan Korenman and her staff out of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, does what so few Web sites manage to do: It communicates clearly. CWIT ranks as one of the most comprehensive sites for information on IT and it provides a message board for women hoping to join the field."

New Book by Robert Deluty
Associate Professor of Psychology and Presidential Teaching Professor Robert Deluty has published a new book of essays and poetry, The Long and Short of It (Gateway Press, July 2003). The book is available in the UMBC Bookstore and in selected stores in the Baltimore/Washington area.

Public Policy Doctoral Student Stephanie Jones Receives Fellowship
The Department of Public Policy is pleased to announce that Stephanie Jones, a doctoral student, was offered the Southern Regional Education Board's Dissertation Fellowship. In addition to a stipend, the fellowship includes funding to participate in the fall SREB conference, Compact for Faculty Diversity Institute of Teaching. At the conference, Jones will present a piece of her dissertation research, and have opportunities to meet hiring university officials for a potential fall 2004 faculty appointment.

Public Policy Doctoral Student Yael Harris Goldwater Co-winner of Research Award; Susanne Dragun Receives Honorable Mention
Yael Harris Goldwater was the Co-Winner of the 2003 Laurence G. Branch Doctoral Student Research Award. Susanne Dragun was one of three honorable mentions. There were 64 applicants nationally. The award is sponsored by the Gerontological Health Section of the American Public Health Association. Larry Branch, nationally recognized in the field of gerontology, founded the award to recognize doctoral student research in the field of aging.

Praise for Curtis Menyuk's Paper in Tech Trends
The editor of the National Security Agency's Tech Trends magazine recently referred to Curtis Menyuk's paper, "The Future of the Network is Optical," as setting a new "Gold Standard" for such articles due to its readability and technical depth.

William Semancik, chief of the Laboratory for Telecommunications Sciences, praised Menyuk for his outstanding contributions to the paper and "for his sustained, continuous and important contributions to the development of theoretical concepts and models that aid in the understanding of fundamental characteristics in optical fiber based transmission systems.

Kuhn Library Gallery and the Center for Art and Visual Culture, Receive AAM Awards
The Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery received first prize in the American Association of Museums' (AAM) 2003 Museum Publications Design Competition, Exhibition Catalogues category (Institutions with Budgets Under $500,000), for "Typographically Speaking: The Art of Matthew Carter," designed by visual arts professor Margaret "Peggy" Re. "Typographically Speaking" was curated by Re and organized by the Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery under the direction of Cynthia Wayne, curator of exhibitions.

The Center for Art and Visual Culture (CAVC) received an honorable mention in the CD-ROM category (Institutions with Budgets Under $500,000), for "Fred Wilson: Objects and Installations, 1979-2000." The CD-ROM was designed by William-John Tudor, CAVC exhibition and technology designer, and recent visual arts graduates Rebecca Flanders and Celina Kim. The Wilson exhibition was curated by Maurice Berger, curator, CAVC.

The annual AAM competition, which acknowledges excellence in the graphic design of museum publications, is the only national juried event involving publications produced by museums of all kinds and sizes. This year's contest drew nearly 1000 entries. A selection of the winners was displayed at AAM's annual meeting in May, and the results will be featured in the July/August 2003 issue of AAM's national magazine, Museum News, and on AAM's Web site at

Ph.D. Candidate Jennifer Rouse Coordinates First Aging Policy for Trinidad/Tabago
Jennifer Rouse, Master of Policy Sciences '01 and a doctoral candidate in the Policy Sciences Graduate Program, has accepted a position as director of the Division of Aging under the Ministry of Social Development for Trinidad and Tobago. As part of its function, the newly created Division of Aging will coordinate the implementation of Trinidad and Tobago's first national aging policy. Rouse's doctoral dissertation research is a case study of aging policy in Trinidad and Tobago. She begins her new position in August.

Cross Country Squads Complete Recruiting Class for 2003
UMBC head cross country coach Murray Davis announced that 11 freshmen (five men and six women) will compete for the Retrievers this coming fall.

Mike Brady (Monsignor Donovan/Toms River, NJ), Isaac Matthews (Oxon Hill/Oxon Hill, MD), Peter Ramdial (Bowie/Bowie, MD), Shawn Shokry (Hanover Park/Florham Park), and J.J. Wetzel (Archbishop Spalding/Crofton, MD) will join the men's squad. Kathleen Galan (Highland Regional/Sicklerville, NJ), Morgan Little (C. Milton Wright/Bel Air, MD), Jazzmon Morgan (Toms River/Toms River, NJ), Britta Nelson (Havre de Grace/Havre de Grace, MD), Desireee Tubb (Kingsway Regional/Swedesboro, NJ) and Francine Ward (Byram Hills/Pleasantville, NY) will compete on the women's squad.

"I'm very pleased with this incoming class," said Davis. "All of them are outstanding student-athletes, and will help us become extremely competitive in the America East Conference." For more Retriever news, go to

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