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June 10, 2004

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Ellen Handler Spitz, Honors College, Awarded Fellowship
Ellen Handler Spitz, Honors College professor of visual arts, was awarded one of six Clark Fellowships at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute for this summer of 2004 in Williamstown, Massachusetts. This is a coveted fellowship for art historians from all over the world, and it enables them to write scholarly works in a peaceful and collegial setting.

UMBC Students Among Regents Scholars Award Winners
Three UMBC students have been awarded Regents Scholars Awards by the University System of Maryland. Danielle Allor has been named the Loughran Regents Scholar; Gregory Johnson has been named the Burgee Regents Scholar; and Michael Patoka has been named the Kelly Regents Scholar. These awards cover costs for in-state tuition and fees, room and board costs, and include a $500/semester stipend for books and educational costs.

Two UMBC Students Named Goldwater Scholars
Two UMBC students have been named Goldwater Scholars. Kenny Gibbs is a Meyerhoff Scholar with a 4.0 in biochemistry and molecular biology, and Aliya Frederick is a Meyerhoff Scholar with a 3.82 GPA in biochemistry and molecular biology. Nationally, there were a total of 310 scholarships awarded from a field of 1,113 nominees. Four UMBC students were nominated to this program.

Claire Welty, CUERE, Named to Water Science and Technology Board
Claire Welty, director of the Center for Urban Environmental Research and Education (CUERE) and professor of civil and environmental engineering, has been appointed to the National Research Council's Water Science and Technology Board, effective July 1, 2004, for a term of three years. The Water Science and Technology Board provides a focal point for studies related to water resources under the aegis of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering. The board's objective is to improve the scientific and technological basis for resolving important questions and issues associated with the efficient management and use of water resources. The scope of the board's work covers all dimensions of water resources, including science, engineering, economics, policy, educational issues and social aspects.

Kathy O'Dell, Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences, Participating in Panel at Guggenheim
Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences Kathy O'Dell will be participating in a panel discussion, "The Tactile Photograph," at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City on June 29. The panel addresses the ways in which tactility is evoked in photographs, whether through the representation of form or as an integral part of the creative process. The panel is being held in conjunction with the exhibition "Speaking With Hands: Photographs from the Buhl Collection," on display now through September 8.

Khvalina, Canepa Named Academic All Americans
Junior tennis standout Lana Khvalina was named to the District II First Team Women's At-Large Verizon Academic All America team.

Senior swimmer Carlos Canepa earned Second Team All District II honors. The teams are selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Khvalina is seeking to become UMBC's first two-time First Team Academic All American. She was the lone sophomore in the nation to earn First Team honors in the Women's At-Large category last spring. Khvalina, who carries a 4.0 GPA in political science, earned her undergraduate degree in three years, and will attend William & Mary law school this fall. She finished her singles career with a record of 62-20 and reached the "B" flight singles final at the Old Point National Bank ITA Invitational last fall. A state finalist for a Rhodes Scholarship, the two-time All Conference honoree competed on two squads which went to the NCAA Championships (2002, 2003).

Khvalina also recently earned a 2004 post-graduate scholarship from the Maryland Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics.

Canepa spearheaded the men's swimming team's 12-1 record and helped UMBC capture the University's first America East Conference title this past winter. He won both the 500 and 1650 freestyle events and is currently training to compete for the Peruvian Olympic team. Canepa carries a 3.50 GPA in information systems.

Posted by dwinds1 at June 10, 2004 12:00 AM