Bus Trip Showcases Vibrant ‘Steel City’ Arts Scene

“Andy was more interested in becoming a celebrity than the next Picasso,” explained Quaishawn Whitlock, an artist, and guide at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. He was leading half of the roughly 45 participants in the mid-June UMUC annual Arts Program trip and he explained that Pittsburgh-native Warhol (Andrew Warhola) grew up in an immigrant family, which had come from present-day Slovakia. The family was working class, but Warhol would go on to epitomize the American dream, Whitlock explained.Continue Reading

IoT Is Changing the Way We Live—Should We Be Worried?

The Internet of Things (IoT) is on the rise, and so are the threats associated with the interconnectedness of our devices. Eighty-four percent of organizations that have adopted IoT report experiencing at least one IoT-related security breach—and 93 percent of executives expect IoT security breaches to occur in the future—according to a February 2017 Aruba Networks study.  Malware, spyware, and human error are the most common problems the study also reported.Continue Reading

Alliance Helps Software Engineering Students Land Jobs

Getting that first job in the field of software engineering is difficult. Employers want to see tangible results of projects the applicant has performed, preferably working with a program that must produce real-world results.

That’s why Michael Scott Brown, program chair for UMUC’s Software Engineering specialization, is pleased with the alliance he and adjunct professor Mir Mohammed Assadullah have built with Cytoscape, a leading biological modeling tool used in research.Continue Reading

Dispelling Myths about Ancient, Modern Maya Peoples

Think of the word “Maya” and free associate. Does Mel Gibson’s 2006 film “Apocalypto” spring to mind? Unless you’re a Mayanist, you’re likely to think of ancient Peoples who had a taste for blood and writing skills that were ahead of their time.

A new book edited by a UMUC faculty member tells a very different story. First, Maya people exist today. And more than 6 million people speak Mayan languages, primarily in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, and Honduras said Bethany Beyyette, assistant professor of anthropology and sociology at UMUC.Continue Reading

Miyares to Graduates: You Represent Our Greatest Achievement

Mother’s Day weekend marked a new beginning for 9,023 University of Maryland University College Class of 2017 stateside graduates—about 3,000 of whom made their way across the stage to receive associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degrees at three separate UMUC commencement ceremonies on Saturday and Sunday May 13 and 14 at the Xfinity Center in College Park, Maryland.

On the count of three, they shifted the tassel on their caps from right to left and embarked on the next leg of life’s journey accompanied by the joyous cheers and applause of family and friends.Continue Reading

Professor Infuses UMUC Teaching with His Counterterrorism Experience

Between his doctoral studies, college teaching, his day job as director of the intelligence training department at the Defense Intelligence Agency’s (DIA) Academy for Defense Intelligence, and spending time with his family, Jim Backus does a great deal of juggling.

“It’s one of my quirks. I’ve always been an exceptional time manager as far back as I can remember,” said Backus, an adjunct associate professor in UMUC’s Undergraduate School since 2008.Continue Reading

Shining at Light City Baltimore

Two UMUC faculty members were featured in EDUlab@Lightcity, part of the Light City festival in Baltimore on April 5. Edulab, sponsored by the University System of Maryland, included panel discussions, short presentations and an innovative ideas-fair designed, in the words of festival organizers, to bring together thinkers and thought leaders, and generate an ecosystem of learning.Continue Reading