Monday, October 31, 2016

What is Sustainability?

“Gandhi said it better than I could, ‘there’s enough in the world for everyone’s need but not everyone’s greed’."
            Dr. Derrick Lampkin, Assistant Professor of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at UMD
"I'd say sustainability is the practice of consuming resources in such a manner as to minimize or, ideally, eliminate environmental harm and the depletion of said resource."
            Aaron Goldbeck, Bicycle Coordinator at UMD

“Business, agricultural, and manufacturing practices that seek to minimize both financial and environmental costs so that they may be continued perpetuity.”
            Cody Skinner, English Major at UMD 2017

“Keeping something at a state in which it can function.”
            Miqui Apicella, Special Education at UMD 2019

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                 Sustainability is a common buzzword in the modern era yet its meaning is somewhat obscured. After asking some campus faculty and my peers, I found that sustainability’s most common synonym is “environmental policy”. Vaguely speaking, the comparison is valid. Most issues of sustainability, regardless of focus, are centered on resource allocation and preservation. There are three pillars of sustainability: social, economic, and environmental (Berndston, Agriculture and Industrialization Lecture, 2015). Each one represents crucial factors that exist in daily life that make up the problems and solutions in sustainability. Despite that, sustainability is something that is growing in popularity in careers and conversation, but is still far in the background. Education in, and awareness of, sustainability is lacking.

On the University of Maryland campus, sustainability topics are limited to a handful of courses and student-groups. The Sustainability Task Force (STF) is one such group, situated in the School of Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSOS), that seeks to educate and disseminate sustainable ideas throughout the different populations of campus, including students, faculty, and staff. Building on a holistic idea of sustainability, the STF recognizes that sustainability is achieved through a variety of pathways, and uses its interdisciplinary membership to spread sustainable ideas throughout BSOS, campus, and more.

Author: Isaac Zhodzishsky

Baha'i Chair Event featuring May A. Rihani

Event Date and Time: Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - 4:00pm
Location:  McKeldin Library Special Events Room (6137)

Baha'i Chair Event featuring May A. Rihani

This lecture will discuss the belief that one sex --usually the male-- is superior to the other and should dominate the most important areas of political, economic, and social life. This belief expresses itself in behavior and attitudes that foster stereotypes of social roles based on gender. As a result of this practice, sexist discrimination has minimized opportunities for girls and women in countries around the world.

Learn more and RSVP here

Tech + X Events Leading up to Technica 2016!

Check out the FREE events listed below, leading to Technica, an all-women hackathon. The Tech + X events below are open to all majors (and not just women)!

Two in particular that may be of interest to BSOS students are Wednesday's Policy event (with a staffer from The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy) and Thursday's Social Entrepreneurship event, hosted with Dingman. Schedule here:

Monday: Introducing Tech+Biology followed by Introduction to Github
Tuesday: Introducing Tech+Business followed by Introduction to Front End Web Development
Wednesday: Introducing Tech+Policy followed by How to Integrate an API
Thursday: Introducing Tech+Social Entrepreneurship followed by Introducing Tech+Design
Saturday and Sunday: Technica 2016

A comprehensive list is available here.

Last Day to Withdraw from 1 Course with a 'W' - November 7th

Monday, November 7, 2016 is the last day for undergraduate students to withdraw from 1 course up to 4 credits for the current Fall 2016 semester. If you have questions about dropping a course, please contact the BSOS Advising Center at 301-405-1697 or visit us in 2148 Tydings Hall.

Please Note, you will need to schedule an appointment with a BSOS Advisor if:
  1. You need to drop a course and you have already dropped a course this semester, you will need to schedule an appointment to discuss requesting an Exception to University Policy for a second W with an advisor.
  2. You are on academic probation or dismissal and would like to drop a course with a W you need to schedule an appointment to get this permission.
  3. You need to drop a single course that is more than 4 credits (e.g. certain language courses or research/internship that is more than 4 credits)
Additional information can be found in the online Registration Guide

“An additional drop period for undergraduate students begins at the close of the schedule adjustment period and ends at the end of the tenth week of classes. During the drop period a student may drop a maximum of four credits or one course. Courses dropped during this time (after the schedule adjustment period) will be recorded on the student’s transcript with a “W” notation for undergraduate students only. (This mark is not used in computing the semester or cumulative GPA.) No notation will appear on the graduate record for courses dropped during the drop period.”

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Race to the Finish: Mock Debate

Election Day is around the corner

Join Maryland Discourse (a non-partisan student organization) in the final days of the 2016 Presidential Election for a mock debate with students from Terps for Hillary, Terps for Trump, and Terps supporting Gary Johnson! 

Thursday, November 3
7:30 PM | JMZ 0220

Study with START this Winter

START is offering Winter Term classes, open to all students interested in Terrorism Studies. This winter you can learn the basics of GIS, Behavioral Profiling, or Network Analysis for Terrorism, or enroll in our 3-credit course on the Rise of the Islamic State. Check out our course listings on Testudo (listed under BSST).

Paid Spring Government Relations Internship

Launch your career with an industry leader! SmithBucklin's Government Relations intern will assist with researching and monitoring legislative and regulatory developments. You will have the ability to shadow committee calls that focus on developing association advocacy programs in healthcare, small business, and manufacturing sectors.
The intern will have opportunities to attend meetings on Capitol Hill with association members. We'll get you ready to conquer the job market. In addition to hands-on learning through client work, by attending presentations, group discussions, workshops and networking events our interns will learn about association management career opportunities while finessing the relationship building, collaboration, teamwork and presentation skills required to thrive in today's work force.

Internship Program Components:
• 18 total paid hours of work per week, 16 hours of on-the-job training and 2 hours of educational and professional development
• Paid half-day orientation on Friday, January 13, 2017
• Program begins January 16, 2017, and concludes April 28, 2017
• Comprehensive performance evaluation at the end of the program
• Competitive hourly pay

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
• Research, analyze, and summarize legislative and regulatory policy issues impacting client associations
• Assist with grassroots activities and updating congressional contact databases
• Contribute to and post regulatory updates to client blogs, newsletters, and websites
• Schedule congressional or agency meetings

• Enrolled seniors or candidates that have obtained a degree within the past 12 months
• Must be a U.S. citizen and resident of the D.C. metro area
• Exposure to public policy and regulatory affairs
• Demonstrated interest in legislative, public policy, and regulatory matters
• Proficiency with Microsoft office suite
• Strong interpersonal skills and focus on customer service
• Strong written and verbal communication skills
• Proficient in time management and organizational skills

To view the full post and to apply, students should log in to Careers4Terps and search the internship’s ID number: 148032

Spring 2017 URI internships in Baltimore

The Urban Resources Initiative Internship Program is a partnership of the Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks, the Parks & People Foundation, and area universities and institutions.


Projects with the Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks
·       Research and Discussion of Public Private Management Models for Patterson Park
·       Park or Recreation Center User Survey
·       Outdoor Activity Program Assistant
·       Greater Baltimore Children and Nature Intern
·       Carrie Murray Nature Center Internships
·       Park Events Programming Intern
·       Volunteer Advisory Council Coordinator
·       Marketing Intern
·       Graphic Design Intern
·       Ball Field Preparation Intern 

Projects with the Parks and People Foundation
·       Defining and Measuring Environmental Literacy
·       Measuring and Tracking BRANCHES Participants
·       Creative Ways to Assess Summer Learning

URI Expectations and Application Information
--Semester internship:  180 hours; 10-12 weeks; 15-18 hours/week
--Most internships are unpaid; paid internships contingent upon funding
--Academic credit may be applicable; see your academic advisor or internship office.

Please submit the following:
 (1) a cover letter of interest, addressing your skills and experience relevant to the internship;
(2) your resume;
(3) the name and e-mail contact information for the faculty academic advisor from whom we will request a reference


For information, contact Dr. Edward Orser, URI Program Manager: