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Hoffberger Center’s first-ever Philosophy Camp was a big success

During the week of July 10-14, the Hoffberger Center for Professional Ethics held its first-ever Philosophy Camp for Teens here at UB. Twenty-two Baltimore-area high school students attended.

Fred Guy, director of the Hoffberger Center, and his staff designed each day of camp to demonstrate to the students that philosophical thinking is relevant and valuable to them in their daily lives. Topics and activities included social media bullying, shaming, and texting obsession; police brutality; moot court cases on ethical dilemmas; robots and A. I. (from The Matrix and more); ethics bowl competitions; and role playing as mayor of an ideal city.

During the closing exercises, the students spontaneously went up to the mic and said how much they had benefited from the camp and how many new friends they had. All said they couldn’t wait until camp next summer!

students and staff from the Hoffberger Center’s inaugural Philosophy Camp

Summer News and Updates

In a recent piece for The Huffington Post, Klein Family School of Communications Design lecturer Betsy Boyd writes about how the current trend toward studying an author’s previously unreleased or posthumously published works may prove to be a scholarly dead end.

Read Boyd’s article in The Huffington Post.
Learn more about Betsy Boyd.

 


The latest book from Division of Legal, Ethical and Historical Studies Assistant Professor Joshua Clark Davis From Head Shops to Whole Foods: The Rise and Fall of Activist Entrepreneurs —was recently featured in Time magazine.

Read the review of Clark’s book in Time.
Learn more about Prof. Joshua Clark Davis.

 

 

 


Simulation and Digital Entertainment (recently renamed Simulation and Game Design) graduates and brothers Matthew Leonard, B.S. ’16 and Michael Leonard, B.S. ’14, have started their own game design company, Leonard Brothers Game Studio. They’ve also released their first video game called Entropy, which is now available for free on Google Play.

Learn more about Matthew and Michael Leonard.


Christopher Tom, B.S. ’12, has been named an associate with Cho Benn Holback, a Quinn Evans Company. Cho Benn Holback serves as the Baltimore office of Quinn Evans Architects, an award-winning architectural and planning firm.

In addition to a Bachelor of Science in Simulation and Digital Entertainment from UB, Tom also holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University. An architect with expertise in educational facilities, museum environments, and multifamily residential projects, Tom is currently working on two of Baltimore’s Rental Assistance Demonstration projects: Chase House and Monument East. Tom is also on the design teams for Smithsonian Institution projects at the National Museum of the American Indian Cultural Resource Center and the National Air and Space Museum Udvar Hazy Center.


On July 17, Assistant Professor Greg Walsh joined the Fjord Fika podcast to talk about the growing power of co-design—the idea that an effective design of literally anything is reliant on input from users, even young children.

In addition to teaching and directing several programs in the college’s Division of Science, Information Arts and Technologies, Walsh leads UB’s intergenerational design team, KidsteamUB, through which children and adults work as partners to design new technologies for children.

Listen to the Fjord Fika podcast.
Learn more about Prof. Greg Walsh.

UB alum, adjunct wins The Journal’s 2017 Non/Fiction Collection Prize

Congratulations to Anthony Moll, M.F.A. ’14, adjunct faculty in UB’s undergraduate writing program, on winning the 2017 Non/Fiction Collection Prize from literary magazine The Journal. The Non/Fiction Collection Prize is awarded annually to a book-length collection of short stories, essays, or a combination of the two, and carries a cash award of $1500 and publication with The Ohio State University Press.

The book is now under contract and is scheduled for a fall 2018 release from OSU Press. Moll said that a portion of the manuscript was developed while he was a student in UB’s M.F.A. in Creative Writing & Publishing Arts program, under the mentorship of Klein Family School of Communications Design Professor Marion Winik.

photo courtesy of The Journal

Learn more about the Non/Fiction Collection Prize.

Psychology News and Updates

Our psychology faculty and students were busy this year! Check it out…

Sam Singh, B.A. ’17, at the 29th APS Annual Convention

Last week, recent psychology graduate Santokh (Sam) Singh, B.A. ’17, attended the 29th Association for Psychological Science (APS) Annual Convention, held in Boston, MA, presenting his senior thesis work, “Narcissistic Behaviors and Social Media Usage.” Sam also presented this same poster and won the research prize at this year’s Inspired Discoveries, an annual UB symposium focused on undergraduate research and other academic achievements. Psychology students represented almost half of the presentations at this year’s symposium.

psychology students at the 2017 Inspired Discoveries

In March, Sam and fellow UB graduates Charles Thornton, B.A. ’16 (now a student in the Industrial and Organizational Psychology graduate program), Jennifer Kelly, B.S. ’16 (psychology minor) and Taylor Young, B.A. ’17 (psychology major), presented their research poster, “Free to Say No: Evoking Freedom Increased Compliance in Two Field Experiments,” at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association (EPA), also held in Boston. Their research was based on a project they completed in their Research Methods and Statistics II course with undergraduate psychology program director Associate Professor Sally Farley.

Pictured l. to r.: Assoc. Prof. Sally Farley, Sam Singh, Charles Thornton, Jennifer Kelly and Taylor Young at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association


Earlier this year, Assistant Professor Michael Frederick presented posters at two conferences: “Assessing Life History Variation Using a Brief Stability Questionnaire” at the Southeastern Evolutionary Perspectives Society Conference in Tuscaloosa, AL, and “Enhancing Evolution Literacy in College Students Requires Intentional Instruction” at the 40th Annual National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology in St. Petersburg, FL.

 


Graduate counseling psychology program director Associate Professor Courtney Gasser also presented a research poster at the EPA Annual Meeting in Boston along with psychology students Chris Ceary and Devon Washington. Their poster was titled “The Effect of a Career Workshop on Attitudes Toward Career Counseling.”

 

 


Division of Applied Behavioral Sciences Chair and Professor Sharon Glazer had the monograph that she co-authored with Catherine T. Kwantes—Culture, Organizations, and Work; Clarifying Concepts—published by Springer, a leading global scientific, technical and medical publisher. An e-copy of the book can be purchased at https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-319-47662-9.

 


Last month, Clinical Associate Professor Elaine Johnson testified at a public hearing with the Virginia Board of Professional Counselors, speaking against a proposed regulatory change to require graduation from a CACREP (Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs) program for Virginia licensure.

 

 


Industrial and Organizational Psychology program director Associate Professor Thomas Mitchell (front row, center) and many of his students attended the 2017 Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) Conference in Orlando, FL in April.



 

Congratulations to the 2017 graduates of the Creative Writing and Publishing Arts program!

On Saturday, May 6, the 2017 graduates of the M.F.A. in Creative Writing & Publishing Arts program hosted the program’s annual Graduate Reading, Book Fair and Reception. This event celebrates the culminating works of the graduating M.F.A. students, books they wrote, designed and produced themselves. Below are some photos from the event…

Egypt Kosloski, M.F.A. ’17 was the winner of the 2017 Plork Award, which honors a graduate student whose work best exemplifies the spirit of the M.F.A. program, exhibiting extraordinary creativity, originality and imagination in the integration of creative writing and book design. The award carries with it a $500 prize granted by the Carol Peirce Fund.

Two UB students place third at regional business ethics competition

On Friday, April 7, Philosophy, Society and Applied Ethics majors Jordan Cook (left) and Candice Miller (right) placed third at the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Regional Ethics Case Competition held at Mt. St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, MD. The competition—hosted by Mt. St. Mary’s Richard J. Bolte, Sr. School of Business—brings together teams of students from other colleges and universities to participate in case discussions and debates involving free enterprise and business ethics. Jordan and Candice were the only two-person team to participate (all other teams had five students competing) and they went first in the competition, wowing the judges and the audience with their poise, preparation and presentation.

Congratulations to Jordan and Candice on their third-place win and for representing UB so well in this important educational event!

 

M.F.A. alum Anthony Moll reviews George W. Bush’s “Portraits of Courage”

In a recent piece for ‘Noise,’ an arts blog from the City Paper, UB alum and adjunct writing instructor Anthony Moll, M.F.A. ’14, offers his take on Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors, the new book by former President George W. Bush. The book is a collection of portraits of U.S. military veterans who have served since 9/11 painted by Bush himself, and includes short essays about each of the soldiers he depicted.

While the book has been billed as Bush’s tribute to veterans, Moll—who served eight years in the U.S. Army—says that the book “seems to be less about the paintings, and more about a man’s attempt to amend his place in our memory.”

Read the article: Portrait of the war president as an artist.

Graduate psychology students present at Langsdale Library’s RED Talks

Langsdale Library hosts a series called RED Talks (Research Engagement Day) where faculty and students have an opportunity to present their research to the UB community. On Feb. 28, three applied psychology graduate students participated in the latest RED Talks event. Tannaz Rahman gave a talk on “Learning and conservation at the National Aquarium,” Stephen Shaul discussed “Mediational effects of distress intolerance between PTSD symptomology and reactive aggression” and Charles Thornton presented on “Adolescent bullying associated with adult professional development.” Faculty from across the University also gave presentations.

View past RED Talks presentations at http://langsdale.ubalt.edu/about-us/news-events/red-talks.

M.S. in Applied Psychology student Tannaz Rahman

M.S. in Applied Psychology student Stephen Shaul

 

M.S. in Applied Psychology student Charles Thornton

M.F.A. in Creative Writing and Publishing Arts News

Liz Bamford, M.F.A. ’13, who writes under the pseudonym Vivian Shaw, has landed a book deal with leading science fiction and fantasy publisher, Orbit. The first book in her new three-book series about the adventures of Dr. Greta Helsing is titled Strange Practice and is scheduled for release in July of 2017.

Learn more about Vivian Shaw at http://vivianshaw.tumblr.com/.

 

Lecturer D. Watkins, M.F.A. ’14, has been named among Richtopia’s list of the top 200 most influential authors in the world.

See the complete list of Authors Top 200.

Learn more about D. Watkins at http://d-watkins.com/.

 

This week’s M.F.A.-sponsored reading event with 100-year old poet Henry Morgenthau III received a great write-up by the Baltimore Jewish Times. The reading was a kickoff to celebrate Morgenthau’s debut collection of poems, A Sunday in Purgatory, published by UB’s Passager Books.

Read the articlebalt-jwsh-times_170223.

Learn more about Passager Books.

Read more about Morgenthau and Passager Books in The Baltimore Sun and The Washington Post.

Christine Lincoln, M.F.A. ‘11, had her story, “What’s Necessary to Remember When Telling a Story,” published in the winter 2016 issue of The Paris Review, a literary magazine featuring original writing, art and in-depth interviews with famous writers.

Read an excerpt here.

Learn more about Christine Lincoln at http://www.yorkcity.org/government/poet-laureate/.