The Appalachian Center for Ethnobotanical Studies (ACES) is situated at Frostburg State University in the Appalachian Mountains of Maryland. ACES is a partnership among Frostburg State, West Virginia U., the U of Maryland’s Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research, and the Tai Sophia Institute. The focus is the multidisciplinary study and conservation of native plants of Appalachia. A primary focus of ACES is to foster economic growth in the region through promoting networking opportunities for growers, retailers, and consumers in the area. ACES works with existing businesses and seeks to facilitate the development of new local enterprises to explore the use of regional plants for health-related purposes and to inform landowners about the sustainable cultivation and harvest of non-timber forest products. ACES also is interested in the cultural heritage of Appalachia, and one focus is documenting and preserving Appalachian culture as it relates to wild plant harvesting, artisan materials, non-timber forest products, and herbal medicine through community outreach and educational programs.
At Eastern Shore
The Paul S. Sarbanes Coastal Ecology Center (PSSCEC) at UMES is a teaching, research and public outreach facility that houses initiatives related to the restoration, conservation and understanding of the water quality, surrounding natural environments, and living resources that characterize the coastal bays. The Center was established with strong goals for partnerships among University System of Maryland institutions, the National and State Park Service, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the MD Coastal Bays Foundation and other local and non-governmental organizations. The center serves as an undergraduate and graduate research and teaching facility in addition to an educational and interpretive center for public outreach which includes programs for teachers and students at the K-12 levels. PSSCEC is located on an 8-acre tract of land located immediately adjacent to Assateague Island National Seashore Headquarters. The PSSCEC can be reserved by submitting a Facility Request Form to Hermetta Hudson or Dominique Wilcox, the Acting Coordinators.
The Teaching and Learning Transformation Center (TLTC) is being established, and Professor Benjamin B. Bederson is the founding Executive Director of the new center. The TLTC will be the hub on campus bringing together support, incentives, infrastructure, assessment, and innovation for the University’s educational mission. It will provide leadership around teaching and learning, including the use of technology to transform the students’ and instructors’ experiences, both in the classroom and in an online environment. The TLTC will integrate the two current units, the Center for Teaching Excellence from the Office of Undergraduate Studies and the Learning Technologies and Environments group from Division of IT. It will also add a campus-wide resource in assessment and learning analytics. Together, this critical mass will further promote innovation and excellence in education at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Dr. Bederson is a Professor of Computer Science and prior director of the Human-Computer Interaction Lab at the Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS) and iSchool.