Notes on People

Kurt Schmoke to UB

The University of Baltimore has named former mayor Kurt Schmoke its next president, marking the return of a pivotal figure in the city’s political history and someone boosters hope will strengthen the institution and its neighborhood, writes Carrie Wells. Schmoke hoped to “build on the momentum” of Robert Bogomolny, who announced last fall he would retire as president at the end of the academic year. The University of Baltimore is a state institution that has seen its growth become a stabilizing force in a portion of the city where he was once mayor, reports Bryan Sears for the Daily Record.


Phoebe A. Haddon to Rutgers

Dean Haddon, head of the University of Maryland’s Francis King Carey School of Law and a former law professor at Temple University, has been named the next chancellor of Rutgers University-Camden. Before she was appointed dean of the law school at the University of Maryland in 2009, Haddon taught courses for more than 25 years at Temple’s Beasley School of Law. She focused on constitutional law, torts and product liability. (Balt. Bus. Journal)


Gerrit Knaap & Frederick Maryland

The University of Maryland hopes to have a profound, long-lasting impact on the way the city of Frederick does business, said Gerrit Knaap, executive director of the National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education at UMCP. The university has selected the city as its partner to pilot the Action Learning Program, to start this fall. Entire courses will be created based on the city’s needs, Knaap said, and students will be asked to dig deep into big issues and projects the city thinks are worthwhile and come up with new ideas for how city staff can take them on. (News-Post)


Innovation Awardees

The Maryland Innovation Initiative gave a total of $6.4 million to research projects and startups with ties to universities in the state. The innovation initiative is designed to spur commercialization of university research. Here are some awards:

  • UM Baltimore: AquaAnimal Health (Better ways to raise fish)
  • UMCP: GripBoost (a better way to restore football gloves!)
  • UM Baltimore: Harpoon Medical (minimally invasive surgical tool)
  • UMCP: N5 Sensors (monitoring gasses in the air)


UMCP Distinguished University Professors

Many UMCP receive awards for their recent or lifetime contributions to knowledge or to the campus. Here are a few recent recipients:

  • Inderjit Chopra, Department of Aerospace Engineering
  • James F. Drake, Department of Physics and Institute for Physical Science and Technology
  • Sylvester James Gates, Department of Physics
  • Jeffrey C. Herf, Department of History
  • Christopher Jarzynski, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry and Institute for Physical Science and Technology
  • Dianne P. O’Leary, Department of Computer Science and Institute for Advanced Computer Studies
  • Ingmar R. Prucha, Department of Economics

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