Voices: Senryū

By Robert Deluty, Associate Dean Emeritus, Graduate School (UMBC)

missing the midterm,
asserting I got real drunk
and misplaced my car

bio prof Gwen Poole
resisting the urge to name
her daughter, Jean

the linguist
defining are as
modern art

the freshman holding
a map of Idaho, stunned
to find Moscow

Harvard grad’s Dad
bemoaning her becoming
an activist

MIT grad’s Mom
bemoaning his becoming
a shepherd

the elderly prof
learning his first grad student
has dementia

the chemist noting
Jane Austen and Lambeau Field
have hearts of gold

a grad student
proofreading his thesis
driving at midnight

post-exam . . .
sending his prof the e-mail,
Did I fale?

Election Day . . .
college students snapping
voting booth selfies

Danish professor
calling the Viking symbols
Norse code

the miller’s son
opting to apply to Rice,
Cornell, Wheaton

the statistician
loving that math is part
of Uma Thurman

Cartoons by Roger Lewis

Professor Emeritus Roger K. Lewis, FAIA, a practicing architect and urban planner, was on the UMCP architecture faculty from 1968 to 2006.  In 1984 he put on additional hat: journalist/cartoonist.  His Washington Post column, “Shaping the City,” always including a didactic yet witty drawing, focused on urban design and architecture; smart growth and sustainability; historic preservation; housing; transportation and infrastructure; and construction technology.  Republished nationally and internationally, “Shaping the City” has received numerous awards, and Lewis’ cartoons have been exhibited at numerous venues, including UMCP, the National Building Museum, the American Institute of Architects and the University of Miami/Miami Herald.  The 2013 third edition of his book, Architect? A Candid Guide to the Profession, first published in 1985 by The MIT Press, contains many of his cartoons. Since 2007, Lewis has been a regular guest discussing “Shaping the City” issues on the Kojo Nnamdi radio show, broadcast by American University’s National Public Radio affiliate WAMU.

Over the years, Lewis has also contributed cartoons to the Faculty Voice. He is also a keen observer of higher education. We asked Lewis if we could present a page of his cartoons, and he responded with a “yes.” Here is a tiny collection of his vast work.

2-27-10 Historic Preservation  copy 3-14-09 so 19th century copy 1987-10-10 aping the neighbors copy 1989-01-28 Guillotine Architecture copy 1991-10-26 doesn't know what he's talking about copy 2002-09-21 Housing Voucher Diaper Change copy 2005-04-16 Zorro copy 2008-11-22 Palladio cookbook copy 2009- 08-22 Thermostat-HVAC copy 2010-01-30 Earthquake Effect  copy 2010-07-17 SmartStat copy 2010-07-31 Metro Lighting copy 2010-10-09 Trolley Car copy 2010-12-18 Pet Peeves copy 2011-02-12 Draw by hand copy 2011-11-05 solar decathlon house copy 2012-06-02 Deer in Hollin Hills copy 2012-06-30 Thanks anyway, Mom copy 2013-09-28 BIM - still ugly copy Capture-BabblingExpert Capture-TakingExam HP Someone to Preserve Me copy 2 HP tour telephone booth copy 2 Painting Infrastructure Green copy

Overview Faculty Voice articles March 2014 edition

Changing the Academy, Changing Society

By Nelly P. Stromquist, College of Education, UMCP

Institutions reflect their surrounding social environment and, at the same time, create their own. Periodically, both need drastic change for human conditions to approach that optimum point on their ever-evolving continua. One element of our academic environment that now cries out for such a change—one that affects more than most imagine—is the underrepresentation of women as faculty members, especially in scientific and technological (STEM) fields. This condition persists despite the growth in the number of women gaining Ph.D. degrees in all fields. Is this purely the consequence of women’s own individual choices? Does gender socialization pressure women into avoiding certain careers? Do institutions of higher education exacerbate the problem through diverse forms of discriminatory practices?

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I Knew You Before I Met You. How Social Media Has Changed the Way We Communicate

By Jennifer Brannock Cox, Communication Arts, Salisbury

Love it or hate it, social media has become the next “big thing,” revolutionizing how humans communicate in new, exciting, and sometimes dangerous ways. Social media has given us the power to break geographic boundaries, establish worldwide conversations, and transform virtual revolutions into real, physical change. That’s the good news.

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Medical Education

By E. Albert Reese, Dean Medicine, UMB

In December last year, The Chronicle of Higher Education published a commentary written by Richard B. Gunderman, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Radiology, Pediatrics, Medical Education, Philosophy, Liberal Arts, and Philanthropy at Indiana University, about the shortcomings of current medical education. In his article, Gunderman argues that, due to cost-cutting and a reliance on new technologies to teach students, medical school faculty members have been reduced to “content deliverers,” not teachers or role models, who only focus on the “competency” of students, rather than training excellent future physicians, through a “mass production” of graduates, and not highly-skilled trainees. He cites a recent Annals of Surgery study, which surveyed surgery fellowship program directors who felt that 56% of their fellows could not suture, 21% were unprepared for the operating room, and the majority of fellows could not design or conduct academic research projects. Gunderman points to this study as evidence for an “ailing” medical education system that no longer holds excellence and patient care in the highest of regards. He posits that re-establishing a diverse culture of superior quality in medical education, which holds human relationships at its core, can “cure” the system.

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Journalism Today

By DeWayne Wickham, Journalism & Communication, Morgan State U

In truth, the current crisis in journalism has more to do with how we do our work than how we deliver the news. Still, too many people see the troubled state of print and television news and ask the question: “Is journalism dying.” My answer is that it is alive and doing exceedingly well. People who think otherwise confuse news delivery systems with the news those platforms deliver.

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Morgan State University’s Center for the Built Environment & Infrastructure Studies

B y James E. Whitney II, Engineering, Morgan State U

The Morgan State University Center for the Built Environment (CBEIS) building is one of the newest buildings constructed on the Morgan State University (MSU) campus. Ground-breaking for building construction was on April 2, 2010. The building opened on September 20, 2012 with an official opening ceremony including Maryland State Governor Martin O’Malley, past and current MSU Presidents Earl S. Richardson and David Wilson, respectively, Dean of the Engineering School, Dr. Eugene Deloatch, and Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning, Dr. Mary Anne Akers and several other dignitaries. The CBEIS building houses the School of Architecture and Planning, Urban Infrastructures Studies, Transportation Studies, National Transportation Center, and Civil Engineering programs.

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The Plight of America’s Bird

By Teena Ruark Gorrow*

The bald eagle is America’s national bird and symbol. Found only in North America, it is often called the American eagle and is known by its scientific name, Haliaeetus leucocephalus. Bald eagles have a way of evoking emotion deep within those of us who know and appreciate their remarkable success story. There is a delicate balance for survival in our changing environment, and this resilient creature’s struggle is undeniably noteworthy.

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The Art of Nora Sturges

Nora Sturges has exhibited her work widely in solo shows at the Second Street Gallery in Charlottesville, Virginia, Spaces in Cleveland, School 33 in Baltimore, the 1708 Gallery in Richmond, the Lancaster (PA) Museum of Art, the Bachelier-Cardonsky Gallery in Connecticut, Miami University of Ohio, and Ventura College, among others.

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Dining in Salisbury

By Vonceila S. Brown, Nursing, Salisbury

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Barriers to Implementation of Interprofessional Education

Poem by Richard Dalby

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Nineteen Years Later

Poem by Robert Deluty

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Academic Notes

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Nineteen Years Later

By Robert Deluty


At the supermarket,

The retired college counselor

Runs into a former student

Named Bethany who came to see him

Only once — when she threatened suicide

Believing she had failed her Econ I final.

Bethany thanks him profusely, noting

That his kindness, wisdom, and perspective

Might well have saved her life that day.

After accepting her gratitude and

Exchanging pleasantries, the counselor inquires

About the grade she received on the exam.

I was afraid you’d ask, she replies. I got an A.


Robert Deluty and granddaughter

Robert Deluty and granddaughter