MI-Fall-I-2010 by primusboy


									M A RY L A N D
connecting the university of maryland & the world   fall i 2010

          Fall I 2010                                                                     features

                                        Windmills in Castilla-La Mancha,
                                        Spain(front cover).
InstItute for                           On one of the University Study
Inter nAtIonAL                          Abroad Consortium excursions, the
                                        students and staff spent a day in
                                        Segovia, Spain, and posed in front
1122 Holzapfel Hall                     of the Alcázar of Segovia (inside
College Park, MD 20742                  cover), by Regina Harple.

                                                                                            4                                     8                                     12
301.405.4772 phone                       In Thailand, President C.D. Mote,
301.405.4773 fax                         Jr., (far right) and Dean Darryll J.
www.international.umd.edu                Pines (far left) met with Dr. Pro-
                                         adpran P. Punyabukkana and two
                                         of her students—Nitinun “Bell”
                                                                                                                                 11                                  back page
                                                                                                                                                                       New Initiative Aims at
                                         Varongchayakul and Punyapat                      Energy Research at UM                  Internationalization
offICe of                               “So” Saksupapchon—who came                                                                                                     Safer Food Imports at the
                                                                                          UM faculty and researchers are         Opportunities for UM
InternAtIonAL                            to Maryland and lived with other
                                                                                                                                                                       Source, Not Our Border
servICes                                 summer researchers and interns                   working tirelessly for a better        Faculty and Staff
                                         (back cover), by Saúl Sosnowski.                 energy future. By collaborating on     The University Study Abroad           UM and the Waters Corporation
2111 Holzapfel Hall
College Park, MD 20742                                                                    a local, national, and international   Consortium provides quality           plan to build and operate the first
301.314.7740 phone                                                                        scale to address global energy         international experiences, and        U.S.-based laboratory for training
301.314.3280 fax                                                                                                                                                       foreign food producers to increase
                                                                                          issues, UM has been able to            currently offers programs in 25
www.international.umd.edu/ies                                                                                                                                          the foreign scientific capacity
                                                                                          develop a strong, balanced energy      countries at 40 program sites
                                                                                          research presence on campus            not only to UM students, but          needed to uncover contamination

eDuCAtIon ABroAD                                                                          with ties all over the world.          also to the University’s faculty      before commodities ship.
1125 Holzapfel Hall                                                                                                              and professional staff.
College Park, MD 20742
301.314.7746 phone
301.314.9135 fax

                                                                                           also in this issue
MAryLAnD                                                                                                   9   Around Campus Memorial scholarship Awarded to two rotC Cadets at uM; Argentina
CHInA InItIAtIve                                                                                                in Maryland: the new esthetics; Maryland team Makes science Affordable; new uM
0124 Taliaferro Hall                                                                                           Dean Brings Katrina experience and Commitment to sustainability; uM Participates in
College Park, MD 20742                                                                                         environmental trade Delegation to vietnam; engineering Alumnus Wins fellowship;
301.405.0208 phone
                                                                                                               uM Business Plan to turn tourists into Houseguests Wins national Competition.
301.405.0219 fax
                                                                                                         12    IIP News Children’s summer Chinese Classes at the Confucius Institute at Maryland.

0134 Holzapfel Hall
College Park, MD 20742
301.405.0208 phone
301.405.0219 fax
                                                                                M A R Y L A N D I N T E R N A T I O N A L is the newsletter of the Institute for International Programs (Saúl Sosnowski, director; Joseph Scholten,
                                                                                associate director) and the interconnected group of offices under its auspices, including Office of International Services (Barbara Varsa, interim
                                                                                director), Education Abroad (Michael Ulrich, director), the Maryand China Initiative (Robert Daly, director), and the Confucius Institute at Maryland
                                                                                (Chuan Sheng Liu, director). Issues are published twice during the fall and spring semesters and once during the summer. To submit story
                                                                                ideas and/or photos, please contact the editor, Vivian Hayward, at vhayward@umd.edu or 301.405.4312.
                                                                                                                                                                UM News

Powering the Globe into the Next Decade and Beyond

                                                      UM Energy Research Center                         UM Center for Environmental
                                                      On campus, much of the research and education Energy Engineering Develops
                                                      on energy production and policy leads back to the Innovative Fuel Cells
                                                      University of Maryland Energy Research Center          With a foundation in thermodynamics and an
                                                      (UMERC), a multidisciplinary initiative adminis-       expertise in working fluid mixtures and enhanced
                                                      tered by the A. James Clark School of Engineering.     heat transfer, the Center for Environmental
                                                      It currently has more than 50 affiliated faculty,      Energy Engineering (CEEE) conducts research
                                                      drawn from the engineering departments, as well        in environmentally responsible, economically

Energy Research
                                                      as from several disciplines across campus, such        feasible energy conversion and thermal manage-
                                                      as agriculture and natural resources, public policy,   ment systems and provides innovative solutions
                                                      and behavioral and social sciences.                    to research and development challenges.
    at thE UNIvERsIty oF MaRylaND                        The Center’s mission includes developing              Headed by Director Reinhard Radermacher,
                                                      energy efficient and environmentally sustainable       the Center’s current research into fuel cells
                                                      technologies and practices; educating the public       and their ultra-low emissions, low noise, and
    Every day we use energy. Our quality of life      about these technologies; informing the larger         potentially high efficiency and reliability make
    and our national security depend on it, and UM    policy debate on urgent global issues of sustain-      attractive solutions for applications such as
                                                      able energy and environment; and improving U.S.        auxiliary power units, back-up power genera-
    faculty and researchers are working tirelessly    energy security by developing indigenous and           tors, small vehicle propulsion, and combined
                                                      environmentally sustainable energy resources           heating and power. CEEE, in collaboration with
    for a better energy future. By collaborating      while promoting policies that have a positive          Ballard Power Systems, is establishing the
    on a local, national, and international scale     impact on the environment. Under the leadership        FuelWorks Consortium to address key issues in
                                                      of Eric D. Wachsman, UMERC’s first director,           pre-competitive research to overcome barriers
    to address global energy issues, UM has           the Center aims to make Maryland a leader in           in the development of cost-effective, energy
    developed a strong, balanced energy research      sustainable energy by promoting integrated,            efficient fuel processors for fuel cell systems.
                                                      interdisciplinary energy research and educa-             In addition, the center’s software group has
    presence on campus with ties all over the         tion programs and expediting the transition            developed products specializing in making the
                                                      of research results into marketable products.          best energy efficient systems for the lowest
    world. From using living walls of vegetation      Wachman’s own research on advanced, efficient,         cost. The software is in use in more than 30
    or reimagining current heating and cooling        energy conversion devices and technologies has         organizations worldwide and leads to faster
                                                      produced more than 140 publications and eight          product development. A single successful opti-
    processes in buildings to developing new ways     patents, and has drawn the interest of a wide          mization in a mass-produced component can
    to produce environmentally friendly fuel cells,   array of national and international organizations      lead to immediate, and considerable, cost and
                                                      including the National Science Foundation and          energy savings. To learn more about CEEE, visit
    here are a few of the important players in        NATO. For more information on UMERC and its            www.enme.umd.edu/ceee.
                                                      work, visit www.umerc.umd.edu.
    energy research on campus.

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     UM News                                                               Photo by Edwin Remsberg/AGNR         Photo by Sheryl Ehrman       Photo by John T. Consoli        Photo by Yunho Hwang

                                                                                                                                                                        3                                   4        1 - Tilley stands among the green walls growing in College Park’s Research Greenhouse Complex. 2 - DEI
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     students, Anjana Chauhan and Jaya Shrivastava, in Ehrman’s lab. 3 - UM students and faculty won
the thermodynamics                                                                                                                                                                                                   second place in the 2007 International Solar Decathlon with their entry, LEAFHouse. 4 - As part of the
of Green Walls                                                                                                                                                                                                       Energy Systems Analysis class assignments, students attended the Shanghai World Expo 2010.

     o study green walls, look no further
     than UM’s Ecosystem Engineering
     Design lab, headed by Associate
Professor David Tilley. This past April,
                                                                           1                                      2                                                                                                    Upcoming Forum on Global Energy Issues

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC),                                                                                                                                                                                         n October 1, the UM Institute for International Programs will partner with
a non-profit in Toronto, awarded joint                                                                                                                                                                                         UMERC, as well as with the University Honors College and the Beyond the
                                                                           UM’s Center for Integrative                 implications, while JGCRI will provide           are very expensive and not very durable
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Classroom living and learning Program, to present a day-long teach-in on
funding to UM and the British Columbia
                                                                           Environmental Research                      high-level modeling of energy system and         or the efficiencies are very low,” Ehrman
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        global energy issues. Under the title “Looking Beyond the Deepwater Horizon:
Institute of Technology’s Centre for
                                                                           studies Energy systems                      emissions dynamics. CIER will provide            explains. “In our work, we are investigat-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Meeting Global Energy Needs in the 21st Century,” invited guest experts and
Architectural Ecology to study the
                                                                           The Center for Integrative Environmental the connection between these two areas              ing low-cost, earth-abundant catalysts,
thermodynamics of green walls and                                                                                                                                                                                       faculty/researchers from around campus will engage students and other attendees
                                                                           Research (CIER), founded by Director in addition to the policy and investment                trying to improve their performance.”
storm water run-off.                                                                                                                                                                                                    in a discussion of the broad range of costs associated with producing a gallon of
                                                                           Matthias Ruth, professor in the School of world. To learn more about the Center and            The collaboration between UM and DEI
   There are two distinct types of                                                                                                                                                                                      gasoline—not all of which are currently paid for at the pump.
                                                                           Public Policy, addresses complex environ- its work, visit www.cier.umd.edu.                  has been successful through the balance
green walls—green façades and                                                                                                                                                                                              This event will also explore potential future alternatives to our oil-based energy
                                                                           mental challenges by exploring interac-                                                      of DEI’s strength in electrochemistry
living walls. In green façades, plants                                                                                                                                                                                    economy, highlighting the work of UMERC researchers and possible roles audi-
                                                                           tions among environmental, economic, solar Generation of hydrogen                            and UM’s strength in materials char-
grow on supporting structures and                                                                                                                                                                                         ence members could play in charting the world’s energy future. The energy
                                                                           and social forces and encouraging active In the Department of Chemical and                   acterization. To date, UM has hosted
are rooted at the base or in planters.                                                                                                                                                                                    teach-in will take place in the Colony Ballroom in the Stamp Student Union, from
                                                                           dialogue between stakeholders, research- Biomolecular Engineering (ChBE), UM                 three students from DEI while two UM
In contrast, living walls are composed                                                                                                                                                                                               10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and is open to all members of the campus community.
                                                                           ers, and decision makers. Established in faculty and students have been exploring            students traveled to India for
of pre-vegetated panels or planted                                                                                                                                                                                                    For more information, visit www.international.umd.edu or contact IIP
                                                                           2006, the Center provides a focal point for ways to develop low-cost, environmen-            several weeks last summer.
blankets that are affixed to a wall or                                                                                                                                                                                               Associate Director Joseph B. Scholten at scholten@umd.edu.
                                                                           multidisciplinary environmental research tally friendly solar generation of hydro-           Visit www.dei.ac.in to learn
frame. living walls typically require
                                                                           and collaboration on local, regional, gen. Sheryl Ehrman, the newly elected                  more about DEI.
more intensive maintenance than
                                                                           national, and international scales with a chair of ChBE—in collaboration with
green façades, but both can cool
                                                                           broad network of researchers from the Sahab Dass of the Dayalbagh Educational
the exterior surface of a building
                                                                           University and other leading organizations. Institute (DEI) in Agra, India, along with
by reflecting solar radiation and by
                                                                              CIER is currently involved in a wide two UM professors, Ray Adomaitis
transforming it into water vapor. The
                                                                           range of energy and climate related and Michael Zachariah, and two DEI
research teams will study both types
                                                                           research. Recently, CIER partnered professors, Rohit Shrivastav and Vibha
over a three-year period. “Green walls
                                                                           with the Norwegian Technical Univer- Satsangi—received funding in 2008
have enormous potential to improve
                                                                           sity in Trondheim, with support from the from the National Science Foundation’s
the health and well-being of people
                                                                           Norwegian Research Council, to explore Materials World Network and the Indian
by providing aesthetic benefits, green
                                                                           the evolution of regional and national Department of Science and Technology
jobs, filtering air pollution, reducing
                                                                           energy systems in response to require- to study more efficient and cost effective
energy use, cutting greenhouse gases
                                                                           ments to become less carbon intensive, ways to utilize solar energy.
and managing storm water,” says                                                                                          During solar generation of hydrogen,
                                                                           meet growing energy demands, and
Steven Peck, founder and president of
                                                                           prepare for increasing climate impacts catalysts absorb solar energy to break
GRHC. “We are very pleased to have                                                                                     down water into hydrogen and oxygen.
                                                                           on infrastructures.
these research institutions involved in                                                                                These molecules can then be recombined
                                                                              UM Professor Stephen Gabriel in Civil
this unique program to help us quantify
these benefits,” he adds.
                                                                           Engineering, James Edmonds of the Joint in a fuel cell to generate electricity, or           UM Graduate students study abroad in China to analyze
   Inspired by T illey ’s research,
                                                                           Global Change Research Institute (JGCRI), the hydrogen can be used in an internal            Energy Efficiency of Buildings
                                                                           and two CIER researchers, Andy Blohm combustion engine directly. This process

UM students plan to build a green                                                                                                                                              ow in its third year, the summer term study abroad               as renewable technologies, and integration of the cooling, heating,
                                                                           and Mark Olsthoorn, are members of is more environmentally friendly since it
wall as part of an integrated living                                                                                                                                           program, Energy Systems Analysis, offered graduate               and power systems.
                                                                           the international research team for this doesn’t involve carbon dioxide or other
system for the 2011 Solar Decathlon                                                                                                                                            students the opportunity to address how to enhance the             Studies focused predominantly on conventional and well-
                                                                           project. Gabriel and his doctoral students gases implicated in climate change.
(see the Spring 2010, Vol. II, issue of                                                                                                                                 energy efficiency of buildings, which are responsible for nearly        established energy conversion technologies. Class assignments
                                                                           will work on some of the infrastructure “The downside is that either the catalysts
Maryland International). Tilley is one
                                            Photo by Edwin Remsberg/AGNR

                                                                                                                                                                        half the greenhouse gas emissions in the United States and a            included attending the Shanghai World Expo 2010, an event that
of several faculty members helping                                                                                                                                      greater percentage globally. During the week-and-a-half program,        explored the full potential of urban life in the 21st century and a
with the entry. “We hope to inspire                                          Green walls have enormous potential to improve the health and well-being                   students attended classes at the Shanghai Jiao Tong University in       significant period in urban evolution. During the expo, participants
as many people as we can when they                                                                                                                                      China. Discussion topics included psychrometric processes, vapor        exchanged their experiences of urban development, disseminated
visit our house on the Nation’s Mall,”                                       of people by providing aesthetic benefits, green jobs, filtering air pollution,
                                                                                                                                                                        compression and absorption cycles to provide cooling and heating,       advanced notions on cities, and explored new approaches to human
Tilley says.                                                                 reducing energy use, cutting greenhouse gases and managing storm water.                    various prime movers, solar systems and geothermal heat pumps           habitat, lifestyle, and working conditions in the new century.

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      Around Campus

         USAC Offers UM Faculty and Staff Unique Internationalization Opportunities                                                                                                                                                                                                              Scholarship
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Awarded to
  In the past decade, the University of                                      USAC offered programs in 11 different                                                                                                                 University of      the Madrid program at
  Maryland has experienced tremendous                                        countries and 18 locations, covering a                                                                                                                Ghana, Legon.      the University Rey Juan                    Two ROTC
  growth in study abroad opportunities                                       variety of languages and subjects.                                                                                                                                       Carlos. After consulting
  with more than 200 partnerships with                                         Sacared Bodison, director of UM’s                                                                                                                                      with his Chair and Dean,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Cadets at UM
  universities and governments on six                                        University Health Center, was awarded                                                                                                                     Cañeque applied to be a visiting faculty
  continents and approximately 1,800                                         a FIDA for the USAC program in                                                                                                                            member for spring 2012. “[Madrid is]
  UM students studying abroad. In addi-                                      Madrid, which was housed at the                                                                                                                           an ideal place to study and experience

  tion, UM Education Abroad works with                                       Universidad Rey Juan Carlos Vicálvaro                                                                                                                     not only the history and culture of                           n 1992, UM Associate
  the University Study Abroad Consor-                                        Campus. She describes the opportu-                                                                                                                        Spain but of Spanish America as well,”                        Professor E mer i t us
  tium (USAC), a non-profit university-                                      nity to participate in intensive Spanish                                                                                                                  he explains. During the semester, he
                                                                                                                                                                                            Photo courtesy of Taylor C. Wood                                                                         Walter Mietus and
  based organization, to offer programs                                      language courses and immersed in                                                                                                                          will teach two courses (at the 300 level,
  in 25 countries at 40 program sites. But                                   the Spanish culture as “phenomenal.”              Photo courtesy of Taylor C. Wood                                C. Wood spent three weeks this taught in English) on the early modern                             several of his fellow World
  beyond this benefit to students, UM’s                                      While there, she also traveled to Segovia         gras production      Taylor C. Wood, in front
                                                                                                                                                                                               summer on the USAC program history of Spain and Spanish America.                                  War II veterans founded the
  USAC connection provides opportuni-                                        and the Basque region and had the rare                                                                at the University of Ghana in Legon, He will also take advantage of his stay                                  76th Infantry Division Memo-
                                                                                                                               and its inter-        of the Cape Coast Castle
  ties to UM faculty and professional staff                                  treat of witnessing how a country reacts                                                              Ghana. While there, he helped design and in Madrid to do research for a new                                   rial Scholarship Fund and
                                                                                                                               national trade       in Ghana.
  through the USAC Faculty Interna-                                          to winning the World Cup. Bettye                                                                      implement a service learning component book project: a study on the culture and
                                                                                                                               implications.”                                                                                                                                                    donated more than $ 60,000
  tional Development Award (FIDA).                                           Walters, director for international                                                                   for the program and participated in field politics of martyrdom in the Spanish
                                                                                                                                 “Being       a                                                                                                                                                  in scholarships to UM ROTC
    With FIDA, UM personnel—full-                                            activities at the Virginia-Maryland                                                                   trips and tours that introduced students empire from the late sixteenth to the
                                                                                                                               student was an interesting experience                                                                                                                             students. Each year, the
  time academic faculty or profes-                                           Regional College of Veterinary Medi-                                                                  to Ghana’s most important historical early eighteenth century. The National
                                                                                                                               because the other students accepted
  sional administrative staff—can gain or                                    cine, received her FIDA to study at                                                                   landmarks and rich cultural environ- Library and the National Archives, both                                  Memorial Scholarship Fund
                                                                                                                               me as such and felt free to share their
  enhance their own international expe-                                      the University of Pau in southwestern                                                                 ment. Regina Harple, another Education located in Madrid, are fundamental                                     awards two annual schol-
                                                                                                                               opinions of what went well and what
  rience. Applicants participate as students                                 France. Pau’s small size and remote                                                                   Abroad program assistant and student resources for this research and played                                   arships— $ 3,000 to a UM
                                                                                                                               could be improved with the program,”
  in one of the summer term study abroad                                     location provided Walters an opportu-                                                                 advisor, did a similar stint in the Madrid a very important role in his decision to
                                                                                                                               Walters explained. “This perspective                                                                                                                              student in the Army ROTC
  programs sponsored by USAC, which                                          nity to practice her French well beyond                                                               program, allowing her to become familiar apply to the USAC program. v
                                                                                                                               will be valuable in designing educa-                                                                                                                              program and $ 2,000 to a
  vary from four to eight weeks in length.                                   daily class work. She also designed a                                                                 with a vibrant international center.
                                                                                                                               tional programs for students.”                                                                                                                                    UM student in the Air Force
  Participants gain knowledge of curricu-                                    survey on pet ownership and the role of                                                                 While USAC employs permanent staff By Joseph B. Scholten, IIP
                                                                                                                                 UM’s membership also qualifies
  lum, international content integration                                     animals in French society, and Walters                                                                in each of its program locations, it also                                                                     ROTC program. This past
                                                                                                                               faculty and staff to work on USAC
  opportunities, faculty duties, field                                       had countless professional discussions            programs as instructors or adminis-
                                                                                                                                                                                   draws on the teaching expertise of its UM faculty and professional staff interested in                        spring, Mietus, who is chair
  trip organization, leadership, housing,                                    with locals, including one on “the                                                                    member institutions. Dr. Alejandro participating in one of the USAC programs can                              of the scholarship commit-
                                                                                                                               trators. Education Abroad Program
  and other logistics. This past summer,                                     humane/animal welfare aspects of foie                                                                 Cañeque, assistant professor of history find further information at www.international.                        tee, awarded scholarships
                                                                                                                               Assistant and Student Advisor Taylor
                                                                                                                                                                                   at UM, noticed the announcement umd.edu/oip/9151, or contact Pernille Levine at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 to Army ROTC cadet Mike
                                                                                             Photo courtesy of Regina Harple                                                       about USAC opportunities on FYI and pernille@umd.edu.
 This past summer, USAC offered programs                                                                                                                                                                        found a perfect fit in                                                           Russell, a history major who
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 served in Iraq for a year,
 in 11 different countries and 18 locations,                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Photo courtesy of Bettye Walters
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 and Air Force ROTC senior
                                                                                                                                                                                On orientation day, the
covering a variety of languages and subjects.                                                                                                                                   USAC Madrid group                                                                                                Andrew Kimball, who is
                                                                                                                                                                                learned how to use the                                                                                           planning to become a pilot
                                                                                                                                                                                Metro, which they took to                                                                                        after he graduates.
                                         Photo courtesy of Sacared Bodisen

                                                                                                                                                                                class at the Universidad                                                                                           To view a list of schol-
                                                                                                                                                                                Rey Juan Carlos.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 ar ships available at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 UM, visit advancement.
                                                                             The Aqueduct                                                                                         Bettye Walters (second                                                                                         umd.edu/celebration/
                                                                             of Segovia in                                                                                          from the right, bottom                                                                                       listScholarships.php. v
                                                                             Spain.                                                                                             row) visits the Paris Opera
                                                                                                                                                                                    with other students in
                                                                                                                                                                                 the USAC program at the
                                                                                                                                                                                          University of Pau.

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      Around Campus                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Around Campus

 Argentina in Maryland                                                                                                                        Maryland Team Makes
                                                                                                                                              Serious Science Affordable
 The New esTheTics
       his year marks the bicenten-
       nial anniversary of Argentina’s
       independence from Spain. To
 commemorate this occasion the
                                                           This kind of focus on
                                                          an individual country
                                                                                                 sponsor “global consciousness” among
                                                                                                 undergraduates and the greater univer-
                                                                                                 sity community.
                                                                                                   Argentina in Maryland will include
                                                                                                                                              I   n their third annual installment
                                                                                                                                                  of the “Hands-On Research in
                                                                                                                                                  Complex Systems Schools Program,”
                                                                                                                                              UM Physics Professor Rajarshi Roy and
                                                                                                                                              UM Mathematics Professor Brian Hunt
 Department of Spanish and Portu-                                                                offerings of interest to a broad audience.   traveled to the University of Buea in
 guese; the School of Languages,                               responds to the                   The initiative will take place during        Cameroon with doctoral students Adam
 Literatures and Cultures; the Arabic                                                            this academic year, with the majority        Cohen, Bhargava Ravoori, and Shelby
 Flagship; the Center for Jewish                          university’s initiative                of events during this fall. The Univer-      Wilson to oversee experiments in fields
      Studies; the Office of Interna-                                                            sity has invited three renowned Argen-       such as cell dynamics, infectious disease,
       tional Initiatives in the School                      to sponsor “global                  tines to speak on campus—Sergio              and mathematical modeling.
       of Education; the Department                                                              Chejfec, an accomplished writer and
        of Art; and the Embassy of                        consciousness” among                   Guggenheim fellow currently residing
                                                                                                                                                Thanks to portable computers, digi-
                                                                                                                                              tal cameras, sound cards, and other
        Argentina—with sponsorship                                                               in New York City; Graciela Speranza,
        from the Institute for Interna-                    undergraduates and                    a multi-talented critic, translator, and
                                                                                                                                              electronics, they can prepare and oper-
                                                                                                                                              ate a variety of experiments for less
        tional Programs—are planning                                                             scriptwriter who currently teaches
         to launch Argentina in Maryland,
                                                          the greater university                 Argentine literature at the University
                                                                                                                                              than $1,000.
                                                                                                                                                “The idea is not to take established
         an initiative that will examine                          community.                     of Buenos Aires; and Mirta Kupfermi-         experiments that cost $100,000 and try       Members of the Hands-On team go over their equipment before August’s trip to Cameroon.
          new interpretations of esthet-                                                         nc, an internationally acclaimed artist      to reduce the cost by using different        From left, doctoral student Bhargava Ravoori, Professor Rajarshi Roy (slightly hidden), doctoral student
          ics in Argentina, exploring                                                            with more than 40 exhibitions to her         instrumentation,” explains Roy, direc-       Shelby Wilson, Professor Brian Hunt and doctoral student Adam Cohen. Photos by Dave Ottalini.
           diverse views of politics,                                                            credit who has collaborated in recent        tor of Maryland’s Institute for Physical
           identity and culture, and                                                             years with UM Associate Provost Saúl         Science and Technology. “Our goal
           their (inter)relationship with             classes in Spanish and Latin American Sosnowski, director of international                                                        two instructors work on new tools, do                      esting problems, engaging with people
                                                      Studies. This past spring, in conjunction affairs, on an artist’s book on Borges        here is to think of significant and inter-classroom demonstrations, and work in                      we would not normally meet here, and
            literature, art, and film.                                                                                                        esting new science that can be done
               The proposal for Argentina in          with the Smithsonian and the School of and the Kabbalah. In addition to a                                                         teaching laboratories. In the past two                     learning how they live and learn in their
                                                      Journalism, Spanish faculty member public lecture, all speakers will meet               with low-cost instrumentation that has    years, the program has gone to India                       environments.”
            Maryland builds on successful                                                                                                     become accessible to people all over.”
             initiatives previously spon-             Ana Patricia Rodriguez organized a with interested graduate students.                                                             and Brazil.                                                  The team will go to Shanghai in 2012,
             sored by Spanish and Portu-              similar program as part of her class         To learn more about the Depart-                                                        “We wanted to do a program in an                         with other trips to Central or South
              guese. For example, in 2004,            work. The program focused on the 30th ment of Spanish and Portuguese,                     “A major goal is to learn about         African nation. It will be interesting to                  America or the Caribbean planned
              UM organized a very well-               anniversary of a number of important visit www.languages.umd.edu/                                                                 see how we need to adapt our program                       within the next six years.
                                                      historical and personal events relating to                                                    science, technology, and            to work in different circumstances and                       “We want to get folks excited about
              received Mexico in Maryland                                                        SpanishPortuguese. v
               project that included public           El Salvador and the Salvadoran commu-                                                       education around the world.           environments on the three continents,”                     doing experiments and observing
               lectures, film screenings, an          nity in the Washington, D.C. area. This                                                                                           says Roy. “The Hands-On program is                         nature and to see that this is becoming
                                                                                                 By Roberta Lavine, Associate Professor,       What are the universal challenges; an experiment itself. A major goal is
               art exhibit sponsored by the           kind of focus on an individual country                                                                                                                                                       possible in increasingly ‘quantitative’
                                                                                                 Department of Spanish and Portuguese
                Mexican Cultural Institute,           responds to the university’s initiative to                                                  what problems are unique in           to learn about science, technology, and                    ways every day,” says Roy. “Captur-
                and the inclusion of works                                                                                                                                              education around the world. What are                       ing the imagination of young people
                                                                                                                                                     certain environments?”             the universal challenges; what problems                    and helping them see that a lot more is

                                                      In the next Issue
                by Mexican authors in
                                                                                                                                                                                        are unique in certain environments?”                       possible than they may have originally
                                                                                                                                                The program is sponsored by the           Roy says that beyond learning, the                       assumed is a big goal in developed as
                  The Pyramid of May (Pirámide de                                                                                             Abdus Salam International Centre for program creates relationships. “Each                            well as developing countries.” v
                    Mayo) on the Plaza de Mayo in       last month, Wallace D. loh was appointed the next president of the University         Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy (in time, we come away with many new
                 Buenos Aires, Argentina, with the      of Maryland, College Park. loh is currently executive vice president and              association with the Italian government friends and scientific collaborators, and
                    date (25 May 1810) of the first                                                                                                                                                                                                By Dave Ottalini,
                                                        provost of the University of Iowa. His appointment as president of USM's              and the United Nations), and brings keep in touch with them over the years.”                         Senior Media Relations Associate
                      Argentine pronouncement of
                         independence from Spain.       flagship institution is effective November 1, 2010. look for a detailed profile on    together faculty and graduate students      Of his students, he says, “I hope they
                                                                                                                                              from around the world for two weeks. come away with the joy of coopera-                              and Monette Austin Bailey,
                       Photo by Miguel A. Monjas.       our new president in the next issue of Maryland International.                                                                                                                             Managing Editor, Between the Columns
                                                                                                                                              Groups of four to five participants and tively working together to solve inter-

10 Maryland International                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               FAll I 2010   11
 New Initiative Aims at Safer Food                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Around Campus

 Imports at the Source, Not Our Border                                                                                                                           new uM Dean Brings Katrina experience
                                                                                                                                                                 and Commitment to sustainability
                                                                                                                                                               T        he University of Maryland has
                                                                                                                                                                        selected David Cronrath, a regis-
                                                                                                                                                                        tered architect and academic
                                                                                                                                                                 with experience in post-Katrina resto-
                                                                                                                                                                 ration and a commitment to building a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         powered home that placed second in the U.S. Department of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Energy’s Solar Decathlon. The Maryland team is a finalist in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         the 2011 Decathlon (see details in the Spring II 2010 issue of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Maryland International).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           “Maryland’s success in the Solar Decathlon is a perfect illus-
                                                                                                                                                                 sustainable future, as the new dean of                  tration of an exceptionally productive collaboration between
                                                                                                                                         its School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation.                         engineering and design professionals,” Cronrath points out.
                                                                                                                                           “Sustainability research and practice is a core mission at                   “Our nation is wisely investing in STEM education—science,

           he University of Maryland and         at the source.”                              advance sound strategies that improve      Maryland, and this perfectly positions the school to play an                    technology, engineering, and mathematics. But these efforts
           the Waters Corporation have              Opening in July 2011, the new Inter-      public health, food safety, applied        important role in unraveling some of our century’s greatest                     truly thrive when we add in the creative arts to create a 21st
           announced their plans to build and    national Food Safety Training labora-        nutrition, and animal health using risk    environmental and energy challenges,” says Cronrath. “Our                       century economic STEAM engine.”
    operate the first U.S.-based laboratory      tory (IFSTl) will teach an estimated 200     analysis principles. With involvement in   design, planning, preservation, and development programs                           This year, Cronrath was named one of 2010’s ‘Most Admired
    for training foreign food producers—an       foreign food and government workers          overall strategy by AGNR Professor and     each have a major contribution to make in fashioning a sustain-                Architectural Educators’ by Design Intelligence, the leading jour-
    important step to increase the foreign       per year. The Waters Corporation will        Dean Cheng-I Wei, JIFSAN conducts          able future—especially in collaboration with other disciplines.”                nal of the design professions. He was previously the dean of the
    scientific capacity needed to uncover        build and equip the facility and assist in   extensive training with many UM faculty       In Louisiana, Cronrath developed collaborations with                        Louisiana State University (LSU) College of Art and Design.
    contamination before commodities ship.       designing the program, while JIFSAN          participants.                              environmental, engineering, and business colleagues to help                    He’s spent 25 years as an educator and registered architect.
   At the new facility, they’ll be taught U.S.   will be responsible for curriculum and          Through its Good Agricultural Prac-     restore New Orleans’ Katrina-battered Lower Ninth Ward and                     According to Cronrath, his business experience serves him
    Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-          training and will operate IFSTl as a self-   tices, Good Aquacutural Practices, and     to address the severe erosion damaging communities in the                      well in higher education because he’s learned how to stretch
    approved microbiological and chemical        supporting facility.                         Commercially Sterile Packaged Foods
                                                                                                                                         Mississippi Delta. “I want to explore some of the similarities                  resources to maximize impact.
    analytical procedures.                         “This initiative stresses a hands-on       Training programs, JIFSAN helps
      “Inspection at the border is not an        approach to building scientific capac-       foreign producers enhance the safety       with communities in the Chesapeake Bay watershed that are                         “He brings a wealth of experience in building strong inter-
    option,” says AGNR Professor Jianghong       ity,” says Paul Mazzocchi, JIFSAN’s          of the foods they produce for export       threatened by erosion,” Cronrath says. “Do we defend in place?                  disciplinary programs with a special emphasis on sustainable
    Meng, who directs the Joint Institute        associate director. “Trainees will be put    and domestic use. It has trained more      Relocate? People’s lives and livelihoods are involved, so we                    design,” says Maryland Provost Nariman Farvardin. “I am
    for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition        through intensive programs, practicing       than 2,500 food safety professionals       also need to consider the human impact from the regional scale                  confident that under his leadership the School will strengthen
    (JIFSAN), the UM-FDA center that will        FDA-recommended protocols and oper-          from 27 countries. To learn more, go to    down to the level of the community and the individual house.”                   its research programs and burnish its reputation in sustainable
    operate the lab and conduct the train-       ating actual lab equipment.”                 jifsan.umd.edu. v                             The Maryland School of Architecture, Planning, and Pres-                     building design and practice.”
    ing. “We import so much food from other         Founded in 1996 by the University                                                    ervation is heavily invested in sustainability issues through its                  Farvardin adds that he will work with Cronrath to improve
    countries that the FDA can only inspect      of Maryland and the FDA, JIFSAN is a         By Neil Tickner                            National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education,                        the School’s facilities infrastructure and enhance its collabora-
    about one percent of it,” Meng explains.     multidisciplinary research, education,       University Communications                  its Colvin Institute for Real Estate Development, as well as                    tion with other University programs. v
   “The answer is to control contamination       and outreach program. Its mission is to                                                 its faculty research and design activities. Faculty and student
                                                                                                                                         design innovations at the school have ranged from a visionary                                By Neil TickNer, UNiversiTy commUNicaTioNs
During a JIFSAN field trip to a Cooperative in Chimaltenango, Guatemala, for the Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) Train the Trainers   approach to urban farming to building an advanced solar-
Program, two women pull weeds after having harvested the fruit earlier that morning. Photo by Chris Walsh.

  Children’s Summer Chinese Classes at the Confucius Institute at Maryland

 N          ow in its sixth year, the Confucius Institute at
            Maryland (CIM), has been hosting several children’s
            Chinese classes this summer. Nearly 40 animated
  and eager youngsters and their parents are learning some
  basic Chinese characters and phrases, playing Chinese
                                                                       speakers from Beijing, trained in second language acquisition
                                                                       and young children’s education, and are thoroughly engaged
                                                                       with their lively charges. These teachers were sent to UM
                                                                       through Hanban, the executive body of the Chinese language
                                                                       Council International (ClCI), a non-governmental, non-profit
                                                                                                                                         children are learning not only language, but also many
                                                                                                                                         aspects of an age-old culture. More than 25 percent of
                                                                                                                                         the world’s population speaks Chinese, and as Confucius
                                                                                                                                         would encourage us from his wisdom in the Confucian
                                                                                                                                         Analects: “To review and practice daily what one has

  language games, singing Chinese songs, and enjoying crafts           organization that is part of a large international network of     learned, is that not also a pleasure?” To learn more, visit

                                                                                                                                                                                                       Photo by James
  from the “Middle Kingdom” during four Sunday classes for             nearly 300 Confucius Institutes. In the brightly decorated CIM    us at www.international.umd.edu/cim. v
  different age groups. The students, ages 4 to 12, are mostly         offices—adorned with Chinese calligraphy, representations
  non-Chinese and second-generation Chinese children from              of the ancient sage Confucius, intricate red paper lanterns,
                                                                                                                                         By Rebecca McGinnis, CIM
  the area. Their enthusiastic instructors are native Chinese          soaring landscape scenes, and other cultural items—these

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Around Campus

  UM Participates in Environmental Trade                                                                                            Engineering Alumnus                                 UM Business Plan to Turn Tourists into
  Delegation to Vietnam                                                                                                             Wins Fellowship                                     Houseguests Wins National Competition

                                                                                                                                    e                                                   A
                                                                                                                                                                                                business plan to have Thai                          to making our idea feasible.”
                                                                                                                                             ngineering alumnus Quynh Nguyen                    homeowners rent rooms                                 The home stays are a mid-level
                                                                                                                                             (Ph.D. ‘03) was awarded a fellowship to            to tourists seeking a richer                        offering between hostels and hotels. “It
                                                                                                                                             attend the World Nuclear University's      cultural experience than available in a                     wouldn’t be a good program for every-
                                                                                                                                    (WNU) 2010 Summer Institute, held at Christ         hotel has won a team of UM graduate                         one,” adds Vesco, “just those wanting
                                                                                                                                    Church College, University of Oxford, England.      students $5,000 in a first-of-its-kind                      a more substantive experience.”
                                                                                                                                       Nguyen joins approximately 100 other             national competition. The Global                               Stroube visited the country three
                                                                                                                                    fellows from 30 countries in the six-week           Challenge, co-sponsored by the                              years ago, but says that because he
                                                                                The World Bank estimates that Vietnam                                                                   Robert H. Smith School of Business                          bunked in hostels, he didn’t experi-
                                                                                                                                    program, which offers nuclear professionals
                                                                                needs $2.5 billion per year to deal                 under the age of 35 technical tours of nuclear
                                                                                                                                                                                        and the U.S. Agency for International                       ence Thailand as fully as he would
                                                                                                                                                                                        Development, challenged graduate                            have liked. Gendreau did rent a room
                                                                                with environmental pollution caused by              facilities, lectures presented by internation-      students to develop a public-private                        during a weeklong trip to San Miguel,

     n the latest chapter of the Univer-                                                                                            ally recognized subject matter experts, and         business model that supported devel-                        a small town in Mexico.
     sity of Maryland’s burgeoning             U.S. Ambassador Michael W.
                                                                                its double-digit industrial growth over             working groups that encourage networking            opment and tourism in Asia.                                   “The woman who owned the home
                                               Michalak addresses the Vietnam
     relationship with Vietnam (see the        environmental forum.
                                                                                the past decade.                                    and foster new collaborations.                        Eight finalist groups were selected                       served breakfast and lunch every day.
 Fall 2009, Vol. II, issue of Maryland                                                                                                 Nguyen currently works for the Office of         from 65 teams. Winning teammates                            Having her at the head of the table was
 International) Ray Miller, director of                                                                                                                                                 Andrew Gendreau, MBA ’12, Bryan                             absolutely a different experience [than
                                                                                                                                    Nuclear Reactor Regulation at the U.S. Nuclear
 International Programs in Agriculture                                                                                                                                                  Stroube, Ph.D. ’12, and Robert                              I would’ve gotten otherwise]. She
                                                                                                                                    Regulatory Commission (NRC). “As the lead-
 and Natural Resources (IPAN), and            cosponsor); Washington laboratories;       27 in Ho Chi Minh City. Delegation                                                             Vesco, Ph.D. ’12, pitched a sustainable                     would tell us history, places to visit.
 Matthias Ruth, director of the UM                                                                                                  ing nuclear regulatory body in the world, [the
                                              and Whiteford, Taylor & Preston. In         members participated in the private                                                           micro-tourism “home stay” program.                          That’s the kind of experience we were
 Center for Integrative Environmental         Vietnam, sponsors included the U.S.         matchmaking events and also spoke at      NRC] shares and receives best practices from
                                                                                                                                                                                          With once-remote locations within                         going for.”
 Research (CIER), joined a 15-member          Embassy and the Vietnamese govern-         the various forums.                        the international community to ensure the           reach, tourists could use travel and                           Gendreau and his teammates say
 U.S. trade delegation to Hanoi and Ho        ment, the latter through the Vietnam           Michalak noted that this year marked   safe operation of nuclear power plants,” he         accommodations services to book                             their attention to detail gave them
 Chi Minh City in late May. The focus         Administration for Seas and Islands        the 15-year anniversary of U.S.-Viet-      explains. “Our goal is to use our experience at     rooms in local homes. Thai residents                        the edge. They thought through
 of their trip: meeting the challenges        (Ministry of Natural Resources and          nam engagement and highlighted the        the WNU Summer Institute to establish strong        wanting to make extra money by                              the process from initial interest to
 of pollution, water, and energy and          the Environment) and the Directorate       ever-improving commercial relation-        working relationships with our colleagues, the      renting out rooms would register their                      completed vacation, from the perspec-
 climate change.                              for Standards and Quality (Ministry of      ship between the two countries. In                                                            homes with the government after                             tives of all involved.
                                                                                                                                    global [nuclear] community.”
   The World Bank estimates that Viet-        Science and Technology), in collabora-     welcoming the group, he emphasized                                                             going through a certification process.                        The three aren’t sure what they’re
                                                                                                                                       Nguyen says he's enjoying his free time in
 nam needs $2.5 billion per year to deal      tion with the Vietnamese Chamber of        the importance of establishing public-                                                           “The main reason we chose Thai-                           going to do with their winnings or
 with environmental pollution caused          Commerce and Industry (VCCI). UM            private partnerships for addressing       Oxford as much as the Summer Institute. “I
                                                                                                                                                                                        land was that it already has a well-                        their idea just yet. “Right now, we’re
 by its double-digit industrial growth        was the only academic institution on       the environment and climate change         visited the MINI Cooper manufacturing facility      developed tourism industry and                              fully focused on passing our first year,”
 over the past decade. There is a grow-       the delegation. Other U.S. participants     needs of Vietnam. The delegation          in Oxford, dine daily in Christ Church’s dining     infrastructure for us to build on,” says                    Vesco jokes. v
 ing awareness within the population          came from Insight Engineering, Ameri-       members “represent a great wealth         hall (which you may recognize as the Hogwarts’      Stroube. “This includes a tourism
 that lax environmental stewardship           canTCB, I.M. Systems Group, Columbia        of technology solutions and scientific    dining hall in the Harry Potter movies), and plan   authority that provides many of the                          By Monette Austin Bailey,
 has caused imbalances in Vietnam’s           Analytical Services, Galileo Investment    applications across the whole spec-        on seeing all the sights in London,” he says.       support services we envision as critical                     Managing Editor, Between the Columns
 ecosystems, endangering both                 Group, Bluewing Environmental Tech-        trum of environmental challenges
 public health and economic interests,        nologies, and WECK laboratories.           and climate change.” Miller noted a        By Faye Levine,                                     Kislaya Prasad (from left), director of Center for International Business Education and Research,
 particularly in agriculture and fisher-        The mission consisted of five differ-    continual emphasis on partnerships                                                             and Melissa Carrier, executive director of the Center for Social Value Creation, present a
 ies. Mission organizers felt that the                                                                                              CommuniCations Coordinator, engineering
                                              ent environmental business events           between business, government, and                                                                     check to Robert Vesco, Andrew Gendreau, and Bryan Stroube.
 timing was good for their initiative, with                                                                                                                                                                               Photo by Carrie Handwerker.
                                              that were attended by more than 450        academia throughout the mission.
 Vietnam reviewing sustainable options        Vietnamese business, government,           “This is the first trade mission I have
                                                                                                                                    Nguyen with Austin Powers' fab ride at
 that will help it continue its emergence     and academic leaders. Organizers            been on where there was an emphasis       the MINI Cooper manufacturing facility.
 as an “Asian Tiger” without making the       hosted a U.S. Embassy briefing for the      on the role of education; they were       Photo courtesy of Nguyen.
 same costly environmental mistakes as        delegation, two business matchmak-          serious about how important academia
 Vietnam’s neighbors and other develop-       ing forums with the local Vietnamese        is to its success,” he said.
 ing countries.                               Chamber of Commerce and Industry, a           The mission’s organizers have been
   The trade and training mission was         private reception at U.S. Ambassador       asked to come back and host a second
 co-organized by the Vietnam Environ-         Michael W. Michalak’s residence to         event in Vietnam in 2011. v
 mental Forum (VNEF), a collaboration         kick off the week-long mission, and
 of the Maryland-Asia Environmental           two environment and climate change         Adapted from materials by MD-AEP
 Partnership (MD-AEP, of which UM is a        forums on May 25 in Hanoi and May          and Ray Miller

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