FEATURES

Solitary Refinement
– By Ben Marcin ’80
When I graduated from UMBC in 1980, I was 21 years old, absolutely clueless about what I wanted to do and six years away from buying my first camera. After several months of driving delivery trucks and working out of corporate mailrooms, I landed a job at the Social Security Administration (SSA) headquarters a few exits up the beltway from UMBC. I have worked at SSA to this day, the last 28 years in their enormous IT department helping build large computer programs and systems. Read more…

Windfall Prophets
– By Joel N. Shurkin
Ocean City is the Maryland destination most associated with the summer. But some- day the resort may also be known for a nearby wind farm that could help the state put a dent in its greenhouse gas emissions and the rising costs of generating power. Read more…

Expanding the Map
– By David Glen
Imagine that you’re an experienced high school teacher in a country like Pakistan, Serbia, or Colombia. Your specialty is English as a foreign language. Your school doesn’t have many resources, but you have a good rapport with your students, and you’re proud of what you do. Read more…

ALSO IN THIS ISSUE

– TO YOU

– UP ON THE ROOF

– THE NEWS

– AT PLAY

– DISCOVERY

ALUMNI PROFILES

– HOW TO See the Stars: With Steven McAlpine, assistant director of interdisciplinary studies and percussionist with Straight Up Tribal

– BACK STORY: Several recent tragedies, including the January 2014 shooting at The Mall in Columbia in Howard County, have been linked to mental illness. Jason Schiffman, an associate professor of psychology, is director of a clinical high-risk program at the new Maryland Center for Excellence on Early Intervention for Serious Mental Illness, and talked recently about common misconceptions about psychosis and mental illness. What can be done to help those affected to lead better lives?

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